Alaskan Royal Caribbean Cruise Explorer of the Seas Part 1

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Last week my husband and I went on a cruise to Alaska with his family and it was incredible. We had the best time touring Alaska and Victoria, BC and spending time on the ship as well. Both of us had been on cruises before when we were children, but it was really nice to go on one as an adult and spend time with family.

Our cruise left from Seattle in Magnolia which was so convenient for us as we live fairly close by so we didn’t have to worry about flying or renting a car. This was a huge bonus, even more so when we finished the cruise as we just hopped in an Uber and were home within 30 minutes.

Here is the itinerary from our cruise. I think it’s always fun to see what ports are visited:

Once our cruise left we sailed for the rest of that day and the next day as well. There was plenty to do and we took full advantage of the activities, entertainment and the food! Since it was hot the day we left we spent a lot of time by one of the pools on the ship. We also enjoyed a three course meal every night for dinner with family. There were two formal nights onboard the cruise as well and they were fun to dress up for.

Romper: Loft ()

We arrived in Juneau, Alaska to pouring rain and fairly cold temperatures. Not ideal for exploring the town but nothing that we aren’t used to here in the Pacific Northwest. My husband I spent a couple of hours in town shopping and stopped in at the Red Dog Saloon which was unique. As you can see it was a foggy rainy day in Juneau but I was happy to spend a little time off the ship. Once we got back on the ship we warmed up with some coffee and got ready for dinner and enjoyed a show later that evening.

Below is a picture of the Promenade on deck five of the ship. This is where they would have musical entertainment throughout the afternoons and evenings and where you could get more food and shop onboard.

Dress: Anthropology (old, similar here) | Cardigan: J. Crew

Our second port was Skagway and it was my favorite! My in-laws had arranged a private van tour for our group which was so wonderful. We had a great tour guide from Beyond Skagway and he literally had an answer to each of our questions throughout the seven hour tour. There were many stops along the way with beautiful lookouts and gorgeous scenery as you can see below. The lakes we saw were so bright and colorful, especially Emerald Lake pictured directly below.

As you can see we were lucky enough to see some grizzly bears! We also saw a porcupine waddle across the road which was pretty cool. During the tour we stopped in Carcross, Yukon, Canada which was a quaint little town in the middle of nowhere. There are several shops there and a wonderful lunch spot, The Bistro, where I had probably the best fish and chips I have ever had! Check back for part two of this post where I will share about the final days of our cruise and what else we saw!

xo

Hillary

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