I always have these grand intentions of building fabulous trip reports, and every time we take an awesome vacation, I go into it saying “I think I can; I think I can; I think I can” – and then I don’t.
Let’s approach this from a different angle – let’s start talking about it now, and maybe by June, when I actually take the trip, I’ll be more motivated to finish the conversation! So let’s get started – come plan this trip with me!
Here are the basics:
We have to be onboard the Disney Wonder on June 25, 2012 – that’s only 252 days away! Thank God we’re going to Alaska – I’ll never get into a bikini by then!! We board in Seattle, WA.
We’ve chosen second seating because it gives us time to eat breakfast, second breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, second lunch, afternoon tea, and an evening snack before dinner. We’d miss at least the evening snack if we did main seating dining! Actually, we prefer second seating for a number of reasons. We never feel we have to rush to get ready after a day of excursions, and if a kid comes back needing a nap, there’s time before dinner to do that. We’re also more inclined to get to the shows if we go to them before dinner, as after dinner, you are so full and tired from a big day of adventure, you might decide just to turn in. I also like that on some of our Disney cruises, the kids will get picked up by the kids’ club staff at second seating, and they will be escorted to their club for evening activities. This gives Mom and Dad a chance to eat dinner with the kids, but also have some time to themselves to linger over a cup of tea and dessert.
Day One: Seattle, Washington
Day Two: At Sea
Day Three: Tracy Arm, Alaska
Day Four: Skagway, Alaska
Day Five: Juneau, Alaska
Day Six: Ketchikan, Alaska
Day Seven: Victoria, British Columbia
Day Eight: Seattle, Washington
Now to get there. The plan at the moment is to drive. From Jersey. With three kids. In one car. Oh, and did I mention that at least one kid is in school until June 20th? Unless we get no snow days, and then she might be done a couple of days sooner. Should I start taking Valium NOW?
If Google Maps is accurate, we eliminate all pee breaks, we don’t eat anything not already in the car (I’m thinking by hour four, Granuaile is gonna look mighty tasty with some honey mustard), we don’t stop for gas, and we skip any side trips to the World’s Largest Ball of Twine and the World’s Biggest Rocking Chair, we can be there in just under two days (1 day, 22 hours). My fear is, just adding in pee breaks is going to cause us to miss the boat. Somehow, I have to balance potty stops, eating, and a tiny bit of sightseeing with getting there in four days – which puts us at a Seattle hotel the day before the cruise. Oh, and did I mention that I wish to arrive somewhat sane?
And we’re off, faithful readers! Watch over the next few posts how I try to lay out the trip TO Seattle. Then we’ll talk shore excursion possibilities. And finally, we’ll talk about how we get back in time to make my sister’s wedding on July 21st. Dressed. In North Carolina.
Oh – and who wants to watch my dogs for three weeks? They’re great fun to have around!
8 Replies to “North to Alaska – and Whatever Else We Can See In Between!”
Somebody must really love you to take you on a wonderful summer vacation like that
Somebody does love me – even when he’s not giving me Alaskan/cross country vacations <3
When will we see a blog post about mud baths for two?
We only have one sea day!! We’ll have to plan it for then 🙂 I love that mud bath thing! But you’re jumping the gun – we have to decide what to pack in the car first – and what kind of car we’re taking!
I cannot comment on the Alaska part of your trip-nor the car ride (though I’ve done that trip 2x as a kid)BUT-hopefully I’ll get to meet you in Seattle! Wheee!
Tell me this-are the Disney cruises good for tween/teens?
Disney cruises are awesome for Tweens/Teens – they have their own clubs, their own activities – I could go the whole cruise and never see Eilis! And I hope to spend at least a full day in Seattle when we get back – we’ll have to make plans!!
Might help you decide on your shore excursions –
2 photo albums from my Alaska Cruises:
The views on train trip in Skagway were wonderful!
I can’t wait!
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