Have you always dreamed of visiting Japan? Perhaps you’ve been intimidated by the sheer logistics of getting around if you don’t speak or read the language. Maybe you’re well aware of Japan’s reputation as one of the most expensive countries in the world, where one night in a nice hotel or a train ride can cost you hundreds of dollars. Did we mention restaurants are … [Read more...]
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Cruising America's 'Great Land' could just be one of your life's greatest journeys. It was for travel writer Ralph Grizzle. By sea, it is nearly 850 miles from Seattle to Ketchikan, at the southern tip of the Alaskan Panhandle. Nearly a decade ago, I endured the journey by ship, and I was ready to do so again. I came intending to spend the long summer days marveling at … [Read more...]
Ketchikan is a small fishing town (pop. 8,142) clinging to the western edge of Revillagigedo Island. It’s known as Alaska’s “first city” because it’s the southernmost port of call for for ferries, cruise ships, and explorers heading up the Gastineau Channel. Ketchikan is located in the Tongass National Forest, which is the largest national forest in the United States at 17 … [Read more...]
The elegant lotus flower, ancient symbol of purity that blooms out of the muddy waters below, evokes the otherworldly regeneration and rejuvenation you’ll find in Princess Cruises' Lotus Spas. Spafinder Wellness 365, renowned spa and wellness industry authority, named Lotus® “Best Spa on a Cruise Ship.” Princess takes passenger pampering very seriously! The cruise line is so … [Read more...]
You’d think with all of the cold weather sweeping across North America cruisers’ thoughts would be on any place but Alaska. But something about The Great Land captivates us all year round. Surely, Alaska is a destination that needs to go on everyone’s bucket list. If you’re planning on reaching into that bucket this year, take heart — it’s not too late. There’s more than … [Read more...]