Windstar 7 for 7 offer

Windstar 7-for-7 Weekly Deals

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Every Thursday, get new, limited time deals on the small ship voyages of your dreams with Windstar Cruises. Take your pick of 7 amazing voyages at low fares. Don’t delay—offer is only valid for 7 days or until suites and staterooms sell out!

 

Here are this weeks 7 for 7 deals – offer expires July 17, 2019 

Cruise Tour: Monteverde Cloud Forest & Arenal Volcano | February 29 2020
11 days from Colon to San Jose on board the Wind Star

Fares starting at US $4,199 per person

 

South Pacific Undiscovered:
Fiji, Vanuatu & New Caledonia | June 8 2020
9 days from Noumea to Lautoka on board the Wind Spirit

Fares starting at US $2,899 per person

 

Treasures of the Greek Isles | July 26 2020
7 days from Athens to Athens on board the Wind Star

Fares starting at US $4,199 per person

 

Alaska Glaciers & Prince William Sound | August 2 2020
11 days from Seward to Vancouver on board the Star Breeze

Fares starting at US $3,399 per person


Yachtsman’s Harbors of the Rivieras | September 5 2020

7 days from Barcelona to Rome on board the Wind Surf

Fares starting at US $2,799 per person


Hidden Indonesia & the Great Barrier Reef Expedition | November 16 2020

13 days from Bali to Cairns on board the Star Breeze

Fares starting at US $3,699 per person

 

Jewels of the Windward Islands | February 27 2021
7 days from Bridgetown to Bridgetown on board the Wind Surf

Fares starting at US $1,999 per person

 

 

Connect with a Cruise Specialist today – space will not last!

 

Windstar Style 180 Degrees from Ordinary

Leave the crowds and clichés behind on small, elegant ships that carry less than 310 travelers

Windstars personalized and immersive approach brings you closer to each destination and every port

An intimate and welcoming ambiance makes it easy to connect with your fellow travelers and crew

Taste the essence of the culture you just explored with the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation

Enjoy unfailingly attentive service that delights in bringing you just the right thing at just the right time

 

 

 

Taxes and fees are additional
Disney Canadian Resident Offer

Canadian Residents Enjoy this Disney Cruise Line Special Offer!

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Calling all Canadian residents! Embark on an unforgettable Disney cruise on select dates—and take advantage of a special 25% savings!

 

7 Night Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver | July 29 2019; September 02 2019 onboard the Disney Wonder
Sail from cosmopolitan Vancouver—yours to explore before or after your cruise—along the scenic Inside Passage and through the magnificent fjord of Tracy Arm. You’ll also call upon the historic mining and fishing towns of Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan and enjoy 2 days at sea to take advantage of the many onboard amenities on your Disney cruise ship.

 

3 Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral | August 7 2019 onboard the Disney Fantasy
Your cruise ship brims with relaxation and fun for all—including multiple pools, whimsical waterslides, an adults-only whirlpool spa, live shows and inventive dining experiences. Cap off this whirlwind tropical tour with a day-long sojourn to Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island retreat.

 

4 Night Halloween on the High Seas Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral | September 30 2019 onboard the Disney Dream
Celebrate All Hallows’ Eve with treats, tricks and spooky surprises, from elaborate décor to themed entertainment, and call upon historic Nassau for a day of shopping, sightseeing or marine life encounters at the Atlantis resort. Also head to Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island, where a barbecue lunch, beach games and Character experiences await.

 

5 Night Halloween on the High Seas Bermuda Cruise from New York | October 12 2019 onboard the Disney Magic
Celebrate Halloween on the High Seas—it’s a spook-tacular experience you’ll never forget! Cruise to Bermuda and explore the coastline, tour the island’s historic sites or play a round of golf after landing in this sublime tropical hotspot. During 2 days at sea, Guests will have time to unwind with ghoulishly grand onboard activities, décor and entertainment!

 

7 Night Halloween on the High Seas Mexican Riviera from San Diego | October 20 and 27 2019
Visit an eclectic variety of Mexico’s hottest ports of call on a week-long cruise packed with first-rate live shows, themed pools, kids clubs, signature dining and much more.

 

4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral | November 4 2019 onboard the Disney Wonder
Call upon historic Nassau for a day of shopping, sightseeing or water park fun at Atlantis Aquaventure. Head to Castaway Cay—our own piece of paradise in the Bahamas—where games, watersports and private beaches await. Back onboard, soak up Broadway-style shows, enchanting themed dining, delightful deck parties and activities for the whole family.

 

4-Night Very Merrytime Bahamian Cruise from Miami | December 12 2019 onboard the Disney Magic
Celebrate the season on the high seas with winter wonderland décor, holiday parties and festive activities for the whole family on sailings from November through Christmas. You’ll also call upon Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island paradise—decked out just for the holidays—and sun yourself on white-sand beaches in tropical ports of call.

 

5-Night Very Merrytime Bahamian Cruise from Miami | December 16 2019 onboard the Disney Magic
Jingle all the way to Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island, decked out just for the holidays. Enjoy a barbecue lunch, games, Character experiences and an adults-only beach. Back onboard, celebrate the season with winter wonderland décor, holiday parties, festive activities and more on select itineraries departing November and December.

 

7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from New Orleans | February 14 2020 onboard the Disney Wonder
For the first time ever with Disney Cruise Line, begin and conclude your getaway in world-renowned New Orleans, famous for its distinct music, historic architecture and internationally influenced cuisine. You’ll enjoy 3 fun-filled days at sea and visit stunning beaches in Cozumel, Mexico, George Town, Grand Cayman and Falmouth, Jamaica.

 

Connect with a Cruise Specialist today and experience the Magic of Disney for yourself! 

Royal Caribbean July Offers

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This isn’t just another day out of office — it’s a deck defying, status quo denying thrill-a-thon. Plunge down three stories of twisting, turning thrills on the Perfect StormSM. Zipline nine decks above the Boardwalk®

Or satisfy your curiosity with experimental delicacies at Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine. Book your next getaway now and save 50% off your second guest, plus 25% off your third and fourth guests — and that’s not all. You’ll also save up to $100 instantly on holiday sailings. Come Seek the Royal Caribbean®

ALL THE WAYS TO SAVE:

BOGO50 — 50% off second guest.
KIDS SAIL FOR LESS — 25% off third and fourth guests.
OASIS OF THE SEAS® BALCONY BONUS — Purchase a balcony on any 2020 Oasis of the Seas sailing for less than an ocean view.
DECK THE HOLIDAY DEALS — Save up to $100 extra on holiday sailings.

You can score these big savings when you book between July 1 and 31, 2019.

 

Here are just a few of our recommended sailings, so many to choose from and don’t forget to ask about reduced fares for kids!
Connect now with one of our cruise specialists to plan your Royal Caribbean adventure! 

 

7 night Northbound Alaska | Radiance of the Seas
August 9 2019 from Vancouver to Seward

Ocean-view stateroom fares starting at CA $2,092 for guest one and CA $1,172 for guest two

 

7 night Western Caribbean | Symphony of the Seas
August 17 2019 from Miami to Miami

Ocean-view stateroom fares starting at CA $2,322 for guest one and CA $1,252 for guest two

 

9 night Canada & New England | Anthem of the Seas
September 26 2019 from Cape Liberty to Cape Liberty

Ocean-view stateroom fares starting at CA $2,264 for guest one and CA $1,264 for guest two
Balcony stateroom fares starting at CA $ $2,494 for guest one and CA $1,379 for guest two

 

PLUS WHEN YOU BOOK BALCONY STATEROOM OF ABOVE WITH US DURING THE MONTH OF JULY YOU CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE EXCLUSIVE BONUSES! 

Dining Experience Offer
Enjoy a complimentary Specialty Dining Experience for two when you book a Balcony stateroom on any 7 night or longer sailing

Dining & Spa Experience Offer
Enjoy a complimentary Specialty Dining Experience for two Plus one complimentary Spa Treatment when you book a Junior Suite or above on any 7 night or longer sailing

 

 

 

 

 

ENJOY A PERFECT DAY AT COCO CAY 

This is unlike any island you’ve ever seen before. Home to white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and a host of exhilarating experiences to quench your thirst for adventure or endless ways to unwind and relax, all in the same day.

 

Canadian Dollars at Par with Regent Seven Seas Cruises

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Canadian residents are invited to enjoy special savings on select voyages offering Canadian Dollars at Par pricing to fascinating worldwide destinations. Enjoy FREE Business Class Air* on intercontinental flights and FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions on all featured voyages.

The Regent Experience has long been absolute in its inclusiveness, providing you with the most enriching and luxurious journey on the seven seas. Travel the world in search of the best life has to offer, with every luxury included, and discover a truly unrivaled experience.

 

Ask about Exclusive Virtuoso Amenities such as Onboard Host, Exclusive Shore Events, Cocktail Receptions and up to $500 in Onboard Credit available on select voyages.

Read about this cruisers Outstanding experience on the Seven Seas Explorer

 

RECOMMENDED VOYAGES

Eagles Above & Whales Below aboard Seven Seas Mariner
7 nights August 21, 2019 from Vancouver to Seward

Fares starting at CA $8,099 per person (Cat. H)
Canadian at Par Savings Applied + Free Roundtrip Airfare + up to 44 FREE Shore Excursions + Ask about reduced fares for Kids 17 and younger 

 

Wondrous West Coast aboard Seven Seas Mariner
12 nights September 18, 2019 from Vancouver to Los Angeles

Fares starting at CA $11,649 per person (Cat. H) inc. air
Canadian at Par Savings Applied + FreeRoundtrip Airfare + up to 49 FREE Shore Excursions 

 

Crossroads of Antiquity aboard Seven Seas Voyager
8 nights October 8, 2019 from Rome to Athens

Fares starting at CA $10,849 per person (Cat. G) inc. air
Canadian at Par Savings Applied + Free Business Class Airfare on Intercontinental flights + up to 31 FREE Shore Excursions + Enhanced Shore Experience in Kusadasi + Onboard Host + Welcome Reception

 

Journey to Tierra Del Fuego aboard Seven Seas Mariner
21 nights November 16, 2019 from Lima to Buenos Aires

Fares starting at CA $21,449 per person (Cat. H) inc. air

Canadian at Par Savings Applied + Free Business Class Airfare on Intercontinental flights + up to 52 FREE Shore Excursions + $500 shipboard credit per Suite + Enhanced Shore Experience in Punt Arenas

 

Many other voyages to choose from – connect with a Cruise Specialist to select the voyage made for you!

 

Regent Seven Seas Cruise – IT’S ALL INCLUDED
ALL-INCLUSIVE FARES
FREE ROUNDTRIP BUSINESS CLASS AIR* ON INTERCONTINENTAL FLIGHTS
FREE ROUNDTRIP AIR* ON DOMESTIC FLIGHTS
FREE UNLIMITED SHORE EXCURSIONS
FREE 1-NIGHT PRE-CRUISE HOTEL PACKAGE*
FREE UNLIMITED BEVERAGES, INCLUDING FINE WINES AND SPIRITS
FREE OPEN BARS AND LOUNGES PLUS IN-SUITE MINI-BAR REPLENISHED DAILY
FREE PRE-PAID GRATUITIES
FREE SPECIALTY RESTAURANTS
FREE TRANSFERS BETWEEN AIRPORT AND SHIP
FREE UNLIMITED WIFI

2 for 1 Savings to Alaska

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Don’t let the summer pass you by without a cruise experience in Alaska. Sail with the #1 cruise line in Alaska on their top-rated Voyage of the Glaciers itinerary and you’ll receive 2 for 1 savings on select voyages.

7 Day Voyage of the Glaciers Cruises Offer
– 2 glacier viewings, including Glacier Bay National Park
– 3 ports of call
– Scenic cruising along the Inside Passage and Gulf of Alaska

Your cruise will sail Southbound from Anchorage to Vancouver or Northbound from Vancouver to Anchorage. In 2019 you can choose from one of these ships, Coral Princess, Golden Princess, Island Princess and Royal Princess

 

HERE ARE SOME LAST-MINUTE ALASKA VOYAGES WE RECOMMEND

7 Day Southbound Voyage of the Glaciers from Whittier to Vancouver 
August 7 2019 on board the Island Princess  

Ocean-view stateroom fares starting at CA $1,288 p.p. inc. taxes & fees
BONUS: $50 Onboard credit per stateroom

 

7 Day Southbound Voyage of the Glaciers from Whittier to Vancouver 
August 14 2019 on board the Coral Princess  

Obst. Ocean-view stateroom fares starting at CA $1,118 p.p. inc. taxes & fees
BONUS: $50 Onboard credit per stateroom

 

14 Day Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Round-trip Vancouver
August 17 2019 on board the Royal Princess   

Balcony stateroom fares starting at CA $2,823 p.p. inc. taxes & fees

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Eat Around the World Aboard Norwegian!

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Get ready for a culinary exploration at Food Republic on Norwegian Cruise Line

Savor a fusion of foods and cultures from around the globe without ever leaving the ship. Travel to Peru to scoop up some ceviche. Jet away to Japan and try a new kind of sushi roll. Or have a hearty helping of noodles from China. Whichever delicious food guests choose, they will enjoy exotic dishes made with the freshest ingredients – and made fresh daily. Food Republic is not a food court, but rather a chef-inspired marketplace where guests order by using a tablet at their table or at the counter.

Travel somewhere new with every delicious bite.  Food Republic can be chosen as one of the specialty dining restaurants as part of the FREE AT SEA promotion or dine a la carte for a per person charge.

Food Republic is currently available on the following Norwegian Cruise Line ships

Norwegian Bliss

Norwegian Joy

Norwegian Escape

Norwegian Encore

 

New Luxury Guest Accommodations at McKinley Chalet Resort

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Holland America celebrates the Grand Opening of their new 99-Room Addition at McKinley Resort in Alaska

Holland America Line held a grand opening ceremony for its new luxury guest accommodations at McKinley Chalet Resort Friday, June 14. Officially dedicating the new Ridge View building that opened for the 2019 Alaska cruise season, the ribbon-cutting celebration was attended by Arnold Donald, Carnival Corporation and plc president and CEO; Stein Kruse, chief executive officer of Holland America Group and Carnival UK; Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line; Charlie Ball; executive vice president, land operations and customer service for Holland America Group, and several other staff members, business partners and community members. Also attending were representatives from Alaska State Senators Lisa Murkowski’s and Dan Sullivan’s offices and Denali Borough Mayor Clay Walker.

The new 99-room addition features the first-ever junior suites at the McKinley Chalet Resort where guests stay on Holland America Line’s award-winning Land+Sea Journeys. Fifty-four of the new rooms are luxurious junior suites with balconies, larger living areas and enhanced amenities including heated bathroom floors and a stunning floor-to-ceiling map of Denali National Park and Reserve.

The new rooms are an extension of Holland America Line’s overland Alaska experience to Denali, which includes the McKinley Chalet Resort hotel and Denali Square, a gathering area to relax, shop, dine and enjoy music and entertainment. The addition is located just west of Denali Square, with views of Mt. Healy and Denali National Park and Preserve.

The new three-story facility, named Ridge View, features junior suites and standard rooms with modern rustic-chic décor. All junior suites have balconies, so guests can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding Alaska wilderness while relaxing on their private deck.

The first two floors have central, open-air lobbies with cozy furniture and gas fireplaces. The third floor has open public deck space with tables and loungers so guests can take in the panoramic scenery.

The new rooms are an exciting addition to the McKinley Chalet Resort, Holland America Line’s magnificent 68-acre hotel property on the Nenana River. The hotel — featuring guest rooms, dining facilities and extensive walking trails — serves as home base for all adventures in and around Denali National Park, such as the full-day Tundra Wilderness Tour included on most Land+Sea Journeys as well as optional flightseeing, ATV adventures, fly fishing, river rafting right from the hotel property and more. All accommodations feature stylish décor and premium amenities.

Alaska-based companies that worked on the project include general contractor Ghemm Company, Inc., based in Fairbanks. Lead architect Heliotrope is based in Seattle, Washington, and also developed Karstens Public House at Denali Square. Heliotrope worked with the Fairbanks office of Alaskan architectural firm Bettisworth North. Costigan Integrated of Seattle served as project manager.

Denali Square Complex Immerses Guests in Alaska Culture
Steps from the new rooms, Denali Square lies at the heart of Holland America Line’s Denali property and is centrally located between the main area of the McKinley Chalet Resort and the riverfront guest rooms.

The largest building in the complex is Karstens Public House, the grand 7,000-square-foot, two-story restaurant showcasing outdoor deck seating and views of the neighboring mountains for dining guests. At the center of Denali Square sits an amphitheater with a covered performance stage and bench seating for guests to enjoy a variety of local shows and ranger talks. Those wanting to quench their thirst or listen to live music can visit Gold Nugget Saloon, home to the Music of Denali Dinner Theater.

Denali Square also features fire pits, outdoor seating, retail shops offering local goods, and an artist-in-residence cabin where Alaska native and local artists display and discuss their works. Walking paths in and around Denali Square show off the property’s mountainous landscapes and beautiful setting.

Land+Sea Journeys Offer Most Comprehensive Alaska Adventure
Holland America Line’s Land+Sea Journeys combine a three-, four- or seven-day Inside Passage or Glacier Discovery cruise with in-depth overland tours to the Yukon and Alaska’s interior.

Holland America Line is the only cruise company to combine must-see sites such as Denali National Park and Preserve — the centerpiece of every Land+Sea Journey — with rare ones such as Dawson City, in the heart of the Klondike Gold Rush Country. Offering up to three days at Denali for wildlife viewing and spectacular scenery, Land+Sea Journeys are designed to highlight the best of Alaska’s wilderness, wildlife, native culture and history.

If you’re looking to visit Denali and book one of these new suites, connect with on of our cruise specialists and discover Holland America’s Land+Sea itineraries today!

 

Photography Ideas While Travelling in Alaska

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Did you know Alaska means “great land” in Aleut? If you travel to Alaska, you’ll quickly see why. Alaska is one of the most spectacular places in the world to photograph wildlife and breathtaking scenery. In Alaska, you’ll find 17 of the highest mountain peaks in the country, more than 3 million lakes, an estimated 100,000 glaciers and more than 70 volcanoes. It’s no wonder Alaska is a photographer’s dream come true.

You may be wondering where to start, since there is so much beauty to behold in the Last Frontier. We’ll inspire your photography journey, and show you some of the most jaw-dropping locations to take photos in Alaska.

Most Beautiful Places in Alaska to Take Photos
Alaska may be best known for Denali National Park, but the entire state is full of photogenic jewels. Consider the following locations for your photography excursions. By the end of this post, you might agree — photography in Alaska should be on everyone’s bucket list.

1. Kodiak
Kodiak is a city on Kodiak Island —Alaska’s largest island. It’s one of the top fishing destinations in the country, where you might catch halibut, cod, trout and salmon. It’s also home to Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, where you’ll find enchanting fjords, impressive mountains, alpine lakes and peaceful meadows.

Wildlife photography is a top activity for refuge visitors. Birdwatching photographers have a chance to capture the beauty of over 200 species of birds. In the winter, they’ll find sea ducks and other migratory birds, and in the summer they may see puffins from the North Pacific.

Many people travel to Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge to view Kodiak bears, as 3,000 bears call the refuge home. Frazer Lake, which is at the southern portion of the refuge, is a popular spot for bear viewing. The best time to look for bears is at dawn or dusk. You have a greater chance of seeing bears at salmon streams from July to September. The refuge staff recommends taking a guided tour to view and photograph bears. With a guided tour, you can make the most of your experience and ensure your safety.

There are tons of other photography opportunities in Kodiak. For example, you could take a boat tour of nearby islands and snap photos of sea otters, sea lions, puffins or maybe even whales. Or, you could stay in Kodiak and capture images of St. Paul Harbor and the colorful fishing boats set against a backdrop of mountain greenery.

 

2. Seward
Seward is a port city located south of Anchorage, surrounded by the majesty of the snow-capped peaks and Kenai Fjords National Park. Seward is one of the state’s oldest and most picturesque communities.

To start your photography expedition, you might take a picture of the Seward Boat Harbor at the northern tip of Resurrection Bay and capture the essence of Seward. You could also go on a boat tour of Resurrection Bay, camera in hand, and explore hidden coves or photograph sea otters, harbor seals and eagles. Head down to Lowell Point for calming pictures of deep blue water and misty mountains.

You could easily capture hundreds of photos without ever leaving the bay area. However, photographers do not want to miss the chance to explore Kenai Fjords National Park— a top destination for visitors who wish to surround themselves with glacial beauty. You’ll find almost 40 glaciers drifting from the Harding Icefield and an abundance of wildlife in the park’s lush forests and crystal waters.

You might get to photograph sea otters, sea lions, moose, mountain goats, gray wolves, bears and a variety of birds. You might also see orcas and humpback whales. Imagine snapping a shot of a whale rocketing from the water, or capturing the striking contrast of a red kayak in front of a glacier.

Most of the park is only accessible by water, but a boat tour offers incredible opportunities to photograph breathtaking scenery and wildlife. If you’re a photographer visiting Seward, Kenai Fjords National Park is a must-see.

 

3. Metlakatla
Metlakatla, located on Annette Islands Indian Reservation, is the only American Indian Reserve in Alaska. It’s also the only settlement of the Tsimshian people in the country. The community has an active economy due to its natural resources and the ability to harvest halibut, cod, clams and salmon. Metlakatla features lush forests and salmon-rich streams. Visitors usually travel to Metlakatla by boat or seaplane.

For traveling photographers who want to capture Alaska’s cultural diversity and history, Metlakatla is the place to go. Plan to take pictures of skillfully crafted totems, traditional dance, a longhouse painted with a Tsimshian design or the tranquil harbor. You might also take photos of the island from atop Yellow Hill, which stands 540 feet above the community and offers a panoramic view.

 

4. Wrangell
Are you looking to photograph a colorful array of totems and Native American art? Or would you rather snap pictures of Alaskan wildlife? You can choose both if you head to Wrangell.

Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska and surrounded by natural beauty. You’ll find over a dozen totems scattered through the town. Make sure to take your camera to Chief Shakes Longhouse, located on an island in the middle of the harbor, to take close-ups of totems and tribal designs. You can easily reach Chief Shakes Longhouse by walking over the pedestrian bridge. Keep on the lookout for bald eagles too while you explore the island.

While in Wrangell, you might also visit Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park to photograph primitive rock carvings. If you want to take a short trip south of Wrangell, you can visit the Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory to watch eagles, harbor seals and bears feast on salmon. However, you don’t have to leave Wrangell to view wildlife. You only need to look to the trees to catch a shot of an eagle or to the shoreline for herons. Everywhere you turn, you can find something picture-perfect.

 

5. Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm
Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm are long, narrow fjords located about 45 miles south of Juneau. From aboard a boat, photographers can capture some of the most unforgettable scenery in Alaska. Imagine plunging waterfalls crashing down cliffs into turquoise water, or brilliant blue ice formations dotting the water like gems. You’ll also have the chance to see eagles, seals, bears and whales if you go in the summer.

You might take your camera with you as you stand within a half mile of South Sawyer Glacier if conditions are right. This glacier, at the head of Tracy Arm, extends deep underwater, producing a vibrant blue hue. If you’re lucky, you might also find mountain goats at the base.

For dramatic glacial scenery that will take your breath away, make sure to explore Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm. When you look at your gorgeous photos post-trip, you’ll be so glad you did.

 

6. Inian Islands
Inian Islands is a unique and pristine designated wilderness area located between Chichagof Island and Glacier Bay National Park. The area is only accessible by floatplane or boat. There are no established trails on the islands, but visitors still have plenty of ways to explore. If you tour Inian Islands by boat, you’ll get to treat your eyes, and your camera, to the unspoiled beauty of dense temperate rainforests, rocky shorelines and shimmering icy water. You’ll mostly want to focus on the water, so you don’t miss the chance to capture photos of humpbacks, orcas, sea lions and otters.

 

7. Icy Strait Point
Icy Strait Point is a tourist destination privately owned and operated by Huna Totem Corporation. It’s on Chichagof Island outside of Hoonah — Alaska’s largest Tlingit village. Lush rainforest and clear, blue waters surround Icy Strait Point. Here, you can choose from over 20 tours, check out a restored Alaskan salmon cannery, walk nature trails or set up your gear on the shore and wait to capture shots of whales or eagles soaring overhead.

One of the benefits of visiting Icy Strait Point, besides its stunning beauty, is the chance to search for wildlife with the help of a tour guide. For example, you might head with a guide to see brown bears at the Spasski River Valley, which is known for a high brown bear density. While on a tour, a guide can show you the best spots for taking wildlife photos. You’ll also get to learn about the animals and enhance your overall experience. You’ll enjoy the meaning of your photographs with greater depth if you learn the story and history behind them.

 

8. Juneau
Juneau is Alaska’s capital city. Downtown Juneau sits at the bottom of Mount Juneau on the Gastineau Channel. Tongass National Forest surrounds the city — the largest national forest and home to the highest density of black bears in the world. An estimated 32,247 people call Juneau home.

Juneau in itself is a photogenic location. While in the city, watch the sky, and you might catch a bald eagle or great blue heron flying overhead. You may also find whales swimming past you as you walk through town, or seals peeking at you from the channel. Search the steep sides of Mount Juneau, and you might catch a black bear or mountain goat feasting on vegetation.

To get closer to the abundance of wildlife in Juneau, you can ride the Mount Roberts Tramway almost 2,000 feet above downtown and explore subalpine trails. In the summer, you’ll find marmots and grouse. You might also see bears, deer, porcupines and other mammals along the trails.

Finally, you won’t want to miss Mendenhall Glacier while you’re visiting Juneau. Here, you can view the 13-mile-long glacier, which ends at Mendenhall Lake, from the historic visitor center. You can also walk along the lake for spectacular views of icebergs or to photograph Nugget Falls cascading down the mountain. You might also snap shots of moss-covered trees or wildlife while exploring the area. To get there, you can take a bus or taxi from downtown.

 

9. Misty Fjords
Located a short trip east of Ketchikan, Misty Fjords National Monument is a designated wilderness area and part of the Tongass National Forest. Thousands of years ago, ice covered the area, carving deep fjords with cliffs reaching thousands of feet into the sky. You can travel by boat on the Behm Canal to enter the heart of the fjords and take jaw-dropping photos. It’s possible you’ll see whales, porpoises, mountain goats and bears along the way. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to photograph plunging waterfalls, abundant wildlife, dramatic cliffs, dense green forest and pure, astonishing beauty.

 

10. Ketchikan
Situated near the entrance of the Inside Passage, Ketchikan is a city that offers charming scenery, surrounded by wildlife-rich waters and forest. Besides being in the Tongass National Forest, Ketchikan is also home to a vibrant arts scene. In other words, there is a ton of potential to photograph something incredible anywhere you turn in Ketchikan.

For example, did you know Ketchikan has the largest collection of totem poles in the world? Some of them are also among the oldest. You can get shots of totems scattered around town or at one of their totem parks. If you want to immerse yourself in nature while visiting Ketchikan, consider taking a trip just outside town to the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary to possibly get photos of eagles or black bears. At the sanctuary, you can also stop at a historic sawmill or stroll through the totem park.

Alaska scenery is hard to believe unless you’ve been there. Words can’t describe the majesty of steep rocky cliffs jutting out from deep blue-green water, or the sight of massive ice formations carved by time and nature. If you explore Alaska, you will never forget the scenery. Taking pictures is one way to remind yourself of your journey, but the beauty of Alaska will likely remain embedded in your mind and your heart.

 

 

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Luxury Cruise Line Adds Plant Based Dishes

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises® Debuts More Than 200 Inspiring Plant-Based Dishes Fleetwide

MIAMI (May 20, 2019) – Regent Seven Seas Cruises®, the world’s leading luxury ocean cruise line, today announced the debut of an extensive array of innovative plant-based cuisine on menus across its fleet. Beginning October 1, 2019, more than 200 gourmet plant-based selections will be offered at breakfast, lunch and dinner to meet the evolving tastes of luxury travelers who are following vegan or vegetarian lifestyles, or hunger to enjoy more plant-based fare.

New dishes like Wild Mushroom Tart with Brittle Pie Crust, Mushroom Duxelles and Red Pepper Coulis; Falafel Fritters with Harissa Mayo, Cucumber, Mint, and Capers; Spiced Potato & Green Pea Samosas with Tamarind Chutney; and Summer Berry Pudding Chantilly showcase a range of cuisines including Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Mexican, Italian, Malaysian, and more. Other menu highlights include nourishing Power Bowls and Poke Bowls, hearty pastas and noodles, light and refreshing salads and soups and decadent items like an ImpossibleTM Cheeseburger, and a Peach and Blueberry Cobbler with Cornmeal-Almond Topping.

“For luxury travelers who are increasingly adding more plant-based cuisine to their meals, we’re offering even more imaginative selections of bold, flavorful appetizers, entrees and desserts, with craveable tastes and mouth-watering presentations,” said Jason Montague, Regent Seven Seas Cruises president and chief executive officer. “Our expanded plant-based cuisine sets the highest benchmark in luxury cruising.”

Luxury travelers are increasingly interested in enjoying plant-based fare. Worldwide, more than 9 of 10 plant-based meals are consumed by people who are not vegans.

Regent’s 200 plant-based selections will be fully integrated into the daily menus on Regent ships, instead of being offered on a separate menu. The new offerings were developed by Regent’s culinary leadership team under the direction of Bernhard Klotz, Regent’s vice president of Food and Beverage, in concert with world-renowned chef, culinary instructor, and author Christophe Berg.

“Plant-based cuisine appeals to a broad audience of luxury travelers,” Klotz explained. “This is an emerging, modern specialty cuisine that allows our guests to enjoy more flavorful foods that are in harmony with their current tastes and pushes the boundaries on Regent’s acclaimed culinary creativity and imagination.”

 

Selected Plant-Based Menu Highlights

Breakfast
• Chia Cashew Yogurt with Carrot-Hazelnut Granola, Mixed Berries and Tropical Fruits
• Chickpea Pancake with Spinach, Cherry Tomatoes, Mushrooms and Harissa Sauce, Just Like Feta
• Banana-Oatmeal Pancakes with Berries and Maple Syrup
• Avocado Toast on Rustic Farmers Bread

Lunch
• Sweet Potato Soup with Miso & Ginger
• Tomato Bisque with Dill
• Roasted Almond and Vegetable Soup
• Vietnamese Summer Rolls with Vegetables, Grapefruit, Coconut, Boston Lettuce, Rice Paper, Roasted Peanut Dip
• Tajin Spiced Hummus & Avocado Wrap with Boston Lettuce, Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Fruit Skewer
• Osaka Power Bowl with Soba Noodles, Eggplant, Tofu, Sweet Potatoes, Edamame, Wakame Salad, Nori, Miso Sesame Dressing
• Mediterranean Bowl with Brown Rice, Beluga Lentils, Green Peas, Cauliflower, Tomato, Homemade Tzatziki, Kalamata Olives, Pita Bread, Roasted Almond-Orange Dressing
• Falafel Power Bowl with Roasted Carrots, Cucumber, Cherry Tomatoes, Assorted Greens, Olives, Capers, Mint, Parsley, Lemon-Tahini dressing
• Green Lentil Penne Pasta, Wild Mushroom Bolognese with Cashew Nuts
• “Impossible Burger” Sesame Bun, Just Like Cheddar, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Skinny Fries

Dinner
• Caramelized Apple Tart with Fresh Feta-Cashew Cheese, Balsamic Caramel
• Wild Mushroom Tart with Brittle Pie Crust, Mushroom Duxelles, Red Pepper Coulis
• Mulligatawny, Traditional Indian Red Lentil & Coconut Soup
• Spiced Potato & Green Pea Samosas with Tamarind Chutney
• Baked Porcini & Spinach Cannelloni, with Toasted Hazelnuts, Tomato Sauce, Béchamel
• Mushroom & Spinach Crepes, with Béchamel and Tomato Sauce
• Roasted Mushroom Stuffed Zucchini with Quinoa-Olive Salad, Pine Nut Dressing, Yellow Pepper Coulis
• Singapore Noodles, with Stir Fried Vegetables, Turmeric, Ginger, Garlic, Soy Sauce, Rice Vermicelli
• Green Curry Vegetable Stir Fry, with Eggplant, Oyster Mushrooms, Cauliflower, Green Peas, Jasmine Rice
Crispy Sweet & Sour Vegetables with Tofu, Cashew and Sesame Seeds

Desserts
Summer Berry Pudding Chantilly
• Basil Scented Fruit Minestrone, Lemon Sorbet
• Peach and Blueberry Cobbler with Cornmeal-Almond Topping
• Pear Williams & Rosemary Sorbet
• Lime-Vodka Sorbet
• Champagne Sorbet

 

Canaletto’s New Menu is Amore at First Bite!

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In Italy, there’s nothing more important than coming together to celebrate the joy of great food, which is what you’ll discover at Holland America Line’s Canaletto — a specialty dining venue that brings people together with delectable dishes, designed to be shared family-style.

Our popular Italian restaurant recently debuted a new menu that features an authentic selection of outstanding dishes. To make the experience even more exceptional, Holland America Line is now making fresh pasta on board our ships! Continue reading below for a taste of what’s on the menu.

THE INTRODUCTION

To start, whet your appetite with a variety of delicious small plates including Beef Carpaccio, Grilled Calamari, and Melanzane Ripiene — eggplant roulade filled with ricotta, basil, Parmesan, wilted spinach and chunky arrabiata sauce. Additional selections include tasty Salumi All’ Italiana, Veal and Sage Polpettine and Mozzarella Di Bufala!

 

THE MAIN EVENT
Hungry for more? Canaletto’s new menu features a variety of mouthwatering entrees that include Italian classics like Lasagna Bolognese, Branzino Alla Siciliana, Gnocchi Carciofi E Antara and Scaloppine Alla Caprese, and that’s not all! Each day of the week Canaletto features specials that are sure to wow guests.

Sunday: Chicken Parmigiana
Monday: Osso Bucco Milanese
Tuesday: Beef Short Rib Brasato Barolo
Wednesday: Veal Liver Veneziana
Thursday: Veal Saltimbocca Alla Romano
Friday: Chicken Curry – Cipriani Style
Saturday: Gamberi Alla Griglia

Don’t forget to compliment your meal with a delicious cocktail, like the restaurant’s refreshing Aperol Spritz.

 

THE EPIC FINALE

“Save room for dessert!” This familiar saying is advice we strongly recommend to our guests when dining at Canaletto! The new menu offers everything from Tiramisu, Gelato and Affogato to Torta Caprese Al Limone — an almond lemon tart with limoncello, Mascarpone cream and fresh berries! Trust us, these sweet treats are not be missed!

Whether Italy is on your itinerary or not, enjoying a meal at Canaletto will have you feeling as if you’ve been magically transported there. We guarantee this is a dining experience your taste buds will thank you for. Buon appetito!

Canaletto is available at dinner for a nominal charge. Reservations are recommended but not required.

 

 

Post shared from Holland America’s Blog April 15 2019
Original Blog post can be found here