we just got back from our 7 day cruise and 5 day land tour to Alaska, and I must say it was amazing!!! I will try to make this short as I can. We had wonderful weather, in Ketchikan it rained but just a slight mist. We did Island Wings tour there and it was just great! Michelle did such a good job. Besides that we walked around town and did some shopping.
In Juneau the weather was great. Around 50-60. We did a whale watching tour that day with Harv and Marvs and it was wonderful. We saw quite a few whales, along with sea lions, and eagles. The scenery from where he took us was just breathtaking. In the afternoon we did a glacier trekking. We did the 2 hour one. For me, the first hour was a bit scary, but after you learn how to walk up and down the glaciers it becomes easier. Being out on the glacier is amazing to see how large it actually is.
In Skagway, once again we had beautiful weather. We did some shopping in the morning and then we did the White Pass Railroad. It was very scenic and relaxing.
As far as our cruise boat itself, it was one of our better cruises. The food, entertainment, and service was outstanding. This was our 13th cruise, and we have always been very pleased with Princess and this time was no exception. We had an inside room towards the end of the ship on the Aloha Deck. We felt we were in a perfect place because we could get to the 24 hour buffet just right up the stairs, or we could sit out on the back end of the ship and see the scenery. Plus at night our room was dark to sleep.
Our land tour consisted of us staying one night at Mt. Mckinley Lodge, 2 nights in Denali, and 2 nights at Fairbanks. We were suppose to do a Mt. Mckinley Summit tour at Mckinley, but because of the weather up on the mountain it was closed. We were not able to see Mckinley from our lodge.
In Denali, we took the Tundra Wilderness Tour. We upgraded to this tour since we have read things about the other tour not being all that great. We were totally thrilled with our tour and we saw so much wildlife! Bears, wolves, eagles, dall sheep, moose, caribou, etc. The weather once again was good too. We did the Denali Dinner Show at the lodge also which was very good.
In Fairbanks, we did the Discovery Boat tour, and the Gold Mine tour. These two tours were included in our package. The Discovery Boat tour was very good.
It is not cheap to eat at these lodges but we knew that ahead of time. So plan accordingly. On the ship we had alot of seafood and could have shrimp everyday. On our previous cruises we had alot of photographers taking pictures but on this cruise it wasn't that way at all.
So...this sums up our trip. If anyone has any questions feel free to ask. For me who really just likes the caribbean or a beach, this cruise was a real pleasant surprise and I would reccommend it to anyone!!