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Enjoy a 7 night cruise on the fantastic Emerald Princess to see Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier and the beautiful towns of Alaska.

Enjoy a 7 night cruise on the fantastic Emerald princess. Boarding the 5* Emerald Princess in Seattle, and head north to Alaska. In Alaska you will get the chance to visit Ketchikan, Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier, Juneau, and Skagway and then cruise to Victoria, Canada before heading to Seattle and flying home to Ireland.

Inclusions

  • Flight from Dublin to Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Return transfers between airport, hotel and port
  • 1 night in a Seattle hotel, room only, before your cruise
  • 7 nights onboard the 5* Emerald 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

Itinerary

Day 1-2 Seattle, Washington, USA

On arrival in Seattle following your flight, you will be transferred to the hotel for your one night stay.

In the morning you will be transferred to the port to board your cruise ship, the 5* Emerald Princess.

Discover why Seattle is called the “The Emerald City.” Thanks to its famously wet climate, lush green forests and beautiful mountains surround the city. Pike Place Market buzzes with the activity of fish markets selling the freshest locally sourced catches. Artists, writers, musicians and tech luminaries drink espresso in the birthplace of America’s craft coffee movement. Come explore this jewel of the Pacific Northwest.

Day 3 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 4 Ketchikan, Alaska

Close to Alaska’s southern tip, where the Panhandle plunges deep into British Columbia, lies rainy Ketchikan, the state’s fourth-largest city, squeezed onto a narrow strip of coast on Revillagigedo Island abutting the Tongass Narrows. Ketchikan is known for its commercial salmon fishing and indigenous Haida and Tlingit heritage – there is no better place in the US to see totem poles in all their craning, colourful glory. Every year between May and September, Ketchikan kowtows to around one million cruise-ship passengers, a deluge that turns the town into something of a tourist circus. Some cruisers stay in town, ferrying between souvenir shops and Ketchikan’s emblematic totems. Others jump on boats or seaplanes bound for the Gothic majesty of Misty Fiords National Monument, a nearby wilderness area.

Despite the seasonal frenzy, Ketchikan retains a notable heritage exemplified by the jumbled clapboard facades of Creek Street, perched on stilts above a river.

Day 5 Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier

This narrow fjord is located approximately 50 miles southeast of Juneau and is part of the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness area. Breathtaking Endicott Arm extends over 30 miles long, with nearly one-fifth of its area covered in ice. At the head of the fjord, tidewater glaciers, such as the Dawes Glacier, regularly 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, Endicott Arm 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

Juneau is the capital of contrasts and conflicts. It borders a waterway that never freezes but lies beneath an ice field that never melts. It was the first community in the Southeast to slap a head tax on cruise-ship passengers but still draws more than a million a year. It’s the state capital but since the 1980s Alaskans have been trying to move it. It doesn’t have any roads that go anywhere, but half its residents and its mayor opposed a plan to build one that would.

Welcome to America’s strangest state capital. In the winter it’s a beehive of legislators, their loyal aides and lobbyists locked in political struggles. In summer it’s a launchpad for copious outdoor adventures. Superb hiking starts barely 10 minutes from downtown, a massive glacier calves into a lake 12 miles up the road, and boats and seaplanes take off from the waterfront bound for nearby bear-viewing, ziplining and whale-watching.

Day 6 Skagway, Alaska

At first sight, Skagway appears to be solely an amusement park for cruise-ship day-trippers, a million of whom disgorge onto its sunny boardwalks every summer. But, haunted by Klondike ghosts and beautified by a tight grid of handsome false-fronted buildings, this is no northern Vegas. Skagway’s history is very real.

During the 1898 gold rush, 40,000 stampeders passed through the nascent settlement; they were a sometimes-unsavoury cast of characters who lived against a backdrop of brothels, gunfights and debauched entertainment wilder than the Wild West. Today, the main actors are seasonal workers, waitstaff posing in period costume and storytelling national-park rangers. Indeed, most of the town’s important buildings are managed by the National Park Service (NPS) and this, along with Skagway’s location on the cusp of a burly wilderness with trails (including the legendary Chilkoot) leading off in all directions, has saved it from overt Disneyfication. Dive in and join the show.

Day 7 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 8 Victoria, Canada

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, USA

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

Accommodation

Emerald Princess

Your adventure begins the moment you step aboard. With nearly 900 staterooms with balconies, you’ll awaken each day to a new horizon. Experience the relaxed ambience onboard and tantalizing cuisine in our elegant dining rooms. Enrich yourself with Discovery at SEA™ programs and unwind at The Sanctuary, a tranquil haven reserved for adults.

  • Last Refurbished: December 2015

  • Guest Capacity: 3,080 lower berths

  • Number of Crew: 1,200

  • Tonnage: 113,561

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.

Extra Information

Booking Remarks

  • Monthly Payment plan available
  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable non-transferable deposit of €250pp required at time of booking
  • Balance due 16 weeks from departure
  • 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.

  Cost per person: €1,589pp
  Number of nights: 8

24 May 2020 Inside €1689
24 May 2020 Obstructed Oceanview €1899
24 May 2020 Balcony €2119
05 Sep 2020 Inside €1589
05 Sep 2020 Oceanview €1709
05 Sep 2020 Balcony €1879
12 Sep 2020 Inside €1629
12 Sep 2020 Oceanview €1759
12 Sep 2020 Balcony €1879
19 Sep 2020 Inside €1589
19 Sep 2020 Oceanview €1719
19 Sep 2020 Balcony €1879

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