We had a wonderful cruise and are already planning the next one. Alaska is such a beautiful state. It has been so close to us but we just didn’t think about going. My excuse was that it was too cold. And that wasn’t the case at all except the day we were at the glacier. We had wonderful weather the whole cruise. A few sprinkles every now and then and the morning in Juneau was misty but the afternoon was beautiful. We couldn’t have asked for much better weather than that.
My family’s Alaska 2005 trip was a wonderful adventure, filled with amazing scenery, wildlife viewing, excellent food, and good family times. In this report I will first focus on the different places we visited, and then tell more about our cruise ship – the beautiful Celebrity Summit. I had been to Alaska three of the past four summers but this was the first visit for Anne and the boys. Throughout the report I’ll make comparisons to what I experienced on my 2003 Alaska cruise on the Island Princess to this trip. I’ll rate different parts of our trip on an A (tops) to F (bad) scale – as you’ll see we didn’t really have any bad experiences but some parts were better than others. Anne will contribute her comments on various parts of the trip preceded by the words “Anne’s take:”
In the late summer of 2003 I had the opportunity to take the trip I had been dreaming about for years – a 7 night Alaska Cruise. I had been to the interior of Alaska in 2002; my 2002 trip made me want to take a Alaska cruise even more.
In the late summer of 2002 I went on a Alaska Land tour with a travel agent group, and I had a great time! The tour was run by Princess Cruise Lines. Princess offers land tours as add-ons to its Alaska cruises (a combination cruise and land tour is called a “cruise tour”), or you can do a land tour only.