A Photo Essay of Alaska From an Alaskan Cruise

“Alaska is nothing to look at.” File that under things you aren’t likely to hear come out of someone’s mouth after visiting Alaska. Hearing friends talk about their experiences traveling to Alaska, coupled with stories of my father’s trips during my childhood, I was concerned that my expectations may have been a little too high when preparing to travel to Alaska with Expedia on Norwegian Jewel. I was worried that upon floating between large chunks of ice in Glacier Bay that I may take a peek and then mutter to myself: “Eh, this is it?” However, that didn’t happen. In fact that didn’t even come close to happening. This Alaskan cruise aboard Norwegian Jewel has allowed me to see Alaska from a perspective that few have the opportunity to. While they say that a picture is worth a thousands words, there have been multiple times over the course of this trip that I was rendered speechless at what I was seeing. Here is a little taste in 10 photos.

Norwegian Jewel leaving Seattle for Alaska.

Sunset near Ketchikan

Bald eagles maxing and relaxing in Juneau.

Humpback whale near Alaska diving down

Ships passing in the day in Glacier Bay

Sawyer Glacier in Glacier Bay

White Pass on the way from the Canada border toward Skagway

Looking out at snow covered mountains from Skagway

Lighthouse on a small island just south of Skagway

The sun reflecting off the water near Glacier Bay

17 Comments on “A Photo Essay of Alaska From an Alaskan Cruise

  1. Wow, Spencer! What a trip. Your pictures are wonderful. I’m so glad Alaska exceeded your expectations. It is one of my favorite places.

    • Indeed. I’m stoked to go back. It really only gave me a small taste. Thanks Nancy!

  2. I’ve always wanted to go to Alaska and I think a cruise might just be the perfect way to check everything out. Beautiful pics!

    • What I liked about the cruise is that it let me see Alaska in a way that so few people do. It was amazing seeing it from the water and floating by miles of undeveloped land.

  3. As beautiful as these photos are, I bet they don’t do justice to witnessing these amazing natural wonders first hand. The crisp air, a light breeze, the smell of salt in the water, I can only imagine it!!!

    • They really don’t Sarah. It’s been one thing to watch movies and see pictures over the years about Alaska, but finally seeing it first-hand was incredible. Alaska is just so extraordinary and I can’t wait to go back. Thanks!

  4. More reason I’m not leaving the Americas for the next 12 months, there is too much to see right here.

    • I advocate this! I didn’t travel abroad for the last 12 months, until yesterday, and it really gave me a great appreciation of my own country!

    • I couldn’t agree more. I can’t believe it took me this long to get there. Alaska has a certain serenity to it that I think is really unrivaled.

  5. Hey Spencer~ I too L-O-V-E-D our cruise to Alaska. It was how I chose to celebrate my 50th birthday, up on the Denver Glacier at a dog camp racing around on a dog sled. Amazing!!
    We enjoyed attending the Chef’s table with you. I was hoping there might be a little something about it on your blog.
    I enjoyed your pics! I would have to say,for me, Alaska was a feast for the eyes! Such unspoiled beauty abounds everywhere. Time to plan the next cruise!

  6. These are beautiful photos, Spencer, and exactly how I imagine Alaska. I’ve wanted to take an Alaskan cruise for quite some time now; this definitely fires up the wanderlust.

    • Indeed! Honestly, couldn’t have asked for better weather. The only bad weather day was a day at sea and so I owe a lot to the great conditions of the cruise. Alaska really is unlike any other destination I’ve been to. I often find myself comparing different elements of destinations, but it was hard for me to do that in Alaska when it’s so unique.

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