ICY STRAIT POINT, the only privately owned cruise ship port in southeast Alaska, will for the first time begin welcoming noncruise passengers in May. A 20-minute flight from Juneau, the destination port is based in a restored salmon cannery building just outside the Tlingit Indian village of Hoonah. Icy Strait Point offers 16 scheduled activities and tours, including bear viewing, whale watching, kayaking, fishing and ZipRider, the world's largest zip line adventure. Shopping and dining are also available in the cannery. Independent travelers will be able to visit Icy Strait Point on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays between May 4 and Sept. 26 as well as the last Saturday in May, June, July and August. Although noncruise visitors will be welcome on any of the port's excursions, they won't be able to make reservations in advance. However, since no more than one cruise ship docks at a time, space is usually available on excursions. Visit www.icystraitpoint.com.
PRINCESS TOURS will begin offering college credits, through the University of Alaska Fairbanks, for participants in its 15-year-old Commercial Driver Training Program, which qualifies students to drive visitors throughout Alaska in the company's motorcoaches. Starting this spring, participants in the program will earn three college credits for completing ABUS 267, Transportation and Logistics Management, a course in the Applied Business Department from UAF. The credits can be transferred to other colleges. Program students prepare to become drivers and guides during Princess Tours' summer season, which begins May 4. To learn about the program, visit http://princessjobs.com.
RESPONDING TO THE GROWTH in family cruising, American Safari Cruises said it is integrating triple accommodations into the multimillion-dollar renovation of its new luxury yacht, the Safari Explorer. The 145-foot, 36-guest vessel debuts in May in Alaska. Of Safari Explorer's 18 staterooms, four will have a couch that converts into a bed for a third person; two are top-deck Commodore suites with a separate bedroom, and two are oversize Admiral staterooms on the main deck that can accommodate three. Triple accommodations are priced 15% below the per person, double occupancy fare. Per person, triple fares for the Commodore suites begin at $6,595 for Alaska, $5,495 for Admiral staterooms. Call (888) 862-8881 or visit www.amsafari.com.
ALASKA AIRLINES and Horizon Air launched a Spring Savings fare sale to Alaska and a number of other destinations, with one-way fares within Alaska starting at $91 between Anchorage and Fairbanks. From other U.S. gateways, one-way fares start at $239 from Portland, Ore., and Anchorage; $249 from Los Angeles to Anchorage and Juneau; $249 between San Francisco and Anchorage or Juneau; and $219 between Seattle and Juneau. Tickets must be purchased by April 8, and travel must be completed by June 12.
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