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June 2016 - 7 Night Alaska Glacier Bay Northbound (Vancouver To Seward) Cruise on Norwegian Sun

Breathtaking views, great ports of call

View of the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau Interior room (it was perfectly clean, we had already flopped on the bed!) Other side of interior room

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We loved visiting the ports - Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway.  Fantastic 360 views of Glacier Bay, and we saw Orca whales jumping out of the water and many other animals from the boat (sea lions, seals, bears, mountain goats) - definitely find a trip that includes Glacier Bay!  It was really cool having the NPS rangers on board and the narration of what we were seeing.  We had an interior room and found it to be quite spacious, especially compared to interior rooms on other cruise lines.  The staff was helpful and the ship was clean and seemed to be in fine condition. 

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Juneau, Alaska - We booked a whale watching trip with Harv and Marv's - we were on a smaller 12-person boat and saw tons of sea life - many humpback whales, Dall's porpoises, sea lions. Our tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable. Cheaper than booking through the cruise ship, and we were on a much smaller tour than the ones from the ship (we saw boats out on the water with at least 50 people on there). After, we took the tram up Mt Roberts - it was cool but pretty pricey for what it is ($33 per person!!).
Cruise Glacier Bay - Be sure to check out the views and take photos from outdoor Deck 6 as well as up on 11/12. The higher decks were very crowded, but no crowding on deck 6!!
Ketchikan, Alaska - The lumberjack show was cheesy but we really enjoyed it - amazing to see the sport up close! Very talented lumberjacks.
Cruise Hubbard Glacier - Very nice, gigantic glacier, but not as great as Glacier Bay.
Seward (Anchorage), Alaska - You can take a $10 round trip shuttle to Exit Glacier - cheaper than any of the offered excursions!! If you're planning to take the train up to Anchorage, it is scenic but slow moving. It takes about 4.5 hours and it's about 2-2.5 hours to drive the distance. If we had to do it again, we'd take the bus.
Norwegian Sun Norwegian Sun - When sailing past particularly scenic spots (Glacier Bay, Hubbard Glacier), take photos and observe from Deck 6 instead of Deck 11/12 - it was wayyy less crowded, and you get the same great photos.

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