An Alaska cruise is a must for travelers. When you think of Alaska, the first thing that might come to mind is the cold weather. For cruise season, the weather is not that cold. The best time to cruise Alaska is the Summer. Doing an Alaska Summer cruise is the perfect time to visit the Great Land.
We would be doing a 7 day Alaska cruise from Seattle on the Norwegian Pearl. The Norwegian Pearl is the jewel class NCL cruise ship. The cruise ship features a chic bowling alley, 16 delicious dining options, 15 bars and lounges, dazzling casino, tranquil spa, and spacious Garden Villas. The Norwegian Pearl is the perfect cruise ship to venture into the wild of Alaska. What an exciting time to be visiting Alaska again!
If you book an Alaska cruise, it’s a must to find things to do when you reach the cruise ports. There’s plenty of shore excursions. You have lumberjack shows, crab feast’s, salmon bake’s, wilderness exploration, scenic railway, and many more fun adventures. We decided to do a whale watching tour in Juneau.
For this Norwegian Alaska cruise you must travel to Seattle and embark at Pier 66. There’s actually a lot to do at this cruise port, so if you have time to explore before the Alaska cruise, definitely do so.
Seattle is one of the beautiful cities in the country, but we were ready for our 7 day Alaska cruise on the Norwegian Pearl. The first stop would be visiting Juneau, followed by Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Alaska, and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Although this was a cruise in the Alaska Summer, staying warm is a must. Hanging out all day on the cruise decks enjoying sun like a Bahamas cruise isn’t something you will see many of the cruisers do. The weather was cold, but it was not warm enough to tan. You will see many beautiful views and wildlife as you cruise through Alaska, but you will also experience random rain and very strong winds. There were times when the winds were so strong that being outside was not possible. Throughout the cruise most people on the cruise ship stayed inside, but sometimes you would see people hanging out in the hot tubs.
Day 3 we visited Juneau, the capital of Alaska. A very exciting day since it would be the time for our excursion, the Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier Photo Safari. For the excursion, we traveled from the Juneau port via bus to the Stephens Passage. We boarded a boat and set sail to do some whale watching. Seeing the humpback whales and the playful sea lions were an amazing sight. The highlight of the whale watching tour was witnessing a Humpback whale breach. What a cool sight to see!
Following the whale watching excursion it was time to visit the Mendenhall Glacier. To get there, we walked through The Trail of Time. For our group that day, it was so cloudy and rainy, it was impossible to see the Mendenhall Glacier. When visiting Alaska tourist attractions, the weather is unpredictable.
After leaving the Medenhall Glacier and walking back to our tour bus, we saw a family of black bears. The youngest bear was enjoying a salmon that it’s mom caught.
Our next cruise port stops were Skagway and Ketchikan. We didn’t do any of the cruise excursions offered because we wanted to explore the Inside Passage ports. Skagway is a small area and the population is under 1000 people. Ketchikan is the southeastern most city in Alaska.
Many onboard of the Norwegian Pearl would say for the Alaska cruise their most anticipated moment was visiting Glacier Bay. When the cruise ship reached Glacier Bay, the empty decks were now crowded. People loved seeing the glaciers. We all saw icebergs and calving glaciers too!
Glacier Bay was great; it was incredible to see. We captured some great shots of the glaciers. and scenery.
Hearing the white thunder along with glacier calving was amazing. The cruise ship spent about an hour in front of the Margerie Glacier. If you have yet to see glaciers or love to see them, Glacier Bay is definitely one of the must see places to visit in Alaska.
It was a nice and peaceful Alaska summer cruise. Most days there were clear skies and the views were breathtaking. The only day it rained was when we visited Juneau. Doing a cruise is a nice way to explore Alaska! What a wonderful experience with Norwegian Cruise Line on the Pearl.
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