Norwegian Cruise Line

7665 Corporate Center Dr., Miami, FL 33126. & 800 327-7030 or 305 436-4000. Fax 305 436-4120. www. ncl.com. The very mass-market Norwegian Cruise Line offers an informal and upbeat atmosphere on medium- to megasize ships. This year the Norwegian Sun relocates to Vancouver (from Seattle), and the Norwegian Dream, Star, and Spirit take over in rotation out of Seattle. The line offers 7- and 10-night itineraries. THE EXPERIENCE NCL excels in the activities department if the line added any more...

Short Gold Rush History

The biggest event in Alaska history happened 107 years ago the 1898 Klondike gold rush. If you're coming to Alaska, you'll be hearing a lot about it. Here's some context for the barrage of anecdotes you can expect. Prospectors sought gold in small numbers even before Russia sold Alaska to the United States in 1867. However, the Russians' main interest in Alaska was sea otter pelts. They made few forays beyond the coast, leaving the great mass of the North and Interior unexplored. When the...

Clipper Cruise Line

Louis, MO 63146. & 800 325-0010 or 314 655-6700. Fax 314 655-6670. www.clippercruise.com. Not your typical cruise vessels, these down-to-earth, comfortable small ships focus on offbeat ports of call, learning, and mingling with your fellow passengers. It's the ideal small-ship cruise for people who've tried Holland America or Princess and now want a more intimate cruise experience. THE EXPERIENCE Clipper caters to mature, seasoned, easygoing, relatively...

Shore Excursions

Dyea Bicycle Adventure 3 hr. 69 A 20-minute van ride to Dyea, once a bustling gold-rush community, followed by a 6-mile cycle ride through the area. Not strenuous for anybody in reasonably good health. Eagle Preserve Float Adventure 6 Vi hr. 169 Combines a fjord cruise 30 min. to Haines with a leisurely raft float no white-water rapids here through the Chiliast Bald Eagle Preserve. Essential equipment boots and life jackets, rain poncho if needed is provided. Glacier Flight amp Bald Eagle Float...