If you are considering taking a cruise through Alaska, if you are dreaming of taking a cruise through Alaska, if taking a cruise through Alaska is a top bucket list item, if you have heard about cruises through Alaska and you thought to yourself, “hmmm… that might be something I want to do some day”… Stop whatever planning you have for your next family vacation (you know it’s probably somewhere Caribbean…), and book a freaking cruise through Alaska!!
We decided, on a whim, to make the trek to the opposite coast to catch the Disney Wonder for a 7 night cruise out of Vancouver, B.C. and I can’t even begin to describe how great it was! We stayed in a hotel that was connected to the boat terminal called Pan Pacific and they all but carried us to the boat. They brought our Disney luggage tags, transported our luggage to the boat so we didn’t have to hassle with them, and we just went down the elevator the morning of departure, checked in, and got right on! Not one issue whatsoever! Here is a view from our room of the boat:
Now, I did not have the highest expectations for this cruise even though everything I had heard about Disney Cruise Line was extremely positive. To be honest, I’m just not a cruise person. I like to plan my own trips, be able to rent a car and just go. I don’t like the idea of being confined on a big ol’ boat, around thousands of people I don’t know, in a shoebox sized room, with germs everywhere… ewww…. but y’all, this Disney cruise exceeded every single expectation… by a lot!
From the moment we set foot on the boat and they introduced our family to the whole entire boat our experience started. We went and ate fine dining, which you would think with kids would be a complete sh*t show, but for some reason it was like a dream. Disney sure knows how to pick their employees, they all seemed to LOVE my children! I mean, my kids are no angels, and I don’t even pretend that they are. They can be real a**holes sometimes. But the staff, literally every single one, pretended to LOVE my kids. It was a little weird at first, but you get used to it.
Next, we explored the ship. First things first, the kids club and nursery. This is where you can drop your kids pretty much any time of day (if not all day ;)) and they can play and be entertained with children their own ages! DREAM!!!! So if you and your hunny want to frolic around like teenagers, go see a movie, get drunk… kids club is what’s up! If you scroll up to where you see Bennett in a area that looks like “Andy’s Room” from Toy Story, he literally would wake up wanting to go to kids club. And surprisingly, Remy didn’t mind the nursery! Again, all of the workers were super friendly, always knew my kids names, the check in and check out was super secure, and if the kids were ever not 100% happy and wanted us, they would call us on our portable ship phone which is in every stateroom.
Speaking of stateroom, they were cleaned twice a day, spotless. One night we ordered room service (because it doesn’t cost anything on the boat- yeah, you heard that correctly) and Bennett accidentally spilled BBQ sauce on the carpet. I quickly cleaned it up and thought no one could see where it was, well, I have no idea how they knew, but our carpets were professionally cleaned the next morning while we were out on an excursion. CRAZY!!! We had a veranda were we had plenty of whale sightings. We even witnessed a baby Orka learning life strategies from it’s mama! It was amazing! We also saw icebergs, up close and personal, going through the Tracy Arm Fjord to Sawyer Glacier (pictured above). Just stunning!
We did plenty of excursions, I cannot even remember them all. One of our favorites was the train ride via White Pass and Yukon Railway (starting from Skagway) which takes you across the U.S./ Canadian boarder. The views from the train cars are incredible. Bennett especially enjoyed this! Remy participated, but chose to take a nap instead of enjoy the scenery.
Another thing we really loved was the seaplane! It was about an hour long ride in and out of the misty fjords. It was stunning! We couldn’t get out (which was the plan) because of the rain, but it was still a great experience. It’s all Bennett could talk about for weeks!
Again, Remy participated, but chose to sleep instead of enjoy the views.
For the seaplane excursion, we got to ride in this trolley to the Docks!
The other excursion we really loved was whale watching in Juneau! Unfortunately, it was a longer excursion, I think it was about 6 hours total, and Remy was not able to participate (age) so he had to stay in the nursery. Which, again, he didn’t mind ;). So it was just husband, Bennett, & I!
We also got to hike a little bit to see Mendenhall Glacier!
But every day we would get back on the boat, have a fun dinner, see something entertaining, and enjoyed it to the fullest! I hope this post inspires some of you to take the adventure to Alaska. Even with small children, it was truly remarkable!