Article by Andrea de Gosztonyi and Douglas McRae and photos by Andrea de Gosztonyi
Summer is the best time for an Alaska Cruise. My husband needed to be in Anchorage Alaska for the middle of July and so we chose to travel on the Island Princess, which is part of the fleet of Princess Cruise Lines. We chose an eight day, seven-night north bound cruise to Whittier Alaska, United States. We sailed the inside passage, viewed massive glaciers and stopped at several ports on the way. We embarked in Vancouver British Columbia Canada and sailed past Stanley Park, the Lions Gate Bridge and through the offshore islands. From the deck, we saw the majestic snow capped Rocky Mountains.
We also were on the lookout for dolphins, whales, porpoises and sea otters. We enjoyed our first port call in Ketchikan, the ancestral home of the Haida, Tlingit and Timshian Native Tribes. We docked in Juneau, the capital of the State of Alaska and spent the day exploring its many sights. Skagway, gateway of the Klondike Gold Rush was our next stop. We also saw calving glaciers in Glacier Bay and College Fjord and we cruised the Prince William Sound which is at the top of the Gulf of Alaska. We disembarked in the town of Whittier, located 60 miles south of Anchorage.
It was our first time on a cruise and we were not sure that we would enjoy travelling in such a confined space. We were wrong! The Island Princess was spacious and luxurious, the rooms were cozy and comfortable, the attention we received from the staff was exceptional and attentive and the food was fabulous!. Cruising at night and visiting interesting ports of call is a winning formula and we were completely won over. Click here for details about our Island Princess Vancouver to Whittier cruise.