How to reach: Most cruise lines for the Alaskan cruise start from Seattle or Vancouver. You can fly from India to Seattle or Vancouver by various airlines including Lufthansa, KLM, Jet, Emirates, Air Canada, China Southern, Asiana, etc. Since Alaska is one of the 50 states of America, you will need to get the US visa to go to Alaska. However, since the cruise includes Victoria as well, you will also need to get the Canadian visa issued before coming.Trip duration: You will need a total of eight days for the cruise. You could extend it up to 10 days, if you want to spend a few days sightseeing around Seattle/Vancouver before or after the cruise.The cruise is offered by a number of different cruise liners, each competing to outdo each other. I went by the Norwegian Jewel and it proved to be a great choice.So here are diary entries from my Alaskan voyage:
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Seattle is from April to September
How To Reach
Book a Package Tour
Pike Place Market
Some days you want to buy paintings, fresh flowers, fish, and pajamas and you want it all from the same place. Pike Place should be the first stop on every Seattle itinerary. One of America’s oldest Farmer’s markets, Pike Place started with a few stalls in 1907 and has since grown to become a Seattle landmark. Swarming with shoppers, the bustling market is home to countless galleries, shops and cafes. No trip to Seattle is complete without experiencing Pike Place. San Francisco, California does not have a venue like this!
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Located in the heart of Seattle, Chihuly Garden and Glass provides a look at the inspiration and influences that inform the career of artist Dale Chihuly. Through the exhibition’s eight interior galleries, lush outdoor garden and centerpiece Glasshouse visitors will experience a comprehensive look at Chihuly's most significant series of work. With both day and night experiences, and full-service dining in the adjoining Collections Café, this long-term exhibition offers a unique experience rain or shine.
Bill Speidel's Underground Tour is a leisurely, guided walking tour beneath Seattle’s sidewalks and streets. As you roam the subterranean passages that once were the main roadways and first-floor storefronts of old downtown Seattle, our guides regale you with the stories. It’s history with a twist!The tour begins inside Doc Maynard’s Public House, a restored 1890s saloon. Following a short intro, we’ll walk through historic Pioneer Square to three different sections of Underground—about three blocks in all
Seattle WaterFront Arcade
Walking along the Seattle Waterfront is a perfect way to soak up some Northwest atmosphere. Take in views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains while exploring Olympic Sculpture Park, the Seattle Aquarium, shops, and restaurants like Ivar’s, a local landmark, where you can watch the ferries load and depart while you eat.
Space Needle Loop
Climb 520 feet to the observation deck of Seattle's signature building, which is actually 605 feet tall, for spectacular views of the city and its surrounding area. For food and fantastic sights check out SkyCity, the tower's rotating restaurant that makes one complete orbit per hour.
For one of the best views of Seattle head to Kerry Park, a small park located on the south side of Queen Anne Hill. A photo from here is Seattle postcard-perfect, featuring ferries crossing Elliott Bay, the city skyline with the Space Needle in the forefront and, if weather conditions are favorable, a view of Mt. Rainier.
Pike Place Market Seattle
Pike Place Market, an open-air shopping haven. Started as a farmers market in 1907, you will find farm fresh produce (summer months), gorgeous freshly-cut flower bouquets, fresh fish, fine foods ,locally made crafts, and much, much more Be sure to watch the flying fish! The fish vendors will even package your fish purchase in dry ice for your travels home. Visit the original Starbucks and take photos with the vendors. Enjoy a 1-hour historical tour available daily. Check out the street performers, and put a dollar in the big brass pig. There are many cafes and restaurants in this area. This has been a favorite Seattle attraction for many years.
It is about 45 minutes boat ride to Blaker Island. It is nice to see Seattle bay front view from boat. Once you get off boat you will have chance to see wild raccoon hunting his food near the deck. If you attending the show, you will be greeted with cup of steamed clam. It is very tasty. The buffet at Tillicum Village is tasty also. It is interesting to see how Indian "grill" salmon. The show is OK but it is nice to learn how Indian appreciate the nature. If you have time, it is nice to walk on the trail.