S: Klassen Family Alaskan Cruise July,2011
BC: Made with Love by Tamara Bock
FC: Klassen Family Alaskan Cruise July,2011
1: After some discussion with our children about inheritance, we all decided a family trip would be the perfect way to make memories. After a lot of hard work planning and organizing for such a large group (thank you Vern and Cheryl), we had everyone booked for a cruise. There were 31 of us in total, missing only our oldest granddaughter who wasn't able to come because she was expecting our seventh great-grandchild that month. We had a wonderful time and made many,many memories that everyone will cherish for years to come. | In July of 2011 we took our family on an Alaskan cruise.
2: Day 1: Our family met in Seattle Washington on Thursday, July 7, 2011. We stayed in a hotel that first night so we'd be ready to board the ship early the next morning. It was great having our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren all together again!
6: Day 2: After a wonderful continental breakfast at our hotel, we took a taxi to the marina where we boarded our ship "Rhapsody of the Seas".
9: We definitely had some exploring to do once on board; the ship was huge! It took most of us the entire week to figure out where we were, and where we were trying to go! | EXPLORATION
10: It wasn't long before everyone found the buffet at the Windjammer Café... Eating would be the activity of choice for the next week; especially for some of the boys who enjoyed several meals a day!
12: Day 3: We spent our first full day at sea relaxing, catching up with one another, and enjoying the activities our ship had to offer.
14: S w i m m i n g | There was one outdoor pool on our ship that definitely got used by our family. Though the weather was often a little chilly, it didn't stop us from having fun. The little ones especially couldn't get enough of the water!
17: Day 4: Our first port call was in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau is the capital of Alaska and was named after gold prospector, Joe Juneau. With a population of about 31,000 people, this quaint city sits at the base of Juneau Icefield. | Juneau
18: We had the day to shop and see the sights. Some of us took the Mt. Roberts Tramway ride, while others hiked in to see the Mendenhall Glacier.
19: Juneau's #1 attraction, the Mt. Roberts Tramway, is a scenic gondola ride that climbs from 27 to 2000 feet in six minutes.
22: Mendenhall | Mendenhall Glacier is about 19km long and is about the same distance from downtown Juneau. The ice flows forward at an average rate of 2 feet per day.
23: Glacier | Fed from an icefield high above Juneau, the Mendenhall glacier is a flowing mass of ice, grinding and scouring everything in its path as it carves its way down to the sea.
26: Our evening meals were an incredible experience in themselves. Our reservations were for 6pm, and we rarely left before 8:30pm. We had the same window seating and waiters every night. An intricate and diverse menu, different each evening, always left us more than satisfied; we were stuffed!
30: "Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family" | The Klassen Family
31: Joyce & Lonnie Len & Darlene Randy & Jona Vern & Cheryl
32: Skagway | Day 5: A place exists in Alaska where the past lives on, where the cries of "gold in the Yukon" still echo from steep canyon walls... that place is Skagway - our second port call.
33: With a population well under 1000, Skagway prepares each year for the summer tourist season in order to deal with more than 900,000 visitors. Skagway means "a windy place with white caps on the water”.
35: As an entire family, we took a three hour train ride through the mountains on Alaska's most popular shore excursion - the White Pass & Yukon Route. Built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush, this narrow gauge railroad is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. The vintage train climbs nearly 3000 feet in 20 miles, and features two tunnels and numerous bridges. | White Pass & Yukon Route
37: It was so nice to have an entire train cart to ourselves. We were all able to move around and chat with one another throughout the ride.
43: Day: 6 We woke early in the morning to watch the sunrise in the breath-taking Tracy Arm Fjord. Our captain completed a slow rotation of the ship in about 45 minutes, allowing all angles of the boat a spectacular view of the calving ice on Sawyer Glacier. This narrow passage way is named after Civil War general, Benjamin Franklin Tracy, and stretches about 48km from the end of the glacier to the open sea.
46: Day 7: Our last full day to spend time with each other on the boat was relaxing and enjoyable. With the week quickly coming to an end, we cherished every moment with our family.
47: MAKING MEMORIES
50: "Families are like fudge... mostly sweet with a few nuts."
55: Fine Dining
56: Each evening our ship offered a variety of nightly entertainment and shows which many of us went to see. "Tribute to the Temptations" was especially enjoyable.
59: Day 8: Our last port call was in Victoria, BC. We had the day to walk along the harbour and up the streets lining the water to do some shopping. Some of the family even took time to visit one of Victoria's legendary landmarks - the Craigdarroch Castle.
60: Craigdarroch was built between 1887-1890 for Robert Dunsmuir, a Scottish immigrant who made his fortune from Vancouver Island coal. This legendary Victorian mansion, built on a hill overlooking the City of Victoria (Craigdarroch means "rocky, oak place" in Gaelic) announced to the world that Robert Dunsmuir was the richest and most important man in Western Canada.
63: Day 9: We woke up our final morning on board to find ourselves back in Seattle, Washington at the marina. An amazing holiday had come to an end. With spectacular sites to see and visit, and a wonderful family to make memories with, we couldn't have asked for a better trip.