Onboard Holland America’s Noordam: Glacier Bay, AK

ABOARD NOORDAM-Sorry to report that thick clouds and showers pretty much spoiled our day of cruising in Glacier Bay.  It was so nasty that I didn’t even attempt any photos.  I can, however, tell you a bit about Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve – looking to convince you to come see it – hopefully on a nice sunny day — if you haven’t already done so.   Without question Glacier Bay is one of America’ s …

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Onboard Holland America’s Noordam, Bound for Alaska

ABOARD NOORDAM-I’m finally onboard here following the usual travails involved in coast-to-coast travel – joined by my partner/assistant Melinda and brother Al and his friend Joy – bound for the Far North. We boarded Noordam Saturday afternoon in Vancouver, which gets my vote as North America’s most beautiful seaport. Just the sight of the city’s striking Canada Place cruise ship terminal – built to resemble a ship with its crest of five giant white sails – filled …

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Un-Cruise Adventures releases 2016 schedule of Alaska adventure cruises

Un-Cruise Adventures unveils its schedule of Alaska adventure cruises for 2016 with six small ships sailing 113 departures on seven itineraries. Two new cruise itineraries—Exploring Muir’s Wilderness and Yachters’ Alaskan Frontier—sail roundtrip from Juneau. Six boutique yachts and small ships—Safari Quest, Safari Explorer, Safari Endeavour, Wilderness Adventurer, Wilderness Discoverer and Wilderness Explorer—carry 22-84 guests on adventure cruises lasting one week to 12 days from homeports of Seattle, WA; Ketchikan, Juneau and Sitka, Alaska. Itineraries may be combined …

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Preparing to sail on Holland America’s Noordam in Alaska

Bags are packed and cameras cleaned and charged as I’m about to set off for the West Coast to join the May 30 sailing of Holland America Line’s Noordam for a 7-day Alaska voyage, departing from and returning to Vancouver, British Columbia. There’s nothing unique about the itinerary – it’s your standard Alaska run – starting out comfortably with a couple of days at sea, followed by port calls in Juneau and Skagway, a day spent cruising …

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The Alaska Un-Cruise

By Robert N. Jenkins OFF PRINCESS ROYAL ISLAND, Alaska — The jigsaw puzzle came out after lunch on the third full day of the voyage. So did the humpback whale. Captivating us, the whale repeatedly fluttered an enormous pectoral fin above the frigid water, showed its back as it rose and sank, and blew misty spouts of water. After nearly a half-hour, it displayed its fluke (tail) as it dove deep. That stopped the oohs and ahhs …

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Glacier Bay an otherworldly experience

We seem plunked down in a different world.  It looks like something from the depths of history. Or maybe from planets beyond our orb. Great shards of ice glisten like diamonds in deep sapphire waters. Tidewater glaciers sweep like rivers of ice down massive mountain valleys.  Mountains, some as high as 15,000 feet, rise straight out of the ocean. Snow draped peaks tower over sparkling fiords. “It feels like you are going back in time, back to …

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Silversea Cruises ‘Silver Select’ promotion for U.S. and Canada residents

Dreaming of a luxury cruise, but haven’t decided on the destination yet?  If you are a U.S. or Canada resident, luxury line Silversea Cruises has a special booking incentive for you, and the choice is yours… beautiful Alaska, or the exotic Mediterranean. The Silver Select promotion provides 3offers: a two-category suite upgrade, a $500 per person credit towards the purchase of the Silver Sky® air program, or a $500 per person onboard credit that can be used for shore excursions, spa …

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What’s the difference between a shore excursion and a cruisetour? And why should you consider a cruisetour in Alaska?

As you probably know, a shore excursion is generally an activity that can be done while a ship is docked at a specific port during your cruise itinerary- and each port usually provides several different options for shore excursions. Cruise tours are a little different- it’s a land tour of destinations in the interior of a region- areas that can’t be reached easily during the time frame allotted by a cruise ship’s stop in a port.  They …

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Adventure Savings Offered On Un-Cruise Adventures’ New Heritage Adventure cruises in southeast Alaska and Columbia & Snake Rivers

Un-Cruise Adventures presents a window of opportunity for savings on Heritage Adventure cruises on a new itinerary in Alaska and on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Travelers booked aboard the 88-guest S.S. Legacy by December 20, 2013 receive an adventure savings up to $700 per couple on 2014 voyages. Launched in August 2013, the replica coastal steamer S.S. Legacy sails back through history bringing alive the stories and characters from Alaska’s Gold Rush of ’98 and the …

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Un-Cruise Adventures christens S.S. Legacy and launches Heritage Adventures

On Thursday, August 8, 2013 Un-Cruise Adventures officially christened its newest vessel, the 88-guest S.S. Legacy, in a dockside celebration near company headquarters in Seattle, Washington.  The replica coastal steamer is the eighth vessel in the adventure cruise line’s fleet. The S.S. Legacy sails Heritage Adventures taking guests back in time to the 1890s and early 1900s to explore history of the Klondike Gold Rush in Alaska and early explorers along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The …

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