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Alaska Awaits

If picturesque coastal mountains, gleaming glaciers, marvelous wildlife, hot natural wonders, and culture-rich lands sound like a place you’d like to explore then we’ve got the place for you, Alaska. The wonders of Alaska are just the tip of the iceberg (no pun intended), half the fun is just in getting there.

There are many ways to experience Alaska, but nothing compares to the up close and personal experience that you can have when traveling via an Alaskan cruise ship. Making your way to the land upon a beautiful ship with crisp 360 views is unlike anything else.

Although COVID caused an abrupt pause to the cruise ship industry (and all of our lives) cruises have now been given the green light to resume travel in 2021. If an Alaskan cruise is not on your bucket list, we recommend that you add it today. Passengers upon any cruise ship can expect new and enhanced COVID-19 protocols for cautious and confident cruising.

Alaskan cruises are one of the most captivating experiences you can have. While all cruise ships can be enjoyable and each offers distinct values, the Alaskan cruises are unparalleled.

Onboard an Alaskan cruise the simple act of observing the majestic mountain and glacier scenery from the comfort of your room, the deck, or while you enjoy an exquisite dinner is enough to leave you in awe and with your jaw on the floor. However, Alaskan cruises have so much more to offer than just a mesmerizing landscape.

There are many cruise lines to select from and all have an assortment of entertainment and activities for all ages so you’ll get to spend your day just as you wish while you voyage to your destination.

Whether you are an adventurer, seeking luxury, a foodie, a sightseer, a trailblazer or even a lovebird on your honeymoon the options available to tailor your perfect trip are endless. You can select from varying itineraries, adventures, and ports of calls.  Once the perfect trip is selected, the only thing to figure out is what to pack.

Packing for a cruise can be a tricky endeavor, but packing for an Alaskan cruise can be a bit more complex due to the range of temperatures that one can encounter within a single day. You will want to make sure to pack all of your essentials and include plenty of comfy and warm clothes that you can casually wear while onboard. Dinner attire will also be necessary and the dining rooms typically call for business casual or cocktail wear. Some staple items should be pieces that you can easily layer, such as a warm vest, a light jacket, and a windbreaker. Those items can easily transition from ship to land and from casual sightseeing to zooming from a zipline. For those who book an action-packed adventure on land, a pair of waterproof hiking boots would also be ideal.  Last but certainly not least, make sure to pack your swimsuit and sunscreen! “A bathing suit?” you ask, yes! Not only do cruise ships offer amazing heated pools but, Alaska also has an abundance of natural hot springs. Hot springs in Alaska sound ironic, but that’s just one of the many surprises this grand land has to offer.

Hot springs are natural pools filled with geothermal mineral waters that are heated by the earth’s crust. They are essentially natural forming hot tubs that you can dip into while surrounded by striking views. How cool is that?!?

There are many hot springs are scattered throughout Alaska, but the most popular is The Chena Hot Springs which is a located approximately 55 miles northeast of Fairbanks. The ride to Chena is known for its beautiful wildlife sightings and moose so it’s recommended to key your eyes peeled so you don’t miss their beauty. The Chena Hot Springs Resort is home to an awesome ice museum and an Instagram-worthy bar where they use glass carved cocktail glasses and is adorned with unbelievable ice chandeliers.

One of the reasons that cruises are so popular is because it gives the feeling of more than one vacation rolled into one.  The cruise ship vacation and the land exploration vacation. However, because of the vast options that Alaska offers it’s like you’re rolling many vacations into one, the options are endless and most of the experiences are unique to Alaska.

Adventure in Alaska awaits. Contact our Denver travel agency to speak with a representative and let them tailor the perfect trip for you. You won’t regret it.

Lessons From a Carnival Cruise Ship

For those who follow Travel N Relax on our Facebook site, you will know that we just returned from a fabulous Panama Canal cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas.

During that trip we took an all ship tour which led us to many of the behind the scenes spots that one often will not see on a cruise ship. One of the stops we made was on the bridge, where the official displayed to us the ship navigation systems and advised us on how the bridge crew navigates around other cruise ships.

Given the current affairs of the day, it now seems almost prophetic looking back that one of the statements that this official jokingly made was that “…when navigating around other ships we generally try to stay about 3 miles away. However, if it’s a Carnival ship we then try to double that and stay at least 6 miles away.”

Cruise Ship Accident in Cozumel

As you have likely seen from your online news sources, and other news outlets, there was an incident the other day in Cozumel Mexico where the Carnival Glory slammed into the Carnival Legend while the Glory was steering to dock. In this process, the back end of the Glory slammed into the Legends nose thus slicing through the back of the Glory, where the ship’s Platinum Restaurant sits, and resulting in six passengers sustaining minor injuries. Thankfully, the Glory narrowly missed also hitting Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas which was also docked nearby at the same time.

Cause and Effect of the Mexico Cruise Ship Accident

While an investigation into the cause of the accident is currently taking place, Carnival’s official statement is blaming “spontaneous wind gusts and strong currents,” as being the reason for the accident.

After assessing the damage on both ships Carnival also believes that “there are no issues that impact the seaworthiness of either ship.” As such Carnival advised its guests to enjoy their day in Cozumel and both ships continued on their normal itineraries as if no incident had ever even occurred.

Carnival has also announced that rather than fix the gaping hole now in the back of the Glory the ship will have no down time and will just continue to sail the normal holiday sailings in the weeks ahead.

Is a Cruise Vacation Safe?

To the regular consumer following this news story, this story may cause questions regarding the level of safety that a cruise vacation might afford. Indeed, a question that we been asked after this incident is …. Is a cruise vacation safe?

For Travel N Relax, this is a critical question since one of the elements we focus on when planning our guest’s vacations is destination safety and security. To our our professional travel advisers, nothing is more important then assuring that all of guests remain safe during their travels. As such, we put a good deal of effort into our research on each trip that we help plan, to assure that guest safety and security will be met during your travels.

With this particular cruise ship incident, we do confess to having several questions running through our minds regarding the operation of this particular cruise vessel. Among these:

  • For a port that had nine other ships docking the same day, why did only this one vessel have issues with these supposed “winds guest and currents?”
  • If the wind guests and currents were so severe, should not safety have come first and perhaps another way to dock be found? Perhaps a more skilled crew member could have been put in charge of docking.
  • What is the level of training that this crew received?
  • Most concerning to us though is why Carnival seems to be putting profit before safety in continuing to operate future cruises with this ship while it maintains the level of damage that it has. By not fixing the issue could not the damage become more severe thus leading to potential future safety issues?

All of that expressed, we also fully recognize that this incident only occurred with one cruise line. Many other cruise lines are out there which offer quality service and strong safety elements. To say that a cruise vacation is unsafe based only on the actions of this one ship would be reckless and wrong. It also would not reflect our true feelings.

Travel N Relax does truly believe that a cruise vacation is safe and we will therefore continue to promote this type of holiday.

How Travel N Relax Can Help You Plan the Perfect Cruise Vacation

With that noted with all travel, there are always elements that need to be looked at and evaluated as your travel is planned, and cruise travel is no different in this regard. When planning a high quality vacation, it is vital to also look beyond just price, and to look at the individual suppliers and evaluate each suppliers record based their known history. Knowing that a supplier has a quality safety record helps to assure your own safety when traveling.

When you work with Travel N Relax, your professional certified cruise travel adviser is fully trained in these skills and will help guide you to the perfect enjoyable and safe vacation – whether by land, or by sea!

At Travel N Relax we have the tools and know how to keep you safe and evaluating our suppliers whom we recommend to you is just one small element of the many steps we take to assure your safety.

Indeed, when working with a cruise vacations travel agency like Travel N Relax you will get the benefit of having guidance and help on which cruise options and cruise lines are best for you. As well, you will gain the value of having a professional certified cruise travel agent assist you in selecting shore excursions and making other pre-cruise and post-cruise arrangements that will assure that you have the maximum enjoyment on your trip.

We invite you to discover the difference in working with a professional family and cruise travel agency like Travel N Relax and seeing the value that such a relationship can provide to you.

Give us a call today at 303.317.6945 to let us take care of all the details while you and your family truly Travel N Relax!

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Differences Between a Family River and Family Ocean Cruise

When deciding upon a family cruise experience, one of the first things to determine is which will be best. A family river cruise, or a family ocean cruise. When looking to answer this question there are many variables to be considered which a family travel agent can assist with.

Among these considerations is whether you prefer being out in the open sea or if you prefer the closer in views that a river cruise can offer you.

Differences between a Family River Cruise and Family Ocean Cruise

On an ocean cruise you will be out on the ocean in a larger vessel with occasional ports of call in multiple countries. On a river cruise you will sail down one of the major rivers in the country generally seeing multiple countries on a single trip.

Because of the narrower rivers and locks the ships must navigate, as well as the heights of bridges the ship must pass under, river cruise ships tend to be smaller boats with fewer facilities than the ocean ships will have. Nevertheless, as the river cruise market evolves and new ships are built, larger suites, more luxurious facilities and family friendly considerations are becoming easier to find on these ships.

Family Cruise Shore Excursion Options

Likewise, on either an ocean or river cruise, shore excursions will be a major element of your family cruise vacation experience. The land tour choices provided by family cruise lines are almost unlimited and provide options that can please all members of your family. Because of the wide selection of tours available, you might want to consider turning your trip into a group vacation and bring along the grandparents! When you create a a multi-generational vacation in this way you can make your family vacation even more special!

Some examples of options you might have to pick from include active expeditions such as hiking, parasailing or biking to gentle paced walking tours to special interest tours such as culinary, wine or artistic tours. If the ships selection of tours does not meet your satisfaction fully customized day trips can also be arranged. Your family travel agent will be able to help you select the best options and arrange these tours for you.

Tour pricing will differ greatly depending on the tour you select and the level of customization that you desire. With many river cruise companies the cruise line will provide free excursions that are included in your cruise fare with additional for fee tour options available. These extra cost excursions will generally be more extensive options that allow you to learn about your destination or the sights you are seeing at a deeper level.

In all cases working with a family vacations travel agency like Travel N Relax you will get the benefit of having guidance and help on which cruise option is best for you. As well, you will gain the value of having a professional certified family travel agent assist you in selecting shore excursions and making other pre-cruise and post-cruise arrangements that will assure that you have the maximum enjoyment on your trip.

We invite you to discover the difference in working with a professional family travel agency like Travel N Relax and seeing the value that such a relationship can provide to you. Give us a call today at 303.317.6945 to let us take care of all the details while you and your family truly Travel N Relax!

 

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What to Anticipate on a Family Cruise Experience

When planning your family cruise experience there are many considerations that must be made to assure that you and your family have a great family vacation.

Family cruise lines offer ships of various sizes, different cruise itineraries, and various cruise lengths. A family cruise can range from only a few days to extended packages that combine both the cruise with a pre or post-cruise stop to a family-friendly destination such as a Disney park or Universal Studios.

Despite these differences, when working with a professional family travel agent who can determine your wants and needs, you can be assured of an exceptional cruise experience that will both please and satisfy you.

Utilizing the connections that a family vacation travel agency will have, and the knowledge and training of a family travel agent, you will be matched to a cruise experience which provides true family fun.

A family-friendly cruise will offer you great food and beverage options in a wide array of restaurants, quality staterooms to accommodate your family, and a wide selection of entertainment offerings to please every member of your family. Some ships will also offer character interactions that allow the young, and young at heart, to meet, greet, and mingle with their favorite film characters.

Generally on this style of cruise, one will find a wide selection of activities which might range from rock climbing walls, mini-golf, ice skating, laser tag, merry go rounds, and other similar kid-friendly activities that will keep your entire family satisfied. Additionally, kid’s clubs are often available to allow mom and dad to enjoy some alone time should they desire it.

Staterooms on family cruise ships often feature private balconies and provide larger than average stateroom options that can accommodate your entire family in one unit. Some staterooms might also offer a multi-level option with a slide that your little ones can zip down inside the unit.

While these elements are generally always common on a family cruise where things do differ is in the style of travel that each cruise line presents. This is where the knowledge and training of a professional certified family travel agent really come in handy. Learning your preferences and personality, the family travel agent can guide you to a family cruise line that truly meets and caters to your family’s unique desires and needs providing you with an exceptional family vacation experience!

Utilizing the connections that a family travel agency will have, it becomes possible for the guest to be presented with an amazing family cruise experience that will truly please and wow them!

Whether the guest desires a large cruise vessel, a smaller style ship, or a ship packed with family fun features when you utilize the training and knowledge of a professional family travel agent your family vacation wishes can become a reality!

We invite you to give Travel N Relax a call at 303.317.6945 to discover the difference that working with a family travel agency can bring to you! Travel N Relax looks forward to servicing you!

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