ALASKA

August 17, 2009

Alaska

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Alaska Cruise Tour #27

Our first trip to Alaska was comprised of five air flights, one cruise ship, three train rides, four boat rides and four bus rides. Realizing what an adventure it was to be, we decided to take our fourteen year old granddaughter along for the trip. Read from here on down through the photo pages, then have a look around. There’s a lot here!

(Header theme photo taken of Mt McKinley from the Alaska Railroad between Anchorage and Denali.)

Whale Watching

Aleutian Ballad Crab Boat Tour

White Pass Railroad Yukon Territory

White Pass Railroad

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay National Park

Kenai Fjords

Kenai Fjords National Park

Moose 3

Denali National Park



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August 16, 2009

Alaska Photos

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Alaska Cruise Photos

Taken with the NIKON D90 Digital SLR Camera

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Cruise Tour #27

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  • Photo Page One, Leaving Vancouver aboard the Holland America cruise ship ms Veendam.
  • Photo Page Two: Visiting Ketchikan and the Bering Sea Crab Fisherman’s Boat Aleutian Ballad.
  • Photo Page Three: Juneau, the capital of Alaska – Mendenhall Glacier
  • Photo Page Four: From Skagway over the South Klondike Highway pass into the Yukon Territory
  • Photo Page Five: Cruising through Glacier Bay National Park
  • Photo Page Six: Food on the cruise ship and the battle of the bulge!
  • Photo Page Seven: Ice Sculpting – Formal Dinner Night – College Fjord
  • Photo Page Eight: The Kenai Fjords National Park Sea Excursion
  • Photo Page Nine: The Alaska Railroad from Anchorage to Denali to Fairbanks
  • Photo Page Ten: Denali National Park and the Tundra Wilderness Tour
  • Photo Page Eleven: The Discovery III River Boat and Chena Native Village
  • Photo Page Twelve: Fairbanks to the Alaska Pipeline and Gold Dredge #8.
  • Photo Page Thirteen: Tok, Chicken and Eagle, Alaska in the outback!
  • Photo Page Fourteen: The boat trip on the Yukon Queen II from Eagle, Alaska to Dawson, YT.
  • Photo Page Fifteen: Some scenes from Dawson City in the Yukon Territory.
  • Photo Page Sixteen: Around the Yukon Territory, Moose Creek, Minto and Whitehorse.
  • Photo Page Seventeen: Tour #27 Farewell Dinner at Whitehorse.


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July 25, 2009

Alaska Travel

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Travel Narratives

Stories to fill in the places where the camera was not at hand:

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June 5, 2009

Alaska Trip Planning

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Planning The Alaska Cruise Tour


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May 10, 2009

Cruise Tour Itinerary

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Holland America Alaska Cruise Tour #27

Cruise Tour #27

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LEAVE SARASOTA

  • 24JUL09 Hertz: 5225 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – (941) 925-8360 Noon to PM
  • 24JUL09 Tampa Airport Mariott (813)879-5151 – 3PM to NOON

FLY TAMPA TO VANCOUVER

DAY 1 SAIL FROM VANCOUVER

  • SUN 26JUL TRANSFER from HOTEL to SHIP at Canada Place Pier with a 3 hour tour of Vancouver including Chinatown, historic Gastown and Stanley Park.
  • SUN 26JUL Sail from Vancouver 5:00pm Cabin BA205
Aleutian Ballad

Aleutian Ballad

DAY 2 SCENIC CRUISING INSIDE PASSAGE

  • MON 27JUL Sea Day – Formal Dinner Night
  • NOAA BUOY DATA Click a buoy for WX and SEA conditions.

DAY 3 KETCHIKAN
Join the Captain and decades-seasoned Bering Sea fishing crew for an extraordinary journey of discovery on the Aleutian Ballad, a storied crab boat seen on Season 2 of the Discovery Channel series Deadliest Catch.

DAY 4 JUNEAU

Holland America Veendam

Holland America Veendam - Click to Enlarge

DAY 5 SKAGWAY

DAY 6 GLACIER BAY SCENIC CRUISING

DAY 7 COLLEGE FJORD SCENIC CRUISING

Kenai Fjords

Kenai Fjords

DAY 8 KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK CRUISE, SEWARD HIGHWAY TO ANCHORAGE
Meet your Tour Director, enjoy a national park wildlife cruise and continue via deluxe motor coach.

  • SUN 02AUG Debark Ship Seward (Anchorage) 6:00a
  • SUN 02AUG *
  • SUN 02AUG MEET YOUR TOUR DIRECTOR
  • SUN 02AUG TRANSFER SHIP/KFT
  • SUN 02AUG KENAI FJORDS SSG EARLY AM) 8:00a 2:00p
  • SUN 02AUG SEWARD/ANCHORAGE COACH (KFT) 3 hours, pick up car, have dinner.
  • SUN 02AUG HILTON ANCHORAGE HOTEL 2 NIGHTS
  • SUN 02AUG Dinner at the Glacier Brewhouse

DAY 9 ANCHORAGE, ALASKA
Take advantage of great shopping, dining and optional excursions.

  • MON 03AUG ANCHORAGE DAY AT LEISURE *CAR*
  • MON 03AUG Gotta restock at WALMART!
  • MON 03AUG Dinner at the Sea Galley
McKinley Explorer Rail Car

McKinley Rail Car - Click to Enlarge

DAY 10 MCKINLEY EXPLORER® RAIL TO DENALI NATIONAL PARK
Alaska’s wilderness is enhanced by the huge domed windows of spacious railcars and, later, inviting Denali resort-style lodgings.

  • TUE 04AUG TRANSFER HOTEL/RAIL DEPOT 7:15AM
  • TUE 04AUG MCKINLEY EXPLORER: ANCHORAGE/DENALI 8:15a to 3:45p Breakfast and Lunch on board.
  • TUE 04AUG TRANSFER RAIL DEPOT/HOTEL
  • TUE 04AUG MCKINLEY CHALETS RESORT 2 NIGHTS

DAY 11 DENALI NATIONAL PARK
The Tundra Wilderness Tour focuses on abundant wildlife and Mt. McKinley viewpoints in an intact ecosystem.

Tundra Wilderness Tour

Tundra Wilderness Tour - Click to Enlarge

DAY 12 MCKINLEY EXPLORER RAIL TO FAIRBANKS
Dine, sightsee, watch for wildlife and recharge.

  • THU 06AUG DNL MORNING AT LEISURE
  • THU 06AUG TRANSFER HOTEL/RAIL DEPOT
  • THU 06AUG MCKINLEY EXPLORER: DENALI/FAIRBANKS 4:00p 8:15p
  • THU 06AUG TRANSFER RAIL DEPOT/HOTEL
  • THU 06AuG WESTMARK FAIRBANKS HOTEL 2 NIGHTS

DAY 13 FAIRBANKS
Take a sternwheeler cruise along the Chena and Tanana rivers.

Discovery River Boat

Discovery River Boat - Click to Enlarge

DAY 14 EXPLORER COACH™ TO TOK
Visit Gold Dredge No. 8 (lunch included), then sightsee along the Alaska Highway.

DAY 15 mv YUKON QUEEN II CRUISE TO DAWSON CITY CANADA
Stop at the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Park Visitor Center. Tour historic Eagle, then travel the Yukon River.

yukonqueen

Yukon Queen II - Click to Enlarge

DAY 16 OPTIONAL DAWSON CITY & TOMBSTONE PARK ADVENTURES
Stay in town for gold rush tours or explore rugged Tombstone on an optional guided hike or excursion.

DAY 17 EXPLORER COACH TO WHITEHORSE CANADA
Sightsee past Five Finger Rapids (lunch included). Tonight, applaud the Frantic Follies Vaudeville Revue (included).

DAY 18 OPTIONAL WHITEHORSE & KLUANE NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURES
Today you can explore Whitehorse or join our optional Kluane National Park program. Tonight, say “good-bye” to your Tour Director at a farewell dinner.

DAY 19 FLY WHITEHORSE TO VANCOUVER CANADA
Overnight at the Fairmont Airport Hotel.

  • THU 13AUG TRANSFER HOTEL/AIRPORT
  • THU 13AUG GOODBYE TO YOUR TOUR DIRECTOR
  • THU 13AUG AIR: YXY/YVR (TOUR INV) Air North flight 525
  • THU 13AUG FAIRMONT VANCOUVER AIRPORT 1 NIGHT

DAY 20 TOUR ENDS THIS MORNING IN VANCOUVER

  • FRI 14 AUG NO TRANSFER HOTEL AT AIRPORT
  • 14AUG09 8:50a VANCOUVER 14AUG09 2:50p DALLAS/FT WORTH AMERICAN AIRLINES 282 All
  • 14AUG09 4:45p DALLAS/FT WORTH 14AUG09 8:10p TAMPA AMERICAN AIRLINES 698 All

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