Finally attacked Alaska, it was on my bucket list. We boarded our 7-night Alaskan cruise, and said goodbye to the beautiful skyline of Seattle.
First things first, check out our suite, and the Bon Voyage gift of Perrier-jouet Champagne from Celebrity Cruises.
If you haven’t sailed on a cruise yet, plan it soon.
If possible, get a suite. On Celebrity, suite guests dine in a new exclusive restaurant called Luminae. It was beautiful, romantic, the food was fantastic, and we loved the service!
Our first day was at sea and after a wonderful breakfast in our suite we quickly found fun things to do.
Breakfast In Suite
The pastry chef, Bruno, was holding a cooking demonstration and we
grabbed seats before they filled up. He was a riot.
Connie & Bruno
I found this position on our veranda and returned often.
Dinner in Luminae that evening was perfect.
Bob & Connie
Ketchikan, Alaska was our first port and I was anxious to disembark to see Alaska for the first time, snoop around and do some souvenir shopping for the kiddies back home.
Just a few samples of what we found, although there was jewelry and lovely native artwork too. (These were “token” souvenirs.) We were extremely lucky with the rainfall on our trip because it only rained for a few minutes that first day.
It is a rainforest after all, and the low thick clouds everywhere reminded us of that. The background to Ketchian is beautiful with forested slopes as far as you can see. I started to get the feeling that boats and planes were important to getting around there.
Boats and Planes
I got a kick out of this street below, at first glance it looks normal, but then if you zoom in at this one bar, this is what we saw. I am a big fan of “The Shining” movie, or at least a very terrified fan, and I couldn’t help trying to remember where it was filmed. Google told me that the deserted resort that Jack Nicholson and family stayed at was fictional and a few exterior shots were done in Montana. At first I thought maybe Alaska? Anyway, I loved the name of the bar. We didn’t have time to visit it, but I will always wonder about it. If you go, let me know what it is like.
As we left Ketchikan to venture on to Juneau, Alaska, it was more about the landscape and the population density became less and less.
I know Bob became sick of me saying it, but “Why don’t more people move here?” I know, I know, “There isn’t any electricity, there aren’t enough roads, and there is the winter”, blah, blah, blah. What a waste of beautiful land. Call me when they start building it up. It was just gorgeous up there. Stunning views in every direction, and this was only the beginning of the inside passage of Alaska.
The next morning we woke up to glaciers up close and personal in Tracy’s Arm Fjord. Of course they told us we had to be up at 6:00 am to catch the stunning views of the breathtaking scenery, but we were ready. Who cared if we were in our bathrobes, and it was cold. We had the option of eating in our suite again. No worries. More to come, next blog will be on just Tracy’s Arm Fyord. Check out the slideshow below with more pictures of our trip, some of Ketchikan and some of the cruise ship.