Alaska was a place we have never visited and everyone kept telling us how much we were missing by not going. Bill and I are originally from upstate NY where the weather is cold, snowy and icy; often our city of Syracuse would win the Golden Snow Ball Award. As you can imagine once we moved to NC, we did not want to go cold again; but here we are going on our first ever Alaskan Cruise aboard the Maasdam for 14 days. We received a special deal from Holland America and just could not pass it up....maybe now our friends and fellow travelers will no long kid us about not seeing and experiencing the wilderness, crisp days and evenings and the wonderous wildlife of Alaska. So here we go our new adventure which we share with all of you.