I have been to Alaska at least three times before, but it’s always a great destination because there is so much to do in terms of shore excursions and the scenery is so beautiful. I love getting outdoors and seeing all the amazing wildlife including: bears, whales, seals, sea lions, eagles and more!
One of the most fun activities we did was viewing bears in their natural habitat in the Tongass National Forest. You are up on a platform so you are well out of the bear’s way, and you get to see them up close. One group right before us actually had a bear pass right in front of them on the path! Usually the bears will move if they hear you coming, and the guides are with you so there isn’t anything to worry about. The bears are very used to people since there are always so many people coming to see them.
We also had a great time in Skagway where we visited a mushing camp. You get to meet the dogs up close and see the facilities where they train them. There is a dog run that is made for tourists,so you can take a turn around the course and try it for yourself.
In Ketchikan we saw the salmon spawning, which was really interesting. That’s another great thing about cruising Alaska: you get really great seafood to eat. We ate salmon almost every day. We also took a float plane to Neets Bay out of Ketchikan and saw even more bears up close, and enjoyed doing some shopping along the way in each port.
Janna’s Tips for this Trip
I really encourage you to extend your trip if you have time. There is so much to see and do in the Alaskan heartland. I hope to go inland and see places like Anchorage and Denali some day!
The weather is colder, so it’s always a good idea to layer. You also need to be prepared for rain! It was pouring rain when we went whale watching, but we still got to see a lot of whales.
I recommend taking a taxi to the ship if you embark from Seattle; it is very affordable and less expensive than the transfers.