Alaska & Pacific Coast
Explore Vancouver and Anchorage with your guide. View two of the most pristine glaciers: Glacier Bay National Park and College Fjord. Embark on an incredible cruise journey up North America's west coast, sailing between Canada's most western megacity, Vancouver, and the United States' most northern major city, Anchorage. Take the famed Inside Passage en route to three of Alaska's most iconic towns - Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway. Enjoy majestic views of snow-capped mountains and glaciers as you sail through Glacier Bay National Park and College Fjord. Your luxurious cruise ship provides stately comfort, pure relaxation, and premium activities and entertainment to enjoyably pass the time on your northern voyage.
2014 Cruise Departure Dates:
Vancouver-Anchorage: May 10,17,21,24,31, Jun 4,7,14,18,21,28, Jul 2,5,12,16,19,26,30, Aug 2,9,13,16,23,27,30, Sep 6,10
Anchorage-Vancouver: May 17,24,28,31, Jun 7,11,14,21,25,28, Jul 5,9,12,19,23,26, Aug 2,6,9,16,20,23,30, Sep 3,6,13,17
Enjoy a private transfer in a luxury vehicle with professional driver.
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (4*) is nestled between the majestic coastal mountains of British Columbia and the tides of the Pacific Ocean in Vancouver, one of Canada’s most cosmopolitan metropolises. Sumptuously styled and fully equipped rooms are what await you at this spectacular hotel, designed to provide all the elegance and charm of an English castle. Among their commodities you will find first-class accommodations but also, amazing facilities and amenities. Griffins Restaurant is the most popular bistro in the city of Vancouver, with an extensive and plentiful buffet and dramatic décor, highlighted by arched windows which overlook the Vancouver Art Gallery. 900 West Lounge is Vancouver’s hottest address of the moment, with award-winning cocktails and sultry sounds of live jazz music. For your leisure moments, the hotel also provides a lovely indoor pool and the luxurious Absolute Spa, the perfect place to pamper yourself with some well deserved rest and relaxation.
Discover the highlights of Vancouver, a city of mountains, seascapes, forests and unique architecture, including the soaring cedars of Stanley Park, exotic Chinatown and historic Gastown. You can choose to start your tour in Stanley Park, which covers 1,000 acres, of which 800 acres are forested. Stop at the totem pole collection before you continue past Brockton Point Lighthouse to Prospect Place for a glimpse of the North Shore Mountains, West Vancouver and the Lion’s Gate Bridge. Meandering through the park toward English Bay, you will travel though downtown Vancouver to historic Gastown, the city’s oldest neighbourhood. On your way out of the downtown area, you will pass through the second largest Chinatown in North America. With your private driver and professional tour guide, you can customize your tour to your interests. Take your time and see the sights that interest you, and find some hidden gems!
Meet your driver for a private pier transfer with vehicle.
Welcome aboard the Island Princess!Take some time to get settled in and explore the ship's facilities. Tonight your welcome dinner will create an opportune moment to meet some of your fellow cruisemates.
Port charges are included in your itinerary price.
This Alaskan cruise route sails aboard either the Coral Princess, Diamond Princess, Island Princess, Crown Princess or Sapphire Princess. No matter the vessel, you'll be cruising in modern luxury aboard the renowned Princess line of ships.
Today is a day spent at sea, en route to your first Alaskan port destination, Ketchikan. Fill your day with activities aboard your luxurious cruiseliner. Take a personal enrichment class, do yoga, go duty-free shopping, or just relax with a dip in one of the pools or spas. There is plenty to do aboard the Island Princess.
Ketchikan is located on Revillagigedo Island, 90 miles (145 km) north of Prince Rupert, British Columbia and 235 miles (378 km) south of Juneau, Alaska. Ketchikan's economy is based upon tourism and fishing, and the city is known as the "Salmon Capital of the World." The Misty Fjords National Monument is one of the area's major attractions. Ketchikan is named after Ketchikan Creek, which flows through the town. Ketchikan comes from the Tlingit name for the creek, Kitschk-hin, the meaning of which is unclear. It may mean "the river belonging to Kitschk"; other accounts claim it means "Thundering Wings of an Eagle."
Juneau is located on the Gastineau Channel in the panhandle of the U.S. state of Alaska. The economy is based on government, tourism, mining, and fishing. Juneau is named after gold prospector Joe Juneau, though the place was for a time called Rockwell and then Harrisburg after Juneau's co-prospector, Richard Harris. Downtown Juneau sits at sea level, with tides averaging 16 feet (4.9 m), below steep mountains about 3,500 to 4,000 feet (1,200 m) high. Atop these mountains is the Juneau Icefield, a large ice mass from which about 30 glaciers flow; two of these, the Mendenhall Glacier and the Lemon Creek Glacier, are visible from the local road system. Juneau is one of the most beautiful state capitals in the nation.
Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska, on the Alaska Panhandle. The port of Skagway is a popular stop for cruise ships, and the tourist trade is a big part of the business of Skagway. The White Pass and Yukon Route narrow gauge railroad, part of the area's mining past, is now in operation purely for the tourist trade and runs throughout the summer months. Skagway (originally spelled Skaguay) is from the Tlingit name for the area, "Skagua" or "Shgagwèi" meaning "a windy place with "white caps on the water."
The area around Glacier Bay in southeastern Alaska was first proclaimed a U.S. National Monument on February 25, 1925. It was changed to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve on Dec. 2, 1980 by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is a United States National Park in the southeastern part of Alaska west of Juneau. The park area was included in an International Biosphere Reserve in 1986 and is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park covers 5,130 mi² (13,287 km²). Most of the park is a designated wilderness area which covers 4,164 mi² (10,784 km²) of the park.
College Fjord is a fjord located in the northern sector of Prince William Sound in the U.S. state of Alaska. The fjord contains five tidewater glaciers (glaciers that terminate in water), five large valley glaciers, and dozens of smaller glaciers, most named after renowned East Coast colleges. College Fjord was discovered in 1899 during the Harriman Expedition, at which time the glaciers were named. In 1964 College Fjord was the epicenter of the Good Friday Earthquake, the most powerful earthquake in U.S. history. It is a popular destination for cruise ships. From one place, it is possible to see eight of College Fjords Glaciers at once.
This morning you will disembark your ship and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates, as your Alaskan cruise journey has now come to its conclusion.
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Anchorage.
Meet your driver-guide for a private half-day tour of Anchorage, Alaska's largest city. Full of interesting sites, picturesque scenery, and history, Anchorage makes for a great sightseeing tour. Your tour will pass attractions like the Log Cabin Visitor Center, the Alaska Railroad Depot, and the Museum of Art & History. Visit Resolution Park and the Captain Cook Monument as well as Ship Creek Viewpoint, which overlooks Cook Inlet. Return transfer to your hotel included. Admissions (if desired) payable on spot.
Sheraton Anchorage Hotel is on the eastern edge of downtown and is 3 blocks from the Museum of History and Art, and within 8 blocks of the Egan Convention Center and the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. The Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa’s Ptarmigan Restaurant serves all meals, while Josephine’s, with panoramic views, serves a lavish Sunday brunch. Also on site are a 24-hour business center and 24-hour health club. All Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa guestrooms have signature Sweet Sleeper beds and views of the city, mountains, or Cook Inlet. Amenities include cable TVs with pay movies, and high-speed Internet access. Dogs are welcome.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
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