2022 Alaska and the Inside Passage – Part 1 – Anchorage and Seward

August 19, 2022 – Our latest Alaska adventure began when we flew from Savannah to Atlanta and then to Anchorage for a two night stay in Anchorage. We made it to Atlanta on time but sadly the flight to Anchorage was delayed for 7 hours. We landed at the Anchorage airport about 2:00 am, took an Uber to our hotel and tried to get some sleep.

View of Anchorage from our hotel room on the 13th floor

August 20, 2022 – After a few hours sleep we spent our day in Anchorage exploring the downtown area and enjoying two delicious meals of fresh Alaska seafood. The Aurora Show with fantastic photographs and narration about Aaska’s Great Northern Lights was wonderful. There was a park with a beautiful garden nearby. A grilled cheese and King Crab sandwich at 49th Street Brewery and dinner of Alaskan halibut and chips at Humpy’s satisfied our longing for some fresh Alaska seafood. Alaskan beer went great with both meals. Did I mention it was raining most of the day and night?

August 21, 2022 – We woke up to another rainy day. After breakfast we boarded a tour bus for the scenic drive to Seward where we would board our ship the Viking Orion.

Along the way we stopped to see some bears, musk ox, and other wildlife at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center near Seward. From their website: “The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is a sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, education, research and quality animal care.”

Once aboard the ship in Seward we enjoyed the first of many delicious meals, unpacked and wandered around the ship before dinner.

August 22, 2022 – After a leisurely breakfast we sat on our balcony enjoying the scenery. A bald eagle was perched on a light post close by. If you look closely at the header photo at the top of the page you can see the eagle on top of the light pole.

Bald Eagle perched on lamp post in Seward Harbor

Later we rode a shuttle bus to the Alaska Sea Life Center, a nonprofit organization that has an aquarium and also does marine research, education, and marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation. This stellar sea lion was as interested in us as we were of him.

Stellar Sea Lion – Alaska Sea Life Center, Seward

If you are interested in reading about our 2013 stay in Seward please visit Glaciers and Wildlife in Seward.

Next up – exploring another port and a day of scenic sailing.

15 thoughts on “2022 Alaska and the Inside Passage – Part 1 – Anchorage and Seward

  1. Beautiful! My husband Richard grew up in Anchorage, and we spent a summer during college there working for the National Park Service downtown (transcribing archaeological notes). Our later visits in August always came with rain – comes with the territory. We really like the Conservation Center and Sea Life Center. Great pictures!

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  2. Our daughter and SIL and his whole family did an Alaskan Cruise in late July. It rained the entire first half. I am saving your posts since an Alaskan Cruise in my very near plans. We never took the MH up there. What a terrific Anniversary gift to each other.

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    1. I hope you enjoy your Alaska cruise as much as we did ours! We didn’t let the rain spoil the adventure. The cruise was supposed to happen for our 50th anniversary so we were really celebrating 3 anniversaries! The cake was such a nice surprise! We couldn’t eat it all that night so we took the leftover back to the room and kept it in the fridge to snack.

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