Alaskan Dream; Trevor Williams Pushes the Boat out and Takes His Wife Elaine on an Alaskan Cruise for Her 60th Birthday

Article excerpt

Byline: Trevor William

In my heart of hearts, I knew what the answer would be, but, given my less-thanimpressive track record when it comes to gift-giving, I thought I'd better ask Elaine how she'd like to celebrate her 60th birthday. Over a glass of sancerre, I put it to her that I'd like to push the boat out and make one of her dreams come true. But, before I'd even had the chance to suggest some options, she came back with exactly what I'd predicted: 'Trevor, I think this should be our excuse to go to Alaska!' And so it was that we found ourselves enjoying breathtaking panoramic views of the Nenana River Canyon, raising a glass to Elaine's seventh decade. Her birthday fell while we were staying at the beautiful Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge as part of our holiday with Princess Cruises, so we booked dinner for some local cuisine in the King Salmon restaurant. I chose succulent red king crab legs, while Elaine opted for their signature dish - a sea salt accented king salmon - and declared it the perfect supper for the occasion. It wasn't grand, but had a warm, welcoming ambience with exceptional, friendly service and mouthwatering fare - our ideal eatery, in fact.

Staying a few nights in the Denali National Park, including a visit to Mount McKinley, was a fabulous finale to a spectacular week's cruising debut, it must be said. It was great to head straight from the ship to the lodge on the Princess Direct to the Wilderness train, and have the time to experience some of the inland wonders of this stunning state. Having boarded Diamond Princess in Vancouver, we spent a day at sea revelling in the incredible resort-style facilities on board, then enjoyed a magical evening in the Princess Theatre. …