Crystal Cruises adds muscle to its on-shore options


LOS ANGELES -- Crystal Cruises added three adventure options to its collection of shore excursions.

Two are hikes labeled challenging, and the third is a wilderness kayaking experience that is longer and more remote than those previously offered, according to Craig Laforest, director of land programs.

The Heli-Hike and White Pass Train Adventure takes guests from Skagway by helicopter to Glacier Station for a four-mile trek that reaches altitudes of up to 2,800 feet.

The trails, classified as limited-access wilderness territory, are fairways for moose, bears and goats. Guests return to Skagway aboard the White Pass Railroad.

The Guide's Choice Adventure Hike from Juneau wanders through valleys and meadows, with an elevation gain of up to 1,200 feet.

The four-and-a-half-hour Ta-toosh Islands Sea Kayaking Adventure from Ketchikan meanders around the islands of the vast Tongass National Forest, home to bald eagles, seals and sea lions.

The new excursions range in price from $60 for the Adventure Hike to $275 for the Heli-Hike.

In addition to 13 active adventure offerings that include biking, horseback riding and sportfishing as well as hiking and kayaking, Crystal's Alaska shore excursion program includes more than 40 options, ranging from city sightseeing to explorations by float plane.

This summer, the 940-passenger Crystal Harmony will sail from both San Francisco and Vancouver on six 10-, 11- and 12-day voyages.

It will cruise the Inside Passage and Glacier Bay, calling

at the ports of Juneau, Sitka, Skagway and Ketchikan in Alaska and, depending on the itinerary, Victoria or Vancouver in British Columbia.

The season begins May 24 in San Francisco and ends with the last Vancouver departure on Aug. 11.

Fares begin at $2,575 per person, double, for a 12-day cruise.

Crystal Cruises
Phone: (800) 446-6620

JDS Travel News JDS Viewpoints JDS Africa/MI