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Alaska by cruise ship; book now to get premiere staterooms

Now is the time to book your Alaska cruise. Local Shreveport Travel agents can provide you with great deals and offer you premiere staterooms. Because the sailing season in Alaska is short, it almost always completely fills up and sells out. Record numbers of travelers are visiting Alaska, so booking early is beneficial to guests. All 2015 itineraries are available for booking and your agent can assist you with selecting the cruise best suited to your travel needs.

Alaska, also know as "The Great Land", according to many, is best seen by cruise ship. With over 34,000 miles of shoreline, it is very much a coastal state. For centuries the waterways were used by canoes, sailing vessels and steamships to transport people and goods. Today, cruise ships travel these waterways bringing passengers an experience like none other. Passengers on an Alaska Cruise ship will enjoy the panorama of mountains, forests, tundra, glaciers and fjords, as well as abundant wildlife that include whales, caribou, bear, sa,lmon, and much more. They'll view small islands, hanging waterfalls and glaciers that drop ice directly into the sea, all from the deck of their ship while eagles soar overhead and salmon swim the rivers in their annual trek home. Sites like Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Misty Fjords and Kodiak Island are just a few of the treats in store for Alaska sailings and land tours.

The Alaska cruise season has been expanded from June to August to May to October. True, the most popular sailings are July and August, but the other months provide great sightseeing at lower fares. Springtime brings a heavy runoff from the mountain snowfields producing a multitude of cascading waterfalls and many of the ports have Mayfest celebrations that will surely delight visitors.Native villages once thrived along the coast of Alaska, and today many of Alaska's towns thrive on the banks of the great state, many wedged between mountains and sea. On an Alaskan cruise or cruise/tour, one might enjoy a visit to one of the towns such as Juneau, the capital city accessible only by boat or plane, the southernmost city in Alaska - Ketchikan, or a town that retains the flavor of the gold rush era with false-fronted buildings, boardwalks and collections of memorabilia - Skagway. The frontier wilderness of Alaska boasts wildlife like nowhere else. Each of these towns and more will be discovered in future blog posts, so be sure to follow us so you won't miss out.

Whales still travel the waters of Alaska, bears roam the land, eagles soar above and schools of salmon swim the waters. As mentioned in episode 1, the cruise season is Alaska has been expanded and encompasses May - October. July and August, however, are the most popular months to sail, but the shoulder seasons of spring and fall offer reduced fares.

June and July are the brightest months, with daylight extending well into the evening and early morning hours. During this time, plant life is abundant at its peak and wildflowers are in full bloom. City parks and gardens along Alaska's Inside Passage, nurtured by moisture and moderate temperatures, retain their splendor throughout the summer. The summer months also bring feeding whales to Glacier Bay and Frederick Sound. In late summer and early fall the salmon swim upstream and visitors have many opportunities to watch as they make their annual trek along riverbeds and streams to spawn. These fish lure other wildlife out of hiding, and bears and bald eagles begin to appear along the shorelines to feed on the weary fish.

The end of the season, September and October, bring pods of migrating humpback whales as they begin their journey south. They are frequently sighted in the open ocean along the outer coast. Also during this time of year, the dolphins rejoice in their annual rite of fall - mating - and their acrobatics are delivered to cruise passengers in a delightful show of nature.

If all this sounds enticing, it's only a phone call away. Call Mary at 318-588-2567 at Maric Ticket 2 Travel to begin planning your Alaska Cruise vacation, or email

Please come back frequently to read updates on Alaska cruising.

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