2012 Holland America Alaska Cruise Video

Holland America Line has put up this year’s video brochures for their Alaska cruisetours.

ALASKA: Imagine its dramatic landscape, wildlife and rich history revealed through a lens of comfort and impeccable service. For 65 years, Holland America Line has brought the best of Alaska and the Yukon to our guests and our expert planning allows for these natural wonders to unfold. Choose from a wide-array of 7 or 14-day cruises or expand your adventure with a cruisetour and go into the great interior of Alaska and the Yukon. A cruisetour is a seamless and effortless land and sea vacation offering extra time in the best places like Denali National Park, home to North America’s tallest peak Mt. McKinley.

Chris Cruises – Princess Cruises Twitter Press trip to Alaska

Domed Car on the Princess Denali Express

Domed Car on the Princess Denali Express

We’re excited to soon be virtually following along professional cruise adviser Chris Owen on his Princess Cruises-sponsored Twitter Press trip to Alaska.

Chris’ trip will be very similar to ours albeit backwards, traveling from Denali towards Vancouver. Although we stayed in the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge as base camp for our Denali self-tours we opted out of the train ride (see photo) that Chris will hopefully write about.

Also be sure to check out his cruise tips as part of your planning your Alaskan Cruise. Chris offers some of the best advice we’ve ever read on the Internet.

There’s nothing better than first-hand knowledge, tips, and suggestions when traveling to someplace we’ve never been before. Many thanks to those who have sent along helpful advice for our hosted Twitter Press trip to Alaska with Princess Cruises coming up in less than a month. Looking through the extensive menu of shore and land excursions available on this trip, we’ve started molding what we will experience, based largely on your input.

Well, make that about half your input and suggestions, (“we did this and it was fabulous” or “you can’t miss this”) and half stuff you want to see or know about for an upcoming vacation combined with stuff we just think looks cool to do. Here is how it breaks down and what our schedule is looking like so far…

[Source: Chris Cruises]

Port Comparison of Seattle vs. Vancouver Departures for Alaskan Cruises

Anne Vipond and William Kelly of the Vancouver Sun compare the experience of a Seattle departure vs. Vancouver:

It’s worth taking an Alaska cruise from Seattle if you would like to spend a day or two in Seattle and would like to visit Sitka. However, if you want to see all of the Inside Passage and visit the Klondike Gold Rush town of Skagway, take your cruise from Vancouver.

There is little or no difference in cost between a round trip cruise from Seattle or one from Vancouver, although the best prices from either port are usually offered on the May sailings. According to Harvey Strydhorst of Sea Courses Cruises, good pricing is still available on Alaska cruises, comparable to the bargains that were offered last year.

A Tale of Two Port Cities

Seattle Skyline view from Harbor Avenue, West Seattle Photo by Daniel Schwen

Seattle Skyline view from Harbor Avenue, West Seattle Photo by Daniel Schwen