The cruise entailed two one-week back- to- back cruises of the San Juan Islands and the Alaskan Inside Passage. We chose the San Juan Island cruise as it took us to a very scenic area of the US which is difficult to arrange by car and ferry transport independently. As long as we were in this area, it seemed logical to add on the Alaskan cruise which followed on up the northwestern coast of the US.
We thoroughly enjoyed the scenic areas as we traveled up close to the islands in this group, stopping at the various small towns along the way. At times on the cruise, we saw one of the larger cruise ships way off in the distance not being able to come in close to the islands nor the coastline. How much the passengers missed!!
Wildlife sighting of dolphins and whales occurred along the way,
The shore excusrions offered provided a very well-rounded look at the area: history, the economy, Native American Indian lore, life on the islands and along the coast, sea life and the natural habitat, and the scenery, both on water and land.
All of this was supplemented by a historian who accompanied the excursions and who presented lectures on board about the area and the things that we were going to see so that we had an excellent orientation to make the most of the time ashore. In addition, there was always time for a recap of the activities at the conclusion of the day.
On many evenings, local entertainment was brought on board which included music, dance, story-telling, etc.
Sailing on a small ship provided the opportunity to dock and be very close to the center of town affording us many opportunities to explore on our own.
It was also very enjoyable to have some local seafood served for lunches and dinners as we traveled in the area.
Everyday, the ship's crew endeavored to make each aspect of the cruise most enjoyable.
We thoroughly enjoyed both cruises and feel we really explored in depth this area of the Pacific Northwest.