Monthly Archives: August 2016

Alaska Small Ship Cruise-Day Four-Kayaking, Whales, and Sea Lions M/V Island Spirit

This morning I’m kayaking through a fjord in perfectly calm water near Red Bluff Island, so named for the iron deposits, which are unusual for the area. The fog burns off almost immediately and I’m rewarded with views of steep … Continue reading

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Alaska Small Ship Cruise-Day Three-Tenakee Springs M/V Island Spirit

  Tenakee Springs, Alaska, population 60, is a remote village only accessible by boat or seaplane. It used to be that the people here made their living in a cannery. That closed, leaving only a few fishermen left to support … Continue reading

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Alaska Small Ship Cruise-Day Two-Brown Bears M/V Island Spirit

I slept well on my first night. Breakfast burritos are served at the table, though for early risers a continental breakfast is available from 6:30AM. At 10, the naturalist gives us a run down on what to expect for the … Continue reading

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Alaska Small Ship Cruise-Day One-Whales! M/V Island Spirit

The Island Spirit is tiny as cruise ships go-more like a yacht really, except it has a more “expedition” than luxury feel to her. There is a favorable ratio of 16 passengers and 11 crew on the vessel when we … Continue reading

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Day trip-Mendenhall Glacier and the Shrine of St. Therese

I love Alaska. I always have. That’s why, when I had a chance to take a small ship cruise to our largest state for the third time I didn’t hesitate. I’m typing this from my hotel room in Juneau, and … Continue reading

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