Hey, remember five years ago when we went on an Alaskan cruise? Well, we tell people all the time that if you’re up for an adventurous, stunning, unique vacation – an Alaskan cruise is pretty awesome! It turns out people listened to us, because our close friends Alec and Holly invited us (and our other friend, Dan) to go with them in May of last year! Not wanting to miss the chance to spend a week exploring Alaska with some of our favorite people, we agreed. I’m so glad we did! We sailed on the Norwegian Bliss, a newer ship. It was a super fun trip, and I’m excited I’m finally jotting down what we did. Here’s hoping I haven’t forgotten it all! ;)
Day 1 – Embarkation Day
We left on Sunday, May 26th – driving over the mountains with a coffee in hand. The Alaska cruise is super convenient for us because it leaves from Seattle so we don’t have to fly anywhere. By lunch time we were on the ship and ready for vacation!
We grabbed lunch at the Local Bar & Grill, a place we frequented a lot during our week long cruise. We had the unlimited beverage package, something that I don’t think they offer quite the same anymore, which is a bummer because it was awesome. My first drink of the trip was a glass of prosecco, because I’m a sucker for bubbly. :) We had such gorgeous weather, which we enjoyed from our balcony. A balcony is a must on the Alaska cruise. Take my word for it.
We watched one of the comedy shows at night after dinner and it was really good.
Day 2 – Day at Sea
We started day 2 with coffee and pastries delivered to our room. I love having coffee on the balcony. We decided to check out the fitness center to start the day with a little exercise. So many others had the same idea though because it was so crowded!
We had breakfast at the buffet, and spent some of the morning relaxing and reading in the observatory. This was one of my favorite places on the ship – drinks and views!
We explored the ship a little and played some mini golf in the wind, then checked out the casino. For dinner we had a reservation at Food Republic, which was so good! Sushi and wine at sea is pretty freaking awesome.
We headed to the game room to see what was there, and ended up tag teaming a Sodoku puzzle. Sometimes we’re a nerdy bunch. ;) The boys had a reservation for laser tag, so I grabbed a glass of rose and read a bit. It was after nine when they got back, and we should have gone to bed. But instead, we went to the bar for more drinks and stayed up way too late. It was a lot of fun, but sheesh – we are not 21 anymore. ;)
Day 3 – Juneau, AK
We were a little tired after our late night, so we had a leisurely breakfast and relaxed in the room. We did a light lunch in the buffet and went to trivia in the atrium which was pretty lame.
In the early afternoon we docked in Juneau and headed off the ship. We walked to Unplugged to get the jeep we rented for exploring Juneau. I’m so glad we did this – it was awesome! We went to Mendenhall Glacier and hiked to Nugget Falls, we went to the Shrine of St. Therese, and then Eagle Beach. We saw marmots, and in the jeep Holly said, if I came all the way to Alaska and that’s the only wildlife I see, I’m going to be upset. Literally the next second, my husband had to hit the breaks to let a lazy black bear cross the road!! It was hilarious and so freaking cool!
We quickly ran through the four hours we had the jeep for and had to drop it back off. After, we walked to Tracy’s crab shack and got a giant Alaskan king crab leg. It was HUGE, and the best crab I’ve ever had. It was so expensive, but so good!
When we got back to the ship we headed to the hot tub, which ended up being a luke warm tub… ew, lol. We couldn’t beat the views though! We hung out a bit after and had lots of laughs. Before I knew it, it was 11:30 – another late night for me. :)
Day 4 – Skagway, AK
We got to Skagway early on day 4, and it didn’t take long for me to remember why it was my favorite stop last time. It’s just so beautiful. Definitely still my very favorite! I’d love to spend a week here.
We had breakfast on the ship and left early enough for our 10 am scooter rental. We had never done this before and it was one of the absolute funnest things we’ve done traveling. I was obsessed with everything about it! We basically got to scooter around Skagway, taking in breathtaking scenery in beautiful May weather. We stopped and took a short hike to a waterfall, then went out almost as far as we could on one of the highways. We had to stop a lot to take in the views! I was just in awe around every corner.
After our scooter adventure, we walked around downtown Skagway. We grabbed a delish coffee for me, picked up some popcorn, taffy, and some little gifts for Milly.
My memory gets fuzzy on the rest of our trip because I didn’t take daily notes like I usually try to. We went to the Havana show that night which was really good. When it got out, it was almost midnight but it wasn’t fully dark yet. It was amazing and we sat outside with a beer taking in the views for awhile before going to bed.
Day 5 – Glacier Bay
Glacier Bay day is another at sea day where you get to cruise through a bay of some seriously stunning views. Having a balcony is a must, and I highly recommend sipping hot coffee while glacier viewing!
Day 6 – Ketchikan, AK
Ketchikan is a half day, so you don’t really get too much time there. We booked a rainforest hike on an island and that’s all we had time for. The town of Ketchikan is really cute and eclectic so I’m glad we got to explore it last time. Our hike through the rainforest was beautiful – we definitely got rained on but that’s to be expected.
That night we went to the prohibition interactive musical and it was a lot of fun.
Day 7 – Victoria, BC
Our last full day was mostly at sea with the night ending in Victoria. I love Victoria but with such a short amount of time there I almost opted to stay on the ship, but our friends wanted to get off. We ended up just walking by the water. It was beautiful!
Our second Alaska cruise… I seriously think I would go a third time – it’s so fun and so beautiful. Although, cruises sound absolutely terrible after all of this virus stuff so maybe not. I’m glad we’ve had two great cruise experiences!