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    Alaska and the Inside Passage
    11 days | 10 nights
    from $7,095* per person twin share
    Free 2 night extension in Vancouver^ + $100 onboard credit per couple
    Immerse yourself in a world of Tlingit heritage with hints of Russia, where an outpost atmosphere prevails in charming, mountain-ringed seaside towns. As you cruise this pristine wilderness of misty fjords, lush forest and gleaming walls of ice, pan for gold like prospectors of old, meet local Tlingit who have fished these waters for centuries, and hear tales both tall and true of a region where a Wild West spirit still feels very much alive.
    Your package inclusions: Your package highlights:

    Your package inclusions:

    Your package highlights:

    Your package inclusions:

    Your package inclusions:

    • 10 nights accommodation in a private veranda stateroom with a king-sized bed
    • All onboard meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as wine, beer and soft drinks during lunch and dinner
    • Specialty coffee, tea and bottled water
    • Mini-bar with soft drinks, water and snacks, replenished daily
    • Complimentary 24-hour room service
    • Unlimited Wi-Fi
    • Shore excursions in every port
    • Lectures on or performances of music, art, cooking, dance and history
    • All port charges & government taxes
    • Included gratuities
    Your package highlights:

    Your package highlights:

    • Visit Sitka – a fascinating mix of Tlingit and Russian culture
    • Witness a captivating fjord-like setting in Juneau
    • Be surrounded by snow-covered mountain slopes in Yakutat Bay
    • Meet local wildlife in Valdez
    • See the incredible scenery at Resurrection Bay

     

    ^Book by 31 March and receive a 2-night extension including:

    • 2 nights accommodation at the Westin Bayshore, Vancouver (or similar)
    • 2 breakfasts
    • 1 guided half-day city tour
    • All transfers
    Valid for travel
    19 May 2021. Ask your personal travel manager for a quote for all other sailings. Seasonal surcharges apply.
    Offer expires
    31 May 2020 unless sold prior

    Itinerary

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    Day 1

    Vancouver, Canada

    Embark on your ship in Vancouver, British Columbia’s cultural capital, in a scenic setting between mountains and sea. Settle in to your veranda stateroom, soon to be your front-row seat for some of the world’s most scenic coastline.

    Day 2

    Cruising: The Inside Passage

    Take in the natural splendor of one of Alaska’s most scenic waterways, the famed Inside Passage. You will navigate the Strait of Georgia, the Seymour Narrows and the Grenville Channel, reveling in an endless canvas of beauty. Sail past rain forests spilling down steep cliffs to the shore. Keep a watchful eye for orcas, dolphins and whales. Overhead, a wide array of birds take wing, from bald eagles and cormorants to several species of gulls, all feeding on the plentiful bounty of fish in the waters below.

    Day 3

    Ketchikan, Alaska

    Discover Alaska’s “first city,” as it is known to travelers coming by ship from the south. Ketchikan was home to the Tlingit long before the arrival of white settlers, as you will see in the many old and new totem poles that grace the town. Learn about Alaska’s native legacy and discover the legends behind their designs during your included tour. If you would like to venture beyond the town, perhaps visit the Misty Fjords National Monument or Tongass National Forest, where seaplanes and 4×4 vehicles take you beyond the beaten path.

    Day 4

    Sitka, Alaska

    Glimpse the Russian influence in Sitka, once the capital of Russian Alaska. Enjoy an enlightening panoramic tour of the city, learning more about the fur trade that first brought the Russians to its shores. Marvel at the beauty of Mt. Edgecumbe, a volcano that has lain dormant for millennia, and the verdant islands of Sitka Sound peppered prettily along the water. Admire Sitka’s fascinating totem poles and immerse yourself in its heritage during your time in this scenic city.

    Day 5

    Juneau, Alaska

    Call on Alaska’s capital of Juneau on the Gastineau Channel. Named for an early prospector, it is the only US capital inaccessible by road, and so all goods and visitors must arrive via sea or air. Marvel at its fjord-like, dramatic setting between mountains and sea as you take a drive to pan for gold in the spirit of the city’s early days. If you wish, enjoy spectacular views of the Alaskan state capital from the Mount Roberts Tramway or embark a small boat to the Mendenhall Glacier, spotting porpoises and whales along the way.

    Day 6

    Skagway, Alaska

    Visit Skagway, named for a mythical woman who turned herself to stone at Skagway’s bay. Gateway for prospectors arriving to reap the benefits of the Klondike gold rush in the Canadian Yukon, the town today evokes an Old West spirit. Enjoy a brief tour before taking a scenic drive up to White Pass like the gold diggers of old, pausing at the Canadian border for photos. You may choose instead to make the journey aboard the fabled White Pass Railroad, or visit a sled dog camp to learn about a generations-old tradition.

    Day 7

    Icy Strait Point, Alaska

    Discover the old canning station at Icy Strait Point today. Fully restored by the Native American Tlingit community from nearby Hoonah, it is an exquisite time capsule revealing how locals once earned a living from the rich fishing grounds. Celebrate the Tlingit culture during a cultural presentation by locals in traditional ceremonial dress. You might also join a whale-watching excursion to spot some of the many creatures that flock to these food-rich waters.

    Day 8

    Cruising: Yakutat Bay

    Today you will witness some of Alaska’s most breathtaking and pristine scenery. Cruise into majestic Yakutat Bay to the point where it narrows to become Disenchantment Bay, so named by its Spanish discoverer who was hoping to find the fabled Northwest Passage and instead faced the imposing icy wall of Hubbard Glacier. Today, the spectacular glacier steadily advances into the water, blocking tributary fjords and slowly pushing ice and debris down from the St. Elias Mountains.

    Day 9

    Valdez, Alaska

    Call on charming Valdez today, taking in its beautiful setting along a deep fjord in Prince William Sound. Follow your own interests and learn more about this small fishing town during a self-guided exploration. Alternately, you may opt for an excursion to the magnificent Columbia Glacier, or perhaps take to the sky on a breathtaking helicopter tour of the Chugach Mountains.

    Day 10

    Seward, Alaska

    Discover Seward today, a modest seaport named after Abraham Lincoln’s secretary of state, who defied public opinion to pursue the purchase of Alaska from Russia. The small city is also renowned as the starting point of the world-famous Iditarod National Historic Trail. Explore the Alaska SeaLife Center, where you will learn about the marine world that thrives right off the coast. If you wish, venture farther afield to Kenai Fjords National Park to visit Exit Glacier or capture breathtaking aerial views on an optional helicopter excursion.

    Day 11

    Seward, Alaska

    Disembark your ship this morning and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Or stay on in Seward to explore more of Alaska’s pristine wilderness and charming cities.

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    * Conditions

    Advertised prices and offers are per person twin share, correct at time of publication, are subject to availability and can change at any time without notification due to fluctuations in charges, taxes and currency. Price based on 19 May 2021 departure in a veranda stateroom. Offer is valid on new bookings only. ^Free 2-night Vancouver pre or post extension: offered on selected departures only, available until sold out and offered on new bookings only made between 1 March 2020 and 31 March 2020. One version of this itinerary is displayed; Alaska itineraries (ports & port order) vary by date. Other conditions apply. Please contact your personal travel manager for full terms and conditions.

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