Welcome to Juneau
Rain greets us in Juneau. But as the saying goes, it takes both sun and rain to make a rainbow. It makes me ponder the gold rush and the hearty environment that greeted the gold prospectors.
Beside the history of Juneau, the landscape is amazing; mountains, streams, waterfalls, and wildlife are abundant. Princess Cruises offers many ways to enjoy the area through an extensive shore excursion menu and many onboard enrichment programs.
Thanks to Princess Cruises, I have elected to experience southeast Alaska’s abundant wildlife by land and by sea on the Alaska’s Whales & Rainforest Trails eco-tour.
Whale sightings are guaranteed on this unique outing combining marine exploration with a gentle hike on a lush rainforest trail.
Upon return, there are plenty of choices to select from to keep me busy. I am especially excited for the onboard visit of Iditarod Champion Libby Riddles who will speak about “Sled Dogs and Adventure.”
Libby Riddles, the 1985 Iditarod sled dog race champion and first woman ever to win the famous Anchorage to Nome trek, will be onboard for her ninth Alaska season. Riddles has become a Princess favorite, enthralling passengers with exploits from her days as a musher. In her exclusive appearances for Princess, Riddles joins each of the line’s Alaska ships during its call in Juneau. Taking passengers behind the scenes into the world of dog mushing, she shares her Iditarod experiences while describing what it’s like to live in a native Inupiat village near Nome. Riddles’ approximately hour-long presentations are held aboard the ship in the afternoon, followed by an opportunity for passengers to ask questions, get autographed copies of her books or pose with her for photos.
The Alaska cruise experience is definitely all about the history, people and the landscape. Each day we have been greeted with breathtaking views and an onboard program designed to maximize our Alaskan cruise.