Travel Weekly's Alaska E-letter: July 11, 2007

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE is offering 20 new shore excursions to Alaska this season, including a zip line canopy tour, luxury SUV excursions and a train ride on a vintage parlor car. With the new tours, Carnival is offering a total of 120 different shore excursions on the lines seven-day Glacier Route and Glacier Bay voyages aboard the 2,124-passenger Carnival Spirit. Among the new tours is a Rain Forest Canopy & Zip Line Adventure in Juneau that starts with a zip line tour across a mile-long network of platforms mounted on Sitka Spruce trees. The treetop adventure offers participants a birds-eye view of a number of Juneau landmarks, including the historic downtown and Bullion Creek. For information or to book, call (800) CARNIVAL or visit

SMALL-SHIP LINE CRUISE WEST, meanwhile, has added four new shore excursions to its Alaska itineraries, and now includes two nights at Glacier Bay National Park. Guests can extend their stay in the park by choosing the Wilderness Inside Passage itinerary, which includes more departures on two ships: the 84-guest Spirit of Discovery and the 102-guest Spirit of Endeavour. One of Cruise Wests new shore excursions includes a guided hike through Glacier Bay National Park. For information or to book, call (800) 296-8993 or visit

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE is promoting Early Advantage rates on Alaska cruises and CruiseTours when booked by Sept. 15; past guests receive greater discounts. In addition, Holland America has added more CruiseTour itineraries in Alaska for 2008. With the special advance fares, guests can book a seven-day Alaskan Explorer cruise, roundtrip from Seattle, for $799 for an inside cabin or $1,329 for a cabin with a verandah. Another option is an Alaskan and the Yukon CruiseTour, ranging in length from 10 to 20 days, starting at $1,249 for an inside stateroom and $1,489 for outside staterooms.

THE CRUISE COMPANY is offering a larger number of Alaska itineraries this year. With roundtrip sailings from Seattle, Holland America offers 58 Alaskan Explorer departures with port calls to Sitka, Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska, and Victoria, British Columbia. Two new Vista ships, the Noordam (Sunday departures) and the Oosterdam (Saturdays) join the flagship Amsterdam (Fridays). The Noordam visits Glacier Bay on all departures, while the Amsterdam visits either Tracy Arm and Sawyer Glacier or Glacier Bay. The Oosterdam cruises to the Hubbard Glacier or Wrengell-St. Elias National Park. For information or to book, call (877) 724-5425 or visit

Alaska Editor: Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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