Cruising was an interesting experience for us. We had a great time! But, it's a very different way to travel. While it was very convenient to always have a place to eat, not have to pack up and move from city to city, etc., we both felt like the consummate tourists. The port cities cater to the cruise ships; and the shops don't vary much from town to town. Bill's brother and sister-in-law (who cruise twice a year) say that the majority of the shops in Alaska were the same as in the Caribbean. A lot of gold and jewelry shops, as well as tourist traps selling "Alaska" souvenirs. Even though we spent 4 - 16 hours in each port, we didn't feel that we got a true taste of Alaska. I've heard it's the same on other cruises.
We departed from Seattle, Washington, and visited Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria (British Columbia). The weather was cool and mostly rainy, which was a pleasant change from the 110+ degree Phoenix summer.
We've been late in publishing these photos on the blog, as school and work started back up soon after we arrived home. Nevertheless, we had a fantastic time on our Alaska cruise with the Knowlton clan. The cruise was an anniversary celebration for Hooper & Shauna (Bill's parents), who have been married for 25 years. Hooper & Shauna are such an inspiration to us, and we appreciate all of their continued love and support.