If you want to give yourself a very special treat, go on an Alaska cruise on the Misty Fjord with Captain Dale and his amazing crew. They made every effort to make this a trip of a lifetime for us. It started well beforehand, with questionnaires about dietary needs and wishes, a reading list with a wide range of topics related to Alaska and a packing list. Once on board, we were made to feel welcome everywhere except the crew's private quarters and the kitchen,the cook's realm. It's a good thing being in the fresh air gives you an appetite: the food was delicious and plentiful, and included fresh fish of course, but also cakes baked on board from scratch. The crew were all happy to talk to us about their experiences and all they knew about Alaska and other topics (an awful lot!), while at the same time being protective of our privacy as guests (we had to "invite" them to join us at the dinner table (on shelves around which Captain Dale's extensive Alaska library is housed). The cabins were compact, but comfortable, each with a private shower and toilet. There was an itinerary, but it was not set in stone, and so we got to watch whales for as long as we wanted, and spent an unplanned second night in Baranof Bay because it was so gorgeous there, and foggy further out. The boat was not huge, but because we could be in the sitting room, the wheel house, out on deck or in our cabin, it was possible to have time alone, as well as together. And there were opportunities to go kayaking, hiking, fishing, exploring, and relaxing in hot springs, in addition to visiting a native village and seeing lots of wildlife. If you are looking for an all-inclusive trip "away from it all", this is it.
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