You can read about my day in Anchorage HERE.
Warning: There are lots of photos in this post.
Now it is on to Seward and to board the ship. Seward is a few hours away from Anchorage and instead of taking a bus like the rest of the runners on the ship, Meghann and I decided to take the the train. Let me tell you that if you decide to go on this cruise, MAKE SURE TO TAKE THE TRAIN (Coastal Classic) via Alaska Railroad. And make sure to upgrade to the Gold Star Service. It isn’t cheap but worth every penny.
Our hotel was about 5 minutes from the train station so Meghann and I walked. We got our tickets (I purchased ours in January and got row 3 so it must have helped that I booked them early), left our luggage with the porter, got some coffee and then 5 minutes later boarded the train.
That’s our hotel in the background in the picture on the left.
Now I am going to tell you why you have to upgrade to Gold Star Service:
- Breakfast is included. And not just a snack bag but a full sit down breakfast.
- Unlimited beverages (non-alcoholic)
- 2 adult beverages
- Domed car so you can enjoy the beautiful and amazing views along the way
- Comfortable seats that recline
- Unique outdoor viewing platform to get some fresh air, mingle with other passenger, and take in the views along the way
Since we were seated in the front, we got to eat about 10 minutes after leaving Seward.
And now enjoy these pictures taken along the way.
Along the way I saw a black bear, a moose, and a few eagles.
These last two photos are my favorite!!
Finally we arrived in Seward and we walked to the ship.
Inside the Radiance of the Seas.
I’m jealous! That looks like a way better experience than our bus. Although our bus definitely was nice. I also love all of your photos of the ship. For anyone considering doing this cruise, it’s really helpful to know exactly what to expect. Great post!
Thank you. Meghann and I enjoyed the train ride and am glad we decided to use that means of transportation. We found out about it from another friend that was on the cruise last year (not running but with her family) and they took the train as well.