5* Alaska Star

Explore the stunning scenery and wildlife of Alaska with this 7-night cruise on board 5* Star Princess including cruising along the Tracy Arm Fjord and a one night stay in Seattle before the cruise.

Departing Seattle, in Washington State, USA, this cruise visits Ketchikan before cruising along the Tracy Arm Fjord, 30 miles long and with nearly a quarter of its area covered in ice! Next up are the picturesque Alaska frontier towns of Juneau and Skagway. The penultimate stop is Victoria, in British Columbia, Canada, before the ship reaches her final destination in Seattle.

DESTINATION Alaska
FROM Dublin / Seattle
DATE 14th September 2019
DURATION 8 Nights (7 night cruise + 1 night hotel)
PRICE From €1,619 pp

Explore the stunning scenery and wildlife of Alaska with this 7-night cruise on board 5* Star Princess including cruising along the Tracy Arm Fjord, 30 miles long and with nearly a quarter of its area covered in ice!

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Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1-2: Seattle, Washington, USA: OVERNIGHT Depart 16.00

On arrival in Seattle, you will be transferred to the 4* hotel for your one night stay in Seattle. The following day you will be transferred to the port to board your cruise ship, the 5* Emerald Princess.

Seattle is a young city with a rich history. Settlers first landed at Alki Point in 1851 and named the area after Sealth, the Suquamish Indian chief who befriended them. Rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1889, “The Emerald City” has a legacy of vision and strength. Seattle has hosted two World’s Fairs (1909 and 1962) and is the birthplace of two modern marvels, Boeing and Microsoft.

Known for its rainy climate, Seattle actually averages less annual rainfall than many East Coast cities. The mild weather, spectacular natural surroundings and rich cultural diversity attract visitors from around the world.

Seattle tours are available to passengers with afternoon flights or an overnight stay in Seattle after their cruise.

 

Day 3: At Sea:

Day 4: Ketchikan, Alaska: Arrive 06.30     Depart 15.00

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 5: Tracy Arm Fjord (Scenic Cruising), Alaska: Arrive 01.00     Depart 11.00

Named after Civil War general Benjamin Franklin Tracy, this narrow fjord is located approximately 50 miles southeast of Juneau. Breathtaking Tracy Arm extends over 30 miles long, with nearly a quarter of its area covered in ice. In fact, it encompasses some of Alaska’s largest glaciers, including the twin Sawyer glaciers, which often expel enormous chunks of ice into the waters below in a magnificent process known as calving. During the summer when Princess ships visit, icebergs float along the surface of the glistening water in an array of sizes, from just a few inches up to three stories wide.

Protected within the Tongass National Forest, Tracy Arm Fjord is a haven for wildlife. Black and brown bears, deer, wolves, harbor seals, mountain goats and a variety of seabirds have been spotted in the area.

As you glide through the pristine fjord, you’ll first pass by a lush forest where a number of beautiful waterfalls cascade down, and then you’ll be treated to views of snowcapped mountains and blue-tinged glaciers more spectacular than you could ever imagine.

Day 5 (Continued): Juneau, Alaska: Arrive 14.30     Depart 23.15

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 07.00     Depart 17.00

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: At Sea

Day 8: 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 9: Seattle, Washington, USAArrive 07.00

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

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

Star Princess

No matter where you sail, you’ll enjoy the star treatment on board the sparkling Star Princess. From her relaxed ambience to tantalizing dining options and incredible features like the piazza-style Atrium, Movies Under the Stars® and The Sanctuary, a tranquil retreat reserved for adults, you’re sure to feel indulged every moment of your stay.

  • Last Refurbished: December 2011
  • Guest Capacity: 2,600 lower berths
  • Number of Crew: 1,100
  • Tonnage: 108,977

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.

  • Crafted by Curtis Stone dishes^
  • Chef’s Table Experience^
  • Chocolate Journeys℠
  • Sabatini’s℠ (Italian specialty restaurant)^
  • Crown Grill℠ (steakhouse specialty restaurant)^
  • Vines (wine bar)^
  • International Café
  • Prego Pizzeria
  • Trident Grill (burgers & hot dogs)
  • Horizon Court (buffet)

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
  • The Piazza
  • Freshwater Pools & Hot Tubs
  • Sports Court (basketball, volleyball, tennis)
  • Lawn Court (golf putting and lawn games)

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®
  • Original Musical Productions
  • Music & Dancing
  • Vegas-style Casino
  • Featured Guest Entertainers
  • Princess Theater
  • Vista Show Lounge
  • Explorers Lounge
  • 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 Nov 2017)
  • SLEEP by Princess
  • The Sanctuary (retreat for adults)^
  • Lotus Spa®^
  • Lotus Spa® Fitness Center
  • Fitness Classes^

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 sip mocktails and make new friends.

  • Just for Kids 3-7
  • Just for Kids 8-12
  • Just for Teens 13-17

^Nominal charges may apply. *On select sailings.

Dates & Prices

Date Price Stateroom
14 September 2019 €1,619 Inside Cabin Book Now
14 September 2019 €2,059 Oceanview Cabin Book Now
14 September 2019 €2,179 Balcony Cabin Book Now

Price Inclusions

  • Flight from Dublin to Seattle
  • All transfers airport – hotel – port
  • 1 Night in a 4* Seattle Hotel
  • 7 nights onboard the 5* Star 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 15%
  • 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.