Day 1: Embarkation at Vancouver Terminal Quick & Efficient. Only one problem one of my wife's bags was put on the Disney Alaska cruise not ours. Of course this was not discovered until after departure. Was reunited with bag at last port of call as this was only port common to both cruises.
Day 2: Cruising the Inside Passage to Sitka. Very relaxing day and beautiful scenery. Food & service on Board still excellent and friendly.
Day 3: Arrived Sitka and was tendered into port. Went on ship organize tour to Russian America Raptor Center and Russian Dancers. Great tour and experience.
Were only in Sitka for 5hrs not enough time to explore the city, or shops.
Day 4: Arrived in Hoonah ( Icy Strait Point) and were tendered into port. Not much to see in port just a lot of shops,couple of restaurants and a Zip line. I did not do the Zip line but the adventurous ones that did said it was wonderful. Went on a Wale watching excursion and we saw lots of Wales and sea lions. Trip was well worth the time and money.
Day 5: Cruising the Gulf of Alaska and Hubbard Glacier. Due to ice conditions in Resolution Bay were unable to get in close to the glacier but that's life.
Day 6:Docked in Kodiak Alaska, no tour available as was canceled by tour operator so went into town to explore on own. Visited the Baranof Museum and the Wildlife Museum. Both were wonderful and very informative on life in Kodiak.
Day 7&8: Cruising the Gulf of Alaska and arriving at Wrangell where we were docked.Did a highlights tour which took in the Wrangell Mureum, Chief Shakes Tribal House & Petroglph Beach. This was a great tour as got to learn how the Tlingit Indian society Functioned.
Day 9: Docked in Ketchican, my wife was reunited with lost bag. This port is the most tourist oriented port we had been in. Except for the scenery a lot of the stores you can find in the Carribbean.Toured the Deer Mountain Tribal Fish Hatchery & Eagle Center, Totem Hritage Center And Saxman Native Village. The tour was wonderful and informative. Did some shopping for smoked Salmon and fudge.
Day 10: Cruised the inside passage back to Vancouver, fast and efficient debakation and flight home.
We were very fortuanate to have an Alaskan Expert on Board the ship for the entire cruise(Terry Breen). Her information and help was invaluable.
For Oceanias first season in Alaska they did better the the cruise I did on the Ryndamm with Holland America in 2007. I hope they will start to do Alaskan cruise each year as I love Alaska.