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Cruising Alaska: A Traveler's Guide to Cruising Alaskan by Larry H. Ludmer

By Larry H. Ludmer

This consultant seeks to aid the tourist select the simplest boat for a journey of Alaska. up-to-date for the 2001 season, it includes concise details on each vessel cruising Alaskan waters. It states room dimension, eating preparations, passenger/crew ratio, itineraries for every send, and candid reviews at the execs and cons of every. there's vast insurance of the smaller "Explorer" boats that catch up with to the glaciers and natural world. strolling excursions of every port of name are supplied, besides a downtown map and entire details on tours into the nationwide parks and amazing state obtainable from the boats.

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The port calls are standard for the Inside Passage run, although the stop at isolated Haines can be a plus for those who want to see a less touristy Alaskan port of call. Hubbard Glacier substitutes for Glacier Bay, not exactly what we consider the best way to go. P MERCURY This ship offers a seven-night Gulf of Alaska cruise departing from Vancouver and ending in Seward, or the reverse itinerary. ITINERARY: Cruising the Inside Passage, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, cruising Hubbard Glacier and College Fjord, and a final port call at Valdez.

The knowledgeable American crew will take you on a slow-paced adventure through the 49th state as the Wilderness Explorer can only travel at a speed of nine knots per hour. The exterior profile of the ship isn’t one of the more attractive small ships but you shouldn’t let that deter you. In fact, the design is deliberate – looking something like an upgraded trawler, the Wilderness Explorer is specially designed for scenic cruising and easy access into the ship’s kayaks and Zodiac rafts. P YORKTOWN CLIPPER (Clipper Cruises) PRICE RANGE: $3,560-$5,470 for a 13-day cruise; $3,260-$5,010 for a 12day cruise; and $2,310-$3,550 for an eight-day cruise.

The ship is huge, as the statistics indicate, but there is a feeling of space. Perhaps part of the reason for that feeling is the extensive use of glass. Entire walls are made of glass and it almost always seems that you’re actually out on the open seas while aboard. This provides great viewing from most public areas and even extends to the large and wellequipped gym. The latter is on the sports-and view-oriented Compass Deck, which features a large retractable canopy. If you’re lucky enough to have good weather while in Alaska, the canopy might well be open.

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