Encompassing three generations, these AAA Members enjoyed a family cruise vacation to Alaska.
Glacier Bay is a popular stop on a family cruise to Alaska.
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The Hovland family had plenty of cause to gather when they boarded Princess Cruises®’ Grand Princess® in San Francisco for a family cruise vacation to Alaska.
Steven was about to turn 50 years old, and he and his wife, Susy, were celebrating with their 11-year-old son, Marco, who was set to start middle school. Linda Hovland, Steven’s mother, flew in from Chicago to join her Oakland- based family; it was her first vacation since her husband died 18 months before.
The Hovlands were looking forward to a much-deserved vacation, spending time together and seeing Alaska.
Ziplining in Ketchikan
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“We’d always talked about going on a cruise, and we thought it would be great to sail under the Golden Gate Bridge,” Steven said. “And it was amazing. We stood out on the deck and saw the bridge from a whole new perspective.”
The family enjoyed many unforgettable activities during the journey to Alaska, including a thrilling zipline ride through the rainforest canopy of Ketchikan.
They saw bald eagles, too, and, most memorably, a group of five humpback whales breach about 50 yards in front of them in Icy Strait Point near Glacier Bay.
“Even the people who ran the tour boat were freaking out because it was so wonderful,” Steven said. “It was clearly not an everyday occurrence.”
Steven and Susy found their cruise especially relaxing because they could let Marco have run of the ship with the other kids in the Youth Center. Linda relished the ship’s spa, luxuriating in massages and other pampering.
“We all really enjoyed it,” said Steven. “The best things were not having to fly and also having a couple of days of cruising before arriving in Alaska.”
The Hovlands are hoping more special family travels are in their future.
“This was our first in real vacation in 20 years,” Steven said. “We’re definitely going to be taking more cruises.”