Cruising Alaska Whittier -Vancouver

Glacier Bay National Park

Mendenhall Glacier

Princess Cruise Whittier – Vancouver

24.8 Whittier Boarding – 25.8 Yakutat Bay – 26.8 Glacier Bay National Park – 27.8 Skagway – 28.8 Juneau – 29.8 Ketchikan – 30.8 Vancouver

On the 7-day cruise aboard the Princess we didn’t book any excursions, but we still saw a lot in the ports of call  (Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan ) and our photograph took plenty of pictures – if you like you can see them in the galleries of each stop.

 

Fun on Board

Skagway …

Skagway was the gateway to the goldfields. Over 100 years ago, countless pounders used the White Pass route through the Coast Mountains and the shorter but steeper Chilkoot Trail. On the treacherous Chilkoot Trail so many aspiring miners were killed. The gold rush was a blessing and until 1898 Skagway was Alaska’s largest city with about 20,000 inhabitants. Today Skagway has less than 1,000 inhabitants. 

In the map at the very and you can find all stops as well as the rout we took.

Our stops

  • Snow and Ice Cutting Train
  • Skagway Visitor Center (a.k.a. Arctic Brotherhood Hall)
  • Walk Residential Streets
  • Gold Rush Cemetery & Ried Waterfall
  • Ranger Walk / Talk and
  •  National Historic Park

    Skagway Gallery

    Ketchikan

    The name Ketchikan comes from a Tlingit phrase that means “eagle with outstretched wings” and refers to a waterfall near the town. Around the 1900s, fishing and wood industries were established in Ketchikan. The growth of these industries has made this Inside Passage port city Alsakas’ fourth largest city. The totem pole collection at the Totem Heritage Center is among the oldest in the world. The Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian are all part of the colorful history of the city. We explored the city on foot, visiting Totem Heritage Center & Creekstreet and Deer Mountain Hatchery

    Visit Ketchikan Alaska – Tours-Sightseeing  for more information.

    Ketchikan Gallery

    Juneau

     In 1880, Joe Juneau and Richard Harris found gold. Through their discovery Juneau was founded. By the end of World War II, more than $ 150 million of gold had been mined here in three of the largest gold mines in the world. Finally, the mines closed, and Juneau became capital. In Juneau live about 30,000 people. Its total area makes it one of the largest cities in the world. Only Kiruna (Sweden) and Sitka (Alaska) cross the 3248 square miles of Juneau. We visited the Mendenhall Glacier and went for a stroll around town, where we were in almost every jeweler to collect charms.

    There plenty of Mendenhal Glacier tours in case you don’t want to use the public bus (bus stops and times: Capital Transit – Public Transportation for Juneau, Alaska (juneaucapitaltransit.org) ) To save time we called a taxi on the way back.

     

    Mendenhall Glacier and Juneau City stroll …

    Map with stops in Skagway, Juneau & Ketchican