Alaskan Cruise August 2019

August 12-23, 2019

Alaska is a great trip for many reasons. One obviously is that we are actually in the U.S.  for 95% of the trip with the exception of cruising time from port to port.. Another aspect of the trip is we spend the first 4 days together for the land portion of the trip, then transfer to our cruise ship. We then travel for 7 days on the Inside Passage. During these days you are free to do what interests you, experiencing your individuals preferences on the ship and on shore 

This is the view of Mt. McKinley, now Denali which is not often seen due to it having it's own weather system so is cloud covered about 70% of the time. We did see it in 2012 and 2015 but did not see it in 2019. If you see it you become a member of the 26% Club..

Denali is our final destination on the land portion of our trip before returning to Anchorage on the Great Alaskan RR.

For our Inside Passage portion of the trip, you will enjoy the beauty and comfort of Royal Caribbean's: RADIANCE OF THE SEAS

This blog will follow a usual trip itinerary for our travels to Alaska. We fly out of O'Hare in Chicago and land at Anchorage where we enjoy the comforts of a 4 or 5 star hotel and a welcome dinner for the group at a local restaurant.

  Mary Doyle, Valerie Graczyk and Susan Schmitz with Rocky in background 
enjoying the hotel lobby in Anchorage.

Children are welcome on the trip due to the many activities of interest offered on land and on the cruise ship. Leighton May Malac, Camille & Jim Meyers, Connor, Laura and Jeff Malec enjoying our welcome dinner upon arrival.

Silly or should I say upside down Connor Malec

Leighton May Malec

We enjoy a short tour of  Anchorage and the many float plane at the liquid runway at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International airport.

Justin Meyers next to a beautiful example of an Alaskan float plane

We stop on our way to Denali at The Iditarod Trail in Wasilla  You'll have the option or taking a short ride an a stimulating 1/2 mile dog sled trip pulled by actual sled dogs but the sled is on wheels, visit the museum or just enjoy the stop for a stretch break.

Denali National Park offers optional excursions including flightours, dog sledding on glaciers, wild rapid rafting, and an 8 hour tour into the park itself to see wildlife to include Dall Sheet, Caribou, grizzly bears and moose.


We arrive at Denali National Park and check into beautiful cabins nestled in nature.

Justin entering and in lobby of lodge we'll stay at.

We travel into the heart of Denali National Park on a more than comfortable "school bus".  It is very   comfortable and has cameras on top so if wildlife is sighted, the driver stops and sights in on whatever wildlife is seen and we have a photo you can see it on screen inside bus

Female moose

Brown Bears (Grizzlies) mom and cubs

Bull Caribou

Dall Sheep - rare close up shots. Usually they are "those little white dots" up on a mountain.

One of several stops along the way in the park on our 60+ mile trek. We had fun playing with the antlers of caribou.

Beautiful photo opt stops along the way

Tom and Susan Schmitz

When you are tired, you just fall asleep, no matter what animals are outside to see

After 3 days and 2 nights in Denali, we board the Great Alaskan Railroad
for our nature filled ride back to Anchorage

We ask for top seating of course, if available

Boarding our ship in Seward with our Sea Pass, which you use in place of cash on board.

I believe Radiance holds 2500 passengers but isn't crowded at all

The ship has an outdoor pool and an indoor pool

Rock Climbing for all ages

You are likely to see a whale on an excursion, at least his tail.

On any excursion that include bear watching, there will be an armed guard somewhere nearby

A cabin with a balcony. You may also opt for no balcony or what they refer to as Junior Suites, which are larger and actually have a tub in the bathroom

Spacious deck areas are enclosed if cold or inclement weather

They even show movies outside on a jumbo screen...outside

Our first "stop", actually floating by, is the longest river of ice in North America, The Hubbard Glacier. Our ship is designed to provide you with the best viewing possible.

The mouth of the Hubbard Glacier is over 7 miles wide. Our ship is allowed to get within 1/4 mile from the ice but it seems much closer when you get there.

An optional excursion is taking a boat from the ship and get very close to the glacier

Here it is upper right hand corner...very close to glacier

This is the excursion ship leaving our cruise ship.

Not often captured Calving of the glacier

As we head into and toward the glacier people or set for photos. Technically you can stay in your room with balcony and get pictures but not as many.


The Mendenhall Glacier is 13 miles long ending at the Mendenhall Lake

Black bears feeding on salmon just below our viewing point in Mendenhall

Camille Meyers under one of the famous  Upside Down Trees with plants in the roots. Mendenhall Glacier Rainforest Gardens is a must for all gardeners and nature lovers or lovers of the unusual

Valerie Graczyk inside the arboretum

Or you can take the Mt Roberts Tramway to to at top. Our ship below us in center

Yes you can actually pan for gold in Juneau (on an excursion)...and you take it home.

You are likely to experience in Ketchikan. But it comes and goes.

Misty Fjords excursion

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