Volume 3 Issue 5
Twice a month travel news from Charting Memories Travel
Can you believe that it is already March? Spring is just around the corner and thoughts of long overdue summer vacations are here. The world is slowly gaining strength and there are indications that more normal lives will be returning soon.
Here are Charting Memories Travel we are share vacation ideas that are a little different than we would have given a couple of years ago when we were almost exclusively cruises and theme parks. There are many different destinations and travel styles available right now. You can still hop a train, fly on a plane, sail a small ship, join a small group tour, explore a national monument, or ride a rollercoaster.
This week I am going to start a journey through the alphabet of places to visit. Some will be common some will be more exotic. This will not be in-depth information rather it will be a quick overview. If there is ever a destination you want to know more about let me know and I put together more information, host a live session or even bring in another expert.
The news has reported about Canada closing its ports and waters to cruise ships and how the Passenger Vessel Service Act (sometimes combined with the Jones act) has shut down Alaska cruises for 2021. While this is true for large ships, cruising will happen this summer on small ships.
One option for cruising Alaska this year is UnCruise Adventures. These are US-flagged and crewed ships that are exempt from the previously mentioned regulations. These are small ships ranging from a max of about 86 guests down to about 22 guests. Just think how cool it would be to charter an entire ship for a family reunion, unique destination wedding or even a reward for your best business associates. With voyages ranging from 7 to 14 nights, you will probably know everyone on board by the end of the trip.
These small ships allow you to get to places that people on the big cruise ships only dream of. You won’t have to transfer to a small boat to go on a whale watching expedition or to see wildlife. You can see the wonders of the state while having dinner or from the comfort of your own room. You will also get to use kayaks, inflatable skiffs, and SUP.
Maybe cruising is not your thing. How about seeing Alaska by rail? There are multiple different ways to let your inner Sheldon Cooper out when visiting Alaska. These range from basic train accommodations to luxury accommodations. Rail vacations are very customizable. You can pick the type of hotel accommodations you want, the type of seating and dining on the train and even how long you want to spend in each location. Want an extra day or two at Denali? No problem. More time in Anchorage? You can do that. You can travel one way or round trip from most locations. From small fishing towns to beautiful lodges, Alaska has something for everyone.
Alaska is the largest state in the country. In fact, it is about 1/5 of the rest of the country combined. People travel there for the majestic beauty and the wildlife. The combination of mountains, fjords, glaciers, and animal life is something you will not find anywhere else in the world. Summers offer relatively mild temperatures and long days with short nights.
Pick the right time of year and you may see migrating whales or the northern lights. Strap on a pair of skis or a snowboard and experience some world-class runs. Take it low key and just enjoy the towering mountains in front of a roaring fire. Grab a pole for some of the best fishing in the world or head out to a restaurant and let someone else do all the work for you. The options are limitless.
If you are ready, an Alaskan vacation could be just around the corner or you can start planning for something further in the future.
Contact me today to learn more about this great state and to start planning your next big adventure.
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