We just celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary, by cruising with our family. We chose a Royal Caribbean Cruise, 7 night Alaska Sawyer Glacier Cruise on the Rhapsody of the Seas. In began in the Pacific Northwest, departing from Seattle, we traveled the Inside Passage of Alaska. All of our children, (except for our youngest daughter and son-in-law who are expecting a new baby in two weeks), joined us along with my Mom and sister-in-law. We had a fantastic time together!
Skagway, Alaska, July 2013
The 3 port cities we visited on this cruise were fabulous. Our first stop was Juneau, Alaska. The ships and harbor views were breath-taking.
A sailing yacht docked in Auke Bay Harbor where Faith Hill and Tim McGraw were vacationing with their family.
We had a whale of a time on Auke Bay. We were able to see 2 pods of approximately 6 Humpback whales, even babies, bubble feeding of the side of our double-decked catamaran. We also spotted several soaring eagles overhead.
We had a moment of silence for all the herring that gave their lives for this shot!
Bubble feeding Humpback whales near Juneau, Alaska.
I highly recommend Juneau Tours. We saved some money, (booking directly with them, rather than through Royal Caribbean International), and enjoyed the Mendenhall Glacier and Whale Watching tour.
Our Juneau Tours Whale Watching Crew…SHE drove the boat!
Juneau is actually the capital of Alaska, and third largest city. The Mendenhall Glacier is just 13 miles from downtown. While there, a black bear crossed the street with one of our girls. Surprised, she scrambled for her camera, but wasn’t able to get a picture of it!
Mendenhall Glacier is 12 miles long, 1.5 miles wide and compromised of ice 400-800 feet deep.
Amazing wildflowers at Mendenhall Glacier.
Our next port city was Skagway, Alaska, a charming little city known for it’s gold rush history on the Alaskan panhandle. We took a great bus tour to White Pass, finding ourselves surrounded by snowcapped mountains and glistening glaciers. We also hit the mother-load sampling Alaska’s best cupcakes ever from Sugar Mamas.
At the top of The Klondike Highway, near the Canadian border.
Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!
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