After the COVID-19 hit and travel restrictions, I couldn’t wait to sail abroad and explore the beautiful city of Seattle on a small-group guided sightseeing tour. I have sailed through various cruise lines but this was my first time on an Alaska cruise sailing with the Holland America line and it didn’t disappoint me at all.
I want to thank Vacation Advisors Group for putting together this wonderful cruise trip incredibly. We had a fabulous time of our lives (all 6 of us), were impressed with the people we met, and find everyone very polite and helpful.
We hopped on a mini-coach and enjoyed a convenient ride to the city’s major attractions, including the iconic Space Needle, Pike Place Market, stunning views of Mt. Rainier, and many more. Hotel pick-up and drop-off were also included in the package.
Highlights of My Seattle Tour:
· Pre-cruise Seattle tour in a relaxing mini-coach
· Explored Seattle’s top sights before boarding a cruise
· Covered 50 miles of Seattle and its surrounding areas
· Remarkable views of the Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound, and Mt. Rainier
· Small-group tour for up to 20 people for a more personalized experience
· Safe hotel pickup and drop-off at the cruise terminal
What’s included in the package?
· A local and experienced guide
· Transportation services – AC mini coach bus
· Luggage handling and storage
· Hotel pickup and return
· Food and drinks
· A bunch of entertainment on cruise
Journey of 7-Day Alaska Cruise Trip to Seattle
Day 1 – The first port during the Alaska cruise was Juneau. We stepped out of the ship and walked downtown to experience fresh air, and clean and untamed lush trees lining the mountainsides. We also watched the 18-min film on Tlingit, which was very informative about the city’s history and culture.
Day 2 – We had burgers made of Bison, sausages, and duck bacon, loved the food with spectacular views. After our meal, we headed to the basin of Mount Roberts and fell in love with the cold weather, fresh air, and amazing views.
Day 3 – It was cruising Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. The only sound we could hear was the calming sound of water. Breathtaking! We found out two ships per day are allowed into Glacier Bay National Park.
Day 4 – Our next stop was Sitka Alaska. We got a complimentary bus at the pier which took us into the town. This 15-min ride gave us a chance to explore the true beauty of a small town. We couldn’t stop adoring St. Michael’s Orthodox Cathedral in the center of town.
We also visited Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s Community House, which sits across from Totem Square and Alaska Pioneer Home. There was a 30-min dance performance by talented performers from the Tlinket tribe. Loved the Salmon capital of the world, also known for its feisty salmon, scenic views, and rich native culture.
Day 5 – We headed to the Seattle harbor cruise near the waterfront. Checked in, board a boat, and head to the two main areas – the enclosed lower deck or open upper sundeck.
Day 6 – As our ship glides out onto the water, we listened to historical and interesting facts about Space Needle, Seattle Great Wheel, nearby Cascade, and Olympic Mountain ranges. The city’s historic waterfront, eye-catching views, and sightseeing of Mt. Rainer have our heart.
Day 7 – We also stopped at historic Pioneer Square and Ballard Locks, which form a connection for boats between Puget Sound, the Ship Canal, Lakes Union, and Washington. Plus, there is a perfect spot to capture beautiful pictures for a lifetime memory.
I feel fortunate enough to be a member of the Vacation Advisors Group for the last 5 years. It gave me convenient access to enjoy exclusive benefits for the entire life and explore a new place, cuisine, culture, and connect with people across the world. Thanks for rental car discounts, luxury hotel accommodations, and all-inclusive cruise packages less than retail prices.