By Larry Ludmer
This advisor to cruising Alaska includes concise, easy-to-read details on each Alaskan-bound cruise-ship, overlaying stateroom measurement, eating arrangments, passenger/crew ratio and all facilities. incorporated are: cruising itineraries for every vessel with the professionals and cons of every course; jogging excursions for all ports of name with city maps and information of museums and ancient excursions; and insurance of smaller "explorer" boats that are in a position to take passengers very on the subject of the glaciers.
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The stateroom size listed is the available range in square feet, with the largest figure given usually being a suite. The ship-by-ship descriptions will highlight what is special about each ship. Please note that the information given in this book is based on data available at press time, but cruise lines generally make plans far in advance so there is always the possibility of a last-minute change in ship and/or itinerary. The ships listed here are all scheduled to be in Alaskan waters during the 1999/2000 season.
The smallest is 193 feet long, while the biggest measures 408 feet. Passenger capacity ranges from 190 to 625. A few that run on the shortest routes don't have any staterooms, while the one with the most cabins has 108 (not all with private bath). These ships were designed primarily as a means of transportation, and not for pleasure cruising. Therefore, they lack almost all of the luxury amenities associated with cruising. Onboard dining is simple and adequate, but not a gourmet experience. Much space on each ferry is devoted to carrying vehicles, so you won't Page 30 find lots in the way of shopping or recreational facilities.
A few that run on the shortest routes don't have any staterooms, while the one with the most cabins has 108 (not all with private bath). These ships were designed primarily as a means of transportation, and not for pleasure cruising. Therefore, they lack almost all of the luxury amenities associated with cruising. Onboard dining is simple and adequate, but not a gourmet experience. Much space on each ferry is devoted to carrying vehicles, so you won't Page 30 find lots in the way of shopping or recreational facilities.
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