I ventured on an Alaskan cruise and it was the most incredible adventure of my lifetime. It was a spectacular trip to an unknown world where I immediately escaped from my daily grind. Virtually overnight after departing from Seattle, Washington, on the, “Noordam,” the newest and largest cruising ship by Holland America, I awoke to a different world, a misty world of natural beauty.
Nature’s wonder still exists on this part of the world, unhampered by cold steel and constant construction. If you’re planning to take a cruise, please decide to embark on a cruise to Alaska. The memories you’ll take with you will linger long after you return, and you’ll always have the desire to take another Alaskan cruise.
Cruising happens to be the most relaxing way to travel, taking a smooth ride to new adventures via pampered elegance on a sleek five star hotel, with all the posh amenities you can imagine. My room was elegantly decorated with a queen sized bed and luxurious linens, a sitting and dining area, a full bathroom and a private veranda, a must for personal enjoyment and private viewing of the sights.
Enjoy the excellent attendance of a cabin steward who’ll quickly know your every need, providing a smile and a friendly hello whenever you encounter each other. Soak in the genuine smiles of your dining staff, all eager to assist you with your dining needs. Bask in the sensations of being nurtured by a ship’s staff who only want to make your cruise the most enjoyable experience possible. You’ll feel like your royalty within a day.
“Food, glorious food.” You’ll be singing these words when you realize there’s twenty-four hours of excellent prepared food daily, including snack bars, midnight buffets, five o’clock teas, or private room service if you desire. Every food you possibly can imagine within means can be provided if you only make a request.
One thing to remember is to not embark on a cruise planning to adhere to a strict diet regimen. The food and the manner it’s displayed and served is much too enticing, but if you have extreme willpower there are plenty of nutritious lo-cal food selections.
There’s glorious entertainment with fresh shows nightly, all up to the standards of Broadway. There are game shows you can participate as contestants or sit by and just observe. There are karaoke contests, trivia games, dancing nightly with live bands or DJ’s, or gambling in a nice sized casino. There’s a full book and magazine, music and video library.
You can exercise in a full sized gym, swim in an Olympian sized pool or relax in a bubbling Jacuzzi, or if you wish sign up for deluxe spa treatments. Go ahead and enjoy a deep tissue massage. Of course I can’t forget the numerous onboard shops to explore and stock up on souvenirs, from a wide range of prices. Or you can sit in a comfortable lounge chair and relax for an entire cruise. No pressure to do anything by anyone.
The number one reason I wanted to visit Alaska was to view breath-taking glaciers. You’ll view multiple, awe-inspiring natural made glaciers, in various tints of marble blue, surrounded by majestic purple mountains. There’s nothing like experiencing gliding through the calm waters of, “Glacier Bay,” surrounded by massive sized glaciers on both sides of your ship, watching them calve (break off) and hear a thunderous sound as they crash into the bay and start drifting right past you. You can almost reach out and touch them.
The day I was there our ship was wrapped in a misty fog, giving a strange allure to the spectacular experience. A naturalist from the park climbed on board to explain everything you’d want to know about the various named glaciers and wildlife. Warning, make sure you have plenty of camera and video equipment with you. “Glacier Bay National Park,” is a must see, an experience you’ll be eager to share.
Wildlife will surround you. Gawk at bald eagles soaring above your head, basking on rock islands and flapping immense wings as they settle into huge nests built high up in pine trees. Be amazed over the sight of gigantic humpback whales undertaking their summer feeding dance, displaying awesome bodies as they flip their tails into the air before crashing under the ocean to feed on massive quantities of plankton.
See islands of sea lions basking, seals and groups of sea otters swimming lazily on their backs. Gaze at immense brown bears, moose and elk, as they live in natural settings virtually untouched. Colorful birds also frequent the region.
Ice capped mountains, dormant volcanoes and various sized island villages you’ll also view as you cruise along. Relax and view the awesome splendor of the tall ice capped mountain chains. Explore various islands that make up Alaska, and learn about the culture and history.
Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan were a few islands my cruise ship docked at. Watch fishing ships as they pass you by on their way to capture salmon, which is well known for Alaska along with king crab. See sea planes flash by you, a convenient and necessary way of transportation here. Sit back and admire the dazzling view of the clear, refreshing blue waters of Alaska.
Sunsets here are the most beautiful in the country, with overly extended daylight. At the time I was there, daylight lasted about eighteen hours, and I enjoyed having every minute for taking in the wonders.
Disembark at various ports to explore Alaskan islands, venture on fishing trips, take a helicopter sightseeing adventure to land on top of the Mendenhall glacier, take a tour boat excursion, go shopping, or go out and explore on your own. Just walking and admiring the vegetation and the homes will entertain you. You’ll want to see as much as you can of this natural beautiful state.
You can choose from the least adventurist tour to a hardy nature exploring wilderness trip. The indigenous people, the original natives still live here and are eager to share their history and lifestyle today. You can’t help but be amazed at the hand carved, colorful totem poles, each figure representing a family’s unique history.
Cruising to Alaska and taking in the glorious sights will make you understand what the word, serenity, means. You can’t help but feel transformed and be renewed glimpsing natural wonders. If you have faith, your spirit will understand what a wonderful world God has created.
The fact that glaciers are melting, altering the landscape daily, you can’t help but question the effect on our world, whether you believe in global warming or not. Alaska will reveal to you images that few men fully appreciate.
Taking a cruise on the, “Noordam,” was something that altered my life forever with renewed respect, pride, and appreciation towards nature. This is my main reason I feel you should embark on a cruise to Alaska. The best time to take this adventure is between April and September, because in winter cruise ships are unable to navigate the frozen waters.