July 2014

The Crown Jewel of Alaskan Cruising

There are Alaskan cruises that visit glaciers, and then there are Alaskan cruises that visit Glacier Bay.  The former are a treat, but the latter are simply spectacular, for Glacier Bay can aptly be described as the crown jewel of Alaskan cruising.  This 5,130-square mile national park, accessible only by sea, is a veritable ice-stravaganza, …

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Wildlife Wonderland in Juneau

Locals say that there are only three ways to get into landlocked Juneau: by air, by sea, or through the birth canal. There are no roads leading into or out of the state capital, and the surrounding rugged mountains are testament to Alaska’s wilderness heritage.  So is the abundant wildlife.   On the short, 20-minute ride to …

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Cruising the Inside Passage

After boarding Holland America Line’s 1,800-passenger Westerdam yesterday in Seattle, we’re sailing up the scenic Inside Passage today, on the way to Juneau.   Since this 7-day Alaskan cruise is a special Holland America Line (HAL) theme cruise for their Dancing With The Stars: at Sea program, the line has plenty of star power aboard. Today, …

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