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Destination Focus

ALASKA

Alaska is the largest and northernmost state of the USA - in fact Alaska

is one fifth the size of ALL the other 48 US states on continental North

America. Alaska has 3 million lakes, 3000 rivers, 100,000 glaciers,

15 national parks and 17 of the USA's 20 highest peaks. With statistics

like these it is not surprising that Alaska is one of the top destinations

in the world for outstanding natural beauty, wilderness and wildlife.

Many people choose an Alaskan cruise for their main summer holiday

of the year for these reasons. There is always the hope of taking home

memories of snow covered peaks, sparkling glaciers spilling into the

sea, salmon filled rivers, wild bear and moose foraging on the hillsides

and the shrill call of eagles soaring high above.

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18 WHEN & WHERE TO GO

The Alaskan cruise season runs from

May to mid September when the

weather is at is most settled and is at its

warmest whilst the wildlife is at its most

active. Many cruise lines offer seven

night roundtrip cruises from either

Vancouver in Canada or neighbouring

Seattle in the USA. Seattle has become

far more popular due to lower priced

flights - plus Seattle gives a wider range

of land based add on options; such as

south through Yosemite National Park

(see page 19) or east from Chicago

including Glacier National Park in

Montana (call for details). We even have

a US Rockies train tour from Chicago to

San Francisco linking up with the Grand

Princess for an Alaskan Cruise.

Check out our industry leading

range of roundtrip Alaskan cruises

from Vancouver featuring the Rocky

Mountaineer linking up with Banff and

Calgary. Why not travel during June

2016 and experience the amazing

Calgary Stampede. Call for details.

One way seven night cruises are also

available between Vancouver and

Seward or Whittier (ports close to

Anchorage) either Northbound or

Southbound. These tend to be fewer

and far between due to flights to

or from the more remote airport of

Anchorage. However our stunning

Geysers & Glaciers package onboard

Celebrity Millennium coupling a cruise

with stays in Iceland, Anchorage and

Vancouver is one to call us about!

Other one way cruises also afford

the opportunity for land based tours

in Alaska between Anchorage and

Fairbanks visiting amongst others:

Mount McKinley (the tallest peak in

North America) and Denali National

Park (the largest park in the US).

Although, similar experiences can be

found on excursions at the various

ports of call on any other Alaskan

cruise itineraries.

WHAT TO WEAR

Our advice would be to pack for every

eventuality on an Alaskan cruise. These

cruises operate during the summer

months when the weather may be

surprisingly warm and sunny. Equally

you could be experiencing cold and

blustery conditions close to some

glaciers where they have an effect on

weather patterns. If visiting glaciers

you could be experiencing cold icy

conditions where you will need to

wrap up warm. You could be trekking

across hillsides and so a good pair of

walking shoes may come in handy.

Finally expect to be sunbathing and

swimming onboard ship!

HOTSPOTS (OR COLD SPOTS!)

With so many exciting regions to speak about and so much information on them

all we have written a small overview on the key areas to explore:

JUNEAU owes much of its early history

to successful gold mining operations

in the region and was named after

gold prospector Joe Juneau. 4000 ft

mountains create a dramatic backdrop

to the city beyond which lies the Juneau

Icefield - home to 30 glaciers - the most

famous being the Mendenhall Glacier.

SKAGWAY is the gateway to the

Klondike and one time boomtown of

the gold rush era of 1898. This town

enjoys reservation status within a

national park and is famous for its rustic

boardwalk and frontier style storefronts

and saloons.

TRACY ARM FJORD is located 50

miles southeast of Juneau and features

dazzling waterfalls and steep granite

canyons that disappear into deep

narrow fjords. The scenery here is simply

spectacular and what's more it can be

seen FREE from the decks of the ship!

HUBBARD GLACIER is the longest

tidewater glacier in Alaska extending 76

miles from its source on Mt. Logan in the

Yukon. As Hubbard is advancing, it creaks

and groans as it moves and is a very actively

calving glacier. This makes for some exciting

moments when the huge chunks of ice crash

into the Bay creating a wonderful sound

called 'white thunder' by the Tlingit people.

KETCHIKAN is known as the Salmon

capital of the world and is a quaint village

which is three miles long, just three blocks

wide and wedged between the water and

the forested slopes of Deer Mountain. The

Native American village is partly propped

up on wooden pilings and the Totem

Heritage centre houses more totem poles

than anywhere else in the world.

THE GLACIER BAY BASIN is a myriad

combination of tidewater glaciers, snowcapped mountain ranges, ocean coastlines,

deep fjords, lakes and freshwater rivers.

Glacier Bay is covered with 1,375 square

miles of glaciers from over 50 named

glaciers; 10 tide water glaciers end in the

bay breaking off to produce icebergs with a

thundering noise raising large waves.

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