North to Alaska – Part 2 – The Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas Cruise

In May and June of this year I was fortunate enough to take a 2 week land and sea cruise to Alaska. You can see photos and read about the Alaskan Land Cruise here in my blog post. What follows in this post is the  7 day adventure that my wife and I spent on the Royal Caribbean International Cruise line aboard the Radiance of the Seas. While the title of this post mentions north to Alaska, the entire trip through Alaska was southward. The cruise was no different with the journey starting in Seward, Alaska and ending seven days later in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Along the way there would be stops at the Hubbard glacier, Juneau the state capital of Alaska, Skagway the jewelery store capital of Alaska, Icy Straight Point, and Ketchikan the rainy day capital of the world. I’m not really sure that Ketchikan is the rainy day capital of the world, but I do know that it rains there 360 days a year and has an average yearly rainfall of 152 inches, with 37 inches of snow thrown in for good measure. Enough of the facts, on to the pictures.

You have to get up pretty early to catch the sunrise this far north. This sunrise photo was made at 5am local time.

Sunrise as viewed from the Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas

View of the the main dining room, Cascades, is an luxurious  two level restaurant featuring a grand staircase, statuesque columns, and indeed a cascading waterfall as the room’s name would suggest.

Cascades - The main dining room aboard Royal Carribbean

At the smaller ports of call such as Icy Strait Point on Hoonah island, visitors take a tender to reach land. This view of the ship was taken from a tender heading to Icy Straight Point.

Radiance of the Sea with tenders out taking guests to Icy Strait Point on Hoonah Island, Alaska

The view of the ship’s main lobby and glass elevators that run up to the 13th deck.

Glass elevators in the main lobby of the ship give not only a view inside but of the ocean outside the ship - Radiance of the Sea - Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

A sunrise self portrait on the 12th deck of the ship.  That’s my shadow cast by the sunrise on the exterior of the ship. On the right side of the photo, you can see my footprints, and only my footprints on the morning dew. Nobody else was on deck at 5:10 am local time. It was their loss. It was a beautiful sunrise on the port side of the ship.

Sunrise self portrait in the shawdows cast by the sun. Radiance of the Seas - Royal Caribbean Cruise line

The unofficial state bird of Alaska. That would be a mosquito. Though we didn’t see many, those we did see were about twice the size of the mosquitoes see down here in the lower 48 states.

The unofficial state bird of Alaska - the mosquito - seen in this photo on a green leaf

The jogging track on deck 12 offers amazing scenic views while affording one the opportunity to stay in shape.

A guest of the Radiance of the Seas takes in the amazing sites while using the 12 deck jogging tracking to stay in shape

A view of the Hubbard glacier. Watching the glacier calving as ice and snow fall from the 400 foot tall sea wall is one of the highlights of the cruise.

View of the Hubbard glacier from the Radiance of the Seas - Royal Caribben International Cruise line

The Mendenhall glacier which is just outside of Juneau, Alaska

The Mendenhall glacier - Juneau Alaska

View of  container ship being unloaded in Vancouver British Columbia as we pulled into our final port destination.

Container ship being unloaded in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada

Sunset view of the Holland America cruise ship the Zaandam about to pull out of Juneau, Alaska, the State’s capital city.

Sunset view of the Holland American cruise ship Zaandam about to steam out of Juneau, Alaska

Don’t forget to view more photos of the trip by viewing the link below.

I noticed these signs at most of ports we visited. It just struck me as funny.

The sign in the photo says - Warning Safety Ladder - use at your own risk

A close as I came to a real bear

A radar device seen during sunrise

93 pound world record King Salmon caught by Howie RiderSeating for four with a view of the Ocean aboard the Radiance of the Seas Royal Caribbean International

Jon RoustonAugust 4, 2010 - 7:43 am

Wow, the boat looks fantastic but the best shot by far is the jogger because the composition is so unique. You can’t replicate some moments and that will never happen again – great work.

tonee @ tonee lawrence photographyAugust 4, 2010 - 11:13 am

I love these images. They are beautiful and make me want to book a cruise right now! LOL

MA Wedding PhotographersAugust 10, 2010 - 9:49 pm

<————– Is completely jealous. :)

Wonderful pictures! I’d love to visit Alaska: beautiful and nearly untouched nature. Thanks for sharing these pictures.

HarveySeptember 4, 2010 - 10:14 am

Whoa! Love this set! The colors are so great!! And what the heck the inside of the boat is that HUGE? Wow! I had no idea!

Grand Rapids wedding photographerNovember 1, 2010 - 11:15 am

Beautiful photographs. Makes me want to go on an adventure!

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