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Travel Two Ways
TWO ADVENTUROUS CRUISES FOR TWO BUDGETS
Galápagos Islands or Alaska?
Thirteen days, $25,500
Seven days, $2,400
CRUISE: Ecuador's Galápagos Islands captivat-
CRUISE: Alaska's prime humpback whale-
ed Darwin in 1835, and the isolated archipelago
watching season falls between May and
has drawn nature lovers ever since. Snorkel
September. Look for the gentle giants (and
with sea turtles and watch the mating rituals
admire icy peaks and fjords as you search)
of blue-footed boobies on Silversea Cruises'
while cruising through Glacier Bay Na-
seven-day Galápagos Islands expedition on
tional Park on Princess Cruises' seven-day,
the 100-passenger Silver Galapagos. The line
round-trip-from-Seattle voyage aboard the
gives classic expedition cruising a luxe spin,
3,080-passenger Ruby Princess. The Inside
with butler service and ﬁne dining. Upgrade to
Passage sailing also includes port calls in the
a Veranda Suite, which has a private balcony.
gold rush town of Skagway and Ketchikan's
Departures: Multiple dates, June 3, 2017,
ﬁshing village, plus plenty of entertainment
through December 29, 2018. Veranda Suites
on board. Departures: Multiple dates, June 3,
from $9,750 per person, including air transfers
2017, through September 15, 2018. Oceanview
between mainland Ecuador and the Galápagos.
staterooms from $1,149 per person.
PLUS: Spend six pre-cruise days exploring
PLUS: Incredible photo opportunities abound
Ecuador's Andean region on a guided tour
in Alaska, but the most adorable one may be
that includes visits to Quito and Cotopaxi
when the Ruby Princess docks in Skagway
National Park, and an exhilarating train ride
and a pack of sled-dog puppies embark. The
through the "Devil's Nose" in the Andes
pups' handlers share stories about dogsled-
Mountains. From $2,919 per person.
ding and its local history. Complimentary.
SOUVENIR: Quito's Galería Latina (Juan León
SOUVENIR: Alaska summers can still get chilly.
Mera N23-69) showcases work by Andean folk
Grab a sweatshirt featuring the witty designs
artists, from metal iguana sculptures to these
of pop artist Ray Troll, sold at Ketchikan's Soho
handwoven baskets. Baskets from $150.
Coho Art Gallery (5 Creek Street). $30 each.
TOTAL: From $25,488 per couple
TOTAL: From $2,358 per couple
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By Susan Hanson
(SEA TURTLE) LFPUNTEL/GETTY IMAGES
Snorkeling in Darwin's Eden goes up against whale-watching in America's Last Frontier.