1 Jul
2013

2014 Pricing is Here!

 

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Dear Friends of Alaska,

What an exciting time for us! The 2014 brochure goes to the printers this week and can be expected to hit doorsteps in the next couple of weeks. We have a brand new website in the works for 2014 but 2014 pricing can already be found online at www.kissalaska.com.  

A brand new collection of adventures can be found with our 17 Day Three Bears of Alaska tour. Included are three memorable bear viewing experiences for guests, including a small boat and land expedition along the Arctic Coast viewing Polar Bears!

We have added a fabulous new cruise partner in 2014, Alaskan Dream Cruises. This small boat
touring itinerary features the wilds of Alaska’s Inside Passage and a sense of adventure that is simply irresistible. The cruise complements our Klondike Gold Rush tour extremely well in 2014.

There’s no place like Alaska and we know you’d agree! Monumental mountain landscapes, incredible marine and land wildlife, thunderous glacier viewing, and colorful native cultures alive with the
history of Alaska. You will see it all with John Hall’s Alaska!

Exceptional highlights on our value-packed 2014 Land & Cruise Tours include:

• A day in beautiful Kamloops, British Columbia on our 23 Day Canadian Rockies tour.

• Bear viewing included on three different tour itineraries: 17 Day Three Bears of Alaska;
18 Day Klondike Gold Rush; 19 Day National Parks.

• Overnights at the Backcountry Lodge in Kantishna on our 15 – 23 Day tours!

Our family has had the pleasure of hosting tours to Alaska for three decades, imparting knowledge and experience to our guests as we travel through a part of North America that we absolutely treasure.
We look forward to giving you and your loved ones a memorable Alaskan adventure in 2014!
From our family to yours,

 

19 Jun
2013

JHA Welcomes “Deadliest Catch” TV Personalities

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John Hall’s Alaska is proud to host Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch stars, Captain Johnathan Hillstrand and son Scott Hillstrand, crew members on the Time Bandit, a crab fishing boat based in Homer, Alaska. On Sunday, June 30th during Lake City’s Waterski Days parade, Johnathan and Scott will be one of the main highlights, handing out candy to the kids while riding on the John Hall’s Alaska Cruises and Tours parade float.

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Johnathan Hillstrand was born and raised in Homer, AK, and is a third generation Alaskan fisherman. Johnathan is the captain of the F/V Time Bandit during the King Crab Season. Johnathan has been on commercial fishing vessels since the age of 3, began fishing at the age of 7, and began commercially fishing for crab at the age of 17. When he is not on the boat, Captain Johnathan is involved in the operation of the Hillstrand’s other businesses including Time Bandit Fireworks, Time Bandit Spirits, Time Bandit Entertainment, Time Bandit Productions, and The Time Bandit Gear Store.

Continuing the Hillstrand family fishing tradition, Captain Johnathan’s son Scott has served as a deckhand aboard the F/V Time Bandit since age 15. Scott has the important responsibility of running the boat’s hydraulics. Scott was born and raised in Homer, AK. His hobbies include snow machining, motorcycles, sport fishing and hunting.

The F/V Time Bandit was designed by Andy and Johnathan’s father, John Sr., and custom-built by the Hillstrands themselves. The boat includes such unusual amenities as queen-size beds, a four-person sauna and a dishwasher.

Please visit www.timebandit.tv for more information on Johnathan and Scott Hillstrand, and the rest of the Time Bandit crew. Visit www.kissalaska.com for more information on John Hall’s Alaska Tours and Cruises.

UPDATE:

 The event was so much fun and Johnathan and Scott had a great time mingling with the locals –  Here are some pics:

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24 May
2013

A Night Honoring the Jared Allen Homes for Wounded Warriors Foundation

Last weekend we donated a 7 day cruise package to the Jared Allen Homes for Wounded Warriors Foundation.

Our prize was competed for at a fundraising “Night Ops” golf tournament held in Phoenix, AZ. The package went to the individual who completed the longest slip and slide.

We are honored to be a supporting partner for such a wonderful cause and especially around a weekend in which we should remember everything individuals have done to serve our country, including giving their lives to maintain the freedoms that we enjoy.

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!

Here’s a few pics from the event:

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Jared Allen tries out the Slip n Slide!

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20 May
2013

First Picture of the Season!

Our official tours don’t being for two weeks yet, but our first charter group is in Ketchikan today. They seem like a happy bunch!

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15 Apr
2013

2012 Tour Operator of the Year!

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We are so excited and honored to have been presented with the Visit Anchorage’s “2012 Tour Operator of the Year” award last Saturday, April 13th, 2013!

Visit Anchorage’s Seymour Awards recognize a community leader, Visit Anchorage member or volunteer who has provided excellence in product and/or service, contributed significantly to the visitor industry and Visit Anchorage’s programs or enhanced Anchorage’s image as a visitor destination.

Thank you to our guests, our Alaska partners who nominated us and then voted for us, and our John Hall’s Alaska team members who work so hard to deliver on our guests’ expectations. 

(Happy Dance) Yea! (Happy Dance)

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(John Hall Sr. accepts the award)

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15 Apr
2013

AED Boxes Donated

AED boxesJohn Hall Sr of John Hall’s Alaska, presents a check for $892.00 to Teresa Zumbrook and Oren Miller for AED boxes to be installed the week of April 15th.

The Sani-Belles and Gents Social Club of the Bradford Loop Neighborhood in the Village of Sanibel, organized a program to purchase and install five AED life saving units throughout the neighborhood.

Placement of the units will be no further than 15 homes and seconds away from any given emergency.  Currently there are 26 responders in the neighborhood.

Teresa Zumbrook spearheaded the Sani-Belles & Gents Social Club and Oren Miller organized the AED program which was able to generate funding from residents for the AED’s in less than 60 days.

27 Feb
2013

Announcing A Brand New Partnership!

In an effort to extend the small group experience while cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage, John Hall’s Alaska will be partnering with Alaskan Dream Cruises on two Klondike Gold Rush tour departures in 2014.

Alaskan Dream Cruises

Allen Marine, parent company of Alaskan Dream Cruises,  was established in 1970 when Bob and Betty Allen, and their five children, restored a ruined boat that became the St. Michael, the first in a long line of Allen Marine tour vessels named after saints of the family’s Russian Orthodox faith.

admiralty_sitkaAlaskan Dream Cruises was conceived with the notion that guests come to Alaska in search of a deep personal connection with the true Alaska. A place of genuine character. A place where adventure is a way of life.  In the tradition of John Hall’s Alaska, Alaskan Dream Cruises employ true Alaskan experts on board and ashore. They boast years of experience as naturalists, educators, and authors and are well versed in everything from environmental science to marine biology.

 

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CRUISING ITINERARIES:
In 2014, John Hall’s Alaska guests traveling on our Klondike Gold Rush (an 18 Day tour in 2014)  will enjoy the 8-day cruise portion of their tour aboard an Alaskan Dream Cruises vessel.

Vessels hold a maximum of 49 passengers and because of their smaller size can offer up-close glacier viewing and the best opportunities to mingle with and photograph wildlife. Itineraries highlight world renowned destinations combined with off-of-the-beaten path ports (our exact motto for land tours!). Get closer to tide water glaciers and tour native ports that larger cruise ships simply cannot gain access to.

LIFE ON BOARD: Enjoy an 100% casual atmosphere on board. Naturalists prep you for the next day’s highlights during complimentary cocktail hours and review what you see at the close of each day.

Locally harvested crab, halibut, shrimp and wild Alaskan salmon as well as a wide array of Pacific Northwest wines and Alaskan microbrews are always on the chef-inspired gourmet menu. Complimentary beer and wine are offered at dinner. Juice and bottled water are always included.

INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS:
Hand picked shore excursions are built into the itineraries while allowing for free-time in each port. Here is a short list to give you an idea:

  • Orca Point Lodge Alaskan salmon & king crab dinner
  • Kayaks, all-terrain vehicles & Zego runabouts at Hobart Bay
  • Sitka Sea Otter & Wildlife Quest Boat Tour
  • St. Michaels Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Russian Bishop’s House, Alaska Raptor Center and Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka
  • Mt. Roberts Tram and Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center in Juneau
  • Kasaan walking and educational tour
  • Norwegian Folk Dance show in Petersburg
  • Stikine River Jet Boat Tour and Wrangell City Walking Tour
  • World’s Largest Totem Pole, Totem Carving Demonstration, Gunnuk Creek Dog Salmon Hatchery Tour and Bear Viewing Platform in the village of Kake

 

John Hall’s Alaska will still offer 7-Day cruises with Royal Caribbean and Celebrity, but we think Alaskan Dream Cruises increases your choices when touring Alaska. Just another way for us to bring the Real Alaska to our guests!

(Some details pulled from www.alaskandreamcruises.com)

18 Feb
2013

Feb Villages Alumni Get Together Pics

John Hall’s Alaska hosted two gatherings on Feb 9th and Feb 16th in The Villages, Florida. Just an excuse to get together and socialize! Fun had by all with some sweets and coffee to fill in the gaps.

Here are the pictures from both events!

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16 Jan
2013

More Awards for Royal Caribbean and Celebrity!

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At the 6th Annual Leisure Travel Leaders Awards, Royal Caribbean won two big awards for the cruise line.

Royal Caribbean won “Best Cruise Line Overall” and “Best Contemporary (Mass-Market) Line.

Leisure Travel Leaders awards are based on a survey sent to the more than 20,000 home-based travel agent readers of Agent@Home magazine, the more than 29,000 leisure-selling travel agent readers of Vacation Agent magazine, and the 65,000-plus travel agent readers of Travel Pulse Dailon TravelPulse.com.

Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises have begun the year in spectacular style by picking up the two main cruise prizes at the annual Travel Weekly Globe Awards for the third year running.
The prestigious awards – voted for by travel agents across the UK – saw Royal Caribbean International being named the Best Mainstream Cruise Company, while Celebrity Cruises was named Best Premium Cruise Company.

5 Jan
2013

New Villages Alumni Dates and Dinner!

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YOU ARE INVITED!
“The Villages John Hall’s Alaska Alumni”

February 9th, 2013: 7:00pm

February 16th, 2013:  7:00pm

**Space on the above dates is limited.  RSVP to secure choice space. Please plan to attend just one of the above dates so that there is enough space for everyone.

LOCATION: (Location was formerly Hibiscus Rec Center but changed for more space)

Lake Miona Recreation Center 
1526 Buena Vista Blvd.
The Villages, FL 32162

Come meet and talk with John Hall Sr. in person!  Reunite with past travelers and welcome upcoming guests into the John Hall’s Alaska Alumni! Cake, Cookies and refreshments will be provided.

Please wear your blue jacket for a group photo of “The Villages Alumni.”
Please RSVP by February 4th to lauren@kissalaska.com or by calling 907-250-2355 and leaving a message with your name and the number of people in your party. 

 

THERE”S MORE!

ANOTHER EVENT:
For The Villages John Hall’s Alaska Alumni Only- Not for 2013 Guests

By attending one of the events listed above, The Villages John Hall’s Alaska Alumni will be invited to attend a dinner on February 23rd provided by John Hall’s Alaska.  Remember to mark your calendars because Alumni MUST attend an event on the 9th or 16th in order to be invited to the dinner.  Formal invites will not arrive until Alumni are present at the events on February 9th or 16th.

Dinner: 2/23 at 6pm, Lake Miona Rec Center

 

Get your John Hall’s Alaska “Bird is the Word” t-shirts from our online store! They make a nice addition to your Florida summer wardrobe. 

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