Don’t miss out exploring the Last Frontier

By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva

View from the air of Alaska on Delta

Alaska view from Delta flight by Richard Pietschmann

 The cruise industry is working overtime to allow ships to resume operations to Alaska. The problem lies with Canada, which has closed ports to incoming sea traffic.


However, there could be a way ships could depart from say Seattle roundtrip to Alaska.  And, as I write it’s on tap at the House of Representatives.



Princess Alaska season cancelled

Photo by Richard Pietschmann

If you are unfamiliar, there is an ancient mariner law that prohibits ships from sailing into and out of American ports on one roundtrip out. They must stop in a foreign port. This out of date law saw millions of disappointed travelers who were looking forward to cruising there last summer. What a shame. Alaska is simply a magnificent destination.

However this isn’t true for airlines. So if those cruises don’t come through, you can still fly to Alaska this summer especially thanks to Delta, which is increasing service to Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka.


Sitka photo by Richard Pietschmann

Tourism much needed in Alaska

These additional flights will be a boon to Alaska’s economy which has been hurt badly during the coronavirus-caused cruise pause. The state has lost much tourism revenues. And because of that many residents are out of work.

Bigger aircraft

Boeing 737-900

Delta is also employing larger mainline aircraft such as Boeing 737-900 to get vacationers  to and from Alaska.  The planes offer First Class, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin service, more seat-back in-flight entertainment and Wi-Fi available on all flights.

New summer destinations and more flights for Anchorage

 Delta is  launching flights  from Detroit (DTW), Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (JFK) on May 28. It is also Increasing year-round Seattle (SEA) service to up to seven daily trips starting June 19.

 Back by popular demand

 Summer seasonal service to Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka is back by popular demand on Delta’s schedule with service from Seattle starting Memorial Day weekend.

 Putting customers first

Debatably,  Delta is leading the  in providing  safety measure to guard against the spread of coronavirus.  It is also considerate of  clients needing to change plans during these uncertain times by eliminating change fees to provide more flexibility

The Travel Diva frequently flies on Delta and has during the pandemic. I can honestly say they do a great job. 

Passengers and crew wear masks without incident. The planes are spotless, middle seats are empty (unless a family travels together) and the experience keeps proving seamless. Just so you know, I pay full First Class fares for my flights. No press discounts.

Where ever you want fly or sail a Pavlus agent/advisor can help you get there with a toll-free call to 800-328-9300. And, if you’re up for Alaska be sure to check out our packing tips.


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