Alaska for Families

Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010

What was once a one-time adult experience has become a repeat vacation for all ages. In the mists of Alaska, gigantic glaciers calve with a rumble that vibrates inside the bodies of the cruisers who witness it, building to a roar and a crash as the blue ice meets the sea. Pods of orcas play, sea otters float on their backs and the mountain ranges extend to eternity. It's a real learning opportunity. Humanity is the exception to the rule in the wilderness. And it is the universal appeal of the spectacular beauty and otherness of Alaska-coupled with its quality as an adventurous destination-that has made it particularly attractive to families. Families particularly enjoy rafting or visiting sled dogs in a mushers camp and in Ketchikan, the trip to the Tlingit totem carvers ends up with an invitation for members of the audience to wear ceremonial clothing and participate in tribal dance.

Park rangers and Native Americans also come on board to interpret the glaciers and explain the Alaskan way of life to children and adults, and several cruise lines bring local storytellers and Alaskan craftsmen on the ships. All ships make sure aspects of its kids and teen programs offer a real insight into Alaska's biology, culture and history.

Formerly considered a once-in-a-lifetime destination, Alaska has become a repeat vacation. The memories are fantastic. There's such an adventure component and something for every age group. The scenery is remarkable and the animals along the inside passage relate to what the children are seeing on television and at Sea World.
Princess has newly announced a 12 night cruise tours for families - a seven night Voyage of the Glaciers with a five night land tour that includes a night at Mount McKinley, two nights in Denali Park and two in Fairbanks, plus a jet-boat ride and panning for gold-offered at a 25% discount for all berths. Transportation to the land tours is exciting in itself, with grizzlies and caribou spotted from the trains.

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