A Journey to Alaska on a Cruise Ship: Yes, You Are Old Enough! by Pat Wilson
You’ve probably heard it before: “We’re not old enough for an Alaskan cruise.” I’m here to tell you, yes, you are. We just wrapped up the trip of a lifetime, and I want you to know you don’t need to wait on a number.
Why now? It took a while, but I finally wore my wife, Tricia, down. We left Seattle on a Friday aboard the Explorer of the Seas. Destination: Adventure! In the past we’d always booked an inside cabin. This time we splurged on a balcony room. Best decision ever! There’s a sense of awe that comes with throwing open the curtain to see the open ocean, or the green and white slopes of the mountains – or if you’re lucky a whale.
Maybe because I’m a little more seasoned I can appreciate the beauty of what the land offers more than the bumping bass or the flashing lights of the club. But this was not a low-energy adventure. We biked, we hiked and we drank Alaskan ale. We stayed up late and got up early. And yes, we had dessert – twice a night! There’s so much to tell you about this trip. I can’t wait to share.
Looking ahead I’m going to give you my take on the ports we visited. The excursions we took. And, of course, the big question: “How do you pack for an Alaskan cruise?"
Photo: Pat Wilson
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