This season, the cruises will be highlighted by what goes on prior and after. "To capture the complete portrait of Alaska, we're offering an exciting collection of pre- and post-cruise land extensions of two to six nights that can easily fit most traveler's schedules and accommodate the varied interests of our guests," said Darius Mehta, Silversea's director of land programs.
New for 2009: "Champion Alaskan Huskies" allows guests to meet champion dog musher Martin Buser who holds the record for the fastest time in the 1,049-mile Iditarod dogsled race. A visit to his home and kennels to see a mushing demonstration is just one of the features. Yes, petting and cuddling the puppies is included. This two-night package offered from Seward is available at a starting price of $295 per guest and includes a city tour of Anchorage and accommodations at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel.
Also a first: "Wilderness Retreat" is an escape to two of Alaska's premier lodges, Winter Lake Lodge and Talkeetna Lodge. Guests will canoe in sight of Trimble Glacier, hike along mountain trails and dine on the owner/chef's gourmet cuisine at the former, before traveling by floatplane to Talkeetna Lodge. This five-night package offered from Seward is priced from $4,995 per guest and includes a railway transfer through the scenic mountain ranges of the Matanuska Valley.