Stamping Where? Alaska? On a Cruise?

That’s right, one of the great perks of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is the chance to earn a fabulous all-expenses paid trip for 2 each year.  The past trips have been fabulous (check them out) but this year’s cruise to Alaska tops them all in my book.

Here is the beginning of my photo journal for this trip.  Stampin’ Up! sent us on an 8 day cruise from Seattle to Alaska and back, with stops in Ketchikan, AK, Juneau, AK, Skagway, AK and Victoria, BC, plus a cruise up the Tracy Arm Fjord to see the Tracy Arm Glacier.

First we had to get on the ship though…

What to do on the ship?  Well, for our first Sea Day, we had a session complete with demos from the NEW Stampin’ Up! Catalog (due out July 1st).  Want to hear more about those? As a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator you can get Sneak Peeks starting June 1st!

We also did some swimming in the saltwater pool.  Very warm water, and fun to be swimming in front of snow-capped mountains!

We also visited the Stampin’ Up! Hospitality Suite, complete with a Prize Wheel to spin each day, fun ‘panning for gold’ activities for the kids (more on that later) and close-ups of the samples from the stamping session on stage.  I know, I know… you want to see those pictures.  But you’ll have to wait just a little bit longer!

There are a couple of nights set as Formal Nights on the ship.  It’s fun to dress up a few times and have a fabulous dinner followed by a nice show.  Abby especially loved the shows this year: a magician, a comedian, a pair of aerialists and song & dance production numbers.

Our first port day was in Ketchikan, Alaska.  We decided to go on a family sea kayaking excursion during our visit.  The weather was in the 50’s but not raining, so perfect for a kayak trip in paddle jackets and spray skirts.

Tucker got to paddle a little, but in between paddles he kept us up to date on the water temperature (cold) and entertained with songs (“jingle bells, Batman smells…”).

We saw LOTS of wildlife, including seals, a sea lion (probably hunting for the seals), at least 20 bald eagles, and several different types of starfish: sea stars, ochre stars & sun stars.  We even got to hold some of them (squishy, smells like garlic).

We also took in a Lumberjack Show in Ketchikan, and made sure Abby got to do some shopping.  Somehow Abby was sure that shopping was a main focus in each port.  She must get that from her father… I’m sure it’s not me…

Anyway, more tomorrow!  And thanks AGAIN to Stampin’ Up! for a fabulous trip!

Happy Stamping!

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