I must confess, I am a Cruiser, but I’m a Pre-Cruiser too…and sometimes a Post Cruiser. I think that must mean I am a traveler. Cruising is awesome! It can create pretty extraordinary experiences in some amazing parts of the world. The Amazon, The Mediterrian, South America, and Alaska all showcase world-class spectacles right from the end pier. But a quick look at the map shows that, in most of the world, there is much more to explore away from the coastal waterways. Lima Peru is a great city, but Machu Picchu was on my bucket list and needs at least 3 or 4 days in the mountains at elevation to enjoy. We were lucky enough to spend two weeks in Cusco and left wanting more.
Flying to the cruise ship the day of departure is a typical arrangement. But, if you want to get a sense of the entire destination, or if your returning and want see more than the first trip, doing a pre or post cruise tour is a must. Cruising offers great luxury; it is nice to unpack and bring your hotel with you as you journey.
Overland travel (touring) for me, in addition to the great variety of experiences, also offers a sense accomplishment. I always feel like I “earned” the cruise after I have explored the region and put a few miles on my belt.
After cruising Alaska more times than I can remember I can say (and I have many times) it is a great cruise, one of best in the world. As a Northwesterner, I can also say Seattle (my home for few decades) is a true, vibrant world class city, but it’s the whole of Washington State that is the real gem.
The Evergreen State is known for its diversity with seven climates within our boundaries. The Cascade Mountains and the Columbia River define this part the continent.
From the Seattle area, embrace the Northwest Lifestyle by extending your journey with InquisiTours and add a new appreciation for the region. While enjoying mountain villages and historic towns, you’ll be traveling through one world’s finest wine regions. In the Walla Walla Valley Lewis and Clark and the Oregon Trail established the Pioneer spirit that continues today.
And really, any day that ends with a glass of wine is good. So enjoy some Western hospitality, enjoy the sights, taste the wines, have few laughs and make your Alaska Cruise a Complete Northwest Experience.
- Guy Glaeser