Our 2009 big trip

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For our big trip this year we decided to take a cruise.  Something we had never done before.  We got a very good deal on the cruise part of the trip and figured we have to suffer anyway on the flights to and from no matter where we decided to go.  Well, we picked Alaska for a few reasons.  We had never been there before, we had the chance to ride a modern train, and we may get to see the Aurora Borealis.  This all took place back in February.

The Cruise, on the Coral Princess, began on September 7th and was seven days, finishing in Whittier, Alaska.  On the way we would have stops in Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway.  And also we would get to see Glacier Bay and the College Fjords.

We also booked a land tour on the end of the cruise for five days, taking us to Talkeetna for one night, Denali National Park for two nights and end in Fairbanks for two nights.  We decided that we would add two more nights in Fairbanks in hopes of having a better chance of seeing the northern lights.

This blog will recount, mainly in pictures, what we saw and the things we did.


kwuck says:
Thanks!We initially wanted to go to the Rockies during Sept and saw there was offer on Alaska Cruise and took the offer for convenience-no need travel to Vancouver again for Alaska next time-hehe......Hope 2014 Sep month is drier and our trip ok.We shall be taking the Norwegian...
Posted on: Feb 23, 2014
Hummingbird says:
On our cruise the weather was so bad that there were no helicopter flights, or land side trips at all. Sept is not a good month to go.
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014
kwuck says:
Thanks for your blog and photos sharing here on Alaska Cruise.2014 Sept we plan to get on a helicopter & land on 1 of the Glacier sites during the cruise-any comment on the helicopter ride?
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014
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