Alaska Cruise: Hubbard Glacier

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Our last day in Alaska on Regent Cruises’ Seven Seas Navigator sailing theInside Passage in Alaska was cruising from Yakutat Bay into Disenchantment Bay to see Hubbard Glacier. We awoke early and threw on all our warmest clothes to head up to the Observation Deck. Terry Breen, Regent’s on-board Alaska expert, gave an informative chat about glaciers. We observed the glaciercalving and […]

Alaska Cruise: Sitka (OTTERS!)

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The last stop of of Regent Cruises’ Seven Seas Navigator sailing the Inside Passagein Alaska was Sitka, where a catamaran took me to see Sea Otters! Here’s a link toMy Photos. Sea Otters waving hello This Sea Otter and Wildlife Quest excursion was booked through Regent Cruises (one of Regent’s complimentary tours operated by Allen Marine Tours). The catamaran was docked right at the Pier and […]

Alaska Cruise: Skagway (DOG SLEDDING!)

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The next stop of Regent Cruises’ Seven Seas Navigator sailing the Inside Passage  in Alaska was Skagway, where I flew by helicopter to the glacier to go Dog Sledding! Here’s a link to my photos. Eurocopter AStar 350 This perfect day started at La Veranda (caviar and champagne for breakfast, what a great idea). This Icefield Flightseeing and Dog Sledding Excursion was booked through Regent Cruises […]

Alaska Cruise: Juneau (WHALES!)

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The second stop on Regent Cruises’ Seven Seas Navigator sailing the Inside Passage was Alaska’s capital, Juneau. It was a gorgeous 75 degrees and sunny. The shopping here is more extensive, and the prices may be better plus there’s an IGA in town if you want to pick up some tuna and salmon to bring home.  Red Dog Saloon is a little corny […]

Alaska Cruise: Ketchikan (BEARS!)

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The first stop of Regent Cruises’ Seven Seas Navigator sailing the Inside Passagewas Ketchikan, where I flew by seaplane to Prince of Wales Island to see bears (BEARS!). The flight was breathtaking, and the wildlife viewing was awesome: I saw four bears, three deer, two whales (mama with baby) and a bald eagle. Here’s a link to my photos. Alaska Seaplane Tours operated the […]

Alaska Cruise

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Finally boarding Regent Cruises’ Seven Seas Navigator for a 7-night Inside Passage cruise to Anchorage, Alaska! Farewell, Vancouver. Sailing away from Vancouver The OPUS Hotel offers complimentary car service within town using their BMW Series 7, so I arrived at the cruise terminal in style. US officials are there in Vancouver to check documents as if we were entering the United States by […]

Day 3 in Vancouver

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I took the Aquabus ferry from Yaletown to Granville Island to explore the local artisans’ studios, along with boutiques, cafes and restaurants. The Granville Island Public Market was my favorite experience, with produce stalls selling baskets piled high with gooseberries, blueberries, black berries and rasberries. The Fish mongers had live spot prawns and Dungeness crabs. I wish I bought more of […]

Vancouver, Day 2: Grizzlies at Grouse Mountain!

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Strolled over to Canada Place to catch the free shuttle to Grouse Mountain, but the schedule was so limited that I used public transportation instead: took the Seabus to North Vancouver and then the 236 bus to Grouse Mountain.  Opted to skip The Grind (one hour or so hike up the mountain) and enjoy the Skyride aerial tram to the top of the […]

Vancouver, Day 1

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The non-stop flight from Newark to Vancouver on United was about 6-hours and uneventful. Vancouver Airport is very nice, with lots of Native American art and a waterfall. Welcome to Vancouver Airport The Canadian Line train connects the airport to the city center for $7.50 per person. The Yaletown stop was across the street from the OPUS Hotel, which had myExecutive Suite ready for […]

Baltic Cruise: My day in Helsinki

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I booked a half-day city tour of Helsinki through Crystal Cruises, which was a nice introduction. The city is celebrating its 200th anniversary as the capital of Finland, so there isn’t a preserved medieval quarter here (like Stockholm and Tallinn); instead new buildings and old blend together to create a fascinating cityscape. It’s no wonder […]