Preparing for Alaska Cruise Embarkation Day: Essential Guide

An Unforgettable Experience: A Seven-Day Alaska and Hubbard Glacier Cruise

Embarking on a seven-day journey to Alaska and Hubbard Glacier Cruise from Vancouver, Canada can be an exhilarating experience. Imagine being on a cruise ship for six straight months, from December to May. This particular Alaska cruise was booked back in February and the anticipation was overwhelming.

Vancouver – A City Worth Exploring

Arriving in Vancouver a day early leaves enough time to get you used to the relaxing vibe of the city before embarking on your cruise. Walking around Vancouver is an experience in itself – the city’s natural beauty and captivating energy make it a perfect spot to explore. From bustling city streets, serene parks, to the captivating view of the water. Six miles of exploration around Vancouver is a warm up for the journey ahead.

The next morning starts with light exercise in the hotel gym, followed by a healthy breakfast. After checkout, we head over to the ship, excited to meet with fellow cruise-goers.

Boarding The Radiance Of The Seas

On this trip, we board the Royal Caribbean ship, the Radiance of the Seas. The Radiance of the Seas is a cruise ship that combines sleek swiftness, panoramic vistas, and wide-open spaces. The excitement builds as the check-in process finalizes and we meet with friends and fellow travelers also ready to embark on this seven-day gem.

The main goal at this stage is to find your way around the expansive ship – where your room is located, how to find your way to the dining room, and to familiarize yourself with the ship’s amenities. All the excitement can be overwhelming, but it’s the start of a remarkable journey.

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The First Meal On Board The Ship

Lunch is served immediately upon boarding the ship. It’s a feast for the senses – chicken nuggets, french fries, mac, and cheese, fish, watermelon, and salad. The variety of food caters to every craving, signifying the start of a culinary journey aligning with the physical journey we’ve embarked upon.

Next, it’s time for a little relaxation. The waiting time for the rooms to be ready is spent lounging, catching up with loved ones, and looking forward to the evening’s festivities. Remember to rest, the idea of a cruise is to rest as much as you want and engage in activities only if you wish to.

Settling Down On The Ship

Once the rooms are ready, it’s time to settle in. Rooms are surprisingly spacious thereby accommodating all your luggage. After rearranging your room, trying to fit in all the luggage, it’s time to unwind. Sitting on the top deck, with the view of the majestic ocean is a soothing balm and the perfect opportunity to soak up some sun.

The Sail-Away Party – A Cruise Highlight

The Sail-Away party is one of the highlights of this cruise. There is something unforgettable about waving goodbye to the coastline, knowing that a seven-day journey of scenic beauty lies ahead. Basking in the excitement of fellow travelers while sipping on a glass of Prosecco can make for a perfect afternoon.

After bidding adieu to Vancouver, it’s time to return to the rooms and unpack. Dinner time on the ship is another exciting event. The options range from flaky white fish accompanied with potatoes to chicken dishes. For dessert, a key lime pie is a must-try.

Evenings on the ship become lively with the commencement of various entertainment activities. A comedy show is one such option provided during the cruise. Although targeted more towards the older audience, it gives you some good laughs before heading off to sleep. Plus the extra hour gained thanks to the time zone will be a welcome reprieve.

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Preparing For The Night

By the time the day ends, the fatigue of the day combined with anticipation of what’s to come makes for a deep slumber in the comfort of your cabin. The second day brings the promise of more adventure, so rest is truly necessary.

A seven-day cruise in Alaska and Hubbard Glacier is likely to open you up to a whole new world of exciting experiences, every day bringing something new. Even if it’s a last-minute booking, the precious memories you take with you, the friendships you make, and the wonderful time you have, make for an experience you will treasure forever.