Four years had passed since member Dragonesque discovered her true calling on a two-week land and cruise tour of Alaska with Celebrity Cruises. Seldom are cruisers — let alone any traveler — able to experience a once-in-a-lifetime itinerary, twice. But she reunited with The Last Frontier, and despite a dusty camera lens and few bumps in the road, her photographic memories developed into clearer images.
The first half of her journey was spent by bus, train and foot. Denali afforded sightings of curious wildlife and a breathtaking panorama of Mount McKinley from Polychrome Pass, while Fruits of the Forest pie, hotels with rustic charm and a 4.4 magnitude earthquake made for an exciting overall experience.
Before boarding Celebrity Millennium for the remainder of her tour, Dragonesque caught a glimpse of nature – humpback whales, sea otters, dolphins and puffins – on a boat ride through Resurrection Bay, complete with complimentary coffee to battle the brisk air.
Following a swift embarkation with welcome mimosas and smiles, Dragonesque continued her Alaskan adventure in a more laid-back style. Highlights aboard the ship included tours of Hubbard and Mendenhall glaciers; perhaps the best French food she’s ever tasted at The Olympic specialty restaurant; and her favorite — albeit expensive — excursion on the Yukon and White Pass Railroad. (Her advice: Save your money for this one.)
Despite the bumps, Dragonesque wouldn’t want to experience The Last Frontier any other way. Read Dragonesque’s full review for an inspiring yet humorous take on the tour.
For their efforts, Dragonesque and four other Reviewers of the Week — mringenoldus, cboyle, redxpanda and amplexusomnium — receive Cruise Critic logo items.
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