Alaskan Cruise

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Friday May 24, 2013 Under Claire, Cobey, Crusies, Homeschool, Kid's Corner, Travel


Jimmy and ClaireWe booked an Alaskan trip thru Carolina Homeschoolers that included a seven night cruise and then a five night land tour. This was not our first cruise on Royal Caribbean but the first with the kids. Overall, the cruise itself was okay but it was not Disney. The kids club was not open all the time to Claire’s disappointment. There were not as many activities for kid or  even shows to watch on TV. I was disappointed I could not get all our photos digitally. We had to pick ten. The kids would ask why this or that and we would say “because it is NOT Disney”. After this cruise, we will stick with Disney for family cruises at least for awhile.

The things that saved the cruise were Cobey being able to play with the Hill boys, Jimmy our assistant waiter who was awesome with the kids and our table mats. The first night we sat down. I didn’t think our table mats were happy. They looked like they were thinking great we got stuck with the only kids in the place but Claire and Cobey soon won them over and we had a great time. There was one couple who did move tables and decided not to sit with us. Jimmy was awesome with the kids and did origami every night and on formal night he did balloon art. Claire loved Jimmy and told him he belonged on the Disney Cruise. Overall, we had a good trip but we kept thinking it would have been even better if we were on Disney.


IMG_1039Our Table Mats



First Port- Ketchikan

This was my least favorite port but it could have been the weather or the fact Cobey was sick. It could have also been that I had to explain to Claire what a prostitute was after walking down Creek Street. We were worried that Cobey might be sick for the trip but after one day and night in bed he was fine. We did the Lumberjack Show for our excursion that day and it was corny but fun. We planned to take the bus to some totem poles but we skipped that because of Cobey and the rain.

Lumberjack Show


Port- Icy Strait Point 

We did a combination tour of Hoonah Sightseeing and aTribal Dance. We had a wonderful tour guide who was a Native Tingit and we learned a lot about the  culture. The best part of the sightseeing part was seeing a totem pole and mural project in process. The tribal dance was fun and the kids even got me on the dance floor. After our tour, we shopped and walk around. It was really beautiful.

Icy Strait Point Tribal Dance


Port- Juneau 

We were suppose to do a combination Mendenhall Glacier, Whale Watching and Salmon Bake. The Salmon Bake was cancelled because of the choppy seas we could not get to it. We first stop was the glacier which was interesting but not fabulous. I am glad we went but not sure I would go back. The whale watching was amazing. We saw Orcas and Humpbacks. By far the best part was we saw a male Orca breech which is so rare even the crew was excited. It will be one of our most memorable moments of the trip. After the excursion, we did a little shopping in port and that was when Claire really got into collecting all the free stuff in the coupon book.

Male Orca BreechMendenhall Glacier








Port- Skagway

We had such a great time the day before we did not know we could top it but the Dog Sledding Summer Camp came close. Even Cobey who did not much want to go on this one loved it. We had debated on this or the Dog Sledding on the glacier but this one was much much cheaper and we decided to go for the summer camp. We had the best tour guide who was a musher and so appreciative of us being there. Cobey loved it because we rode up to the camp in a military vehicle. Claire and he got chosen to ride in the cab which they loved. We had a blast riding in the wheeled cart as the dogs pulled us. On the way down, we got to stop at a beautiful overlook. Back at the bottom we learned more about the dogs and got to hold them. It was a great morning. We got backin town in time for a little shopping and then back to the ship.




IMG_0912Dog Sledding




Port- Hubbard Glacier 

This was the only time I wish we had a balcony room. We could have sat on our balcony and viewed the glacier. I admit that I only saw it for a moment when I took Claire to find Bruce. Cobey and I pretty much slept thru it but if you have seen one glacier you have seen them all. Right?

Hubbard Glacier Hubbard Glacier




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