Posts Tagged ‘inside passage’

March 3, 2011

Glorious Alaska

Glacial ice floating by...

Weary of winter? Me too. So I find it odd that I have been dreaming about Alaska, which brings up memories of glaciers and icy water. But in fact Alaska may be a milder winter than mine this year – and it has a delightful climate in its high tourist season of June through August. Since that is such a small window, let me tell you – it fills up fast.

Now I know, everyone has gotten used to holding out until the last minute. Maybe you can’t make up your mind. Maybe you are hoping for a ‘sale’. Maybe you are waiting to hear about Aunt Julie’s schedule. But while we were all sitting back figuring we can do it manana, others are scooping the best space. Truth is, the airlines are not offering last minute sales, and neither are the special and unique destinations. So do yourself a favor and plan now.

Why choose Alaska? It is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and so much of it still rugged and remote. So untouched. So pristine. With forest and coastline, glaciers and mountains think of all you can do. Dogsled. Kayak. Raft. Fish. Hike. Bike.

But those glaciers are melting, and look different every year. Plan now.

How do you want to see Alaska? There are big ships that cruise off the coast…don’t forget your binoculars so you can see to land! Beware the seemingly low price – each excursion to get in closer to shore can cost a bundle.

Our preferred method is a small ship, and our choice this year carries just 49 passengers. Large enough to be comfortable – and in fact it is newly refurbished and downright fabulous – it is also small enough to slip into the remote corners of the Inside Passage. Go where few can wander. What will you see? Glaciers. Moose. Bear. Bald eagles. Sea otters. Whales galore! Wolverine? Maybe even wolverine.

What will you do every day? Not just watch from the deck, but you’ll jump into the action. You’ll kayak. Hike. Paddle board. Swing Tarzan style from the boat into the frigid water, if you dare. Try fishing. Or relax on deck and enjoy the scenery, even late at night – there is almost 24 hours of daylight!

Our Thomson group will have the guidance of the on-board naturalists, and the exclusive attentions of our energetic and creative mentor too. Oh, and trip insurance is always included at no additional charge when you book with us.

If you are also interested in traveling deep into Denali National Park – it is almost a full day’s drive from the entrance to the lodge! – we can make arrangements for this extension, and more. Maybe you’d like a helicopter tour to the glaciers for dog sledding, or a trip to watch bear feast on salmon. All is based on availability, so don’t delay – call us now at 800-262-6255

Alaska is a glorious adventure!



January 30, 2011

Exotic Family Adventure Means…?

Kayaking in Alaska

Exotic family adventure does not always mean foreign languages, unusual customs, and strange food.

Right here in the USA is a unique kind of magic just waiting for you, no matter what your age. Grandparents, parents, children as young as 6 can all fully appreciate and enjoy the views and activities Cruising the Inside Passage.

The hidden corners of the Inside Passage is a coastal route unlike any other. While the Inside Passage is widely traveled by a number of large passenger ships, rarely are many of the hidden, secret passages discovered. Seeing this up close, opening your senses to the wilderness is pure magic.

What else can you do in this magnificent state? You can travel deep inside Denali National Park for a few days of remote wilderness. Or continue to explore coastal regions with a visit to the Kenai Peninsula. Maybe a helicopter ride to the top of a glacier for dogsledding. Or how about a flight-see to visit the bears feeding on salmon in the rivers? Parents, grandparents, children will all be in awe of the great beauty here.

Join Thomson Family Adventures on one of just two departures this summer (it’s a short season!), on a boat small enough to get you up close like few families ever experience. Kayak, paddle board, fish, hike, even swim if you dare. Sea otters abound, whales breech, bald eagles soar over head. You may spot bear snoozing on the beach, or moose tromping through the forest – hey, I even saw a wolverine!

Thomson families join a newly refurbished and supremely comfortable boat that carries just 49 guests along this route. To the boat’s amenities and crew we add an expert mentor to enchant children and adults alike with his enthusiasm and love of adventure. Complete pre-departure information is provided by our personal in-house service team. And of course our trip cancellation insurance is included at no additional cost. You’re assured of traveling with like minded Thomson families, and have our promise that this is indeed a family adventure of a lifetime.

What will you do on your trip to Alaska?