5* Grand Alaskan Voyage

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Explore the stunning scenery and wildlife of Alaska with this 10-night cruise from San Francisco on board 5* Grand Princess, including cruising along the picturesque Tracy Arm Fjord.

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Departing San Francisco in California this 10 night cruise visits Ketchikan, Haines and Juneau in Alaska before cruising the Tracy Arm Fjord with a final stop at Victoria, British Colombia in Canada before returning to San Francisco.

Inclusions

  • Return flights from Dublin to San Francisco
  • Return airport to port transfers
  • 10 nights onboard the 5* Grand Princess based on 2 sharing
  • Superb dining on a full board basis
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Return transfer from port to airport
  • Taxes, charges and 20kg check-in bag per person

Itinerary

Day 1 San Francisco, California, USA

On arrival in San Francisco, you will be transferred to the port to board the 5* Grand Princess, your home for the next 10 nights.

Cable cars, the Golden Gate rising from the fog – welcome to San Francisco, arguably the most romantic and cosmopolitan city in the United States. San Francisco has it all: a colourful history, superb restaurants, sophisticated museums, world-class shopping, and that elusive air of romance and abandon that’s part of the tang of the city.

Day 2-3 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 4 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 5 Haines, Alaska

A canoe slipped into the mouth of the Chilkat Inlet in November 1879, carrying Presbyterian missionary S. Hall Young and his friend, John Muir. Young told the Chilkat Indians that he wanted to build a Christian town. He chose space between two waterways, the Chilkat River and the Lynn Canal, and the town of Haines was born. During the 1900s, a permanent army post was built and named Fort William H. Seward. The post was abandoned in 1946 and sold to a group of veterans who re-established it as Port Chilkoot. In 1970, the area became part of the City of Haines and when the fort became a national historic site in 1972, the name was changed back to Fort William H. Seward. Haines is the home of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, where as many as 4,000 bald eagles gather each fall to feast on spawning salmon along the Chilkat River. Naturalists and photographers come from all over the world to witness one of the most unusual and impressive sights in nature’s kingdom. As many as 80 have been seen perched in a single tree and more than a hundred may be captured within the frame of a single photograph.

Day 6 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 7 Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska (Scenic Cruising)

Named after Civil War general Benjamin Franklin Tracy, this narrow fjord is located approximately 50 miles southeast of Juneau. Breathtaking Tracy Arm extends over 30 miles long, with nearly a quarter of its area covered in ice. In fact, it encompasses some of Alaska’s largest glaciers, including the twin Sawyer glaciers, which often 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, Tracy Arm Fjord 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 8 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 9 Victoria, British Columbia, 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 10 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 11 San Francisco, California, USA

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

Accommodation

Grand Princess

With an atmosphere of comfortable elegance, tantalizing dining options and dazzling entertainment, your stay on board Grand Princess will be anything but ordinary. Relax at The Sanctuary, a tranquil haven reserved for adults, enjoy Movies Under the Stars® poolside or experience something new with our Discovery at SEA™ enrichment programs.

Last Refurbished: December 2016
Guest Capacity: 2,600
Number of Crew: 1,150
Tonnage: 107,517

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.Movies Under the Stars®

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.

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.

Extra Information

Booking remarks

  • 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
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.

  Cost per person: €1,819pp
  Number of nights: 10

24 August 2018 Was €2,369 now €1,819 Inside Cabin
24 August 2018 Was €2,549 now €1,999 Obstructed Oceanview Cabin
24 August 2018 Was €2,909 now €2,359 Oceanview Cabin
24 August 2018 Was €3,239 now €2,689 Balcony Cabin

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