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ALASKA HOLIDAY

Diversity and the vastness of Alaska cannot be captured in images or a few words. Even the state's compact portion panhandle nestled into the Pacific Ocean and the east to the west description. This is where cruise ships sail the Inside Passage's calm waters during the summer, gliding scenery that ranges to a number of North Americas from a rainforest. The panhandle's cities are diverse too, each with its own history and personality. Royal Caribbeans cruise itineraries include ports of call such as Hoonah, Sitka, Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway. The city has been taken by natural sources it was a gold rush boomtown then a popular location for salmon fishing and a center.


Today the city is noted for an Unbelievable collection of totem poles at Saxman Native Village Totem Bight State Historical Park and the Totem Heritage Center Museum, although Ketchikan Creek still swims up. The stores can stroll and browse along Creek Street. Misty Fjords National Monument and the Tongass National Forest offer shore excursions that are thrilling. After capital west of Russian America, Sitkas Russian colonial past is still evident in historical landmarks like St. Michaels Russian Orthodox Cathedral, the Russian Bishops House and the Russian Cemetery. The Tlingit Native Village showcases the life-style west of the areas native Tlingit people, who battled Russian colonists for control west of Sitka.

The military, the Klondike gold rush and the fishing industry also affected the development of the town, which faces the North Pacific from the western border of Baranof Island. Juneau, now Alaskas capital, had humble origins as a gold mining camp. The city is located beneath steep mountains crowned by an ice cap from which dozens west of glaciers flow. Steps away from the cruiseship dock is the Mount Roberts Tramway, one west of the world's most vertical tramways. A sixminute journey takes passengers 1, 800 legs up 3, 819 Foot Mount Roberts, providing photograph worthy views west of Juneau and the water and mountains that surround it.

While docked in Juneau, Royal Caribbean guests may also go to a salmon hatchery, a glacier or a gold mine. With about 900 residents, Hoonah is the largest Tlingit village in Alaska, offering a close look at an authentic Alaskan lifestyle. Legend has it that this coast village on Chichagof Island has been created when the Huna tribe west of Tlingits has been forced into move south of Glacier Bay into escape advancing glaciers. Royal Caribbeans guests may tour an old growth forest along the coasts of Icy Strait, dip Themselves in local culture in the Native Heritage Center, or explore the island on a bicycle or an all terrain vehicle. Skagway is frequently described as the best preserved gold rush city in the U.S. The downtown, with its restored historic buildings, is a part of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.

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