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August 8, 2005

Not too late or too early for Alaska

If you can go on short notice, it's not too late to consider an Alaska cruise for this year, as some great last-minute cruise rates remain. Combine that with airfare sales from most of the major carriers, and you can get that dream vacation at a very low rate.

If you're not ready to jump that quickly, you might want to start thinking about booking an Alaska sailing for next summer. Here are just a few reasons why:

Glacier Viewing - 100,000 Alaskan glaciers cover 29,000 square miles. Cruises typically visit one or more glacier areas, including Glacier Bay, Hubbard Glacier, Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Arm Fjord, Mendenhall Glacier or the glaciers in College Fjord. Lucky visitors may experience the awe-inspiring thunder of glacier's calving huge ice bergs.

Abundant Wildlife - Bald eagles, owls, hawks, falcons and waterfowl to Kodiak brown bears, polar bears, wolves, wolverines, moose, caribou are all common sites from your ships balcony or on an excursion..

Whale Watching - June and early September are ideal times to see Humpback and Minke whales, Orcas, Pacific and white-sided dolphins right the deck of the ship.

Northern Lights - August is the best time to see spectacular night skies filled with vivid reds and greens.

World-Class Fishing - Full and half-day guided trips for king salmon, pink and silver salmon, sockeye, halibut, rainbow trout, char and steelhead can be booked through the cruise line or separately.

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