The above photo was taken of a totem pole in a garden area called "Whale Park" in Ketchikan.
"It's not like Alaska isn't wilderness - it mostly is. But most Alaskans don't live in the wild. They live on the edge of the wild in towns with schools and cable TV and stores and dentists and roller rinks sometimes. It's just like anyplace else, only with mountains and moose."
~ Tom Bodett
I did love the "representatives" Holland America had waiting for us as we left the ship in the ports:
During my seven day cruise from Vancouver to Alaska and back, we stopped at three ports. The first one was in Juneau where I took a helicopter to the Mendenhall glacier where I went dogsledding. Here is a post I wrote about this fantastic and fun experience here:
Dog Sledding in June on the Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska
Although this excursion did not last a long time I found it tiring so didn't get to see much of the town of Juneau. I did take some photos from the upper deck of the cruise ship.
Our second stop was in Skagway. The tour I had scheduled that day was to visit some gardens. That sure was canceled due to a lack of people signing up. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise for me. I had gotten a piece of ice in my eye while dogsledding and wasn't quite a bit of pain so I did not get off the ship in Skagway. I thought Skagway looked very similar to Juneau. I didn't feel well enough to get off the ship which was disappointing, but I was able to get a few photos from the upper deck of the ship.
I sat here on the ship for a while just relaxing. Ms Zaandam is a recently renovated and pretty ship:
When we got to Ketchikan, two days later, I felt fine to get off the ship and explore the town which I thought was very pretty. It reminded me a lot of Park City Utah as did Juneau and Skagway. I'm going to be very honest about my thoughts of the seven-day cruise that I went on which may be very different then the ones other people have chosen. I would like to explore Alaska and or northern Canada sometime in the future, but in a very different way. I felt the parts of Alaska I saw were very commercialized. It's not a bad place to visit and I'm not saying I didn't enjoy it or have a good time, but in the future I want to visit places that are more off the beaten path such as Greenland. I love Park City, Utah and I feel that city is more authentic than the ports we visited in Alaska which, to me, are basically just built up or man made for the cruise ship's passengers to enjoy. That's just my two cents and based on nothing more than my own thoughts. I've never said that I'm not opinionated, but advice from Michelle is always free :)!
Here are some photos of Ketchikan which was around 60 degrees Fahrenheit that day.
They even have trolleys like Park City:
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