24 Sep

Another Daily Sun Sighting

….for all of you Villages, Florida people!

This time we found you in Barrow, Alaska- the northernmost town in North America – hanging out under some harvested whale bones with the Arctic Ocean in the background!

24 Sep

Baby Emerson Helps Out

7 month old baby Emerson Hall is already active in the family business. Here he is picking out carpet and seat cover samples for our newest motorcoach. He took into account color and taste. Durability was also tested.

27 Aug

Dear Diary…

Excerpt from Tour Manager Caryn McElroy’s diary of her stay at the BackCountry Lodge in Kantishna, located at the end of the Denali Park Road in Denali National Park:

Wow! What a time we’ve had in Denali! Absolutely wonderful! We’ve seen bears, moose, caribou and Denali (aka Mt. McKinley) in all her glory. Today some of us went berry picking or hiking, some went flight seeing, some read, and some went fishing.

I spent the day barefoot on the tundra. The cool, damp bed of lichen and moss was soft and springy. So refreshing. Everyone should have the opportunity to run barefoot on the tundra! It also makes a great place to nap under the warm Alaskan sun! I fell asleep to the sound of a gentle wind and a Loon calling from somewhere on Wonder Lake.  Heaven.

Waking up to the sight of “The Great One” with the smell of Labrador Tea wafting through the air made up for the annoying buzzing of mosquitos in my ears. Feeling rested, I jumped up, berry picker in hand, and went to work gathering the wild Alaskan blueberries. Although the area was fairly well picked over by bears and backpackers, I was still able to fill two small bags before heading back to the lodge for 5:00 hors d’oeuvres.

Poached halibut bruschetta and a drink on the deck overlooking Moose Creek preceded a tasty dinner of Salmon, roasted red potatoes, and fresh, crisp green beans drowned in Chef Ben’s amazing Green Dressing.

This perfect Denali day ended with a Moose Creek campfire. At the campfire,  John Hall’s Alaska guests ate s’mores and drank chocolate wine while BackCountry Lodge guide, Tim, instructed the group on how to select a championship winning skipping rock. Before heading off to bed, we all lined up and took a turn skipping our carefully selected rocks. A perfect ending to a perfect day!  ~ Caryn McElroy, JHA Tour Manager ~

All 2013 itineraries spend time at the BackCountry Lodge at Kantishna, located 95 miles deep within Denali National Park. The 20 Day Klondike Gold Rush, the 19 Day National Parks of Alaska, and the 15 day Grand Slam Alaska all spend 2 nights at Kantishna! 


27 Aug

Alumni Adventures are here! April 2013 – Panama Canal Cruise!

We are happy to announce our new product offering, Alumni Adventures™ which will focus on popular destinations across the globe while hosted by professional John Hall’s Alaska family members. Destinations will vary each year with approximately two Alumni Adventure™ offerings per year, one in the spring and one in the fall following the Alaska season. Look for our “Genuine John Hall’s Alaska Alumni Adventure” seal on all future Alumni Adventure™ materials.

This product will debut in April of 2013 with John Hall’s Alaska hosting a 17-day cruise onboard Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas featuring the Panama Canal. For More Information Please Read On!

FIRST EVER ALUMNI ADVENTURE! Exclusively for past JHA guests!

Join John Hall’s Alaska this coming April for a 17 day, 16 night journey through the Panama Canal aboard Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas! 

April 1st-April 17th, 2013
Set Sail From:
San Diego, California.

Ports of Call: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Puerta Vallarta, Mexico; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Panama Canal Cruising; Colon, Panana; Cartagena, Colombia
Return To: Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

Double Occupancy, Per Person Pricing:
Inside Cabin: $2209
Outside Cabin: $2619
Verandah (Balcony) Cabin: $4139

Contact us for Single Occupancy and Suite Cabin Pricing! 800-325-2270 

‘Worry free’ is the way we prefer to travel the world so we’ve built everything into your price! Per person pricing includes meet and greet service at the San Diego airport, an overnight in San Diego, a breakfast before boarding, a John Hall’s Alaska cruise escort and a special John Hall’s Alaska keepsake for remembering your time with us. Of course, pricing includes all taxes, port charges, fees, airport transfers and cruise ship gratuities.

We can assist you with round-trip airfare through Royal Caribbean Line’s Choice Air program.

 ~Space is limited!~

Call us at 800-325-2270 for pricing and to reserve your JHA Alumni Adventures cruise today!


UPDATE: Reservations for this trip are now closed. We are happy to say that  30 JHA Alumni will be cruising with us through the PANAMA CANAL! Our next Alumni Adventure will be a trip through Nova Scotia in the fall of 2013. Look for more info to come!

25 Jul

Photo Fun

Tour pics from this summer’s:

23 Day Alaska & The Canadian Rockies Tour

View from Jasper Tramway

Icefields Parkway

Moraine Lake in the Canadian Rockies, a glacially-fed lake in Banff National Park.

The group enters Alaska after spending 10 days  in the Canadian Rockies and the Yukon Territories!

2013 Tour Update:

We’ve added more time in the town of Banff on our 23 Day Fall Colors of Alaska and The Canadian Rockies tour. Now spend two nights in this eclectic mountain town! Highlighting the lakes, river and mountains of Alaska and the Canadian Rockies, you can expect breathtaking scenery and multiple wildlife viewing opportunities on this tour. As a bonus, you can brag to your friends about traveling the famed Alaska Highway! For reservations call 800-325-2270.




15 Day Grand Slam Tour:

Bear with cubs in Denali National Park

Hubbard Glacier Calving

Great BackCountry Lodge shot in Kantishna

Baby Moose

24 Jul

Watch Brown Bears- Streaming Live Video

If you missed out on the fishing bears of Katmai National Park this summer, don’t worry!

These famous bears can now come to you through your computer or smart phone! Four high definition cameras have been set up by Katmai National Park and Preserve in partnership with Explore.org bringing the action straight to you.

Web Cam: http://explore.org/#!/live-cams/player/brown-bear-salmon-cam-brooks-falls

Over 2,000 brown bears call Katmai National Park home and each summer many migrate to the waters of Brooks Falls in search of the perfect salmon dinner. Visitors to Brooks Falls stand on platforms and observe the bears from above.

We think this webcam is just awesome! Just remember,  you can experience the REAL THING on our 19 DAY NATIONAL PARKS TOUR!

(Above picture taken by JHA tour guest this summer!)

27 Jun

Pics From The Time Bandit Appearance!

Last weekend John Hall’s Alaska hosted Scott Hillstrand and Josh Harris, both deck hands on the Time Bandit, during Lake City’s Waterski Days festival. The Time Bandit is a fishing vessel based out of Homer, Alaska and it is a featured boat on Discovery Channel’s hit series, Deadliest Catch!

Josh and Scott helped out during the parade and were such great guys. Here are a few pics captured over the weekend. We want to say “Thank you” to them both for flying all that way to help us out.

Pictured: Josh Harris, Elizabeth Hall and Scott Hillstrand


Pictured: Joe Hall, John Hall Sr, Scott, Josh and Elizabeth Hall

A special thanks to all of the John Hall’s Alaska staff, friends and family who helped out during the parade!

26 Jun

Philip’s Inaugural Cruise

Phillip Walker completed his inaugural trip as Cruise Director for John Hall’s Alaska.

It was a good group.

It was only fitting that Phillip needed to be initiated into the polar bear club.

He wasn’t very cooperative!

But with a little assistance he was initiated.

Not everyone was sure he was ready.

We all hope he had a good time and made it back on time for his next trip.

Submitted by: JHA Guest Bob Temper. Thanks for the update Bob!


22 Jun

Beauty Queen Crowned Miss Alaska After Shaving Her Head

Debbe Ebben shaved her head three months ago to raise more than $4,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation,a charity that funds childhood cancer research. She says her purpose was to provide an example to children that not having hair is okay. Read more here

5 Jun

Deadliest Catch to Make JHA Appearance!

John Hall’s Alaska is excited to host  Scott Hillstrand and Josh Harris from Discovery Channel’s ‘Deadliest Catch’ in Lake City, MN during the 2012 Water Ski Days festival June 22-24th! On Sunday, during the GRAND PARADE, Josh and Scott will be our VIP guests in the John Hall’s Alaska float, waving and handing out candy to the kiddos.

Both Josh and Scott are crew members on the Time Bandit, a crab fishing boat featured on “Deadliest Catch”.

Please plan to attend the Grand Parade and catch a glimpse of these brave fishermen!

Background on the Scott Hillstrand:
 Scott Hillstrand serves aboard the Time Bandit as a deckhand. He commonly runs the boat’s hydraulics, but like all of the crew he’s trained to do just about anything. Scott was born in his father’s hometown of Homer, Alaska, and has been working in commercial fishing since he was 15. He has fished for lobster off the Atlantic coast with his father, and in Alaska aboard the Time Bandit.

Background on the Josh Harris:
Growing up as Capt. Phil’s oldest son, Josh has always seemed to know that hard work and loyalty are the only qualities that can earn the respect of captain and crew. Josh fished on the Cornelia Marie for three seasons alongside his father and younger brother. After his father passed away, Josh joined the crew of the Time Bandit and has proven to be a huge asset to his new team.



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