Icy Strait Point ready for 2015 Alaska cruise season

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Icy Strait Point readies for 2015 cruise season When Norwegian Sun arrives to Icy Strait Point on May 11 it will mark the official first day of the 2015 cruise season. Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Holland America Line and Ponant will make 77 ship calls on the private, Alaska Native-owned cruise […]

Bear sighting from expedition cruise on Lindblad.

Video: Alaska Photo Expedition Excursion with Lindblad

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Bear sighting while on shore excursion via Alaska cruise with Lindblad Expeditions Inspiration tweet We go to take a look at the Alaska #waterfall and who do you think we run into? (Bears!) http://t.co/Rljb8SMdMH — Lindblad Expeditions (@LindbladExp) June 9, 2014 The the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Lion, which is the ship featured in the YouTube video, is an expedition […]

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle for Pre or Post Cruise

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Four Seasons Hotel Seattle Overview of Four Seasons Hotel Seattle for cruise visitors looking for a great place to visit during a pre or post cruise from the Port of Seattle. The Four Seasons Seattle is a five-star luxury hotel located close to top attractions and near the cruise ship docks. Cruise visitors can stop by to enjoy innovative cuisine […]

Culinary Options on Holland America Line’s Oosterdam

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Holland America Line Food on m/s Oosterdam There is no shortage of good eats on Holland America Line’s m/s Oosterdam; Cruise foodies will find plenty of culinary options onboard to satisfy most palettes. As cruise ship food goes, Holland America Line’s food is a standout in the premium cruise market. If you want to see what it looks like behind […]

Holland America Line Oosterdam Alaska Explorer Cruise Review

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Holland America Line Oosterdam Alaska Explorer Cruise Review Although the itinerary from Seattle with port calls to Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan offered a lot of time on the water (not my favorite), I did settle into a good sea day routine, which you can read about at the bottom of this post. Cruisers that dislike international travel will like this […]

Pre or Post Seattle Cruise Excursion: Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour

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Pre or Post Seattle Cruise Excursion: Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour Perhaps a little off the beaten track but well worth the effort is a pre or post cruise tour to the  Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour in Snohomish County. I got a chance to enjoy the center after my ship docked in Seattle […]

Cooking Dutch Pancakes with the Captain on Holland America Line

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Cooking Dutch Pancakes with the captain on Holland America Line Captain Arjen C. van der Loo makes Dutch Pancakes onboard m/s Oosterdam. Presentations from award-winning master chefs have become a tradition in the Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food and Wine Magazine. On my particular sailing, I attended a culinary demonstration from a master chef who also happened to be […]

Live Voyage Report: Ketchikan, Alaska via Holland America Line

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Live Voyage Report: Ketchikan, Alaska via Holland America Line   From the looks of the photo above you would never know that just four hours earlier in the day my shore excursion in a float plane was cancelled due to fog. As an avid cruiser, I knew two things going into Ketchikan: shore excursions involving aircraft were not a sure […]