Cruising Alaska Style
By Shirley Price
From May till October I see my share of
cruise ships. The
reason is not because I am fortunate enough to be sailing on one that often,
but because I live in Beautiful Vancouver, BC. Canada. Itís usually on
Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesday when the cruise ships leave dock at Canada
Place for their trip out to Alaska. They pass my place in the late
afternoons and early evenings. If Iím at home I can see them passing from my
window. Itís an even better sight if Iím outdoors. I see them as I am
walking the sea wall or when Iím sitting in the local waterfront park. There
are ships of all sizes and a variety of cruise line names that pass by. They
come back in to Vancouver to dock really early in the day. Itís quite a site
to see the cruise ships come back in all lit up just as morning is starting
to come to life, as they sail toward the sunrise.
Those that are fortunate enough to take the Alaska cruise have a real treat
in store right from the get go. Especially if the weather is nice, you can
enjoy the back drop of the city, Stanley Park, and the North Shore Mountains
as you leave the dock and start your adventure. Not to be overshadowed by
passing under the famous Lionís Gate Bridge and heading out to sea towards a
different kind of breath-taking scenery.
People from all over the world come to take an Alaska Cruise. Just last year
my friend in Australia surprised her parents for their 50th anniversary.
Sheís from a very large family, and I mean large; like 17 kids. As you can
imagine her parents hadnít had the opportunity to do much traveling. For
their special anniversary my friend and her siblings set a theme related to
water. First they gave their parents a gift of an
indoor water fountain, there were other small water related gifts too,
then finally my friend gave them the tickets for their Alaska Cruise. As you
can imagine they were ecstatic. She brought her parents to Vancouver to take
them for what they said was the cruise of a lifetime. They were in total
My cousin who lives locally just got back from Alaska this past weekend.
She, her husband and another couple took the Alaska cruise for the first
time. In her words exactly, ďWe had a fabulous time...the weather was
terrific. I didnít need a jacket, it was tee shirt weather except for when
we went to the glaciersĒ. My cousin has done a lot of traveling over the
years. Sheís adamant that cruising is definitely her favorite way to
vacation. They had a wonderful time on board ship, made some new friends and
saw many magnificent sites including whales and other wild-life. Many
travelers that have made this trip say that everyone should take an Alaska
cruise at least once in their lifetime.
There are a great number of us that love to take vacations who are over 50.
This especially applies to cruises. After all, itís time to be pampered!
Many travelers are already retired. When you are on a pension or any type of
fixed income cost has to be considered. We all want to save where we can and
always have lots of places to spend our money. The cost of traveling is a
big factor in how many trips you will be able to take. Besides travel you
probably have some other hobbies that you like to keep up as well, like
playing golf or at least working on your golf swing. (Youíll find that the
medicus swing trainer is ideal for doing just that.)
In order to make sure that you are not paying more than you need check out
A1-Discount-cruises. Get the best prices that you can by booking early and
if possible be flexible with your dates. Be smart and save where you can.
Of course Alaska is not the only place to take a cruise. But it is the
cruise that is constantly described as more than a cruise but as a wonderful
once in a lifetime experience or adventure. Thereís little doubt that itís a
unique kind of cruise and one well worth taking.
By the way-if your cruise ship leaves from Vancouver, after you leave the
dock and have passed under the Lions Gate Bridge look toward the mountains
and Iíll probably see you passing- have a wonderful trip!
Shirleyís a resident of the beautiful community of West Vancouver, British
Columbia. Shirley Price is also the author of LifeByDesignOver50.com an
over 50s social
site. As someone that loves to travel, Shirley is planning to travel a lot
more in the coming years.
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