Alaska weather is getting more typical — rainy and foggy — but the kids are having fun anyway

INSIDE PASSAGE TO ALASKA – We departed Seattle for this seven-day cruise to Alaska on Sunday. The weather was actually pretty, sunny and clear. Today is Tuesday and the weather totally different. Rainy and foggy. I fear this will be typical of the rest of our time here. This afternoon we are going to have our first real sightseeing. In about an hour we will be entering Tracy Arm and will get an up-close look at the …

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Heading to Seattle for our Alaska cruise with grandchildren on HAL’s Oosterdam

Right now my husband Chet and I are in a Hampton Inn in Traverse City, Michigan. We are flying to Seattle at 5:45 a.m. tomorrow and we live an hour-and-a-half from here. Thus, the overnight here in TC. We are going to Seattle to spend a few days before boarding a Holland America cruise on the ms Oosterdam to Alaska. We will be meeting up with my daughter Jennifer, her husband Steve, and their three children: Vivian, …

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Un-Cruise Adventures adds theme cruises to luxury adventures in Alaska

Un-Cruise Adventures confirms six theme departures aboard the 86-guest Safari Endeavour in Alaska this summer with special guest experts in photography, marine biology, ornithology and from two Northwest wineries.  Guest experts join the trip for a full week of enrichment activities in addition to regularly scheduled excursions and activities. “Whether you are an expert, novice or just curious, these themes add another spark of interest to complement our adventure activities,” said Tim Jacox, executive vice president of …

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Norwegian Cruise Line offers a special on summer cruises and cruisetours in Alaska

In my last blog I mentioned some cruisetours available in Alaska over the summer. Well, Norwegian Cruise line has announced a sales event for Alaskan cruises aboard the Norwegian Sun, including an on board credit for guests who book a Cruisetour. These offers are only available February 28, 2013 to March 1, 2013. Here are the details: Guests who book a seven-day cruise vacation in Alaska on board Norwegian Sun will receive $100 to spend on board …

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The Northern Lights, Rugged Terrain, Panning for Gold, Fly Fishing, Fjords & Glaciers, plus Hundreds of Whales and Sea Lions & the Wild West

Dreaming of a trip to Alaska this coming summer?  We thought you might enjoy reading a little bit about the cruisetour options available on an Alaska sailing.  A cruise tour is a great way to extend your cruise vacation by adding a land trip before or after your cruise. Cruisetours combine cruises with land tour to inland destinations that the ships can’t always reach.  To view Cruise tour options, please click here.  Or if you want an …

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Only a Day In….. Ketchikan

This month, I’ve been doing a great deal of research on Alaska and the cruise offerings currently available.  It’s truly a fascinating destination, and my friend, writer Lynn Seldon, has written this wonderful story on Ketchikan… I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!  Thanks Lynn! Alaska’s “First City” Always Has Something New to Pursue By W. Lynn Seldon Even those in Quite simply, we love calling on Ketchikan. There’s always something new–or time-tested–to pursue …

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Alaskan Dream Cruises’ New Ship

Alaskan Dream Cruises is one of those small cruise lines that flies under the radar a bit, but they’re worth making note of.  The company, now two years old, is owned and operated by natives of Sitka, Alaska- thereby making it a front runner for in-depth Alaskan cruises. These people know the country and wilderness areas like some of the larger companies cannot, and if you’re looking for a tour of the “real Alaska”, this may be …

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Alaskan Dream Cruises launches new ship, new itinerary in 2013

The 2013 Alaska cruise season will see the expansion of Alaskan Dream Cruises, the two-year-old Native-owned small-ship cruise line based in Sitka, Alaska. Building on the company’s passenger growth last season, Alaskan Dream Cruises will introduce a new vessel, the Baranof Dream, and a new 11-day itinerary with three departures in summer 2013. The 62-passenger Baranof Dream will sail on the new 11-day itinerary, “Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof Explorer,” which is an expanded version of the eight-day …

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InnerSea Discoveries’ “Alaska Unleashed” Un-Cruise Adventures Promise High Action, Bold Adventures Via Expedition Boat

Bushwhacking in Alaskan backcountry, a glacier trek and extended kayaking in ice-filled fjords and wilderness bays are on the menu for outdoor enthusiasts eager to discover Southeast Alaska’s remote beauty on an adventure cruise with InnerSea Discoveries.  On three Alaska Unleashed departures in summer 2013, the Wilderness Adventurer guest capacity is slashed from 60 to 36 guests for an amped up week of high adventure. Guests booked by January 11, 2013 receive a $100 shipboard credit per …

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Wilderness Explorer Alaskan cruise 2012 – Miss Elizabeth

The message coming over my cabin intercom aboard the Wilderness Explorerseems unbelievable. During our stop in Glacier Bay, the voice said, we picked up a stranger. This mysterious lady will soon be greeting us in the ship lounge. First, there are no people just wandering around Glacier Bay. During our three days in Glacier Bay, we didn’t encounter a single other human being.  In the distance, we sometimes saw giant cruise ships. But they quickly came and …

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