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Alaska Cruise

Posted by kernelbob on July 5, 2009

Last week, Anne and I cruised through Alaska’s Inside Passage.  It was quite an experience.

We embarked from Vancouver, BC, then over the next seven days, we visited Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Sitka, and Whittier/Anchorage.

Best things about the cruise:

  • An infinite amount of scenic beauty
  • Comfortably cool temperatures (50-70 degrees F)
  • Saw lots of bald eagles

Worst things about the cruise:

  • Stuck on public transportation for eight days (four planes, eight buses, four ferries, and the ship)
  • Minimal vegetarian food on board
  • Prepackaged entertainment, both shipboard and shore excursions
  • Tourist tackiness at every port (and no car to escape the tourist zones)
  • Crew struggled to speak English

Anne and I put a total of about three minutes into researching this trip before we signed up, so we didn’t really know what we were in for.  It was a Carnival boat, which David Foster Wallace described as “the Wal-Mart of Cruise Lines”.  We think we might have had a better time on a different line.

Alaska looks like a wonderful place to explore, and we’re looking forward to going there someday on our own.

I’ll try to get some pictures up after I’ve sorted through them.

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