Alaska Journals

Alaskan Cruise from Seattle

A May 2005 trip to Alaska by sizemoretravel

Marriott Seattle Airport Photo, Seattle, Washington More Photos
Quote: Cruise to Alaska from Seattle on Diamond Princess with stops in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Victoria, BC.

Marriott Seattle Airport

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel

Marriott Seattle Airport Photo, Seattle, Washington
Quote:
My mother and I were going on an Alaskan cruise from Seattle and we decided to stay in the Marriott Seattle Airport for two nights before our cruise. This was an excellent choice. The hotel is absolutely gorgeous. It has a very rustic feel with a huge indoor atrium with pool and hot tub, fireplace in the lobby and beautiful decor.Our room was big, with two queen beds. The beds were very comfortable and the hotel mad sure that we had nice linens and plenty of pillows. The amenities in our room were:Air conditioning Alarm clock Coffee maker/tea service Individual climate control Iron and ironing board Luxurious bedding - down comforters...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 20, 2008

Marriott Seattle Airport
3201 South 176th Street
Seattle, Washington 98188
(206) 241-2000

Pike Place Market

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

Pike Place Market Photo, Seattle, Washington
Quote:
Pike Place Market is one of the most exciting places to visit in Seattle. You can buy fresh flowers, fruits and vegtables, and most importantly, fresh fish. History of the MarketPike's Place market is located on nine acres in downtown Seattle. It's history is 100 years old. Pike Place Market is called "The Soul of Seattle."On August 17, 1907, Pike Place Market was born because the price of produce had skyrocketed and local farmers banded together to try to solve the problem. They started bringing their produce to the market.Pike Place Market is internationally recognized as America's premier farmers' market and is home to nearly 200 year-round commercial bus...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 21, 2008

Pike Place Market
85 Pike Street
Seattle, Washington 98101
(206) 682-7453

Space Needle

Attraction

Space Needle Photo, Seattle, Washington
Quote:
How could you visit Seattle without visiting the famous Space Needle?The Space needle was built in 1962 for that year's World's Fair. It has since become the symbol of Seattle, and one of the most recognizable structures in the world.The needle is easy to get to from anywhere in downtown Seattle. For directions, go to www.spaceneedle.comHours:Sunday - Thursday 9:00am - 10:00pm Friday & Saturday 9:00am - 12:00amTickets:Adult (ages 14-64): $16.00Youth (ages 4-13): $8.00Child (age 3 & under): FreeSenior (ages 65+): $14.00Active Military Adult w/ ID: $12.50Active Military Youth w/ ID: $7.00...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 21, 2008

Space Needle
400 Broad Street (seattle Center)
Seattle, Washington 98109
(206) 905-2111

Mendenhall Glacier

Attraction

Mendenhall Glacier Photo, Juneau, Alaska
Quote:
Juneau Alaska was our first port call during our Alaskan Cruise. We first decided to visit Mendenhall Glacer 13 miles from downtown Juneau, Alaska. Here are the visitor's center hours of operation:May-September8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Sun-SatAdmission: $3.00October-April10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thurs-SunAdmission: freeWe did not pay to go to the visitor's center. The view of the glacier from the public area was wonderful. You can choose to take a tour of the glacier from your cruise ship if you want, but there are shuttles and city buses that go to the glacier. We paid around $1.50 for the city bus, but it let us off a mile or so from the glacier and ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 21, 2008

Mendenhall Glacier
709 W 9th St
Juneau, Alaska 99801
(907) 789-0097

White Pass & Yukon Railroad

Attraction | "White Pass & Yukon Railroad"

White Pass & Yukon Railroad Photo, Skagway, Alaska
Quote:
During my cruise to Alaska, I quickly decided that Skagway was my favorite port call. The town was rustic, charming and beautiful. One of the most famous tours is the White Pass and Yukon Railroad. This train is famous and takes visitors up into Canada's Yukon territory.I chose to do something a little different. I took a bus tour that went along the same path as the Railroad (but was less expensive), plus my travel companion (my mother) wasn't too sure that she wanted to go on the very narrow railroad bridges. It turned out to be a great choice. Our tour driver took us to the old Gold Rush Cemetery where we saw Jefferson "Soapy" Smith's grave. It was isolated from...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 21, 2008

White Pass & Yukon Railroad
231 Second Avenue
Skagway, Alaska 99840
(800) 343-7373

Diamond Princess Cruise to Alaska

Best Of IgoUgo

Story/Tip

Our Cabin (category GG) Photo, Seattle, Washington
Quote:
I cruised in Mid-May on Princess Cruise Line. My mother and I chose the Diamond Princess. We got a really great deal on an obstructed-ocean view stateroom, so we decided to go for it. We departed from Seattle for 7 nights sailing the Inside Passage of Alaska. We loved our stateroom. Even though the view was obstructed, we had sunlight in our cabin every morning (unlike an inside stateroom where you don't know day from night).We had a small refrigerator in our cabin and sodas were placed on the counter. If we opened them or placed them in the refrigerator they were placed on our sign and sail account. The price wasn't bad at all. Sodas were the same price as the ones in the ...Read More
Beautiful Juneau Photo, Juneau, Alaska
Quote:
Juneau, the capital of Alaska is a beautiful town. Visit the Mendenhall Glacier, walk through the town, buy souvineers at the quaint shops (the best prices are at the end of cruise season-September).

There are many things that you can do during a visit to Juneau. Helicopter tours with glacier landings, whale-watching cruises, tours to see wildlife, seaplane tours, and much more....

It isn't rare to see Moose or Brown Bears in town while walking around. This capital town is a place not to be missed.

I was only there one day during a cruise port call, but I plan to go back.
Cruise Port in Skagway Photo, Skagway, Alaska
Quote:
Skagway, Alaska is on of the favorite places I have ever visited and by far, was my favorite stop on our Alaskan Cruise of the Inside Passage.

Skagway is a beautiful town that still has the rustic feel of a gold rush town. You can visit the Gold Rush Cemetery and see the grave of Jefferson "Soapy" Smith, who was buried apart from the rest of the cemetery because he swindled people whenever he got the chance. You can take flight tours of Skagway, or visit the beautiful Yukon Territory.