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Jul 9, 2015
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Up close (but not too close) and personal with a glacier


Getting close but not too close to the Dawes Glacier
I understand why the Native Tlingits called glaciers “white thunder.” We see harbor seals lounging on chunks of blue ice in the water. The glacier looks like blue cotton candy with chocolate sprinkles. more
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Kayaking on the Salt Chuck — eagles and bears!


Black bear munching on grass near Salt Chuck
Mornings like this make you realize why you can’t compare this Alaska cruise with just 60-plus passengers to a giant cruise ship with thousands. Rather than docking in ports, we’ve anchored in a cove here in Southeast Alaska precisely so we can go off for a morning paddle more
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Active or passive — this un-cruise is for you


Humpback going on a dive
“We plan the itinerary so that we can stop like this,” says our captain, Dano Quinn, who has been piloting vessels in Alaska for the last 16 years. more
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Eagles and starfish. Snorkeling in Alaska? You bet


Snorkeling expedition from the Wilderness Discovery
Did I mention this father and child are Bald Eagles and we are listening to their conversation from kayaks in spectacular Saginaw Bay on Kuiu Island in Southeast Alaska? more
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Thar they blow! Humpbacks galore on the Inside Passage


We spot dozens of Humpback Whales like this one on the Inside Passage
We are cruising around Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska aboard the InnerSea Discoveries Wilderness Discoverer when we spy humpback whales. So cool! Two are off the bow of the ship! more
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Heading off on an “un-cruise” in Southeast Alaska


Kayaking near Dry Pass on the Inside Passage in Southeast Alaska
This morning kayaking near the entrance to the Dry Pass, we see giant red sea stars, anemones and the biggest clams I’ve ever see – Gasper Clams (so-called because they squirt water out of their shells). We learn make these clams make for great bear snacks. more
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Cleared for takeoff — over the Alaska Range


View of Glaciers in Alaska Range
Kantishna Air Taxi mostly flies visitors around the mountain, said our pilot Andy Young. “A plane in Alaska is like a car anywhere else,” he explained. “It is how we get around. There just aren’t any roads in a lot of the state.” more
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To the Caribbean and savings in summer


Come here in summer and you may be able to afford to vacation like the 1 percenters. Like everywhere in the Caribbean, you can save significant bucks on airfare, as well as lodging. more
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Five ‘uncruise’ vacations you may not have thought of


Not to say big cruise ships aren’t a lot of fun—they are!—and often a good deal. But if you are looking for NEW ways to reconnect with your kids and with nature around water this summer, here's how. more
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Learning animation on Disney’s newest cruise ship Fantasy


Wow! Even the jaded 17 year olds I’m with are impressed. At the end of the show, each of our names — as we signed them on our placemat — is listed on the credits as “guest animator.” more
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