Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

MAR-APR 2018

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Princess Cruises' Direct-To-The-Wilderness rail service comfortably transported us for the duration of the eight-hour trip from the Denali lodge to the cruise ship, which was docked in the coastal town of Whittier. Featuring some of the largest domed windows ever built for a rail car, we didn't miss a second of the scenery along the 300-mile journey. A Princess Cruises representative took care of the check-in process for the ship along the way, which made the transition from shore to ship seamless. Our cabin aboard the Star Princess was outfitted with a bespoke mattress, developed in consultation with board-certified sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus, as part of the company's premier sleep program, an initiative that optimizes staterooms for a sleep- friendly sensory experience. Eighty percent of all outside cabins on the ship boast a private balcony; the opportunity to watch a glacier calving from ours is a sight I won't soon forget. From small bites in the Vine Room wine bar to a black-tie dinner at Sabitini's Italian restaurant, the cuisine on board was outstanding, supported by the fact that the quality of the Princess dining experience has been recognized by the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, which has inducted all of the company's ships into the exclusive gastronomic society. Across the board, traditional European dishes are blended with contemporary cuisine with a focus on seasonal foods, flavorful sauces, herbs and lighter fare to please a wide variety of tastes. When we weren't ogling glaciers as tall as a 24-story building in Glacier Bay, riding a train to White Pass Summit at the US/ Canadian border, exploring historic waterfront towns, and watching in amazement as bears nabbed salmon from the river during a high-speed boat cruise, we were taking advantage of onboard amenities. We enjoyed a dreamy massage in the Lotus Spa, blended our own Silverado wines with a sommelier, recapped each day's adventures with new friends over cocktails in Crooner's Martini Bar and relaxed in the library. Even with all of the ship's outstanding amenities, Mother Nature remains the real star of the show; Princess Cruises is simply her publicity manager, making sure that everyone gets to experience her best performances. For more information visit princess.com. sl Skagway, Alaska slmag.net 39

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