Thursday, June 7, 2007

Trip to Alaska

We got back from an Alaskan cruise last weekend (June 2, 2007). We sailed with Princess Cruises on the Sapphire Princess.

The trip started out a bit rough. We were delayed from Chicago to Minneapolis due to storms in Minneapolis and missed our connection to Anchorage. We got on a flight to Seattle, stayed in a flea-bag hotel at the airport for 4 hours of sleep, and then flew to Anchorage early the next morning. Princess came through in Anchorage by providing us with a big bus and a fun driver to catch up to our itinerary.

Our first stop was Mt. McKinley lodge, where we were treated to a spectacular view of Mt. McKinley (or Denali, as it is now called). The next day we went on a bus to Denali National Park. The weather was spectacular again, but the 5 hour bus tour of the park was not - especially after the 2 hour ride to the park.

The next day (Saturday) we boarded a train at Denali and took a 9 hour trip to Whittier, where we boarded the ship. The train ride was pretty cool. It was long, but not unbearably so.

The ship was huge - 2600 passengers and 1100 crew. We spent two days at sea prior to stops at Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan. One more day at sea and we were in Vancouver - where we got off. We had something planned at each stop - bike rides and whale watching. We saw eagles, caribou, moose, whales - but no bear (probably a good thing). I left the ship's casino with a teeny bit of their money!

It was a wonderful trip and I do recommend Princess. Except for the flight arrangements (we connected both ways, when we could have flown direct) everything else was very nice.

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