Confessions of a Virgin Cruiser

By Amelia Romanos, Stuff.co.NZ

"Good morning Safari Endeavor. There are some humpback whales on the port side of the boat."

Normally if someone woke me on the first day of my holiday at 7am, they would be on my list. However, the voice speaking to me over an Alaskan cruise ship intercom had quite a different effect. Rather than rolling over grumpily and covering my head, I was on my feet and out the cabin door in seconds.

The excitement was just the start of a week-long cruise that would give me a close-up look at some of the most inaccessible parts of Alaska