The following is an Alaska cruise review from the National Geographic Sea Lion in Alaska.
This was our port day, the only day where we actually came into a real town/city. This was exciting because it gave us a chance to do whatever we wanted to do. We could shop, hike, take a tour, and take a shore excursion like kayaking. It was incredible. I decided to go shopping in the morning and then I grouped up with a couple of people from the ship and we went on a 12-mile hike. There are more hikes that are shorter than this one, but it was absolutely magnificent. We were told that there might be bears somewhere along the trail, but each person we came across said that they had seen no wildlife, with the exception of birds, and a very friendly dog that got my pants dirty. It was a great time to stretch my legs after being on the ship for 2 days.
We decided we wanted the direction that started in the capital of Juneau. At Linda’s suggestion we are staying at the Goldbelt Hotel. Also at her suggestion we paid a little more for a window water view room. Well worth it, when we woke up this morning we were able to see the Sea Lion pull in alongside the massive floating hotels, such as the Princess Cruise Line.. It is absolutely beautiful, though a little cloudy which makes me nervous about what it will be like when we get on the open ocean. I hope that it is nice and at least a little bit sunny.