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Spandana Singh is the San Francisco Editor and Tech Editor for Miss A. Better known as Spandi, she is a junior at UC Berkeley with an avid passion for foreign affairs and journalism. Originally from India, she has so far lived in countries like Kenya, Italy, Ethiopia, the United States and Indonesia and looks forward to living in many more.

Spandi is pursuing a double major in International Development and Media and a minor in Global Poverty and Practice. She loves to play the piano, box, travel, explore new cultures (especially their cuisines), and spend time with her friends. By the time she is 30 she wants to have lived in every habitable continent in the world.

Celebrity Century’s Alaskan Cruise

Although I am one of the world’s largest aficionados for spending summer days tanning on the beach and raiding stores with summer sales, once in your life you should forgo the surf and sand to spend a week aboard one of Celebrity‘s magical cruise liners as it weaves through the breathtaking sights of Alaska.

Photo Credit: http://www.iglucruise.com

Photo Credit: iglucruise.com

The cruise ship that I boarded – Celebrity Century is one of three Celebrity ships that traverses through the Alaskan waters. Composed of 15 beautifully designed decks, the ship was well equipped with anything and everything that anyone could ever miss about home:

  • casino
  • fitness facility
  • shopping arcade
  • nightclub
  • teenagers hangout
  • outdoor swimming pool (which isn’t as bad as it sounds)
  • hot tub
  • kids center
  • spa
  • several lounges with varying atmospheres
  • two exquisite restaurants which serve mouthwatering first class dishes
  • and a plethora of crew hosted events that will keep you busy all day and all night
Photo Credit: Spandana Singh

Photo Credit: Spandana Singh

But of course you can’t spend the entire trip just on the ship. There are several excursions that you can sign up for which include tours of Icy Strait Point, Juneau, and Ketchikan where you will be immersed in the local culture and have the opportunity to peruse the sights and sounds of Alaska.

And of course there is the mind blowing experience of cruising past the colossal Hubbard Glacier, an attraction that seems to garner almost as many dedicated fans willing to stand in the cold as say the Beatles did (except the Glacier is a couple of hundred years older than the group, so I guess it’s got the advantage).

The Celebrity cruise lines are also committed to sharing their fortunes with others. They’ve partnered with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to raise awareness about breast cancer as well as to raise funds for research by hosting a series of events involving dance and other related activities on board some of their cruise ships.

Photo Credit: http://www.celebritycruises.com

Photo Credit: celebritycruises.com

After one week of winding through the smooth Alaskan waves, I returned home with the same skin tone, a suitcase full of bulky clothing, a long gone bikini body and shoes filled with melted snow rather than grainy sand. But I didn’t regret a single minute of it.

Not every vacation has to follow the typical seasonal guidelines. Sometimes you just need to think outside the box, and let it lead you to places that you could never have even imagined existed.

You can have the opportunity to “be supremely spoiled in an unspoiled land” and to bear witness to one of mother’s natures slowly diminishing gifts of wonder, and I guarantee you will love it as much as any summer beach trip, if not more.

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