WEST will rename its 102-passenger Spirit of Nantucket in
conjunction with the ship's move from the East Coast to Alaska in
2008. Its new name will be the Spirit of Glacier Bay. The
rechristening will take place in Seattle in spring 2008 before the
ship heads to Alaska to begin operating in the Glacier Bay National
Park and Preserve. The ship will continue sailing East Coast
itineraries through 2007. In 1990 Cruise West launched a
52-passenger ship called the Spirit of Glacier Bay that sailed a
similar itinerary, but that ship was retired in 2001.
AVIATION plans a major expansion in September, adding five
scheduled daily flights from Anchorage to Fairbanks and Bethel. The
daily flights will begin Sept. 4. Era plans to offer three daily
flights to Fairbanks using a 37-passenger aircraft and two daily
flights to Bethel aboard a 19-seat plane. Anchorage-based Era
offers scheduled flights between Anchorage and Kenai, Homer,
Kodiak, Valdez and Cordova.
LONGER HAVE TO BE A CRUISE PASSENGER to sign up for a
Snorkel Alaska snorkeling tour. The company, in its seventh year of
operation, has opened up its snorkeling excursions off the coast of
Ketchikan to all. The excursion was voted Ketchikan's Shore
Excursion of the Year by Princess Cruises from 2003 to 2006. The
clear waters off the coast of Ketchikan reward snorkelers with a
surprisingly colorful array of sea life, including urchins, sea
cucumbers and sea stars. To keep warm, snorkelers wear
quarter-inch-thick wetsuits with hoods as well as boots and gloves.
Excursions last approximately three hours. The Mountain Point
Snorkeling Adventure is available May to September in Ketchikan.
For information or reservations, visit www.snorkelalaska.com or call (907)
AIRLINES launched technology that gives customers the
option to use credit and debit cards instead of cash for in-flight
purchases. The airline introduced hand-held devices this month on
some two dozen daily, transcontinental flights that enable flight
attendants to process credit and debit cards for food and beverage
purchases and personal entertainment device rentals. Alaska said it
would expand the service to more flights this fall and ultimately
plans to offer the service on all flights.
Editor: Jorge Sidron
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