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Another Amazing Season

Twenty-eight cruise ships will bring nearly one million visitors to Alaska this year. The ships range in size from the 132-passenger Silver Explorer to the 3,082-passenger Crown Princess. Princess is moving the Diamond Princess and the Sapphire to other destinations, replacing them with the Crown – which is larger in terms of lower berths – and bringing back the Pacific, with 700 lower berths. Seven … Continue reading →

Experience Alaska’s Gold-rush Past

Alaska’s story is a boom-and-bust tale, and one of its most famous chapters is that of the gold-rush era, which began in the late 1800s and lasted through the 1920s. The gold seekers who flocked to Alaska during this time helped establish many of the state’s communities, in some cases virtually overnight. The spirit of adventure, exploration, and risk in pursuit of riches that was … Continue reading →

Mountaineering Milestone in Denali National Park

Since the very first visitors started traveling to Alaska, one landmark has consistently ranked near the top of must-see lists: Mount McKinley. This year marks the centennial of the first successful summit of the massive and technically challenging mountain, and a series of events and commemorations are bringing new focus to one of Alaska’s most beloved landmarks. In 1913, a group of four men, including … Continue reading →

We’re Back From Another Amazing Alaska Adventure!

Well, we’re back from another amazing Alaska adventure! Our hosted custom Cruisetours are always a blast, but it sure helps when the weather, the wildlife, and Mt. McKinley are cooperating. Check out some select pictures from our trip, learn more about next years escorted departures or reserve space at one of our upcoming Alaska Cruisenites. … Continue reading →

Alaska Update Part 2

Wow! They just keep coming! We really did have a wonderful time… as you can see! See Alaska Update Part 1!   “Barbara and I would like to thank you so much for the most wonderful Alaska experience. It really exceeded our expectations. Best Cruises really did a wonderful job in all aspects of scheduling the various excursions that were part of the package (including … Continue reading →

Alaska Update

Our first departure of this season’s 14-Day Custom Cruise-Tour Vacation has returned! We began in Fairbanks on Wednesday June 5th and returned Wednesday June 19th and what an amazing trip it was. We traveled with 77 guests who enjoyed spectacular views of Mt. McKinley, close-up and personal animal sightings and absolutely gorgeous weather. We’re already getting some great feedback from some of our new “Sourdoughs”.  … Continue reading →

Flying High In Alaska

Special thanks to the ATIA for this great information. Few Alaska archetypes are more iconic than that of the Bush pilot. It’s easy to see why: In Alaska, 80 percent of the communities are not connected by road to anywhere else, so the arrival of a bush plane toting food, supplies and mail – not to mention news from friends and family – is literally … Continue reading →

Visiting Alaska…Some Interesting Statistics

Some 1,823,600 out-of-state visitors traveled to Alaska between May 2011 and April 2012.  About half of the visitors arrived via cruise ship. Visitor spending was up, increasing by 13 percent over the previous study period (2008-2009), with the industry generating $3.72 billion in total spending. The Alaska tourism industry supported 37,800 full- and part-time jobs, representing 8 percent of statewide employment. Visitor numbers are expected … Continue reading →

The Fur Rondy

The Fur Rondy  (short for Fur Rendezvous) is an annual winter festival held in Anchorage, Alaska in late February. The self-styled “largest winter festival in North America”, Fur Rendezvous is highly anticipated by many Anchorage-area residents as marking the beginning of the end of a long winter and the approach of spring. In 2012, Fur Rendezvous was selected as the number one winter carnival in … Continue reading →

Anchorage City of Flowers

A visit to Anchorage is sure to be a pleasant surprise for anyone who appreciates botanical beauty. Read more in this excerpt from our friends at anchorage.net Anchorage City of Flowers Anchorage explodes in a cascade of color each summer. Walk around downtown and see hundreds of hanging baskets overflowing with marigolds and trailing sapphire lobelia – mirroring the colors of the Alaska state flag. … Continue reading →