My family just returned from a 7-night Alaskan cruise aboard the Disney Wonder with 5 nights in Vancouver tacked on to the beginning of our vacation. The only way to keep me from being sad about our trip being over is to write about it in detail to re-live the memories. In case you missed the first installments, see Trip Video and Hyatt Regency Vancouver Review, Vancouver Part 1 (Arrival, Stanley Park, Sea to Sky Tour), Vancouver Part 2 (Capilano, Grouse Mountain and Vancouver Whale Watch), Boarding the Disney Wonder to Alaska, Sea Day to Alaska , Tracy Arm, Dog Sledding in Skagway and Rainy Day in Juneau.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Morning on the Disney Wonder
Since the ship didn’t dock in Ketchikan until 11:15 a.m. and our excursion wasn’t until 1:00 p.m., we had our entire morning free and clear. Woohoo!
We all ate breakfast together at Cabanas, and then we divided and conquered. I took my daughter to meet Belle. My husband had seen Belle walking around the ship earlier in the week in this outfit with her nose in a book, true to character.
My son wanted to see some Marvel characters that were out and about this morning:
After the photos, my sons darted off to the kids’ clubs. Neither of them wanted to get off the ship today. They just wanted to stay and play on board all day. We made our oldest promise that he could skip meeting us for lunch if he agreed to eat on his own with his Edge friends before our excursion meet-up time.
When I went to take my daughter to the Oceaneer Club, we discovered that it was in “open house” mode. I couldn’t check her in there, but I could bring her to the Oceaneer Lab side instead. I decided to hang out with her on the club side for a little bit. It wasn’t crowded at all.
My husband went to the fitness center and I went to a Disney Vacation Club presentation. I had always wanted to attend a DVC presentation on a Disney Cruise, but I never found the time. There are special perks for attending one of these presentations on board and for buying on board (I’ll write a separate post on that later. Did I buy DVC?!?!)
We agreed to meet up at noon for lunch with the kids.
As the ship docked in Ketchikan, the weather was looking good!
Ketchikan Duck Tour
I signed us up for the Ketchikan Duck Tour through DCL. After two port days in a row, I just wanted a shorter excursion that provided us a tour of the city, and this seemed to fit the bill. Plus, I have always wanted to go on a duck boat that goes right from the road into the water.
We met at Azure (adult night club on the Wonder) at 1:00 p.m. My oldest told us that he “forgot” to each lunch and was starving. Well, tough! We had to follow our group and board the duck boat, and we didn’t have time to grab him something to eat.
We boarded the duck boat very close to our ship. Every single seat was occupied.
The tour started circling the city. Our tour guide was very young, still in high school. He pointed out some important buildings on land and told us some interesting stories about growing up in Ketchikan. Apparently, 8th grade students at his school had to pass a “survival weekend” in order to pass 8th grade and move onto high school.
Soon, we drove down the dock and right into the water. I’m still amazed at this! We could see another duck boat in the water.
The water part of the tour was very slow. We floated past fishing boats:
We had a good view of the cruise ships:
And many seaplanes passing overhead:
Toward the end of the tour, we had the opportunity to buy these duck whistles for $3 each. Of course, my kids each had to have one.
The duck tour lasted about 90 minutes. I thought it was a good way to get an overview of the city and see it from both land and sea. If we ever find ourselves in Ketchikan again, I would do a port excursion that is a little more adventurous, like the Bering Sea Crab Tour or a floatplane to Misty Fjords. (Of course, those have a much higher price tag).
Close Call with Cannabis Edibles
After we got off the duck boat, I wanted to explore Creek Street and Ketchikan further. After all, the sun was out and it was a beautiful day! The only thing putting a slight damper on my spirit was a 13-year-old who was hungry.
It was a short walk to Creek Street. I figured we’d find something quick along the way to satisfy my son’s hunger and stop his complaining.
We found gift shop after gift shop, and I went into several to look for even an over-priced candy bar. Nothing. What? How can this be? I guess Ketchikan cruise tourists aren’t hungry since we get all that food on the ships.
Finally, I see something! Cookies and brownies, yes!!! Let’s get this boy a snack so that he stops moaning. I told my husband to stay outside with the kids while I grabbed a few cookies.
Except as I got closer to the bakery, something on the sign caught my eye:
Wait, what? What are those percents? What?!?!
Dang it! I had to turn around and explain to my hungry kid that I couldn’t buy him a cookie there. ARRRRGHH! Except at least now I was laughing.
Creek Street and Cape Fox Lodge
With grumpy in tow, we walked along Creek Street. It’s such a beautiful area!
My younger son accidentally entered a brothel museum. Oops!
I should also mention that by this point in our trip, my kids had spent their entire gift shop budget. So walking past gift shop after gift shop was kind of torture for them.
At the end of the street, we saw the funicular up to Cape Fox Lodge. It advertised a snack shop at the top. We decided to ride it to the top to get a birds-eye view of Ketchikan and finally a snack for my son. The employee didn’t charge us for the kids, and it was just a few dollars for each adult.
We did indeed have a good view of the cruise port from up top!
However, when we entered the lodge, we discovered that the snack shop was closed. This will teach my son to ever skip lunch again! There was a full-service restaurant, but we decided that my son could wait to eat until we got back on the Disney Wonder.
We went out back to check out the totem poles. It was nice to give the kids some time to run around. I was just taking in the beautiful sky and scenery.
I could have stayed in Ketchikan all afternoon. But, my kids were dying to go swimming on the ship. So, we walked back to the Disney Wonder.
Afternoon and Evening on the Disney Wonder
My oldest made a beeline to the fast food restaurant on deck for some hot dogs. The others changed and got in some pool time.
I wandered around the upper deck, taking photos and enjoying the weather and scenery. I was starting to get a little sad that this would be our last stop in Alaska.
Our dinner rotation had us in Triton’s again. I didn’t take many photos of our food on this trip, but this flourless chocolate cake was da bomb!
After dinner, the guys went to see the main show, a family show by Max Winfrey. My daughter didn’t want to go, so we watched a movie in our room (with our towel monkey).
I was sure going to miss these Alaskan sunsets!
For tips on how to use credit card rewards to pay for a cruise, see this post on How to Maximize Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard Bonus on Cruises.
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.