Kyra’s Amazing Alaska Cruise – Part 5

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A popular belief is that an Alaskan cruise is a trip to take if you’re looking for a slower paced vacation; and for some this can be true. However, I am here to tell you that I believe it is a perfect trip for all types of travellers!

For the adventure seekers, there are tons of fun and exciting excursions available at each port. Some of these include the ZipRider zip-line in Icy Strait, ATV adventures, tree-top climbing apparatuses, helicopter tours, railways, boating trips, hiking, gold-panning, dog-sledding, gondolas, and wildlife spotting.

For the foodies, there are so many delicious food venues and options onboard you’ll be in heaven! Bordeaux or Provence for daily changing menus, the Pizzeria for delicious pizza made right in front of you, The Grill for burgers and hot dogs, and of course the buffet Horizon Court. There are also a couple of specialty restaurants onboard such as Sabatini’s for Italian food and Bayou Cafe for New Orleans inspired cuisine! All food was delicious and beautifully presented! Plus there’s room service or you can splurge on a balcony dining experience like we did for a super special meal. Did I mention, the dessert options are just endless??

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For those interested in wildlife and scenery, I can assure you that you will get your fill of beautiful and stunning views of mountains, forests, waterfalls, rivers, glaciers, valleys, etc.! There’s lots of exciting wildlife spotting opportunities throughout the entire trip! We saw whales, lots of sea otters, and tons of bald eagles right from the ship especially in Glacier Bay and College Fjords!

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Onboard the ship, they have activities that may appeal to all guests such as trivia games, dancing contests, karaoke times and contests, gambling and gambling contests, dance parties, Movies Under the Stars, and so much more to keep yourselves entertained while at sea! This is in addition to the pools, hot tubs, spa, salon, shuffle boards, foosball tables, mini golf course, etc. onboard as well.

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I believe Alaskan cruises are a great trip for any type of traveller! I have been to Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii, and Europe and various other places but my Alaskan cruise with Princess has now become one of my favourite trips so far even as a traveller in my 20’s!

Ready to start planning your own Alaskan cruise?  I would love to help get you there!  You can find me at our Sutherland office or call me at 306-955-1449 or email kyra@uniglobevacation.com.   I can’t wait to help you see Alaska too!

 

Kyra’s Amazing Alaska Cruise – Part 4

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Today we sailed through Glacier Bay National Park! The first glacier we visited was Margerie Glacier which is 250 feet high above the waterline and has a base about 100 feet below sea level. It was absolutely gorgeous and we were lucky enough to have a perfect view right from our balcony. The ship stayed at this glacier for about 1 hour, but the captain turns the boat around after 30mins so the other side of the boat has a good view as well. We were also lucky to witness the glacier calving. Calving is when chunks of the glacier break off into the water. When this happens, it sounds like thunder!

Next up was Lamplugh Glacier. Smaller than Margerie, but still beautiful! We just sailed by this one as we were sailing onwards to Johns Hopkins Inlet at Jaw Point for a jaw dropping view of Johns Hopkins Glacier! One of the most beautiful views in the park! Again, the boat turns after a bit to give the other side of the ship a better view. It was just stunning!

After viewing the glaciers, we sailed back out of Glacier Bay National Park. It is a wildlife hotspot filled with marine life. There was a naturalist onboard with us for pointing out wildlife and providing commentary on the glaciers, park, and wildlife. We saw whales, seals, and sea otters!

I even got to see a playful seal completely jump out of the water twice as he was following the ship.

You don’t want to miss Glacier Bay, so get out and enjoy the beautiful scenery!

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Kyra’s Amazing Alaska Cruise – Part 3

For Skagway, we decided to pre-book the White Pass Railway tour! It is a beautiful and very scenic 2.5hour roundtrip train ride up the mountains to the summit and back. The train picks up right at the cruise port.

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On the ride, we seen stunning mountains, valleys, waterfalls, old train bridges, and train tunnels that we got to travel through! That was pretty neat!

While onboard, there is commentary about the old Gold Rush days, how it was built, facts, and they also point out beautiful views not to be missed!

Each car has a bathroom, a fire heater, and two by two seats. You are even able to go stand outside on the train car platforms for better views!

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Insider tip, don’t worry about sitting on the wrong side on the train. Since it is a round trip ride, the train loops around and goes the same way back. So if you had the mountain out your window on the way up, you will get the scenery on your side on the way back! No seat is a bad seat!

I highly recommend this amazing tour while visiting Skagway!

Stay tuned for my next blog from Glacier Bay National Park.  I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

Kyra’s Amazing Alaska Cruise – Part 2

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Today we arrived in Juneau and had our first excursion! We had pre-booked with Princess to go dogsledding and were super excited for this tour. Plus, who doesn’t love puppies! The sled dog camp was only about a 20min scenic ride from the cruise port. Once we got there, we got to learn a bit about dogsledding before going on a ride. We learned about the mandatory equipment and the processes of dog sledding.

Did you know that the average cost to participate in the famous 1,150 mile Iditarod race is $40,000 and the maximum number of dogs per team is 14?

After the kennel talk, we got to go on a 1.5mile ride around the camp. We were pulled by a team of 15 dogs ranging from experienced to just learning. It was a fast and exhilarating ride with beautiful scenery.

Then it was time for a hot beverage and puppy snuggles! The pups were 3 weeks old and absolutely adorable!

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The camp has a beautiful suspension bridge which offered beautiful views of the camp and Tongass Rainforest!

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All in all the tour was about 2.5 hours and I would highly recommend considering this tour while in Juneau!

Stay tuned for more from our amazing Alaska adventure.

Kyra’s Amazing Alaska Cruise – Part 1

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All aboard as we set sail for Alaska on the Island Princess ship with Princess Cruise Lines! This is my very first cruise and so far everything has been amazing! From an easy and quick embarkation in Vancouver to first impressions of the ship and food, I can tell this will be a fantastic cruise and vacation!

We started out in an Obstructed Ocean-view cabin and ended up getting upgraded to a Balcony cabin due to a big wet spot on our stateroom carpet. It is definitely worth it to spend the extra money and treat yourself to the balcony cabin especially when sailing in Alaska. The room is bigger, some amenities are upgraded, and the balcony is huge and perfect for watching the mountains and cities go by!

There’s so much to do onboard such as the Princess Theatre, casino, fitness room, pools, hot tubs, spa, lounges, art gallery and actions, Movies Under The Stars (daytime showings as well), The Library, lounges, and a bunch of daily scheduled activities! You won’t get bored while onboard!

Food venues include a pizzeria and grill located on the pool deck (Lido Deck 14), Horizon Court buffet (Lido Deck 14), Bordeaux (sit-down restaurant for Anytime Dining) and Provence (sit-down for Traditional Dining). There are also paid dining options such as Sabatini’s and Bayou which both have a cover charge of $29USD per person. 24hr room service is also included and very convenient. All food has been delicious!

Stay tuned as we sail Alaska up to Anchorage!

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Correna’s Eastern Caribbean Cruise on the Royal Princess – Part 3

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So today we were in St. Lucia. It was very cloudy and extremely humid. I had my 12,000 steps in before 1030am and decided the moment I got back to the ship I was going to make a trip to the spa. The Lotus Spa on the Royal Princess had a great port day special. They had a Top to Toe massage and facial for 129.00 USD. The spa was amazing and a shout out to Danni who gave me the best message and facial ever.

Did you know that when you arrange your next cruise with a travel agent you will usually receive an on board credit that you can apply to your on board services and purchases.

The regular price of the massage and facial was $219.00 USD so take advantage of great savings when you visit the spa on port days! If you have plans to visit the spa while cruising your busiest days are on sea days as well the most expensive. Just your tip for the day. 😊

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Correna’s Eastern Caribbean Cruise on the Royal Princess – Part 2

We arrived into St Thomas this morning. It is a beautiful island but you can still see some of the damage caused by the hurricane this past summer.

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Here is a little tip for you if you are looking for Wi-Fi. There is the tourism office right at the cruise port and they do offer a lot of information as well as free Wi-Fi!  This is a hot commodity as Wi-Fi can be expensive on the ship. I was able to help a couple who were trying to use WhatsApp instead of having to pay the higher rates with their cell phone provider. When in doubt about using other services like WhatsApp, iMessage or Skype through Wi-Fi instead of your cell phone data talk with your tech savvy friends and family before you leave. They will be able to fill you in for sure.

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