So, you have just gotten out of the shower and have a towel wrapped around you,
you look out the balcony doors and see a pod of dolphin jumping in and out of the water below. You quickly think to yourself, “these are private balconies, the dividers are frosted and the room is behind me so no problem if I grab my camera and run out on the balcony holding the towel up to my front, I’ll be covered in case another ship comes by”.
So, you do; because you forgot that you are in the cabin below all of the cabins above you.
Now there is clamoring from above, gasps, giggles and downright laughter. You think to yourself, “aw, everyone is enjoying the dolphins as much as I am” until you turn
around to head inside the room and notice movement overhead.
Binoculars and cameras are now pointed your way and not at the ocean.
Red-faced you run into your cabin and have learned that not all balconies are private.
That scenario was a little extreme however while on our last group cruise in Alaska
one of my clients did find himself distracted from the glaciers by a passenger in
black undies and a towel.
Always, always, always be aware of your surroundings and wear a robe!
There are some panorama balconies where the deck above you sticks out almost as far as your railing and you might be okay but I say “better safe, than sorry”.
Ah, the excitement that stems from planning your first Alaskan cruise.....
Where to start?: (Cruise vs land or both)
Do I just take a cruise or do I want to spend some time doing a tour?
Great news you can do either one!
However, if you want to have more opportunity to see the wildlife and explore the landscape; I highly recommend that you incorporate a land portion into your cruise.
You could do as I and go into Anchorage 3 days before the rest of my group
gets there in order to explore the countryside more.
Then a few more of the group will be joining me and
Princess Cruise lines for their 5 night land excursion.
Which includes 1 night in Anchorage, 2 nights at the Denali Lodge and 2 nights at
the Mt. McKinley Princess Lodge,
day trips and an amazing transfer to catch our ship in Whittier via rail in a dome car.
This is where the rest of the group will join us for the cruise to Vancouver.
The next big decision: (Tour options)
What do I do once I get there? Is there anything to see?
Do you want to catch your own salmon it,
have someone smoke, package it up and send it home for you? Do it! Have you always dreamed of being pulled by a dog team through the snow?
Do you want to see Eagle’s in their natural habitat? Or black bear?
What about visiting a wildlife conservation center where you might be able to feed a moose calf by bottle?
(possibly, I always hope there aren’t any orphans; I’d rather have them safe and sound in the wild)
Is being piloted in a float plane or helicopter over Alaska or her glaciers on your bucket list?
As you can see there are so many options and these ideas are only the tip of the glacier (yes, I am taking artistic liberties with the quote)
Contact me to help you make the most of your Alaskan dream vacation.