Archive | January, 2010

2008 Alaska Cruise aboard the Golden Princess

Posted on 16 January 2010 by Admin

A vacation video done by a traveler who went on a cruise to Alaska aboard the Golden Princess. The cruise departed from Seattle, went to Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway and then to Victoria, British Columbia.

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Holland America Alaska Cruisetour Video

Posted on 04 January 2010 by Admin

Experience the beauty of the Inside Passage and the wonders of Southeast and Southcentral Alaska aboard a 7-day Holland America Alaska cruise vacation. This video for playback in your laptop computer is a very nice promotional spot giving you a taste of Alaska!

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Alaska Cruise Lines

Posted on 03 January 2010 by Admin

Alaska is no longer the out of reach frontier it once was. Today a multitude of cruise lines offer exciting itineraries into the Great Land.

Large Ships

Small Ship Cruise Lines (passenger capacity of 200 and smaller)

  • Cruise West
  • Silversea Cruises

Alaska Based Small Ship Cruising

  • Alaska & N.W. Charters
  • Alaska Sea Adventures
  • Fantasy Cruises
  • Sea Wolf Adventures
Carnival Carnival Spirit 19 2124 40,356
Celebrity Infinity 1 2046 2,046
Mercury 2 1886 3,772
Millennium 18 1950 35,100
Cruise West Spirit of Columbia 2 78 156
Spirit of Discovery 8 84 672
Spirit of Endeavor 14 99 1386
Spirit of Oceanus 7 114 798
Spirit of Yorktown 16 138 2208
Fred Olsen Balmoral 1 1150 1150
Holland America Ryndam 11 1258 13,838
Statendam 11 1258 13,838
Veendam 10 1266 12,660
Volendam 18 1440 25,920
Zuiderdam 20 1848 36,960
Norwegian Norwegian Pearl 19 2466 46,854
Norwegian Star 20 2240 44,800
Norwegian Sun 19 2002 38,960
Princess Coral Princess 18 1970 35,460
Diamond Princess 18 2670 48,060
Golden Princess 19 2600 49,400
Island Princess 18 1970 35,460
Pacific Princess 9 670 6,030
Sapphire Princess 18 2670 48,060
Sea Princess 7 1950 13,650
Star Princess 19 2600 49,400
Radisson Seven Seas Mariner 17 700 11,900
Royal Caribbean Radiance of Seas 18 2501 45,018
Rhapsody of Seas 19 2435 46,265
Serenade of Seas 20 2100 42,000
Silversea Silver Shadow 5 382 1,910
TOTALS: 31 421 753,165
ships calls passengers

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Princess Cruises

Posted on 03 January 2010 by Admin

Princess offers various cruises to Alaska, cruisetours which include land options and exclusive land tours. All Princess cruisetours feature scenic cruising in Glacier Bay National Park and a visit to Denali National Park with at least two nights at one or both Princess lodges in the area.

Denali National Park, Alaska
Princess has its own lodges in two locations at Denali:

  • Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge
  • Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge

Princess offers same-day rail service that gets you to Denali a full day earlier than other options so you’ll have more time to enjoy it.

Princess also features lodges on the Kenai Peninsula and at Copper River that allows you to explore even more of Alaska’s vast wilderness, with additional offerings for extending your vacation on land. For the ultimate Alaska experience by land and sea take the Deluxe Escorted cruisetour.

Princess offers 4 distinct itineraries on seven ships in their Alaska fleet.

  • Diamond Princess
  • Golden Princess
  • Coral Princess
  • Sapphire Princess
  • Island Princess
  • Sea Princess
  • Royal Princess / 680 passengers

Four itineraries from seven to 14 days

Explore the breathtaking seaways and quaint ports of the Inside Passage and Gulf of Alaska.

Small ship cruising

The Royal Princess is a smaller vessel with a capacity for 680 passangers.  The small ship cruises are branded as Alaska Connoisseur Voyages.

Photo credit: Tomas Mascardo

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Norwegian Cruise Lines

Posted on 03 January 2010 by Admin

Set sail on Norwegian Cruise Lines to discover “America’s Last Frontier”.

Explore Alaska with an NCL cruise. Norwegian Cruise Line sets itself apart by attracting a younger cruiser demographic and promoting the more active tours available in Alaska.

Norwegian Cruise Lines offers the following Alaska cruise itinaries:

7-Day Sawyer Glacier, Round-trip Seattle

Sail through Alaska’s Inside Passage, home to wildlife both wooly and wet. Visit historic boomtowns and a touch of Victoria’s old England.


Day Port Arrive Depart
Seattle 4:00 PM
Sunday Cruise Inside Passage
Monday Ketchikan 7:00 AM 3:00 PM
Tuesday Juneau 7:00 AM 1:30 PM
Wednesday Skagway 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
Thursday Prince Rupert 4:00 PM 10:00 PM
Friday At Sea
Saturday Seattle 8:00 AM

7-Day Glacier Bay, Round-trip Seattle

Journey along Alaska’s inspiring coastline which reveals some of the wildest places on Earth including Glacier Bay and Juneau, roundtrip from Seattle.


Day Port Arrive Depart
Sunday Seattle 4:00 PM
Monday Cruise Alaska’s Inside Passage
Tuesday Juneau 2:00 PM 10:00 PM
Wednesday Skagway 7:00 AM 8:15 PM
Thursday Glacier Bay
Friday Ketchikan 6:00 AM 1:30 PM
Saturday Victoria 6:00 PM 11:59 PM
Sunday Seattle 8:00 AM

Photo credit: Tomas Mascardo

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Holland America Line

Posted on 03 January 2010 by Admin

Aboard Alaska’s premium cruise line, experience awe-inspiring natural beauty, amazing wildlife and fascinating Alaska Native and frontier history. Cruises depart on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Wednesday.

HAL also operates extensive land tour options through Skagway you can explore land tours overnighting in Whitehorse then traveling through to Dawson City. From Fairbanks to Whitehorse and Beaver Creek to Skagway, Westmark Hotels are found in some of the most scenic destinations in the Land of the Midnight Sun.

Holland America Line offers the following Alaska cruise itinaries:

Alaskan Explorer Seven Day Cruises

Roundtrip cruise from Seattle, the first day you are at sea. The second day the ship reaches it’s northernmost point through Glacier Bay. On day three turns southbound to explore the sight in Juneau, Alaska. Day four explore local culture more in Sitka, Alaska. Creek Street follows the next day when you embark in the small port town of Ketchikan and visit Butchart Gardens as you head to Victoria, British Columbia. On day seven you return to Seattle in the early morning.

Alaskan Adventurer Cruises

NEW for 2010, a 14-day itinerary cruises round trip from Seattle and combines eight ports of call, including the unique ports of Kodiak, Homer and Anchorage. It also includes two major glacier experiences: Hubbard Glacier and Glacier Bay National Park on most sailings. It departs every other Monday.

Glacier Discovery Cruises

Seven day Alaska cruise one-way between Vancouver and Seward (Anchorage). Discover College Fjord, Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park and Canada’s Inside Passage. Shoreside see Ketchikan, Juneau, Haines (Skagway) and the spectacular Kenai Peninsula in Seward.

Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise

Cruise the Inside Passage and Glacier Bay National Park and experience the Alaskan way of life in Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan; a perfect blend of time on board and time ashore.

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