5* Alaska Cruise

7 nights cruising with the outstanding scenery of Alaska from the comfort of the incredible Holland America Cruise Lines and their vessel the 5* Eurodam.

DESTINATION USA, Alaska, Canada
FROM Dublin
DATE June & July 2017
DURATION 8 Nights
PRICE From €2,259 pp

7 nights cruising with the outstanding scenery of Alaska from the comfort of the incredible Holland America Cruise Lines and their vessel the 5* Eurodam.

Flight Times:

OUTBOUND Dublin to Seattle (times to follow)
RETURN Seattle to Dublin (times to follow)

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Day 1: Seattle, Washington, USA:

On arrival in Seattle, you will be transferred to the hotel for your one night room only stay before you board your cruise ship tomorrow.

Day 2: Seattle, Washington, USA:

You will be transferred to the port to board your cruise ship and begin your incredible holiday.

Day 3: At Sea

Day 4: Juneau, Alaska, USA: Arrive 13.00 Depart 22.00

Juneau, Alaska may well be the most remote, most beautiful and strangest state capital in the United States. Surrounded by water, forest and mountain sights, visitors seeking things to do in Juneau indoors and outdoors can hike a glacier, eat fresh-caught fish on a seaside patio and tour a grand capitol building all in one day.The city itself is pleasant, but the real highlight of a visit to Juneau is tracking down some wildlife. You can hike up Mount Roberts to chance upon wild deer and bald eagles. Most sightseeing and whale-watching tours head north to Auke Bay—bring a good pair of binoculars to get the best view of these majestic and surprisingly graceful creatures. If you prefer land mammals, catch a floatplane to a nearby wildlife reserve such as Chichagof or Admiralty Island to spy some bears lolling around.The sleepy, misty city of around 32,000—mostly fishermen and small-business owners—has a frontier town vibe, but welcomes more than a million visitors each summer to its natural attractions, cementing Juneau as Alaska’s number-one tourist destination.

Day 5: Glacier Bay, Alaska, USA (Cruising): Arrive 07.00 Depart 16.00

Frosted crags descend into mossy forests and a 457-meter-deep fjord at this World Heritage Site, which is also one of the planet’s largest biosphere reserves. Stone, ice and water continue to collide, sculpting a dramatic landscape that is the crown jewel of southeastern Alaska’s natural wonders.The area’s first European explorer missed it all—but with good reason. When Captain George Vancouver sailed here in 1794, a vast shield of ice, more than 1,200 meters thick, dominated the area. In one of the fastest retreats on record, the glaciers shrank back 105 kilometers (65 miles) by 1916. The formerly glacier-squashed land is rebounding now, rising 30 millimeters each year. Visitors can observe this rebirth: A spruce-hemlock rain forest has sprouted near the mouth of Glacier Bay. Farther north, the more recently exposed land shows sharper edges and thinner vegetation. Still, it’s enough to encourage the return of wildlife, from bald eagles to bears, moose and humpback whales.While the national park is open year round, most travelers prefer the warmth of late May to early September. Even in summer, be prepared for any weather—especially rain! Pack a hat, gloves, wool or fleece layers, a warm coat and waterproof gear if you want to admire the landscape from the open deck of your ship.

Day 6: Sitka, Alaska, USA: Arrive 07.00 Depart 15.30

The ports of Alaska inspire visions of remote wilderness outposts, legendary gold-rush towns and Native Alaskan villages, all set amid lush forests and frigid, glacier-flanked waters. And while you’ll certainly find these things in and around Sitka, you’ll witness a unique slice of Alaskan history not found anywhere else. Russia controlled Alaska from the mid-1700s until the United States purchased it in 1867, and Sitka was settled as the capital of Russian America under the name New Archangel.Sailing into Sitka today, you’ll still see vestiges of Russia’s influence, including the unmistakable onion dome of St. Michael’s Cathedral and the Russian Bishop’s House, both National Historic Landmarks. Stop by the visitor center of the Sitka National Historical Park to peruse its interesting collections of Russian and Native Alaskan artifacts, and then join a ranger-led tour of the battlefield where Russia defeated the native Tlingit people.Sitka also boasts an abundance of epic natural scenery and wildlife. Take a walk up Castle Hill to enjoy an ideal vantage point across the water to the dormant volcano Mount Edgecumbe, and trips to the nearby Fortress of the Bear and the Alaska Raptor Center offer up-close encounters with some of Alaska’s most captivating creatures.

Day 7: Ketchikan, Alaska, USA: Arrive 07.00 Depart 13.00

Alaska’s “First City” of Ketchikan is so named because it’s the first major landfall for most cruisers as they enter the picturesque fjords of the Inside Passage, where the town clings to the banks of the Tongass Narrows, flanked by green forests nurtured by abundant rain.Ketchikan has long been an important hub of the salmon-fishing and –packing industries—visitors can try their luck on a sportfishing excursion or simply savor the fresh seafood at one of the local restaurants. It is also one of the best spots along the Inside Passage to explore the rich cultural sights of Native Alaskan nations like the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian. You can see intricately carved totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center and Totem Bight State Park, while the attractions of Saxman Village just outside of Ketchikan offers the chance to see Tlingit culture in action, with working carvers and a dance show in the clan house. And leave time to explore the sights in the town itself, including historic Creek Street, a boardwalk built over the Ketchikan Creek, where you can shop for souvenirs, smoked salmon and local art, while exploring gold rush­–era tourist attractions like Dolly’s House Museum.

Day 8: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada: Arrive 18.00 Depart 23.59

Of all the cities in Canada, Victoria may be the furthest from Great Britain, but it has the most British vibe. Between sipping afternoon tea, visiting flower gardens and castles and stopping in at pubs, one could easily forget about the Pacific Ocean lapping at the other side of Vancouver Island. The influence of the First Nations culture is also strong here in Victoria, with totem poles taking a front-and-center position on the Inner Harbour and in Beacon Hill Park. Extensive galleries are devoted to the history of the First People at the Royal British Columbia Museum, too, one of Victoria’s top tourist attractions. Other waves of immigration besides that of the English are evident in the streets of Canada’s oldest Chinatown here, as well as on the menus of the city’s many restaurants, pizzerias and tavernas.Start your visit to Victoria’s sights and attractions at the Inner Harbour. Whale-watching cruises and sightseeing floatplanes take off and return from their excursions here and government buildings, museums, the Visitor Centre and the grand Fairmont Empress provide a dignified welcome. Just around the point, Fisherman’s Wharf offers a lively contrast with working fishing boats, barking harbor seals and busy seafood restaurants serving up the catch of the day. Take time for a jaunt to the famous Butchart Gardens, a truly stunning show garden developed on the site of a depleted quarry. Enjoy afternoon tea or a walk in the park or a shopping trip to Market Square or along Government Street. However you choose to spend your day here or decide where to go in Victoria, the city’s civilized delights will charm you.

Day 9: Seattle, Washington, USA: Arrive 07.00

Following your disembarkation, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight home to Dublin.

7 nights cruising with the incredible Holland America Cruise Lines and their vessel the 5* Eurodam.

1 night in a Seattle airport hotel room only before your cruise.

Holland America Lines (HAL)   –  The MS Eurodam

Launching her maiden voyage in July of 2008, Eurodam marks Holland America Line’s new Signature-class ships. Eurodamfurthers the evolution of our sophisticated mid-sized ships with 11 passenger decks, a new topside Pan-Asian restaurant and lounge surrounded by panoramic views, an Explorer’s Lounge bar, a new Italian restaurant adjacent to the Lido, elegant luxury jewelry boutique, new atrium bar area, an enhanced and reconfigured show lounge and a new photographic and imaging center. On the technical side, Eurodam features the latest state-of-the-art navigation and safety systems. The ship is powered by six diesel generators and propelled by the latest Azipod® propulsion technology.

Guests on Eurodam will be able to “show and tell” their vacation memories through the Digital Workshop powered by Windows®. Free workshops led by Microsoft-trained “techsperts” will show even the most novice camera or computer user how to take better vacation photos, make movies, edit pictures and create scrapbooks using a variety of Microsoft Windows and Windows Live services. Guests will learn how to share all their digital memories through email, blogging and social networking — so friends and family can see where they’ve been cruising even before they return home.

Following in the Holland America Line tradition, Eurodam features an exquisite art collection based on the theme, “The Dutch Golden Age — An Inexhaustible Tradition”. Highlighting works by Dutch masters and contemporary artists, some of the pieces featured will include 17th-century watercolor maps by famed cartographer Johannes Vingboons, photo-realistic oil paintings by artist Jan van ‘t Hoff and The Nightwatch, Two Minutes Later, a contemporary reinterpretation of Rembrandt’s famous painting.

 

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Dates & Prices

DATE PRICE STATEROOM
02 June 2017 €2,259 Inside Book Now
02 June 2017 €2,549 Oceanview Book Now
02 June 2017 €3,219 Balcony Book Now
10 June 2017 €2,379 Inside Book Now
10 June 2017 €2,669 Oceanview Book Now
10 June 2017 €2,979 Balcony Book Now
17 June 2017 €2,379 Inside Book Now
17 June 2017 €2,669 Oceanview Book Now
17 June 2017 €3,099 Balcony Book Now
24 June 2017 €2,379 Inside Book Now
24 June 2017 €2,669 Oceanview Book Now
24 June 2017 €3,099 Balcony Book Now
01 July 2017 €2,379 Inside Book Now
01 July 2017 €2,669 Oceanview Book Now
01 July 2017 €3,219 Balcony Book Now

Price Inclusions

  • Flight Dublin to Seattle
  • All transfers airport/hotel/port
  • 1 night accommodation in a Seattle airport hotel room only
  • 7 nights accommodation on board 5* HAL MS Eurodam
  • Fine dining on a full Board basis
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Return transfer from port to airport
  • Return flight Seattle to Dublin
  • Taxes & charges included
  • One check-in bag of 20kgs & 1 carry-on bag of 10kgs included per person

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non refundable or transferable booking deposit €250 per person
  • 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit card
  • Optional Insurance €38 (conditions apply)
  • Single supplement available on request
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.
  • Gratuities are not included in above prices