An epic travel day! We took the 7:00 am train from Anchorage to Seward, shuttle bus to the ship, spent six hours on board, then did it all in reverse to finish the day, arriving back at the hotel around 11:00 pm.
Traveling via the Gold Star service on the Alaska Railroad was a treat. We had comfortable seats, very good meals, and the views are terrific. Here’s a famous vista from the train: Bartlett Glacier:
The cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park took us out into the Gulf of Alaska where the choppy seas and eight-foot swells made for a dicey trip. We didn’t get seasick but we did skip the big salmon lunch buffet. The scenery was relentlessly stunning with countless waterfalls and massive glaciers, each one unique and breathtaking.
Wildlife seems to cooperate with the Alaska tours; like this whale that decided to show off a bit near the ship on our way back to Seward.
After skipping lunch we were pleased to end our hectic day enjoying a tranquil meal aboard the train with great views of the sunset over Turnagain Arm.