Beginning of the Journey
The evening before the start of our cruise, we had to take a Covid-19 test, to ensure we were going onto the ship with negative results. Thankfully we passed the test, and were able to sleep with peace of mind.
The next day, we took a bus to the port city called Seward, where we were to board the ship. On the way, we enjoyed beautiful views of snow covered mountains and passed some of the 3,197 officially named natural lakes of ice cold water. We also stopped at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, the place where you could see Alaska’s wild animals, who end up there for rehabilitation. There is a Bald Eagle, whose wing had to be amputated. Black and brown bears, wolves, bisons, moose, muskox, caribou and elk. Though the animals were enclosed, unlike in zoos, they had a lot of space to move freely. As we found out later during our trip, this was the only place we could encounter wild animals up close without endangering them or ourselves.