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happy birthday to me
My grandmother and I will be cruising the Alaskan coastline in one month! Aug 29th-Sept 5th on the Celebrity Infinity sailing from Seattle, supposedly a very nice ship from at least two personal accounts. She's gone several times before and said to me "September is no problem...it's beautiful weather" to which I replied, "Grandma, I remember you said 'I've cruised the Caribbean in October plenty of times and hurricanes are no problem'...and the last cruise I took with you we ended up in Hurricane Roxanne!" haha...

At any rate, as of earlier today the cruise is now booked with an ocean view stateroom with excursions at each port, including a sled dog ride with time for husky puppy cuddling (how cute is that?!?), and a cider brewery & farm on Vancouver Island, among other cool things. I haven't been that impressed with the cruises I've been on before, but the Alaska cruises have sounded different, more for the gorgeous scenery, glaciers & wildlife than the sunbathing & partying of other cruising, especially since my grandma is turning 94 in November, and even though she's still doing very well, I'm not sure how many more years I will have to travel with her. For those of you who might be saying "traveling with grandma?!?" let me describe to you how she was dancing for her 90th birthday to "Five Foot Two" with her full glass of scotch on the rocks in hand, nary spilling a drop. That's MY grandma! :)

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your grandmother sounds awesome!! good for her. :) i hope you have a fab time, it sounds awesome! i've always wanted to do an alaskan cruise -- one of my closest friends is an ER doctor who works part time on cruise ships, and her favourite cruise to work is the vancouver/alaska one (not the celebrity infinity cruiseline, though ... i want to say it's holland america? not sure ...). i've seen the photos and it just looks spectacular. i'm sure you'll have a brilliant time!

speaking of vancouver, i'm going to be there from august 28 to september 1. what are the odds, huh?!

ooohhh that makes me miss my own grandmother so much. cant wait to hear about your cruise!

is it your birthday???? if so...happy birthday!! how old are you now?? 25??? fortunatelly I suck with numbers hahaha

none in particular :)

I can't get over I forgot your birthday again... I hope you had a nice one, and that Alaska trip sounds great!


AK Native

Hi Britta -- how exciting that you are going to be visiting Alaska!! I live in the Anchorage, Alaska and although weather hasn't been too good this year...(not to bum you out, but its been one of the wettest and coldest summers in the last five years...) Alaska is still one of the most incredible and beautiful places you will ever see! :) Where will you be stopping on your Alaskan cruise? Maybe I can suggest some fun stuff for you to do from an Alaskan's perspective! :)

(since you're anonymous I'm not sure you'll see this reply?)

I'm definitely bringing my rainjacket and layers, so thanks for the weather heads-up! A co-worker just went in early July and didn't complain about the weather. As long as I can see the beautiful scenery & some wildlife inbetween raindrops I'll be happy. :)

Our ports are Sitka, (Hubbard Glacier cruising), Juneau, Ketchikan & Victoria, and we've prebooked excursions at each port already so I'm not sure how much extra time we'll have? I would love input from a native, and hopefully I'll have time later today for a main post about the itinerary with excursion, then maybe you can suggest more? Thanks so much!

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