Alaska Part 1


I am excited to share our family’s experience of traveling to Alaska. Along the way, I hope to not only share our story, but include some travel tips for those who may be considering taking this awe-inspiring trip.

Our trip consisted of the 11-Night Denali Explorer Cruisetour package from Princess Cruises. We chose that package because it was the best fit for the

Alaska in June

by David Rentsch

President, Cruise Holidays

experience we were looking for and included the destinations we were hoping to see. I highly recommend, of course, working with an experienced travel agent on this type of trip because there are so many options to choose from with a multitude of vendors. Someone who has “been there” will be invaluable in quickly narrowing down your choices, matching you with the perfect customized vacation of your dreams.

Photo tip - for those who are interested, all of the photographs in this blog were taken with a Nikon D90 camera. I have three lenses - AF-S Nikkor DX 18-70mm 1:35-4.5G ED, AF Tamron LD 28-200mm 1:38-5.6, Sigma DG 150-500mm 1:5+6.3 APO HSM. I highly recommend the Sigma lens for taking photographs of wildlife; it was well worth the investment. With the optical stabilization, I was able to take many of these photos utilizing full zoom without a tripod.

Our adventure started in Fairbanks at the Fairbanks Princess Lodge. We arrived in the afternoon which allowed us time to relax after our long flights connecting in Anchorage and on through Fairbanks. The next morning we were up early and took the Riverboat Discovery Cruise aboard an authentic sternwheeler. The narrated cruise took us down the Chena and Tanana Rivers where we saw a

bush pilot demonstrate water takeoff and landings and stopped for a short time to watch a demonstration from Susan Butcher’s husband on dog sled team training. Susan Butcher won four Iditarod races before loosing her battle with cancer in 2006.

Riverboat Discovery

Sled Dog Training Demonstration

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