5* Alaska Inside Passage & Glaciers

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Explore the stunning scenery and wildlife of Alaska with this 7-night cruise on board 5* Island Princess including cruising through Glacier Bay National Park.

Departing Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada, this cruise visits Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan in Alaska before returning to Vancouver.

Inclusions

  • Flight from Dublin to Vancouver
  • Airport transfers to the port
  • 7 nights onboard the 5* Island Princess based on 2 sharing
  • Superb dining on a full board basis
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Return transfer from port to airport
  • Flight from Vancouver to Dublin
  • Taxes, charges and 20kg check-in bag per person

Itinerary

Day 1 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

On arrival in Vancouver, you will be transferred to the port to board your cruise ship, the 5* Island Princess.

It seems unlikely that a character named “Gassy Jack” Deighton would be responsible for one of the most beautiful cities on the continent. But that’s history for you.

During the gold rush, Gassy Jack saw a chance to make money from the hordes of miners on their way to the Yukon. The saloon he built became the focus of the shanty town known as Gastown. From that ragtag group of shacks, modern Vancouver was born. The provincial government persuaded settlers to change the name of the town to Vancouver, after Captain George Vancouver, who sailed the region’s waters in 1792.

Canada’s third-largest city, Vancouver is a cosmopolitan place with a European feel and a personality all its own. It’s a community with a rich ethnic mix – including the second-largest Chinatown in North America – and stunningly beautiful parks.

Day 2 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 3 Juneau, Alaska

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 4 Skagway, Alaska

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 5 Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska (Scenic Cruising)

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 6 Ketchikan, Alaska

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 7 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 8 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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

Accommodation

Island Princess

Island Princess is your own private retreat on the sea. Whether you crave relaxation or exhilaration, you’ll find the soothing Lotus Spa®, live entertainment, gourmet cuisine, casino gaming and more. And for a special treat, try the Bayou Café and Steakhouse, which features New Orleans-inspired Cajun and Creole cuisine.

Last Refurbished: May 2015
Guest Capacity: 2,200
Number of Crew: 900
Tonnage: 92,000
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 (dining room dishes)
  • Chef’s Table Experience^
  • Chocolate Journeys℠
  • Sabatini’s℠ (Italian specialty restaurant)^
  • Bayou Café & Steakhouse℠ (specialty restaurant)^
  • La Patisserie (World Cup of Pastry)
  • Princess Pizzeria
  • The Bar & Grill
  • Horizon Court (buffet)
  • Amuleto Café
    ^Nominal charges may apply.

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 Atrium
  • Shops of Princess
  • Art Gallery & Auctions
  • Photo & Video Gallery
  • Platinum Photography Studio
  • Freshwater Pools & Hot Tubs
  • Sports Court (basketball, volleyball, tennis)
  • Princess Links (putting course)

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
  • The Voice of the Ocean (live show)
  • Explorers Lounge
  • 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 Apr. 2018)
  • SLEEP by Princess
  • The Sanctuary (retreat for adults)^
  • Lotus Spa®^
  • Lotus Spa® Fitness Center
  • Fitness Classes^

^Nominal charges may apply.
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 take DJ workshops, while teens can sip mocktails and make new friends.

Extra Information

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable deposit of €250 per person 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit card
  • 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.

  Cost per person: €1,739pp
  Number of nights: 7

02 May 2018 €1,739 Inside Cabin
02 May 2018 €1,979 Oceanview Cabin
02 May 2018 €2,179 Balcony Cabin

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