Just Back From: Alaska with Holland America Line | Brownell Travel

Just Back From: Alaska with Holland America Line

Meet Kristen Meckem, Brownell Independent Advisor and explorer of The Last Frontier. Kristen recently spent 8 days with her family aboard Holland America’s Eurodam on an adventure to Alaska. Now that she has returned from her trip, she is sharing everything you need to know about taking a cruise to Alaska

Length of trip:

8 days

Where did you go: 

  • Seattle, Washington, US
  • Puget Sound
  • Scenic Cruising Stephens Passage
  • Juneau, Alaska, US
  • Glacier Bay
  • Sitka, Alaska, US
  • Ketchikan, Alaska, US
  • Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • Seattle, Washington, US

On-board highlight:

This was a family trip, so the highlight on-board for us was time spent together! We booked a triple for one of our rooms so that we would have a space to hang out together in the room or on the veranda. 

Destination highlight:  

Glacier Bay! Before this trip, none of us had visited Glacier Bay, so we specifically chose this voyage because it went to Glacier Bay roundtrip from Seattle. 

Why cruise to this destination?

Glacier Bay National Park is only accessible by plane or boat. Plus, it doesn’t hurt only having to unpack once! 

Activity highlight: 

It’s hard to choose! Whale-watching was, of course, amazing. We all loved seeing Mendenhall Glacier. And our visit to Victoria, BC was so charming! 

Favorite meal:

Hands down, specialty dining at Canaletto.

Insider tips for this cruise: 

In Juneau, we rented a card to go see the Mendenhall Glacier, which was fabulous and well worth the drive! 

Know before you go:

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. This area offers some of the most dramatic scenery and wildlife experiences in all of North America. 

Packing tip: 

The weather can be highly unpredictable so make sure to take layers! 

Ideal passenger for this cruise:  

This cruise offers a very good value. This voyage is perfect for travelers looking for excellent service without the sky-high price tag. 

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