Explore the stunning scenery and wildlife of Alaska with this 10-night cruise from San Francisco on board 5* Grand Princess, including cruising along the picturesque Glacier Bay National Park. You will also benefit from a 1-night stay in a San Francisco hotel before your cruise.
Departing San Francisco in California this 10 night cruise visits the Alaskan towns of Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan and cruises the famous Glacier Bay National Park, with a final stop at Victoria, British Colombia in Canada before returning to San Francisco.
|FROM||Dublin / San Francisco|
|DATE||05 May 2019|
|DURATION||11 Nights (1-night hotel + 10 night cruise)|
Explore the stunning scenery and wildlife of Alaska with this 10-night cruise from San Francisco on board 5* Grand Princess, including cruising along the picturesque Glacier Bay National Park.
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1-2: San Francisco, California, USA: Depart 16.00
On arrival in San Francisco, you will be transferred your hotel for a 1 night stay in a 4 star hotel, room only. In the morning you will be transferred to the port to board the 5* Grand Princess, your home for the next 10 nights.
Cable cars, the Golden Gate rising from the fog – welcome to San Francisco, arguably the most romantic and cosmopolitan city in the United States. San Francisco has it all: a colourful history, superb restaurants, sophisticated museums, world-class shopping, and that elusive air of romance and abandon that’s part of the tang of the city.
Day 3-4: At Sea:
Day 5: Juneau, Alaska: Arrive 13.30 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 6: Skagway, Alaska: Arrive 06.00 Depart 20.30
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 7: 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 8: Ketchikan, Alaska: Arrive 08.00 Depart 18.00
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 9: At Sea:
Day 10: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada: Arrive 07.00 Depart 14.00
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 11: At Sea:
Day 12: San Francisco, California, USA: Arrive 07.00
Following your departure from the Grand Princess, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight home to Dublin.
Alternatively you may wish to extend your holiday with a few nights in San Francisco. Call to extend your stay in this enigmatic city – 01 294 1000.
1 night in a 4 star San Francisco hotel, room only, before your cruise. Call to extend your stay in this enigmatic city – 01 294 1000.
10 Nights accommodation aboard the 5 Star Grand Princess, operated by Princess Cruise Line. (See ship info tab for more information on Grand Princess)
With an atmosphere of comfortable elegance, tantalizing dining options and dazzling entertainment, your stay on board Grand Princess will be anything but ordinary. Relax at The Sanctuary, a tranquil haven reserved for adults, enjoy Movies Under the Stars® poolside or experience something new with our Discovery at SEA™ enrichment programs.
Last Refurbished: December 2016
Guest Capacity: 2,600
Number of Crew: 1,150
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.
- Crafted by Curtis Stone dishes
- Chef’s Table Experience^
- Chocolate Journeys℠
- Alfredo’s Pizzeria
- Sabatini’s℠ (Italian specialty restaurant)^
- Crown Grill℠ (steakhouse specialty restaurant)^
- Vines (wine bar)^
- International Café
- Horizon Court (buffet)
- Trident Grill (burgers & hot dogs)
^Nominal charges may apply.
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)
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®
- Movies Under the Stars®
- Original Musical Products
- Music & Dancing
- Vegas-style Casino
- Featured Guest Entertainers
- Princess Theater
- Vista Show Lounge
- Explorers Lounge
- The One5 (nightclub)
- Crooners Bar
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
- SLEEP by Princess
- The Sanctuary (retreat for adults)^
- Lotus Spa®^
- Lotus Spa® Fitness Center
- Fitness Classes^
^Nominal charges may apply.
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 sip mocktails and make new friends.
Dates & Prices
|05 May 2019||€2,379||Inside Cabin||Book Now|
|05 May 2019||€3,059||Oceanview Cabin||Book Now|
|05 May 2019||€3,439||Balcony Cabin||Book Now|
- Return flights from Dublin to San Francisco
- Transfer from airport to hotel
- 1 night in a 4 star San Francisco hotel, pre cruise, on a room only basis
- Transfer from hotel to port
- 10 nights onboard the 5* Grand Princess based on 2 sharing
- Superb dining on a full board basis
- Entertainment onboard
- Transfer from port to airport
- Taxes, charges and 20kg check-in bag per person
- Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
- Non-refundable deposit of €250 per person
- Optional Insurance available (call for details)
- Child and family prices available on request
- These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.