Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 90
where next: at sea
where next: adventure time
alaska by ship
Even more new ways to explore America's Last Frontier.
Alaska's cruise boom continues: Norwegian Cruise Line's 4,004-passenger Norwegian Bliss
debuts in June, bound for Ketchikan; Princess Cruises is increasing its Alaskan cruise capacity by 15 percent; and even transatlantic queen Cunard wants in, with plans to sail to Alaska in
2019 for the first time in more than 20 years. All this competition means cruise lines are aiming
to impress, luring passengers with enhancements such as craft beer and Broadway shows on
the Bliss, and immersive shore excursions such as Seabourn's new four-day, pre- or post-cruise
land adventure deep in Denali National Park and Preserve. "It's good news for travelers, who
have more options to find an itinerary and line that's right for them," says Seattle-based travel
advisor Susan Kelly. "Cruising to Alaska means one thing to me: connecting with Mother Nature. Go now for the pristine beauty - before even more ships arrive."
Alaska's Frederick Sound, just south
of the Kootznoowoo Wilderness
area on Admiralty Island.
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(ALASKA) OXFORD SCIENTIFIC RM/GETTY IMAGES,
(AUSTRALIA) JON DAVISON/ALAMY STOCK PHOTO
GO: Small-ship line UnCruise Adventures launches seven new Last Frontier itineraries this
year, including a nine-day sailing round-trip from Petersburg, Alaska, on the 22-passenger
Safari Quest that ventures to the less explored South Baranof and Kootznoowoo wilderness
areas. Departures: Multiple dates, May 24 through August 29; from $7,495.