It seems in order to get a sense of where you’re headed, it’s good to take a look-see at where you’ve been. With that in mind, we’ve assembled for you a collection of our own fond memories of pretty good times. We invite you to visit these pages while you wait for the school bus or for the pie to finish baking or for the cows to come on home.
Our next Prairie Home cruise will be a two-week odyssey aboard the ms Maasdam out of Seattle and along the coast with some special stops in Sitka and Kodiak, an overnight in Anchorage to permit you to go visit Denali, and the chance to visit many sights that were out of reach in 2006. The first day takes us past old-growth cedar and spruce rain forest along the coast. We’ll sail into the Tracy Arm Fjord and look out for newly calved icebergs from the South Sawyer Glacier. In Juneau, a plenitude of good fish restaurants and small boats to take you out whale-watching. The world’s busiest seaplane base is Lake Hood in Anchorage, where intrepid bush pilots wait to ferry you out to the trackless wilderness. On Kodiak Island, you can go bear-watching and see onion-domed churches from the Russian colonial era. Sitka is a tossed salad of ethnicities — Russian, Tlingit, Aleut, Finnish, Ukrainian. We’ll sail back along the coast to Victoria, the scenic capital of British Columbia, and then back to Puget Sound and Seattle.
Up here on the frozen tundra, we know the way to stay buoyant and cheerful through the wintry blast is to schedule a break, preferably in March when winter starts to wear us down, and so we’ve scheduled ours: the Prairie Home Caribbean Week, March 14–21, out of Fort Lauderdale aboard the MS Westerdam, calling at Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Maarten, and Half Moon Cay. It’s only a week because how much sun and sand and coral sea does one need? Not much.
We’ll sail on August 9th aboard the ms Ryndam from the white cliffs of Dover and head off to visit a string of fabulous northern cities, including Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, and Århus, taking along all the usual suspects and our naturalists and some excellent lecturers, as the watery world slips by and we take a two-week leave from our ordinary hectic lives. No texting. No email.
The 2012 cruise was so good we decided to pick up where we left off, in marvelous Barcelona, and sail around Italy and Sicily and wind up in Venice. It’s a ten-day cruise aboard the ms Ryndam, and as always we will offer a fine cast of naturalists, historians, and musicians from A Prairie Home Companion.
Explore a world unlike Lake Wobegon — a world of open-air markets, vineyards, the ghost of Hemingway — on this eleven-day voyage from Amsterdam to Barcelona, with stops in Portugal and Morocco.
On July 9, the 2011 Prairie Home Cruise sets sail from Boston, heading up the coast to Maine and Nova Scotia, through the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, and on to Montreal, Quebec.
Join the cast of A Prairie Home Companion and many other guests for a unique blend of entertainment, culture, and breathtaking scenery as we cruise the marvelous shores of the Western Caribbean.
In July of 2007, the cast of A Prairie Home Companion and many other guests sailed the shores of Norway.
Prairie Home Cruise II launched from Seattle for a week of sailing along the coast of British Columbia and Alaska to Juneau and Glacier Bay and back.
Take a look at our archive for our first cruise from Boston to Bar Harbor, Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton, and Halifax.