15 Feb Alaska Part4 : Skagway/Icy Strait Point/Ketchikan
It has been ~4 days now in the Royal Carribean and this will be my previous post I shared my experience boarding the cruiseline and dog sledding and in this post, I will share the port of calls I will be covering which are Skagway, Icy Strait Point & Ketchikan. Overall, I did not feel bored on the food as they have a huge variety on it. However in terms of the facilities, there isn’t much to do as outdoor facilities are on the cold side and hence, I decided to stay mostly indoor.
Next port of call, Skagway. Have done some research before I left for Alaska and 1 of the main attraction in this place is taking the train up to the peak of the mountain and returning to the same station. Initially I was hesitant if I should book it via the internet organized by external vendors (like what I did for the dog sledding) or should I book in the cruiseline which is normally more expensive. Final verdict, went to book in the cruiseline as the price wasn’t much different.
Cruise Tip : If you are new to cruising and thinking if you should organize the excursion yourself or through the cruiseliner, there are pros & cons to it:
Pros : As the excursion is organized by the cruise company, you are guaranteed that the ship will not leave without you. As there might unforeseen circumstances that might cause a delay during your excursion, joining an organized tour will ensure you will not miss the ship regardless what happens.
Cons : Cost! It is normally higher compared to what you book via the local agents
As I mentioned in the previous post, all the towns in Alaska are normally small and is very accessible by foot. We have gone for the train ride where the station is parked just outside our port and subsequently proceed for lunch downtown:
The next day, visited the next port of call, Icy Strait Point. If I remembered correctly, this is the shortest time given. This is a very small and “lay-back” township. There is a world largest zip rider from the peak of the mountain down to the foot-hill, seafood & whales! It was a nice stop, getting down for a short period of time enjoying the scenic view and seeing our friends swimming gracefully in the ocean.
Time always pass quickly especially when we are on holiday, and this will be our last port of call before we disembark from the ship, Ketchikan. This town is popular for salmon, scenery & Alaska culture. However due to time limitation, we were walking around the town and exploring the scenic view.
That ends our 8D/7N Alaska cruise via the Radiance by the Sea by Royal Carribean Line. My final post for this trip is regarding the experience I had in Vancouver and the different experiences I encounter there