Our ports of call
Seattle, USA | Juneau, Alaska, USA | Skagway, Alaska, USA | Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska, USA | Victoria, British Columbia, Canada | Seattle, USA
Day 1: Boarding | Leaving Seattle
We packed up all our stuff again this morning and waited in the lobby for our call to get on the provided bus that would take us to the cruise terminal.
We checked out our cabin, unpacked our suitcases and stashed our contraband in the safe – four cans of Pringles and four bars of dark chocolate. It was time for some exploring…
Stampin’ Up! hosted a couple of different events on the first afternoon, the first being a meet and greet in the auditorium to welcome all the Demonstrators and give them time to mingle and network.
Day 2: At sea
We spent today at sea and wandered around the ship to get our bearings. It was the perfect day for Angela to catch up with her Stampin’ Up! peeps.
Day 3: Juneau, Alaska
After a full day and a half at sea, we docked in Juneau, Alaska.
Sled Dogs and Musher’s Camp
Once off the ship we boarded a bus to Douglas Island and went to a sled dog musher’s camp, where we jumped in a wheeled ground sled and were pulled by 16 Alaskan Huskies. Such fit, beautiful dogs who love to work. Really. Love. To work!
We met all the dogs after the ride and then had cuddles with some pups.
We sampled some of the local fare for lunch – a tasting paddle of beer, Alaskan crab cakes, sweet potato fries, and portobello mushroom fries.
Day 4: Skagway, Alaska
Today we explored Skagway – a great little town founded around the time of the Gold Rush (1899). The longest day in Skagway is 23 hours+ daylight in the middle of summer and shortest is less than 1 hour in the middle of winter.
Not sure I could handle that.
Skagway street car tour
We took a street car tour and learned Skagway’s story of heroes and villains as well as some of the buildings around town. Our 350cu Chev street car was built by old mate from the TV show American Hotrod and sounded sweet as it idled around town.
Day 5: Tracy Arm Fjord
After Skagway we had two days at sea and got right up into Tracy Arm fjord. Old mate at the helm did three or four 360s in front of the glacier so we had plenty of photo opportunities. Just. Stunning!
Again, the photos don’t do it justice
On board ice show
After the magnificence of our early morning glacier viewing we had breakfast and lounged around the ship a bit more. After lunch, we attended the matinee session of the onboard ice show…
Day 6: At sea
Today was a day at sea doing nothing. Angela had several Stampin’ Up activities to attend so I made the most of the down time and relaxed…
Day 7: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Today we explored Butchart Gardens, the most magnificent gardens I had ever seen. They have been in the Butchart family for five generations and include a beautiful water feature made from an old quarry. Just stunning. Much wow!!