Wow, okay, since the last time I updated my blog (before my previous life update post), I have been on two major international trips! I know what you’re thinking, “But Kristi, this post is titled ALASKA cruise, and Alaska is part of the U.S.” Which is correct, but we also spent several days in the beautiful Canadian city of Vancouver, British Columbia. Technically, Canada is still international!
I have A TON of photos from this trip, possibly more than any other trip. But what can I say? Alaska is possibly the most naturally beautiful place I have ever been to on the planet! Oh, and Vancouver was no slouch, either! There were stunning mountain vistas, sparkling blue waters, immense, icy glaciers, and evergreen trees as far as the eye could see.
Instead of sprinkling photos throughout the post, I will try to give a super quick overview of our tip and then post a gallery at the end. (I totally won’t feel bad if you skip straight to the photos!) If you’re at all interested, we planned our cruise and land tour combo all through Princess Cruises. (This is not an affiliate link, I don’t get any sort of kick-back, just sharing!)
The short version
We decided to start with four days in Vancouver prior to setting off on the cruise portion of our trip. We booked a super cute studio apartment through AirBnB, which we absolutely loved! (That IS an affiliate link because I love AirBnB. If you’ve never used it… Where have you been?? And, also, you should definitely check it out!) After our days of exploring the city and some gorgeous local sites, we spent the morning celebrating Canada Day before setting off on our Alaska cruise.
The cruise portion was awesome because there are several glaciers and scenic cruising areas of Alaska that you cannot see except by boat. While we were very cold, we also loved that were sightseeing from the comfort of our floating hotel. The land portion of the tour came after about a week on the ship. This part was also booked through Princess and involved staying at various Princess-owned lodges while seeing more of interior Alaska. The lodges were beautiful and the tours were excellent, our only gripe was that food was not included in the price. We had assumed food would be included in the cost of the rest of our trip, just like it is on the ship. It wasn’t that huge of a deal; however, and there were several delicious restaurants that we were able to try!
So, without further ado, here are the photos from my Alaska Cruise & Land Tour trip from July 2018.
Photos From Alaska (And Canada)
The highlights of the trip for me were probably sightseeing in Vancouver – it is a really cool city! – and hiking on a freaking glacier! Alaska is just beautiful and I cannot recommend it enough. We enjoyed our Princess cruise, but personally I don’t think I would book the land tour portion through them again. If I ever get the chance to go back, I do think it would be fun to rent an off-road camper and really explore more of the interior and accessible coastline.
Have you ever been to Alaska? How did you see it, and what was your favorite part?
As always, thanks for reading!
**Quick note: the new gallery plugin seems to be working a lot better. The thumbnails are cropped a little weird, but if you click on the thumbnail it will open a lightbox slideshow to see the images larger! :)