Coming back to your question and your response to my answer, I think you should take one of the short cruises from Seattle to Alaska. I think you'd like seeing a couple of glaciers and the northern wildlife. There aren't very many days where you can't get off and walk around onshore. You can walk around a lot on the ship itself. I really enjoyed meeting the different people who also chose that way of traveling the world.
I hope I'll hear about your own trip some day here.
If you want polar bears, you'll have to head north. I went south and saw penguins.
Holland America Line was the company I went with. The cruise was over 60 days long and we left Ft. Lauderdale and sailed down the Atlantic coast of South America, up and down the Amazon, down to the Antarctic peninsula, around the Horn and up the Pacific Coast of South America, through the Panama Canal and the back to Florida.
Since you live in Tacoma, you might like to give one of the many cruises up to Alaska a try to start with. There are nice glaciers there, but none to hold up against those I saw in the Antarctic. HAL goes to the Antarctic starting in January and returns in March. Check online for their itinerary, prices, and pictures of accommodations.
I'm not scared.....Maybe underneath someplace I dont know about on the surface....
Is the toughness a cover-up for fear? Maybe, But I don't know it except for a twinge of it every now & then. The hard outer core becomes normal & is counted on......Your nice Michael...Thanks