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Back from Alaska… And I Have Plenty More to Write

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I just got back from my Princess Cruisetour to Alaska and I have so much more to write about. I haven't even written about my incredible foray into Denali National Park, where I saw those two bears pictured to the right. Don't they look so cute and cuddly — how can they possibly be dangerous?

So far, I've covered my arrival into the Land of the Midnight Sun and how bizarre it was to see a bright sky so late at night. I've also written about how once we were further south in Alaska (past Skagway), it actually started getting dark again.

On Monday, June 14th, I flew into Fairbanks, and in my one full day there, I managed to see the Alaska Pipeline, pan for gold and take the famous Riverboat Discovery Tour.


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Then I took a glass-domed train to Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge at the edge of Denali Wilderness Park. That afternoon, I took a helicopter ride to Yanert Glacier, and got to hang out on the glacier for about 20 minutes — incredible! The next day, I did the Kantishna Experience, which is a 12-hour bus-ride that goes to the end of the road in Denali NP. I sure have a lot to say about that.

Our third stop in Alaska was the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, where I had a great view of the famously shy peak. I also enjoyed a guided nature walk around Byers Lake.

The next morning, we took a train Whittier port where we boarded the Coral Princess and sailed for seven days down to Vancouver. After five nights on the land portion, it was exciting to be on the ship. What's so special about cruising Alaska is that there's almost always wonderful scenery (as you can you see in these photos) — a far cry from the usual cruise view of an open sea with nothing but the horizon to look at. The  day of scenic cruising at Glacier Bay National Park was outstanding.

Another_alaska_view The cruise stopped at three ports: Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. I plan to write about my visit to the musher's camp in Skagway with adorable huskies, the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau and much, much more. On Saturday morning, we arrived in Vancouver and I took one more tour with Princess. Then I was on my own with my friend Rebecca in Vancouver until Monday morning, June 28th, when we flew back to NYC. Vancouver is a cool town and I have plenty to write about that too.

If you want have the same experience I did, then opt for Princess Cruises' Deluxe Escorted – Tour KB6. The "deluxe escorted" option (as opposed to their regular cruisetours) means that most of your meals are included, many excursions, a tour guide stays with your group and you get lots of good upgrades. You can also choose to do the land portion after the cruise, but I was glad to do the land part first because it can hectic and it was nice to have finish off with a relaxing time at sea.

Comped but never compromised: I went on an Alaska Twitter Press Trip with Princess Cruises, but I’m free to write whatever I want.

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One Response to Back from Alaska… And I Have Plenty More to Write

  1. Fida July 8, 2010 at 11:43 am #

    Wow, it looks like you had wonderful experience. I so would love to take the Denali train! It’s definitely on my list!

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