Alaska? With a Toddler? You Bet!Monica Bielanko
When I think about taking a cruise, images of turquoise waters, sandy beaches, and palm trees mostly come to mind. To me, cruises equal sun, surf, and sand. I mean, what’s the point of going on a cruise if you can’t bask in the sun’s golden rays?
Turns out, I am literally missing the boat when it comes to some of the coolest cruises around.
I just spent the last half-hour reading Deborah Abrams Kaplan’s first-hand account of Cruising Alaska with a Toddler and man, does it have me anxious to embark on my own Alaskan adventure!
Here is how Kaplan’s account kicks off:
“While sitting on the balcony drinking wine and floating past glaciers, I realized my parents were right. It is possible to have an adventurous and somewhat relaxing trip with a toddler in tow.”
Kaplan and her husband took their 15-month old daughter on an eight day cruise from Vancouver, B.C. to Seward, Alaska and it seems like the toddler in tow didn’t slow them down a bit. From taking sea planes over national monuments and zipping over glaciers in a helicopter tour to canoeing around icebergs and taking a trip on the Yukon railroad, the couple managed to do it all with seemingly little hassle.
The wonderful thing about an Alaskan cruise is that you don’t have to leave the boat, or even your cabin to admire the surroundings. From the dining room we watched porpoises swimming in the boat’s wake. Dori napped in the sling while we were on deck, watching the Hubbard Glacier calve. From the deck we also spotted bald eagles, whales, brown bears and harbor seals. We observed sea otters in front of the College Fjord, while Dori crawled around the cabin and we stood on our balcony.
Of course, vacationing with a toddler isn’t all fun and games. Kaplan says mealtimes were a disaster, but what parent of a toddler is surprised by this news? All in all Kaplan reports that the Alaskan cruise was a great way to combine family, sights and excursions.
If adventure and family time is what you’re after, maybe an Alaska Cruise is right up your alley.