We boarded Coral Princess by 3:00 p.m. with absolutely no wait!. Went straight to our cabin A302, just below the buffet, to drop off our carry on luggage and headed up stairs one flight for lunch. Our room was a perfect location. We had lunch, then went to explore the beautiful Coral Princess. Everyone we encountered met us with a smile. All on-board were extremely gracious.
Our first day at sea was to Hubbard Glacier which was an amazing sight! We watched from our balcony and all the photos we took were from the comfort of our room or balcony. So perfect. Next day was at Glacier Bay. We totally enjoyed this as well. Same thing, all photos were from our balcony. The weather throughout the trip was cold and wet with several days of extremely rough seas. But we purposely booked the last southbound sailing and knew that this is whate we could expect as this was our 4th Alaskan cruise. WE TOTALLY enjoyed the rough seas and "typical" Alaskan weather as all our previous trips were in glorious sunshine! This trip was one of our favorites, specifically due to the cold, wet weather and rough seas. But, then again, how could you not have a wonderful time on this beautiful ship.
Our third day was at Skagway, and we did not book an excursion as we had previously done and seen all that we were interested in on previous trips, so we just took advantage of the great "end of season" shopping deals throughout the damp and rainy town. Totally enjoyed this day.
Our fourth day was at Juneau. We did a Princess sponsored whale watch excursion with some friends. We were hoping to share a previous experience with our friends where we had witnessed many, many encounters with whales "bubble net feeding" the year before. Although we did she whales, we did not observe the incredible sight of 10 to 13 whales emerging with mouths wide open to capture their life sustaining krill, as in out trip the year before. Regardless, we had a wonderful day!. After we returned to the doc, we did some "we're on a mission" shopping, as I had been craving Alaskan Fudge that we purchase in Juneau from "the Alaskan Fudge Co." ever time we go. Wasn't disappointed, and brought two boxes home as well.
Fifth day was at the port of Ketchikan. Ketchikan is such a charming little port as it right against a magnificent mountain. It has retained an old "character" if you can overlook all the commercialization in town. We went out to Potlatch Park and to the Eagle Center. Another incredible day!