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A greener type of cruise ship

Posted by Chris Murphy  January 9, 2009 10:03 AM

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islandspirit-lg.jpgWant to take a cruise without leaving a big carbon footprint in your wake? Try a small-ship cruise in southeastern Alaska with Fantasy Cruises.
The Island Spirit, which carries up to 32 passengers in 17 unfussy staterooms, shuts down its engines at night and runs on batteries that have been charged during the day.
Sleeping, anchored quietly in a Alaskan bay or at a cozy harbor town, could be pretty dreamy. There's no rush here. Other advantages of small ships: They can cruise into bays and inlets that larger ships can't. There are dinners and cocktail hours but no need to get dressed up for them. Passengers can get off the boat to kayak, stroll on beaches, and explore towns. The captain can change the itinerary at a moment's notice to take advantage of marine life, the weather, or special events.
While the itinerary is flexible, every all-inclusive tour visits Wrangell, Petersburg, Juneau, and Sitka. (Other destinations are possible.) Departure dates are available in May, June, and July and start at $4,495 per person based on double occupancy.

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