ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL opened its 2009 Alaska cruise season for bookings, offering 10 itineraries, ranging from seven to 15 nights, on 57 sailings departing from San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Seward, and Vancouver. The company will offer three Royal Caribbean ships in the region in 2009: the Radiance of the Seas, the Serenade of the Seas and the Rhapsody of the Seas. The line will offer 21 cruise-tour options aboard the Radiance of the Seas, ranging from three to seven nights. A new seven-night cruise-tour option will offer a more comprehensive land experience in Seward, Anchorage, Talkeetna, Denali and Fairbanks. On 19 cruise-tour itineraries, passengers will experience Royal Caribbean's luxury, glass-domed railcar, the Wilderness Express.
ALSO IN 2009, Royal Caribbean is planning 38 calls at Icy Strait Point, the destination port adjacent to the largest Tlingit settlement in Alaska and home to the world's longest zipline adventure. In addition, the Serenade of the Seas will offer a three-night cruise tours to Whistler and a five-night cruise tour to the Canadian Rockies, both out of Vancouver. The Whistler cruise tour will feature a train ride to visit Vancouver and Whistler, which will host the 2010 Winter Olympics. Meanwhile, Royal Caribbean said it has enhanced its CruisingPower.com Web site to give travel agents a central online repository for current and upcoming deployment openings. Visit www.royalcaribbean.com or www.cruisingpower.com.
CELEBRITY CRUISES said it will offer three ships in Alaska in 2009, with all three scheduled to visit Hubbard Glacier, North America's largest glacier. The three ships -- the Celebrity Infinity, the Celebrity Mercury and the Celebrity Millennium -- will sail Alaska in 2009 from a total of five ports. Highlights include the industry's first roundtrip Alaska cruise out of Los Angeles as part of a 14-night roundtrip Ultimate Alaska sailing on Celebrity Mercury, and the line's first 10-night roundtrip from Vancouver as part of an Ultimate Alaska voyage departing Sept. 18 aboard Celebrity Millennium with stops in six Alaska ports. At the core of Celebrity's 2009 Alaska season is a series of seven-night voyages between May and September that include views of Hubbard Glacier. Also in 2009, Celebrity will increase its cruise-tour offerings to 21. The combination cruise-land tours will be available to guests sailing seven-night voyages aboard the Celebrity Millennium out of Seward and Vancouver. For details, visit www.celebritycruises.com.
THREE ALASKA CITIES -- Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau -- have been added to Street View, a feature of Google Maps that offers visitors to the Web site a street-level, virtual tour of participating communities. Street View is one of Google's most popular features. The three Alaska communities are among just a few dozen cities available on Street View, which was launched last May. To use Street View, visit Google Maps' Web site (maps.google.com) and type in one of the three Alaska cities. Click on the "Street View" icon and type in an address or click on a street.
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