Just returned home from a ten day cruise starting and ending in San Francisco. After going through Security in Palm Springs and San Francisco we have decided not to fly in the immediate future, even though we apprecitate the hassle for our safety. I have to popint our we are not new to Alaska having cruised to the Inland or Pan Handle area every year since 1972 when the ships weremuch small than those in service today.
The weather was just pleasant every day with sunshine and temperatures in the day time in the high 70's and low 80's. We were on the Regal Princess where someone had posted on the Message Boards of Norwalk Virus on the June 15-25 cruise. I heard of no rumor aboard the vessel of any such illness. However, because the Captain cruised the ship at least 5 days in the open sea, there was the usual complaints of sea sickness. It was the habit of the Captain to be out at sea, dart into a port, then dart out of the port to the open sea. This sort of a journey deprived passengers of seeing much of the beauty of Alaska. However, we did enjoy some scenery when transiting the Lyne
Canal gong to the Misty Fjords/ Glacier. Passengers reported seeing a lot of whales but they always seemed to be on the opposite of the ship.
You may be interested in our first port, Juneau there were five ships in the harbor. In Skagway four ships discharging 6-7000 pasenger in a city with a population of 500-600.
In Sitka we have in the past always been the only ship anchored but on our current visit there were four ships anchored.
Nevertheless, despite these comments, we had a good time.