My Alaska Uncruise Adventure

  Day One: Exploring Juneau before Embarkation After a three-flight journey that became a 20-hour saga, we arrived in Juneau the night before the ship’s departure. I immediately fell into bed, but oversleeping was no threat – – thank you four-hour time change. Up early the next morning, we dropped our luggage at Centennial Hall, the staging location for Uncruise ships resting across the street from the harbor. The helpful Uncruise reps held our bags, transferred them …

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Preparing for my Alaska Uncruise of the Inner Passage

  I’m counting down! Alaska is one of only three states in the U.S. that I have not visited. So, naturally I’m thrilled to be headed to the 49th state for a Spring Awakenings Uncruise starting in Juneau. I’ll be sailing on the Uncruise line’s boat named the SS Legacy, a small ship with a maximum number of 90 guests. But, in this case, small ship cruising means big adventures. The Legacy can slip into narrow spaces …

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Alaska’s Frontier and Wilderness Quest Cruise on board the Chichagof

Well, of course I’m excited. I’m preparing to go on Alaskan Dream Cruises Chichagof this coming week. And though I’ve traveled to 90 countries, I’ve never been to Alaska. When asked by friends why I haven’t been before, I usually respond with, “I’m saving the easy trips for when I get older.” To which a friend (?) replied, I don’t think you should wait any longer. Harumpphhh! I live in Hollywood, Florida (the OTHER Hollywood), and one …

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Icebergs, bears await intrepid cruise travelers in Alaska’s wilds

Book early, as many small group adventures, like these, sell out before the summer cruise season starts Inside Passage, Southeastern Alaska-Clunks from chunks of ice, the submerged parts that we could not see, delivered an unnerving soundtrack as our metal boat danced among a thousand icebergs on a zigzag path toward the great LeConte Glacier. For nearly an hour out of the Alaska port of Petersburg, we had been traveling at a pretty good clip, seven of …

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Cruising Alaska, a delightful day in Petersburg Where else can you watch log rolling, a herring toss and Fools on Spools?

Petersburg, Alaska-Fancy free summer travel can be so much fun when you meander as a stranger into one of America’s lively small towns — especially when you encounter a festival or other special event. In many small towns, holidays and civic celebrations are special, with parades, family gatherings, local entertainment, and contests attracting much of the populous. This was certainly the case with a spirited log rolling competition on the very chilly waters of Petersburg, Alaska. Starting …

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Norwegian Cruise Line debuts hull artwork for new ship

Yesterday I posted about the Royal Princess’s new hull design. Today I want to share the artwork designed for Norwegian Cruise Line’s upcoming new ship, the Norwegian Bliss. The artwork is created by marine life artist Wyland and is called “Cruising with the Whales”. The image shows a humpback whale and her calf with other ocean life. The new ship will debut in June 2018 and sail Alaska itineraries. Norwegian Cruise Line’s president and CEO, Andy Stuart, …

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Princess Cruises will offer even more authentic Alaska experiences in their 2017 Alaska program

Princess Cruises cruises has been voted best Alaska Cruise Line by Travel Weekly Reader’s Choice Awards for eight years in a row. They are certainly experts when it comes to this popular cruise destination. In 2017 Princess will have six ships sailing to Alaska and will be offering even more options for the popular Alaska Land and Sea Vacations. Onboard they will be offering guests a chance to experience Alaska with programs such as Cook by Catch …

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Crystal’s Alaskan Frontier 2016 : Wild encounters, intrepid glacial terrain, aerial exploration and rugged history

Alaska: majestic landscapes and untouched terrain. In 2016, the the Crystal Serenity will sail seven Alaskan voyages of seven and 10 days. Offering experiences that cater to virtually every interest, Crystal’s Alaskan adventures can be enjoyed by air, sea, land and glacier, with many adventures combining several different perspectives. Here’s what they have in store: “Heli-Hike and White Pass Railway, which takes guests high above the Sawtooth Mountains, through the wilderness via train, and on a four- …

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Aboard Noordam: Post Script from Vancouver

ABOARD NOORDAM-I had planned to conclude my blog on the Alaska Noordam voyage when I returned return home Monday with a brief report on our post-cruise tour in Vancouver — but I was struck down by some kind of bug (I’m guessing flu) and haven’t been able to face up to the computer until today. The highlight of our post-cruise package from HAL (which included a night at the Four Seasons Hotel) was a Hop-on Hop-Off bus …

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Onboard Holland America’s Noordam in Alaska

ABOARD NOORDAM-We’re cruising today en route to Vancouver on the final leg of our 7-day Alaska voyage – so it’s time to wrap up my blog with some closing comments on our first-ever Holland America cruise. Yesterday’s call at Ketchikan – where it was raining as per usual – found us traveling by bus for more than 20 miles to remote George Inlet Lodge, a one-time dormitory for a defunct crab cannery that’s been renovated to serve …

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