In September, 2002, to celebrate our 25th Anniversary, Genelle and I took a one-week cruise from Seward, Alaska to Vancouver, BC. This was our first cruise and it was everything we had hoped for. Travelling on a cruise ship is wonderful and experiencing the rugged beauty of Alaska is breathtaking.
Cruise Map, 20260 byte(s).
By taking a one-way trip as opposed to the "Inside Passage" round trip that most cruise lines offer, we got to see a lot more of the Alaska coastline. We flew to Anchorage then took a train to Seward where we boarded our ship, the "Star Princess" for the cruise back to Vancouver. Shore excursions are optional and cost extra. Since it was our anniversary, we splurged and took some really nice trips which will be covered on other pages.
Embark early evening, depart late evening, sail all night
Sunday Cruising College Fjord all day
Monday Cruising Glacier Bay all day
Tuesday Port of Call: Skagway
Shore excursion: Narrow Guage Train to White Pass
Shore excursion: Glacier Point Wilderness Safari
Port of Call: Juneau
Shore excursion: Pilot's Choice Helicopter Glacier Tour
Shore excursion: Mount Roberts Tramway
Port of Call: Ketchikan
Shore excursion: Neet's Bay Bear Watch
Sailing the Inside Passage all day toward Vancouver
Disembark in the morning - the end of a wonderful cruise
Outside Stateroom with Private Balcony, 72086 byte(s).
I was never able to get a good photo of our stateroom, so I borrowed this one, plus the 3D room diagram below, from the Princess.Com website. We paid for an upgraded room which was large and comfortable. It had a full-size sliding glass door out to a very large balcony. This turned out to be an excellent choice for an Alaskan cruise with so much scenery.
Stateroom 3D, 25032 byte(s).
Our stateroom was on the port (left) side of the ship, near the front, and only a couple decks from the top. In the following two pictures I tried to give some idea of where the stateroom was situated in the ship.
Genelle on Balcony, 21375 byte(s).
Bridge from Balcony, 11288 byte(s).
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I stood on top of the bridge, which fans out on either side of the front of the ship, and shot this picture looking toward the back of the ship. You can see all of the terraced balconies down the side. Genelle is in the lower center of the picture. This picture is the opposite of the one on the left. I stood on our balcony and shot up toward the top of the bridge where I had previously stood to take the other picture. If you go to the ship picture gallery link below, these pictures will make more sense.
Click on each of the category links below to go to the various picture galleries from our trip.
The Ship
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