View this email in your browser
Facebook
Facebook
Twitter
Twitter
Pinterest
Pinterest
Instagram
Instagram
Media Center
Media Center
In this April Alaska Travel News Bulletin you will find:
Social Media Spotlight
 

Summer may be a couple months away, but after seeing this new video of Juneau, visitors will be pining for a trip to the state’s capital. Whether reeling in a trophy halibut, dining on fresh seafood, whale watching, glacier trekking or learning to ride a dog sled, Juneau has something to offer for every type of traveler.

Click the image above to check out the video!

 
1. French luxury cruise line PONANT expands offerings to include Alaska’s eastern coastline and Inside Passage

PONANT, the only French cruise line, has been at the forefront of polar cruising for 15 years and in 2015 will expand its offerings to include Alaska. Offering guests unprecedented luxury paired with polar expedition cruising expertise, PONANT’s Alaska cruises will allow travelers to follow in the footsteps of the gold rush pioneers. With two new types of cruises to choose from guests have options ranging from seven- to 14-night cruises featuring picturesque ports of call such as Haines and Skagway. Guests onboard PONANT cruises to Alaska will have access to many amenities including a choice of 132 luxurious staterooms or suites, including the elite Deck 6 that is home to 13 spacious suites and 24-hour butler service. There are two restaurants on board, a full-service SOTHYS™ spa, an excursion center, a fleet of expedition Zodiac dinghies with satellite tracking, an outdoor pool with bar, panoramic terrace adjoining the indoor bar and lounge, a library, medical center and much more.
 
The “In the Wake of Pioneers” cruises will allow guests to discover the history of the Last Frontier through exploration of historic landmarks, nature, wildlife and Alaska Native culture. The “Five-Star Expedition” cruises take guests from Alaska to Arctic Russia while naturalists lead extensive off ship explorations aboard dinghies, treating guests to close up encounters with polar bears, caribou, puffins and other wildlife. These itineraries also provide travelers opportunities to interact and observe the Alaska Native Tlingit and Haida cultures.  PONANT’s all-inclusive pricing includes all meals, open bar, gratuities, port charges, taxes and fees. Select itineraries also include round-trip air. For 2015 guests  have six different itineraries and nine departure dates sailing the Inside Passage or to Arctic Russia to choose from.
 
Media Contact:
Contact: Parool K. Shah, SDA International
Email: parool@sheiladonnelly.com
Phone: 212-365-4687
Facebook: Ponant - Yachting de Croisière
Twitter: @ponant_cruises
URL: en.ponant.com
 
Photo: PONANT
2. Not to miss events commemorating Anchorage’s centennial

Anchorage, one of the northernmost cities in the world, is currently observing its 100-year anniversary with events and celebrations throughout 2015. Alaska’s largest city began as a collection of tents in 1915. The city began to grow as its location became essential as a transportation hub for the gold fields of the north. In the 1930s, an increased military presence brought even more people to Anchorage. Anchorage continued to grow and in 1975 merged with neighboring communities to become one of the largest municipalities in the nation. Visitors can join Alaskans paying homage to its strong foundation while reflecting on the culture and people that contributed to the success of Alaska’s largest city. Visitors to Anchorage will find that the city offers not only access to great amenities such as fine dining restaurants, museums and theaters, but also a plethora of wilderness adventures such as world-class skiing, hiking, biking, kayaking, ice climbing, glacier trekking and more.
 
Visitors should be sure to check out the upcoming events for the rest of 2015:
  • The Anchorage Museum will display “Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage” in the spring and summer of 2015. As the foremost British explorer of the 18th century, Captain James Cook circumnavigated the globe twice before exploring the waters that flank what is today Anchorage. “City Limits,” tells the story of Anchorage from the Dena'ina people to construction of the Alaska Railroad, and growth from a tent city to an urban center through artifacts, artwork and photographs drawn from the museum’s vast permanent collection. (http://bit.ly/18Xugor)
  • Cyrano’s Theatre Company, a 100-seat theater, puts on a different play each month throughout the summer, drawn decade by decade from the headlines of Anchorage’s history. Local playwrights craft the tales, and prominent Anchorage historians and authors serve as historical consultants with an eye for accuracy. Ten theatrical "living newspaper" plays will feature the headlines and stories of the day, colorful characters who helped shape Alaska-including mayoral perspectives through the years and the Anchorage family dynasties, authentic music of the period and film clips. Take a step back in time at Cyrano's from July 2 - Sept. 3, 2015. (http://bit.ly/1y7d85d)
  • The Anchorage Tent City Festival on July 25-26 will pay homage to the tent city that was the essence of Anchorage's beginning. Plans call for a re-enactment of the tent city lease sale, held July 10, 1915, in a picnic-style celebration on the Delaney Park Strip downtown and will feature local food and drinks, door prizes, fun games for the family, live music and stage entertainment. (http://bit.ly/1btHtX3)
  • Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery will host a special edition of its popular annual “Stories at the Cemetery,” where costumed actors present life stories at gravesites. The organizers mark the centennial with portrayals of fifteen of the notable founders, movers and shakers and early notorious residents of Anchorage. A self-guided walking tour of the cemetery on July 12 will feature a story at each of the gravesites. The Aug. 9 presentation will be held on an outdoor stage. (http://bit.ly/1xz6wSy)
 
Media Contact:
Contact: Jack Bonney, Public Relations Manager, Visit Anchorage
Email: jbonney@anchorage.net
Phone: 907-257-2361
Facebook: Visit Anchorage
Twitter: @visitanchorage
URL: www.anchorage.net
 
Photo credit: Visit Anchorage
3. Rust’s Flying Service to offer new photo tour for outdoor enthusiasts

Rust’s Flying Service, a family-owned flightseeing tour and day trip operator since 1963, recently expanded their offerings with a daylong Rust’s Photo Safari for photo enthusiasts. Piloted and led by nationally published photographer-pilot Mark Stadsklev, this full-day tour provides travelers incredible opportunities to photograph parts of Alaska’s backcountry only few have witnessed. Guests will meet Mark at Rust’s Flying Service located on Lake Hood, the busiest floatplane base in the world. Mark will give an overview of the day’s schedule and flight pattern before taking off for an exclusive day of backcountry exploration. Mark flies the plane over rugged peaks, ice blue glaciers and beautiful lakes before putting the floats down at a remote lake or waterway for lunch and time to photograph on the ground. The price is $995 per person and includes lunch.
 
Media Contact:
Contact: Cole Ouellette, Director of Sales & Marketing
Email: cole@flyrustsk2.com
Phone: 907-771-2117
Facebook: Rust's Flying Service
Twitter: @flyrusts
URL: www.flyrusts.com
 
Photo credit: Rust's Flying Service
4. Alaska Center for Coastal Studies gives visitors an insider’s look at local habitat and cuisine

This summer the Alaska Center for Coastal Studies in Homer will offer two new tours where a local naturalist will lead visitors on a half-day adventure that combines exploration of Homer’s coastal habitat with a stop at a local eatery. “Beaches, Birds, Brew and Oysters Too” will be offered every Friday from 1-5 p.m. during the summer months. “Beaches, Birds and Brunch” will also be offered during the summer months every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tours treat visitors to an opportunity to explore Kachemak Bay’s surrounding forest and beaches in an intriguing outdoor adventure led by a local naturalist.  “Beaches, Birds, Brew and Oysters Too” ends at the Homer Brewing Company where guests will sample a flight of beer and a plate of oysters while learning how the brewery operates. “Beaches, Birds and Brunch” begins at the Mermaid Café on Homer’s Main Street, where visitors will enjoy a meal prepared with Alaska ingredients with Louisiana flair followed by an intertidal exploration or bird-spotting excursion. Special tours can be booked for groups of eight or more people and pricing is $50 per person.
 
Media Contact:
Contact: Melanie Dufour
Email: melanie@akcoastalstudies.org
Phone: 907-235-6746
Facebook: Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
URL: www.akcoastalstudies.org
 
Photo credit: Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
Our mailing address is:
State of Alaska
550 W. 7th Ave.
Suite 1770
Anchorage, AK 99501

Add us to your address book
unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences