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Cruising Alaska's Inside Passage, shore excursions at sea and on a land tour feature possible encounters with whales, dolphins, bears, glacier-carved fjords, icebergs, moose, bald eagles and tufted puffins.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:55:00 +0000

Cruising Alaska's Inside Passage, shore excursions at sea andon a land tour feature possible encounters with whales, dolphins, bears, glacier-carved fjords, icebergs, moose, bald eagles and tufted puffins. These are serene waters, where one moment you can be sailing a wide bay of barrier islands and the next you’re cruising through a narrow waterway flanked by towering forested walls. That’s the splendid spectacle of the Inside Passage – the scenery is constantly changing, from picturesque shores to friendly coastal towns. Stretching from Puget Sound, Washington, through the British Columbia coast and into the Gulf of Alaska, the Inside Passage includes more than 1,000 islands, seemingly endless shoreline and thousands of idyllic coves and bays. Sailing Alaska, you’ll marvel at the breathtaking scenery and encounter ports like Gold Rush-era Skagway, Salmon Capital of the World Ketchikan, the capital city of Juneau and British-flavored Victoria. These are places where you can visit a Native village, learn about the triumphs and tragedies of Alaska’s Gold Rush heyday or go dog sledding with a real musher. The Inside Passage is your gateway to the fascinating and colorful culture, history and sights of the Great Land.Alaska Cruisetours: Land + Sea VacationsIt’s the ultimate Alaska experience – a vacation combining an unforgettable 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise, including the Inside Passage with 3 or more nights exploring Alaska by land. Every Alaska cruisetour includes the state's top two attractions – pristine Glacier Bay National Park and picturesque Denali National Park, home to North America’s tallest peak. On land, stay at exclusive Princess Wilderness Lodges near legendary national parks and most itineraries include exclusive rail service, giving you yet another way to see the wonders of the Great Land! INSIDE PASSAGEThings to do and seeGlacier-carved fjordsPristine forested shoresWhales, dolphins and other marine lifeBald eagles and tufted puffinsTowering granite cliffsCascading waterfallsMajestic snowcapped mountainsThousands of untouched islands VOYAGE OF THE GLACIERSThings to do and seeGlacier Bay National ParkHubbard Glacier or College FjordAlaska & British Columbia portions of Inside PassageAlaska enrichment programsNational Park Rangers in Glacier BayJuneau, state capitalHistoric KetchikanFrontier-flavored SkagwayInside Passage, Voyage of the Glaciers & Land Tour Trip Highlights:*Ketchikan:Ketchikan is known as Alaska's "First City" because it's the first major community travelers come to as they journey north. Located on an island, Ketchikan began life as an Indian fishing camp. The name Ketchikan comes from a Tlingit phrase that means "eagle with spread-out wings," a reference to a waterfall near town. In the early 1900s, when gold was Alaska's claim to fame, fishing and timber industries were established in Ketchikan. The growth of these industries helped make this Inside Passage port Alaska's fourth-largest city. Visitors to Ketchikan will be intrigued by its rich Native heritage, which includes the world's oldest collection of totem poles at Totem Heritage Center. The Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian are all a part of the city's colorful history. Ketchikan, with its abundance of salmon, is also a sport fishing paradise. Sightseers will be impressed with both the scenic town and its surroundings, especially Misty Fjords National Monument.Recommended Tour: Deadliest Catch Crab Fishermen's Tour : This 3-hour cruise aboard the Aleutian Ballad from season two of the TV series "Deadliest Catch" reveals the world of commercial fisherman. Get up close with crabs and octopus and view abundant wildlife amid stunning scenery. It's fun for the whole family as you explore in calm, sheltered waters. ADVERTISEMENTWhat's Calling You To Alaska?Is Your Calling a Family Adventure! If you're inspired by watching your loved ones having the time of their lives and making memories together, then you will love your Alaskan journey! We have somet[...]



Alaska Cruise Tour Guests To Play In The Trees This Summer

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:26:00 +0000

Princess Cruises Invites Alaska Cruise Tour Guests to Playin the Trees This Summer Jan. 15, 2018 / Princess Cruises today announced the 2018 programming to be featured at the line's custom designed wilderness tree house located at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. The tree house is a new addition to the guest experience which allows guests an opportunity to view Denali, North America's highest peak, while enjoying themed activities and socializing with fellow travelers, all amongst the trees. The tree house was built during an episode of Animal Planet's hit show "Tree house Masters," in association with the line's partnership with Discovery Communications, which premiered during the season finale in fall 2017Princess Cruises Invites Guests to Play in the Trees This Summer "At destinations around the globe, we strive to create a bond between our guests and the places we visit, and now more than ever people are visiting Alaska to experience the beauty and adventure the state has to offer," said Lisa Syme, Princess Cruises vice president. "As the #1 cruise line in Alaska, we are eager to bring these fresh and engaging experiences to our Alaska cruise tour guests, providing opportunities for more travelers to connect with the people, nature, storied traditions and history of the Great Land in 2018." The tree house was the first-ever designed and constructed in Alaska by Pete Nelson, the star of the hit TV series. As one of the highest land-based north-facing viewing areas, the tree house provides Princess guests a one-of-a-kind experience to see the south face of Denali from atop the trees, and is powered by solar panels. At approximately 500 square feet, guests can access the tree house by hiking the short "hill trail loop" and be rewarded with the ultimate Denali view. For nearly 50 years, Princess Cruises has been recognized as a destination leader in Alaska, taking more guests to the Great Land than any other cruise company with its largest deployment ever in 2018. Guests traveling on a Princess Cruises cruise tour will be able to enjoy the tree house, along with visits to other Princess-owned lodges, and a ride on the exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail service, saving time on travel and allowing for more time to experience the Denali-area. In 2018, tree house activities and programming include: Tales from The Sourdough ExpeditionHosted by author, world record holder and amputee mountain climber, Todd Huston, guests will follow along a chronicle of the first successful ascent of Denali, the Sourdough Expedition. Participants will meet Huston and fellow adventurers before beginning their very own trek to the line's new wilderness tree house. Stories of the first successful ascent will entertain guests as the group explores area trails, ending the journey with a cup of hot cocoa and doughnuts at the tree house summit. Guests are invited to join the 45 minute expedition five days a week for a nominal charge.Sappy HourFound in the interior of Alaska, boreal forests are carpeted with Birch and Spruce trees, providing ideal conditions for sustainable syrup production. Beginning in 2018, guests can gather with fellow foodies inside the treehouse for a unique and rare sampling of birch syrups and other tree-inspired products. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about Birch trees and the process of harvesting birch syrup. Sappy Hour will run daily at the tree house for a nominal charge per guest.Trivia at the Tree houseGuests are challenged to test their knowledge of The Great Land with an afternoon of brain-busting fun. Hosted by the lodge's resident naturalist, guests will experience trivia like never before, taking in unprecedented views of North America's highest peak from the trees. Trivia will take place daily, and participation is complimentary for lodge guests.Princess has been named "Best Cruise Line in Alaska" 11 consecutive years by Travel Weekly magazine. In 2018, Princess will be hosting a record number of guests on s[...]



The No. 1 Cruise Line in Alaska will send its largest ship, the Royal Princess, on Voyage of the Glaciers Alaska Sailings. Come celebrate its 50th year of cruising to Alaska in 2019.

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 22:02:00 +0000

 May to September Alaska Cruises for 2019The No. 1 Cruise Line in Alaska will send its largest ship, the Royal Princess, on Voyage of the Glaciers Alaska Sailings. Come celebrate its 50th year of cruising to Alaska in 2019.In celebration of its 50th year sailing to Alaska, Princess Cruises is planning its largest-ever deployment.  In 2019 the line will send its largest ship, the Royal Princess, and six other ships to sail to the 49th state from May to September. Princess Cruises, the leader in Alaska for the 2019 season, is celebrating 50 years sailing to the Great Land with its largest deployment ever featuring the debut of Royal Princess. With 2019 cruises and cruise tours on sale December 14, 2017, North America visitors to Alaska Cruises Direct, Princess Cruises' Certified Alaska Experts,  can take advantage of a 50 percent reduced deposit for any 2019 Alaska voyage in celebration of our 50th anniversary sailing in the Great Land.Seven Princess Cruises ships will sail to Alaska with the inaugural season of Royal Princess, bringing the largest Princess ship ever to sail the region. In addition, 76 percent of all voyages sail to Glacier Bay National Park. To enhance the cruise experience and to see more of Alaska, guests can also choose from more than 23 cruise tours while visiting Princess Wilderness Lodges and another must-see national park - Denali National Park. "Our upcoming 2019 Alaska season marks our 50th year taking guests to this bucket-list destination, that for most is a life-changing experience offering breathtaking scenery and awe-inspiring moments," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. "In 1969, Princess Italia was our first ship to bring 525 passengers to Alaska. In 2019, we will mark another milestone by bringing Royal Princess, our largest ship ever deployed to this region, with more than 3,500 guests." While on board, guests will encounter a variety of ways to engage in authentic experiences through the award-winning North to Alaska program, featuring Cook My Catch, an exclusive culinary program allowing guests to return from select Princess fishing excursions to have the chef prepare their very own catch of the day. Also offered is the crowd-favorite Puppies in the Piazza, where real Alaska sled dog puppies are brought on board in Skagway for guests to interact with. The 2019 program also features the first full season of an exclusive tree house experience at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge built by Pete Nelson of Animal Planet's Treehouse Masters. In addition, lodge guests will hear first-hand tales from mountain climbers who have conquered Denali as they tell the exhilarating stories of their journey in the Hudson Theater.Highlights of the 2019 May–September Alaska program presented by Alaska Cruises Direct include:Alaska Cruises:: Voyage of the Glaciers – Princess' most popular sailings between Vancouver and Whittier features two glacier-viewing experiences on every voyage, with visits to the UNESCO-listed Glacier Bay National Park plus either Hubbard Glacier or College Fjord. These seven -day cruises are offered aboard Royal Princess and Golden Princess (departing Saturdays) and Coral Princess and Island Princess (departing Wednesdays). Every northbound Voyage of the Glaciers itinerary on Island Princess includes Icy Strait Point. :: Inside Passage –This awe-inspiring part of Alaska, known for its lush scenery and pristine fjords, will be featured on seven-, 10- and 12-day roundtrip voyages from Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles: :: Seven-Day Roundtrip Seattle – Ruby Princess departs on Saturdays and sails to Glacier Bay. Star Princess departs on Sundays and visits Tracy Arm Fjord. All Inside Passage voyages from Seattle offer More Ashore late-night calls in Juneau. :: 10-day Roundtrip San Francisco – Grand Princess :: 12-day Roundtrip Los Angeles – Three voyages aboard Royal Princess, Ruby Princess and Star Princess ::  Ro[...]



Princess Cruises & Alaska Cruises Direct Alaskan Anniversary Sale Offers Up to $600 On board Spending Money on Cruise & Cruisetour Vacations to All Alaska Destinations Sailing from Summer 2018.

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 11:25:00 +0000

The Princess Cruises  & Alaska Cruises Direct Alaskan Anniversary Sale running now through Feb. 14, 2018, offers up to $600 on board spending money per stateroom. Alaska Cruises Direct is offering special Alaska Anniversary Sale benefits on select cruises and cruise tours sailing to all Alaska destinations departing Summer 2018 [ May to September ]. Plus, all bookings receive an evening of free specialty dining and low $100 deposit when booking during the sale.Princess Cruises & Alaska Cruises Direct Anniversary Sale Offers Up to $600 On board Spending Money on Cruise & Cruise Tour Vacations to All Alaska Destinations Sailing  Summer 2018.The Alaska Anniversary Sale gives guests booking an interior or ocean view stateroom up to $300 on board spending money per stateroom. Guests booking a balcony, mini-suite or suite receive up to $600 on board spending money per stateroom. All bookings receive an evening of free specialty dining including third and fourth guests per stateroom.As the leader in celebrating at sea, Princess Cruises encourages guests to experience life's special moments on board with friends and family. From birthdays and anniversaries, to moments "just because," there is no better way to celebrate than while sailing to awe-inspiring destinations of the world. In addition to great savings, as a recognized leader in Alaska Cruise & Cruise Tour planning, [ for 18 years]  Alaska Cruises Direct, part of Cruise Direct Online offers free advice, planning tips and innovative travel ideas from Certified Alaska Travel Experts. Guests can call them at 800.365.1445, ask all their questions, get some great advice to make an informed decision of what Alaska Cruise or Cruise Tour best fits their lifestyle and budget.Alaska Glacier ViewsPrincess Cruises offers several new product innovations, including the cruise line's exclusive partnerships with award-winning Chef Curtis Stone; new shows, Magic to Do and Born to Dance created in partnership with Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz; Chocolate Journeys with Master Chocolatier Norman Love; Discovery at Sea including exclusive Discovery and Animal Planet shore excursions and on board programming featuring Discovery hit shows; and TV's wildly popular international singing competition brought to the high seas, live and on-stage, with The Voice of the Ocean.Examples of  Alaska Anniversary Sale cruise deals include:•Alaska cruise — 7 days: $599 interior per person; $1,399 balcony per person; plus receive up to $300 on board spending money per stateroom. •Alaska cruisetours — 10 nights: $1,049 interior per person; $1,799 balcony per person; plus receive up to $300 on board spending money per stateroom. More information about the Princess Cruises Alaska  "Anniversary Sale" can be found at https://www.alaskacruises-2018.com All prices are per guest and based on double occupancy. The Alaska Anniversary Sale cruise sale runs now through 11:59 p.m. PDT on February 14, 2018 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Bermuda and the District of Columbia who are 21 years of age or older. Guests may book through this professional travel agent, Alaska Cruises Direct by calling 800.365.1445, or by visiting the company's website at AlaskaCruises - 2018.com[...]



Why Alaska's Wave Season Is The Best Time To Book A Cruise!

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 11:09:00 +0000

Cruise Discounts Rewards  Savings Bonus Extras

Why Wave Season Is The Best Time To Book A Cruise!

The holiday season, it's that time of the year for family gatherings and making New Year’s resolutions, but once the party's over and things return to normal, it’s time to turn your attention to your 2018 or 2019 cruise vacation because it’s Wave Season!

Wave season is not a one-day retail or online event like Black Friday, or Cyber Monday. You don’t have to worry about getting in line at four in the morning, to grab the gift you want. Instead, Wave Season is a three-month promotion that begins on January 2nd and runs until March 31st.


During Wave Season you can find affordable and discounted cruise fares and Bonus Extras that maximize your cruise costs.

Wave season, is all about finding some of the best cruising deals of the year. 

For example, when you book your cruise vacation, you may find one or more FREE Bonus Extras included with your cruise package, such as a cabin upgrade, shipboard spending credits, kids sailing for free or at a reduce rate, free wifi , or complimentary shore excursion(s).

If you’re the one who does all the research, and planning for your family, you'll want to find the perfect cruise months ahead of time, while there is the best choice of ships, rates and dates, and accommodations. If your planning to travel next summer, Wave Season is the time do that. 



To get the most out of Wave Season, check out Alaska Cruises Direct, which offers Alaska cruises and cruisetours [ land + Sea Vacations ] from the top cruise line brands, like Princess, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Norwegian, Cunard, Silversea, Oceania, or Regent Seven Seas Cruises. They have over 18 years of experience and expertise. Their Certified Alaska Travel Experts have Alaska vacations that appeal to travelers of all ages and offer everything that is Alaska,  from the mild to wild.

Wave Season:   It's the perfect time to think about fun, adventure and exploring new places and doing new things.



To cruise only or not just cruise, but add a land tour of interior Alaska .... always seems to be the question we're asked, when it comes to Alaska.

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 09:34:00 +0000

An Alaska Cruise...where a balcony cabin and a spectacular train ride become front-row seats for one of the most breathtaking shows in nature! To cruise only or not just cruise, but add a land tour of interior Alaska .... always seems to be the question we're asked, when it comes to Alaska. We've been visiting Alaska for over 25 years, and, we never hesitate to give our answer. You can choose to take a 7 day cruise of the Inside Passage round-trip from Seattle or Vancouver. You'll likely visit Alaska's coastal towns of Skagway, Ketchikan and Juneau.  And, perhaps Haines, Sitka, and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. It's a great way for first-timers to experience Alaska. However,  if you truly want to experience the Last Frontier, the way to go is combine a 7 day cruise voyage of the Glaciers cruise with a 10 to 15 day land tour of interior Alaska. To fully experience Alaska, discover its interior from Anchorage to Talkeetna, Fairbanks and a 2 day visit to Denali National Park in between. On an Alaska cruise, you'll journey along the southeast coastline of Alaska, experiencing its glaciers, nature's ever-changing and fragile masterpieces. But on an Alaska Land & Sea Vacation you'll uncover so much more, by combining a seven-night Alaska Voyage of the Glaciers sailing with a small-group tour into its magnificent inland destinations. Stay in the finest available lodges and embark on remote roads and railways in deluxe transportation. An Alaska Land & Sea Vacation allows you to get  the most from your visit to Alaska. Venture deep into Alaska by combining an Alaska cruise with a land tour, allowing you to explore mesmerizing regions far beyond the coastline. Alaska is home to vibrant local cultures and many hidden treasures. You'll marvel at sunlight at midnight and close-ups of whales, eagles and caribou. You'll delight in Denali's (formerly known as Mt. McKinley ) majesty and meadows carpeted with wildflowers. Amid unsurpassed grandeur and serenity, the true wilderness of Denali is calling. Catch sight of a humpback whale or wolf pups frolicking in the snow. Alaska is as rustic and romantic as one could ever imagine. Whales, Wonders and Wilderness. Revel in Alaska's most charming towns and set sight on Alaska's abundant wildlife in their natural habitats, from breaching 40-ton humpback whales, roaming bears and soaring bald eagles. You'll see Majestic Glaciers & Denali on a Land & Sea Vacation! It's a journey equal parts exhilarating and inspiring. Consider the ultimate Alaska land and sea vacation, featuring a tour director escort, personal service and most meals on land included. Spend 5 to 8 nights on land at Princess wilderness lodges visiting Denali and perhaps, sensational places like Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and/or the Kenai Peninsula.A Land and Sea Vacation to Alaska offers an immersive new destination experience that transforms what may once have been a passing encounter with people, places and cultures into something vibrant, illuminating, even perhaps life-changing. Let us introduce our dedicated Team of Certified Alaska Travel Experts that with just one phone call, [ 800.365.1445 ] review local culture and history with customized guidance for each Alaska destination. Guests can ask advice from our Certified Alaska Travel Experts about the best tours, most popular sites and where to go to feel like a local so each destination can be explored to its fullest. These specially trained experts shape the story of each journey by providing informative tips, fielding questions and engage guests far beyond what the average travel agent or cruise line call center reservationist.  Our Team of Certified Alaska Travel Experts bring each locale, such as Skagway, Ketchikan, Juneau, Fairbanks, Anchorage, Glacier Bay, Talkeetna, Haines, Sitka, Denali, Cooper River or Kenai to life by digging deepe[...]




Mon, 04 Sep 2017 11:12:00 +0000

New Website Offers Cheaper , More Intimate Shore Excursions Than Cruise Lines OfferCruise travelers who find the shore excursions offered by the cruise lines too expensive can now find great value and savings up to 40% , thanks to a website launching today: exploremoreashore.com   The site, run by Cruise Direct Online, offers cruise travelers discounts of up to 40 percent off the price of comparable cruise line offers on more than 5000 excursions, at over 300 worldwide destinations.Explore More Ashore, features a one-stop-shop approach with source content for deals featuring the top name-brand excursion companies: Shore Excursions Group, Shoretrips or Port Promotions. Searching for a shore excursion is easy and quick. You can search Shore Excursions by destination, or find Shore Excursions that match your Cruise Line, Ship and Itinerary. Enter your cruise ship name and sailing dates, then the site shows you tours that match up with your ship's ports-of-call itinerary. It works at more than 300 ports for just about all of the major cruise lines, such as Carnival, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess, and Royal Caribbean. The list of cruise lines is shown below.AMA WaterwaysAzamara CruisesCarnival Cruise LinesCelebrity CruisesCosta Cruise LinesCrystal CruisesCunard LineDisney Cruise LineHolland America LineMSC Italian CruisesNorwegian Cruise LineOceania CruisesPrincess CruisesRegent Seven SeasRoyal CaribbeanSea Dream Yacht ClubSeabourn Cruise LineSilversea CruisesStar ClippersUniworld River CruisesViking River CruisesWindstar CruiseSearch for "Private Tours" if you are interested in this experience. Or "Scenic" tours providing up close and personal access to some of the most spectacular natural environments on Earth from majestic glaciers in Alaska to spectacular reefs in the Caribbean. Or choose "Cultural" tours allowing you to experience local customs, entertainment and culinary delights ranging from tribal dances in Alaska to an outstanding local meal in Santorini, Greece. Take "Active" tours offering a multitude of exciting and adventurous ways to experience your favorite destinations. You can kayak the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, hike to a spectacular waterfall in Hawaii, or bicycle through quaint villages in France. City tours [ motorcoach or walking tours ] allow travelers to see the highlights of great cities around the world with unique insights provided by our expert tour guides. Check out the Alaska, Europe and Caribbean Shore Excursion deals below or find more shore excursion deals at over 300 destinations worldwide. They also offer a large number of unique cruise ship excursions that cannot be purchased from the cruise line. Visitors are encouraged to spend time on the site looking through the wide variety of shore trips and to call for personal advice. Shore Excursions by Size• Private Shore Excursions allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your tour. For groups of 4 or more, we can usually arrange a private shore excursion for less than the cost of a large cruise line tour.• Small Group Shore Excursions generally range in size from 2-20 people, providing a more personalized experience than the large excursions offered by the cruise lines.• Standard Shore Excursions typically range from 20-50 people. These tours are similar in size to those of the cruise lines. While these shore excursions are larger in size, our focus on quality remains extremely high.Shore Excursions by Type• Scenic Shore Excursions provide up close and personal access to some of the most spectacular natural environments on Earth. • Cultural Shore Excursions allow you to experience the customs, heritage, and local flavor of the destinations. • Active Shore Excursions offer a multitude of exciting and adventurous experiences. • Water/Beach Shore Excursions p[...]



Cruise Lines Promote Alaska Cruise Deals For 2018

Sat, 27 May 2017 10:16:00 +0000

Cruise Lines Promote Alaska Cruise Deals For 2018 The current Alaska cruise season is underway, and many ships have been sold out or close to sold out for Alaska. Last minute deals are out there, designed to fill up the few remaining staterooms on select sailings. All the prime cabin locations on the ship, are likely to be sold out, and only inside cabins, cabins near elevators, under the disco, or far aft or very forward locations may remain available.  So, if you are planning to visit Alaska from May through September, consider travelling in 2018 instead. You'll have a much bigger choice of accommodations, sailing dates, ships plus you'll get to choose the itinerary you want.  And early-booking rates rival those of last minute cruise deals, so think about finding that great deal  for 2018 to the Last Frontier.      Given the effect of current events in Europe, many Americans are opting to cruise close to home and Alaska is the ideal destination to explore.We've curated the best Alaska cruise deals on sailings for 2018.  You can book the cruise, at a great price now, for next year, and get some onboard credit, free shore excursions, complimentary wi-fi, cabin upgrades,  and your kids may sail free or at reduced rates.What's On Offer...Royal Caribbean's Alaska. Cruises 30% Off. Save 30 percent on every cruise fare booked, for a variety of Alaska sailings for 2018.  Find Alaska itineraries, with prices starting from $599 per person for a seven-night cruise on Radiance of the Seas from Seward to Vancouver. Celebrity Savings in Alaska. You can choose two bonus extras from a list that includes a beverage package, prepaid gratuities, an unlimited Wi-Fi package or up to $150 in onboard credit. Passengers in suites receive all four bonus offers. Eligible voyages include a wide selection of sailings departing through June 30, 2018. A seven-night Alaska cruise this July starts from $799 per person.Princess Cruises Alaska - Alaska Princess Cruisetours.Princess is offering discounts, free upgrades and onboard credit when you book a 2018 Alaska cruise or Alaska cruisetour [ a land + sea vacation ]. Sail from San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, Whittier or Los Angeles. Learn More.Holland America's Alaska. Holland America Alaska cruises feature a seven-night sailing from Seattle from $799 per person; or a ten day Denali cruise tour from $1,499 per person.Carnival in Alaska. Cruise to Alaska starting from $799 per person on an eight-night cruise with Carnival. Seattle departures on Carnival Legend or a longer 14-night itinerary from Los Angeles Norwegian's Free at Sea to Alaska. Book your Alaska cruise with Norwegian and choose from a list of bonus extras like a free drink package, specialty dining, shore excursion credits or 250 minutes of Wi-Fi. Select voyages let you bring a third or fourth passenger in a cabin for free. Prices start from $699 per person for a seven-night cruise round trip from Seattle sailing next April or $799 per person for an inside cabin, departing from Seward, Alaska. Norwegian Bliss, their newest ship, sails for the first time in Alaska for 2018.[...]



Alaska's Shared Experiences- Explore the Glaciers, Wildlife and Wonder of Alaska

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 10:41:00 +0000

Alaska's Shared Experiences - How To Explore the Glaciers, Wildlife and Wonder of AlaskaWith 18 years of Alaska travel experiences from mild to wild, Certified Alaska Travel Experts Raye & Marty Trencher have an intuitive sense of what today’s savvy travelers are looking for. Together, they have focused on creating a more personal approach to planning an Alaskan adventure.  At Alaska Cruises Directs' Go Cruise Alaska web site you will find more than 1200 sailings among a dozen cruise lines, 500 excursions and activities in more than 12 cruise ship ports of call, information and advice on the most popular cities and frontier towns throughout Alaska.With its mountain glaciers, waterfalls, scenic overlooks, whales, sea lions, harbor seals, bears and eagles to gaze at, its no wonder Alaska is a hot travel destination. Take in a scenic railway adventure, salmon or halibut fishing charters, a dogsled ride and whale watching and you still haven’t touched the surface of all there is to see and do in this pristine wilderness! There's the Inside Passage and Voyage of the Glaciers. Interior Alaska and must-see places like Denali National Park, Kenai, Copper River, Fairbanks and Anchorage.Getting ready for Alaska? Doing your research. Perhaps overwhelmed by all the options. Have lots of questions? Give Raye & Marty a call [ 800-365-1445]. Ask all the questions you want. They are eager to share their " been there, done that " experience  The advice is free and never an obligation to book your travel with them. They’ll run through the various cruise ports, cities and frontier towns and what you need to know about each one. Not all itineraries in Alaska are created equally and the cruise and land tour you choose can have a big impact on your vacation and the quality of your experience. Similarly, not all shore excursions and land tours are created equally. Which would you prefer: landing on a glacier, no sounds to be heard for miles except for wildlife. Watching a glacier rescue team practice, with the wind whistling in your ears, or watching bears fishing for salmon in Kenai National Park?  We’ll show you how to find the tools Go Cruise Alaska has on their website for you to plan your once-in-a-lifetime Alaskan experience. We’ll discuss when you should be booking those hard to come by tours. When and where are the best places to see what you came for.  And, how to make your trip affordable.  Hint: Book sooner than later as Alaska cruises, land + sea vacations and optional sightseeing tours can and will fill up. Give us a call at 800.365.1445. We promise to be interesting, informative and even – entertaining! Investing an hour of phone time with us will help you discover why we love Alaska, and why you will too!  Good planning is important to the success of your trip, as you won’t get a second chance at this Alaska Vacation. Let us help you ensure it exceeds all your expectations.[...]



Going On a Cruise? Here Are Four Practical Tips To Save Money On Your Trip!

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 09:06:00 +0000



Here are some tips on how to stretch your money for that dream cruise vacation.

According to Statista, "The global cruise industry generated revenues of 37.1 billion U.S. dollars in 2014, a figure which was expected to increase to approximately 39.6 billion by the end of 2016. The number of passengers carried by the cruise industry has grown year-on-year and is expected to exceed 25 million in 2019."

The statistics testified that a lot of people are smitten by the sea. The clear-blue ocean is just so inviting and what's the best way to absorb its beauty is by cruising. Enthusiasm about cruise lines is getting intensified over the years.

But the price to pay is not that budget-friendly. You have to save, save and save. On the other hand, think of that popular saying "If there's a will there's a way." Here are some tips on how to stretch your money for that dream cruise vacation.

1. Early bird catches the worm, plus the fish

It has been known that if you book ahead of time, you will have a smooth sailing transaction. It will also give you time to feed your piggy bank.

Good to know that cruise lines also offers last-minute deals. Take advantage of the sites that caters discounts. Going On A Cruise? Today Book online through Last Minute Cruises , Avalon Waterways and Cruise Direct Online. There are other sites that offer up to 60-70 percent off of packages. Now, dreaming is not just the way to purchase that luxurious vacation. Travel in style without "drowning in red ink."

2. Book through travel agency

Large travel agencies are able to block out number of cabins which allows them to bargain discounted prices compared to the standard rate.

Booking through agencies will give you total control over your transactions. Your agent will oversee all your needs from proper documentation, shore excursions, specialty dining and if you need some changes, they can help you.

3. Maximize your freebies

You need to live within the package that you have chosen, so stick with your plan. Maximize the buffet breakfast, complimentary drinks and guided tours. But if you want to dive in a little bit, look for dining and beverage packages that will save you money.

4. Go offline Internet access and Wi-Fi have ratcheted up consumer's bill. Save your surfing for port days and look for free connection. Hey, it's your vacation, so enjoy your stay, going online will only distract your attention. Source: Travelers Today Updated: Nov 02, 2016



Viking Ocean Cruises Comes to America

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:33:00 +0000

Viking Ocean Cruises Comes to America

Viking Cruises ' Viking Star is sailing this fall from Montreal, Canada; New York City, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Next Fall include itineraries to Cuba!



Where Can I Go On Viking Star?

Take a look at Viking Star’s itineraries.

Viking Cruises winter 2016-2017 season includes 11-day West Indies Explorer sailings that sail the Caribbean roundtrip from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Departures are from October 2016 through February 2017. Viking Star's itinerary overnights in San Juan, giving guests the opportunity to explore more rather than just sailing on. Viking Star then visits Tortola, BVI; St. John’s, Antigua; Castries, St. Lucia; Bridgetown, Barbados; Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Philipsburg, St. Maarten and St. Thomas, USVI before returning to San Juan.

 Viking Cruises' Viking Sea, will arrive in the Caribbean to sail in the winter of 2017-2018, with sailings beginning in October of 2017. Viking Sea will also sail to Cuba next fall.

This winter Viking’s 13-day Eastern Seaboard Explorer departs Montreal, Canada on October 2, 2016 bound for New York; and the 15-day New York to the West Indies voyage on October 14, 2016 includes the West Indies Explorer itinerary in the Caribbean, plus a four-day journey between New York and San Juan on the Atlantic Ocean.

You should also consider sailing aboard Viking Star's transatlantic 15-day San Juan to Barcelona eastbound crossing that sails on February 25, 2017.

Looking for more on Viking Ocean Cruises and Viking Star? Visit www.oceancruiseadvisors.com



Princess Cruises "3 for Free" Sale is Back and Better Than Ever and features both Alaska Cruises & Alaskan Cruisetours.

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 15:29:00 +0000

Princess Cruises "3 for Free" Sale is Back and Better Than Ever  and features both Alaska Cruises & Alaskan Cruisetours.

 Guests Can Enjoy Free Stateroom Location Upgrade, Free Gratuities and Free Onboard Spending Money

 Sept 7, 2016 / Alaska Cruises Direct is offering a special deal during the "3 for Free" cruise sale for guests booking select six to 15-day Alaska Cruises or Alaskan Land & Sea Vacations sailing for Summer 2017, from May to September.

 The "3 for Free" cruise sale includes:
 •Free stateroom location upgrades - enabling guests to get the best preferred stateroom available within that stateroom type for the lowest possible fare
 •Free onboard gratuities
 •Free onboard spending money - up to $300 per stateroom

 In addition, the cruise sale features a low $100 per guest refundable deposit.

 Sample "3 for Free" cruise deals include:
 •Alaska cruise vacations — 7 days: $799 interior; $1,399 balcony
 •Alaska Land & Sea Vacations — 10 nights: $1,349 interior; $2,199 balcony

 More information about the Princess Cruises "3 for Free" sale can be found at www.alaskacruises-2017.com



 All prices are per guest and based on double occupancy. The "3 for Free" cruise sale is available now and runs through 11:59 p.m. PDT on November 16, 2016 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Bermuda.

 Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through this professional travel consultant, Alaska Cruises Direct by calling 800.365.1445, or by visiting the company's website at alaskacruisesdirect.com
 About Princess Cruises:
 One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise line and tour company operating a fleet of 17 modern cruise ships renowned for their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, all provided with the experience of exceptional customer service. A recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess carries 1.7 million guests each year to more than 360 destinations around the globe on more than 150 itineraries ranging in length from three to 111 days



ALASKA CRUISES — Princess Cruises’ Sip & Sail promotion offers free all-inclusive beverages!

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:25:00 +0000

ALASKA CRUISES — Princess Cruises’ Sip & Sail promotion offers free all-inclusive beverages, plus an early booking bonus deal of free specialty dining for bookings made before July 5, 2016. More than 350 cruise vacations for summer 2017 are on sale to Alaska.Also with Sip & Sail, guests booking a balcony, mini-suite or suite staterooms will receive a free All-Inclusive Beverage Package for two people. Reduced fares are available as well as free Unlimited Soda & More Packages for third and fourth guests.The All-Inclusive Beverage Package includes any individual beverage item such as soda, juices, shakes and floats, bottled water, cocktails, spirits, wines, beers, specialty coffees and tea, up to US$10 retail value, purchased at all bars, public lounges and dining venues. Full bottles of wine below $100 retail can be purchased in the bars, dining room or in stateroom at 40% discount from the menu price.Guests can also book and receive these offers with a special reduced deposit of only $100 per person for first through fourth guests in a stateroom.Examples of Sip & Sail Alaska cruise deals include:•Alaska cruise  - Seven days: $1,399 balcony stateroom; $1,599 mini-suite stateroom•Alaska Land & Sea Vacation  - 11 nights: $2,474 balcony stateroom; $2,674 mini-suite stateroomMore information about the Sip & Sail cruise sale is available at Alaska Cruises Direct 800.365.1445. The "Sip & Sail" cruise deal runs from 12:00 a.m. PDT on June 21 through 11:59 p.m. PDT on August 31, 2016 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Bermuda. All prices are per person based on double occupancy. [...]



How To Save Money on Alaska Cruises

Sat, 18 Jun 2016 11:13:00 +0000

How To Save Money on Alaska Cruises Up north there's a land without fences. Animals outnumber people, sunlight shines at midnight and nature reigns. Life is different. This northern frontier still boasts pristine landscapes, majestic wildlife and a coastline that is one of the most enthralling waterways in the world. Beyond Alaska's fortress-like glacier walls lie scenic ports of call, treasured national parks, and abundant wildlife. .....and, with more than 1,400 miles north to south and 2,400 miles east to west, Alaska is truly a land of epic proportions. Come find yourself in the heart of the wilderness and let our Certified Alaskan Cruise Experts show you the way."Say Alaska and a variety of images and impressions come to mind: towering mountains, watchable wildlife, icy blue glaciers, endless wilderness, vibrant Native culture, leaping salmon, hardy outdoors; America's last frontier. Often, visiting Alaska has as much to do with what people may feel as with what they will see. There is a mystique that surrounds Alaska. To some it represents a dream, a trip of a life time, a life altering event, a chance to reach out and touch something inside themselves that is wild and beautiful like they imagine Alaska to be. Our job is to put that dream - or as much as possible of it - within reach of you. Alaskan cruising is affordable, only the memories are priceless! When it comes to planning your trip, Alaskan Cruises & Land and Sea Vacations are more economical than you might think. With a wide range of options and choices, there's a cruise or cruise tour to suit most any budget.No matter what your budget is, If you want to hold on to as much of your money as you can, here are 7 tips for saving money on your Alaska cruise. 1. Go in May or September for off-season cruises Most travelers visit Alaska in the peak of summer, [ June, July and August ] even though it rains more often in July and August rather than in May or September. You can typically save around 20% if you cruise in May and September, rather than the height of summer. Plus in September, you could view the aurora borealis. Plus, with a few a hundred dollars left in your pocket, you can spend it on sightseeing or souvenirs. 2. Sail round-trip, rather than one way. If you're looking to save money, choose a cruise that sails round-trip from Seattle or Vancouver. You'll find a better airfare deal, as a one way airfare into Vancouver and out of Anchorage is going to be more expensive. You can even book a cruisetour [ Alaska and plus sea vacations ] to and from Seattle, rather than from Vancouver to Fairbanks. 3. For some 2017 voyages, waiting to the last minute may save you money. Not every Alaska cruise or Alaskan Cruisetour [ land + sea vacations ] sell out months in advance.  Good deals are still available for peak-season sailings, sometimes just 4-6 weeks prior to sailing. We've seen last minute fares for as low as $449 for a seven-night cruise. You should be flexible when it comes to sailing dates, accommodations and where your cabin is located on the ship. Now's the time to see Alaska. Start searching for that last-minute deal now. 4. Want to go Inland? Explore Alaska's National Parks? Book the cruise line's land tour, often known as a "cruisetour" Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Princess, offer pre[...]



Alaska Certified Cruise Experts Unveils Princess Cruises' 2017 Alaska Cruise and Land & Sea Vacation Program

Fri, 25 Mar 2016 09:23:00 +0000

Alaska Certified Cruise Experts Unveils Princess Cruises' 2017 Alaska Cruise and Land & Sea Vacation Program Enhanced North to Alaska Experiences Bring Authentic Alaska Onboard; Optional Land & Sea Vacations Provide Immersive Exploration into the Heart of the Great Land. Now available from Alaska Certified Cruise Experts. March 25, 2016 --- Next summer, six Princess Cruises' ships will sail Alaska's storied waters, offering multiple itinerary options, immersive onboard culinary and cultural experiences and a variety of Land & Sea Vacations for further exploring the 49th state's vast wilderness. The line's signature Voyage of the Glaciers itinerary, with its unrivaled glacier-viewing opportunities, will be offered by Alaska Certified Cruise Experts part of Alaska Cruises Direct on Coral Princess, Star Princess and Island Princess between Whittier (Anchorage) and Vancouver, B.C.; while cruises through the Inside Passage, with its ever-changing scenery from picturesque shores to quaint coastal towns, will be offered aboard Ruby Princess and Emerald Princess from Seattle and Grand Princess from San Francisco.While on board, guests will encounter a variety of ways to engage in authentic experiences through the award-winning North to Alaska program, featuring the newest Cook My Catch, an exclusive culinary program allowing guests to return from select Princess fishing excursions to have the chef prepare their very own catch of the day. Also offered in 2017, the crowd-favorite Puppies in the Piazza, where real Alaskan sled dog puppies are brought on board for guests to interact with. On land, guests will hear first-hand tales from mountain climbers who have conquered Denali as they tell the exhilarating stories of their journey in the new Hudson Theater at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge.In addition, the cruise line's Land & Sea Vacations will offer flexible ways to delve deeper into the fascinating Alaska frontier. Land tours are combined with a seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise and include the company's premier wilderness lodges, exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness Glass-Domed Rail Service, plus visits to the top two attractions in Alaska – Glacier Bay National Park and Denali National Park. All 2017 Alaska cruises and Land and Sea Vacations are open for booking. "As the #1 cruise line in Alaska, Princess continues to offer guests the best of this beautiful state while on land and at sea," said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises. "From wilderness and glaciers to fresh salmon and sled dog puppies, the newest North to Alaska experiences truly delivers on our commitment to ensuring our guests come back new." Alaska Cruises Direct : Princess' 2017 Alaska program includes: Alaska CruisesWith 113 departures from Seattle, San Francisco, Vancouver and Whittier featuring unique ports and destinations, options abound for exploring Alaska in 2017 aboard Princess ships, including: Voyage of the Glaciers – Princess' most popular Gulf of Alaska sailings between Vancouver and Whittier features two glacier-viewing experiences on every voyage, with visits to the UNESCO-listed Glacier Bay National Park plus either Hubbard Glacier or College Fjord. Inside Passage –This awe-inspiring part of Alaska, known for its lush scenery and pristine fjords, will be featured on seven- and 10-day roundtrip voyages with the option to visit Glacier Bay on select sailings from Seattle, Vancouver and San Francisco. Alaska Land & Sea VacationsPrincess offers guests more than 20 Land and Sea Vacations in 2017, most featuring multiple nights at Princess-owned Wilderness Lodges to experie[...]



Royal Caribbean Announces Exciting New Adventures To Alaska For Summer 2017

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 10:56:00 +0000

Royal Caribbean Announces Exciting New Adventures To Alaska For Summer 2017 Royal Caribbean Returns to the Sea and Land of The Great American Frontier Alaska 2017 - For the 28th consecutive season, Royal Caribbean International will return to the Great Frontier, delivering the world's best vacation for adventure seekers, set against the backdrop of America's most picturesque shoreline landscape. Explorer of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas will each sail seven-night itineraries that bring the awe-inspiring Alaskan seascape to life and the state's rugged mysterious interior within reach to become real world adventures. Explorer of the Seas sails roundtrip from Seattle, and Radiance of the Seas sails from Vancouver, BC to Seward, AK and then from Seward, AK to Vancouver, BC. All itineraries open for sale on Feb. 26. Globetrotters eager to plan their 2017 summer travels will reap the benefits of complimentary upgrades as an incentive for early booking, in addition to the promotional offerings already underway.  New in 2017, two 12-night cruisetours exclusive to Royal Caribbean guests will take travelers to roads less traveled both with overnight stays in scenic Alaskan escapes before or after their cruise. The Kantishna Select Wilderness & Wildlife cruisetour unleashes the traveler's adventurous spirit to explore Denali's unspoiled wilderness with local experts. Guests hike the Exit Glacier, go on a kayak and bike adventure at Eklutna Lake and travel by rail from the Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks. The cruisetour includes two nights of exclusive accommodations at a Kantishna backcountry lodge, amongst the finest wilderness lodges in the state, immediately after the cruise vacation. Nestled in an idyllic setting on the bend of a river, the lodge touts an inherent sense of history from deep within the National Park. The Katmai Bear Trek & Kantishna Fly Over cruisetour will bring to life the most sought after Alaska experience, the chance to witness the notorious American Brown Bear hunting in its natural habitat with an extraordinary close and unobstructed view in the Katmai Park and Preserve. Adventure-seekers taking part in the cruisetour will have two nights in Denali or Anchorage, before or after the cruise respectively, to explore these frontier destinations.  For the 28th consecutive season, Royal Caribbean International will return to the Great Frontier, delivering the world's best vacation for adventure seekers, set against the backdrop of America's most picturesque shoreline landscape.Alaska Adventure Collection  Known for unexpected experiences found only on Royal Caribbean, the cruise line continues to transform the cruise experience by offering innovative ships combined with active immersive adventures in incredible destinations around the world. And there is no place like Alaska where the possibilities of discovery are uncovered traveling through forests, amidst gardens, over glaciers, up mountain passes and across lakes.  Vacationers have a vast array of destinations and excursions to add to their "must see and do" lists, including: •Icy Straight Point: The world's longest zipline with a 1,320 ft. vertical drop, the ZipRider transports brave riders from mountain peak to harbor-side beach at 60 mph.  •Juneau: Bald eagles, bears, caribou, and sea lions, are part of the Alaska Big 5 wildlife list, but whale watching in Stephen's Passage is one of the most awe-inspiring wildlife experiences ever. Guests can enjoy this all-new shore excursion that brings them up-close-and-personal wi[...]



How to Find the Best Alaska Cruise Bargains in 2016

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 11:25:00 +0000

2016 - 2017 Alaska Trends How to Find the Best Alaska Cruise Bargains in 2016When it comes to getting the most for your Alaska cruise you have to look at the big picture, not just the cabin price. That's because all the top brand Alaskan bound cruise lines offer bonus extras.  Sales promotions loaded with added amenities, with limited price discounts, as incentives to get you to book. Some of the perks at sea include one or more of the following: Onboard Spending Credits, Cash Back, Cabin Upgrades, 2 for 1 Fares, Low Solo Fares, Kids Sail Free or at Reduced Rates, Lower Deposits, Reduced Airfare, Senior Rates, Military Discounts, Mini- Group Rates, or Past Guest Deals not shown at their web sites, but available through travel agents. Travel agents offer some of the best cruise and cruise tour itineraries and affordable prices, plus several even include one or more of the following Bonus Extras:* Up to $400 Onboard Spending Money Free Specialty Dining Free Beverage Package Free Gratuities Free Onboard Coupon Booklets Free Cabin Upgrades Reduced Rates and More! When it comes to savings, get the best perks we've ever seen, latest up-to-the-moment special offers, discount prices, current fares, savings and cabin availability, just call us at 800.365.1445.Book early, and take advantage of multiple perks. Like a seven-night Alaska cruise that comes with unlimited beverages and up to $400 per cabin onboard credit -- the perks valued at over $1000. ( if you drink a lot of alcohol-based beverages ) Compare all the cruise line online offers, then call your Travel Agent and review those offers, and ask your agent what they have on offer. Then, decide if you're getting the good deal you seek. Be sure to look at all the costs, compared to your expectations and budget. Include airfare, onboard spending for drinks, shore excursions, spa, gratuities etc. and then look at your list of bonus extras and add up the savings. Don't book directly with the Cruise Line, instead use a travel agent to get the best deal on a great Alaska cruise vacation.Often the most savings -- and the best possible value-added perks on a cruise -- will come from your travel agent. First, you don't pay extra for their services. Second, they get "unpublished offers" ,  often at lower rates, not necessarily found at the cruise line's web site.In addition, agents know how to combine Alaska cruise promotions with say, AAA or AARP offers where applicable, so you get an even better deal. Travel agents can find the cruise line, cruise ship, sailing date or cabin category with the best value. Call the cruise line and their only interest is promoting their own interests and steer you to the cabins they want sold. A travel agent works with all the cruise lines without bias.If your a savvy shopper, you can save even more.  Travel on a group departure organized by your agent. ( you don't have to be a member or even interact with others in the so-called group ) You'll get a lower fare,  perhaps additional amenities, such as shipboard credits, access to special onboard services and lower cost shore tours. A good travel agent can point out the best choice based on your needs and budget. Book early for the best deals.Cruise lines sailing in Alaska offer their best prices and bonus extras early in the booking window, ( Jan - March ) and the trend in 2016 shows many cruise lines will not be dropping prices as frequently, or that low, on last minute sailings.Alaska is a hot destination this year. Europe is not.  So you should book your Alaska cruise as early as possible. Book early[...]



Let's Debate : Holland America vs. Princess in Alaska

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 13:32:00 +0000

Let's Debate : Holland America vs. Princess in AlaskaLet's debate which cruise line is the best choice for your Alaska cruise or land and sea vacation. Cruise Traveler Magazine compares the real difference between Holland America vs. Princess Alaska Cruises.  Learn about the onboard experience,  itineraries, ports-of-call. Compare cruises, or land and sea vacation [ cruisetours ] prices, current promotional offers, bonus extra's and wilderness lodges and rail adventures. “ What's the real difference between a Holland America and a Princess Cruise or Cruisetour of Alaska? ” Q. "My husband and I are considering taking an 11 or 12 day 'Denali National Park' cruise tour with either Holland America or Princess Cruises. Both cruise lines itinerary are very similar - 7 night cruise including visiting Glacier Bay, a Tundra Wilderness tour of Denali National Park, a night in Fairbanks, and 2 nights in Denali. However the cruise lines brand their rail travel, expressing that they are "exclusive", the McKinley Explorer, for Holland and the Denali Express for Princess. Is there an advantage to doing the rail by Princess over Holland America? We also noticed that, for what looks like a similar cruise vacation, prices vary between Holland America and Princess. My husband wants to get a balcony, but isn't sure which is the better deal. What do we need to know before we choose which cruise line to see Alaska? Could you explain why there is such a difference between Princess Cruises and Holland America, not only on price but amenities as well?" Raye & Marty Trencher Editors and Publishers Cruise Traveler Magazine   A. OK, here's what you need to know before you go.... Story Background  Holland America Line began sailing Alaska in 1967. Princess Cruises in 1969. Both cruise lines added land-and-sea vacations a few years later. So, both companies have years of hands on experience to rely on. Both Holland America Line and Princess Cruises are the market leaders in Alaska. Both have their own motorcoach and rail services. Princess owns their own Wilderness Lodge accommodations in Denali, Fairbanks, Kenai and Cooper River. Combined they have the most ships of any of the name brand cruise lines sailing Alaskan waters. Cruising in Alaska is a summertime adventure with an ocean-inspired cruise and an exhilarating land tour of Alaska. Alaska...where summertime memories last forever. Alaska offers a range of enriching options to see the Great Land's glaciers, frontier towns, native culture, wildlife and national parks from the perspective of spectacular ships, exclusive rail service and wilderness lodges. Both Holland America and Princess' onboard enrichment programs introduce Alaska for a personalized perspective of America's last frontier. On Holland America and Princess cruises, ships feature a naturalist with informative lectures, and a national park ranger during Glacier Bay sailings. Princess, however, offers their exclusive "North to Alaska" program.  Onboard are Alaska Iditarod winner and renowned dog musher Libby Riddles, the first woman to win the grueling 1,100-mile Iditarod sled dog race. She comes aboard in Juneau to share tales of her historic triumph, answer questions and even sign autographs. You won’t want to miss this special Princess exclusive. Plus, on some sailings meet people from Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" TV show.[...]



Viking Idi Cruise Ship Review - Viking River Cruises

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 11:55:00 +0000

Destination: Europe Viking Idi Cruise Ship Review - Viking River CruisesSail Date: November  13 - 21 2015By Raye & Marty TrencherCruise Traveler MagazineCruise Traveler Magazine is a cruise travel blog and online magazine offering an unbiased cruise guide, latest cruise news, cruise reviews, tips, feature cruise articles, and need to know information about cruising. Featuring community member contributed content. Cruise Reviews. Cruise Ship Ratings and Cruise Line Rankings. Editorially independent of travel providers or cruise lines. To learn more about Viking River Cruises, go here.    _______________________________________________ Rhine GetawayWe went exploring castles, cities and cathedralsViking River Cruises, Rhine Getaway experience highlights the legendary Rhine in just 8 days. In Germany, we sailed past castles commanding the riverbanks, and toured both Marksburg Castle and the ruins of Heidelberg Castle. We toured Cologne, the jewel of the Rhine, with its awe-inspiring Dom, and witnessed the lush landscape of the Black Forest region. We had time to explore Amsterdam and Holland’s famous windmills and waterworks, and encountered multicultural Strasbourg in France.    Embarkation: Amsterdam Day 1 Amsterdam: We arrived around 8:30am, fresh off our overnight flight from the US. Viking representatives were at the reception hall, after we had cleared customs and immigration.  They had our names on a manifest and quickly loaded our luggage on carts. Off we went to the waiting motorcoach for transfer to our ship,  the Viking Idi. When we arrived, the ship was serving breakfast to the disembarking passengers who sailed up from Basil. The Restaurant Manager invited all arriving guests to join the others for breakfast. After breakfast, you have several choices. You can tour downtown Amsterdam on your own, as the ship is within walking distance of many sites. You can relax in the public rooms until your stateroom is ready, or take a complimentary guided walking tour later in the day. Staterooms normally are not ready for occupancy until 3pm., but we were able to use our stateroom by late morning.  Later we chose to join the others on the guided walking tour of Amsterdam. With its tranquil waterways and gabled homes, Amsterdam is a delight to explore on foot.Our guided walking tour of Amsterdam  was our first-time use of Viking's QuietVox audio system. Two QuietVox audio receivers with lanyards and their charges are in each stateroom aboard Viking River Cruises' Viking Idi. Earbuds are in the plastic bag.The QuietVox audio system is used on nearly all shore excursions offered by the cruise line.  They're easy to use. A single earbud to use on your left or right ear, is plugged into the receiver, and you just hang the whole thing over your neck and you're good to go. The devices are small, so you can slip them into a pocket, and just have the single earbud visible.  You can hear your guide loud and clear via the QuietVox headsets, and you have the freedom to move around while on tour. No need to be right on top of the guide to hear the commentary. Built on a confluence of concentric canals, Amsterdam remains the City of Canals, on nearly every street you'll find old and new - side by side.With just around 831,000 inhabitants[...]



"The Love Boat" Cast Reunites to Celebrate Princess Cruises 50th Anniversary

Fri, 04 Dec 2015 19:36:00 +0000

The Love Boat cast reunited aboard Pacific Princess in the Port of Los Angeles to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Princess Cruises. From left: Bernie Kopell (Doc), Fred Frandy (Gopher), Ted Lange (Isaac), Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing), Cindy Tewes (Julie) and Jill Whelan (Vicki Stubing). __________________________It all began on this day 50 years ago with a cruise to Mexico on a single cruise ship, Princess Patricia. Today, Princess Cruises celebrated its 50th anniversary aboard Pacific Princess in the Port of Los Angeles with a special appearance by the original "Love Boat" cast before setting sail on a throwback cruise, recreating the very first itinerary to the iconic Mexican Riviera. Now 50 years later, Princess Cruises is the third largest cruise line in the world with a fleet of 18 cruise ships and a recognized leader in taking 1.7 million travelers each year to some of the most fascinating cruise destinations around the globe. The original "Love Boat" cast – Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing), Fred Grandy (Gopher, the chief purser), Ted Lange (Isaac, the bartender), Bernie Kopell (Doc, the ship's doctor), Lauren Tewes (cruise director, Julie) and Jill Whelan (Vicki, the captain's daughter) celebrated the role the show played in Princess Cruises' five-decades-long history introducing the cruise line – and cruise vacations – to millions of people around the world. The County of Los Angeles and the City of Santa Clarita, the hometown of Princess Cruises world headquarters, also marked the occasion by proclamation declaring December 3 "Princess Cruises Day". "We've had so much to celebrate this year – from our first-ever float in the iconic Rose Parade on New Year's Day, to our exciting new partnerships with Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz, award-winning chef and restaurateur Curtis Stone and the introduction of our Discovery at Sea program," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. "Today, it's fitting that 'The Love Boat' cast is here with us to celebrate our 50th anniversary since they played a key role in the success of our company."  The pilot episode of "The Love Boat" was shot aboard the 730-passenger Sun Princess, with Pacific Princess and Island Princess then becoming the primary floating stars of the show. Later episodes and specials were filmed aboard many other Princess cruise ships in destinations around the globe. The show, which aired from 1977 to 1986, went on to become one of the highest-rated and longest-running and beloved shows on television, introducing viewers to modern day cruising and, in the process, making Princess Cruises and its ships synonymous with vacations at sea. "People always ask us why 'The Love Boat' was so popular and I always say it's because it gave people something to dream about," said Gavin MacLeod. "They could dream about being out on the open seas on a cruise and discovering the world's greatest destinations, dreaming about love and of course happy endings since the shows always ended on a high note. I'm proud to have played a role in the growth of the cruise industry – to see where these ships have come from the days we filmed aboard the original Pacific Princess to now experiencing the 18 magnificent ships in the fleet." Today more[...]



River Cruises "R" Up!

Wed, 11 Nov 2015 15:40:00 +0000

River Cruises "R" Up!Growth and expansion continue at a rapid pace.  Double-digit growth responds to consumer demand. There's no question that the popularity of river cruising is growing exponentially.

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River Cruise growth and expansion continue at a rapid pace. 
Double-digit growth responds to consumer demand.

There's no question that the popularity of river cruising is growing exponentially.


By years end,  the river cruise market will have accommodated some half a million passengers in Europe, more than doubling the capacity in the last 5 years.

Our confidence in the river cruise market remains as strong as ever and that new ship builds on order for 2016 and 2017 will continue well into the foreseeable future.

Many cities and towns in Europe are working to enhance their port facilities to better accommodate the river cruise industry's growth.

And, we see industry leader, Viking River Cruises capturing more than half of some 500,000 river cruise passengers, sailing in Europe.

Like wise, in 2016, AmaWaterways will carry some 82,000 passengers on its fleet of 19 vessels in Europe. Of those passengers, some 63,000 will be from North America.


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Princess Cruises launched its biggest sale of the year called "Cruise Deals and Air Steals"

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 13:38:00 +0000

Princess Cruises launched its biggest sale of the year called "Cruise Deals and Air Steals," offering cruise vacation deals and airfares that are among the lowest currently available. The sale coincides with Alaska Cruises Direct Alaska Cruises + Land and Sea Vacations available that feature the Alaska Cruise Deals and Air Steals promotion.  Alaska bound travelers can also take advantage of the Princess EZair booking tool which features newly-negotiated low rates, flexible terms that allow guests to book early and enhanced features that make it easy to book an Alaska cruise and air at the same time. The sale includes savings up to $300 per guest on Alaska cruise or Cruisetour fares plus up to $300 per guest savings on roundtrip airfare when booked together using Princess EZair, subject to availability. Included are deals for Alaska cruises, as well as Alaskan land and sea vacations seven days and longer to Alaska that depart April-September 2016. Airfares to Princess' Alaskan cruise vacation destinations are on sale with the lowest prices of the year, through December 8, 2015. Here is an example roundtrip fare: Dallas (DFW) to Seattle (SEA) – Sale price: $49 (from $249) *Fares quoted on Nov. 2, 2015 and subject to change. Sample Cruise Deals include: Alaska cruise vacation — 7 days: $1,099 interior (was $1,299); $2,049 balcony (was $2,249) Alaska land and sea vacation — 10 nights: $1,984 interior (was $2,184); $3,234 balcony (was $3,434) *Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses are included in the sale prices.   Additional information about the "Alaska Cruise Deals and Air Steals" sale can be found here. The newly refreshed Princess EZair offers great benefits to booking travel using this easy-to-use tool, including: Surprisingly Low Prices – Princess has negotiated new lower competitive Flexible airfares, oftentimes lower than Restricted airfares. Worry-Free Booking – guests can lock in a great airfare and change their flight up to 45 days prior to departure with no penalty fee on flexible airfares and can book flights with no amount due until cruise final payment. Late Arrival Protection – if guests miss their cruise embarkation due to an airline delay or service disruption, Princess' Late Arrival Protection ensure they will get a flight to the next available port at no additional air cost. Easy to Request a Quote - . Call 800.365.1445 and ask to speak to a Certified Princess Cruises Alaska Travel Expert. No Customization Fee – choose desired airline, flight, class of service, seating arrangements and requested ancillary services with no extra customization fee. Other Alaska cruise deals and promotions can be found at alaskacruisesdirect.com * All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy. The "Alaska Cruise Deals and Air Steals" sale runs through 11:59 p.m. PDT on December 8, 2015 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Bermuda. Advertised cruise fares are available without the purchase of air. Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through this professional travel consultant, by calling 800.365.14454, or by visiting the company's website at alaskacruisesdirect.comSOURCE Al[...]



Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska named one of the The Seven Cruise Wonders of the World by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine

Tue, 27 Oct 2015 11:22:00 +0000

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Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska named one of the The Seven Cruise Wonders of the World by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine

"Adventurer. Naturalist. Eco-warrior. Nature lover. Outdoorsperson. Maverick. Explorer. Just some of the types who will enjoy an itinerary of fjords and national parks in Alaska. They provide the ultimate example of nature’s bounty and natural wonders, set out over thousands of miles. The only way to truly witness these treasures, of course, is by cruise ship". And no one takes more people to Alaska than Princess Cruises."

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An Interview About River Cruising

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 12:38:00 +0000

 An Interview About River Cruising.Raye & Marty TrencherEditors and PublishersCruise Traveler Magazine Learn how Viking River Cruises offers cruise travelers the opportunity to journey into the heart of the world's greatest cities and most charming towns, discovering the true nature of the land and its people.  Why River Cruising?Rivers have throughout time served as the world’s natural highways, facilitating trade and travel, connecting people and cultures. As civilizations developed along riverbanks, history’s footprints have remained along their shores, making a river journey simply one of the most culturally enriching and rewarding travel experiences you can have. Nothing Compares To A River.      How else but on a river can you journey into the very heart of the world’s greatest cities and most charming towns, discovering the true nature of the land and its people? Where else but on a river could you be gently carried along on an elegant, intimate ship, docking right in the heart of town, strolling off to begin your exploration? How else but on a river would you travel with such ease, unpacking just once and enjoying the ever-changing scenery along the banks? Comfortable and convenient, river cruising offers a greater variety of destinations than you can find any other way. Spend less time getting there, and more time being there. Small wonder so many people have fallen in love with this relaxing, immersive and thoroughly enjoyable form of travel. River Cruises bring out the explorer in you!Whether it's river cruising or touring, are you curious, independent and searching for authentic experiences? Are you a world-wide wanderer who has simple expectations, but high standards, read on. If you want to go where locals go, explore iconic landmarks and be in the heart of the adventure, then river cruising may just be right for you. On a river you can journey into the very heart of the world’s greatest cities and most charming towns, discovering the true nature of the land and its people. When you river cruise, we know, when you come home, you'll have a great story to tell.On a river cruise you'll spend less time getting there, and more time being there. Your river-ship is the hub of your experience, and you itinerary offers a unique take on its ports-of-call, the best of what each destination has to offer – inspiring you to go out and explore. Making a river journey is simply one of the most culturally enriching and rewarding travel experiences you can have. The result: experiences that lead to great stories.  River Cruise Through the World’s Must-See DestinationsWhen it comes to river cruising, Viking River Cruises is the world leader. Viking is the most award-winning river cruise line. For more than a decade, they have been recognized consistently by both Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler for outstanding quality, as well as being named “Best River Cruise Line” multiple times by Cruise Critic.From Europe to Russia, from China to Southeast Asia, they offer cruises that allow you to fully experience the wonders of each region. Discover the Far East with a fascinating cruise tour along the Yangtze, Mekong or Irrawaddy Rivers. Take [...]



Go Beyond The Caribbean. Go Alaska

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:31:00 +0000

There's no doubt that the Caribbean is the number one cruise destination in the world. It's also most often chosen for repeaters. People have been there-done that, many times.  The old adage really does apply " If you seen one Caribbean port-of-call, you've seen them all."So, if your looking for a change of scenery, and are up for some great adventure, go beyond the Caribbean. Go Alaska.Why Alaska? Up north there's a land without fences. Animals outnumber people, sunlight shines at midnight and nature reigns. Life is different. This northern frontier still boasts pristine landscapes, majestic wildlife and a coastline that is one of the most enthralling waterways in the world. Beyond Alaska's fortress-like glacier walls lie scenic ports of call, treasured national parks, and abundant wildlife. .....and, with more than 1,400 miles north to south and 2,400 miles east to west, Alaska is truly a land of epic proportions.An Alaska cruise tour is a summertime adventure with an ocean-inspired cruise and an exhilarating land tour of Alaska offering a range of enriching options to see the Great Land's glaciers, frontier towns, wildlife and national parks from the perspective of spectacular ships, exclusive rail service and wilderness lodges.Alaska will bring out the explorer in you!Are you curious, independent and hungry for authentic experiences? Whether it's the Inside Passage, or Gulf of Alaska cruising or a tour of Interior Alaska, read on. If you want to go where locals go, explore iconic landmarks and be in the heart of the adventure, then this trip is for you. On an Alaska cruise or land and sea vacation, you can journey into the very heart of Alaska's most charming frontier towns, discovering the true nature of this Great Land and its people. When you cruise Alaska, we know, when you come home, you'll have a great story to tell.So this Summer, go beyond the Caribbean. Go Alaska!For more information about Alaska Cruises or Alaskan Land + Sea Vacations, contact Alaska Cruises Direct at 800.365.1445"The weather this week was incredible, 70 and sunny. Never saw a bit of rain...but, lots of whales, eagles, porpoise, bear, moose etc." [...]