Why Take an Alaska Cruise ?

Written by John Metcalfe

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Juneau, often known as 'little San Francisco', is Alaska's capital. Here you can experience life in a true northern city. The Mendenhall Glacier is sure worth a visit, as isrepparttar Sawyer Glacier a little further torepparttar 138704 South.

Skagway is Alaska's gold-rush town. It is well preserved and offers access torepparttar 138705 Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Disembark at this port and viewrepparttar 138706 way ofrepparttar 138707 world famous White Pass railroad, before panning for gold in this northern outpost. And when you're done withrepparttar 138708 gold, why not take time out to watchrepparttar 138709 whales near Sitka - a haven for these beautiful creatures all year round.

Forrepparttar 138710 more adventurous, an Alaska cruise can take in Kodiak Island inrepparttar 138711 Gulf of Alaska. Known as Alaska's 'Emerald Isle' Kodiak Island takes visitors back torepparttar 138712 time whenrepparttar 138713 first inhabitants settled on repparttar 138714 island more than 7,500 years ago. You can even locate Alaska's oldest parish here on Kodiak Island.

John Metcalfe is the webmaster for A to Z Cruises which is the No1 resource for Alaska Cruise related Information on the Internet. Be sure to visit his site here: Alaska Cruise

Caribbean Stopover at St. Thomas of the U.S. Virgin Islands

Written by Clint Leung

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At Coki Beach, my partner rented her snorkeling gear for $20 US (I brought my own). To my surprise,repparttar rental attendant gave us each a hard biscuit to feedrepparttar 138664 fish while we were inrepparttar 138665 water. Once we got intorepparttar 138666 water, dozens of tropical fish immediately crowded around us. I guess they knewrepparttar 138667 drill quite well. We ripped off small pieces ofrepparttar 138668 biscuits andrepparttar 138669 fish went for it, even ifrepparttar 138670 food was just inches away from our face masks. The yellowtail snappers, sergeant majors and occasional parrotfish displayed no fear of us at all. At one point, my partner held out a larger piece of her biscuit and some ofrepparttar 138671 fish darted in to nibble at it. After about an hour inrepparttar 138672 warm water, it was time to say goodbye to our new aquatic friends. This experience at Coki Bay withrepparttar 138673 fish was one ofrepparttar 138674 factors which eventually influenced my partner to become a certified scuba diver herself.

Another $15 US cab ride took us back torepparttar 138675 cruise ship port where we spendrepparttar 138676 rest ofrepparttar 138677 day browsingrepparttar 138678 many duty free shops located there. A similar snorkeling trip arranged throughrepparttar 138679 cruiseship would have cost us doublerepparttar 138680 amount we paid. St. Thomas is definitely not an inexpensive island for either cruise ship passengers or resort tourists staying there but extra comfort and quality ofrepparttar 138681 island are quite noticeable compared to many other Caribbean destinations. From my readings,repparttar 138682 other main islands ofrepparttar 138683 U.S. Virgin Islands which are St. John and St. Croix, are more laid back and less commercialized than St. Thomas. I would like to visit them in addition to another return trip to St. Thomas inrepparttar 138684 future for a multi day scuba diving trip. For those thinking of going on a Caribbean cruise, I would definitely recommend one that has St. Thomas as one of its ports of call. It is one ofrepparttar 138685 better islands on any Caribbean cruise itinerary.

Clint Leung is owner of Free Spirit Gallery http://www.FreeSpiritGallery.ca , an online gallery specializing in Inuit Eskimo and Northwest Native American art including carvings, sculpture and prints. Free Spirit Gallery has numerous information resource articles with photos of authentic Inuit and Native Indian art as well as free eCards.

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