Alaska with an expert…

Traveling by cruise ship is always enhanced by quality shore excursions, giving travelers a feel for the ports of call. While the films, filmmakers and other honored guests are no doubt driving your interest in Pride of the Ocean, we know our destination is also a powerful draw – Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Victoria… and of course, the magnificent Glacier Bay.PostcardsNo one knows the importance of the shore excursion like your fellow passenger, award-winning writer Randall Shirley, one of North America’s busiest freelance travel journalists! Over the next few weeks, travel to Randall’s blog and read his recommendations on shore excursions that will apply to many Alaska cruises. A Vancouver native who honeymooned in Alaska, he certainly knows the territory.

Randall-Shirley-Postcard Randall has been in the journalism field for 20 years, including roles as editor and travel editor of three national Canadian gay magazines, and appearing on TV and radio as an expert in gay travel, cruise travel, and theatre travel. He frequently writes for publications such as Travel+Leisure, The Boston Globe, The Dallas Morning News, Canada’s Calgary Herald and Up! inflight magazine.

His travels have taken him to 699 cities, 44 U.S. states, all Canadian provinces and territories, and 35 different countries. An avid fan of cruise travel, he even visited remote Nunavut on a cruise ship.

You will find Randall’s Alaskan shore excursion recommendations on, the cruise website for which he is an editor. MeetMeOnBoard is an innovative site making your cruise travel friendlier and more fulfilling by connecting you with your community. Through membership profiles, it offers a great way to meet your fellow LGBT passengers, even when your cruise experience isn’t centered on a ready-made introduction such as an LGBT film festival!

Both Randall and his husband Denni will join you aboard the Norwegian Pearl, along with at least eight other members of  Ask them to tell you about the benefits of the site – finding out who will be on your next cruise, swapping ship tips, meeting new people who share your love of travel – then chat about our destination Alaska!

Pride of the Ocean Balcony

So sail on over to check out the MeetMeOnBoard site, and keep watch on Randall’s posts for the next few weeks, at To get a jump on learning about our shore excursions, visit the Itinerary link here on our website.

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