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Alaska Princess Cruises for Solo Travelers

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Princess Cruises from Seattle to Alaska promotes their trip as a life-changing adventure, which is the kind of trip I like. As a frugal traveler, looking for solo travel cruises, this seemed to be a good one. Finally, I had the time, and way to see real glaciers close up. Princess Cruises delivered on their promise. Want to relax, see beautiful Alaska, and like the great outdoors, Alaska Princess Cruises for Solo Travelers is a perfect Alaska Cruise.

My Frugal Travel Tip is Princess and other Alaska cruise companies, offer several different Alaska cruises. Prices go up and down throughout the year. Compare them all and find the one that is the best value. I found Princess Cruises to be the best value for me. It fit me perfectly.

The world is always changing, as Hurricane Harvey shows us, as it blasts Houston Texas. Better see the glaciers before the weather melts them away. They are melting pretty fast!

Ketchikan

First port of call out of Seattle was Ketchikan, Alaska. This sleepy hamlet sits right on the Inside Passage. It was raining and cold, but I didn’t care because I had wet weather gear. It rains in Ketchikan often (150 extra inches a year), and it’s just the way things are. Accept Alaska for what it is, and you’ll have a better time. I winged it, jumped off the ship, whistling in the rain with no planned itinerary, I walked through Ketchikan.

I made my way down a street and ended up at a beautiful river, Ketchikan Creek. The closed salmon hatchery prevented me from seeing it. No worries, I have salmon hatcheries in Seattle. On to lunch, I stopped for fish and chips. Walking after my meal, I admired the ships docked in the local marinas as the rain soaked my jacket. One of the fishing boats featured on the television series the Deadliest Catch was at port, right there. The ship was hosting tours. Cruising through town, with no particular goal but to get a good feel for the area, neatly nestled on the island.

JUNEAU ALASKA

A real treat. The capital, Juneau, tries to show how big it is. Juneau, though, is just a sleepy town in Alaska. Again, I jumped off the ship and walked ten minutes to the tram (Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway). A round trip ticket costs USD 33. The tram zooms to the top, with killer views of greater Juneau, the fiords, and mountains that make Juneau what it is. There is a restaurant, museum and hiking trails to greet you at the top. You can even hike down from the top and end up back in downtown Juneau!

Alaska Princess Cruises for Solo Travelers

I had dinner at the Alaska Fish & Chips Company on the water–the best halibut fish I’ve ever eaten! After dinner, I walked to a downtown park and watched live music as the light started to disappear. What a day! Travel is the most fun when it’s simple and relatively unplanned. Simple things to do, and an uncomplicated itinerary. Yeah, that’s how I like to roll.

Alaska Princess Cruises for Solo Travelers

GLACIERS AND FJORDS

My Princess ship maneuvered its way into the Endicott Arm, a thirty mile plus long fjord, framed by towering rocky mountain walls rising steeply from the water. The water turned a milky blue as we progressed further into the fjord. These fjords reminded me somewhat of Norway.

Alaska Princess Cruises for Solo Travelers

Dawes Glacier

Alaska Cruise took us right to the glacier. There it was. The Dawes Glacier. It was incredible to see it with my own eyes. The dense, thick ice cast a radiant blue color that glaciers are famous for their beauty. The fjord was not choked with ice as I expected. The fjords fill up with ice in the autumn.

SKAGWAY

Alaska Princess Cruises for Solo Travelers

Back to 1800s

During the late 19th century, Skagway was a booming town because of the Klondike Gold Rush. Skagway grew to about 30,000 people at the height of the gold rush. With that came bars, brothels, and hotels. People were coming in by ship and making their way inland to find gold, even though many if not most of the prospectors came up short in the gold department. In the end, though, it seems that the only individuals who got rich were the merchants who sold the gold rushers all of their gear.

Skagway is decidedly small. Just over a thousand people call the place home, although the population doubles in the spring when tourists start arriving. You can walk down the main drag and see that Skagway is truly a “one horse town.” Go to this site to see what Skagway has to offer. Frankly, Skagway was not a favorite stop of mine. Do a self-guided tour of Skagway since it’s enough to get a feel for the town, and to say you were there.

VICTORIA, BC, CANADA

Victoria is a quaint town that is easy going and fun to walk around. I jumped off the boat after docking and started walking to the Inner Harbor, about a 30-minute jaunI’ve been to Victoria many times, and this was a chance to enjoy the weather and vibe of Victoria. It was a warm spring evening, and the harbor area was bustling with tourists.

Alaska Princess Cruises for Solo Travelers

High Tea

If you are a high tea fanatic, I’d recommend high tea at the Empress Hotel. I went to this tea many years ago, and even though many years have passed, I still have fond memories of the experience. The Empress has the best high tea experience I ‘ve had. The ambiance and the effort placed on the service is spectacular. Consider staying at the Empress, as you’ll be on the waterfront and have ready access to the high tea service!

Travel Tip: Travel plans always change. Travel can be full of surprises, some good and some not so good. Alaska Princess Cruises offers good Cruises for Solo Travelers.

Do you have any recommendations about an Alaska Cruise for Solo Travelers?

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I’m Jim I like to travel on a budget because it’s fun to be frugal. I am a single guy who loves to see the world and fish. My home is in Bellevue, WA. I live alone with no pets. My favorite part of traveling is meeting new people. Food keeps me alive, I have no favorite foods. My favorite drink is water.

8 Comments

  1. Omary

    September 6, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Very nice it’s an extra ordinary experience, lucky you Kate, Thanx for Sharing

    • Kate

      September 6, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      Thanks, Omary! So happy you enjoyed it!

  2. Jo Cudney

    September 5, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    We loved our 50th Anniversary cruise to Alaska five years ago. The itinerary was very similar to the one above. However, we missed out on the Fish and Chips. We added in a wonderful train ride out of one of the above towns. We took our trip in late May. Great weather. Our trip was organized by Corban University, Salem, OR for alumni. Precious memories…

    • Kate

      September 5, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      Hello! Jo! How wonderful to hear from you!I am so happy you liked the trip to Alaska too!. It’s a great trip and perfect for people of all ages and special interests. Corban University always delivers great trips for you. Hope to have you write more-we need your advice, and you are precious to me. Kate

  3. Everett Johnson

    September 5, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Sound like a fun trip Kate. I use to fly out of Ketchikan for Taquan Air. Fun flying job . I actually wore the butt out of two set of Helley Hansen rain gear getting in and out of the Beavers. Yes it rained almost every day but fun little town Did you get lunch at the little drive in just out side of the tunnel The very best Halibut burgers I have ever eaten in the entire Alaska. Ive also made that trip a couple of times on the boat and it truly is a fun experiences. How have you been? Didn’t get to the Club much this summer. I helped a buddy move a 70 foot Sea Ray from FT Laurdale to Chicago FUN FUN trip. Enjoyed your info. Everett

    • Kate

      September 5, 2017 at 2:29 pm

      Hey, Everett! Thanks for the compliments you are too kind. My friend Jim wrote this one and took the trip – He can tell ya if he ate there. I know he loved the trip. Can’t wait to catch up. I didn’t get to the club much myself this summer. We have to carpool to the annual meeting. I am nothing without you who read the posts! Thanks for posting a comment.

  4. John McDonaghh

    September 5, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Well laid out, tremendous pictures, very informative and extremely well written.

    Kate, as always you doing great work, come by for a visit the next time you are down this way, I’d love to introduce Trish to you!!

    John
    PS retirement is boring!!!!!

    • Kate

      September 5, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      I would love to see you all, thanks for the invitation. I will do that. You guys are the best! Retirement has its ups and downs! Thanks for reading, this wouldn’t be fun if friends like you, didn’t read the posts! Thanks for posting a comment. And thank you for reading.

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