Cruising Alaska’s Inner Passage with Princess Cruises #WeAreBack 2021


I absolutely loved being back onboard Princess Cruises! I sailed on the Majestic Princess to Alaska August 29, 2021. I sailed from Seattle to Alaska including Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Glacier Bay.

What did I do?

In JUNEAU August 31, 2021: I saw humpback whales on the way in to port. I went to lunch with Mickey Richardson from Icy Strait Port and then to Mendenhall Glacier with Dirk Younk, a naturalist, for some awesome photos!

After that I went on the Ship Shore Excursion: “Taku Glacier Helicopter Landing & Airboat Tour – A Discovery Exclusive.” I loved flying over the glacier by helicopter with Pilot Adam. It was my first time in an airboat and I did not realize we would get so close to the glacier. It was very beautiful and Brian was a great captain. He has ear protection for you to wear because the airboat is loud. My tour did not land on the glacier as there was a tour participant who had a slip and fall and we needed to return to base. I loved the parts of the tour that we were able to do. I would go again.

In Skagway, Alaska, I took the ship tour: Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting from Majestic Princess Sept 1, 2021. The scenery from the ferry ride from Skagway to Haines was beautiful. I loved floating in the raft. The guides do the rowing–you just enjoy the scenery and take photos of eagles. Chris and Tom were fantastic guides who knew everything about the area, eagles and Alaska. I loved this tour and they have waterproof boots for you to wear so your feet do not get wet. I would definitely go again. THANK YOU to Chris and Tom for a great day with the eagles and on the river. I took a similar tour 20 years ago when I worked onboard for Princess Cruises.

Thank you to the entire team on the Majestic Princess for an amazing Alaska summer cruise in 2021. We sailed into Glacier Bay on Sept 2, 2021. It was quite foggy with liquid sunshine but at some moments it cleared up. The Park Rangers were on board to answer questions and explain about the glaciers we saw. The glaciers are giant and we could hear the pieces calving off! In the evening, I went to the Captain’s Circle Party hosted by Loyalty Ambassador, Tina, and Captain Tony Draper. I loved my cruise on the Majestic Princess!

In Ketchikan, Alaska, I went on the Black Bear, Wildlife & Nature Walk – An Animal Planet Exclusive at the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary from from my cruise on the Majestic Princess on Sept 3, 2021 which I LOVED!! It was INCREDIBLE to be so close to so many bears! We saw 8 or 9 bears and a mother with cubs. The cubs were climbing up a tree. I loved every minute of watching these black bears catch salmon and walk in the river. I would definitely go again. 20 years ago when I worked onboard for Princess Cruises, I walked with bears with a naturalist. This was awesome to be almost next to them but be on the wooden platform above them.


I had a balcony on this Medallion class ship with room enough to hula-hoop in my room. I loved the pools, hot tubs, sports court, the many restaurants and all the activities on board like fruit carving and ice carving. I walked around the deck and watched movies under the stars. I have separate videos of Sail Away, the dancing fountains and each of the ports as well as Where to EAT onboard! I spent 2 nights at Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle before joining and have separate videos of those as well.

Thank you to Captain Tony Draper and the entire crew onboard for an incredible week in Alaska on the Majestic Princess! See all of my videos from Alaska sailing on Majestic Princess Summer 2021

Learn more about my Alaska cruise on Majestic Princess and my stay in Seattle:

An Awesome Alaskan Summer Cruise on the Marvelous Majestic Princess!

Cruising Alaska’s Inner Passage with Princess Cruises #WeAreBack 2021

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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.6 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.6 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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