Oh Alaska, you're quite the beaut! We've wanted to do an Alaskan cruise for quite some time now and I am thrilled to share how much we enjoyed our vacation. First of all, we are big fans of vacations in the form of cruising. I can't think of a more stress-free option. The biggest stressors of my days went something along the lines of, "we have to wake up earlier to get the comfy black chair in the crows nest lounge! and.... should I shower in the spa or in our room.... and.... should we order dessert or get room service in a few hours?" You get the picture. It was rough...
The food was out of this world delicious! Andrew literally ate meat for every meal. At the end of the week, he probably consumed more meat than he has in the last almost four years of our marriage combined. Totally serious. #wifefail.
//iPhone photos first up! Followed by photos with the real camera//
The entertainment on board was surprisingly quite enjoyable. Mostly, I enjoyed the care-free days and incredible beauty that surrounded us every minute of the trip. Watching for wildlife is addicting and I understood why fellow passengers staked out their perch and guarded it like they would their young. Whew! I got a kick out of people-watching too. That can be a full time job in itself!
In Juneau, we rode a helicopter up to the Mendenhall glacier. It may look small in the photos, but it spreads a mile and a half wide! We learned that the glacier moves six inches each day and melts enough water to fill a swimming pool each minute! It really was quite beautiful and I especially liked drinking the glacier water. The ultimate refreshment! I played co-captain on the ride and held myself together so as to not lose my lunch. I seriously have the weakest stomach ever when it comes to anything with motion.
Other highlights include the thermal spa and hydropool, the kindest & most wonderful service, getting to read, and naps. Halleluia for nap time... The eagles soared, the whales were plenty, and those snow capped mountains....
Everywhere we looked was simply breathtaking.
I thought Sitka and Victoria were absolutely lovely. For a while there, I even had myself convinced I could live in Sitka! Maybe for a while at least. Would be fun for a time.
Low-lights include having to pump every few hours and figure out appropriate milk supply (aka- crazy swollen and confused boob situation), Ketchikan (sorry if you're from there.... lesson learned, do an excursion next time), and missing my baby like crazy. Yes, there were a few moments of tears. It felt incredibly strange to be away from her for so long and I constantly felt as though I was forgetting something.
I'm not sure what else to say besides that it was amazing. Lovely. Beautiful. I'm so thankful for this time with my man.
//Alaskan Cruise. Holland America's Westerdam. May 2-9, 2015//