Alaska Travel News Round-up

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Ketchikan’s oldest and most central cruise ship pier will have a new look in 2013. The second phase of construction includes replacement of the current visitor information and tour center with a narrower facility that will improve vehicle and pedestrian flow on the busy port and new wooden dock and pilings with more durable concrete and steel.

InnerSea Discoveries/American Safari Cruises officially changed its name to Un-Cruise Adventures to kick off the 2013 season. The cruise line has seven boats that carry a range of 22 to 88 guests to Alaska, Mexico, Hawaii, British Columbia and coastal Washington and Columbia and Snake Rivers. Along with the new name, Un-Cruise Adventures is introducing a new cruise ship in August, the 88-guest S.S. Legacy, which will sail two 11-night Gold Rush Legacy cruises between Seattle and Juneau. The replica Victorian steamer features a Heritage Adventure program, which combines on-board presentations with tours ashore. The ship will visit various historic ports including Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka, Wrangell and Skagway, among others, along the route and include a tour in each town, consisting of guided visits to museums and historical sites.

Anchorage-based Rust’s Flying Service is kicking off 2013 with the introduction of the Pilot for a Day tour. This on-demand adventure allows for groups of up to four to create a six-hour, completely customizable flightseeing trip, with the help of an experienced Rust’s pilot. Rust’s Flying Service recommends three different itineraries for this tour, all departing from Anchorage. From there, guests can choose to fly north to view Mount McKinley and land on a remote wilderness lake for a short hike; or they can travel out to Prince William Sound to view the Skilak Glacier, tour the Harding Ice Field and land in a remote shore side location for lunch; or head west to Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, land in the lakeside community of Port Allsworth, visit the homestead of Alaska pioneer Dick Proenneke in Twin Lakes and fly through Merrill Pass in the Alaska Range.

Source: Alaska Travel News

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