New Alaska Shore Excursions for 2003

| Wednesday, 05 Mar. 2003

Carnival Cruise Lines Aboard Carnival Spirit

Excursions can be booked on board the ship. Over 95 are offered. The 10 new excursions include:

  • Helicopter Adventure Hike & White Pass Railway (Skagway) - Only for the most physically fit, this "extreme" excursion combines a scenic helicopter flight and train ride with a breathtaking four-mile wilderness hike in the Tongass National Forest, including the Skagway River and magnificent Laughton Glacier. Trekking gear, snacks and rain gear are provided.
  • Snowshoe Trek & White Pass Railway Adventure (Skagway) - On this "extreme" tour, guests enjoy a majestic ride through the Alaskan wilderness aboard the historic White Pass & Yukon Railway followed by a five-mile snowshoe trek up the frozen Skagway River to Laughton Glacier, viewing native flora and fauna all the while. Recommended for guests in good physical condition.

  • Helicopter Flightseeing & Glacier Walkabout (Juneau) - Guests discover the unique beauty of the southeast Alaska landscape as they soar via helicopter over rainforests and granite peaks that surround the 1,500-square-mile Juneau Ice Field. From there, guests will explore the majestic landscape for an hour before their return helicopter flight back. Rain gear, boots, gloves and trekking poles are provided.
  • Whale Quest & Salmon Bake Combo (Juneau) - Following a motorcoach ride to spectacular Auke Bay, guests board water jet-powered catamarans for a relaxing ride through the island-studded waters of Stephen's passage, home to humpback and killer whales, sea lions, porpoises, bald eagles and other species. Back ashore, guests enjoy a meal at renowned Gold Creek Salmon Bake amidst a beautiful mountain setting.
  • Ketchikan Explorer by Land & Sea (Ketchikan) - This three-and-a-half-hour excursion includes a motorcoach tour through quaint Saxman Village, home to one of the world's largest collection of totem poles and the historic Libby Cannery. Also included is a boat tour through George Inlet, where an on board naturalist will explain the history of the region and point out native foliage, wildlife and glaciers.
  • Wilderness Adventure & Crab Boil (Ketchikan) - After a 30-minute motorcoach tour through the Alaskan countryside, guests board a 25-person inflatable skiff to Ketchikan's famed crab harvesting grounds. During the seven-mile ride to Coon's Cove, guests can view the Tongass Rainforest and all its beauty. The cove is also the location of the Dungeness Crab Fishery, where guests assist in pulling up the crab pots before enjoying a delicious Dungeness crab dinner.
  • Scenic Grouse Mountain and Airport Transfer (Vancouver) - This five-hour excursion begins with a motorcoach tour through Stanley Park followed by a ride on the "Super Skyride" to the top of 4,100-foot-high Grouse Mountain, where guests can explore nature trails or enjoy a meal in one of the mountain-top restaurants featuring breathtaking vistas. The return ride includes a stop at Prospect Point en route to Vancouver International Airport.

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Crystal Cruises Aboard Crystal Harmony

Passengers can preview and complete a pre-registration form or visit Crystal's web site at www.crystalcruises.com to preview their preferred shore excursion. Payments are not required before sailing but will be charged to the passenger's shipboard folio. In all, 59 excursions are offered. The 12 new excursions include:

  • Glacier Outback Adventure, Juneau For those willing to don crampons and use basic glacier climbing equipment, the Glacier Outback Adventure, from Juneau, is centered upon a glacier landing where guests can view gaping crevasses, crystal clear pools and emerald blue fissures.
  • Mendenhall Glacier Native Canoe & Salmon Bake, Juneau Another active excursion out of Juneau is the Mendenhall Glacier Native Canoe & Salmon Bake, which will allow guests to paddle their way past icebergs to the face of the majestic Mendenhall Glacier in a Native canoe -- and then top off the day with a traditional Alaskan salmon bake.
  • Whiskey Cove Kayaking, Ketchikan The Whiskey Cove Kayaking shore excursion will explore quirky Ketchikan and the shoreline along Pennock Island where majestic bald eagles soar overhead. On land, the Alaska Dog Sled Adventure out of Skagway will visit the Klondike Gold Rush National Park in a quintessentially Alaskan fashion -- by dog sled.
  • Guided Alaskan Fishing and Private Wilderness Dining, Ketchikan Guests catch their own fish, which is later prepared, beachside, over a roaring fire.
  • Neets Bay Bear Watch Expedition, Ketchikan Guests fly by seaplane for an up-close-and-personal encounter with black bears while they fish for salmon.
  • Sitka's Russian Past and Dance Focuses on the town's founding by Russian explorers and settlers -- and culminate in a lively Russian folk dance and demonstration by a local dance company
  • Klondike Gold Dredge and Gold Panning, Skagway Visit the Klondike Gold Dredge and explore the inner workings of the myriad gold dredges that were used in the Klondike goldfields.
  • Ketchikan Explorer by Land & Sea Combine a walking tour of the town and all its quirks followed by a trip aboard a water-jet powered vessel for a tour of the glacier-etched George Inlet.
  • Graveyards, Ghosts and Headstones, VictoriaThis excursion will explore the spooky side of the city, with visits to an array of allegedly haunted cemeteries.

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Princess Cruises Aboard Coral Princess, Island Princess, Sun Princess, Dawn Princess, Star Princess, Pacific Princess

Excursions can be booked online at www.princesscruises.com. Princess offers 200 ways to see Alaska. The 30 new excursions include:

  • Glacier Lake Kayak & Scenic Railway, Skagway, This excursion enables passengers to not only ride the city's landmark White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, but also explore the crystal clear waters of a glacier lake by kayak. After riding the famous narrow-gauge train through the Canadian wilds, passengers disembark at Bernard Lake to paddle across the cold, pristine waters that Klondikers crossed more than 100 years ago en route to the gold fields of the Yukon. (Other kayak adventures are offered in Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka, as well at Princess' McKinley, Copper River and Kenai Wilderness Lodges.)
  • Stanley Park Kayaking Adventure, Vancouver Kayaking isn't just for the wilds of Alaska. Vancouver also offers a breathtaking waterfront perfect for a family kayak adventure. Pacific Princess passengers, and those with cruises beginning or ending in Vancouver who have some extra time in town, can enjoy the scenic waters of English Bay, and take in the views of the majestic Coast Mountains. Passengers with flights after 3 pm that day also have their airport transfer included.
  • Wrangell Lakes Canoeing (Princess Exclusive) Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge Guests can enjoy paddling a large expedition-type canoe through the pristine waters near Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. The guided tour includes insights on local natural history and culture, and plenty of opportunities to view wildlife.
  • Susitna Evening Float Trip, Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge There's no better way to experience the majestic beauty of Mt. McKinley and the Alaska Range than from a narrated float trip. This new excursion offers guests at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge the opportunity to enjoy a nine-mile rafting trip down the glacier-fed Susitna River, and watch for the area's abundant wildlife. (Princess also offers raft float trips and whitewater rafting from Juneau, Skagway, Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge and Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge.)
  • Denali Jeep Safari, Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge Passengers can take the wheel of a 4WD Jeep for a five-hour safari through Denali's unspoiled backcountry. Two-way radios allow communications with the tour guide and fellow passengers in this excursion from Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. Participants travel to the remote Petersville Mining District in the shadow of Mt. McKinley for wildlife viewing, gold panning and a hearty lunch. (Jeep tours are also offered in Ketchikan and Skagway.)
  • ATV Trail Ride (Princess Exclusive) Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge Guests can see Alaska from a different perspective as they travel by All Terrain Vehicle. The tour includes practice time for ATV novices, who will soon be enjoying majestic views of the Chugach Range and Tonsina River. Participants will also visit a log cabin homestead, meet a local dog mushing team and visit a beaver home.
  • Yukon Golf Odyssey, Skagway Princess' first golf excursion in a cruise port, this tour from Skagway offers golfers the opportunity to play in a spectacular far north setting just over the mountains in Canada's Yukon territory. (Princess cruisetour passengers can also enjoy Midnight Sun golf outings from Princess' wilderness lodges in Denali and Fairbanks.)
  • Afternoon Tea at Jewell Gardens In an outing that may make guests feel as though they've been transported to England for the afternoon, travelers can discover why Skagway is called the Garden City of Alaska, and enjoy tea with a view of the garden where many of the teatime treats were grown. (An English tea and garden tour is also offered in Victoria, B.C.)
  • Mountain Point Snorkeling Adventure, Ketchikan(Tour Guide of the Year Winner) Passengers can don wetsuits to immerse themselves in southeast Alaska's underwater world, filled with sea stars, urchins, sea cucumbers, and giant sunflower stars, as they snorkel in the calm, clear waters of Mountain Point near Ketchikan.
  • Evening Whale Quest, Juneau Designed specifically for Star Princess passengers, this tour takes advantage of the ship's evening stay in Juneau. The late afternoon excursion offers a refund if participants don't see whales! (For passengers on other vessels, Princess offers a favorite tour, Whale Watching & Wildlife Quest in Juneau. Whale watching is also available to Star Princess and Pacific Princess passengers in Victoria.)
  • Sea Otter & Wildlife Quest, Sitka (Tour of the Year Winner) Passengers can be on the lookout for sea otters, whales and a multitude of other wildlife species during a jet boat excursion that guarantees wildlife viewing. The area is also a haven for humpback whales, porpoises, harbor seals, sea lions, orcas, brown bears, Sitka black-tailed deer, bald eagles and a variety of marine birds, making it perfect for animal lovers of all ages.
  • Redoubt Bay Lodge Bear Viewing, Anchorage An incredible opportunity in Anchorage for passengers to view Alaska brown bears as they feast on salmon making their run up through six interconnected lakes. Guests fly on a seaplane to the Redoubt Bay Lodge viewing area, located in a Critical Habitat Area on the edge of Lake Clark National Park. (Bear watching expeditions are also available in Ketchikan.)
  • Anchorage Bird Watching, Seward Offered for the first time from the ships in Seward, this favorite tour takes advantage of the birder's paradise of Anchorage, home to numerous bird species. Expert guides take passengers off the beaten track to the best seasonal locations for spotting red-necked grebes or short-billed dowitchers, among many others.
  • Dog Sledding & Glacier Flightseeing, Skagway Passengers can combine helicopter flightseeing with Alaska's favorite sport dog sledding. A thrilling flight takes travelers over scenic glaciers to land at a dog camp on Denver Glacier. Experienced guides introduce guests to the world of "mushing" and share tales from the trails. (Additional Glacier/Dog Sled Adventures are available from Juneau and Seward. Also in Juneau, passengers can meet the first woman to win the Iditarod, Libby Riddles, aboard their Princess ship. Cruisetour passengers can also enjoy kennel/ homestead tours or other opportunities to meet Iditarod veterans and their canine teams from each of Princess' wilderness lodges.)
  • Helicopter Glacier Walkabout, Juneau Princess adds an additional option to its long-standing lineup of glacier treks. This intermediate choice gives passengers the opportunity to spend an hour hiking on Juneau's Icefield. (Two-hour and four-hour glacier treks are also available, as is Princess' Four-Glacier Adventure via Helicopter, a Tour of the Year winner, which give passengers about 15 minutes to try their hand, or feet, at glacier hiking.)
  • Mt. McKinley Summit Flight Tour, Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge The first opportunity to soar over the summit of North America's tallest mountain offered from Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge. The 70-minute flight in a twin-engine jet-prop plane enables passengers to circle the summit of Mt. McKinley twice, as well as enjoy a stunning panorama of the Alaska Range and its glaciers. (Other Mt. McKinley flightseeing tours are available from Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge.)
  • Historic Kennicott and Wrangell-St. Elias Flight Adventure (Princess Exclusive), Copper River Princess Wilderness LodgeA unique chance to fly over the nation's largest national park, Wrangell-St. Elias, and visit the historic towns of McCarthy and Kennicott. The eight-hour tour from Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge includes two flights and a guided tour of the Kennicott mines and the frontier town of McCarthy. (A Wrangell-St. Elias Air Panorama flight is also available.)
  • Remote Horseback Ride & Salmon Bake (Princess Exclusive, Juneau Developed by Princess, this tour enables small groups to enjoy Juneau's less traveled back country on a two-mile horseback journey through the forest. Following the ride, passengers can feast on an all-you-can-eat meal of salmon, chicken or ribs. (Additional horseback trail rides are available in Juneau and Skagway, as well as from Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge and Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge.)
  • Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride, Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge For those who would rather not ride their horse, this new tour from Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge offers a relaxing journey in a covered wagon, pulled by two friendly draft horses. The wilderness ride takes passengers on an adventure along Denali National Park's northern boundary. (Other excursions featuring horse-drawn conveyances are offered in Ketchikan and Victoria, as well as from Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge and Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge.)
  • Wilderness Exploration & Crab Feed, Ketchikan An opportunity for passengers to explore Alaska's wilderness by boat and savor a meal of Dungeness crab at a historic Alaskan lodge. The seven-mile wilderness cruise from Ketchikan is followed by the chance to help pull up the crab pots and to see them up close and learn about their anatomy and life cycle. Once the pots are reset, passengers return to the lodge for a well-deserved meal.
  • Mendenhall Glacier & Salmon Bake Combo, JuneauA new combination that enables passengers to enjoy Juneau's two most popular attractions, the monumental Mendenhall Glacier and a feast of Alaskan Salmon. This "best of" Juneau tour also includes a visit to a salmon hatchery, where visitors will learn more about the species before their meal on the banks of a creek in the lush Alaska rain forest. (A salmon bake is featured on several other tours from Juneau, and a new Alaska Salmon Bake option is also available to cruisetour passengers from the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge.)
  • Victoria Pub TourFor a more liquid feast, Star Princess and Pacific Princess passengers can enjoy a tour to three taverns in Victoria to sample their distinctly Canadian brew, along with some complimentary appetizers.
  • Deep Sea Halibut Fishing, SkagwayThis new offering from Skagway is the only fishing expedition specifically designed for anglers hoping to land Alaska's famous Pacific halibut. This deep sea adventure offers a day-long outing including an hour cruise to out-of-the-way fishing grounds perfect for pursuit of halibut. (Other salt water sport fishing excursions are offered in Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway and Sitka, as well as from Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge. In Ketchikan as well, fishermen can immediately enjoy the results of their day with a Guided Alaska Fishing and Wilderness Dining option in which their catch is prepared for dinner and cooked over an open campfire.)
  • Kenai River Sportfishing (Princess Exclusive), Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge Guests can enjoy two different tours that offer sportfishing on the world-famous Kenai River in either the upper or lower river. Both tours have become favorites of Princess vacationers as they angle for giant king salmon in the lower river or rainbow trout in the upper river. (Other river fishing excursions are offered in a variety of Alaska's prime fishing grounds including Fly-in Fly Fishing in Juneau, a Wilderness Fly-in Fishing tour or Alaska Sportfishing on the Talkeetna River from Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, Salmon Fishing on the famous Copper River from Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge, or an Alaska Guided Fly-in Fishing adventure from Anchorage.)
  • Klondike Gold Dredge Tour, Skagway Passengers can seek the elusive glimmer of gold as they tour a massive gold dredge in Skagway and then try their hand at panning dirt from an active claim in the Klondike. With guaranteed gold in every pan, prospectors of all ages are sure to enjoy this accessible, family-oriented tour. (Gold-seeking passengers can also hunt for treasure and learn about the impact of mining on the state with a Gold Panning and History Tour -- a Tour Guide of the Year winner-- and Historic Gold Mine Tour in Juneau, or a City of Gold Adventure from Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge.)
  • Ketchikan Explorer by Land & SeaThis new excursion offers passengers the opportunity to visit all of Ketchikan's highlights, plus explore the coastline in a comfortable water-jet powered vessel. (A wide variety of other boating excursions are offered in most ports and from Princess wilderness lodges.)
  • "Tokosha" A Personal History & River Tour (Princess Exclusive) Denali National ParkA Princess favorite, this tour takes passengers to experience the wild side of Denali National Park, and learn first-hand about the lives of true Alaska homesteaders. Guests travel in an enclosed riverboat to an original homestead within the park. They'll meet the family and learn about their experiences making the wilderness their home.
  • Snowshoe Hike & Rail Adventure This early summer tour (depending on snow conditions) lets passengers get their exercise with a four- to five-mile snowshoe hike from the top of Skagway's White Pass and Yukon Route railroad. Guides point out wildlife and geography of the region, and the outing finishes with a traditional "bush buffet."
  • River Walk, Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge A guided walk along the Copper and Klutina rivers from Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge. Guests will learn about local history and watch local fisherman trying to land prized Copper River Salmon. (Other walking/hiking tours are available in most ports and from Princess wilderness lodges.)
  • North Pole Adventure (New/Princess Exclusive), Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge It's Christmas all summer with this tour to the North Pole - North Pole, Alaska, that is. This excursion from Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge, lets passengers enjoy Christmas every day complete with reindeer and the largest Santa in the world. Participants can even mail postcards and letters from Santa with real North Pole postmarks.
  • Best of Skagway A chance to see and do it all this new excursion offers a ride on Skagway's landmark White Pass Yukon Route railroad, visit Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp, enjoy a salmon bake and go to the infamous Red Onion Saloon for a private champagne reception hosted by a madam and tour of the upstairs brothel.
  • Enchanting Butchart Gardens, Victoria An evening visit to Victoria's premiere attraction designed to take advantage of Star Princess' late stay in port. The famous Butchart Gardens are transformed into a fairyland of light displays in the dark and passengers will enjoy the vibrant flowers and magnificent fountains in this world-renowned garden.
  • Vancouver Tour Passengers with extra time in Vancouver can choose from two new tours to see the city in a new way. Vancouver by Night takes an after-dark look at the city's highlights and Vancouver Lookout gives passengers a new view of the city from above.
  • Seattle Tours A new port for Princes this year, Star Princess passengers with extra time to spend in Seattle can choose from four new tour options Seattle Highlights, Deluxe Seattle Overview, Ride the Ducks of Seattle, and Experience Music Project all designed for an extra taste of the Emerald City.

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Royal Caribbean International Aboard Legend of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas and Vision of the Seas

Excursions can be booked online at www.royalcaribbean.com. Over 100 are offered. The 26 new excursions include:

  • Klondike Rock Climbing and Rappelling (Skagway): Climbers of all abilities - even those with no experience - can put their skills to the test on the granite cliffs off the Klondike Highway under the direction of professional mountain guides.
  • Extended Helicopter Glacier Trek (Juneau): This rigorous four-hour trek over rugged glacier terrain teaches techniques for climbing and descending ice walls.
  • Traitor's Cove Bear Adventure (Ketchikan): Open only to a limited number of visitors to minimize the impact on the wildlife population, this tour takes guests by floatplane to Margaret Creek Falls to see the state's famed black bears fish for salmon.
  • Helicopter Glacier Walkabout (Juneau): Equipped with trekking poles and crampons, guests explore one of the 36 Juneau Icefield glaciers on an hour-long hike.
  • Glacier Outback Adventure via Helicopter (Juneau): This excursion combines a helicopter tour over the massive Juneau Icefield with an extended glacier landing.
  • Mendenhall Lake Canoe & Salmon Bake (Juneau): After paddling near the face of the Mendenhall Glacier in traditional-style Tlingit canoes, guests enjoy a well-earned, all-you-can-eat Salmon Bake featuring Alaskan Salmon prepared over an open fire.
  • Pennock Island Kayaking (Ketchikan): Guests try out their paddling skills with a partner as they explore the waters surrounding pristine Pennock Island in two-person kayaks.
  • Wilderness Exploration and Crab Feed (Ketchikan): Killer whales, sea lions and seals are just some of the wildlife that could be spotted as guests take a seven-mile boat journey to a remote Dungeness crab fishery. Guests learn the ins and outs of the business before enjoying a crab feast in a nearby rustic lodge.
  • 60 Degrees North Yukon Golf (Skagway): One of the northernmost courses many golfers will ever play, these greens are also some of the most scenic and challenging.
  • Exclusive Guided Fishing & Wilderness Dining (Ketchikan): Outfitted from head-to-toe, guests will board an open skiff to take part in saltwater, bottom fishing and then enjoy their catch, prepared al fresco by the guide.

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