If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, most likely you've seen and heard most everything about the Stampin Up Alaskan Incentive trip that I'd earned. I first want to give a huge "shout out" to all my wonderful, supportive and amazing customers that helped me earn this cruise! You are truly the best of the best!
I'll share several photos over the next few posts as well as some sneak peeks of new products coming in September!
We flew into Seattle, where we boarded the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas. This has been a dream vacation destination for my son for as long as I can remember. So, he was my guest as well as my daughter, who loves to travel as much as I do. My youngest son was working an internship for school and did not want to miss work, so he made the tough decision not to go. My husband also did not go because he had missed so much work with his shoulder surgery and couldn't miss any more. He had gone on the last SU Alaskan Cruise, so all was good.
The first night we got aquainted with the ship, had dinner and attended the Stampin' Up Welcome Reception. Lots of great appetizers, slushy drinks and a warm welcome from our co-founder, Shelli Gardner.
Back at the room, we received our first pillow gifts from Stampin' Up... A logo bag and some new Holiday designer paper! (sneak peek alert)
Oh wait, that was the second nights pillow gift.... this was the first nights gifts... Stampin Up logo jackets. These are so awesome and so soft!
The next day was a sea day and Stampin Up's General Session. We heard about upcoming promotions, saw new products and won prizes and give aways! Maci and I also visited the spa- as it was her birthday!
One of our gifts- The Take Your Pick Tool- coming in September!
Happy Birthday Maci! The dining staff had a cake, music and a song prepared just for her big day.
Stampin Up always has a "hospitality" room for us on the trips. They have snacks, candy, new product displays, card and scrapbook samples, as well as prizes and an opportunity to chat with the SU Executive Team.
Lots and lots of Candy...
Photo Opportunities- the room was all rustic with an Alaskan camping theme.
The next day, we docked in Juneau. It is said to be the most beautiful State Capitol in the US. I can totally see why. Its actually and island and can only be accessed by boat or plane.
Chase had a fishing excursion planned and Maci and I hiked to Mendenhall Glacier, rode the Mt. Roberts tramway, had a Salmon Bake picnic and shopped.
Mendenhall Glacier is the largest glacier accessable by land. It is amazingly gorgeous!
The Mendenhall Glacier is 13.6 miles long and is part of the Tongass National Forest, which is the largest National Forest in the United States at 16.7 million acres. Its also a rain forest!
Nugget Falls at the Glacier. This waterfall drops 377 feet and we walked right up to it and put our hands in the water. Its breathtakingly beautiful!
Maci and I then enjoyed a quiet mountain picnic where we were served a delicious meal of grilled salmon, chicken and Alaskan blueberry cobbler, while a musician strummed his guitar and sang to us.
Next we went back into Juneau and rode the Mt Roberts Tramway. It took us up 1800 feet for a spectacular view of Juneau.
This is a view of the tramway car from the ship. If you look real close, you can see the tiny car floating in the trees.
We didn't know it at the time, but our friends Cindy and Lynsay were in the car, on their way back down.
View on the way up..
It only took us a few minutes to get to the top. However, we had to wait in line 45 minutes to get back down. Good thing we didn't wait until the end of the day to ride, or we would have missed the boat!
We shopped and then decided to have Alaskan King Crab legs for dinner. Oh my, they were delicious. I won't even tell you how much they cost us... in Alaska, no less. We each had one leg and that was just enough to satisfy us.
Meanwhile, Chase was heading back from his fishing trip. He caught Halibut and Flounder. I asked him to take lots of pictures. He took 4. We didn't get to see photos of the whales, seals, bald eagles and all the fish that he saw, but we did at least get to see him with his Halibut. Nice catch, don't you agree?
He had the best time. This fishing trip was a big highlight for him and I'm so happy he was able to enjoy it!
What a beautiful view he had from the fishing boat.
Maci and I wanted to squeeze in one last thing before meeting Chase back at the ship. My friend, Heather was born in Juneau and she tipped me off to the new whale sculpture that had just been completed in Juneau. We jumped in an Uber (there was only one in Junuea) and took a ride to the park where the whale sculpture was displayed.
The whale is life size, complete with spouting water and colored lights at night. It seriously looks so real!
Well, that's Juneau in a quick post-there is more to come. I'll sign off with a couple display boards from the Stampin Up Hospitality room, which was dubbed, Stampers Base Camp.
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Thanks for stopping by today.
Until the next time...
Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!