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 […]

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 […]

Five Reasons to Love Southeast Alaska

Of the nearly two million people who venture to Alaska each year, about half of those travel through the southeast section, also known as the “panhandle,” “Inside Passage,” or simply “Southeast” to those of us who live, work, or play in within its lush, green landscape. Right now, in fact, I’m doing all three; living […]

UnCruise Hawai’i with AKontheGO

The family travel and tourism industry thrives when businesses collaborate and create partnerships to not only expand their products or offerings, but the overall experience of young visitors to a particular destination. It takes work, though, to nurture these partnerships and effort to implement a vision, and not every business is willing to go so […]

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 […]

InnerSea Discoveries and the Un-Cruise: Mingling With Mother Nature

Below is the first in a series of posts related to AK Fam’s recent cruise aboard the Wilderness Discoverer, one of several InnerSea Discoveries vessels sailing around southeast Alaska.  It was an “almost-sound” that woke me. A steady, quiet noise unlike that of boat engines, the hum of which had lulled me to sleep the […]

Exploring Alaska Ports of Call – On Your Own

It’s a cruiser’s world in southeast Alaska during the summer months, there’s no denying. From the second a passenger’s shoe hits the dock, it’s go, go, go – see, see, see the “best of Alaska” in five hours or less. I love cruising, I really do, and I appreciate the industry’s efforts to get passengers […]

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, […]