YOU HAVEN'T SEEN ANYTHING until you've seen a slab of ice hundreds of feet high crack off the face of a glacier and crash with a sound like thunder into an ice-blue bay. And you haven't experienced the real Alaska until you've sailed beyond the Inside Passage to encounter the rugged, 18,000-foot peaks of the Southcentral coast and the glaciers that lie in Prince William Sound. Only one itinerary offers it all with more glacier-viewing opportunities than any other -- Princess' Voyage of the Glaciers. We created this masterful itinerary because we feel strongly that no Alaska cruise passenger should miss the experience of Glacier Bay. That's why it's a highlight of each and every one of our seven-day departures. We're just as committed to sharing Alaska's newest Glacier Bay, College Fjord. Here, you'll be surrounded by the world's largest collection of tidewater glaciers and your ship provides a front-row seat for enjoying them all.
Massive glaciers stretch from the ice-draped St. Elias and Fairweather
mountain ranges to sit at the end of majestic fjords. The Muir, Johns Hopkins
and Margerie Glaciers are the most "active". The narration of the Glacier Bay
Ranger Naturalist makes your experience complete.
ALASKA'S ROUGH-AND-TUMBLE GOLD rush history is an important part of your Voyage of the Glaciers itinerary and each port offers its own unique view of life as it is lived on the frontier. For Skagway, you'll have to turn back the clock. The town residents have with their vintage costumes and melodrama re-enacting the story of local villain Soapy Smith. Take in the colorful Red Onion Saloon with historic photos of Klondike Kate and Peahull Annie and the White Pass Scenic Railway excursion, retracing the route to the Klondike for tons of gold rush flavor. Ketchikan was once the ancestral home of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian tribes, and the world's largest totem pole collection is not only a major attraction but a continuing art form. Creek Street, once an infamous red light district is quite respectable now, but if you'd like to see some of the memorabilia from those rip-roaring days, Dolly's House (you can't miss the green wood-frame house with red shutters) has been turned into a period museum.
This was the gateway to the gold fields and memories of the gold rush are everywhere. Step back in time at the historical Days of '98 Show, or at the atmospheric Red Onion Saloon.
Set on the scenic Kenai Peninsula, Seward is nestled against 3,000-foot Marathon Mountain on beautiful Resurrection Bay. The scenic drive between Seward and Anchorage is an added highlight of your cruise.
This is the capital of the state of Alaska and a fascinating place to explore. Sightsee and shop in town or choose a wide array of optional shore excursions.
This cosmopolitan city is located on a broad peninsula in Cook Inlet, defined by Knik Arm and Turnagain Arm and bordered by the Chugach Mountains. Sometimes called the "Floatplane Capital of the Worlk", Anchorage is home to Lake Hood, the world's busiest seaplane base and is our starting off point for a fascinating array of tours.
YOU CAN WALK right off the ship into downtown Juneau, Alaska's state capital. Lampposts support hanging flowerpots, colorful banners hang outside the storefronts, and the Franklin Street area, with its National Register of Historic Places, is clean and neat as a pin. The Alaskan Hotel is a charming place to enjoy a hot cup of coffee. Or, you can go next door to the Red Dog Saloon where the frontier flavor includes swinging bar doors and a sawdust floor. Make sure you make the trip up the new tramway for spectacular aerial views or take the tour to Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska's drive-up glacier. There are so many pleasures to look forward to during your seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers. Hire a horse and buggy in Skagway to take you back to the Gold Rush Days of ‘98. Visit an authentic Indian Village in Ketchikan. And try your luck with a prospector's pan where Joe Juneau and Dick Harris found "streaks running through the rocks and little lumps as large as peas or beans." It's all part of a seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers with Princess.
WE DIDN'T NAME our Gulf of Alaska cruise itinerary "Voyage of the Glaciers" for nothing. It's a perfect description for an adventure that packs more of Alaska's Ice Age splendor into seven nights than any other cruise you can find. To begin with, we offer more passengers the opportunity to visit magnificent Glacier Bay than any other cruise line. In fact, all of our Gulf of Alaska cruises visit Glacier Bay. But that's just the beginning. We continue on across the Gulf to show you the unique glacier-viewing opportunities of College Fjord, Alaska's best-kept secret. Here, you can spot four, five, even six different glaciers at once; tidewater glaciers, hanging glaciers, alpine glaciers -- 16 in all. A Gulf of Alaska cruise is the only glacier experience that has it all.
by Michael Modzelewski, E-mail: AdventureM@aol.com
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