Stacey Acree, Senior Vice President, and Dagmar Morrison, Travel Consultant, both started their summer with a voyage on Celebrity Solstice to Alaska. In this blog, Stacey shares amazing pictures of the landscape and stories of checking off bucket-list items during her Alaska adventure.
My family and I spent our first week of school break journeying to Alaska on Celebrity Solstice. Our journey began in Seattle and we lucked out with picture perfect weather as we journeyed to the 49th State.
Our trip included many highlights including the immense ice formations of Hubbard Glacier, as well as visits to popular ports such as Skagway and Ketchikan. We also visited Juneau, the only U.S. state capital that's not accessible by car and beautiful Victoria, British Columbia.
The trip began with a chartered Salmon Fishing Boat and you could practically touch the eagles flying around the boat. We even saw humpback whales and dolphins. My son Ryan caught a salmon which was not quite big enough to ship back to the US, but the experience will stay with him for a lifetime.
Juneau was our day of adventure. We were picked up in a helicopter and whisked off to meet the Iditarod dogs who live high on the glacier. Some of the fastest sled dogs from the team were our guides for the day as they whisked us off on a sled ride around the glaciers. UNBELIEVABLE!!!
Our pilot then took us to a glacier where it felt like we were the only people on earth. It was spectacular and we even drank the freshest water from the bright blue glacier on top of the mountain.
In Skagway we went zip lining and I have to admit…I am afraid of heights! I overcame my trepidation by having our fearless guides talk me through the adventure. By the end, I was zipping down with no problem and the scenery from high above was breathtaking.
In Victoria we visited the jaw dropping Butchart Gardens. The roses had the most wonderful smell EVER. It's a spectacular excursion and a must visit for any family trip.
Our Celebrity Solstice cruise had excellent food especially in the specialty dining options with the best Kobe Burger, sushi and gyoza. There was also plenty of homemade ice cream and snacks at the coffee shop. I also took advantage of classes in the gym and the view from the window was a screen of mountains while you sailed.
There were plenty of activities for all ages and at all times. The entertainment was alive with Cirque de Soleil like shows. There was also a glass blowing studio with live demonstrations and a lawn club where they had movies daily. We also enjoyed the martini bar with displays on dry ice that are true pieces of art.
Our cruise on the Celebrity Solstice was a trip to remember. A special shout out to Alesander and Silva who went out of their way to 'adopt' our family and make us feel extra special. Also to Matthew Scheer, Market Sales Manager at Celebrity, who sent us off in style with a souvenir bag of lots of goodies!
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I managed to squeeze in a trip to Alaska on one of the last sailings of the season. I picked out a Seattle-to-Seattle sailing on Norwegian Cruise Line, and it was a fabulous time!
The ship, Norwegian Pearl has an old-style look with a Russian influence - very pretty! We ate at all of the specialty restaurants and loved them all. One of my favorite aspects of an NCL cruise is the Freestyle Dining. It's worth it for me to be able to eat whatever I want, whenever I want.
The entertainment onboard was awesome! They have music venues all around the ship that offer a wide variety of shows. Over the course of the cruise we saw a women's quartet, a rock group, an easy-listening show and a 5-piece Motown group that really had the boat rocking!
Cruising to Alaska was really an incredible experience. There's nothing like drinking champagne out on your balcony and watching the glaciers float by.
We did an excursion at every stop and managed to see a whole lot. Some of my favorite highlights were exploring the Mendenhall Glacier, riding the train in Skagway, and going "whale chasing." Technically it was whale watching, but we were in a small boat with only about 20 people, and every time a whale was spotted, our little boat would zoom over to go find it.
It was a wonderful trip overall, and I would definitely recommend a cruise to anyone who wants to see Alaska for themselves.
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