Just Back from: Alaska with Regent Seven Seas Cruises | Brownell Travel

Just Back from: Alaska with Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Brownell Independent Advisor Deborah Knighton just returned from a 7-night cruise to Alaska with Regent Seven Seas Cruises. From exciting wildlife to majestic glaciers to charming frontier towns, Alaska offers something for just about every interest and age, and Regent – the most inclusive luxury experience – has plenty of activities (and spots to relax) on board. So whether it’s an adult getaway or multi-generational family trip, a cruise to Alaska is a must. Get an inside look at Deborah’s experience aboard the Seven Seas Mariner below:

Deborah’s sons and nieces outside the Seven Seas Mariner

Where did you go?

  • Vancouver
  • Ketchikan
  • Juneau
  • Sitka
  • Skagway
  • Seward

On-board highlight:

We loved our Regent Suites – freshly refurbished, these suites are a decent size, and the closets and bathrooms are huge for a cruise ship!

Destination highlight:

Tracy Arm Fjord – including glacier-carved cliffs, spectacular waterfalls and exciting close-up views of the majestic Sawyer Glaciers.

Why is a cruise ideal for this destination?

Alaska is a HUGE state, and many places are only accessible by water or air.

Activity highlight:

Flying on a helicopter and landing on Mendenhall Glacier.

Favorite meal:

Prime 7, the steakhouse on board, was a family highlight.! One night, my growing 13 year old ate three filets! The beauty of all inclusive!

Glaciers and mountains and bears – oh my!

Insider tip:

If you are traveling with other family members or families, make sure someone books a suite so you can have a nice gathering space. We had cocktails and canapes in our suite every evening so we could enjoy family conversation! Even though the Mariner only has 700 passengers, it was nice to have the privacy of our living room.

Know Before You Go:  

Weather in Alaska is very unpredictable, so you need to be flexible with shore excursions. We booked two different dog sledding excursions, and the weather didn’t cooperate (even though we had some of the best weather in months). We had to regroup quickly to jump on another excursion and made sure we talked to the Guest Services rep on land versus going back to the ship.

Packing Tip:

Layers! The weather was cooler in the mornings but quickly warmed up during the day. You can do laundry onboard so no need to overpack. Also, you can use a fleece with a raincoat over it for the glacier excursion – no need to pack the bulky ski coats for one excursion!

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