Alaska Cruise Tour
Alaska Cruise-Tour: Adventures on Land and Sea
The Great Land called Alaska is waiting to be explored. An Alaska cruise-tour is by far the best way to experience this incredible land! I have had the pleasure of both the round trip cruise (twice, once with Celebrity from Vancouver and once with Norwegian from Seattle) and a land tour RT from Anchorage to Homer and Denali National Park. I highly recommend you not miss seeing Mt. McKinley, Anchorage, Talkeetna, and the spectacular scenery of the Kenai Peninsula. Certainly it will cost a bit more in both time and money, but it would be a bit like going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower or Rome and missing the Coliseum.
Should your budget allow, Regent Seven Seas Mariner would be the ship of choice. The inclusive nature and the incredible tour offerings alone make this a great value for discerning travelers. And for a family vacation, no one does it better than Radiance of the Seas and the cruise tour #12, a 12 night land & sea vacation.
Highlights of the land tour include a stay in the quaint town of Talkeetna, where you can take an optional jet-boat or flight-seeing to witness the majestic Mt. McKinley in all its glory. And a two night stay in Denali, where the Tundra Tour takes you deep into the Denali National Park for encounters with moose, bear or caribou.
Experience both rail and motor coach transportation, allowing for your luggage to be handled all along the way. Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood gives you the chance for beautiful hikes on the mountain or a variety of other optional experiences before boarding your ship Radiance of the Seas.
The ports of call along theinside passage are accessible only by air or sea (with the exception of Skagway …the gateway to the Yukon!), making this the best way to explore the area. One of my favorite memories is that of my kayak trip from Ketchikan. I witnessed a pod of about 30 Dall porpoises cruising at nearly 55 mph, feeding together. AHHHHMAZING! Sad to say, the camera I was using malfunctioned and the shutter only opened a fraction of an inch my entire trip. Bummer! That’s why I went back!
Hubbard Glacier…Who would think that watching a glacier would be exhilarating? This is one of the most active in the world, and one of the few that continues to advance. The sights and sounds as your ship slowly turns for all its guests to see are truly a unique and glorious experience. As you watch and listen, while sipping your hot chocolate, you will most definitely “Oooh” and “Ahhhh” with your fellow passengers. And the colors! The blues of the glacial ice are unlike any blue I have ever seen. You can feel the cold from the wall of magnificent ice. Another highlight for me…can you tell?
If you sail on Radiance, you will (sadly, because you KNOW her now!) step off your ship into one of the most beautiful International cities in the world-Vancouver, BC! And be wise and stay a night or two to enjoy this fascinating city. From the nature of Stanley Park to the shopping, incredible dining and nightlife, this is a destination in itself. Whistler Mountain is nearby, and you can even add an additional tour experience by rail that includes the Canadian Rockies…Jasper, Banff and Calgary.
See why I fell in love? The possibilities for active exploration are endless in this part of the world. And it’s on our own continent! But if you hope to go this summer, it’s critical that you act soon. Hopefully, one of the best ships still has a suite waiting just for you. Contact me as soon as you read this and I will reserve space on your journey to the Great Land!