My in-laws are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary! Can you believe it? 50 years…it’s amazing!
They are a great couple and deserve a big celebration.
We are going on an Alaskan cruise!
My mother-in-law lived in Alaska for a few years when she was growing up.
In case you’re wondering, after the cruise they are taking a side trip to visit the area of her youth.
For the cruise, we booked Norwegian Cruise Lines leaving in June from Vancouver and ending in Whittier. We’re stopping in Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway.
We’ve booked three excursions. In Ketchikan we’re going to the Lumberjack show. In Juneau we’re going on a helicopter ride to a glacier and then dogsledding. In Skagway, we’re going to take a train ride and visit a suspension bridge.
Even more exciting, right?
But…I am a little nervous.This is a big trip. I want it to be great!
Maybe you can help?
I’m going to tell you my worries and if you have any experience, you can give me some advice! Okay? Okay.
Here we go:
How cold is it going to be?
I think temperatures are 40-70 degrees. I love summer and it’s just starting. Am I going to be unhappy because it’s chilly?
What clothes should I pack?
Okay, so no shorts, right? And, light jackets and sweaters, right?
Should I pack warmer stuff just in case?
I tend to the cold side. How stupid am I going to look with warm pants, my winter coat, gloves, and scarves?
We will get sick of the food?
We tend to take short trips:
This is seven days on a ship! I might get sick of everything and everyone, especially the food!
Should we have purchased the upgraded meal package?
You can purchase the upgraded meal package in order to eat in the speciality restaurants. So far, we decided not too because we’re not sure how often we’ll want to eat in those restaurants. Right decision?
Should we have purchased the beverage package?
Similar to the above question. We decided against the beverage package because we didn’t think we could drink THAT much EVERYday. Thoughts?
How exciting will the glaciers actual be?
Seeing glaciers in Alaska is on my bucket list. Is it really all that? I’m expecting one of those awe-inspiring, life-changing moments.
Will I or anyone on the trip get sea-sick?
I’m leaning toward no but I’m worried.
Should I prepare for getting sea-sick just in case?
Will the excursions be worth it?
We booked the helicopter tour, which is very expensive but we decided it’s a once in a lifetime experience.
Will my in-laws really like the cruise?
This is suppose to be a great event for them. I’m worried they won’t have the best time.
Will we all get along on a ship for seven days?
I’m hoping because it’s a big ship, we’ll all be able to fun individual things and still love each other by the end.
Will we have any problems boarding?
The paperwork we need and the stories we’ve heard about people being denied boarding makes me nervous. How horrible is the process?
Am I going to pack the right stuff in my carry-on bag?
So, I guess because we have to give up our luggage at the start and end, we have to pack a carry-on to have some things while the luggage is away from us. What things should I consider packing?
Will we make our flight back once the ship disembarks?
I’m worried the port will be far from the airport and with the “disembarking process” we’ll never make our flight.
Will the balcony be worth it?
We splurged on the balcony. Worth it?
Will I (we) be bored?
How much fun are we going to for seven days on a ship?
Should I do a spa treatment?
Again, more money but…
How much weight am I going to gain on this trip?
Since January, I’ve been doing so good getting healthy. I’m hoping I can keep it up…
How early is too early to get a drink?
Like, right now?