WE’RE CRUISING TO ALASKA!! I can barely breathe every time I think about it! Both of us have wanted to do this for years, and it still hasn’t sunk in yet that we’re actually going. We’ll be cruising with Princess, a first for us – our only other cruise was with Royal Caribbean, and we visited Honduras, Belize, and Cozumel. For this cruise, we have four ports of call in Alaska and British Columbia, and we’ll be doing some scenic cruising through Glacier Bay. We even get to explore Seattle for a day or two to bookend the trip!
We’ll be stopping in:
I’ve been doing so much Googling and Pinteresting and TripAdvisor-ing, and my WORD, the photos!! My heart has skipped so many beats it’s unhealthy. My dream location is almost always a big body of water next to awe-inspiring mountains, so this is basically heaven. And being the organizer that I am, I’ve already been planning everything down to the tiniest detail – even mapping out the route from our cabin to different locations on the ship, making lists of “must-see’s” and good eats at each port, and figuring out how much time we’ll need to walk everywhere. There’s only one thing that I’m unsure of, and that’s what to do with our bags on the last day of the trip.
Here’s our problem: We arrive back in Seattle on a Saturday around 7:00 am. Our flight isn’t until around 5:00 pm that night. We’ll need a few hours to depart the ship, pick up our bags, and go through customs, but we have a big chunk of time to kill, and I’m not sure what we should do in the meantime. I figured it would be nice to try another local restaurant, but do we just drag our bags around with us? I’m stumped. Any ideas?
As far as general Alaskan cruise advice goes, here’s what others have told us so far:
- Bring your own binoculars for wildlife sightings on the cruise because the ship will charge you an arm and a leg for a pair
- Pack clothing pieces that you can easily layer for more warmth or remove to cool off, depending on what the weather does
- Explore the ship fully as soon as possible so you can find your favorite place to enjoy the view for the rest of the trip
- Visit the Mendenhall Glacier ice caves in Juneau
- Don’t spend the extra money on a room with a balcony – there are lots of places to take in the scenery on the ship, and you’ll hardly spend any time in your room anyway
- Remember to pack a few things you don’t normally need for a Caribbean cruise (rain gear, warmer jackets, gloves, hats)
As the trip gets closer, I’ll share my packing list, travel checklist, and maybe even a peek in my suitcase…!
Oh, who am I kidding; you’ll definitely see the inside of my suitcase.
Have you been on an Alaskan cruise before? I welcome any advice or suggestions!