Totem Poles and Creek Street in Ketchikan, Alaska

Our Alaskan cruise included several interesting days in Juneau, Glacier Bay, and Sitka, bringing us to our final Alaskan port—Ketchikan. It was a relatively short stop so we decided to split our time between a brief trolley excursion and simply walking around downtown. We once again awoke in town and had an ideal spot overlooking …

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Kayaking and Sightseeing in Sitka, Alaska

One of the reasons we chose the Holland America Eurodam cruise to Alaska over other cruise lines and itineraries was because we wanted to stop in Sitka. One of my work friends had lived there the summer before and she raved about the beauty—with lots of photographic evidence to support her claims! Unfortunately the weather …

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Wildlife and Glaciers in Glacier Bay, Alaska

On day three of our Alaskan cruise, after our day at sea and day in Juneau, we had already made up our minds that we much preferred the days in port to the days cruising through the water. Originally I thought seeing Alaska from the water would be an interesting perspective, but we weren't close enough …

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Mendenhall Glacier and Tram Views in Juneau, Alaska

The first stop on our Alaskan cruise was Juneau. Some of our friends who had cruised Alaska before warned us that the city is always gray and rainy—in fact, the one couple said they never left their ship during their time in port because it rained the entire time they were there. Having lived in …

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Alaskan Cruise: Holland America Eurodam

When we moved to Seattle, we decided to prioritize traveling along the west coast or places more accessible from the west coast, including Alaska. While I had hoped to give a great deal of thought to planning a major trip to Brian’s 50th state, complete with boat, rail and air travel so we could discover …

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Honeymoon Travel: Ionian Coast

The last port of our honeymoon cruise was along the Ionian Coast of Turkey--Izmir (formerly Smyrna). I was fascinated with Turkey and would love to return--we really only touched the surface of Istanbul, and Izmir and Ephesus were a completely different experience that really indicated the incredible vastness of what Turkey has to offer. Although …

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