Monday, April 05, 2010

Upcoming Alaska Cruise Tour

Inside Passage Cruise
Inside Passage
I am so husband and I will be celebrating our 20th anniversary in breathtaking Alaska with Holland America.  We are taking the Holland America Volendam cruise ship for a short three-night cruise in the Inside Passage from Vancouver to Skagway.  We will cruise Tracy Arm which is a long, narrow fjord  that includes Sawyer Glaciers.  This is supposed to be a more intimate glacier site than Glacier Bay or Hubbard Glacier.  There are many beautiful waterfalls along the granite banks of the passage and the glacial calving is manificent from what I understand.
We already know Holland America Cruise Line will treat us to fabulous meals and a lovely ship with lots of opportunities to learn more about Alaska with their enrichment programs. We love cruising and I am sure our three night cruise will end all too soon.  I just hope I will get to see some whales while I am on this short cruise.  I got up close and personal with several humpback whales (including a mother and her calf which was about the size of a Volkswagon beetle) when cruising to the Mexican Riviera last spring and it was exhilerating!  However, we can't wait to experience the Yukon territory and the rugged wilderness of Alaska on the remainder of our 12 night cruise tour.  We will visit Whitehorse (the Capital of the Yukon Territory, Dawson City (the gateway to Tombstone National Park), Denali National Park (in hopes of seeing Mt McKinley), Fairbanks, Tok and Anchorage.  Needless to say, we will likely need a vacation after this Alaska cruise tour!    
When we disembark the cruise ship in Skagway, we will enjoy an adventure on the Klondike Trail via the White Pass and Yukon Route railroad to Lake Bennett.  Then, when we arrive in Whitehorse, we will be treated to a Frantic Follies Vaudeville Revue.  The next day, we will have opportunities to tour Kluane National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).  Did you know Holland America is the only cruise line with tours to Kluane National Park?  This park is home to 5 of the 7 tallest peaks in North America (Mt Logan, St Elias, Lucania, King and Steele) and we will get to see the other two when we make it to Denali National Park.  We also hope to see a grizzly bear or two as well as the Dall sheep and caribou common in this region.  This park offers true wilderness experiences with river rafting on the Tatshenshini or fishing at Pine Lake, etc.    I don't know how I am going to fit it all in!
Next we will move on to historic Dawson City where we will have the opportunity to visit Tombstone National park with its black granite peaks, mamoth valleys and a primeval land bridge that brouth the first humans to North America.  The abundance of natural beauty and history are exploding here.  I think we might try the North Klondike River Hike in Tombstone so we can maximize the views of the river and wildlife.   
We will also get to take the Yukon Queen II catamaran river cruise up the Yukon River before a visit to Eagle, a historic district prior to an overnight in Tok.  And I look forward to our Explorer coach bus with tour guides.  I recently experienced this coach when one came through town to teach travel agents about what client's will experience on a Holland America cruise tour.  The coaches are spacious and comfortable and the tour guides are well trained, helpful and fun!  Normally, I wouldn't appreciate coach travel but I am confident I will come out of this trip pleased with this bus experience!
Now, what I have been really waiting for....the double decker, dome topped McKinley Explorer rail cars which provide maximum viewing opportunities as we travel from Fairbanks to Denali and then from Denali to Anchoarge.  I understand this is one of the highlights of the trip, not to mention our 2 nights in Denali National Park where we will get to take the longer Tundra Wilderness tour that takes us deeper into the park than the Natural History tour they offer on most single night visits to Denali.  We will get to ride 57 miles on limited access park roads where we will get more opportunities to see wildlife and, on a clear day, Mt McKinley.  Boy, I hope we have a clear day!!!! 
Counting the days!  If you want to truly experience Alaska, you should consider a cruise tour including a 3, 4 or 7 night cruise plus a land tour of 3-12 nights for a total of 10-20 days!  Call Best Cruise Buy and I will be sure to find the best available rates through the cruise line and then provide an additional discount off those rates!  See you in Alaska!
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It’s not a dream; it is a Holland America Alaska Cruise!

No one knows Alaska like Holland America Line. Premium service and comfort has been perfected. Tradition is evident everywhere, from classic teak deck chairs to friendly stewards offering hot chocolate - complimentary, of course. Every stateroom is larger than most other cruise lines and offers stylish appointments such as the custom-designed Mariner's Dream bed.    Get the most from Alaska by enjoying a verandah stateroom or suite, which are more spacious than any other ships in our class. Dining on a Holland America ship is a delight to experience with detail to quality and service that is top notch. Enjoy the elegance of the main dining room, the Pinnacle Grill or a quick bite by the pool or room service.


Every day on board brings a wealth of activities and enrichment programs to showcase Alaska at its best. Learn new ways to prepare seafood in the Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine. Keep in touch with your work or loved ones in the Explorations Cafe, powered by The New York Times. Relax in the Crow's Nest and enjoy panoramic views. 

What makes Holland America Line a step above?
  • Every cruise in Glacier Bay National Park will feature ranger commentary from the bridge and an informative presentation. A Hunan Totem speaker will talk about their ancestral ties to the land.
  • A ranger from Wrangell-St. Elias National Park will provide bridge commentary for every visit to the mammoth Hubbard Glacier. Tinged natives will showcase their culture during visits to Yakutat Bay.
  • Seattle departures will host a pre-cruise presentation by a ranger about thonal parks of the Inside Passage.
  • Land tours offering several choices to fit your time and to see the most of Alaska.
  • Comfortable domed rail cars and coaches making travel enjoyable to some of most desirable destinations in Alaska.

Be sure to bring your binoculars along to view the many different wildlife experiences up close.




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