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RV TRAVELERS TO ALASKA DRIVE ONE WAY, CRUISE THE OTHER--AND HAVE THEIR VEHICLE SHIPPED SOUTH--WITH EXCLUSIVE PACKAGE FROM GRAY LINE OF ALASKA

RV TRAVELERS TO ALASKA DRIVE ONE WAY, CRUISE THE OTHER--AND HAVE THEIR VEHICLE SHIPPED SOUTH--WITH EXCLUSIVE PACKAGE FROM GRAY LINE OF ALASKA
 SEATTLE, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Who says you can't have it all?
 Starting in May, RV enthusiasts can, thanks to a new tour from Gray Line of Alaska that promises RV travelers the best of two exciting worlds.
 First, there's the thrill of the spectacular drive up the Alaska Highway and visits by RV to the many unforgettable locations in the 49th state. Then, when travelers are ready to return home, they're in for a real treat: A nine-day cruisetour featuring a seven-day voyage aboard a luxurious Regency cruise ship, sailing through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world.
 "This cruise, a 'first' for RV'ers, means they can make the beautiful -- but long -- drive on the Alaska Highway only one way," said Mark Mumm, director of Marketing, Gray Line of Alaska. "But it's more than that. Our return cruise is not only convenient, it's spectacular as well."
 For RV enthusiasts who have always dreamed of driving the Alaska Highway, 1992 is a very special year -- the 50th birthday of its completion. The highway began as a military road punched through the wilderness in just eight months in 1942; now mostly paved, it's no longer a wilderness road, but rather a highway through the wilderness.
 Special events and activities are scheduled throughout the summer at towns and villages along the highway. RV'ers will be able to take full advantage of the fun of the celebrations, as well as enjoy many of the captivating adventures in Alaska itself.
 But once travelers are ready to head home, they're in for an unforgettable return trip: A cruise that offers travelers an intimate look at several "other" Alaskas -- majestic glaciers and fjords, exciting marine and bird life, and a breathtaking cruise across the Gulf of Alaska and through the Inside Passage.
 The trip is featured as one of Gray Line of Alaska's "Value Vacations" and begins at $2,199 per person, double occupancy, including transport for the RV. Single and third-person rates also are available.
 RV'ers check their vehicles in at Anchorage, for shipment on an enclosed ocean-going vehicle transport ship to the Lower 48.
 After a sightseeing tour of Anchorage, travelers board the 729-passenger Regent Sea or the 950-passenger Regent Star in Whittier to cruise College Fjord and majestic Columbia Glacier in beautiful Prince William Sound, then cross the Gulf of Alaska.
 In Sitka, passengers can learn about the early days of the state as they visit historic sites in the former capital of Russian America, where Russian fur traders of long ago made their fortunes.
 Skagway, the gateway to the Klondike, offers the flavor of the Gold Rush in the very saloons, hotels and other buildings frequented by miners a century ago.
 Juneau, the picturesque state capital, offers a variety of adventures. One of the most memorable is a visit to nearby Mendenhall Glacier by motorcoach or by helicopter.
 In Ketchikan, you can stroll the byways from water's edge up the city's hillsides. Or, select from optional tours to Totem Bight State Park, where totems have been gathered and restored as a tribute to the influence of Northwest coastal Indians, or to Misty Fiords National Monument, a breathtaking adventure into a wild, remote wonderland.
 The final leg of the trip travels the scenic coast of British Columbia, with Vancouver the final cruise destination. From there, a motorcoach ferries passengers to Tacoma, about four hours south, where guests retrieve their RV's.
 Gray Line of Alaska, a subsidiary of Holland America Westours, operates the largest motorcoach fleet in Alaska and Yukon Territory, with more than 150 deluxe coaches. The company also operates the McKinley Explorer luxury glass-domed rail cars, the Alaska-Yukon Explorer loungecoaches and four excursion boats.
 For more information, contact a travel agent, or Gray Line of Alaska, 300 Elliott Ave. West, Seattle, WA 98119; phone, toll-free, 800-628-3843.
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 /CONTACT: Rich Skinner or Juli Chase of Holland America Westours, 206-281-3535/ CO: Gray Line of Alaska; Holland America Westours ST: Alaska IN: LEI SU: PDT


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