Although Janna Gilbert - one of our most savvy advisors - had been to Alaska several times before, she'd never seen it on a Princess Cruise. Read on to learn more about the "Last Frontier" from her perspective and why she recommends Princess as one of the best ways to enjoy Alaska.
I've been lucky enough to visit Alaska a few times prior, but because it's so vast and such a great destination, I can't wait to go back again and again. And with Princess Cruises - one of the top cruise lines in this region - there is so much to do in terms of shore excursions, onboard activities and enjoying the scenery as you sail through Alaska!
Alaska is too beautiful to describe and is something you need to see for yourself to truly grasp just how gorgeous it is. And because I love the great outdoors, Alaska is one of my favorite places. I am always up for adventure and love seeing all the amazing wildlife like bears, whales, seals, sea lions, eagles and more; each time I go I get to see something new.
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, especially with Princess - you'll eat the freshest seafood imaginable. We ate salmon almost every day as it was literally sourced from a few miles away!
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!
- Definitely do a whale watching tour, but to ensure the tour group is reputable and reliable, talk to your advisor or use one of the ship's resources. Watching a whale breach the water just a few yards away is still one of the most memorable things I've ever seen.
- Even though it was summer, the weather was colder than expected, 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 or Uber to the ship if you embark from Seattle; it is very affordable and less expensive than the transfers.
Contact Janna about this vacation
- (888) 654-1954
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