Alaska cruise on Chichagof: Glacier Bay National Park

Today’s post was written by guest blogger Molly Hottinger In contrast to yesterday’s expedition through temperate rain forests and alpine tundra, across the Canadian border and back to the bustling town of Skagway on the White Pass Yukon Railroad, on Thursday the Chichagof Dream arrived at Glacier Bay National Park. Early in the morning we picked up Matthew Miano, a ranger with the National Park Service, and Mary Jack, our Hoonah Tlingit cultural guide. Although the weather …

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Alaska cruise on the Chichagof: Our first full day is in Skagway

ABOARD THE CHICHAGOF DREAM – Rainy, windy, cold. Did I mention bring lots of warm clothing? Really warm clothes. Yes, it’s summer. Yes, the long range forecasts said temperatures in mid 60s. But the forecasts didn’t mention the wind! And the forecasts didn’t take into account that we were coming from Florida. We are picked up at the gangway with a bright yellow vintage bus operated by Skagway Street Cars. Whitney, our driver/guide, takes us on a …

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Alaska cruise on the Chichagof: Off to a shaky start , still no luggage

ABOARD THE CHICHAGOF DREAM — The next day we wake up really early because we’re still on Eastern Time: 4 hours difference. First thing I do is call the airline because supposedly a flight has arrived. But the airline says no, the bag did not make it and in fact they report that they think the bag is in Boston and no one can figure out why the bag is in Boston. The first two legs of …

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Alaska cruise on the Chichagof: Where is my luggage?

Day Zero. (Before the cruise) The cruise has not yet begun and disaster has already struck! My checked luggage did not arrive in Juneau with me. Alaskan Airlines is making every effort to assure me that everything is under control, and the bag “should” arrive on the next flight, which is tomorrow morning…the day the cruise is to begin. I’m thinking ahead. If it doesn’t show up tomorrow, how will the bag catch up with me? Will …

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Alaska’s Frontier and Wilderness Quest Cruise on board the Chichagof

Well, of course I’m excited. I’m preparing to go on Alaskan Dream Cruises Chichagof this coming week. And though I’ve traveled to 90 countries, I’ve never been to Alaska. When asked by friends why I haven’t been before, I usually respond with, “I’m saving the easy trips for when I get older.” To which a friend (?) replied, I don’t think you should wait any longer. Harumpphhh! I live in Hollywood, Florida (the OTHER Hollywood), and one …

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