Just for a little background, we are a retired andwant-to-be-retired (!) couple in our early 60’s and 70’s from the San Francisco Bay Area. Although this was our secondcruise on Princess, the first one was to Mexico over 12 years ago, so we felt like new cruisers. (Several years before that, we took our first and only Disney Cruise to the Bahamas on the Big Red Boat.) I guess we are the people Princess had in mind with their slogan, “Come back new!” Not only was this our first trip to Alaska, it was our first trip to Seattle, so we arrived a few days early to enjoy the city.
Our interests for this cruise: relaxation, glaciers, sled dogs, geology, natural history, meeting people, and food (not necessarily in that order!)
Things we did not do on this cruise: go to the casinos, drink alcohol, buy diamonds, play trivia, go to art auctions, dance, go to the Captain’s cocktail party, champagne waterfall, balloon drop, buy t-shirts, eat in specialty restaurants, exercise - other than our daily walks to the dining rooms! We did go to a few shows, but we were up really early each morning. Early to bed, early to rise. We weren’t the wildest couple on the boat, but still managed to have a wonderful time!
Because this review turned out to be much longer than I expected, I’ve tried to break it down into sections, for people who are just interestedin dog sledding for example, and don’t want to have to muddle through all of the other verbiage!
In addition to information about our experience on the Ruby Princess:
3-days pre-cruise stay in Seattle at the Hyatt Place Hotel
Juneau: Coastal Helicopters dog sledding with extra stop on Herbert Glacier
Skagway: Chilkoot Charters Yukon Rail and Bus Tour
Ketchikan: Island Wings Misty Fyords Flightseeing Tour
Victoria: Princess Cruises Butchart Gardens: Wine, Chocolate, and Edible Petals excursion
Utimate Ship's Tour on the Ruby Princess
Miscellaneous topics including: motion sickness, fear of heights, and how I survived both a helicopter and a floatplane!
I took a lot of pictures, but am very technically challenged. Unfortunately, I won't be able to post photos from my MacBook, unless someone has very simple directions.