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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Juneau, Alaska

Posted on 30 December 2009 by Admin

Juneau started when a member of the Auk Tingit Tribe brought gold to an engineer that had promised a reward to anyone who found evidence of the element. After trial and error, the source of gold was discovered and Juneau became the first town developed in Alaska because of the gold rush. In 1906 Juneau was named the capital of Alaska. Today the local, state and federal government employs 1/2 of the workers. The leading private industry is tourism.
Tour the State Capital of Alaska

Visit Alaska’s capitol building. Construction was completed in 1931 after numerous delays, including World War I. There are four columns made from limestone and marble coming from southeast Alaska, and a liberty bell presented to Alaska in 1950 as part of a marketing effort to sell U.S. Savings Bonds.

Step into the Wickersham State Historic Site, the home of James Wickersham, an attorney, judge and congressional delegate who had a major impact on the development of Alaska. As a judge, Wickersham started settling disputes between miners and established laws to curtail the crime that resulted from gold prospecting. As a delegate to Congress (Alaska was not yet a state) James Wickersham helped start the Alaska Railroad, Home Rule, which allowed Alaskans a legislature and a college that eventually became the University of Alaska.

Wander through the Alaska State Museum, started in June 1900. The mission of the museum was to collect, document, preserve and display different objects representative of the Alaskan Territory. It’s collection now numbers approximately 27,000 pieces.

Fly over Alaska’s magnificent scenery and view the glaciers by helicopter. Observe lots of wildlife, unusual terrain, rainforest gardens and waterfalls. Contact the Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Alaska Tidbits

  • James Wickersham introduced a bill to the U.S. Congress to give Alaska statehood in 1917. His wish wasn’t granted until 1959.
  • Many who visit Alaska want to know about the weather. The highs for Juneau from May to September range from 55 to 62 degrees. The lows for Juneau range from 38 to 48 degrees. In June, there are 18 hours of daylight.

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Alaska Cruise Review

Posted on 28 December 2009 by Admin

My grandfather decided to take our family with him on a cruise to Alaska for his birthday. Since the ship would be making stops in Canada my entire family needed to have passports made. Luckily, I still had a valid one from when I went on a mission trip to Mexico. We also needed to book our flight to Seattle and schedule which excursions we wanted to go on in the different ports.


After our plane had landed in Seattle we took a bus provided by the cruise line from the airport into Seattle. As we drove along we were given a sort of mini-tour. We saw the stadiums where the Seahawks and Mariners play as well as different important buildings in Seattle. Once we got to our hotel, which was very nice since it used to be a Four Seasons, we dropped off our stuff and headed down to the seafront to see the old market and have lunch. At the market there were shops where once a customer ordered a fish it was picked by workers on the ground level and hurled up to the workers in the actual shop where it was caught, cleaned, and wrapped for the customer.

The Cruise

The Ship

Our ship was the M.S. Amsterdam. We were staying in the second to top deck. My Parents had their own room, my grandparents their own, and my younger brother and I shared on with my uncle. The room were very nice and each had its own patio for us to go outside and watch the landscape go by and take pictures. They had also set up cameras looking off the bow of the ship and other areas of the ship so people could tune into certain channels on the T.V. and see what was going on without having to hike across the ship.

There were various activities available on the ship. There were basketball courts, tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, swimming pools, and a hot tub. My brother and I enjoyed going up to the basketball and tennis courts and goofing off while my parents relaxed on the deck and read. We also discovered that we could make shuffleboard very competitive, something I don’t think happens in the retirement homes. We only ventured into the pool once. Even though it was the middle of summer, it was still pretty cold outside and we two boys from Texas didn’t like it very much.


Our first port was in Juneau, the capitol of the state. We got off the ship and looked around the city for a while before going on our first excursion. We went white water rafting. It was a lot of fun. The place we took off from was right next to a glacier and the water had glacial suit in it giving it a very light green color. Later we would see where another river flowed into ours and the was a stark color difference between the water we were in and the water flowing in. We saw where there was once a flood and a river bank had given way dragging peoples empty cars in with it. The cars were still there, all rusted out.
After the rafting trip we went whale watching. We saw several whales and a bunch of sea lions.


Our next port was Sitka. Here we went to see the Raptor Rehabilitation Center where the help injured birds of prey get healthy again and release them back into the wild. When we arrived a man was giving a presentation holding a giant bald eagle. We saw many other types of birds and hike around the park they were in for a while.


Our last stop in Alaska was Ketchikan. Here after a slight delay due to weather we took a float plane trip through the misty fjords. We saw a volcanic plug, a frozen lake, a black bear, and many other amazing sights. We landed out on a lake where they had set up a small dock for people to get out on a stretch their legs. On the flight back the pilot actually switched the controls over to my brother who was sitting in the front seat next to him and him fly for a little while. (Note: My brother was 13 and did not have a pilot’s license.)

Victoria, B.C.

Our last stop before going back to Seattle was in Victoria, British Columbia. We would only be staying in this port for a short while so my familt decided to just walk around the city. It was very beautiful and get to see the parlimentary building and then had dinner at a local italian restaurant.

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Alaska Cruises for the Whole Family!

Posted on 28 December 2009 by Admin

Instead of fighting the crowds aboard large cruise ships, choose a small ship cruise for your family vacation. There will be no standing in line or looking at a boring itinerary that wasn’t specially designed for you and your family. When you make your reservations for a small ship cruise, you will be able to tailor your vacation to make your specific dreams come true. Whether your family wants to go fishing, bird watching or spend lazy days looking at the ocean, a small cruise ship will be able to cater to your every need.

Alaska & N.W. Charters

Watch humpback and killer whales swim and American bald eagles soar through the sky aboard an Alaska & N.W. Charter cruise. When you cruise to Alaska with this company, you’ll have a vacation designed specifically for your family. Every family member will enjoy the first-class environment, fully staffed crew and the vacation of a lifetime.

1600 E. Camino Colorado
Ft. Mohave, AZ 86426

Alaska Sea Adventures

Scheduling can’t be much easier than with Alaska Sea Adventures. Whether you want to take a whale-watching trip, go on a photography trip or watch the herring spawn, there is a cruise just for your family. You can also create a custom cruise so you and your family can do exactly what you want on your Alaska cruise.

P.O. Box 546
Petersburg, AK 99833

Fantasy Cruises

You and your family will love the oversized staterooms aboard the Island Spirit. All cruises are all-inclusive, so you don’t have to worry about additional fees. Your children will enjoy having a certified Alaska naturalist to answer their questions about Alaskan wildlife. Keep in mind that the Island Spirit is the only U.S. Coast Guard-licensed small ship to operate solely on batteries at night. Yes, they turn off the engines to give you a quieter night.

1121 Northwest 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98107

Sea Wolf Adventures

You won’t have to worry about being cooped up on board the ship when you cruise with Sea Wolf Adventures. Kayaking and walking along Alaskan beaches are included in the cruise. Children will enjoy the nature walks, where they can see all sorts of wildlife native to Alaska. Cruises are available from May through September, with September being the best time to see bears fishing for salmon.

P.O. Box 312
Gustavus, AK 99826

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Celebrity Cruises

Posted on 15 November 2009 by Admin

Since its inception in 1989, Celebrity has held true to its original commitment of taking the very best aspects of classic, elegant cruising and updating them to reflect current lifestyles. In 1997, we merged with Royal Caribbean International to form Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

What sets Celebrity apart from other vacation choices today is the cruise line’s passionate dedication to providing guests with a cruise experience that exceeds expectations. This extraordinary performance level has become the definition of Celebrity Cruises, and has set the worldwide standard for today’s expression of what first made cruising famous — high quality, superior design, spacious accommodations, grand style, attentive service and exceptional cuisine.

The excellence of Celebrity’s existing cruise product continues with the cruise line’s Solstice-class ships, which embody even greater technical achievement and meaningful innovation, while retaining the distinctive style, sophistication and service elements that have become the hallmark of a Celebrity cruise.

Celebrity Cruises was started in 1989, and has held true to its commitment of taking the best aspects of classic, elegant cruising and updating them to reflect current lifestyles. It merged with Royal Caribbean Cruises.

Celebrity Cruises sets itself apart by always striving to provide a cruise experience that exceeds expectations – high quality, superior design, spacious accommodations, grand style, attentive service and exceptional cuisine.

Celebrity Cruises offers the following Alaska cruise itinaries:

7 Night Alaska Tracy Arm Fjord Cruise

This cruise departs Seattle and is at sea for the second days as it embarks for Ketchikan, Alaska. After Ketchikan it cruises through the Tracy Arm Fjord on the fourth day until stopping at Juneau. After Juneau on day 5 the ship visits Skagway and in the evening departs to cruise the Alaska Inside Passage. Day 6 the Celebrity Infinity is at sea as it heads south towards the port of Victoria, British Columbia. On day 8 the final day of the cruise the ship arrives in Seattle, Washington in the early morning.

11 Night Ultimate Alaska Cruise

The Ultimate Alaska Cruise departs from San Francisco, California. You’ll enjoy all the onboard amenities on the first two days at sea as the Celebrity Infinity makes it’s way northward.

On the fourth day he first Alaskan port is Ketchikan followed by Juneau, then Skagway after which the ship is tendered overnight at Icy Strait Point. The following day the ship cruises to it’s northernmost destination Hubbard Glacier. The next day the ship heads back south to Sitka. The next day enjoy a day at sea as the ship heads towards back to Victoria on the following day. After Victoria the final destination is Vancouver where it arrives in the early morning.

7 Night Northbound Alaska Cruise

This cruise departs on the Celebrity Millenium from Vancouver, British Columbia. It takes the Inside Passage the and reaches Ketchikan the next day. The following day it is cruises northward through Icy Strait Point (tendered overnight) and reaches Juneau after Juneau the next day enjoy the Gold Rush town of Skagway. Day 7 is comprised of cruising to Hubbard Glacier. The final destination is Seward, Alaska.

7 Night Southbound Alaska Cruise

The southbound Alaskan Cruise is the reverse of the Northbound Cruise, it starts in Seward and travels the same itinerary back down towards Vancouver, British Columbia.

7 Night Alaska Hubbard Glacier Cruise

This roundtrip cruise departs Vancouver and makes it’s way northward through the Inside Passage towards Icy Strait Point (where it is tendered overnight) followed by the impressive Hubbard Glacier. The next day explore the sights in Juneau (only accessible by air or water). After Juneau see the unique town of Ketchikan. The Mercury cruises back through the Inside Passage to reach the starting point the next day, Vancouver.

Additional Itineraries:

  • 14 Night Ultimate Alaska Cruise on board Celebrity Millennium
  • 12 Night Ultimate Alaska Cruise on board Celebrity Mercury
  • 13 Night Ultimate Alaska Cruise on board Celebrity Mercury

As you can see Celebrity cruises offers a diverse selection of itineraries featuring northbound, southbound, return trips and extended cruises. They also offer landtours and many add-on tours.

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