Friday, July 31, 2015

Alaska Cruise on the Ruby Princess- Days 5 to 7

Our last dock in Alaska was the city of Skagway! It is also the highest up north, so we had daylight from about 4:30 am to 10 pm- it was cool!

I finally got to run in Alaska on this day. I was hoping to do two runs outside but I didn't realize our dock time in Ketchikan was later than I thought. Of well, I got one in!




Skagway is a town of only about 1300 residents and even less in the summer, so we came during "busy" season and it is very cute but SMALL. It was developed during the gold rush and it is hard to imagine over 20,000 people being in that small town! 

It is at the base of many mountains, so we did a bike ride from the top of the mountain...and yup, the only day we were in a port that is rained was this day. Needless to say the bike ride was not the most fun part of my trip!




At the second view stop I had had enough of the rain. 




Customs on a bike! We didn't actually go to Canada, but the customs point is lower down the mountain due to avalanches so we got to bike through!


Lots of people on our boat did the steam train excursion!





I wish it had not been foggy or rainy so we would have had better views, but I appreciate what they could have been! Our guides were awesome, even though I was moved to the back due to going the slowest!:) I definitely prefer pedaling and even hills to zooming down a mountain at 15 mph!

We boarded the ship by 5 PM and were at sea for two straight days. I didn't know how I would like being at sea for so long, but, I tell ya, it was nice! It is truly one of the only times in life where you literally don't have any place you have to be or anything you have to do- you don't need to cook, clean, do laundry or go anywhere! Myself being a planner, it was such a nice feeling that I don't get a lot. I decided to get my long run in on the treadmill (12 miles) since we had time and then our group ate a lot, played cards, went to lots of shows and entertainment activities, and just enjoyed being on the ship. It was nice!

We docked at our last stop in Victoria, Canada at 7 PM on Saturday night. My mom and I decided to walk into town and explore on our own. It was gorgeous!

I love Canada! I may move there...:)









We were exhausted when we got back and so sad knowing we were done with the cruise:( We had to be out by 8 am the next morning.

For those of you thinking about doing an Alaskan cruise- DO IT. It was a great ship and beautiful scenery. My mom and I totally think we will do more cruises in the future.  The food, people, staff, entertainment and sites were great!

I also enjoyed having practically no internet or cell service for a week. Occasionally we had some spots in certain cities, but when we were at sea we were totally isolated from the world. It was so nice, and I am really going to try to limit my time on social media from now on because I realized I did not miss it nor did I care what was going with anyone else. The only thing I wanted to do each day online was sync my fitbit because of how much walking we did on the ship and in the cities:)

One more post on Seattle!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Alaska Cruise on the Ruby Princess- Day 4

After Ketchikan, we went up Tracy Arm Fjord, which is an area of glaciers and mountains, at the crack of dawn the next day- from about 5 to 10 am! Luckily, it gets light so early up north that waking up is not hard. I got up and went to the top deck to watch the views. It was easily my favorite morning. Once we got to the turning around point I went to the gym to run and still got to see the incredible views- not too shabby of a way to get a workout in!



 



After the morning scenery, we docked in Alaska's capital city- Juneau! Did you know that the only way into the city is by plane or boat? We were surprised!

We started the day with a tour of the Mendenhall Glacier.




Then we went whale watching! They were feeding in packs of 9, so we saw them come up to the surface and dive back under for over an hour- it was so cool!





Then we went to dinner at a private lodge for Alaska Salmon! P.S.- we ate fish every day on the cruise- SO GOOD!




Afterwards we walked around the town since we got on our tour bus right when we docked. Lots of prostitutes were in Alaska...




Bear statues were in all the cities, so obviously I had to pose...




We were exhausted after a long day! On to Skagway!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Alaska Cruise on the Ruby Princess- Days 1 to 3

Continuing from our stay in Bellingham, my mom and I took another bus about an hour south on a Sunday morning to head into Seattle to catch our cruise! We arrived early (about 11:00) but were able to get checked in and boarded way earlier than we thought. It was such an easy process and everyone was so nice!

Some of the ship...







Yay for a room with a balcony!




The ship was huge and we got to know it very well over the next 7 days! We made a pact to never use the elevators since we knew we would be eating a lot of good food (food EVERYWHERE) and it ended up leaving us sore due to the ship being 18 stories- that's a lot of stairs!

Our day and a half was at sea, so we explored, worked out in the awesome gym, went to lots of shows (the entertainment was great) and played lots of cards with the group of friends and their families that I met up with. We immediately connected with our random dinner crew, and even though I was by far the youngest at our table, I quickly grew to look forward to our dinners (and the food didn't hurt)!

By Tuesday, we were in Ketchikan, Alaska!






 We explored and then went to a Totem Pole park that had breathtaking views!



 




I re-took pictures in the afternoon because it was clearer outside- cute town!



 


We had to be back on the ship by 1ish to head further north!