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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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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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