ALASKA! I am lucky and fortunate. In just a few weeks I will be packing for a ten day adventure that will include a pre-cruise stay in Vancouver and a 7 night cruise on the Disney Wonder. I have truly enjoyed planning this adventure. I am traveling with three generations from age 7 to 70. I am planning a mix of port adventures. Some of which are with Disney, some I have booked with a local tour company and for some I am “winging it” (yes my husband does not like EVERYTHING to be planned ahead).
I am going to blog periodically about all of my experiences along the way. First, I would like to talk about a couple things that I think are different about an Alaska cruise compared to a more traditional Caribbean one.
Passports- They are required for this Alaska cruise because I am sailing out of Vancouver, Canada. We planned ahead and already have them in hand. No late rush fees for us! If you are getting your passports at a USPS save some money by getting the pictures taken and made at a local Walgreens.
Stateroom selection – I have sailed in all kinds of staterooms and while I enjoy a verandah it is not a requirement for me. This time I decided the verandah is a must. While Disney ships are a destination themselves I think for Alaska I will be focused on the views of the coastline and looking for wildlife. The days in Alaska are very long (early sunrise and late sunset) and I have visions of morning coffee on my verandah while the kids are making plans with the daily navigator. When sailing on a Disney Cruise you can get a discount if you book the next cruise while on board. I took advantage of this when I booked my Alaska trip and was pleased with the large savings.
I have many ideas for future posts during my travels and upon my return. I want to talk about Vancouver, packing for Alaska, port adventures, as well as the dynamics of traveling with three generations. Maybe my husband Randy will have some tips for traveling with the in-laws! I invite you to follow my adventure. Next post I will discuss how we are getting to Vancouver. I hope that by sharing my experiences you might also consider taking on ALASKA!