Vancouver is a lovely port city - wish we had spent more time there. The boarding process was simple and we were in our stateroom by early afternoon. The sail-away deck party was a blast! The sun was shining, people were swimming in the pools and hottubs, the band was playing, and the drinks were flowing! A great afternoon!
The next day was all at sea as we headed north to our first port! Upon arrival at our first port, we had to buy warmer clothes - it was Alaska in late May! Yes, it was cold.
We enjoyed a boat excursion to search for whales and bears. We spotted a mother black bear and her tiny cub - the guide said it was probably her first time out of the den. They had not seen her until that day!
We saw lots of whales from the decks of the ship and out balcony stateroom- you MUST have a balcony for Alaska!
The Whitepass scenic railway is a must do. We rode the bus up and took the train back down to town. It was very snowy at the pass - early season - very breath-taking. The musher's camp part of the excursion was "ok" - could be skipped in our opinion.
We panned for gold in a creek near Juneau, we hiked the Mendenhall glacier, went whale watching..
The meals aboard the Radiance were good, service just great, entertainment good - a great all around family experience.
The train from the ship to Anchorage is a must - the scenery is unbelievable. The domed train is a full service experience with narration from your car concierge.
In Anchorage, we headed north for Denali - so glad we did that! Took an incredible ATV adventure up the "stampede trail". What a REAL adventure that was! Saw lots of wildlife - Talkeetna is great! This is where all the Mt McKinley climbers begin their ascent.
Upon arrival in Fairbanks we were tired, but enjoyed a nice dinner on the riverbank. Home from Fairbanks! What a great trip