Spring Savings With UnCruise Adventures

My first trip with UnCruise Adventures started with what I called an “almost sound” coming from the partially-open door of our cabin. It was our first morning aboard the Wilderness Discoverer and I was snuggled in bed, trying to discern the source of the slight “whoosh” coming from outside. Leaving my husband and son in […]

Phillips Cruises and Tours Offers Discovery

Sponsored post on behalf of Phillips Cruises and Tours  What does the word “discovery” mean to you? For some, it might translate into checking items off a list. For others, perhaps discovery is finding something not previously known. For me, it’s both those things, and in Alaska, both can be handily accomplished with Phillips Cruises […]

See a New View of Prince William Sound With Lazy Otter Charters

Given the blowing, driving, and utterly dripping snow falling from a leaden sky between Anchorage and the Whittier Tunnel, it seemed my choice to take a winter day cruise around Prince William Sound was a bit overambitious. Why, oh why did I suggest this trip to visiting family travel writer Heather and her family of […]

Three options for Alaska small-ship cruising

“Unbelievably beautiful!” “We never thought we’d be so close to wildlife!” “I can’t wait to go again!” One of the best parts about my job is listening to the comments of people returning from their Alaska vacations. Even better are exclamations of joy from people who have just disembarked from a small-ship cruising experience. Cruising […]

Glaciers, islands, and wild adventures with Alaskan Dream Cruises

It never gets old. Before I go any further in describing our family’s recent trip aboard the dreamiest of the Alaskan Dream Cruises vessels, I felt it important to make the above statement ^^. Sailing Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage is, perhaps, one of the best places to become acquainted with and maintain a relationship with […]

Icy Strait Point: a cruise ship port with Alaska authenticity

The Southeast Alaska village of Hoonah is only 35 miles from capital city, Juneau, but it might as well be 350. Located on Chichagof Island among dense stands of Sitka spruce and thick patches of blueberries, Hoonah is home to about 700 people, most claiming Tlingit Native heritage. Tlingit people named Hoonah after the phrase […]

Cruising Alaska: Create a custom family vacation with Babkin Charters

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in nearly 10 years of residence in Alaska, it’s never to underestimate the vastness of her shorelines. Boasting nearly 48,000 miles of rocky, sandy, or muddy beach land, Alaska’s waterways still remain largely unpopulated and undiscovered by the average visitor. Cruising Alaska is still the most popular way to […]

Hiking the ‘Un-Trails’ of Southeast Alaska

It seems strange not to be dressed in XtraTufs and my favorite knit cap on a Tuesday. Last week, and the week before, Tuesday found me with a plethora of young, active guests aboard the Un-Cruise Adventures vessel Wilderness Adventurer, sailing around the hidden nooks and crannies of southeast Alaska. I’m home this week, catching […]

Time for Un-Cruise Adventures: Kids in Nature and AKontheGO team up again

My living room floor is littered with craft supplies, rain gear, and the dark blue uniforms of Un-Cruise Adventures. It’s time for my annual trek to Southeast Alaska and another session aboard my favorite small ship cruise line. Un-Cruise Adventures, with sailings in Alaska, Hawai’i, Baja California, and Washington, strives to be a different experience […]

Gray Whale-Watching in Alaska: Two options for families

Did you tune into KTVA 11’s Daybreak this morning? It was my monthly five minutes of family travel fun, and ho0-boy, there was a lot of fun to share.  A WHALE of a lot of fun. Gray whale-watching, to be exact. AKontheGO is headed south tomorrow, ready to explore the warm, sunny climate of Mexico’s […]

Alaska Small Ship Cruising: What you need to know

After three tours aboard three different Un-Cruise Adventure vessels, I’ve come to an understanding about the concept of “small ship cruising,” especially when it involves children and Alaska. Small ships (those sailing with fewer than 100 passengers, by my own definition) are intimate experiences, so whether traveling with your own kids or alongside someone else’s, […]