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Alaska: A Dawn Arrival in Skagway.

One of the best things when on a cruise is pulling into port, especially around sunrise. It’s the beginning of a new day and you’ve arrived at a new place like Skagway, Alaska.

Skagway, Alaska, Celebrity Cruise

Skagway is a historic gold rush town that sits at the top of the Inside Passage and panhandle of Alaska near the border with Canada and the Yukon.

Skagway, Alaska, Celebrity Cruise

We weren’t alone as it was summertime at the heart of the Alaskan cruise season. The town population of 900 doubles this time of year with tourism traffic.

Skagway, Alaska, Celebrity Cruise

Skagway, Alaska, Celebrity Cruise

Walking up-top the Celebrity Solstice in port we enjoyed the calmness of the Taiya Inlet waters and the early morning light shinning on the snow-capped mountains.

Skagway, Alaska, Celebrity Cruise

Skagway, Alaska, Celebrity Cruise

Skagway, Alaska, Celebrity Cruise

Skagway, Alaska, Celebrity Cruise

Skagway, Alaska, Celebrity Cruise

Skagway, Alaska, Celebrity Cruise

Skagway, Alaska, Celebrity Cruise

It was the wee hours of the morning so of course a coffee and it’s mug had to take in the experience too. 🙂

Skagway, Alaska, Celebrity Cruise

Skagway, Alaska, Celebrity Cruise

Well it was time to get off the ship and head for some rafting fun on the Taiya River. What a great first taste of Skagway, Alaska though by pulling into port at dawn.

What ports have you enjoyed pulling into when on a cruise? Any Alaskan favorites?

Seattle: Cruising to a Skyline.

Leaving on a cruise ship from the Port of Seattle will give you ample chances to capture the beautiful King City skyline. That was certainly the case on a summer evening setting sail for Alaska on a Celebrity Cruise.

Seattle, Washington, skyline, cruise, celebrity cruise

Seattle, Washington, skyline, cruise, celebrity cruise

Seattle, Washington, skyline, cruise, celebrity cruise

Seattle, Washington, skyline, cruise, celebrity cruise

Seattle, Washington, skyline, cruise, celebrity cruise

Seattle, Washington, skyline, cruise, celebrity cruise

Seattle, Washington, skyline, cruise, celebrity cruise

Some city shots returning back into port a week later early in the morning.

Seattle, Washington, skyline, cruise, celebrity cruise

Seattle, Washington, skyline, cruise, celebrity cruise

What city skylines or other sights on land have you seen while on a cruise ship?

Being a Foodie, Celebrity Cruise Style!

I’ve been a foodie at home, while road tripping and abroad. I’ve always been a foodie on land, well that was until we went on an Alaskan Celebrity Cruise this past summer. On a Celebrity Cruise, like others, you have the option to formally dine every evening on the ship. We took full advantage.

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Below was just a sample of what I consumed at dinner the seven nights abroad the Celebrity Solstice. You name it I probably had it. The best part was that it was all-inclusive. I could have ordered the entire menu and they would have brought it to me. I did in fact order at least two appetizers, entrées and desserts most evenings. 🙂

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Frog legs? They could have told me it was chicken and I would have believed them.

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Oh I forget to mention the soup. I choose to start every meal with a bowl of French Onion covered in layers of cheese. 🙂

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

The presentation was outstanding. The wait staff was extremely knowledge making suggestions every step along the way. If you didn’t like something they would take it back and bring you something else quickly. Because of that I tried lots new things on the cruise, like raw scallops. Definitely prefer the cooked one sitting next to the lamb chop below.

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Sometimes I didn’t order multiple things off the menu, but instead two of the same dish. Two Thanksgiving Day meals please!

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Just keep those cheesecakes and other cakes coming. 🙂

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

I don’t know where I found the room to eat it all. I hadn’t even mentioned the continuous buffet they had going on morning, noon and night. Wound up in the buffet lines mostly in the early morning hours to load up on breakfast food. Poached eggs, omelets, corned beef and lots of bacon every morning sitting at the stern of the boat, perfect!

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Being around the main dining area at dinner on the Celebrity Solstice resulted in so much good food being brought to the table with so little time to eat it all. 🙂

Have you ever been on cruise? If so, what was your eating philosophy?

Checkout the time I’ve spent being a foodie at home, while road tripping and abroad and on land.

#CTC13: Capture The Color.

It’s time for the Travel Supermarket‘s Capture the Color photo competition 2013 edition. This year I got tagged by Karla of Traveller soul and Ted of Traveling Ted. Thanks guys!

This year I decided to find photos with the colors yellow, red, green, white and blue with a little Alaskan cruise flavor. Well without further ado:

Blue

When cruising of course you’ll see the blue of the water and the sky, but in Alaska you’re bound to see the blue of a glacier or two as well. We parked for a while at Sawyer Glacier in the Tracy Arm Fjord of the Inside Passage. Lots of staring going on. The rain jacket of the person right in front of me was a nice blue bonus.

Sawyer Glacier, Tracy Arm Fjord, Inside Passage, Alaskan, alaskan cruise

Green

Up-top of the Celebrity Solstice you’ll find vast green lawns to run on, play some croquet or to lay down and relax and checkout the scenery. It doesn’t get much better than the Seattle skyline staring right back at you.

Seattle from aboard Celebrity Solstice, Alaskan Cruise

Red

If you’re not relaxing on the lawns of the Solstice you could be lying low with a cocktail at the stern of the ship. Red chairs aplenty at the outside Ocean Bar.

Celebrity Cruise, Celebrity Solstice, Pacific Ocean, Alaskan Cruise

White

If the above two don’t do it for you, just find an open railing at the stern, lean forward and get a better view of the white water, a part of the ships wake. The trail is heading right for the white clouds off in the distance. 🙂

Celebrity Cruise, Celebrity Solstice, Pacific Ocean, Alaskan Cruise

Yellow

Our ship was too big to dock in Juneau, so we had to take a small boat into town once in port. It was dark on the way back, so we got to see the Celebrity Solstice all lit up. Amongst all the lights is the yellow of the state and concierge rooms.

Celebrity Solstice lit up in Juneau, Alaska

Now’s the fun part. I’m nominating the following great travel bloggers to take part. Your it! 🙂

Karen of Flavors of Bogota
Anis of Five Foot Traveler
Amy of The Wherever Writer
Ellen of Feugomania
Marian of Travel Shop Girl

Have a look at the official rules of the competition. Checkout my post Capturing the Color of My Travels from last year.

Cheers! 🙂

Pre-Cruise Concerns, No Worries!

I’ve traveled a lot over the years by car, plane, train and on foot. Never exclusively by water. Never via a cruise ship. A new experience was in store for both my fiance and I as we got ready to go on a Celebrity Alaskan Cruise.

Celebrity Solstice cruise ship in Ketchikan, Alaska

There were a few things, concerns if you will, going through my head beforehand. I love being out on the open road traveling, being able to venture as far or as short a distance as I desire. How I would feel being so-called “trapped” in a small area, with water all around, for two days at a time?

Once on the cruise ship, I started walking and exploring going in a given direction until I met railings outside or a dead-end inside. I had the confined feeling.

Alaskan Cruise, Celebrity Cruise

As time went on though I realized with the width of the cruise ship and the number of decks, there was more than enough things to checkout. With a library, multiple pools, bars, a theater and casino, an outside lawn and more, there was lots of exploration possibilities.

The Library and indoor pool, whirlpool on the Celebrity Solstice cruise ship.

Being on an Alaskan cruise and going through the Inside Passage we were pretty close to land at all times so every time you looked the landscape and water were different and always spectacular. I thought to myself, I wasn’t trapped. There is the Tracy Arm Fjord right in front of us from our concierge room and the mountains from an outside deck with Skagway straight ahead.

Tracy Arm Fjord in Alaska from concierge room

Lawn, Deck 15, Celebrity Solstice in Skagway, Alaska.

Another concern was the weather and the waves and the possible motion sickness as a result.

The first night while trying to sleep, the waves on the open sea didn’t help my thinking. It seemed to be much better when out-and-about and having fun than when parked in one spot or trying to rest in the room. Checking out the waves up close in front of night two seemed to help. 🙂

Throughout the week-long cruise I noticed a lot of people wearing wrist bands and patches by the ear to help combat the motion sickness.

Not packing enough was at the forefront of my thoughts too. Swimming, the excursions, having to pack for all seasons and the formal dinners and functions on the ship all lead to what if I forget to pack something.

It turned out to be warmer than usual so a lot of the heavier clothes never got used. The rain jacket turned out to be my best friend, when it was cooler, raining or just damp like at the Sawyer Glacier.

Wearing rain gear at Sawyer Glacier in Alaska.

While on the cruise ship you could hangout and enjoy everything at your own pace, even more than I realized. What about the formal dinners and other functions? The timing of those was somewhat loose and if you felt like getting soft-serve ice cream and random assortments of food for dinner wearing shorts and flip-flops, you could have at it. There were plenty of shops on the ship and at the ports of call in case something was really needed.

Now on the silly side before the trip I was thinking about what I was going to do about my morning coffee. The excursions and ports of call fun were thought out ahead of time so I knew that there were coffee opportunities off the ship. What was on the cruise ship was more of mystery until we got on it. The first morning put the biggest smile on my face when I read the ships daily newsletter and saw that they had a grind of the day at a coffee shop on board, Café al Bacio!

Café al Bacio, Celebrity Solstice cruise ship, coffee shop

What a sigh of relieve. With specialty drinks and more, that meant it wouldn’t be exclusively black coffee on the open water. 🙂

A lot of the worries and concerns I had beforehand turned out to be an afterthought as the cruise got going. The Alaskan Cruise was an amazing experience for the both of us and next time I can just say, “No worries!”.

What things or concerns were on your mind before your first cruise?