Enjoy Your Party Bus Hire With Fun Themes And Activities

There are no rules when it comes to planning a party. In fact, some of the best events are unplanned ones. Of course, a planned party can ensure your guests will have something to do, enjoy, and eat during the event. You do not have to follow a template for party planning, either. Thinking outside the box can make any occasion truly personal and enjoyable.

Consider taking the party to the open road if you are thinking of a nice and new way to celebrate. When you hire a bus, it does not have to simply transport you to the venue. Buses can now be mobile venues themselves! In fact, you can decorate your bus according to every imaginable theme. Below are a few suggestions that are perfect for party buses:

Mobile Club

Most people who rent buses for parties are celebrating bachelor or bachelorette parties. Party buses are excellent for more mature-themed parties. Decorate the bus with a lot of bright, neon colors and set up a small space for finger food and a cocktail bar. You can plan a route that visits different restaurants, bars, and clubs for an unforgettable night.

Outer Space

No matter how old people are, the universe strikes everyone’s interest. There is something about the stars, the vast universe, and the mysteries surrounding it that make it so interesting for many. Decorate the party bus for hire as a space ship and plan your destination to include wide fields, deep canyons, or even the local planetarium. This could be a fun party theme for a young boy.

Murder Mystery

One of the most famous mystery novels happened inside a moving vehicle. You can adapt this story and ask your guests to dress in period clothing. Playing out a mystery story is not only a fun way to spend the time; you will not have to worry about the entertainment. Choose destinations that are in keeping with the theme to add to the experience.

Wine Tasting

Another fun theme is to visit different wineries and vineyards and have a wine tasting party. This is a classy and sophisticated way to spend an afternoon for mature guests. Some bus companies may even include this type of party to their package, saving you time and effort in researching a destination. Best of all, they might get you discounts for wine bottles at the destinations.

City Tour

You may not be a tourist in your home city, but chances are, you have not seen even the most famous tourist attractions your city can offer. Experience your home in the eyes of a tourist by booking a tour bus and visiting all the common sites. You might learn something new about your home or see your city’s beauty like you have never before.

No matter the special event, the most important thing is to make it memorable. Even well planned themed parties could have imperfections. Try not to get too caught up with the details and focus on enjoying yourself. If you think a themed party bus party is something you and your guests will enjoy for a specific occasion, check out online resources for party bus for hire.

Party Bus Rental Tips

Party it up the right way by renting a party bus! Thinking about booking a limo for a special event? Cruising around in classic stretch limousines may be a stretch as you are limited to a low roof. SUV limos are a little better, but for the ultimate event, one should definitely look into a party bus rental.

Party buses are hot these days. There are many advantages to renting one over traditional limos. First off, they will accommodate standing up, so you can dance with a lot of open space, while travelling anywhere.

Party buses are made for the ultimate party people. Many are packed with loud and bright entertainment systems, including flashing lights like a club. This allows the party to never die down in between transitions between clubs, dinner, or wherever you guys are getting wild at.

Safety should always be priority in any situation. However, when an event calls for excessive alcohol drinking, safety tends to be of least concern. It is important not to neglect safety when out on the town, especially when the party is big enough to include all kinds of drinking behavior and attitudes.

Guests and event coordination is one of the main challenges for any host. When guests arrive/leave in separate cars, coordination can be even more of a nightmare.

Renting a party bus will alleviate many safety concerns by keeping a big party together. The chauffeurs are trained professionals. Make sure you validate that the rental company is legitimate and is fully licensed and insured. Their insurance should cover the vehicle and the passengers. Your chosen bus should carry at least $1 million coverage.

Entertainment is beefed up in a party bus. They feature wider and plushier seats, full bars to keep the alcohol flowing, mirror ceilings with action packed lighting, surround sound to blast all night, plasma TVs, and much more. Chauffers are very accommodating to group events and will have experience to safely take you and your guests around. This could mean faster travel through traffic, and even hookups to some of the hot spots in town.

When renting one of these parties on wheels, book in advance. This is highly suggested during high seasons such as prom. You want to reserve your bus about 3 months prior to the event.

Ensure you understand the quoted price. Also, inquire about discounts or specials. Some limo services offer discounts for booking your wedding and the bachelor/ette parties transportation at the same time. There may also be a minimum hour required to receive a special price. Some quotes may not include gratuity, sales tax, or administrative fees.

If you are looking to have a huge memorable party with minimal interruptions and safety concerns, you should consider a party bus rental. Have fun partying all night long – even on the road!

Hiring a Party Bus – Seeing Through Their Pitch

Hiring a party bus for a special occasion is a great alternative to getting a limo. Albeit it may cost a little more but the advantage is that, depending on the Atlanta party bus you rent, you can fit more people in to help split the bill. Plus having all your friends in one bus is a good time begging to happen.

There are a few things you should consider before hiring a party bus company though. While our fantastic city has more than a few to choose from, there are also more than a few companies that care more about how many corners they can cut to save on their bottom line. Beware the following pitches from party bus companies…

“We have a fully stocked bar.”

That’s great, but fully stocked with what? Do you really want to serve your guests some no name vodka that’s less than well quality and tastes more like paint thinner? What about that warm natty ice they have sitting in the tub at the back of the bus? I’m not saying the bar has to be stocked with top shelf booze but come on. Is it too much to ask that you should be able to swallow it without gagging and going glassy eyed? You’re paying good money for your Atlanta party bus and some of that money should help put some decent (digestible) liquor in the bar.

“Our package is all inclusive.”

Sure it is, until you go over your mileage. While you’re partying the night away you’re not realizing that you just drove out of the parameters of the package and you’re being charged per the mile! Check with the party bus company to see how many miles or how many hours are included in the party package and what happens if you want the bus for longer or if you go over the mileage?

“All our busses are fully equipped…see?”

Yes, that one bus they showed you was beautiful but what about the rest of their fleet? Many companies will show you their best bus to get you to sign on the dotted line and then send you some Sunday school looking van to pick you up. A bus and some beer does not a party bus make. Make sure you inspect the actual bus that you will be paying for.

Have More Fun and a Better Party With Limo Bus Service

The best way to transport big groups of people is renting a bus. But nobody is interested in riding an old school shuttle bus. It is boring and it separates the party members. A much better way of transporting your group of friends is renting a Party limo bus. A party bus looks just like a regular bus from the outside but is completely different inside. a regular party bus has comfortable leather seats along the sides of the bus. Also is has all the amenities of the limousine: bars with coolers, TVs, sound system. When your party will be transported in such a vehicle you will feel safe and will have more time to think about important things. Even when you rent a party bus for a corporate meeting or just as a mean of transportation, the travel in it will bring excitement and joy for all groups and the regular trip will become extraordinary.

Renting a limo bus is the best option for you when it comes to parties and downtown bar hopping. People like to have fun, drink, dance and just relax. You want your friends relaxed rather than concerned about driving. Also, a big plus that you will have your own chauffeur, a person that is qualified and trained to drive with such a vehicle and is paid to do so. It is much safer to depend on the driver than risk and drive drunk.

Don’t forget that the limo bus is not only a mean of transportation. Riding in a limo bus can be a lot of fun. Party buses came as your private club in an automobile, you can have fun, pre-party all you want! Dance on the dancefloor, use the complimentary bar! It is all the fun! Also, after a fun night it is pleasant to just sip on drinks while an experienced driver will take you back home.

Party buses come in many different sizes, capacity capabilities, colors and designs. They come with every amenities that a person would want to have a good time. There are big monitors to watch CDs or DVDs, comfortable leather seats that have different designs and colors, stereo sound surround system to experience the best music. Also there are bars inside the seats or separately, that have coolers to keep your drinks cold. Also the bars can be built inside the seats to keep the right amount of alcohol for everybody. Also, you will find a dance floor to have fun and tinted windows to keep your party private. Some buses will also have and on-board bathroom.

The Price Of Paradise

One of the best reasons to take a cruise has absolutely nothing to do with relaxing, with visiting exotic ports or enjoying classic shipboard life. It has to do with saving money.

Now that may sound remarkable, but consider what you get when you purchase a cruise. Then compare it with a land-based vacation. When you do, you’ll probably arrive at the same conclusion.

As vacation packages, cruises are virtually all-inclusive. But that’s not the same as referring to ships as floating hotels. Because no hotel, no matter how lavish, is able to offer what a cruise ship can. When you buy a cruise, for a single price you get accommodations and all of your onboard meals. On a cruise, that can mean up to seven or eight designated mealtimes daily, from early morning breakfast on the Promenade Deck to a lavish midnight buffet. You needn’t eat at every meal, of course, but you’re not charged for meals during the entire voyage, either.

Why is this form of travel so appealing? The price of your ticket includes not only all of your meals-and in-between snacks, but also your on-board daytime activities and fun, nighttime parties and entertainment from lavish Vegas-style revues to intimate cabaret acts. Plus, what could be more delightful than dining, dancing, dreaming the night away and waking up in the morning to find a new country or island right at your doorstep.

You’ll find a cruise ship is a floating resort with all the fine things a resort has to offer and more. Awaiting you are on-board pools and hot tubs, jogging tracks, fitness facilities, casinos, bingo, piano bars, acres of sunning space, multiple bars and lounges and great children’s facilities for your little ones. You’ll meet new friends-people like yourself-who share the same tastes and interests. This is truly a holiday for everyone because you can spend your days and nights being as lively or leisurely as you like.

The thing I like most is that the hassles of an ordinary vacation are completely eliminated in one neat little package. Today’s cruise lines bundle ALL the comfort and fun of vacationing into one unforgettable trip. You are met at the airport, transferred to the ship, your baggage handled for you and you disembark to transportation waiting to take you back to your flight home. You don’t have to worry about making dinner or nightclub reservations. You don’t run to make connections, pack and unpack your bags at each new destination or worry about expensive surprises at restaurants and night clubs. If your a high energy type you can go non-stop or you can just lie back and be completely pampered.

And there’s one element that distinguishes a cruise from all other vacations. That’s the voyage itself. That may sound obvious, but think about it. You’re being transported from port to port in the most civilized fashion possible. You’re not paying for an airline ticket, or taking a car, bus or train. You do what you like, eat what you like, sleep as long as you like and then you’re someplace new. It’s an experience no hotel can offer.

Early-booking incentives from cruise lines can make a cruise seem like an even sweeter deal. By signing on six months or so before a cruise, you not only get the best choice of cabins, but you also receive a substantial discount on the price. Not only do you get a lot of vacation for your money on a cruise, but also you’re able to anticipate costs and plan your budget in a way no other vacation allows, from transportation and accommodation to meals and entertainment. Many cruise lines protect your fare and if there is a price reduction you may be eligible for a refund. A good cruise agent will watch your investment carefully to ensure you are receiving the best value possible for your dollar.

Extra expenses, such as drinks, ship-organized sightseeing trips, tips and laundry, or maybe a massage, are at your discretion. Which means that they’re under your control.

In short, cruises represent the best all-around vacation going and give you more vacation for the money. A multitude of fleets sail to the Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska, Europe, Panama Canal, Hawaii, Canada/New England, South America and the ultimate World Cruises. This means vacation offers with virtually unlimited potential. The only thing extra that’s required is your imagination.

An Adventure to West Dennis on Cape Cod

When I was making plans to visit Cape Cod, in my mind I always saw my goals as having fun . . . and eating lobster. In the end we had lots of fun and I had lots of lobster. Sorry, but we saw a 17 pound lobster in a preview tank and didn’t eat him. We were there for the funeral of many of his relatives, however.

For nearly ten years, our friend Al Burrage of West Seattle has been asking us to join him in his cottage in West Dennis at Cape Cod. We were finally able to schedule a trip to Massachusetts and not surprisingly, we loved it. Al rents his cottage, The Mainstay, out during the “season” but visits Cape Cod before the season and then again after the season to first prepare the cottage for guests, and then to close the cottage for the winter.

The cottage is a three bedroom home that features a glassed-in porch as well and an outside shower for getting rid of sand and salt before entering the house. The home has a crushed shell driveway and walkway. Typical of Cape Cod homes it has a cedar pole fence across the front and down one side of the yard. It’s painted a fresh looking aqua with maroon shutters. One bedroom has twin beds and two bedrooms have a double bed. The kitchen has a dishwasher, range, refrigerator, and microwave. We can attest that it is very comfortable. The Mainstay was our center of operation, while we were on Cape Cod. Each day we would venture forth to places like Boston, Wood’s Hole, Provincetown and then return to The Mainstay.

While Al lives in West Dennis he has plenty of opportunity to visit with people and scout out good places to go. Once we arrived Al kept up a steady litany of places we could go and things we could do and should do. Even when we ignored him he still made suggestions. We took him up on most of them . . . and never found a bad one.

One of the best places to find reasonable priced local goods is at the local thriftstore. We scored big. Al bought a miniature brass cannon for $2.00, and Peg bought two framed handmade lace collars. She was thrilled. Al finally prevailed on a suggestion and took Peg to Cuffy’s of Cape Cod. The two of them brought back purchases of a couple of hundred dollars . . . or so it seemed. Eventually we had to purchased another suitcase to accommodate souvineer shopping.

I managed to confine my souvineer shopping to The Music Meister and the Christmas Tree Shops. Al loves bargains. For the wives of my friends I bought Tee Pee Dreams herbal tea. I bought my golfing buddies a Cape Cod golf ball each and a box of rattlesnake repellant, which contained some odd little bundles of aromatic herbs and spices. I’m not sure what they do, but I never saw a snake nearby. I gave a box to the son of a friend on his way to a party in Seattle. He held one of the bundles up to his nose. I warned him, don’t let the police search you. I don’t know that either the herbal teas or the snakebite repellant had anything to do with local Indian heritage, but the gifts were bought in Massachusetts, which should count for something.

Generally, each day started off the same. I would rise earlier than Al or Peg. I would turn on the coffee maker and then sometimes go for a drive or a walk. Returning I would knock on Al’s door and he would be up in a jiffy and ready to go. I knew we would probably have a big lunch and a big dinner, so breakfast I wanted to keep light . . . but within reason. My first breakfast in West Dennis was at the Good Friends Cafe, which is only a few yards from the local post office.

I never like to eat at national chains. I prefer local establishments. You never know what you’ll find. Al had eaten at the restaurant before under its old name, but never at the Good Friends. I saw on the menu something called “grilled bread” and I asked the waiter, a young man named Tchigo (I hope that’s spelled correctly, I’m not sure with the accent and all) what it was. The bread is homemade by his father, who was a cook at a different restaurant before the purchase of the Good Friends where he is now cook and owner. It was excellent. A good hefty slice is cut and then grilled until warm and aromatic. It’s served with a dollop of butter on top. There are three kinds of grilled bread: apple, cinnamon raisin, and cranberry. I ordered both the apple, and the cranberry. The bread was good without the butter. It was delightful with the butter. It was good dunked in coffee. It was good just plain grilled. I shared the apple grilled bread with Al, but never offered the cranberry to him. I REALLY liked the cranberry. Sometimes they use the bread in their French toast. I’ll have to try that another time.

I ate at the Good Friends my last day in West Dennis by myself. Again, I just wanted a little something. I ordered the corn beef hash expecting something from a can. What I got was homemade corned beef and onions. I don’t think there was even a potato anywhere in sight with it. While I was wolfing it down, I almost ordered some hashbrowns to mix in. When I walked in and sat down, Tchigo asked if I was waiting for my friend. It had been a week since I had been there and he remembered me and Al. Now, that is why I like small, mom and pop, family run cafes if I can find them. Another meal or two and I would have been behind the counter helping my good friends Tchigo and his papa out at their Good Friends Cafe. Very nice.

As we left the restaurant a couple drove up and asked us directions to Dennisport. Al complied. I think this is funny because as we drove all over the cape we often had to consult maps and get our bearings. Driving is a constant state of confusion on the Cape. When I left the restaurant a week later by myself I saw a man with his car parked and the hood up. The license plate showed that he had been an American POW (I’m guessing in World War II). I drove up beside him and asked if he needed assistance. He said he didn’t need any help. He had the engine belts replaced and his wife complained that they were squeeking. The Vet, with two hearing aids, couldn’t hear them, so he had to open the hood and stick his head down near the engine. We had a nice chat. If it hadn’t been my last day, I would have begged him to tell me stories of his military career.

One of Al’s favorite places to stop is the Music Meister. Owner Lew Taylor has access to DVDs galore. He only has some in stock, but can order almost whatever you need. Knowing how much I love classic TV and movies, Al wanted me to meet Lew. I was reluctant. Al told me what a great guy he was. He told me how Lew used to be on the rodeo circuit. I didn’t care. I had other things to think about. I pulled into the driveway of the local library instead of the Music Meister because I saw that they had WiFi. Unfortunately, they were closed. I was disappointed. Al said, let’s go visit Lew. He’s the board president for the library . . . small towns . . . don’t you just love ’em? We pulled in to the parking lot of The Music Meister. It was after closing hours. Lew and his wife Kathy, an expert seamstress, were still there.

Lew confessed that I could connect in the library parking lot with my laptop, but I didn’t bring my laptop to Cape Cod. I was hoping for a WiFi Cafe. Lew said, “I don’t think you’ll find one on the Cape. We’re kind of low-tech out here.” Peg and I consoled ourselves by looking over some Celtic CDs that Lew had for sale. Peg bought three and headed towards the car to listen to Maura O’Connell (one of our favorites), while I talked to Lew about Celtic singers and groups. I went outside and Al and Peg were looking at a tree with long pods on it. None of us knew what it was.

Al went back in to talk to Lew. He didn’t know what the tree was either. Later Kathy called with the name, Catalpa. We stopped in to see Lew several more times. Once before he opened, once after he closed and twice when he was actually open. He was always friendly and always helpful. I was looking for a song I had heard in the background in the feature film, Saint Ralph. It was a Canadian film and I thought the singer was probably Celtic. Lew searched and gave me the news: Jack Ingram from Texas. The song was Goodnight Moon.

Al keeps a car at West Dennis. He loves (and tolerates) the car and when he leaves for the season he parks it between trees so anyone wanting to steal it would have a tough time towing it away. I think Al’s car is safe. The car has a few rust problems and is covered with pollen and mildew. Peg took a ride with Al in his Mercedes and she compared it to one of my favorite cars from our past, my old 1955 Rambler . . . it wasn’t a compliment. Peg always referred to my ’55 as “that dirty, ratty, stinky, loud little Ramber.” You can take a bus out to the Cape, but I do suggest that you do need a car to take full advantage of the Cape’s wonders. We rented a car from Alamo at Logan (the Boston Airport) and exceeded a thousand miles on it in just over a week.

As I mentioned, I felt it was my job and goal to eat lobster while in New England. Al took me to Swan River Seafood Restaurant and Fish Market. Their lobstermen catch fresh lobster daily on Cape Cod. You could eat at the restaurant or buy from the market, but even at the market you could order your seafood cooked. For example you could tell them which lobster you wanted and tell them when you wanted it cooked. You could then stop in and pick it up and take it home thereby enjoying your lobster in your own kitchen or dining room. Swan River had a great selection of fresh seafood AND they also offered cooked lobster meat. While we were there it was priced at $29.95 a pound. This seemed a little pricey to me, but we went to some other market and they offered cooked lobster for $5.00 more per pound. I thought about the possibilities for several days and then we returned to Swan River on the way to lunch. I pointed out which tail I wanted and Peg did the same. She picked a smaller one . . . a much smaller one. I sat in the car and ate mine. Peg had two bites, shared a bite with Al and then took the rest of her lobster home. This was the second best lobster I had in Massachusetts. It was big, tender, and sweet. The snack costs us about twenty dollars, but it was well worth it.

The open sign seemed to always be in the window, but they were only open if the owner’s green van was in the parking lot. The owners of Marathon Seafood (Peggy and Teddy Stoilas) are Greek, hence the name. Like many places on the Cape you order at the counter and then the food is brought to you. Since I had just eaten a lobster tail I chose the fried oysters. They were small, but there was a ton of them. Al chose his usuall scallops and Peg ordered lamb . . . she likes lamb and it’s always best to order lamb at a Greek restaurant. If we had been back in Tacoma, Peg would have taken the bones home to make broth. As it was, the bones were picked pretty clean. Teddy and Peggy were friendly and happy to please.

I can generally find where I am going. If I’ve got a map I can get there. This philosophy doesn’t lend itself to traveling on Cape Cod. Confusion reigns. For example the town of Dennis is made up of five villages: North Dennis, South Dennis, East Dennis, West Dennis, and Dennisport. Towns and villages blend together. We set off on an adventure one day to visit NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service Northeast Fisheries Science Center at Woods Hole. We wanted to see the NOAA Aquarium. We knew where Woods Hole was. We could see Woods Hole on the map, but like NOAA on the ocean, we had to submerge ourselves in the countryside to find Woods Hole . . . only to find the aquarium closed.

We enjoyed our drive in the country. We saw many rock walls, which reminded us of Minute Men and Lexington and Concord. We saw many shops and Inns. The road through the country side dipped and climbed through lovely cool, green lush growth. The only frustration was the long search.

Once we found Woods Hole, we still had trouble finding the aquarium. We ended up following an arrow out of town half a mile into a residential area. We drove back and found the arrow again. It was on the building where the aquarium was! We peeked in the windows, and Peg walked out to the harbor behind the facility for a few pictures. It just never occurred to us that an aquarium would be closed on Saturday. We should have visited the internet site for details. We enjoyed the ride back and ended the evening with a movie.

I don’t know how many times I drove past this sign that greets visitors to West Dennis. The sign promises $12.99 lobster at Sundancer’s. Everytime I saw it I thought to myself, we should eat there. They have a deck that looks out to the water. They have music several nights a week. They have a river cruise most afternoons. Oh, well. Sometimes you have to make sacrifices . . . and leave adventures for the next visit.

Al was determined that we would eat in one night. Like Peg and I, he loves to cook. Al was in charge of a simple meal. I bought salad makings, and some fresh greenbeans. We had prawns, scallops (cooked to absolute perfection), seafood pate, clam stuffing, rice and white wine. We stuffed ourselves silly. We ended up with scallops and prawns leftover. There was food everywhere. Al looked around and said, “It looks like the food fairy visited my home and puked.” We sipped a little more wine. Two days later Al got up at five in the morning and made himself a rice and scallop snack . . . then went back to bed. He didn’t join me that morning for breakfast out.

I really loved the mornings on Cape Cod. The bogs and estuaries change with the tides and the fog. I would visit the same places day after day and was never disappointed. I was also rarely disappointed in our choices for meals. Al and I dropped Peg off at a laundromat one morning and then returned as she was finishing folding her clothes. There are two shops nearby we decided to visit and tucked in by them was a little cafe. The waitress was funny and friendly. The food was excellent. I had a tuna Caesar salad. I asked if it was from a tuna fillet or just out of a can. “Tuna salad made from a can,” was my answer. It was excellent. I might make it on my own one day. Al had a Reuben sandwich on a “bulky” roll. He had to ask about the bulky. It was chewey and yet soft. The corned beef and cheese spilled out. He managed to eat it all.

It’s always tough to live up to high expectations. Al highly recommended Captain Parker’s Pub for dinner. He raved about it. We saved it for our final meal in Cape Cod. The food was good, but the restuarant was loud, we were seated by the door, and the waitress was abrupt. She also forgot to serve us bread with our meal. On the plus side, however the food was good. I followed Al’s advice and ordered the seafood pasta. The seafood included lobster, prawns and mussels in a heavy cream sauce. I wouldn’t have thought the mussels would work with the cream sauce, but they were excellent. I had to walk over to the service counter and retrieve a table dispenser of cheese. This irritated me. Al’s scallops were great. He knows what he likes. Peg ordered mussels, which surprised me. Like mine they were wonderful with a nice broth. I had to catch the waitress, though and ask for bread, so Peg could enjoy sopping up the broth with the bread. This is one of the joys of ordering mussels or steamed clams. Broth and bread are major requirements. The three of us shared an apple crisp with vanilla ice cream.

After finishing our meals at Captain Parker’s Pub, we walked behind to the parking lot to the ZooAquarium. Peg sat on Flipper to rest in the cool evening breeze. Our eight days on Cape Cod had worn us out. Even though we had cut our activities to almost nothing for the last day, we were all still tired. I think we were all a little sad that it was almost over as well.

Planning Your Summer Wedding in Seattle – 4 Tips to Avoid Traffic & Timing Wedding Day Nightmares

If you are planning a summer wedding in Seattle, you need to be “traffic savvy” to avoid traffic and/or timing issues that may create unexpected problems on your wedding day.

So, here is a “crash course” to help you navigate heavy summer car and ferry traffic in Seattle as you put together the time line for your wedding events and your wedding day. This includes four 4 Emerald city traffic and timing strategies to help insure a successful wedding day tips.

4 Seattle Traffic And Timing Tips To Insure A Successful Wedding Day

1) Implement The ’30 Minute Rule’ For Your Seattle Wedding: Because traffic during the summer months in Seattle is often unpredictable and more nuts than usual, one of the best tactics you can employ for all events around your wedding day is to implement the “30 Minute Rule.” If your wedding ceremony is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m., put 5:00 p.m. on the invites. If your rehearsal is set for 1:00 p.m., tell your family and friends to arrive at 12:30 p.m.

Seattle traffic is insane in the busy Summer months. Tourists by the thousands invade the area and thousands more arrive each week to hop cruise ships to Alaska. Nothing creates more stress for a bride or groom than late starting wedding events and family/friends and wedding party members who are late. So, be pro-active and opt for the “30 Minute Rule” and plan your wedding around this principle for more ease and less stress.

2) Plan Your Wedding Around Seattle’s Monster Summer Events: Each Summer, Seattle hosts a number of big annual events that create mini traffic tsunamis. If your wedding is on one of these Summer weekends, you will need to insure that your people take alternate routes, avoid certain bridges and/or leave plenty of “fudge time” for traffic congestion and road/bridge closures. Examples include:

~ Torchlight Parade Weekend ~ Streets in downtown Seattle area closed for a big Friday night parade that creates traffic congestion for hours.

~ Seafair Weekend ~ The two bridges across Lake Washington are closed at different times over 4 days for a weekend in August (usually the first or second weekend of August), creating traffic nightmares between Seattle and the Eastside. Check out the Seafair website for bridge closure information and plan accordingly.

~ Road Closures ~ Each Summer, the Washington State Department of Transportation schedules big road projects and/or road closures throughout the Seattle area. Visit the WA State DOT website for updated information: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/trafficalerts/PugetSound.aspx.

~ Bellevue Arts & Crafts Festival ~ A huge festival in downtown Bellevue creates serious local traffic problems on the last weekend of July.

And these are just 4 examples!

3) Do Your Seattle Wedding Plans Involve A Ferry? Beware! If your wedding plans for Seattle include a ferry ride, plan for longer ferry lines in the Summer months and create ‘buffer time” as you plan your wedding events. Ferries most impacted: downtown Seattle to Bainbridge Island, Edmonds to Kingston, downtown Seattle to Bremerton, Port Townsend to Keystone, Mukilteo to Clinton and all ferry runs to/from the San Juan Islands. The Washington State Ferry system website has all updated information.

4) Plan Your Seattle Ceremony and Celebration At the Same Location/Venue: Lastly, one of the best ways to insure that your Seattle wedding goes off without a traffic hitch is to plan your ceremony and celebration at the same venue.

Weddings that hold the ceremony at one Seattle location and have guests drive to another location are a perfect set up for an Emerald city traffic and timing nightmare. If your plan is already set for two Seattle locations on your wedding day, consider a bus or shuttle to more conveniently get your guests from one venue to another.

Prom Party in Nome Alaska

Would you be interested in having a prom party in Nome, Alaska? Too cold for you and your prom party gang? Well, you do not have to worry about the temperature of Nome, Alaska, because when you have a Nome Prom Party with one of our fleet of limousines, you and your prom party gang are in for a “hot” celebration!

Arranging a prom party in Nome, Alaska is not something that you will get to do everyday. When you and your prom party gang travel in one of our fancy limousines, be rest assured that you will definitely be the envy of the locals there!

When you and your prom party gang arrive at Nome, Alaska, do not forget to take a quick visit to the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum, where you and your prom party gang will be able to see the exhibits on the town’s gold rush days. Entrance to the museum is free and it is open during summer daily from noon to 8pm and during winter from noon to 6pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

If you and your prom party gang happen to arrive in Nome, Alaska on a good weather day, you should not miss the opportunity to take a walk along the beach, while your Nome Prom Party limousine driver awaits your return. You may see some small-time miners camped along the beach and you and your prom party gang may even want to try your hands in sifting for gold. All you need to do is to buy yourself a gold pan in town (before you head to the beach, that is) but do not get your hopes too high up, as the sand has been sifted for nearly 100 years already.

Upon return from your walk along the beach, you and your prom party gang can always drop by some of the gift shops along Front Street to bring home some gifts for yourselves or even to exchange among yourselves. There are different types of gifts that you can find, ranging from walrus ivory carvings to other native carvings, which you may not get to see elsewhere in the world. Perhaps you will be able to find something special that will remind you of this wonderful Nome prom party in the years to come.

When you and your prom party gang are ready for some food and fun, have your Nome Prom Party Limousine driver bring you over to the Board of Trade Saloon for some real classic bar experience. It is said that the Board of Trade Saloon has been in operations in Nome, Alaska, since 1900!

Of course, there are other many places for you and your Nome Prom Party gang to hang for food and fun other than the Board of Trade Saloon. One of the other local hang out is Fat Freddies Restaurant. If you and your prom party gang want to find out what the locals like to have for their meals, this is one place to go to see the real thing for yourselves.

And if you are still not happy with the results of your gold sifting earlier in the day, you can always have the Nome Prom Party Limousine driver bring you and your prom party gang back to the beach once again to test out your skills in sifting gold. Who knows, you may just get lucky the second time around!

When the day is over and you have had your share of fun and memories of Nome, Alaska, remember, there is no place like the Nome Prom Party – or just as the locals put it, there is no place like “Nome”!

An Exclusive Prom Party at Ketchikan Alaska

Thinking about having an exclusive prom party night at Ketchikan Alaska, but you are not sure if it is the right decision? Ponder no more! With our Exclusive Ketchikan Prom Party Limousine services, you will experience nothing but loads and loads of great fun with your prom party pals.

You can begin your exclusive Ketchikan prom party, bright and early in the day right up to the wee hours in the night. There is no need to hurry yourselves throughout the whole trip, as you will have the Exclusive Ketchikan Prom Party Limousine to yourselves.

Another plus point of having the Exclusive Ketchikan Prom Party Limousine is that you and your prom party pals will not have to worry about driving, as you will have our designated driver to take you and your prom party pals wherever you wish to go in Ketchikan, Alaska.

If you and your prom party pals are into sightseeing, you can always get your Exclusive Ketchikan Prom Party Limousine driver to take you and your prom party pals to various popular spots in Ketchikan, Alaska. As your first stop, you may want to consider a 2-mile walk that includes 25 points of interest – all within walking distance, that is famously known as “Ketchikan Walking Tour”. Just when you and your prom party pals begin to get tired from all that walking, you and your prom party pals can always take a tram to a restaurant up on the mountainside for a quick lunch. Before you take the tram, you can always arrange for your Exclusive Ketchikan Prom Party Limousine driver to wait for you and your prom party pals to return from lunch and take you and your prom party pals for some excitement of sea kayaking.

Should you and your prom party pals decide to skip the sightseeing part, and want to start your day off with lunch, our Exclusive Ketchikan Prom Party Limousine driver will most likely suggest that you and your prom party pals hop on over to Steamers Restaurant. The Steamers Restaurant is located at 76 Front Street, Suite 301, Ketchikan, Alaska and overlooks the dock with a spectacular view of the Tongass Narrows. Steamers Restaurant specializes in local seafood, mouth-watering chowders, salads, sandwiches, pasta and steak. Whatever your preference, surely you and your prom party pals will be able to find something that you will enjoy eating at Steamers Restaurant.

The night life in Ketchikan, Alaska, is anything but boring. In order to get the best out of the night life with your prom party pals, our Exclusive Ketchikan Prom Party Limousine driver will bring you and your prom party pals over to The First City Saloon, which is located at 830 Water Street within walking distance to downtown in Ketchikan, Alaska. Their operation hours are from 12:00 noon to 2:00 am Monday through Saturday, and from 4:00 pm to 2:00 am on Sunday. Here, at The First City Saloon, you and your prom pals will find three full service bars, that offer a wide variety of Beers from around the world. They also have 15 beers on tap, including the local’s favorite Guinness as well as a large range of Liquors for mixing up your favorite beverages. If you or your prom party pals are more adventurous, you may even want to try their Ice Cold Jagermeister or Jose Cuervo taps located at the shots bar.

After your drinks at The First City Saloon, you and your prom party pals may also request for a slow ride around town in our Exclusive Ketchikan Prom Party Limousine before you all head on home for a good night’s sleep.

Alaska Cruising – Now It’s a Family Thing

If you’re thinking about a family vacation to Alaska, and you’re wondering if your
kids would enjoy a cruise to “The Last Frontier,” wonder no more. Young family
members from tykes and toddlers through teens have a blast on big ships and small
as their vessels sail through the protected waters of Alaska’s Inside Passage. Aboard
ship or ashore, there are lots of kid-friendly, parent-friendly, and grandparent-
friendly places to see and fun things to do.

It’s true, only a short decade or two ago families with kids aboard Alaska
cruiseships were as scarce as Alaskan Dall sheep lambs in a grizzly bear’s lair. But
the times have changed — big time. Today you will find, in addition to the
traditional hefty contingent of seniors and near-seniors aboard each ship, a growing
number of families. Sometimes these groups are multi-generational, with gramps
and grandmas, moms and dads, and kids that range from gangly teens to babes
literally in arms.

The reason? Word is out that Alaska’s attractions are sure-fire hits for travelers of
any age: attractions like humongous whales breaching full length out of the water,
grizzly bears chasing salmon along forest creeks and rivers, icebergs (sometimes as
big as a tour bus) crashing, splashing, and thundering off the faces of miles-long

Too, there are opportunities to mush in a dog sled behind a team of charging
huskies – after helicoptering to a lofty mountain-top glacier no less! Kids and
parents can ride bikes through towering forests or down mountain paths and trails.
They can also kayak among whales and sea lions. Whole families can fish for lunker
king salmon. Or try their luck at gold-panning in creeks and streams.

Newest craze for the young and the young-at-heart is riding a zip-line
through the upper canopies of towering spruce and hemlock forests in Ketchikan
and Juneau — hanging safe and secure in a harness as they “zip” along a steel cable
some 130 feet or more above the forest floor.

Or, less daunting, while visiting museums up and down the coast families can
absorb the totemic culture and the history of Alaska’s Native peoples. They can
learn about the period when Alaska was “Russian America.” And they can view
mementos of the tumultuous gold stampede to the Klondike during the late 1800s,

No question about it, Alaska has something exciting to offer every family
member, regardless of age.

But what about life aboard the cruiseships? Will young people find the
experience dullsville?

Hardly. The mid- to mega-sized ships in particular are literally resorts afloat
with swimming pools, spas, snack shops, ice cream parlors, outdoor game courts,
video arcades, and movie theaters. Special staff members aboard these vessels —
with one exception — include trained youth counselors. These crew members
arrange age-appropriate social activities, organize games and sports events,
supervise arts and crafts, take youngsters on shipwide treasure hunts, and generally
see to it that cruisers from tykes through teens enjoy their cruise as much as their
parents and grandparents.

Although smallship cruiselines in Alaska do not staff their vessels with special
counselors for young cruisers, the ships are no less family-welcoming. These
vessels can enter small bays and inlets where guests can view wildlife on close-by
forest shores, explore waterways by kayak or in spiffy powered Zodiacs, hike
remote island beaches, perhaps even stop for a natural hot springs dip in forested

One smallship cruiseline even schedules three Alaska cruises each year
especially geared for family travel.

Regardless of vessel size, and with only a couple of exceptions, cruiselines in
the Alaska trade actively court family cruisers. Few such travelers, young or old, find
the experience anything other than “cool.” And they’re not referring to the weather.

Following is a cruiseline by cruiseline summary of family programs and kids’
things-to-do on an Alaska cruise. The information was supplied by the cruiselines
or taken from company websites.

Large and Mega Size Cruiseships

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE’s 2006 Alaska voyages aboard the 2,124-passenger Carnival
Spirit offer youngsters age 2 through 17 a variety of continuous supervised activities
as part of the line’s “Camp Carnival” program.

Included in the line’s Alaska sailings are a number of “just for Alaska” projects
where kids can make their own dream catchers and totem poles and learn about the
region’s fascinating Native Alaskan cultures.

The Carnival Spirit offers other kid- and family-friendly amenities as well,
including a spacious indoor play room featuring an arts and crafts center, a 16-
monitor video wall, climbing mazes, an outdoor play area, and a computer lab.

When it comes to dining, says Carnival, “Youngsters get the full ‘Fun Ship’
treatment with expanded children’s menus offering a variety of kids’ favorites as
well as a daily junior special.” The menus are included on the back of a coloring and
activity book featuring word finds, mazes, tic-tac-toe, crossword puzzles, connect-
the-dots, and other games.

Young cruiser age groups include 2- through 5-year-olds, 6 through 8, 9
through 11, and for teens 15 through 17 a program called “Club 02.” (http://

CELEBRITY CRUISES’ “Family Cruising Program” offers young peoples’ activities in
four age groups:

On any given day Ship Mates (for 3- through 6-year-olds) may enjoy a clown
party, treasure hunt, T-shirt painting, Legos, talent time, finger painting, dancing
games, summer stock theater, cartoon time, computers, play stations, musical
games, movies, ship tours, and ice cream sundae making.

Many of these same activities are on the agenda for older children as well, but are
undertaken on an older-age level.

Celebrity Cadets (for youngsters 7-9) might also include pool olympics,
scavenger hunts, charades, a fitness program, board games, relays, and team trivia.
Ensigns (for pre-teens 10-12) additionally enjoy karaoke, relay races, ship tours,
and pizza parties.

Admiral T’s takes in two classes of teenagers, 13-15 and 16-17. Members can
frequent the Teen Club, engage in basketball tournaments, enjoy pool parties, and
help put on talent shows.

Celebrity vessels also offer a “Parents Night Out” program. On the two formal
nights of a seven-night voyage, Celebrity treats parents to free babysitting when
counselors take the children to a pizza party for dinner. (http://www.celebrity.com)

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE’s “Club HAL” provides a variety of kid-friendly facilities and
age-appropriate activities. Programs for children ages 3-12 may be found aboard
2006 Alaska-bound ships Ryndam, Statendam, Zaandam, Zuiderdam, Oosterdam,
and Westerdam and for ages 5-12 aboard Volendam and Veendam. All eight ships
have a teen program for ages 13-17. (http://www.hollandamerica.com)

Club HAL activities are designed to be age appropriate. For example, daily
activities planned for children ages 3 to 7 may include arts and crafts, face-
painting, camp-out night, candy bar Bingo, outdoor fun, and a pajama party.

“Tweens,” the in-between travelers 8 through 12, may learn golf putting, attend
dance parties and theme nights, compete in on-deck sports events and scavenger
hunts, play arcade games, tie-dye t-shirts, or simply play ping-pong with a friend.

Teens 13-17 enjoy The Loft designed to resemble a New York artist’s loft; there’s
also The Oasis, a private deck where teens can soak up the rays then cool off in a
one-of-a-kind waterfall. The Loft and Oasis are currently available on 2006 Alaska-
bound vessels Ryndam, Statendam, Veendam, Volendam, and Zaandam. Teens will
especially enjoy the teen disco, dance lessons, arcade games, teen sports
tournaments, karaoke, trivia contests, bingo, play stations, movies and hot tub

On most itineraries, Holland America provides at least one full-time Youth
Program Director and one or more youth staff members. The ratio of Club HAL staff
to children on board is 1:30.

Additionally there’s a wide variety of kid-pleasing food, including special
sandwiches, tacos, burgers, hot dogs and pizza. For the very young baby food, high
chairs and booster seats may be requested in advance of boarding. Baby-sitting
services are available for a small surcharge and special birthday parties can also be

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE notes on its web pages that the line’s Kid’s Crew and
Teen’s Crew programs are filled with age-appropriate activities for youngsters 2
through 17. For Kid’s Crew members aged 2-12, NCL offers everything from arts
and crafts to pajama parties. Teens Crew, for cruisers 13-17 provides options like
pool parties, a teen disco, a video arcade, and more.

But don’t, says NCL, think of these programs as “babysitting.” There’s very little
“sitting” involved, notes the cruiseline. The programs are active, energetic,
educational and, most importantly, fun. (http://www.ncl.com)

PRINCESS CRUISES’ junior cruisers (ages 3 to 17) can enjoy a boatload of exciting
onboard activities. All of the line’s Alaska-bound ships have special kids and youth
centers staffed by counselors who put on a program of age-specific activities each
day. Group babysitting is available in the late evenings.

Among a number of programs for youngsters is one specific to Alaska. Produced
with the National Park Service, Princess’ sub-teen “Junior Ranger” program is
designed to bring Glacier Bay and the Alaska wilderness to life for thousands of
children each summer. The program features interactive games, activity books, and
presentation by rangers. The corresponding “Teen Explorer” program features
similar learning activities geared for older youngsters.

In a cruise industry exclusive, the Los Angeles-based California Science Center
provides entertaining interactive activities. Princess youth staff have undergone
extensive training at the center, designed to enthrall young passengers with award-
winning science projects. Whale watching, building and racing sailboats, marine
biology studies and squid dissection are a few of the activities available.

The line’s website notes that preteens are divided into two groups: Princess
Pelicans ages 3-7 and Princess Pirateers, 8-12. Both groups are entertained with
age-rated arts and crafts, discos, movies and cartoons, exclusive kids-only dining,
hunts, karaoke and lip-sync shows, afternoon ice cream parties, pizza parties,
backstage and galley tours, pajama parties, and T-shirt coloring.

Says Princess’ website: “Our astounding teen centers are packed with Nintendo,
movies, karaoke, giant screen TVs, card and board games, ping-pong and juke
boxes.” The site also notes that the Alaska-bound Sun, Dawn, Coral, Island, and
Diamond Princess ships also offer a toddler’s play area. (http://www.princess.com)

ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL provides a young peoples’ program called
“Adventure Ocean” serving and entertaining travelers 3 to 17 in five different

Youngest group (ages 3 through 5) are called Aquanauts and do finger painting,
building blocks, play dough, music activities, dot dancing, and “shape Bingo.”
Explorers (6-8) have a Pirate Night, go on a backstage tour, enjoy nutty nicknames,
and engage in autograph hunts. Nine to 11-year-old Voyagers do karaoke singing,
have a Ga-Ga Ball, enjoy H20 Thunder Races, and do an art walk.

Navigators (12-14) play in sports tournaments, have pool parties, enjoy a college
night, engage in video games, and attend disco dancing sessions as well as a formal
night. Older teens,15-17 and called Guests, also enjoy dancing, pool parties, DJ
training, Battle of the Sexes, plus a formal night and a Survivor Series.

RCI’s Edu-tainment programming offers:

Adventure Science, a blend of hands-on experiments and wacky entertainment
(example: Staggering Through the Stars, and a Wacky Water Workshop);

Adventure Art, the opportunity to exercise creativity with crafts;

Sail Into Story Time and Adventure Family. The latter is a free, onboard program
that allows children 3-11 and their parents to spend quality time together doing
projects that range from shipbuilding regattas to talent shows and scavenger hunts.

Mid-Size Vessels

RADISSON SEVEN SEAS CRUISES’ youth program, “Club Mariner,” provides adults who
want to share Alaska’s wonders with their children or grandchildren a
complimentary children’s program. “The program,” says the company, “offers the
opportunity for every member of the family to experience Alaska in a meaningful,
enriching way.”

The cruiseline’s youth program is designed for three age groups: 5-9, 10-13 and
14-17. Throughout each voyage, trained counselors offer young cruisers the
opportunity to participate in a variety of interactive adventures focusing on Alaska.
Children will exercise their creativity with crafts while gaining knowledge about
Alaska’s diverse wildlife, its unique geography, its indigenous crafts, and its rich
artistic heritage.

Kids will learn about whales, salmon, glaciers and totem poles. They might draw
and write about their adventures in their special Club Mariner scrapbook, bake
chocolate “moose” cookies, go whale watching out on deck or learn all about eagles,
dolphins, bears and sea lions.

Notes RSSC: “Club Mariner not only makes it easier for families to travel together,
it helps kids broaden their cultural and educational horizons. And they’ll return
home knowing more about Alaska than all the other 49 states combined!” (http://

SILVERSEA CRUISES advises that, due to the sophisticated nature of its cruises and
programs, the company does not encourage travel with young children. (http://

Smaller Ships

AMERICAN SAFARI CRUISES’ Kids in Nature (KIN) cruises, include a luxury yacht as
the schoolhouse, an Expedition Leader/Naturalist as the teacher, and the wildlife-
rich waters of Alaska’s Inside Passage as the laboratory. KIN convenes in Alaska
aboard the upscale 22-passenger yacht Safari Quest with the first of two seven-
night cruises from Sitka June 17. The voyage takes in various wilderness sites and
communities throughout Southeast Alaska. and ends in Juneau June 17. Another
seven-night Safari Quest sailing commences July 29 while an eight-night voyage
from Prince Rupert, B.C. to Juneau embarks June 26 aboard the equally luxurious
12-guest Safari Escape.

Activities abound for all ages: kayaking, hiking on a remote island followed by a
full-scale picnic, hopping shore-to-shore by Zodiac, viewing whales directly off the
bow or dolphins right below, collecting shells to study, and more. Kids and adults
alike are accompanied on a variety of personal-choice excursions while their yacht
is at anchor.

At the end of a cruise each child receives a Kids in Nature backpack filled with
mementos of their various explorations: a certificate of achievement signed by the
Captain and Expedition Leader, a tee shirt and cap, a pair of binoculars, disposable
camera and a typed list of all of the flora and fauna observed during the cruise. The
program offers kid-size pricing — two kids under 12 for one adult fare.

Aboard other sailings during the season American Safaris Cruises’ three yachts
offer very upscale amenities and cuisine best appreciated by sophisticated adults.
For these cruises the line normally discourages guests from bringing young children
and does not offer specifically child-oriented services. (http://

AMERICAN WEST STEAMBOAT COMPANY advises, “We tend to cater to mature adults
and therefore offer no special programs to kids and teens.” (http://

THE BOAT COMPANY offers special rates for young cruisers traveling with parents:
50 percent off the usual fare if occupying a stateroom with a parent, 20 percent off
if occupying a separate cabin.

The company’s two vessels do not have separate personnel specifically assigned
to youngsters on board, but the line does try to accommodate the desires of each
passenger including kayaking, fishing, beach hikes, and other kid-friendly activities.

CLIPPER CRUISELINE has no specific children’s programs or staff for younger
travelers, but the nature of the company’s routes and cruising areas
(including whale sightings, bears other wildlife, and shore excursions)
make it appropriate for family groups. Cabins can accommodate as many as three
guests; for larger groups two cabins would be necessary. (http://

CRUISE WEST offers a children’s travel special aboard the Sheltered Seas Daylight
Yacht Tours. Travelers 12 and under sharing a cabin with an adult save 50 percent
on Family Adventure cruise fares. Youths 13 through 21 save 25 percent.

While many of the company’s other cruises are of considerable interest for
families with children, activities aboard ship are not specifically geared for young
travelers. Cruise West is the largest of the smallship cruiselines serving Alaska and
offers cruising options of family interest from Southeast Alaska with its totems,
glaciers, national park lands and goldrush historical points of interest to
Southcentral’s Prince William Sound and beyond to Arctic waters and even Russia.

DISCOVERY VOYAGES advises that cruises aboard the 12-passenger vessel Discovery
are “definitely family friendly” and, in fact, the company offers a 25 percent discount
for children 12 and under.

Notes a company spokeswoman: “Due to the intimate size of our vessel we do not
have specific youth directors but our staff (including Captain Dean Rand’s daughters
Hannah and Heather, who grew up on board the Discovery) is diverse in working
with both adults and children as well as being naturalists and kayaking guides.” The
company often works with agencies and outfitters who specialize in family trips.

LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS welcomes voyagers young and old. And come September,
Archie Comics illustrator Stan Goldberg will join a shipload of other Lindblad
Expeditions travelers through the Inside Passage from Southeast Alaska to British
Columbia. His mission: to create the second in his “Little Lin” cartoon book series of
educational adventures for young people. (In his first book, Fun and Games With
Little Lin, released in 2005, child explorer Little Lin discovers Peru’s Galapagos

├čIn his second work Goldberg’s young adventurer will sail to Alaska and will
encounter glaciers, humpback whales, bald eagles, and all manner of other
creatures and their habitats along Alaska’s and British Columbia’s Inside Passage. In
future years, the Alaska-inspired Little Lin books will be distributed to all families
traveling aboard Lindblad Inside Passage cruises. (http://www.expeditions.com)

MAPLE LEAF ADVENTURES offers families the opportunity to view Alaska’s glaciers,
whales, islands, bear hot spots, beaches, hot springs and towns aboard the classic
tall-ship sailing vessel Maple Leaf, a beautifully restored 92-foot sailing schooner
built in 1904.

The ship takes 9 or 10 guests. The vessel’s on-board naturalist, chef and
experienced crew can customize the trip’s itinerary, menu and activities to suit
family interests. Typical highlights include unparalleled proximity to ice bergs,
glaciers and wildlife, sailing a tall ship, and great camaraderie between guests and

Special activities for kids include sail training, fishing (with purchase of a fishing
license), hikes, and a customizable itinerary.

Accommodations are comfortable but not luxurious. Because berths are limited
to nine or ten passengers, it is possible for one or more families (two families of
five, for instance) to jointly reserve all the berths for one of the company’s 11-night
Alaska voyages. Parents with teen-age children may reserve berths that are not
otherwise reserved with the concurrence of prior-booked adult passengers. (http://

State and Provincial Ferries

ALASKA MARINE HIGHWAY SYSTEM (Alaska ferries) is made-to-order for family
travel along Alaska’s coast. Depending on vessel youngsters will find onboard play
areas for the very young, casual meals and snack bars for any age, movies, and
nature talks plus expansive glass-enclosed solariums. These are ideal for spotting
orcas (killer whales), humpback whales, playful porpoises and sea lions in the water
plus mountain goats on towering cliffsides, and (for the fortunate observer) the
sight of black and brown (grizzly) bears on passing beaches. Families with or
without vehicles may embark as far south as Bellingham, Washington or Prince
Rupert, British Columbia.

Larger stateroom-equipped vessels of the fleet are the Columbia (931
passengers), Matanuska (745), Malaspina (701), Taku (370), and Kennicott (748).
Depending on the season, one or two ships sail on weekly schedules all the way to/
from Bellingham while others turn around at Prince Rupert. (http://

BC FERRIES demonstrates its kid-friendliness even before a family boards ship.
Computer-savvy children or their parents have only to surf the web to http://
http://www.bcferries.bc.ca/kidzone/establishing_shot.html and they will meet cartoon
characters Samantha (“Call me Sam”) and Cal, two seagoing doggy characters who
introduce young viewers to three online activities – an electronic coloring book, a
“Match the Ferries” memory game, and a virtual bridge tour.