Our trip to Alaska was booked so long ago, we didn't pay much attention to it. Then the week before we were leaving, we realized that we needed to do more than pack our bags, hop in the car and go. This is definitely not our style. There was a itinerary to deal with, tours to book, hotels to reserve, and parking in Vancouver to figure out.
When we actually looked at the map and marked the ports we would be stopping in, we realized that our trip to Alaska was no further away that northwest British Columbia. We will be sailing the Panhandle or Inside Passage - the region dominated by the Alexander Archipelago. So? Why didn't we just pack our bags, hop in the the car and go? Maybe this trip isn't the "final frontier".
To add another glitch, British Columbia is on fire. We need to plan our route to Vancouver to avoid the fires and book hotels in advance. We booked hotels in Osoyoos and Langley so hopefully we will miss the worst part of the fires.
I'm not sure how good our internet will be on the cruise, so I did a bit of Wikipedia research for the areas on our itinerary ahead of time. I'm sure we will be able to add more in each section once we are there.