This summer my family and I had one of our best and most adventurous vacation – a 7-day Alaskan cruise. After embarking on Celebrity Millennium in Vancouver, we spent a day relaxing at sea sailing towards the Inside Passage. After this much needed day of rest, we were super amped and ready to reach our first port of call: Ketchikan, AK!
It was guaranteed to rain in Ketchikan, so I happily broke out my new rain coat along with my boots. But guess what? It didn’t rain at all and turned out to be a sunny a day! Since Ketchikan is known as the ‘Salmon Capital of the World’, we saw a lot of souvenir shops with salmon-shaped souvenirs. We arrived at six in the morning, and our ship was the first one to port that day. The town was slowly coming to life as we left the ship, but we enjoyed our first peaceful moments among these tranquil views. The weather was quintessential Ketchikan that day: slightly cool with a gentle mist in the air.
We had so much fun in Ketchikan walking through the streets that I thought it would be hard to top, nut Juneau turned out to be extraordinary too! We trailed on a road for half a mile, and then we saw The Nugget Falls with the beautiful Mendenhall Glacier at the back! On our way back, we got to play with puppies! These newbies were only a few weeks old and weren’t even named! I may have tried to place one in my backpack and take it home.
All in all, Juneau felt surreal. Later in the evening, we boarded our ship again to take on the next day’s adventure to Skagway.
My last port on this trip was beautiful Skagway. The weather was much cooler than that in Juneau. My family and I took a bus tour of the Yukon Territory where we could see the astonishing snow-filled mountains as well as lush green mountains! After which we spent time discovering the town which was tiny but super-cute with a population of just 1000 people. On our last day, we got the witness the dumbfounding Hubbard Glacier which truly made us breathless! After seven amazing days at the sea, it was time to disembark in Seward and make our way up to Anchorage for the last leg of our adventure. Rather than heading directly to Anchorage, we arranged an all-day tour to do some additional sightseeing (we also spotted bears!). Everything was so pristine, quiet and magnificently beautiful when we landed that it felt like we were transported to another world.
Pictures by: Mihir Ashar and Falguni Ashar