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Baked Alaska Part 1: This Katharine-Hepburn-fantasy
wanted to take the ferry through the Inside Passage and
camp out on deck under the heater lamps, but somehow I found
myself on the Dawn Princess instead.
I know cruises
aren't traveling. You barely leave the ship, and when you
do, you're surrounded by tourists. But I had this Katharine-Hepburn-on-a-sea-crossing
fantasy, sipping gin and tonics in a steamer chair on deck.
So I bought a wide-brimmed hat with flaps that tied under
my chin and flew to Anchorage.
this luxury came cheap. My online travel agent, "Corky"
Champagne, found a week-long cruise for $699, including
3 banquets a day and free 24-hour room service.
Once aboard the 13-story ship,
my basket overflowed with succulent peaches and pineapples.
I could charge everything to my Cruise Card: shore excursions,
casino chips, spa treatments. Each
night, the Princess Patter newsletter magically appeared on
my door, announcing tomorrow's cocktails and sunset time.