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Alaska Cruise Travel Articles
Let Alaska Cruises Direct be your guide to some of the most exciting Alaska cruise vacation destinations in the world. Prepare for your next journey by reading these Alaska cruise travel articles and learn about some of the highlights that span across our diverse ALASKA cruise itineraries. Learn about the places in ALASKA you've always dreamed of visiting, along with new ports and exciting things to do you'll want to add to your "Must See - Must Do" list.
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ALASKA: So incredibly beautiful, you'll think you stepped into a painting. This is Alaska for 2016 as seen from the panoramic perspective of your dazzling Princess cruise ship. Monumental glaciers are natures draw and Alaska's waterways reveal more of these thrilling Ice Age giants than anywhere else on earth. Alaska's Inside Passage is one of the most scenic sea-lanes in the world, home to bald eagles, whales, sea lions, otters, brown bears, mountain goats and flocks of seabirds. Plus you'll visit a variety of flavorful ports of call full of rich history and native culture. Explore more of Alaska by both sea and land in one seamless vacation, plan an authentic vacation that goes beyond the expected. Think wild, and search for bear, moose and caribou in Denali. Feel a part of Alaska's individualist lifestyle as you visit port communities of Juneau, Ketchikan Skagway, Icy Strait Point, Sitka or Haines. Or join in Fairbanks' Midnight Sun events during summer solstice. In Alaska, our Cruise Tours give you hundreds of unique moments to capture, keep and treasure forever.
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Be charmed by the wonders of Victoria, British Columbia
Canadian cruise destination Victoria, the capital of the Canadian province of British Columbia, is a charming destination full of history and beauty. With its myriad of things to see and do, this city is a must-see stop for a shore excursion during an Alaskan cruise. One of the most popular activities during a trip to Victoria is to see its range of architectural treasures. The legislative buildings that house the government of British Columbia are one of these gems, as they feature landmark designs made to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.
They are a particularly stunning sight at night, when they are illuminated by more than 3,000 glowing light bulbs. Two other amazing architectural attractions are the Fairmont Empress Hotel, a landmark facility famous for its delicious afternoon tea, and Craigdarroch Castle, an 1890s-era fortification with a stunning restored estate and lots of opulent antiques. Victoria's natural landscape is just as impressive as its cutural one. The biggest draw in the city is Butchart Gardens, a 25-acre reserve known for its gorgeous flowers, serene walkways, bubbling fountains and bronze statues.
Another great green space is Beacon Hill Park, which is a haven for the many birds that make their home in the city. If you're interested in seeing Victoria's wildlife, you can pay a visit to the Butterfly Gardens. In this 12,000-square-foot enclosure, you can watch in amazement as you are surrounded by countless free-flying butterflies.
Just off the coast of the British Columbia city, you can see some of Canada's most majestic creatures on a whale watching expedition At the end of a long day of exploring the wonders of Victoria, there are few activities better than kicking back and enjoying a pint of beer at one of the many pubs scattered throughout the downtown district.
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"Awaken your love of the great outdoors when you experience the boundless splendor of the Alaska wilderness on board a cruise ship. Alaska: Mother Nature's piece de resistance. It is, quite simply, the world in its purest form. Imagine vast glacial fields juxtaposed against immense evergreen forests, infinite fields of wildflowers, and heady rushing waterfalls. Nowhere on earth is as diverse as The Last Frontier as seen in the summertime. Oh, and do not forget to pack your sun block. Summer temperatures in Alaska are mild and the days last well into the night."
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