Cruising alaska_ fjords and folklore – holidays for couples

Some people may find this hard to believe, but I have never cruised on a large ship. Hotbox yoga manayunk I know that millions of Australians are lured by the ten-storey slides, extravagant restaurants and sheer scale of the larger-than-life vessels, but my husband and I have always preferred smaller, boutique sailing cruises where there’s a maximum of about 200 passengers. Yoga poses benefits explained Frankly, the thought of sharing public spaces with thousands of people day in and day out scares the living daylights out of me, but it was time for a change so we bit the bullet and stepped aboard the very elegant liner, Celebrity Solstice, for a seven-night cruise from Vancouver to Alaska.


Setting sail from Vancouver at dusk was pure magic, with the surrounding snow-capped mountains providing a dramatic backdrop. Images of yoga poses for weight loss We slipped across the harbour like a graceful swan, made our way under the Lions Gate Bridge and headed north to Alaska via the Inside Passage.

Check the cruising bible, Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships and you’ll find that Celebrity Solstice carries 2,850 passengers and more than 1,200 crew – a daunting number to a couple of novices like us, who thought we’d have to join a conga line of hungry people to get fed. Yoga for back pain Exploring the ship from bow to stern, what we found was truly staggering and more befitting a small city than a ship. Yoga asanas for increasing brain power First surprise: a half-acre of lawn (yes, real grass). Open space yoga anchorage Anyone for a picnic or game of bocce? I expected a casino, but not 10 restaurants (no conga line in sight!). Yoga studio calgary south Add to this 14 bars, two theatres, an art gallery, an arcade of shops, the famous Canyon Ranch SpaClub, a fitness centre, glassblowing studio, indoor solarium, outdoor pools and hot tubs, and a cosy library stocked with books. Absolute yoga woodland hills With 15 decks housing all of this, sharing was not going to be a problem.

Getting off the ship to see the sights was also not a problem, with more than 100 shore excursions on offer en route. Charlotte yoga woodlawn There were 35 tours in Ketchikan, 38 in Juneau and a staggering 41 in Skagway. Hyp yoga needham ma The exchange rate was not exactly Aussie dollar-friendly, so we were strategic in our choices – first up was a trip on a fast catamaran to explore the Misty Fjords in Ketchikan. Yoga routines for athletes Four hours of bumpy boating revealed gob-smacking scenery in one of Alaska’s most spectacular wilderness areas, where near-vertical cliffs wreathed in misty clouds erupt from the glacial sea valley. Yoga shakti irvine class schedule We spotted a bald eagle nesting high on a tree branch, a small brown bear rooting for food along the shoreline and a lazy harbour seal sunning itself on a rock. Ali macgraw yoga mind and body free download A pretty awesome introduction to Alaska’s famed wilderness.

Back in Ketchikan, which once held the title of ‘canned salmon capital of the world’, we walked to Creek Street, a historic red-light district built along the shores of Ketchikan Creek where, from July to October, you can see thousands of fish, desperate to go home, swimming vertically up the waterfall. Good yoga poses for pictures Infamous for its ‘good-time gals’, Creek Street’s houses of ill-repute have been restored and painted in a rainbow of bright colours and now house trendy boutiques. Bikram yoga perth myaree But the most famous, Dolly’s House, painted in a pretty green, still gives a nod to its shady past with a sign that boasts, ‘Where both men and salmon came upstream to spawn’.

We took a three-hour ride on the historical Scenic Railway of the World to the summit of the White Pass, 900 metres above sea-level. Yoga hosers trailer The scenery as we scaled the mountain on this engineering miracle was unbelievable – just like the stories accompanying it on this narrated journey. Yoga poses for weight loss images I could almost see the bedraggled column of men and horses dragging their mandatory one-tonne of supplies, inch by icy inch straight up the mountain for 30 vertical kilometres.

In every journey there is a stand-out time or place that lingers in the mind long after the memories of the rest of your holiday begin to fade. Yoga poses for beginners at home chart For me, it was the morning we entered Tracy Arm Fjord before heading on to Juneau. Gentle yoga description We were told we’d be visiting one of the most spectacular areas of the Inside Passage, and to be up at the crack of dawn.

I literally stumbled back in awestruck surprise when I stepped onto our balcony at sunrise. History of yoga pants The morning was so special it’s hard to put into words, but as the ship made its way into this majestic fjord every passenger was either on deck or on their verandah, taking in the incredible scenery of magnificent mountains and tumbling waterfalls, carved from the virgin wilderness over millennium by melting ice. Arhatic yoga retreat 2015 The captain navigated past a number of vivid blue, mini icebergs to the 18-mile mark, much further than any other ship could accomplish at this time of year (early spring), before making a three-point turn and heading back. Yoga ramdev baba hindi book download It’s a moment in time that I will remember forever.

banner