Contributed by Michael Katz, STI Concierge and Professional Dance Instructor for Singles
One of my favorite itineraries of all time, for singles cruises, is Alaska! Having been there 5+ times, I’ve yet to get tired of being close to a real glacier with blue ice, watching eagles, whales, seals, and bears (oh my!) in their natural environment. Pictures can do no justice to actually being there. On August 31st, it will be my pleasure to once again lead another STI adventure aboard the Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas through the Inner Passage to Jeanuau, Skagway, Tracy Arm Fjord, and Victoria, Canada.
Our adventure starts in Seattle, Washington a day before the cruise. During the day, if you’ve never been up the SPACE NEEDLE, been to the downtown PIKE PLACE MARKET, or seen the EMP ROCK N’ ROLL MUSEUM (Great Jimi Hendrix Exhibit), this is a great place to start! At night, we officially kick things off with our traditional STI Pre Cruise Party!
The next day, it is on to Alaska. As our ship sails up the Inner Passage, you will most likely experience one of the most beautiful sun sets that you’ve ever seen. As the air gets colder, it creates a mist and fog and as the sun cuts through this, you will get some amazing photo’s! Speaking of cold, August/September tends to be the warmest time of the year in Alaska, with temperatures hovering around 60 degrees.
Our first port in Alaska is its capital, Juneau. Here is where you will get your first taste of the beauty and uniqueness of this state. There’s no better way to get around to see the sights than on STI’s Shoretrips excursions. Choose from a Whale Watching tour, which includes Mendenhall Glacier, take a helicopter ride which is an awesome way to see Juneau and land on a glacier, or take an authentic dog sled ride, with real Alaskan Huskies. Yes, they really do have two different colored eyes! Finally, no day in Juneau would be complete without a trip to the Red Dog Saloon! Here, you will be entertained by a raunchy but very friendly piano player, and enjoy some local lager from the bar.
Our second stop, is scenic Skagway. Here, there are many ways to see the sights. Try a bicycle, kayak, or hiking tour. Or take the White Pass Scenic Railroad. This is highly recommended and lets you experience what it was like to take a trip on an authentic railroad from the old days! Passengers are allowed to ride in between the cars for a breathtaking view coming down the mountain.
Our next stop is a visit to the Tracy Arm Fjord Glacier. This actually takes place on the cruise ship with a narrative from an official Park Ranger. If you have never seen blue ice up and close, get your cameras ready. The picture featured here was actually taken by myself from an earlier trip and is one of my favorite all time travel shots! You might even get a chance to hear a thunderous piece of the glacier break off (aka calving)!! BTW-Seals and wildlife included!
Our final stop is to Victoria, Canada. This port offers the perfect end to a great trip, with its beautiful botanical gardens and another fabulous whale watching tour.
I am really looking forward to seeing Alaska again, and in case I didn’t mention it, in addition to all the spectacular scenery, we have planned a lot of activities to help our members meet and mingle such as STI dance academy lessons, theme parties and get together’s everyday to keep the party going! So if you only have 7 days for vacation, we’ll fill it with more than you might imagine. You’ll feel rejuvenated and return home with new friends and a whole new perspective.
Don’t delay, book your once in a lifetime Alaska Adventure today! See you there!