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 […]

Alaska Day Cruises Provide Family Fun – But Hurry!

Signs of spring are busting out across Alaska. From slushy streets to the return of wild birds from points south, Alaskans know the season called “Breakup” has indeed arrived. Kids dance in the mud puddles, and parents survey damage done to a winter’s worth of snow pants and mittens, smiling all the way. How else […]

Un-Cruise Adventures and AKontheGO Team Up for “Kids in Nature”

This is a BIG announcement. I mean, really, really big. Un-Cruise Adventures (formerly Inner Sea Discoveries) has invited ME to serve as on-board Guest Host of their Discoverer’s Glacier Country cruise June 16-21, 2013! Moi! I’m excited about this for a number of reasons. 1. It means Un-Cruise Adventures gets this whole family-adventure-travel thing, knowing […]

Going Ashore On An Alaska Cruise: Best Bets for Families

One of the most exciting moments of any maritime adventure comes when the gangplank is lowered and a shout for “All ashore that’s going ashore!” filters through the staterooms. Perhaps that’s why a floating tour of southeast Alaska is so rewarding for families. The idea that kids go to sleep in one place and wake […]

Cruising Safely With Kids: AKontheGO ‘Extra’

As the world continues to watch a terrible scenario unfold with the grounding of the Costa Concordia in Italy, attention now focuses upon the safety of such luxury cruises. The industry must be clenching its teeth for potential panic, either real or perceived, among both the media and would-be passengers who have witnessed the scenes […]

Know Before You Go: Alaska Cruise Considerations

Last July, while lounging in the sun near the cruise ship launch dock in Sitka, I overheard two friends talking about their fortunate score of splendid weather during their cruise to Alaska. “I can’t believe it,” First Guy said. “Somebody told me it rains every day in Alaska, so I brought all my best gear, […]