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CRUISE ALASKA


Alaska’s main ports of call — Skagway, Juneau ABOVE: Alaskan king crab


BELOW: Seaplane excursions allow for further exploration


and Ketchikan — are cut off too, scattered at the deep end of glacially carved inlets, and none of them is connected by road to any other. Yet despite this, tourism is hardly in its infancy here. All three ports of call on our itinerary are able to accommodate scores of cruise ships during the heavily regulated May to September season. The daily rhythm is of anchor drops at dawn, before the towns swarm with wide-eyed new arrivals. Last year, Alaska’s south-east coastline gobbled up one million cruise passengers. And little wonder: this is one of the world’s most astonishing shorelines. Several other cruise operators also offer a variety of similarly paced itineraries, but Princess is the standout for its 50-year history in Alaskan waters. The touchstone of our trip is affordable luxury and only-at-sea experiences. One night we are entertained by a Comedy Central stand-up act, the next by a mini orchestra performing opera and pop to revelatory Disney- approved choreography. So far, it’s been a bittersweet experience.


South-east Alaska is a magical, otherworldly realm — a dream destination away from the drudgery of everyday life, with little to no sign of humanity beyond the buffet. Yet the sheer, humbling scale of the coast leaves me with a transient feeling that I’d rather stay a day or two longer than keep cruising south. Nonetheless, the next destination is always a revelation and the scenic days of cruising contain the seeds for the onshore adventures that lie ahead.


INTO THE WILD As we roll south, each day brims with top-class excursions. First, a gold rush-era roller coaster train ride from Skagway into the Yukon in neighbouring Canada, rattling over timber bridges and past lime-green lakes and mountains scarred by winter. Next, a steamed king crab feast, all gangly legs and cracked claws, overlooking Juneau’s buzzing seaplane dock. Then there’s a bucket-list flight to Admiralty Island, to discover the spiritual home of brown bears amid the virginal beaches and impenetrable forests of the ABC islands.


ESSENTIAL INFORMATION


When to go: Alaska’s cruise season runs from May to September. Suggest clients travel early or late in the season for more competitive fares and quieter cruises. Staying connected: Chargeable Wi-Fi is available in all staterooms and public areas. As clients will be at sea for long periods, their mobile phone provider must have a roaming agreement with a maritime communications partner to make calls and send and receive texts. Electricity: Remind clients to bring an A or B type power adapter to use with the US sockets onboard. What to pack: A waterproof jacket and sturdy walking boots. Royal Princess also hosts two black tie nights throughout each seven-night itinerary.


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