All In The Family
By Krista Koehn, Expedition Guide
“Imagine you are eating dinner and you are told half way through a multiple course of Dungeness crabs that there are whales breeching just off of the bow of the ship. Obviously you skip the last round to see what is going on…”
We sat down with guest Kelly B. to learn more about her Alaskan UnCruise from Juneau to Sitka. She joined us for a week on the Safari Endeavor with her parents, her brother and his wife, and her two daughters, ages 10 and 8.
Kelly, why did your family come on the cruise?
We’d been planning to come to Alaska for decades. My mom turned 80 so we finally had a good reason to get here. And the girls are old enough now that they can do all the activities and will remember the trip.
How do you think the trip was for your daughters?
Spectacular! They will never forget this. My ten year old has always been interested in wildlife and wildlife rehabilitation and this just reaffirmed her passion. Every guide was willing to teach each of them and answer questions and encourage their curiosity.
Were the outings well suited for the different ages in your family group?
The outings were well suited and some days, we were even up for another round.
What was your favorite expedition?
The bushwhacking expedition made me feel like I was exploring the forest the way an animal would see it…. Crawling and clambering around felt like how a bear sees the wilderness. I’ve never gone off trail as much as I have with the bushwhacking trips. So how do I choose between that and kayaking and having the harbor seals pop up and watch you? Paddleboarding and kayaking were both a great way to explore the shoreline in a really peaceful manner. So really, I can’t decide.
Tell me about your favorite wildlife encounter.
It would either be the orca or the humpbacks. With the orca, it felt like they were putting on a show, but with the humpbacks it felt like they were just living their lives and we were right in the middle observing their breeching and tail slapping. Both were really special experiences.
Did you take advantage of the wellness portion of the trip?
Yoga was fun and not too strenuous. The whole thing felt like a healthy atmosphere. The food portions were reasonable and there were some really healthy options.
How was the crew?
11 of out 10! Outgoing, fun, informative, and very safety conscious. I was impressed with all the departments. Whatever the company’s doing to create that culture, they’re doing it right. (Shucks, Kelly, you’re making us blush!)