· Dates: Aug. 26-Sept 2 – DIY tour through Sept 6. We went during this time mainly because that was when we COULD go. DH has restrictions at work that would not allow a vacation in July (when so many say is the ‘best’ time).
· That being said…though many label the end of Aug as a time for ‘storm chasers’, we FOUND delight in it. (I mean…we could either be ‘delighted’…or‘gripey’….. Delighted is always better!) I won’t argue with anyone who says ‘Don’t cruise then’…. We’re not experienced enough with Alaska to argue ‘things Alaska’. What I WILL say is that there ARE positives to a visit at this time of year – if you’re willing to look for them. I want others to know that…. It’s not necessarily a ‘bad thing’ if you go in with flexibility, the RIGHT clothes… and a DECISION to be happy. (and because weather is unpredictable, it turned out that we had MARVELOUS weather most days!!)
· While we originally reserved an interior stateroom, we got an upsell offer and moved to B744. (balcony) This is one of the angled balconies. I was very trepid about it…not sure if we’d made a good decision or not. I’ll give my thoughts on that here as well. Hint: We liked it….
· This cruise broke the mold as far as our personal cruising traditions. Things we've always done....things we've considered ‘musts’ on past cruises we did not do. Alaska was just different in every sense of the word.
Who Are We?
An empty nest couple in our early 50’s…though those mid-50’s are approaching far quicker than we ever thought… We like to hike and ‘experience’ nature…and we are never happier than when learning…or experiencing something new and unusual... If our port day choices are between ‘adrenaline’ or ‘historical/informative’, the informative will usually win.
We enjoy cruising…but we also travel through other modes aswell. We take road trips…motorhome trips…and have visited most of the National Parks in the US. We also travel on a budget. In fact, I write a blog about the how-to’s of budget travel… A lot of what I write here will find it's way onto my blog as well, but there, I’ll focus on the details of planning and ‘budgeting’ for Alaska in general….and less specifics related to Princess/Star Princess…all in an effort to relate to the reader. J I’ll put a link to my blog nearer to the end of this review…after I actually get some things written and posted there. There’s nothing there (about Alaska) right now. J
The budget aspect is why you won’t find reviews of 5 star restaurants or hotels here (or my blog) It’s not that I’m opposed to those things… it’s just that up until now, no one has volunteered to ‘fund’ those experiences for me to write about. Until there are‘takers’ on that, (Anyone?? Anyone??) we’ll just continue to enjoy our vacations, cruises, road trips on a budget… JJ and share with anyone who’s interested.
- Aug. 25: Flight to Vancouver
- Aug. 26: Sightseeing in Vancouver and embarkation
- Aug. 27: Day at Sea (This actually was a VERY important part of this cruise for us…)
- Aug. 28: Ketchikan
- Aug. 29: Juneau
- Aug. 30: Skagway
- Aug. 31: Glacier Bay(scenic cruising of course…)
- Sept 1: Day at Sea with an evening in College Fjord (scenic cruising too)
- Sept 2: Disembark, transport to Anchorage, pick up rental car and head out of Anchorage
- Sept 3: Drive north - up to Denali Nat’l Park area
- Sept 4: Visit to Denali National Park
- Sept 5: Head south back to Wasilla…making several stops en route to get last views of Denali
- Sept 6: Day in Anchorage and evening flight
- Sept 7: Flying all night last night with long morning at DFW UGH!!! and last leg of flight home…
I’ll continue writing this as long as there is interest.… I just want to help others as I was helped…and reliving it all through reviews on CC is fun too