Alaska was absolutely gorgeous! We left sailed from Seattle on the NCL Bliss, Sunday the 23rd at 5pm. It was a cloudy & cool day, jackets were needed and thankfully it didn't rain.
The ship is huge; we have sailed on the NCL Breakaway 3x and found the Bliss to be similar in layout in terms of the restaurants, clubs, etc. However the Bliss has more decks, including an observation deck which is all windows, nice and cozy chairs to sit in and watch the world go by, and the top deck has mini go carts! Which we did not do. But anyway...
Monday we were at sea. Again, very cloudy, cool and breezy. Did nothing but slug - slept in, read a book, went to some shows. Enjoyed dinner in a steak place; we had a 3 meal specialty dining package where we could go to the specialty restaurants, otherwise ate in the free dining rooms. Stayed away from the buffet, that place makes me nervous even with using the alcohol hand sanitizers and the staff spraying your hands with cleaner while singing washy-washy' when you enter. It cleared later in the evening, and we saw the sun set at 10:30 pm. Beautiful! On the overnight the clocks turned back an hour, so we were now 4 hours behind east coast time.
Tuesday we docked in Juneau. Our excursion was "Whalewatching and Mendenhall Glacier Photo Safari". It was a small group, only 14 allowed and we had 13; the tour guide was a semi-professional photographer and he worked with everyone with their cameras to get the best photos. I knew Fred would enjoy that. It started with a gentle hike (we were in the Tongass National Forest) to the Mendenhall Glacier, and then the whale watch. We saw numerous bald eagles and quite a few whales, as well as sea lions. There were bear on the trail but we didn't see any, we did see them on the bus from the hike to the whale watch.
Wednesday we were in Skagway. Kinda like an old Western town; Fred said he felt like we were in Disney World with the way it felt. We did the White Pass Scenic Railway, which traces the path the prospectors took during the Yukon gold rush.
Thursday at sea, in Glacier Bay National Park. Two park rangers got on the ship and gave talks about the park, though honestly we were too busy oohing and ahhing to listen to their broadcast.
Friday in Ketchikan, did a "Lighthouse, Totems, and Eagles" excursion so another boat ride. Saw whales on that one also.
Saturday at sea majority of day. We were watching the whales in the distance from the ship decks. At night we docked in Victoria, British Columbia. We had not booked anything so we just got off the ship and walked around.
After Sunday-Monday the weather was perfect. Sunny, blue skies and in the 70's. Not sure if it did hit 80's, when we were in town the locals were complaining how hot it was, they are not used to such weather.
All in all a great trip. Would love to go back another time, this was along the lower thin part of Alaska. It would be nice to further up into the state, see Denali National Park, etc. We'll see.