Summer Activities: Cruise to Alaska

by lakeerieartists

This summer my family will be taking a one week cruise to Alaska. Here is what we plan to do while we are there.

Taking a Cruise to Alaska

Travel in Alaska is a summer activity

Princess cruise to AlaskaThis summer (2011), my parents are taking our entire family on a one week cruise to Alaska.  This trip is in honor of their 50th anniversary, and is going to include my family, husband and children, my sister's family, and my brother.  So all together, there will be 11 of us traveling together.

Traveling to Alaska is something that can only be done during the summer, as during the winter, many parts of Alaska are snowed in or too cold for travelers.  My parents chose the itinerary for our trip, and we are traveling to the Alaskan Inner Passage, which I will outline below, and have the options for several extra excursions during each stop.  The cruise leaves from Seattle, which means that we will have to fly from Cleveland to Seattle the day before, then stay overnight in Seattle before we board the ship.

Alaska Travel Guides

Fodor’s Alaska (Full-color Travel Guide)
Fodor's Travel
$18.33  $10.94
The MILEPOST 2024: Alaska Travel Planner
$31.93  $27.93
Fodor's The Complete Guide to Alaska Cruises (Full-color ...
Fodor's Travel
$16.28  $10.22

Hiking and Travel Gear for Alaska

Columbia Men's Watertight II Jacket, BLACK, X-Large
Columbia Men's Sportswear
$59.99  $59.94
Columbia Youth Boys Cypress Brook II Pant, Black, Medium
Columbia Children's Apparel
$20.98  $14.99
Carhartt Men's Knit Cuffed Beanie, Bright Orange, One Size
Carhartt Sportswear - Mens
$14.13  $14.1

Alaska Cruise: One Week or Two

If you are traveling to Alaska on a cruise, there is no question that one week is not enough time.  Due to the fact that we are traveling on my parent's dime, and we are busy with other family activities, my parents chose a one week cruise for us.  This will be wonderful and exciting for us, but two weeks is actually a better choice for a trip to Alaska, whether you travel on a cruise or inland.

My parents have been to Alaska twice before this trip, both on a cruise and inland, and they loved both trips, so either choice is a good one.  Remember that travel to and from Alaska from most spots in the United States takes several hours, even by plane, so you need to add those days to your travel time.

Things to Do Alaska Inside Passage

Alaska Inside Passage Cruise Itinerary

Here is the outline of the places we will visit below:

  • Ketchikan, Alaska
  • Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
  • Juneau, Alaska
  • Skagway, Alaska
  • Victoria, British Columbia

For this trip, we need to have our passports because we will be traveling in and out of the borders of the U.S. and Canada.

Day One: Day at Sea

First day going from Seattle to Alaska

Cruise to Alaska Day OneToday is Tuesday August 9, 2011.  We are currently in Ketchikan, Alaska, and I am sitting in a combination coffee shop and charter boat service.  This is not something that you can find anywhere, so I thought that it was an appropriate place to write.  As I can find internet connections on this trip, I will be adding my daily notes and impressions.  You can find them listed below as I add them.


Day One:  Day at Sea (Seattle to Ketchikan)

Day Two: Ketchikan

Day Three: Tracy Arm Fjord (Morning)

Updated: 07/05/2015, lakeerieartists
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ohcaroline on 08/12/2011

This cruise is on my must-do list. Such interesting places to see and things to do. Looking forward to the rest of your trip details.

mivvy on 08/10/2011

What a wonderful trip, enjoy every minute of it! I will follow you from behind my computer

bev-owens on 08/09/2011

Taking a trip to Alaska is definitely on my bucket list. Loved today's update and can't wait to see and hear about the rest of the trip.

mandeesears on 07/23/2011

Never been to Alaska, so I look forward to hearing about your trip! I do LOVE Victoria, BC though. Been there lots when we lived in Washington. You will enjoy it!

mbgphoto on 07/23/2011

Have a wonderful time on your trip. I look forward to seeing more when you return.

dustytoes on 07/23/2011

Oh, I am so jealous. Alaska is one place I'd love to see. Have a great time relaxing in that beautiful area Paula! I'm sure there will be much to write about afterwards... !

mivvy on 07/23/2011

Sound like a wonderful trip, would love to read the rest.Have a nice trip!

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