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
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
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
This summer, the 940-passenger Crystal Harmony will sail from
both San Francisco and Vancouver on six 10-, 11- and 12-day
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
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
Phone: (800) 446-6620