Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Costa Maya, Mexico {Disney Fantasy}

Costa Maya is a port day on the Western Caribbean sailings on the Disney Fantasy. This was our first visit there, even though we've sailed the western route two times in the past. I will honestly say, it's not our favorite port and I wouldn't be sad to miss it next time. One thing they did have was a free pool area with a swim up bar. It was great because we had little kids with us that were too young for a planned excursion. Be warned it was crowded! One thing I do NOT recommend is the Dolphin excursion offered there. I do not know the name of this company off hand but these Dolphins were living in such horrible conditions. You can see the dolphin "tank" from the pool area. It's a large concrete tank with dirty water, it's the saddest site we saw during this cruise. 

Enjoying the Aqua Lab on the Fantasy:

Friday, July 5, 2013

Bridge Tour on The Solstice

We had the privilege of meeting Captain Yannis Berdos while sailing on the Solstice.  We also toured the bridge. It was so interesting seeing the behind the scenes on a ship. I was surprised at how clean and bare the bridge was. The views were outstanding, they must see some amazing wild life while sailing Alaska. 
Here are a few iphone, instagram photos from our tour:

There were these window views on the floor, that were so neat to look down as you are floating above the sea. 

A quick peek at our balcony room on deck 6- room 6216.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Skagway, Alaska

While in Skagway we booked the three hour White Pass train ride up into Canada. The best way to book this excursion is through the ship. It's $120 per person, booked through the ship and $118 pp on your own. The difference when booking through the ship is, they bring the train right to the cruise ship and you board there rather than having to go into town. After our excursion we walked into town (about a 15 min.). 
Skagway reminds me of a little ghost town. All the buildings are older with a lot of charm. We visited the Skagway brewing company and enjoyed a sampler while there. 
As you can see in the photos below the scenery changes as the train climbs North. When we arrived into Canada we saw snow covering the ground.