CARNIVAL ADDS NEW SHORE EXCURSIONS FOR 2004 ALASKA
SEASON; MORE THAN 100 TOUR OPTIONS IN TOTAL
Line to Offer New Rock Climbing Adventure, Dog Sledding Expedition
and Gold-Panning Tour
MIAMI (April 28, 2004) - Carnival Cruise Lines has expanded the
number of shore excursion options for its 2004 Alaska season, adding a dozen
new tours that range from adventurous rock climbing and dog sledding
expeditions to scenic cruises and gold-panning excursions.
In total, Carnival will offer more than 100 different tour options
in conjunction with the Carnival Spirit's seven-day Glacier Bay and Glacier
Route cruises, which sail northbound from Vancouver or southbound from
Whittier/Anchorage May 12 - Sept. 15, 2004.
"Alaska is a fascinating and spectacular region, full of natural
beauty and wonder, and our shore excursions are designed to provide our
guests with the best opportunities to discover the many intriguing
highlights of the last frontier," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and
CEO. "From active expeditions to more leisurely paced tours, our excursions
appeal to a broad range of cruisers with diverse interests."
A sampling of the new excursions includes:
Sled Dog Discovery and Mushing Camp (Skagway) - Riding aboard a custom-built
sled, guests discover a northern pastime while learning all about sled dogs
and their mushers. The tour whisks guests along a scenic wooded trail, past
waterfalls and spectacular views of the Taiya Inlet tidal flats.
Gold Panning and Salmon Bake Combo (Juneau) - This three-hour tour combines
two popular tours in Alaska - gold panning and dinner at the award-winning
restaurant Gold Creek Salmon Bake. Following a ride through historic
Juneau, guests receive hands-on experience panning in Gold Creek and learn
about the city's history of gold discovery. Afterward, guests enjoy a
delicious meal at Gold Creek Salmon Bake against a beautiful mountain
FX-11 Expedition Kart Adventure Combo (Ketchikan) - After a motor coach ride
to the Cape Fox Rainforest Preserve on the shores of George Inlet, guests
are introduced to the FX-11 expedition karts and receive an orientation and
necessary safety gear for their adventurous journey. With kart guides
stationed at the head and rear of the expedition convoy to ensure a safe
pace, guests drive to the Mahoney Lake basin, making stops along the way to
enjoy the region's beauty. Once at the lake, guests have the opportunity to
participate on a guided walk to view the cascading falls. The final leg of
the adventure is a one-hour exhilarating Jet Boat ride, which traces the
shoreline of George Inlet and heads back to the cruise ship dock. All
drivers must show a valid driver's license. The karts are driven over
uneven terrain and in all weather conditions. Certain physical requirements
Klondike Rock Climbing & Rappelling Adventure (Skagway) - This
challenging and adventurous excursion provides guests an opportunity to
climb over the smooth granite walls of the White Pass while accompanied by
professional mountain guides with world expedition experience. There are
more than a dozen paths to choose from, ranging from easy to very
challenging, and all routes end with a stunning view of the Skagway River,
the White Pass Yukon Route Railway, and the surrounding wilderness. This
excursion is designed for physically fit guests. Climbing shoes, helmet,
harness and snack are provided.
"Duck" Historic City and Harbor Tour (Ketchikan) - A modern
amphibian vehicle, called the "Duck," takes guests through Ketchikan's
rustic streets and into the scenic harbor for a fun-filled tour. This
unique vehicle, which is a combination boat and bus, travels through
historic downtown Ketchikan toward Bar Harbor. Upon reaching the launching
ramp, the water portion of the excursion commences, where guests can view
wildlife, as well as local scenery.
These new tours complement the wide variety of existing shore
excursions available on Carnival Spirit Alaska sailings, which range from
leisurely paced city walks and nature tours to more active pursuits such as
biking, cycling and alpine lake snorkeling.
Carnival Spirit's 2004 Alaska season consists of 16 seven-day Glacier Route
and three Glacier Bay voyages. Glacier Route cruises depart May 19 to Sept.
1, either southbound from Whittier or northbound from Vancouver. Cruises in
both directions feature Prince William Sound, College Fjord, Lynn Canal,
Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Sitka and the Inside Passage.
Glacier Bay cruises depart round-trip from Vancouver May 12, Sept. 8 and 15
and feature full days cruising Glacier Bay National Park and the Inside
Passage, as well as visits to Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan.
Additional information on Carnival's Alaska cruises can be obtained
by contacting any travel agent, calling 1-800-CARNIVAL or visiting
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