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Canadian Rockies and Alaska – A Winning Combination

I was lucky I didn’t burn my shirt. Not because I’m not experienced at ironing (I iron all my own shirts) but because I was distracted by one of the world’s most amazing hotel views.

I was staying at the famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel in a prized, lake-view room and the sight of the glistening, turquoise waters of the lake, backed by majestic, snow-capped peaks, was just mesmerising. I was ironing my shirt for dinner in front of the window and it was the most enjoyable domestic chore I’ve ever had to do.

I was on a cruise tour of Alaska and the Canadian Rockies – very similar to the 24-day Scenic package Cruise Express is offering next May and that trip still rates for me as the second best holiday ever – after our honeymoon!

So when we’re asked at Cruise Express about what our favourite cruise destinations are, the answer for me is always easy – Alaska and Canada. Why? Just look at any brochure for a combination cruise tour in Alaska and the Canadian Rockies and it’s obvious.

Nature drank a lot of coffee when she designed these two epic destinations. Twice as big as Texas, Alaska is a pristine paradise overflowing with grand glaciers, mighty mountains, fir forests that stretch forever and wondrous wildlife- plus near 24-hour daylight in the northern summer to see all this sensational scenery in all its glory.

Whenever I am stressed, I close my eyes and imagine I am back in Alaska on the deck of a liner, gazing at the wilderness and drinking it all in. For me, Alaska and its unspoiled beauty evokes deep emotions that just make me want to go back there right now. Add a dose of ‘Rocky Mountain High’ vaccine to your Alaska cruise and you have a prescription for one truly breathtaking holiday in two of the most spectacular destinations on Earth.

I’ve cruised in Alaska three times and on one of those trips, I had the fortune of preceding my cruise with a rail and coach tour from Vancouver to the Canadian Rockies. Wow – what an experience! If you’re thinking of booking our Alaska-Canada cruise tour next year, I’m jealous. Take me with you and I promise to carry your bags and iron your clothes! I’m good at both.

Recounting my own experience, we started in Vancouver – one of the world’s prettiest harbour cities – and took the bucket-list Rocky Mountaineer train to Jasper following a picture postcard route snaking through towering peaks. We slummed it in RedLeaf Class, which won’t exist anymore soon, so if you book the 2016 tour, you’ll be living it up in GoldLeaf Class where domed glass ceilings on two-storey carriages afford stunning views in all directions. Just don’t drink too much water. Pity the traveller on the Rocky Mountaineer who goes to the restroom and comes back to hear fellow passengers spotted a whole family of brown bears waving at the train! Or so they’ll tell you!

Both the grand Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, with its steaming hot outdoor pool, and the beautiful Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise with those awesome ironing board views, have to be seen to be believed. Many travellers to the Rockies just take pictures of these famous hotels but our tour next year will see you actually stay there in premium, view rooms so you can brag about the experience just like me!

The best thing about combining the Canadian Rockies and Alaska in the one holiday is that after you return from the Rockies to Vancouver, the adventure is only half over as a luxury, week-long cruise to Alaska is still ahead of you.

It’s hard to find a week-long cruise as perfect as one to Alaska, with an idyllic mix of ports, scenic cruising past glaciers and relaxed days at sea. I love the three main Alaskan ports of Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway with their gold rush saloons, frontier spirit, colourful, indigenous Tlingit culture and the majesty of the mountains just a few streets away. The highlight of course is Glacier Bay where massive glaciers thunder into the fjord. What a thrill! You won’t want to be inside playing bingo on that that day!

For a more detailed review of cruising in Alaska click here for another blog post.

Combining the Rockies and Alaska is a real feast for the senses and having done it myself, I can only say: do yourself a favour and treat yourself to one of the best holidays ever. You’ll be escorted by friendly tour hosts, almost everything is included and everything is looked after from start to finish. You don’t even have to carry your bags between hotels, trains, ships and airports – so maybe you don’t need me after all! But if you don’t like ironing, you know who to call!

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Canadian Rockies and Alaska – A Winning Combination

I was lucky I didn’t burn my shirt. Not because I’m not experienced at ironing (I iron all my own shirts) but because I was distracted by one of the world’s most amazing hotel views.

I was staying at the famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel in a prized, lake-view room and the sight of the glistening, turquoise waters of the lake, backed by majestic, snow-capped peaks, was just mesmerising. I was ironing my shirt for dinner in front of the window and it was the most enjoyable domestic chore I’ve ever had to do.

I was on a cruise tour of Alaska and the Canadian Rockies – very similar to the 24-day Scenic package Cruise Express is offering next May and that trip still rates for me as the second best holiday ever – after our honeymoon!

So when we’re asked at Cruise Express about what our favourite cruise destinations are, the answer for me is always easy – Alaska and Canada. Why? Just look at any brochure for a combination cruise tour in Alaska and the Canadian Rockies and it’s obvious.

Nature drank a lot of coffee when she designed these two epic destinations. Twice as big as Texas, Alaska is a pristine paradise overflowing with grand glaciers, mighty mountains, fir forests that stretch forever and wondrous wildlife- plus near 24-hour daylight in the northern summer to see all this sensational scenery in all its glory.

Whenever I am stressed, I close my eyes and imagine I am back in Alaska on the deck of a liner, gazing at the wilderness and drinking it all in. For me, Alaska and its unspoiled beauty evokes deep emotions that just make me want to go back there right now. Add a dose of ‘Rocky Mountain High’ vaccine to your Alaska cruise and you have a prescription for one truly breathtaking holiday in two of the most spectacular destinations on Earth.

I’ve cruised in Alaska three times and on one of those trips, I had the fortune of preceding my cruise with a rail and coach tour from Vancouver to the Canadian Rockies. Wow – what an experience! If you’re thinking of booking our Alaska-Canada cruise tour next year, I’m jealous. Take me with you and I promise to carry your bags and iron your clothes! I’m good at both.

Recounting my own experience, we started in Vancouver – one of the world’s prettiest harbour cities – and took the bucket-list Rocky Mountaineer train to Jasper following a picture postcard route snaking through towering peaks. We slummed it in RedLeaf Class, which won’t exist anymore soon, so if you book the 2016 tour, you’ll be living it up in GoldLeaf Class where domed glass ceilings on two-storey carriages afford stunning views in all directions. Just don’t drink too much water. Pity the traveller on the Rocky Mountaineer who goes to the restroom and comes back to hear fellow passengers spotted a whole family of brown bears waving at the train! Or so they’ll tell you!

Both the grand Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, with its steaming hot outdoor pool, and the beautiful Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise with those awesome ironing board views, have to be seen to be believed. Many travellers to the Rockies just take pictures of these famous hotels but our tour next year will see you actually stay there in premium, view rooms so you can brag about the experience just like me!

The best thing about combining the Canadian Rockies and Alaska in the one holiday is that after you return from the Rockies to Vancouver, the adventure is only half over as a luxury, week-long cruise to Alaska is still ahead of you.

It’s hard to find a week-long cruise as perfect as one to Alaska, with an idyllic mix of ports, scenic cruising past glaciers and relaxed days at sea. I love the three main Alaskan ports of Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway with their gold rush saloons, frontier spirit, colourful, indigenous Tlingit culture and the majesty of the mountains just a few streets away. The highlight of course is Glacier Bay where massive glaciers thunder into the fjord. What a thrill! You won’t want to be inside playing bingo on that that day!

For a more detailed review of cruising in Alaska click here for another blog post.

Combining the Rockies and Alaska is a real feast for the senses and having done it myself, I can only say: do yourself a favour and treat yourself to one of the best holidays ever. You’ll be escorted by friendly tour hosts, almost everything is included and everything is looked after from start to finish. You don’t even have to carry your bags between hotels, trains, ships and airports – so maybe you don’t need me after all! But if you don’t like ironing, you know who to call!

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