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Date of trip:
July 18 - August 2
2002

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  Trip Highlights:
  Princess cruise
  Inner Passage
  Visit Ketchikan
  Visit Juneau
  Visit Skagway
  See glaciers
  Tour Mt. McKinley
  Visit Denali NP
  Helicopter tours
  Much wildlife
  Ride Alaskan RR
  Midnight sun
  Scenic country

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Alaska's Inner Passage
A College Fjord glacier
View of a College Fjord Glacier

Visiting Vancouver, British Columbia
VancouverVancouver is ... a cosmopolitan city. Old but vibrant, undergoing a metamorphosis of a kind. Clean and modern, it treats the international visitor to its many sights and sounds with a lack of pretention. Although we have explored but a smidgeon of its many attractions, the places and things we experienced here gave us a feeling that a return trip would be warranted.

Downtown Vancouver and its near proximity to Canada Place is a haven for the traveler who wishes to see the best that the city offers. Within strolling distances are some of the finest attractions: Stanley Park on the bay's shore, Chinatown with its bustling shops and markets and of course Granville Island, a true public market place that also serves as a gathering space for locals and visitors alike.

Vancouver should not be dismissed as yet another waystop before catching your cruise ship. It is a destination city that boasts many points of interest that would keep the average visitor occupied for days.

Site Gallery - Vancouver, British Columbia
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Stanley Park
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Chinatown
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The Star Princess Experience
Star PrincessYear 2002 is the inaugural season for the Star Princess. Of Bermudan registry, this ship's particulars are exceptional. Operated by Princess Cruises, this ship boasts a number of interesting facts:



  • Registered tonnage ... 108,999 tons
  • Overall length ... 950 feet
  • Total breath ... 165 feet
  • Total height above keel ... 212 feet
  • Draught ... 27.7 feet
  • Passenger capacity ... 3,100
  • Crew complement ... 1,120
  • Crusing speed ... 21 knots
  • Maximum speed ... 23.3 knots
On our Inner Passage cruise the total distance travelled was 1,769 nautical miles (2.034 statute miles).
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The Star Princess Experience
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Alaska's Inner Passage Cities & Attractions
KetchikanKetchikan ... The Tlingit Indians originally settled in this area as a summer fishing camp, where five different species of salmon spawned every year. The natives called it "Kitchsk-hin" which means Kitchk's stream.

Until the late 1880s, the non-Natives who arrived in the area were sailors, explorers and traders who bartered with the Indians and then moved on.

The early 1900s were a boom time for Ketchikan, along with the rest of Alaska. Gold was discovered in the nearby hills and on Prince of Wales Island and copper was discovered a short time later. Ketchikan became the supply center for all the mines in the area.

By the mid-1930s, Ketchikan had aptly named itself "The Salmon Capital of the World". In 1936 alone, the city packed more than 1.5 million cases of salmon.

Mendenhall GlacierJuneau ... In 1880, for Joe Juneau and Richard harris, the going was slow and frustrating as they searched for gold with the help of Indian guides. Finally, after climbing mountains, forging streams and facing countless difficulties, they found nuggets "as large as beans".

Out of their discovery came three of the largest goldmines in the world. By the end of WWII, more than $150 million in gold had been mined. Eventually the mines closed, but the town Joe Juneau founded became the capital of Alaska and the business of gold was replaced by the business of government.

Some 30,000 people live in Juneau and its total area makes it one of the largest town, in size, in the world. Only Kiruna, Sweden and Sitka, Alaska exceed Juneau's 3,248 square miles.

Frazer LakeSkagway ... was known to thousands of hopeful gold rushers as the gateway to the gold fields. Although it boasted the shortest route to the Klondike, it was far from the easiest. Over a hundred years ago, the White pass route through the Coast Mountains and the shortest, but steeper, Chilkoot Trail were used by countless stampeders.

The gold rush was a boon to Skagway -- by 1898 it was Alaska's largest town with a population of 20,000. But when the gold yield dwindled in 1900, so did the population of Skagway as the miners shifted to new finds in Nome.

Glacier Bay & College Fjord ... Visitors have been coming to Alaska since the 1880s to see Glacier bay. Here, massive glaciers stretch from the ice-draped St. Elias and fairweather Mountain ranges to sit at the end of majestic fjords. Tidewater glaciers are rare in the world. With a perfect recipe of ocean, mountain height and precipitation, we are graced with a dozen of them in Glacier bay.

Site Gallery - Inner Passage Cities
Ketchikan, Alaska
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Juneau, Alaska
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Skagway, Alaska
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Glacier Bay, Alaska
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College Fjord, Alaska
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