This post is a few weeks overdue. Whoops. Let me preface this post by saying, this was NOT your typical vacation. We were up with the sun most days so we could see the views going into each port. I don’t think I have ever slept so little on a vacation, haha. Totally worth it.
Also, I totally packed many things I didn’t need and not enough things I did need. I assumed we’d be dressing up for dinners, but in reality… I lived in workout clothes most the time. People did NOT dress up on this ship. I also did not have enough warm clothes, so I wore my green jacket pretty much every day. Whatever.
I have always wanted to go to Alaska. Never did I envision that trip would be on a cruise… but it was amazing. And being able to spend an entire week with my whole family was something I will never forget. I am so grateful that we were able to do this. So, so grateful. This was definitely a trip of a lifetime and so much better than I imagined.
We flew into Seattle late Friday night… checked into our hotel and planned a breakfast date the next morning. Duh. We went to Tilikum Cafe… and liked it SO much (their coffee was the best, ever) that we went back the next day. So good!
We explored downtown Seattle on Saturday and then met up with the rest of the family for dinner.
Next stop… NORWEGIAN PEARL! Sunday morning, Chris and I went to breakfast… and then met up with the family to board. The process was pretty smooth… and it was exciting to be on a ship with unlimited food and drinks. The beeeessst.
I can’t really remember what we did that day. All I know is there there was a lot of drinking involved. Pretty much the whole week.
I think the first day at sea, Chris and I did a wine tasting. Which was awesome. I loved everything I tried…we met a group of people from Texas who we ran into the rest of the trip AND got a healthy buzz..
Our first stop was Juneau. Chris and I planned to hike a couple miles up Mount Roberts trail and then take the tram down. But first, we had to watch the ship enter the harbor… duh. And clearly, as you can tell by my outfit… it was chilly.
Once we got into port. We walked through Juneau and found our hike. It was mostly through a forest (up a mountain)… but the views at the top did NOT disappoint.
We might have had a family dinner this night?
But all the days blur together.
Next stop was Skagway. AKA, my favorite. The town was adorable and our hike was top three hikes I’ve ever done. We hiked Upper Dewey Lake and then made our way to the Devil’s Punchbowl. The hike was pretty challenging (around a 3800 vertical I think? over the course of around 4 miles)… but once you got to Devil’s Punchbowl, it was like another world.
Once we got to the Punchbowl, we saw it was completely frozen. Incredible.
Chris had my camera, which is why there are so many pictures of me hiking and none of him. Haha.
Next on our itinerary was Glacier Bay! Honestly, I was the least excited for this (because we stayed on the ship the whole time). But it was pretty neat. We saw a good amount of whales AND we saw a couple glaciers cave. We wore our family shirts this day, too.
Unlimited mimosas made it even better… Because we were out on the deck around 5AM to get prime spots… and then sat in the same spot for about 12 hours.
Day after Glacier Bay was… KETCHIKAN! My favorite town on the trip.
Chris and I convinced my family to hike Deer Mountain. Which was no joke of a hike. Literally felt like it took FOREVER and had a pretty decent ascent to the top… about 3200 vertical and about 6 miles round trip from the trail head.
It was legit through an Alaskan rainforest. Incredible. The views at the top were also incredible.
We even had time to explore the town for an hour before we had to be back on the boat. I had the best-ever fish and blue moon post hike.
(That humidity did a number on our hair!)
Our final stop…
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Which was a beautiful, clean city. And the residential area was super adorable. I would live there, for sure.
Sister was old enough to order drinks in Canada… so we walked the town amongst bar hopping. It was one of my favorite memories from the trip. Spending a full week with my sister and family was seriously one of the best blessings.
There are so many more pictures… and so many memories. I will always hold this trip so, so close to my heart.
Leaving the family was TOUGH. One of the toughest times I’ve had. Poor Chris… I cried the whole next day.
In between cry sessions, we did manage to have a fun last day in Washington. We visited Mount Rainier. We thought about hiking, but all the short hikes were still snow covered. Plus, we had a plan to catch that evening…
Sunglasses to hide the puffy eyes.
And now, after recapping that… I want to go back. :( The only thing keeping me going is that we BOOKED our next Europe trip! So, I have been enjoying planning that. I have decided I always need a trip to look forward to.