Alaskan Dream Cruises adds new iteineraries, ports of call

Alaskan Dream Cruises, one of the newest small-ship cruise lines sailing in Southeast Alaska, is announcing three new itineraries, additional ports of call and ship renovations. Alaskan Dream Cruises is owned and operated by an Alaska Native family in Sitka, Alaska. The company will operate its second season from May through September 2012. The 42-passenger Alaskan Dream will sail on three new itineraries in 2012: an eight-day trip that focuses on many less-explored destinations, including Hobart Bay …

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Eileen’s guide to family cruising – 2011

Kids are everywhere—on cruise ships anyway—whether you are in the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska or far flung destinations like the Galapagos Islands and even the Arctic. Cruise Lines International Association reports that some 1.5 million kids now are cruising every year—more than 1,000 on some sailings. And cruise lines have never done more for them, from featuring hip teen and tween hang-outs with the latest music and video games, to centers for the littlest cruisers (that are better …

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Meeting local Jamaicans while exploring Bluefield Bay

DAY 4 — Twice a day,  50 year-old   Delta Spence totes two big jugs of water up Blueflields Mountain a mile and a half from Bluefields River to her rustic home on the mountainside above the town of BLuefields Bay in Jamaica.  She has no running water, electricity or indoor plumbing. Marvin Furrest, the houseman at the Bluefields Bay Villa where we are staying has led us on an early morning hike up the mountain, past baby …

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A man on a mission to promote authentic tourism experiences in Jamaica

DAY 3 — Wolde Kristos is a man with a mission—and a vision. He hopes to bring the sleepy Jamaican town of Bluefields Bay into the 21st century—tourist wise. But he’s not aiming to build a big hotel. Jamaica already has enough of those. He wants to offer authentic experiences that at the same time will enable tourists to meet the locals, see the region’s birds, visit artisans, eat local food and at the same time employ …

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A wonderful day exploring around the Bluefield Bay resort in Jamaica

DAY TWO — When I wander out of my bedroom in the morning, the coffee is already made and table is set for breakfast. After my friends get up, we’re served omelets, bacon, and fresh local fruit.  Instead of cooking and cleaning up, my job this morning: simply to enjoy, to soak up the beauty here in our  Bluefields Bay Villa about an hour and 15 minutes from Montego Bay while the staff pampers me. “You have …

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American Safari Cruises offers complimentary night at Juneau’s Baranof Hotel to guests booking Safari Endeavour’s inaugural season in Alaska

Travelers interested in an Alaskan adventure cruise this summer aboard American Safari Cruises newly acquired yacht, the upscale 86-guest Safari Endeavour, have an extra incentive to book a trip now. Guests reserving a stateroom between December 1, 2011 and January 31, 2012, receive a complimentary hotel night pre- or post-cruise at Juneau’s Baranof Hotel. The Safari Endeavour will cruise in Southeast Alaska from May to September.  Weeklong cruises roundtrip from Juneau, Alaska include two days exploration in …

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Bluefield Bay Villas offers a unique Jamaican resort experience

DAY ONE OF FOUR–Our staff is waiting at the door of our villa when we arrive –Rose Spence the cook, Sharon Plummer the housekeeper and Marvin Forrest our major domo, who does everything from whip up frozen drink concoctions to take us on a hike past tiny mountain villages. Welcome to Bluefields Bay Villas—the most unresort-like resort I’ve ever visited — in Jamaica, about an hour and 15 minutes drive from Montego Bay in the small community …

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AdventureSmith Explorations: opportunities for sightings of bear in the wild

AdventureSmith Explorations, an environmentally conscious travel company that is dedicated to adventure-seeking clients, has a series of expeditions that explore the backcountry for close-up bear encounters.  These expeditions are offered in Alaska and elsewhere, where small ships and float planes have unprecedented access to the landscape. These expeditions are exciting and educational, but must also be taken quite seriously, due to the fragility of the environment and the natural wild state of the animals. “Bears are cute …

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Lindblad Expeditions celebrates 30 years of Alaskan exploration and discovery with the ultimate Alaska expedition

Lindblad Expeditions is introducing  the ultimate Alaska expedition, an Alaskan adventure and exploration that will give guests a comprehensive window into the sights, sounds and creatures found on majestic glaciers, old-growth forests and now, for the first time – under the sea. The new undersea program will commemorate Lindblad’s 30th year exploring in Alaska by sharing a part of the region they have never shared with guests before.  Featured on each Alaska expedition, the Undersea Specialist will …

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Celebrity Cruises’ award winning culinary team to kick off new ‘Excite the Senses’ cruises with food and wine extravaganza

The visual feast that comes to life in the pages of Celebrity Cruises’ new lifestyle book, Excite the Senses, has inspired a new series of food-and-wine-themed cruises that will offer guests a unique, behind-the-scenes experience and a rare opportunity to get to know the Celebrity culinary team through intimate demonstrations, tastings and dinners. Developed and hosted by the talent behind the cruise line’s award-winning culinary program, Celebrity’s “Excite the Senses Culinary Theme Cruises” will kick off on …

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