Pack Your Bags: A First-Timer Tells You Why to Take a Family Alaska Cruise
Submitted by: HAL Destinations Team
Gorgeous Alaska from the deck of Nieuw Amsterdam.
Guest Elise had never been on a cruise to Alaska but she dreamed of it for years. This summer her dream finally came true and she went with her daughter, son-in-law and grandsons on the cruise of a lifetime aboard Nieuw Amsterdam. She shared her thoughts with us as a first-time Alaska cruiser, so read on to see why an Alaska cruise with Holland America Line should be on your radar. —- I have never been to Alaska but it’s been a dream of mine to cruise there for at least 15 years. So many of my friends have made the journey, but the time was never right for me. I’ve been to Norway and seen the fjords, and that is such a stunning part of the world. But after seeing Alaska, I can honestly say that (1) Alaska is totally different and (2) it’s beauty is overwhelming. I knew Alaska would be impressive, I knew it was filled with amazing scenery, and I knew I’d like it. But I never imagined how much I’d love it. I mean “I-can’t-wait-to-go-back” love it. Everything I saw and did made me feel a deep appreciation for this remote state. Words and photos can’t even do the scenery justice. Trees and glaciers are grander, ice is bluer, eagles are more moving and whales are more magical in person. My thoughts on cruising Alaska are to make the most of it. Alaska is one of those places to splurge if you can. I don’t know if or when I’ll get back, so we took tours in every port. Juneau was amazing. The weather was rainy, but as long as our helicopter tour could still operate, I was ok with getting a little wet. Fortunately it wasn’t pouring and visibility was good, so my family and I got to take a helicopter to Mendenhall Glacier. Flying over the Alaska landscape was incredible, and when we landed on the glacier I thought how life was perfect at that moment. The ice is so blue and it looks like you’re walking on water. And the water tastes […]