Alaska Glacier Bay Cruise 5*

How many times in your life have you had the opportunity to see moose grazing in vast meadows, whales frolicking in glistening waters and bears in their native habitat…

Explore the stunning scenery and wildlife of Alaska with this 7-night cruise on board 5* Ruby Princess including cruising along the famous Inside Passage and the amazing Glacier Bay National Park.

Departing from Seattle, in Washington State, USA, the 5* Ruby Princess powers northwards to Alaska. Calling first at Juneau and Skagway you then cruise through the breathtaking Glacier Bay National Park. The next stop is Ketchikan before you sail to Canada and visit Victoria, British Colombia and then back to Seattle.

DESTINATION Alaska
FROM Dublin / Vancouver
DATE 15 September 2018
DURATION 7 Nights
PRICE From €1,749 pp

How many times in your life have you had the opportunity to see moose grazing in vast meadows, whales frolicking in glistening waters and bears in their native habitat? In Alaska, all that is possible — including glimpsing Denali National Park’s Big Five: brown bears, wolves, moose, Dall sheep and caribou. Come face to face with Glaciers in places like stunning Glacier Bay National Park — a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Seattle, Washington, USA: Depart 16.00

On arrival in Seattle, you will be transferred to the port to board your cruise ship, the 5* Ruby Princess.

Day 2: At Sea:

Day 3: Juneau, Alaska: Arrive 11.00     Depart 22.00

In 1880, it was slow going for Joe Juneau and Richard Harris as they searched for gold with the help of Native guides. After climbing mountains, forging streams and facing countless difficulties, they found nuggets “as large as beans.”

From their discovery came three of the largest gold mines in the world. By the end of World War II, more than $150 million in gold had been mined. Eventually the mines closed, but the town Joe Juneau founded became the capital
of Alaska and the business of gold was replaced by the business of government.

Some 30,000 people live in Juneau. Its total area makes it one of the biggest towns, in size, in the world. Only Kiruna, Sweden, and Sitka, Alaska, exceed Juneau’s 3,248 square miles.

Today Juneau is famous not only for gold and government but also for its breathtakingly beautiful glaciers and stunning views of both water and mountains.

Day 4: Skagway, Alaska: Arrive 06.00     Depart 20.15

Skagway was the gateway to the gold fields for the thousands who flocked to Alaska and the Yukon with the hope of striking it rich. Skagway may have boasted the shortest route to the Klondike, but it wasn’t the easiest.

Over 100 years ago, the White Pass route through the Coast Mountains and the shorter but steeper Chilkoot Trail were used by countless stampeders. Many a would-be miner perished on the treacherous Chilkoot Trail.

The gold rush was a boon and by 1898, Skagway was Alaska’s largest town with a population of about 20,000. Hotels, saloons, dance halls and gambling houses prospered. But when the gold yield dwindled in 1900, so did the population as miners quickly shifted to new finds in Nome.

Today, Skagway has less than 1,000 residents. It still retains the flavor of the gold rush era.

Day 5: Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska (Scenic Cruising): Arrive 06.00     Depart 15.00

Princess is one of a select few cruise lines permitted to cruise the pristine waters of Glacier Bay, the highlight of our 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise. Just west of Juneau, this breathtaking national park and preserve boasts some of the world’s most spectacular tidewater glaciers, such as Margerie Glacier, which often drops colossal chunks of ice into the sea. Not surprisingly, Glacier Bay National Park and its epic ice giants are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising Alaska’s magnificent park system.

During your scenic cruise, friendly Park Rangers will join the ship to share their knowledge of this amazing place and host a fun Junior Ranger program for kids. They may even be able to help you identify Glacier Bay’s abundant wildlife, including humpback whales, sea otters, porpoises, harbor seals, black bears, mountain goats, bald eagles and large colonies of seabirds.

Take in the awe-inspiring scenery as you enjoy an unforgettable day of sailing through this dazzling park, where you’ll glide along emerald waters and past calving icebergs, and can breathe in the crisp, fresh air to your heart’s content.

Day 6: Ketchikan, Alaska: Arrive 07.00     Depart 13.00

Ketchikan is known as Alaska’s “First City” because it’s the first major community travelers come to as they journey north. Located on an island, Ketchikan began life as an Indian fishing camp. The name Ketchikan comes from a Tlingit phrase that means “eagle with spread-out wings,” a reference to a waterfall near town.

In the early 1900s, when gold was Alaska’s claim to fame, fishing and timber industries were established in Ketchikan. The growth of these industries helped make this Inside Passage port Alaska’s fourth-largest city.

Visitors to Ketchikan will be intrigued by its rich Native heritage, which includes the world’s oldest collection of totem poles at Totem Heritage Center. The Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian are all a part of the city’s colorful history. Ketchikan, with its abundance of salmon, is also a sportfishing paradise. Sightseers will be impressed with both the scenic town and its surroundings, especially Misty Fjords National Monument.

Day 7: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada: Arrive 07.00    Depart 00.00

Victoria exudes old-world charm and fragrant and colorful flowers are everywhere. Founded in 1843 by James Douglas of the Hudson’s Bay Company, the city was first known as Fort Victoria. By 1848, Vancouver Island was a British colony and Victoria was its capital.

In 1858, Victoria was a tent city and the base for some 25,000 prospectors on their way to the Frasier River gold fields. When Vancouver Island was incorporated with mainland British Columbia in 1868, Victoria became the capital of the entire province.

Although it’s a port city, Victoria is not as industrially oriented as Vancouver. The harbors, especially Inner Harbour, are dotted with pleasure craft, ferries and floatplanes. The city is renowned for its beautiful gardens, charming houses and very British feel.

Day 8: Seattle, Washington, USAArrive 07.00    

Following your departure from the Ruby Princess, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight home to Dublin.

7 Nights accommodation aboard the 5 Star Ruby Princess, operated by Princess Cruise Line. (See ship info tab for more information on Ruby Princess)

Ruby Princess

Ruby Princess is a luminous jewel on the seas and a romantic destination in itself. Christened by lovebirds Trista and Ryan Sutter of TV’s The Bachelorette, she offers nearly 900 balconies from which to view the world, an array of entertainment options including Movies Under the Stars®, and sumptuous dining choices from Crown Grill to the International Café.

  • Last Refurbished: December 2015
  • Guest Capacity: 3,080 lower berths
  • Number of Crew: 1,200
  • Tonnage: 113,561

DINING

Passionate about our culinary craft, we’re committed to serving you mouthwatering, handcrafted dishes made from scratch throughout your voyage. Be sure to join us at one of our award-winning specialty restaurants to celebrate your next birthday, anniversary or milestone and enjoy tantalizing specialties.

  • SHARE℠ by Curtis Stone (specialty restaurant)^
  • The Salty Dog Gastropub^
  • Chocolate Journeys℠
  • Crown Grill℠ (steakhouse specialty restaurant)^
  • Crab Shack (specialty restaurant)^
  • Chef’s Table Experience^
  • Vines (wine bar)^
  • International Café
  • Horizon Court (buffet)
  • Trident Grill (burgers & hot dogs)

^Nominal charges may apply.

ACTIVITIES

Each day, a world of exciting activities awaits, from cooking demonstrations to dance classes, trivia contests and a range of enrichment programs, including our Encounters with Discovery at SEA™ speaker series from experts who offer insights into the places you’ll visit.

  • Discovery at SEA™ Programs
  • Festivals of the World
  • The Piazza
  • Shops of Princess
  • Art Gallery & Auctions
  • Photo & Video Gallery
  • Platinum Photography Studio
  • Freshwater Pools & Hot Tubs
  • Sports Court (basketball, volleyball, tennis)
  • Princess Links (putting course)

ENTERTAINMENT

There’s always something happening on board — from heading to the Princess Theater for a lavish original musical production to enjoying a blockbuster movie poolside under the stars or simply relaxing in a lounge sipping a cocktail where a live band is playing your song.

  • Movies Under the Stars®
  • The Voice of the Ocean (live show)
  • Original Musical Productions
  • Music & Dancing
  • Vegas-style Casino
  • Featured Guest Entertainers
  • Princess Theater
  • Club Fusion (dance club)
  • Skywalkers Nightclub
  • Crooners Bar

JOYFUL REJUVENATION
Everything you need to refresh body and mind is right on board. Indulge in a manicure, pedicure or a makeover in the salon, or a soothing massage in the Lotus Spa®. Or maybe it’s a brisk workout in the fitness center, followed by a little “me time” in The Sanctuary, a tranquil retreat reserved just for adults.

  • The Princess Luxury Bed (on board in Apr. 2018)
  • SLEEP by Princess
  • The Sanctuary (retreat for adults)^
  • Lotus Spa®^
  • Lotus Spa® Fitness Center
  • Fitness Classes^

^Nominal charges may apply.
FAMILIES
Cruising is the ideal way for families to reconnect, from grandparents to grandkids and everyone in between. Share the joy of discovery on fascinating excursions, delight in entertaining group activities on board and, best of all, stay in a family suite or book adjoining rooms that keep family members close by.

  • Movies Under the Stars®
  • Discovery at SEA™ programs
  • Festivals of the World
  • Shore Excursions
  • Discovery Family Fun Fair^
  • Pools & Hot Tubs
  • Sports Court
  • Enrichment Courses
  • Karaoke & Trivia Games
  • Holiday Activities^

KIDS & TEENS
Staffed by experienced counselors, our younger cruisers are sure to stay happy all day long. Through our Discovery at SEA™ program, as well as the California Science Center partnership, we deliver exciting interactive activities for kids ages 3-12, while teens can take DJ workshops, while teens can sip mocktails and make new friends.

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Dates & Prices

Date Price Stateroom
15 September 2018 €1,749 Inside Cabin Book Now
15 September 2018 €2,189 Oceanview Cabin Book Now
15 September 2018 €2,599 Balcony Cabin Book Now

Price Inclusions

  • Flight from Dublin to Seattle
  • All transfers between airport and port
  • 7 nights onboard the 5* Ruby Princess based on 2 sharing
  • Superb dining on a full board basis
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Return transfer from port to airport
  • Flight from Seattle to Dublin
  • Taxes, charges and 20kg check-in bag per person

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable deposit of €250 per person
    • Balance due 14 weeks prior to departure
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • Child and family prices available on request
  • Price based on balance payment by Electronic Bank Transfer
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.