The cruise season to Alaska begins in May and ends mid-September. Several cruise lines, including Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America and Princess Cruises are simply a few operators that offer sailings to Alaska.
One of our first visits was to Tracy Arm, a fjord located near Juneau with a narrow passage that provides an up close and scenic view of the natural beauty of Alaska. As you pass through the fjord, the waters are calm and the breathtaking views of large glaciers and floating icebergs are surrounded by rugged mountains and forest terrain. Wildlife including black and brown bears, deer, wolves, harbour seals, bald eagles and other birds can be visible as you cruise through the fjord.
We were then introduced to Gold Mining and Gold Panning adventures. We get to look for gold! We were able to collect about $44 in gold that day!
Juneau is the state capital of Alaska and is only accessible by air
or ship. Our port adventure was whale watching and we were
able to witness natural feeding habits, also known as bubble
net feeding, of humpback whales. It was a rare and amazing
sight to witness and I know that the term, "bubble net feeding"
has not been lost on my kids! I cannot describe into
words the experience but here is a great article that
captured the experience from nature's perspective
(with much better photos from a closer angle).
Ketchikan is a quaint little fishing town, famously known as the salmon capital of the world! Fishing and tourism are the staple industries in the area and many people come to Ketchikan to fish! Ketchikan is also home to the largest collection of totem poles.
As the ship is docked, you can take a closer look at the beauty of the Disney Wonder ship! So much care and detail is placed on the appearance of the ship both inside and outside. As we docked in Skagway, maintenance workers were around the ship, washing it down, painting the sides and painting touch ups to the Captain Mickey on the front! Again the attention to detail that Disney places is beyond anyone's expectations.
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