Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Family Friendly Excursions in Seattle, Washington

Many Alaska cruises start in Seattle, Washington. Here's our family friendly ideas to explore Seattle. 

Tour: Best of Seattle- Past and present thrive side by side in Seattle, and you'll see many of the Emerald City's best highlights on this tour. View Seattle's sports stadiums; then, discover the historic flavor of Pioneer Square -- Seattle's birthplace dating back to 1852. Pass the International District and tour through the downtown core and shopping district. Circle the Seattle Center campus on your way to the Space Needle, where you'll soar to the top by elevator for an unforgettable vista of the skyline and Elliott Bay. Head through the gentrifying Belltown area to Pike Place Market -- the West Coast's largest and oldest open-air farmers' market. Browse the dozens of curio shops and local artisan stalls. Don't forget to check out Flying Fish -- one of the more famous vendors at the Market.

Duration: Around 3.5 hours

Offered Post- departure and Intransit only

Tour: Panoramic Seattle- Visit places like the famous Pike Place Market, Space Needle and the world's first Starbucks. At the Pioneer Square and Stadium District you will learn about the art galleries and hip restaurants that surround the sports stadiums where local die-hards cheer on the Seahawks, Sounders and Mariners. Next head to the International District and see this multicultural environment.

Duration: Around 3 hours

Tour: Seattle Locks cruise through Puget Sound- This tour takes you thought the salt water of the Puget Sound into the fresh water of Lake Union via the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. See how the locks work, learn about the fishing communities, see the Deadliest Catch boats, the Sleepless in Seattle floating home community and Gas Works Park.

Duration: Around 2.5 hours

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Family Friendly Excursions in Seward, Alaska

Seward is a great location for a multi-day hotel stay at the start or end of your cruise. Here's two great family fun ideas. 

Kenai Fjords Cruise- Enjoy a tour of Seward with time to shop, followed by a 55 mile round trip cruise with a Park Ranger. The ranger will point out some of Alaska’s wildlife including whales, sea otters, rookeries, and sea lions on the way to and from the glacier.

Duration: Around 7.5 hours

Exit Glacier Hike- Experience one of Alaska's few walk-in glaciers -- Exit Glacier. At the end of the road, follow a walking trail for 2½ miles through an alder forest, meeting the glacier's terminus (face) half way through your hike. The first half of the path is paved; the rest is gravel. Exit Glacier is three miles long and descends some 2,500 feet from the Harding Icefield. A naturalist guide will tell you all about the effects Exit and other glaciers have had on this area.

Duration: Around 4 hours

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Family Friendly Excursions in Victoria, B.C.

Victoria is a frequent stop on Alaska cruises that depart round trip from Seattle. The stop can be in the evening, but if you happen to have a lot of time in port, check out these family friendly excursions. 

All Ages

Butchart’s Gardens and City Tour- Board a bus at the pier and travel approximately 30 minutes through Victoria on your way to Butchart Gardens, a world famous National Historic Site of Canada. Take in Victoria's Chinatown, Marine Drive and Olde Towne during a scenic drive fully narrated by your driver-guide. Once at Butchart Gardens, enjoy approximately 2 hours of self-guided touring.

Duration: Around 4 hours

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Family Friendly Excursions in Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan is a great port for wildlife viewing. It's also a great location to explore the Tongas forest or the Misty fjords. 

All Ages

Lighthouse, Totems, and Eagles Tour- Board a motor coach for a scenic drive through Ketchikan on your way to meet the captain and crew of your vessel. Relax in a heated main cabin or enjoy the open-air observation deck. During your cruise you will see eagles, Totem Bight State Park, Vallenar Rocks Wildlife Viewing Area and historic Guard Island Lighthouse. Along the way you will also learn the maritime history of the region.

Duration: Around 3 hours

Adventure Cart Expedition- Hit the mountain trails of Alaska for an off-road adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy unparalleled views of the Tongas National Forest, Behm Canal, and the Inside Passage as you traverse the forest trails at a comfortable pace. Eagles, deer and bears are frequently sighted on this tour.

Duration: Around 3.25 hours

**While there is no minimum age for this excursion, the minimum weight is 40 pounds. Cart drivers must have a valid driver’s license.

Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show- Learn all about the life of a Lumberjack in Alaska during this entertaining show.

Duration: Around  1.5 hours

Note: This short excursion and its close proximity to the cruise ship pier allows for you to book another excursion in addition to this or enjoy the day on your own in Ketchikan.

2 and up

Misty Fjords Sightseeing- Enjoy an unforgettable flight aboard a floatplane and see majestic fjords, cascading waterfalls, and abundant wildlife, all while learning about the history of the area.

Duration: Around 2 hours

4 and up

Snorkeling Adventure- After receiving a brief orientation, suit up in a warm state of the art wetsuit, with hood, boots and gloves and then hover among Alaska’s diverse marine life. See mute-colored starfish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers and the giant sunflower star.

Duration: Around 3 hours

5 and up

Bering Sea Crab Fisherman’s Tour- Join an adventure of a lifetime aboard the Aleutian Ballad, as seen on Discovery Channel’s - The Deadliest Catch. As you head out on the calm waters of the Inside Passage, your seasoned crew will begin fishing and you’ll be up close to all the action! Crabs, octopus, eels, sharks, rockfish and prawns are all a possibility, as the crew demonstrates their expertise. Be on the lookout for whales, eagles, porpoise, and seals along the way. This educational and interactive experience is perfect for all ages and is packed with stories and adventures shared by the men and women who risk their lives fishing the Bering Sea.

Duration: Around 3 Hours

Alaska Fishing and Wilderness Dining- Gear up for an authentic fishing excursion in the unspoiled wilderness of Alaska's southeastern coastline. This tour is customized for any interest and skill level with just five guests per skiff. You’ll experience the thrill of bottom fishing and the exhilaration of landing rockfish, red snapper, lingcod or even a Pacific halibut. Then experience an outdoor culinary adventure as the camp cook prepares your freshly caught fish served atop a saffron-infused bouillabaisse.

Duration: Around 5 Hours

11 and up

Canopy Zip Line and Rainforest Tour- Board a motor coach for a scenic 25 minute drive out of Ketchikan to Knudson Cove. After receiving instructions and safety equipment from the guides, head out to the zip lines. Enjoy glimpses of bald eagles and the ocean below as you fly through the air completing between 5-9 zip lines. Afterwards you can ride an all-terrain vehicle up to a 50’ climbing tower where guides will show you how to climb safely to the top.

Duration: Around 3.5 hours

12 and up

Bear Country Wildlife Expedition- View Black Bears in their natural habitat in at the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary using a system of trails and elevated boardwalks. Bald eagles, seals and other wildlife join the bears and can usually be seen feeding on the fish. At the end of the trail guests see birds of prey close up at the Alaska Raptor Center, our a historic sawmill and watch a Master Totem Carver at work.

Duration: Around 3.25 hours

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

How to Travel Together and Stay Friends Webinar

Traveling with friends and family can be a lot of fun. It can also be a total nightmare. 

This webinar will lead you through the key actions and decisions so you can travel together and stay friends. 

You'll learn: 
- Vacations Options Ideal for Groups
 - How to Make Decisions 
- The Important Conversation You Must Have 
- How to Save Money 

For a copy of the workbook that goes with this webinar, click here.

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Carnival Horizon Review and Tour

I sailed on the first North American sailing of the Carnival Horizon in May 2018. The ship is gorgeous!

Here's a tour of most of the areas: 

Overall, I thought the cruise was great. Some of the highlights: 
  • Pig and Anchor - I love the new BBQ concept and the brewery. The cocktail menu was interesting. The beers were great. The food was very good. The P&A offers an included lunch on sea days and an a la carte menu for dinner each night. The dragon fries with beef brisket were delicious. I like that they have a guitar player there each night, but it's a little awkward to listen. If you want to be able to see him, you have to sit at one of the tables for dining. I wish they would add speakers outside so you could relax and listen. 
  • Vintage Pop show - This is one of the best show I've seen. I thought they couldn't top Flick on Vista and they did. I was smiling from ear to ear the whole time. 
  • The live entertainment - One of the reasons we cruise Carnival is all the night time fun. This ship delivered. All the live musicians were terrific. 
  • The food was good. I crave Guy's Burgers and the huevos rancheros from Blue Iguana. 
  • For a large ship, getting on and off went very smoothly
  • The Lido deck got very crowded so I was glad we had upgraded to Havana to have access to the private pool during the day. I was happy to see they were checking everyone to make sure they were Havana guests. 

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018