Travel Weekly's Alaska E-letter: June 27, 2007

ICY STRAIT POINT, a port in Alaska that offers wilderness excursions and cultural attractions, opened what it's calling the "world's longest zip-line cable ride." The 5,330-foot line takes thrill-seekers from the heights of a mountaintop to the beach below. The zip-line consists of a launch pad 1,300 feet above sea level and a landing platform on the beach at Icy Strait Point, with no ground contact between the two spots, minimizing the attraction's impact on the environment. Traveling at speeds up to 60 mph, riders reach the bottom in just 90 seconds. If you're brave enough to open your eyes, you'll see sweeping views of Port Fredrick, Icy Strait and docked cruise ships. Six individual cables allow up to six participants to launch simultaneously or independently. Participants must be between 90 and 275 pounds. Icy Strait Point features a restored 1930s salmon cannery with museums, shops and restaurants just 1.5 miles from the native Tlingit village of Hoonah. Visit

MAJESTIC AMERICA LINE said its 48-passenger Contessa will make its inaugural voyage through Alaska's Inside Passage this summer. The ship, which spent the last several months undergoing upgrades, will operate 16 seven-night Alaska Adventures itineraries between Ketchikan and Sitka. Sailings from June to September cost from $1,699 per person, double, including select shore excursions, the services of an onboard naturalist, soft drinks, specialty coffees and onboard entertainment and enrichment programs. Excursions include a jet boat tour of the Stikine River and a hiking tour and kayaking excursion in Katlian Bay. Call (800) 434-1232 or visit

THE ALASKA AVIATION HERITAGE MUSEUM in Anchorage opened a new exhibit this month detailing Alaska Airline's 75-year history of flying in the state. "Alaska Airlines, a Rich and Storied History Since 1932" tells the airline's story through a series of colorful displays that include photos, articles, aircraft models and early airline memorabilia. Visitors can see a replica storefront of bush pilot Linious "Mac" McGee, one of the airline's founders, and see early uniforms worn by the airline's crew. A scaled-down model of one of Alaska's retired 737-200 Combis is also on display. The museum is open in summer Wednesdays to Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit

THE GREAT ALASKAN TOURSAVER BOOK is on sale for $99.95, offering two-for-one coupons on a number of Alaska cruises and tours. The coupon book can be purchased at There are more than 140 discount offers in the TourSaver booklet, including deals on accommodations, flightseeing, admission to attractions, rail tours and hotels. At Glacier Bay National Park, for example, visitors who purchase a package that includes an overnight stay at the Glacier Bay Lodge, a Glacier Bay cruise and transfers receive one free similar tour, worth up to $350. The Great Alaskan TourSaver booklet includes free shipping to U.S. addresses.

THE ANCHORAGE CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU hired Carol B. Lutz to serve as a sales representative for the bureau in New York. Lutz will promote Anchorage to meeting planners in the city.

Alaska Editor: Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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