4/20/12

Alaskan Cruise: Juneau floatplane excursion

Holland America cruise ship in Alaska
Our ship, the Oosterdam, docked in Juneau, Alaska
Our Holland America Alaskan cruise stopped at several ports of call.  The first one was Juneau, Alaska, which is the capital of the state, in case you forgot that from your 4th grade Social Studies class. Speaking of Social Studies, we were traveling with our young children who I thought would enjoy some activities, so I signed us up for two excursions on this  day.  The first excursion was Juneau icefield & flightseeing by floatplane. It was the most expensive of our excursions (at $174 for adults & $139 for kids), but I really wanted to do it! I was not disappointed! Very cool experience!
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Float plane in Alaska
Our floatplane...it was so cool to take off and land in the water!
Kids on a float plane
Inside the plane

The pilot of the float plane
The pilot...I was his co-pilot!

View of Juneau from a float plane
Juneau from the air...They say there are almost more boats than people!
You have to walk down a dock to board the plane and my super nice husband let everyone go in front of us, as usual! This usually annoys me because I am not as nice as my husband. :)  But on this day his manners paid off. Everyone else got on the plane first, filled up all the seats in front and left the back seats for us. How is this a good thing, you must be asking yourself right now?  WELL, after we got our kids strapped in there was only one seat left on the plane. I started to panic, thinking one of us was not going to get to go (it would have been my nice husband), until the pilot of the plane said that one of us could sit next to him in the co-pilot seat. OMG!!!  I did not even hesitate for a second before I booked it to the front of the plane and buckled myself in.  My husband still laughs about it!  He said he couldn't believe that I didn't ask if anyone else wanted to sit there instead so I could sit with my family. Or that I didn't ask him if he wanted to sit there so I could be with the little ones. I know he isn't really shocked by it...he knows me too well for that.  Anyway, I had the best seat in the house and got some great photos.  Hope you enjoy them!


water view from a float plane in Alaska

mountain view from a float plane in Alaska

mountain view from a float plane in Alaska

water view from a float plane in Alaska

water view from a float plane in Alaska
Our first sighting of the glacier

glacier view from a float plane in Alaska

up close shot of a glacier
Zoomed in shot of the glacial ice

glacier view from a float plane in Alaska
Glaciers are HUGE!

glacier view from a float plane in Alaska

snow view from a float plane in Alaska
Summer in Alaska! lol!
This was my favorite excursion on our Alaskan Cruise.  I got to take off from, and land a plane on, the water, which was so cool, and see beautiful scenery as well.  What is your favorite cruise excursion?



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19 comments:

  1. The photos look amazing! We did a similar excursion in Ketchikan on our Alaskan cruise (went to Mendenhall Galcier in Juneau). It is such an amazing state!

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    1. Don't know why I just saw this comment! I agree, Alaska is amazing! We stopped in Ketchikan as well. We went to Saxman Native Village and the Lumberjack show. http://happyhoyt.blogspot.com/2012/05/alaskan-cruise-ketchikans-saxman-native.html

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  2. These pictures are amazing! What an unforgettable experience and so happy for you to have the co-pilot seat to share them with us. Those glacial ice are massive! Defintely worth the excursion price! We went to Saxman and a city tour in Ketchikan.

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    1. Thanks! I agree, it was an amazing excursion. My dream excursion is landing on the ice and going dog sledding. That one was REALLY expensive!

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  3. Great photos! We went on a whale watching cruise and to the Mendenhall Glacier when we were in Juneau - I'm too afraid of small planes to get in a float plane!!

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    1. I know a lot of people with that fear. Whale watching sounds great as well. Sounds like we both enjoyed our time in Juneau. :)

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  4. Hey, that doesn't even look like the Juneau we saw! Your photos are incredible! When we docked in Juneau, it was cold and rainy and so foggy that some of the activities weren't running. You certainly wouldn't have had that view. We walked from the ship to the State Museum in our ponchos and umbrella and we were soaking wet. Right before I stepped inside the museum, I stopped to wring out the sleeves of my sweatshirt. It was not at all what I had imagined. Kind of like your horseback ride in the ocean but probably not nearly as disturbing. :)

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    1. I heard that the weather on the Alaskan cruises could be really bad. We were so blessed to not have one day of bad weather. That horseback experience was disturbing...yuck!

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  5. Stunning photos - I would love to go to Alaska one day!

    Thanks for linking up with us!

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  6. Wow! Those are great photos. I really like wide shot of the glacier surrounding that mountain. It looks like being nice paid off.

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    1. My husband's niceness paid off for me...doesn't really seem fair! ;)

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  7. Wow, that looks like a lot of fun, it definitely looks like the highlight, although those planes look very scary to me.

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    1. Yes, little planes like that are scary for lots of people. Luckily, I am not one of them!

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