Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Alaska Awaits You and Your Family

A cruise to Alaska is a showcase for the splendor of nature and a terrific cruise destination for multi-generational family groups. Everyone from toddlers to great-grandparents will be awed by the majestic scenery, which ranges from lush coastal rainforests to massive glaciers that send newborn icebergs crashing into the sea. The wildlife is just as impressive: kids, teens, adults and seniors can all delight in watching a family of bears moving along the shore or seeing a herd of whales surface in the water.

And, each port of call in Alaska offers fun activities for a family to share, such as panning for gold, learning about totem pole carving or taking a wildlife tour to see bald eagles, sea lions, seals and sea otters.

If your family wants to explore what lies beyond the stunning coastline of Alaska, consider taking a cruisetour. A cruisetour combines a cruise ship voyage with a land-based tour of Alaska’s interior, providing a wonderful way to see more of this vast and fascinating state.

Princess Cruises offers a variety of cruisetours with as much or as little structure as your family wants. For example, The "On Your Own” cruisetour combines a seven-day cruise with a stay at one or more of the Princess Lodges located in Alaska’s scenic national parks; there’s no scheduled sightseeing, so you can set your own daily itinerary. Additional cruisetour options combine a cruise with Princess’ "Direct to the Wilderness” rail service to Denali National Park, with anything from a narrated tour of the park to a fully escorted tour experience in Denali and beyond.

The land portions of Royal Caribbean’s Alaska cruisetours are escorted by trained Adventure Specialists who can answer your family’s questions about the amazing sights of Alaska. Royal Caribbean will take you to the interior via deluxe motorcoaches and the Wilderness Express® train, which has luxurious glass-domed train cars that provide an exceptional view of the beauty around you.

Holland America Line provides Alaska cruisetour options sure to suit your family’s schedule, combining three-, four- or seven-day cruises with land tours of four to 13 days. Overland travel is via Holland America’s McKinley Explorer train and luxury motorcoaches, supplemented by water taxis in some locations. Holland America’s cruisetours feature Denali, but include out-of-the-ordinary destinations like historic Dawson City in the Yukon Territory.

To explore all of the options available for your family’s Alaska cruisetour adventure, call Michelle for a free consultation:  210-858-6399 or email:  mjackson@cruiseholidays.com.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Are you using a Travel Agent? Time to start!

In theory, travelers today have more information and booking capability at their fingertips than ever before.  So, there's less need than ever to pay someone else to book your trip.  But, with all of this possibility, comes added complication, especially given the dizzying, often counterintuitive ways that travel purchases are made nowadays.

With hidden fees, cancellation dates and penalties, name change fees, etc. there are many hidden pitfalls that travelers may not understand until it is too late.  While some travelers love strategizing and searching endlessly to try to "beat the system:", many understandably don't want to be bothered.

As a travel agent who takes each client on as a personal friend, I strive to make the experience of plannin and researching a vacation stress-free and enjoyable for everyone involved.  With little to no booking fees (based on the clients needs), you can know that I will work hard to cross the t's and dot the i's, while you sit back and plan your packing list.

Contact me for quotes on upcoming travel packages:  mjackson@cruiseholidays.com.