Inaugural Alaskan Voyage of the Disney Wonder
This past week I traveled on board the Disney Wonder cruise ship to Alaska on a business trip, it was magnificent !! I don’t consider myself a nature person or even a pioneer, but the sights and sounds in Alaska from the four ports is something I will never forget. The weather was in the mid 40’s it was crisp, clear and blue skies for the most part. My work partner and I flew to Vancouver, Canada to board the DCL Disney Wonder for the Inaugural Alaskan Voyage.
Tracy Arm – Our first stop on the cruise was Tracy Arm fjord which is located in the Inside Passage approximately 45 miles south of Juneau. Cruise ships wind their way through the fjord which is located in the Tongass National Forest. The surrounding mountains are approximately 7,000 feet high and numerous waterfalls, created by melting snowcaps, can be seen along the route.
Skagway – We reached Skagway on Friday, it is located at the northernmost point on the Inside Passage in Southeast Alaska. Skagway still retains the feel of those Gold Rush days with their historic downtown being restored to its roots, complete with false fronted buildings and wooden sidewalks.
Juneau – Saturday we arrived in Juneau, the largest capital in the USA (by land size), Juneau is 3,248 square miles. Alaska is the only state whose capital city is accessible only via ship or air. No roads connect to Juneau to the rest of the state.
Ketchikan – We arrived in Ketchikan on Sunday, Mother’s Day. Originally established as a fishing camp back in 1883, when salmon saltery was built by a man named Snow. The city became an important mining supply center following the discovery of gold and copper in the region.
The Salmon Capital of the World, Ketchikan is located in the Southeast Alaska, on Revillagigedo Island along the Tongrass Narrows at the foot of 3,000 foot Deer Mountain. Ketchikan is only accessible by boat or plane.