Monday, October 5, 2009

Seattle / Victoria / Vancouver, BC - 4 Days from Seattle or Reverse from Vancouver, BC

Departs daily

May 15 - September 10, 2010 | $999.00 per person + $99.00 Tax based on double occupancy

Day 1 - Arrive Seattle

Transfer to your hotel on your own. Free time to explore the exciting city of Seattle.

Day 2 - Seattle / Victoria

Courtesy transfer this morning from your hotel to the Victoria Clipper located at Seattle's Pier 69. From downtown Seattle, your 2-3 hour cruise will take you directly to Victoria. Afternoon is free to explore Victoria, the charming capital city of British Columbia.

Day 3 - Victoria

Morning sightseeing to the famous Butchart Gardens is included today. Afternoon is free to partake in the time-honored tradition of High Tea, or just explore this great city on your own. Overnight in Victoria.

Day 4 - Victoria / Vancouver

This morning travel by motorcoach and ferry from Victoria to your waiting cruise ship in Vancouver.

Bear Camp Adventure - 3 days / 2 nights from Anchorage

Departs daily

June 5 - August 31, 2010 | $1,399.00 per person + $49.00 Tax per person based on double occupancy

Day 1 Anchorage to Bear Camp

Depart Anchorage early this morning for the scenic drive to the Adventure Camp. After lunch fly out to the Bear Camp for the night. (L, D)

Day 2 - Full Day Bear Viewing

Rise to the silence of true wilderness! After breakfast you and your guide will spend hours at the best viewing opportunities. You have a full day of guided bear viewing. (B, L, D)

Day 3 - Bear Camp to Anchorage

Final day -- after breakfast, one last chance to spend time with the bears, then lunch and a flight back home. Arrive into Anchorage approximately 6:00 p.m. (B)

Alaska Winter Tour - November thru April 2010

6 Days from Fairbanks (departs Wednesdays) or from Anchorage (departs Fridays)

November - April 2010 | From - $969.00 per person + $69.00 Tax

Day 1 Fairbanks

Arrive on your own and transfer to your hotel for the night. You may get lucky and see this magnificent display tonight.

Day 2 Fairbanks to Chena Hot Springs

Transfer from Fairbanks this afternoon to Chena Hot Springs. This is one of the premier places from where to watch the Northern Lights. The natural hot springs make a wonderful setting for your viewing. Included is your admission to the Ice Museum located here. Be sure to go in and have a drink "on ice".

Day 3 Full Day Chena Hot Springs

Today is spent exploring the resort and taking part in any optional activities. Tonight you are booked on a Sno-Cat Excursion which will take you to a unique viewing yurt area for the Northern Lights.

Day 4 Chena Hot Springs to Fairbanks

The morning is free for last minute explorations. You are transferred back to your hotel in Fairbanks for the night.

Day 5 Aurora Train to Anchorage

Today you are transferred the rail depot for a unique journey. Board the Aurora train and travel 375 mile to Anchorage. The train will provide some of the best winter scenery anywhere. You pass through Denali National Park all dressed in her winter white. Be on the lookout for Mt. McKinley. Arrive In Anchorage at 8:00pm and transfer to your hotel.

Day 6 Home

Take time to explore Anchorage if you have time. Your hotel will transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

America Top Ten Beaches

cannon Beach, Oregon

AOL this am listed the US top ten beaches, here

Importance of Travel Insurance

I personally believe in insurance for short and long trips especially in light if you're traveling by air or on a cruise. Time and time again, I've seen people who have a medical emergency, a family member dies, or for some reason the boss cancels the employees vacation.

The following is from a website which gives one permission to post reasons to purchase. If you don't have the resource to purchase insurance, we can certainly assist you.

Most people don't hesitate to insure their life, their car or home. But what about the trip they've planned and purchased? They may have budgeted for it or tapped savings to pay for it, so shouldn't they spend a little extra to protect their travel investment? Or, what if someone suddenly needs medical care while traveling outside the country—will a primary health plan cover it? Travel Insurance Services, specializing in travel-related plans for over thirty years, offers these tips.

While there are many reasons someone may need travel insurance, here are ten situations when you'll be glad you have it:

10. You or your family member gets sick or has an accident before you leave. It doesn't have to be life-threatening—something like a broken leg can keep you from enjoying your vacation.

9. You need a medical evacuation from a foreign country. Serious accidents can happen—even to the non-adventure traveler (examples—a car accident, a fall). The combined cost of local ambulance and an international medical evacuation can be substantial—and your health plan from home may not cover the expense..

8. You have Medicare coverage and you're traveling abroad. Medicare won't cover you if you're traveling outside the United States, including close trips to Canada or Mexico. Unfortunately, many people with Medicare take trips without travel medical insurance—and it can cost them big bucks.

7. You arrive at your destination, but your bags don't. With today's tight security, more people than ever are checking luggage. If your bags are misdirected, you can be left with only the clothes on your back. Travel insurance can help cover the costs of buying clothing and other necessities until your bags are returned.

6. A delay by your carrier has you stuck in a city where you didn't plan to stay overnight. Avoid getting stuck with this hotel cost.

5. The airline, tour operator or cruise line you've booked a trip with goes bankrupt, and stops providing service. If it happens and you don't have travel insurance, you could be out the portion of your trip that is booked with the bankrupt carrier, or worse—stuck somewhere without assistance to get back home.

4. You're planning to live in another country—even for a short period of time. Perhaps you're in college and you need student travel insurance for studies abroad. Or, you have a job opportunity or vacation home that that takes you out of the country for a few months. If you wouldn't live in the States without medical coverage, certainly don't risk it when you're overseas. Look for a plan with 24-hour assistance, to help you get past the language barrier and help you find a physician.

3. You have family or friends visiting from outside the United States. Anytime they plan to visit you, they most likely need coverage to protect them from the high cost of U.S. health care during their stay.

2. You need to cancel a trip due to a death in the immediate family. The cost of a trip may be insignificant in the event of an immediate family member's passing. But, by insuring your trip, you can avoid experiencing this extra stress or disappointment in an already emotional situation.

And the number one reason you'll be glad you have travel insurance...

1. Any reason. If you buy a trip cancellation plan with a Cancel for Any Reason option, any reason for canceling a trip can be covered. A new hurricane heading toward your destination, an important business meeting or a child's unexpected school function are all valid reasons. Planning ahead (you must purchase this plan early to qualify) allows you to recoup 75% of your pre-paid trip costs.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Cruise Ship Packing Advise

Packing for a cruise can be a daunting task if not tackled properly. Formal wear, country-club casual, semi-formal, smart casual - even the descriptions for suggested attire are confusing. Whether you will be cruising to Alaska or sailing the Caribbean, here you will find links to some of the best packing lists and tips, as well as a guide to cruise attire terminology.

Packing lists, definitions, etc. here

Family packing

Princess Ships Spotlight Alaska Culture

This Summer for State's 50th Anniversary Year
Passengers Will Experience Local Flavor Right Onboard with Alaska Cuisine, Guest Experts, Cultural Presentations and Special Children's Programs

When Princess Cruises ships begin their Alaska season this weekend, the line will offer passengers more local tastes and culture onboard than ever before, giving them a rich "Great Land" experience not only on land, but also while at sea.
"Alaska's 50th anniversary year is the perfect time to celebrate the wonders of this magnificent state," said Jan Swartz, Princess executive vice president. "And this summer, especially, our passengers will enjoy a multi-faceted shipboard program to immerse them in the flavors, culture, history and natural wonders of Alaska throughout their cruise."

Press Release

Moms sail free on Discovery Cruise Line in May

Discovery Cruise Line, the Fort Lauderdale to Bahamas day-cruise operator, Tuesday announced it is honoring moms with a sail-free Mother's Day promotion that lasts all month.

"We wanted to do something special, but not just for the day," General Manager Hanns Hahn said in a written statement. "Everyone needs a break, and this makes it affordable to just about everyone."

Cruise Control - Tourist Ship Buoy at Los Angeles Ports

As found in the LA Business Journal, an article about LA ports of call here

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Norwegian Sky Bahamas Short Cruise - Savings

When you cruise to the Bahamas from Miami for 3- or 4- days, aboard Norwegian Sky, you´ll get to experience all the freedom and flexibility of our exclusive Freestyle Cruising®. So book our year-round itineraries, and you´ll be aboard the youngest ship sailing to Nassau and Grand Bahama Island.

The kids will have a blast with our Kids Crew and you´ll have plenty of time to enjoy a drink in one of the 10 bars and lounges, or just relax on your balcony.

Experience everything you want in this fun-filled itinerary. Swim, play, snorkel or just unwind in the sunny Bahamas. But book now, deals like this won't last.

Inside staterooms based on availability begin at $150; does not include taxes.

Call for details.

Royal Caribbean's Chairman has a Blog

Chairman Richard Fain has a blog. Personally I think it's wonderful and a great way to reach out personally to present and past cruisers.

What do you think? Blog here

Crystal Cruises Celebrates 20 years

2010 heralds in not just exotic and cosmopolitan ports of call and
itineraries, but also celebrates Crystal Cruises' 20th
Anniversary of luxury cruising. With the launch of our 2010 fares, these special
promotions and offers listed below provide the most exciting and dramatic
savings earlier than ever before, while we remain committed to the same level of
excellence that has earned Crystal more awards than any other cruise line, hotel
or resort in history.

Join us in 2010 and you will enjoy the following:
Anniversary Savings – Enjoy up to $3,000 per couple ($1,500 per guest)
savings on ALL Mediterranean and Northern Europe voyages. Must book by

“All-Inclusive. As You Wish.” Shipboard Credits – We’re giving you to
$2,000 per couple ($1,000 per guest) in shipboard credits to spend as you wish
including spa treatments, fine wines, a Vintage Room experience with your
friends, gratuities for your favorite waiter, something special from the
boutiques, or even a unique Crystal Adventures® shore excursion. The choices –
all of them – are yours. Available on ALL 2010 sailings.

Birthday Bonus - Sail on your birthday in 2010, and save 50% off a
future cruise before your next birthday.

20th Anniversary Celebrations – Join us for special reunion cruises and
enjoy onboard celebrations, commemorative merchandise and more
Anniversary Commemorative Cruises – Enjoy events and activities on the day
of our anniversary, July 20, 2010, to commemorate 20 years of the Crystal
Experience. Crystal Symphony voyage 0216 and Crystal Serenity voyage 0317.

Crystal Society 20th Anniversary Reunion Cruises – Special
guests, events, and receptions on board exclusively for our Crystal Society
members. Crystal Symphony voyages 0210 and 0226.

President’s Cruise 20th Anniversary Celebration – Crystal Cruises
President Gregg Michel and his wife, Adrianna, host our May 12 voyage aboard
Crystal Symphony voyage 0210 with special guests, events and

Holland America Press Release 2010 Features

Holland America Line Features Eight Ships Sailing Four Alaska Itineraries in 2010 New 14-day Alaskan Adventurer Itinerary Joins Seven-day Cruises

Seattle, April 2009 — Holland America Line is introducing a new 14-day Alaskan Adventurer cruise itinerary in 2010 to complement its extensive selection of seven-day itineraries and departures. The Alaskan Adventurer increases the choice of Holland America itineraries to a total of four, joining the popular Alaskan Explorer, Glacier Discovery and Glacier Bay Inside Passage itineraries.

Holland America’s schedule features eight ships offering 149 total departures from May 3 through September 24, 2010. The Alaskan Adventurer cruises will sail roundtrip from Seattle on flagship ms Amsterdam and call at Anchorage, Homer and Kodiak for the first time. Seven-day cruises will sail from Seattle, Vancouver and Seward.

“Drawing on more than 60 years of Alaska experience, Holland America Line has introduced this new 14-day Alaskan Adventurer itinerary to expand guests’ cruising options,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales, and guest programs. “It is a major addition to our 2010 Alaska cruise schedule, which continues to offer the widest selection of seven-day itineraries and departures of any cruise line in Alaska.”

Holland America is featuring a wide range of seven-day cruises, both roundtrip from Seattle and Vancouver and one-way between Vancouver and Seward. As a longtime tour operator, Holland America continues to be awarded the most permit entries of any major cruise line to Glacier Bay, a 65-mile long fjord with spectacular tidewater glaciers.

“Holland America’s itineraries also continue to feature the best glacier viewing,” said Meadows. “Every cruise visits massive tidewater glaciers.”

Many roundtrip Seattle cruises feature Alaska’s immense Hubbard Glacier in Yakutat Bay, the largest tidewater glacier in North America. Some cruises visit College Fjord with 10 large tidewater and valley glaciers named after Ivy League colleges. Others sail by the twin Sawyer Glaciers in the narrow, 26-mile Tracy Arm fjord.

Alaska Travel Guides sail on board every Holland America ship in Alaska and share their knowledge of local culture, history, art and flora and fauna with guests. In addition to the Alaska Travel Guides, Native interpreters board the ships in Glacier Bay and by Hubbard Glacier to explain the origins of the Huna and Yakutat people.

14-day Alaskan Adventurer Cruises The 1,380-guest Amsterdam will homeport in Seattle to sail the 14-day Alaskan Adventurer cruises departing roundtrip May 17 through September 6, 2010. The Amsterdam will be the first cruise ship of a major cruise line to call in Anchorage, providing guests with a full day and evening in Alaska’s major city.

The flagship will also call at the new ports of Homer and Kodiak. Homer features a breathtaking location at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula, the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center and the famous Homer Spit in Kachemak Bay. Kodiak, home of the famed Kodiak bear, reflects both 7,500 years of native Alutiiq heritage and Russian fur trading influence since 1792 as the first capital of Russian America.

The Amsterdam’s leisurely itinerary features the scenic Inside Passage, highlighted by cruising Tracy Arm fjord with its twin Sawyer Glaciers. The ship also cruises by the Hubbard Glacier in Yakutat Bay. Ports of call include Ketchikan, Skagway, Sitka, Anchorage, Homer, Kodiak, Juneau and Victoria, BC.
Alaskan Explorer Cruises Four ships will be home-ported in Seattle in 2010, sailing a total of 63 seven-day Alaskan Explorer cruises roundtrip. The Amsterdam opens the season with two seven-day Alaskan Explorer cruises departing May 3 and 10 before shifting to the new 14-day itinerary.

From May 9 through September 24, the 1,432-guest ms Zaandam departs Fridays, 1,316-guest ms Rotterdam departs Saturdays and the 1,918-guest, Vista-class ms Oosterdam departs Sundays. The Zaandam and Rotterdam highlight the Hubbard Glacier and the Oosterdam showcases Glacier Bay. All Alaskan Explorer cruises call at the historic ports of Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan, plus Victoria, BC, and feature scenic cruising of the Inside Passage and Vancouver Island.

Cruise to Greece on Windstar

Sail to Greece with Windstar Cruise Line

Windstar Cruises - A Unique Concept In Cruising Sailing under the banner of its appropriate tag line "180º From Ordinary," Windstar was created in the mid-1980's with the vision to offer an alternative to the typical cruise or resort vacation.

The Windstar passenger sees the world from a romantic sailing ship with luxurious accommodations, a casual yet elegant atmosphere, and exquisite service and cuisine. The Ships Teak decking, rich wood interiors, an attentive service staff, intimate surroundings, eclectic artwork, exceptional signature cuisine featuring both light and vegetarian menu selections, and an extensive wine list are some of the extraordinary elements which have become synonymous with Windstar.

Features unique to the Wind Surf include 31 deluxe suites, 2 Bridge Deck suites, The Yacht Club, Degrees (formerly The Bistro), The Terrace Bar for small intimate getaways and the nearly 10,000 square foot WindSpa offering a full array of spa treatments, consultative, health and fitness programs. Passengers are cradled in comfort as all staterooms and suites offer ocean views, sitting area, new LCD flatscreen TV, DVD, CD player, iPod Nanos and Bose SoundDocks systems, safe, mini-bar/refrigerator, international direct-dial phones, bathroom with luxurious pampering toiletries, hair dryer, plush terry cloth robes, and an abundance of closet space.

The library on board stocks an array of international ewspapers, books and games, as well as a multi-media selection of more than 500 DVD titles and compact discs available for complimentary check-out. Carrying just 148 to 312 guests, Windstar ships exude a private-yacht-like atmosphere creating camaraderie and lasting friendships between fellow sailors.

Every day aboard Windstar brings the promise of new horizons and harbors to explore. An interesting mix of shore excursions and complimentary water sports activities are available at each destination.

Passengers may find themselves slicing through Caribbean waters aboard an actual America's Cup racing yacht, or exploring archaeological ruins in Greece, the "Cradle of Civilization." Water buffs can enjoy complimentary water-skiing, windsurfing, snorkeling, and kayaking from the ship's aft Water Sports Platform.

The company's cruise vacations offer a sea-side window on the world, combining the refinement of a luxury hotel with a moveable feast of cultural experiences.

Seattle-based Windstar Cruises operates the 312-passenger Wind Surf and 148- passenger Wind Star and Wind Spirit. The three sailing yachts cruise to over 47 countries worldwide offering an affordable luxury vacation.

August 29 Saturday Athens /Greece
August 30 Sunday Mykonos/Greece
August 31 Monday Santorini/Greece
September 1 Tuesday Rhodes/Greece
September 2 Wednesday Bodrum/Turkey
September 3 Thursday Kusadasi/Turkey
September 4 Friday At Sea -- --
September 5 Saturday Istanbul/Turkey

Stateroom Category B Rate: $2,499.00 per person.
Stateroom Category A Rate: $2,699.00 per person.

Non-discountable amounts included in fares shown. Taxes, government and security fees range from $35 to $325. Fares are capacity controlled, based on double occupancy and subject to change without notice.


Air and travel insurance quotes available upon request.

Roundtrip Seattle Alaska Cruise with Iditarod Chap Lance Mackey

Join THREE time Iditarod Champ Lance Mackey and one of his team*, that has won the last three "Great Race" championships on a Knightly Tours Exclusive Alaska Cruise. Join Lance as we cruise depart Seattle aboard Star Princess for a 7 day Alaska cruise to Lance's home state. Your adventure includes two Private Receptions and two Private Lectures with Lance as he recounts the wonders of this race.
• 7 Days from Seattle

Departs - Sunday, August 23, 2009
From : $899 plus $116 tax

Your Exclusive Knightly Tours Iditarod Champion Cruise includes:
• 7 night Star Princess Alaska Cruise
• Calls at Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway
• Glacier Cruising
• Two Lectures with Lance Mackey (and team*)
• Two Private Cocktail Parties with Lance
• Knightly Tours Escort

Sunday, August 23 - Embark Star Princess and depart Seattle

Arriving in Seattle you will transfer to the awaiting Star Princess. Tonight you enjoy a Private Welcome Cocktail Reception, meet Lance and the other members of the group. The rest of the evening is free to enjoy your luxury cruise ship as sail through Puget Sound enroute to Alaska.

August 24 - Cruising to Alaska

The day is spent enjoy the hundreds of possibilities aboard Star Princess. There is something for everyone. Later today Lance (and hopefully some of his team) will give a Private Lecture on the wonders of participating in "The Last Great Race". You will learn about training, preparation for the race and what life is like on the trail.

Cruising to Alaska and learning about one of the most historic races will make for a memorable day.

August 25 - Ketchikan

Your call today is in the "Salmon Capital of Alaska". Ketchikan offers many options for exploring Alaska's beauty. Floatplanes, fishing fleets and cruise ships all help you enjoy the beauty of the Tongass National Forest. Make sure no matter what else you do in this town, allow yourself time to stroll Creek Street and learn about some of Ketchikan's colorful past.

August 26 - Tracy Arm and Juneau

This morning Star Princess slips into Tracy Arm Fjord. This magnificent waterway twists and turns for some 30 miles until it ends at the Twin Sawyer Glaciers. These icy blue wonders are magnificent in the morning light and sheer walls for fjord provide unique cruising experience. Wildlife abounds so keep your eyes focused and your camera.

Later you arrive in Juneau, Alaska's capital city. Here adventure options abound, river rafting, helicopter flightseeing, whale watching and flightseeing all provide you with wonderful opportunities to enjoy the capital city.

August 27 - Skagway

In 1898 thousands or would be gold miner arrived in this town headed for Dawson. The town was hard with comforts of home. Today while many of the buildings are preserved in the National Park you can enjoy a latte or have a fine meal, but the frontier friendliness and adventure still abound. Make sure you visit the Park Headquarters and learn about the great gold rush. Tonight you sail Lynn Canal another masterpiece on the inland waterway.

August 28 - Cruising

Today will give you another opportunity to relax and enjoy the ship. Spa treatments, cooking class, a work out maybe or just enjoying that book as the beauty slides by. You have a the day to learn more about the race as tonight the group will enjoy another Private Cocktail Party with Lance. He will inform and entertain you with some tails of the trail.

August 29 Cruising and Victoria

Enjoy your last day sea. Today you will enjoy another Private Lecture with Lance. This evening you make a call in British Columbia's capital Victoria. This little bit of old England has a charm and allure that will make you think you are strolling in London.

August 30 - Depart for Home

You arrive in Seattle this morning, clear Customs and depart for home, with the memory of meeting one of Alaska's great competitors and enjoying some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

Ms Star Princess

Must be booked by June 1, 2008

Contact us at:

Speciality Cruises and Tours
2701 California Avenue SW #232
Seattle, Washington 98116
Phone: 1-866-654-8696, Extension 214
Fax: 206-938-8498


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Free Admission to Disney on your Birthday!

Registration and details here.

Alaska Spring Salmon Salad from Chef Kirstin Dixon

A Spring salad from owner and chef Kirsten Dixon from their Alaska Lodges.

Asian Springtime Salmon Salad ( and Early Spring Salad)

Asian Springtime Salmon Salad

The taste of ginger, soy, and sesame were made for salmon! This marinade is easy, delicious, and good on fish as well as stir-fry beef or flank steak.

1 tablespoon chopped fresh garlic
1 tablespoon minced ginger
6 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame oil (make sure you buy a nice strong Asian variety- some sesame oils are too mild)
¼ cup canola oil
1 teaspoon light sesame seeds


Mix all of these ingredients together. If you want to make a thicker dressing, add in a little bit of mayonnaise. Take a fillet of fish and remove the skin and pin bones. Lay the fish onto a secure cutting board. I place a little bit of mesh rubber netting (like shelf liner) down to secure my cutting board. Cut a small slit in the tail end of the fish. Hold your knife at about a 15-degree angle and slice upward in one fast stroke. Remove the skin and discard it. Remove the pin bones with a pair of needle-nose pliers or Japanese style tweezers. Slice the fish into angled fillets.

Place the fish slicees into a plastic bag with some of the marinade. Seal and refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour. Remove the fish and pat dry. Sear the fish fillets in a nonstick pan that has been heated to medium high with a little bit of oil. Place the “presentation” side of the fish down first. Turn the fish once with fish tongs to finish cooking. In the meantime, dress the salad greens with a bit of rice wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste. Add a bit of the Asian dressing to the greens. Toss in some favorite springtime ingredients. On the show, we had figs, raspberries, blackberries, and Asian pears in our salad.

Sprinkle a few extra toasted sesame seeds on top of the seared salmon and place it in the center of your salad.

Holland America Bread Pudding


9 oz Milk
9 oz Heavy cream
2/3 c Butter
3 Vanilla beans; split open
Salt; to taste
5 Eggs
5 oz Sugar
1 Loaf bread; no crust
3 oz Raisins; soaked in hot water
1 ts Cinnamon mixed with sugar


Bring milk, cream, butte, and salt to boil. Mix eggs and sugar, add hot milk mixture. Arrange bread slices in buttered dish. Sprinkle raisins between layers of bread. Cover with milk mixture. Place in a bain marie. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Serve plain or with vanilla sauce

2010 Will Cruise Ships Leave Alaska

As bloggers and Alaska experts it's hard to believe that ships will be leaving Alaska in 2010 and hopefully not as Alaska is such an affordable destination.

Here is a article on Cruise Critic posted today here.

Themed Cruises

Carnival Cruise Lines

"Whodunit Mystery Cruises" on eight three-day voyages from Long Beach aboard the Paradise until December 2009. Soap opera cruise. $250,000-in-prizes PokerPro Challenge no-limit Texas Hold'em poker tournaments on most voyages of most ships. "Bloggers Cruise," twice in 2009, aboard the Carnival Dream from New York and Port Canaveral.

Cruise West

Cruising California Wine Country, Nine cruises from San Francisco, Fall. Eight photographic cruises during 2009. Christmas/New Year cruise to Central America.

Crystal Cruises

Wine and Food Experiences of Discovery. Glenn Miller Orchestra and Big Band sounds, ballroom dancing Miami to Lisbon transatlantic cruise in May 2009. Fashion and Style. Smithsonian Journeys. Creative Learning Institute. Crystal President's Cruise.

Cunard Line

National Symphony Orchestra performances and lectures. The Royal Astronomical Society star navigation.Polar exploration. Maritime studies. Aeronautics and space.

Holland America Line

Culinary cruises, featuring more than 70 guest chefs from all over the U. S. throughout the 2009 cruise season.

MSC Cruises

Baseball: five theme cruises during the 2009 - 2010 Caribbean season.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Concert Cruises, featuring Barenaked Ladies and Indigo Girls.

Princess Cruises

ScholarShip@Sea, featuring lecturers and experts in Culinary arts, Visual/creative arts, Photography, and Computer technology.

Royal Caribbean Cruises

Nickelodian Family Cruises: Two 2009 seven-day trips, one from Los Angeles, one from Port Canaveral. Will offer families opportunities for quality time.

Silversea Cruises

13 golf theme cruises in 2009, visiting courses in 30 countries and islands, led by PGA-classed pros. 11 Wine Series voyages in 2009 with tastings and lectures by wine authorities.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Princess Cruises Collaborates with Crafts Publisher Klutz to Offer Fun New Arts Program for Kids


Princess Executives Present Distinct Features Found Aboard the Line’s Small Ships

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (February 25, 2009) –

Princess Cruises has teamed with Klutz®, an innovative publisher of award-winning activity books for children, to provide high-quality arts and crafts projects for young passengers and their families while onboard. Klutz and Princess Cruises collaborated to develop custom-built kits designed to engage young cruisers in fun and creative activities. Unique in the cruise industry, the new activities are available fleetwide.

Children sailing aboard Princess ships will have the opportunity to participate in up to seven Klutz activities during their cruise. Kids will be able to build their own storybooks; create lanyard bracelets; make “picture tags” for charm bracelets, luggage tags, or pet I.D.s; create fuzzy masterpieces with Velvet Art; craft paper flowers, weave friendship bracelets; or make Thumb Doodle thumbprint art.

The new Klutz activities are offered for young passengers of all ages, and are scheduled during the youth center’s regular activities or during the ship’s family fun fair in the atrium, where all family members can join in the creative fun.

“Our onboard passenger experience is designed to offer many inventive programs to engage passengers of all ages,” said Jan Swartz, Princess executive vice president. “And these fun craft projects from Klutz are a wonderful addition to our diverse activities available for kids and teens.”

“We are honored and very excited to be working with Princess Cruises,” said Mark Judge, vice president of international and special markets for Klutz. “By inviting Klutz onboard, Princess Cruises has demonstrated its commitment to providing kids with a rich and memorable cruise experience.”

Princess Youth and Teen Programs provide state-of-the-art youth center facilities and an array of activities to keep kids and teens entertained. Young passengers enjoy a wide range of fun events for ages 3 to 17, supervised by a dedicated staff of youth activity professionals. The program offers three distinct, age-specific programs – Princess Pelicans (ages 3-7), Shockwaves (ages 8-12) and Remix (ages 13-17). Each group features an age-appropriate schedule, often with separate facilities. The program includes a number of special features, including Science on the Seas activities from the award-winning California Science Center, Yoga for Kids, and a Jr. CHEF@Sea program.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company's website at For more information about Klutz, please visit

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Europe’s Danube River with Cruise West – July 16, 2009 – Chairman’s Cruise

Introducing Cruise West’s newest trip of a lifetime on the picturesque, historic Danube River. Leisurely cruise the medieval trade route between Vienna and Bucharest winding along forested mountains, beautiful landscapes, rich farmlands and the narrow gorge of the Iron Gate. Enter the heart of famous old cities, see fairytale castles, Gothic cathedrals, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Old World villages changed little over time. Experience the romance, culture, architecture and history of this important transportation corridor.

Chairman’s Cruise - On July 16, 2009, join Cruise West Chairman Dick West and his family on the inaugural voyage on the Danube River. This 10-night cruise aboard the newly built 148-guest M/S Amadeus Diamond travels from Vienna to Bucharest, visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites, medieval towns, inspiring cities and picturesque landscapes.

Vienna, Austria
Arrive in Vienna and transfer to the ship for welcome cocktails and dinner. Overnight aboard the MS Amadeus Diamond in the Vienna harbor. D

Take a city tour of the heart of old Vienna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Head back to the ship to enjoy lunch onboard. The afternoon is at your leisure to discover more of Vienna on your own. Prior to embarkation your Danube River mood is set by a classical music performance onboard. BLD

Budapest, Hungary
Take a city tour of Budapest, the “Queen of the Danube,” including the castle district. The afternoon is at your leisure. Depart in the evening as you experience the beauty and lights of “Budapest by Night.” BLD

Kalocsa, Hungary
Excursion to the Hungarian Puszta with lunch at a traditional horse farm with horse show entertainment. Your evening entertainment is a Hungarian operetta program onboard. BLD

Osijek, Croatia and the River Drava
Take a city tour of Osijek before touring through the Croatian Danube Basin to visit a famous vineyard near Vukovar where you’ll taste some delightful wines. BLD

Belgrade / Kostolac, Serbia
Your city tour of Belgrade includes a visit to the Kalemegdan Fortress and Museum, housing exhibits of archaeological excavations. Board a bus to Viminacium, a former Roman settlement complete with Roman baths, period attire and a museum. Reboard your ship in Kostolac for an evening of Serbian folk music onboard. BLD

River Cruising
Spend the day cruising the river, passing the famous Iron Gate, the most attractive stretch of the Danube. BLD

Svistov / Rousse, Bulgaria
Today’s excursions are to Veliko Tarnovo with its unique architecture and Arbanassi, known for its Bulgarian National Revival architecture. Travel by bus to Rousse to reboard your ship. In the afternoon cruise to Somova with lectures on the Danube Delta flora and fauna from a specialist. This evening is the Captain's farewell toast and dinner. BLD

Somova / Hirsova, Romania
Take an excursion to the Danube Delta, the best-preserved Delta in Europe and the largest reed bed in the world. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to over 320 species of birds and 45 freshwater fish. Enjoy breakfast at the Nunnery of Saun and lunch at the 5-star Grand Hotel Rex. Take a tour of the historic city and harbor of Constanta. Later this afternoon visit Murfatlar, one of Romania’s best-known wineries for wine tasting. BLD

Hirsova / Bucharest, Romania
Transfer to Bucharest by bus where you’ll overnight. Enjoy lunch and take a city tour of Bucharest, the magnificent boulevards and city center, including a visit to the Patriarchic Church and the Village Museum, one of Europe’s oldest outdoor museums. BLD

Bucharest / Home Transfer to the airport for your return flight home or continue on to your Transylvania Post-Cruise Program. B

July 16th rates subject to availability.

$6,249 per person Category A
$6,549 per person Category AA
$6849 per person Catetory AAA
$7,149 per person Suite

Air fare quotes available upon request. Insurance is highly suggested and based on age at time of travel.

Tutka Bay Lodge - Homer, Alaska

Tutka Bay Lodge Homer Alaska

Tutka Bay Lodge is located in Southcentral Alaska. The lodge is located nine ocean miles from the seaside town of Homer along the Kachemak Bay. The Tutka Bay area offers rugged coastlines, deep fjords, dramatic mountains, quiet beaches, old growth Sitka spruce forests, and amazing tidal fluctuations.

To get to the lodge, either fly or drive to Homer and then take a twenty-five minute water taxi south across the bay. Along the way, you might observe various shore and water birds, sea otters, sometimes Orcas, Humpbacks and other marine mammals.

The lodge offers six private guest accommodations, a seasoned staff offering full-service lodging and guide services, and an array of activities to introduce you to the Kachemak Bay marine community.

Their award-winning cuisine, lodge amenities such as complimentary massage and yoga, wine tastings in the afternoon, cooking classes, and guided adventure activities such as deep-sea fishing for salmon and halibut, freshwater fishing, ocean kayaking and hiking our unique trail system offers both high-energy adventures as well as seaside serenity.


• Lodge-based activities include:
• Watch sea otters dive for urchins & clams.
• Hear the cries of bald eagles defending their territory.
• Find solitude on a quiet beach or nature trail.
• Discover sea stars, anemones, chitons and mussels at low tide.
• Watch for whales, sea lions, porpoises and seals.
• Learn from the locals about Alaska’s natural and cultural history.
• Drink in the view from a lounge chair on our Alaskan size sun deck.
• Fish for greenling, cod and flatfish off the lodge dock.
• Feed the frilled anemones in our anemone garden under the lodge dock.
• Dig for steamer clams and pluck mussels from the rocks for an evening feast.
• Warm yourself to the bone in our handcrafted wood-fired banya (sauna).
• Research native art, archeology, birds, marine biology or plants in our Alaskana library.
• Visit a pre-historic midden of refuse left by early Kachemak Bay inhabitants.
• Learn about brown bears, glaciers and marine ecology from our nature video library.
• Sooth tired muscles in our open-air hot tub on the deck.
• Morning yoga on the deck
• Complimentary massage
• Take a cooking class
• Walk our private two-mile trail through old-growth forest
• Learn to kayak in the cove
• Take a fly-fishing lesson from our beach
• Out-camp adventures
• Pick berries on Sadie Cove Knob in Kachemak Bay State Park
• Hike Grace Ridge in Kachemak Bay State Park
• Tour the scenic shoreline by boat
• Visit an oyster farm
• Freshwater fish for salmon
• Tour Halibut Cove and Gull Island
• Visit the village of Seldovia

Four Night Package – $3365.00 plus $22.00 sales tax per person


Tutka Bay Lodge Options
TBLFA – Flightsee the Kachemak Bay Area – $500.00
TBLDS – Deep-sea fishing for halibut or salmon – $300.00
TBLBV – Bear viewing at Redoubt Bay Lodge – $725.00

Monday, February 23, 2009

Windstar Cruise - Roundtrip Costa Rica

December 5 and December 12 Departures

Stateroom Category B Rate: $2,149.00 per person.

Stateroom Category A Rate: $2,349.00 per person.

Owner's Suite: $3,399.00 per person.

December 5 Puerto Caldera,Costa Rica
December 6 – At Sea
December 7 – San Juan Del Sur,Nicaragua
December 8 – Playas Del Coco,Costa Rica
December 9 Quepos,Costa Rica
December 10 Bahia Drake,Costa Rica
December 11 Curu,Costa Rica
December 11 Tortuga Island,Costa Rica
December 12 Puerto Caldera,Costa Rica

Great River Journey - Yukon, Canada - A Wilderness River Safari

The Great River Journey - 8 Days from Dawson City | Departs Fridays and Sundays

June Departures: From $4,599.00 per person + $335.00 Tax Additional departures available, inquire for costing.

The Great River Journey is a unique world-class geotour. It combines the adventure of a wilderness river safari with a journey of personal discovery — there is no other product like it in North America.

The Great River Journey begins in Whitehorse and unfolds over eight days and 600 kilometers (373 miles) of wilderness leading to Dawson City. Along the way, it passes through the traditional lands of our four First Nations partners, whose citizens are among the people who will be hosting, guiding and caring for guests.

Small groups (maximum 10 people) travel in their own riverboat with a pilot and an experienced local guide. Frequent landings are made to view wildlife, explore the wilderness and historical sites, rest and relax. The small group size and the wide variety of Yukon attractions permit each tour to be personalized to accommodate special interests such as wildlife viewing, nature photography, bird watching, hiking, paddling and participating in cultural and interpretative programs.

The Great River Journey has been developed as a responsible tourism product, with respect for the environment and First Nations culture as its cornerstone values.

The Great River Journey begins in Whitehorse and unfolds over eight days.y.

Day 1 - Whitehorse to Upper Labarge Lodge

Guests are greeted by their guide at the airport or their hotel. Depending on weather and other factors, guests may cruise the scenic one-hour trip by riverboat or fly the 15-minute route by float plane to Upper Labarge Lodge.

Day 2 - Upper LaBerage Lodge

Guests have a full day to explore the Lake Laberge area. Choose from a leisurely walk through the Ta'an village, a more challenging hike and mountain bike ride to the ridges above, a bird scouting jaunt or fishing and kayaking. Second night at the lodge. Day 3 - Upper Labarge Lodge to Homestead Lodge

Guests travel by riverboat (or kayak part of the way) from Upper Labarge Lodge down the "Thirty Mile" section of the Yukon River. A floatplane meets the group near Steamboat Island. Guests enjoy a one-hour flight over the Yukon River to Homestead Lodge near Fort Selkirk.

Day 4 – Homestead Lodge

After breakfast, guests make the short trip across the river from Homestead Lodge to Fort Selkirk. After exploring this historic site for the day, the group returns to Homestead Lodge for the night.

Day 5 – Homestead Lodge to Wilderness Outpost

Guests travel by riverboat from Homestead Lodge to Wilderness Outpost. Opportunities abound for wildlife viewing along this truly wild section of the journey. Guests "rough it" in comfortable tented accommodations.

Day 6 - Wilderness Outpost to Dawson City

Guests travel by riverboat from Wilderness Outpost to Dawson City. Our boat trip includes a shore lunch and wildlife viewing opportunities. Upon arrival in Dawson City, guests are welcomed at their accommodation within the historic town site.

Day 7 – Dawson City

Together with a guide, guests have the full day to explore the many historical, cultural and natural attractions of Dawson City and the surrounding area. Second night in the Klondike capital.

Day 8 - Dawson City

Your tour ends at the Dawson City airport. However, transfers are available to Fairbanks, Alaska for your return home or to continue on with your adventure to The Great Land, Alaska.

Roundtrip San Diego 10 Day Mexican Riveria & Sea of Cortez Cruise



Fares available between: Monday, February 23, 2009 – Sunday, March 1, 2009

San Diego, depart 5:00 PM

Day 1 At Sea

Day 2 At Sea

Day 3 Puerto Vallarta 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Day 4 Mazatlan 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Day 5 Topolobampo 4:30 AM to 11:00 PM

Day 6 Loreto 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Day 7 Pichilinque (La Paz) 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Day 8 Cabo San Lucas 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Day 9 At Sea

Day 10 San Diego arrive 7:00 AM; flights out of San Diego after 1:00 PM

Friday, February 6, 2009

Escape with Princess® to Europe, Alaska, Caribbean or Canada & New England

Picture yourself sailing the world in 2009 on an incredible Princess ship, bound for Europe, Alaska, the Caribbean or Canada & New England. And with a free upgrade to a balcony stateroom, you’ll have a perfect vista from which to enjoy all the views. For maximum affordability, Princess is even offering lower pricing on interior staterooms. So take advantage of these sensational deals and plan your escape today.

Here are some of the exciting details:

• Save up to $1,200 per couple on most voyages
• Special pricing on inside staterooms
• Small Ship sailings now available in Alaska and Europe!
• Offers good through February 28, 2009 on 2009 voyages to Europe, Alaska,

From February 6 to February 13th, only $100 per person deposit required.

Canada & New England and Summer Caribbean itineraries!

ACT NOW! Don't miss this chance to get your own balcony view on spectacular Princess escapes in 2009!

Save up to $1,200 off Escape Fares per couple ($600 per person) for select sailings on a space-available basis. Savings vary by departure and category. Free upgrades apply to an upgrade from lead-in unobstructed oceanview to balcony categories. Free upgrade must be confirmed at time of booking in preferred stateroom location. Free upgrade based on a price reduction to applicable lead-in fares. Fares are per person, cruise-only, based on double occupancy and apply to the first two passengers in a stateroom. These fares do not apply to singles or third/fourth-berth passengers.

Princess reserves the right to impose a fuel supplement of up to $9 per person per day on all passengers if the NYMEX oil price exceeds $70 per barrel, even if the fare has already been paid in full. Government fees and taxes are additional and are subject to change. Please contact Princess Cruises for third/fourth-berth fares. This offer is based on space availability, is capacity controlled and may not be combinable with any other public, group or past passenger discount, including shipboard credits. Offer is not transferable and is only available to residents of the U.S., Puerto Rico, Mexico or Canada. Fares quoted in U.S. dollars.

Air quotes available upon request.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Pacific Coast Getaways 1-4 DAYS

Embark on a variety of getaways departing from a range of convenient ports on the West Coast. Our Pacific Getaways offer a quick and easy way to escape and enjoy all Princess® has to offer onboard — from incredible dining and exciting musical productions to Las Vegas-style casinos or just lounging by a freshwater pool. Escapes range from just one day to four days, and sailing between cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver. Even just a few days on a Princess ship lets you get away from your routine for a blissful vacation at sea.

Port order may vary. If you are interested please email us with dates and type of cabin you would like and we'll get back to you immediately.

9/14/09 2 Vancouver/San Francisco

9/17/09 1 Seattle/Vancouver

9/19/09 1 Seattle/Vancouver

9/19/09 4 Vancouver/Ketchikan/Vancouver

9/20/09 1 Seattle/Vancouver

9/21/09 3 Vancouver/Los Angeles

9/21/09 2 Vancouver/San Francisco

9/23/09 3 Vancouver/Los Angeles

5/6/10 2 San Francisco/Vancouver

5/6/10 4 Los Angeles/

5/8/10 1 Vancouver/Seattle

5/14/10 1 Vancouver/Seattle

5/14/10 3 Los Angeles/Vancouver



March 4- March 13, 2009


Tour Includes:

4 Nights Captain Cook Hotel
3 Nights Fairbanks Princess
2 Nights Chena Hot Springs
9 Breakfasts
2 Dinners (Mushers' Banquet and Pump House Final Night Dinner)
Private Transfers
Airfare Anchorage to Fairbanks
Private Meeting/Lecture with Iditarod Musher
All admissions (including two lectures of your choice)

Day 1 - March 4, Wednesday Arrival in Anchorage -

Upon arrival in Anchorage you are met and transferred to your hotel. Settle in and get acquainted with your guide and the city of Anchorage. Overnight Anchorage

Day 2 - March 5, Thursday Touring Anchorage

This morning after a leisurely breakfast you will attend a "Welcome to Alaska" orientation that will review the week's activities. This will be your in depth introduction to the "Last Great Race".Before leaving for a drive along Alaska's only National Scenic Highway, the Seward, we'll visit the Anchorage Museum of Art and History. Then, drive south of Anchorage toward Portage Glacier. Here on the eastern edge of the Pacific "Ring of Fire," the road skirts Turnagain Arm, where 14,000 years ago we would have been unable to drive here as the landscape was covered with late Wisconsin glaciers. Turnagain Arm was named by English Captain, James Cook in 1778. We'll stop at Beluga Point, a 4,000-year old Alutiiq Eskimo hunting site, where the second highest tides in the world occur with a 38-feet surge.Tonight you will attend the Mushers' Banquet where you enjoy the festivities as you celebrate the great achievement of the serum run to Nome. At the banquet you will have a chance to bid on an opportunity to ride in one of the sleds during the race start in Anchorage. (B) Overnight Anchorage

Day 3 - March 6, Friday Private Breakfast Reception with a Musher

This morning our group will enjoy a private meeting with an Iditarod Musher.Our musher will provide insights into the sled dogs, their many characteristics and attributes, the years of breeding and training that goes into putting together a team. As well, he will describe the strategy, hardships, technical aspects and joys of life on the trail - the race itself. We'll get a good look at the sled, (20" wide), clothing and gear that carries the musher, food and required survival equipment for two weeks from Anchorage 1,150 miles across the wilderness of Alaska to Nome on the Bering Sea coast. What it takes to win this extraordinary sled dog race will soon emerge from the discussion.This afternoon you have free time to attend some lectures on the race and learn even more in anticipation of the race start tomorrow. (B) Overnight Anchorage

Day 4 - March 7, Saturday "Race Day"

The ceremonial Iditarod start will begin in downtown Anchorage, where thousands of fans and media from around the world join in this world-famous event. The #1 position is reserved for Leonard Seppala, one of the most famous mushers who carried the diphtheria serum to Nome over the original Iditarod Trail. Today, fans who were the successful bidders on the "Idita-Rider" auction will ride in the sled of a musher as they leave the start chute. Overnight Anchorage

Day 5 - March 8, Sunday

We'll leave Anchorage for a short drive to Willow. We will visit the Iditarod Sled Dog Race Headquartersand then we will watch the Race Re-Start.. (B) Today the real race to Nome begins, with the re-start at Willow. Mushers will hookup their dogs and race across more than 1,000 miles of Alaska's wilderness. The dogs sense that this is "go time" and their level of excitement is unmatched. You will have a far better, closer look at the teams and mushers. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 - Go! With a rooster-tail of snow behind each sled speeding down the chute, mushers wave to fans as they head off on the "Last Great Race". After wishing the mushers well we head to the Anchorage Airport and fly to Fairbanks to enjoy more wonders of the North. From Fairbanks we'll drive 60 miles to one of the more notably Northern Lights viewing areas, Chena Hot Springs(B) Overnight Chena Hot Springs Resort

Day 6 - March 9, Monday Full day at Chena Hot Springs Resort – Northern Lights

This morning will feature a short orientation of the events during the stay around the Fairbanks area. The rest of today, enjoy this internationally known resort. The area is well noted as one of the better areas in North America to view the northern lights. Guests enjoy the unique Rock Lake natural mineral hot pool, exquisite Moose Lodge and gourmet meals.
Optional activities include northern lights Aurorarium, Snow Coach Aurora Tour atop one of Alaska’s oldest mountains, dog sled rides, cross country skiing, snowshoeing or snowmobiling.
For the adventurous there will be a variety of dog sled ride opportunities with veteran Alaska dog mushers. . (B) Overnight Chena Hot Springs

Day 7- March 10, Wednesday

Depart Chena Hot Springs to Fairbanks
Enjoy breakfast this morning. After lunch we depart Chena Hot Springs Resort for Fairbanks. On the way make a short stop at the Ice Park to see how the ice carving is going for participants in the World Ice Art Championships. (B) Overnight Fairbanks

Day 8 – March 11, Thursday Full day to explore Fairbanks

Today we visit the University of Alaska Museum, Alaska’s official repository for natural science collections: everything from gold bullion to butterflies to “blue” bison, an Ice Age relict, and the Alaska Bird Observatory.
Later a visit to the Large Animal Research Station to see Musk Ox breed in captivity will wind up the afternoon. Later this evening we will visit the Ice Park to view the multi and single block carvings lit and showcased in a rainbow of colors. (B) Overnight Fairbanks

Day 9- March 12 Tuesday Tour Fairbanks and Ice Carving Competition

This morning we return to the Ice Park for a more close up inspection and viewing of all the intricate carvings. The World Ice Art Championships attract ice carvers from around world. The park encompasses 25 acres, and hosts visitors and the carving competition for three weeks in March. At this time, the competition is “icy” as the carvers showcase the intricate, complex, larger-than-life multi-block final competition. You won’t believe what you see!
As this is our last day and evening together we will dine at the famed “Pump House” and enjoy a truly great Alaskan meal before depart tomorrow for our home cities. (B, D) Overnight in Fairbanks

Day 10 - March 13, Friday Depart Fairbanks -

Today your northern adventure ends with individual transfers to the airport. If time permits your escort will shuttle you around town to any site you wish to revisit. (B)

$3,049 plus $179 tax (per person based on double occupancy)
$4,499 plus $199 tax (per person single occupancy)

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