Travel Weekly's Alaska E-letter: Feb. 20, 2008

THE ALASKA MARINE HIGHWAY SYSTEM released its summer state ferry schedule, and there’s bad news for travelers from Washington state. The agency has cut in half the number of vessels carrying passengers and vehicles between Alaska and Bellingham, Wash. Ferry officials said the changes were made to cut costs. Marine Highway officials said they hoped travelers unable to take the ferry from Bellingham would instead drive through Canada to Prince Rupert and take the ferry from there. Besides cutting out one vessel from the Bellingham run, the schedule reduces Gulf of Alaska crossings. The ferry schedule was released late; the schedule is typically released before the end of the year. Officials said the delay was a one-time occurrence to build in maintenance schedules for the aging ferry fleet.

CRUISE WEST is offering special pricing for kids 18 and under on all Glacier Bay Highlights departures in 2008. The discounts represent savings of up to 75% off adult fares in a AAA cabin or 50% off the adult fare in a category A or AA cabin. Fares start at $1,799 per adult and $900 for one child sharing an A cabin. Cruise West’s three- and four-night Glacier Bay Highlights cruises are aboard the 102-passenger Spirit of Glacier Bay, cruising roundtrip from Juneau from May to September. For bookings and price details, call (800) 296-8307 or visit www.cruisewest.com.

HYATT said it will develop a Hyatt Place hotel in Anchorage. An opening date was not announced. Developed for the business traveler, Hyatt Place properties feature free Wi-Fi access, work desks, sleeper sofas, signature Hyatt Grand beds, 42-inch flat-panel TVs, free continental breakfast and StayFit Hyatt gyms.

ALASKA AIRLINES is upgrading its first-class food service on more than 180 daily flights, nearly 40% of the airline’s departures. Alaska said it would introduce a First Class Variety Basket during snack service on most flights between one and three hours along the West Coast and within Alaska. The basket will offer healthier food items, replacing the airline’s current first-class snack of nuts, cheese and cookies.

Alaska Editor: Jorge Sidron 
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(973) 898-0011
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