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* Royal Princess including cruising past the famous Hubbard Glacier and through the amazing Glacier Bay National Park. Includes a one night stay in Seattle, Washington, before the cruise.
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Departing from Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, the 5* Royal Princess spends two days cruising the Hubbard Glacier and the Glacier National Park. Calling first at Skagway and Juneau you then stop at Ketchikan before you sail south to Canada and finish in Vancouver, British Colombia.
|FROM||Dublin / Anchorage|
|DATE||31 May 2019|
|DURATION||8 Nights (7-night cruise + 1-night hotel)|
|PRICE||From €2,129 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.
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Seattle, Washington, USA: OVERNIGHT HOTEL
On arrival in Seattle, you will be transferred to the 4* hotel for your one night stay.
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.
Day 2: Anchorage (Whittier), Alaska, USA: Depart 20.30
Following your overnight stay, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Anchorage. You will be transferred from the airport to the port to board your cruise ship, the 5* Royal Princess.
Whittier, approximately 65 miles southeast of Anchorage, lies nestled at the base of the Chugach Mountains bordering Passage Canal. Established as a World War II port for cargo and troops of the Alaska Command, Whittier remained activated until 1960. Today, Whittier’s economy and its 290 residents rely largely on the fishing industry, the port and, increasingly, on tourism.
Once accessible only by boat or via a war-era railway tunnel, The Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel was recently enhanced to accommodate highway traffic as well, making it the longest highway/rail tunnel in North America at 2.5 miles.
Named for the poet John Greenleaf Whittier, the community is also the gateway to spectacular Prince William Sound, with its magnificent tidewater glaciers and abundant marine life.
Whittier tours are available to passengers on back-to-back voyages who will stay onboard the ship and cruise back to Vancouver as well as guests ending their cruise in Whittier wiith an evening flight out of Anchorage on the day of disembarkation or an overnight in Anchorage after their cruise. Whittier tours are only available to cruisetour guests who spend the first night of their package in Anchorage. Other cruisetour guests cannot take an excursion as they would miss the transfer their next destination.
Day 3: Hubbard Glacier, Alaska (Scenic Cruising): Arrive 15.00 Depart 20.00
Nicknamed the “Galloping Glacier,” this east Alaskan glacier is rapidly advancing toward the Gulf of Alaska into a pristine area known as Disenchantment Bay. In fact, its movement temporarily formed a natural dam that twice closed off nearby Russell Fjord from the bay, but the intense water pressure building within the fjord-turned-lake has thus far been enough to explode through the wall of ice.
The largest tidewater glacier in North America, Hubbard Glacier measures 76 miles long and plunges 1,200 feet into the depths of the bay. Its immense beauty and phenomenal blue hues are enchanting, even from afar. But it’s when your cruise ship draws closer that its towering surface really impresses, dwarfing even the uppermost deck on your ship at a whopping 40 stories high. There, with the snowcapped mountains serving as a glorious backdrop, you’ll have a prime viewing spot from which to witness the glacier calving, as it often expels icebergs the size of 10-story buildings-imagine the splash!
The area around Hubbard Glacier is also renowned for its wildlife, where whales, harbor seals and otters swim, brown bears, moose and black-tailed deer roam ashore, and a wide variety of seabirds soar gracefully across the sky.
Day 4: Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska (Scenic Cruising): Arrive 09.15 Depart 19.30
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 5: Skagway, Alaska: Arrive 07.00 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 6: Juneau, Alaska: Arrive 06.30 Depart 16.00
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 7: Ketchikan, Alaska: Arrive 09.30 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 8: At Sea:
Day 9: Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada: Arrive 07.30
Following your departure from the Island Princess, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight home to Dublin.
1 Night in a 4* hotel in Seattle, Washington, USA.
7 Nights accommodation aboard the 5 Star Royal Princess, operated by Princess Cruise Line. (See ship info tab for more information on Royal Princess)
From its breathtaking piazza-style Atrium to the dramatic views from the glass-floored SeaWalk®, Royal Princess is sure to delight. Relax at The Sanctuary, a tranquil haven reserved for adults, watch the mesmerizing Princess WaterColor Fantasy light and water show, or dine on tantalizing cuisine at venues like Crown Grill and more.
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.
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.
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.
Joyfil 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.
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.
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
|31 May 2019||€2,129||Inside Cabin||Book Now|
|31 May 2019||€3,199||Balcony Cabin||Book Now|
|31 May 2019||€3,199||Suite||Book Now|
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- Flight from Dublin to Seattle, Washington, via London
- Transfer to hotel
- 1 Night in a 4* Seattle Hotel
- Transfer to airport
- Flight from Seattle to Anchorage, Alaska
- Transfer to port
- 7 nights onboard the 5* Royal Princess based on 2 sharing
- Superb dining on a full board basis
- Entertainment onboard
- Transfer from port to airport
- Flight from Vancouver, Canada, to Dublin, via London
- 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
- 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.