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Notes from Your Cruise Host
September 22, 2015
I used to look down on cruising and cruise ships as a sissified form of travel for old people and then I became one and began to appreciate the idea. Which is, simply, to remove the stress from travel and make it meditative and relaxing. To enable the traveler to skip the logistics and enjoy the passage. Of course, for someone from the American Plains, it is thrilling to be on an ocean, period, and get salt air in your nostrils and feel the vastness. And then when you add the grandeur of Alaska, the glaciers and mountain ranges and wilderness, you have a trip that anyone could love.
And so 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 and an overnight in Anchorage to permit you to go visit Denali. Our team of naturalists will be on deck to talk about what we see and a meteorologist to discuss the warm topic of climate change. A cast of performers from the show, of course, and a book club and morning choir practice and a knitting circle and a hangout for kids and more. That 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. There is a harbor seal named Ralph who every couple of years gets eaten alive by a shark and then another seal takes over the territory whom residents call Ralph so as not to alarm the children. We’ll sail back along the coast to Victoria, the scenic capital of British Columbia, and then back to Puget Sound and Seattle.
It’s a leisurely two weeks in beautiful country and through the long Minnesota winter I will often think about August 15. If you have the time and the yen, come along.
|August 15||Depart 4:00 p.m.||Seattle, Washington|
|August 16||Scenic cruising||Vancouver Island|
|August 17||8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.||Ketchikan, Alaska|
|August 18||Noon – 5:00 p.m. — Scenic cruising||Tracy Arm Fjord|
|August 19||8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.||Juneau, Alaska|
|August 20||7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Icy Strait Point, Alaska|
|August 21||At Sea||Gulf of Alaska|
|August 22||arrive 7:00 a.m.||Anchorage, Alaska|
|August 23||depart 2:00 p.m.||Anchorage, Alaska|
|August 24||8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.||Kodiak, Alaska|
|August 25||4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. — Scenic cruising||Hubbard Glacier|
|August 26||8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.||Sitka, Alaska|
|August 27||At Sea||Gulf of Alaska|
|August 28||1:00 p.m. &ndash 11:00 p.m.||Victoria, British Columbia, Canada|
|August 29||Arrive 7:00 a.m.||Seattle, WA|
A Prairie Home Companion Cruise is produced by Prairie Home Productions and presented by American Public Media. Ship’s registry: The Netherlands.