6* Silversea Alaskan Voyage

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Gaze amazed at the astonishing raw landscape as breaching Orcas and playful harbour seals pose for the camera. Star bright, wild and sensationally opulent, Alaska is a land that needs no introduction – and Silversea’s luxury Alaskan cruises combine the essence of the area with white-gloved elegance.

This stunning 6* cruise takes you from beautiful Seward, near Anchorage, past the incredible Hubbard Glacier to Sitka, Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan before cruising the Inside Passage and arriving at Vancouver in Canada.  This fantastic offer includes 3 nights in a 4-star hotel pre-cruise and a scenic train journey from Vancouver to Seward.

Whether you choose to marvel at the horizons topped by the snowy heights from your raft on the Chilkat River or to hold your breath at the stupendous beauty of the Hubbard Glacier, the frozen landscape will overwhelm and astonish as you cruise through the gulf of Alaska. This is a journey of breathtaking encounters with the natural world.

Inclusions

  • Return flights from Dublin to Vancouver
  • All transfers airport / hotel / port / railway station
  • 3 nights pre-cruise in Vancouver 4-star hotel
  • Scenic train journey from Vancouver to Seward
  • 7 nights on board 6-star Silver Shadow based on two sharing
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Diversity of dining venues – casual, romantic, regional delicacies, and gourmet cuisine inspired by Relais & Châteaux
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, speciality coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and 24-hour room service – always complimentary, always available
  • Sophisticated entertainment from live music to production shows
  • Complimentary transportation into town in most ports
  • Butler service in every suite – all guests
  • All onboard entertainment
  • One check-in bag of 20kg per person
  • Taxes and gratuities

Itinerary

Day 1-3 Vancouver, Canada

After your flight to Canada, you will be transferred to the 4* hotel for your three-night stay before you travel to Seward to join the cruise.

Consistently ranked as one of the world’s most livable cities, Vancouver lures visitors with its abundance of natural beauty, multicultural vitality, and cosmopolitan flair. The attraction is as much in the range of food choices—the fresh seafood and local produce are some of North America’s best—as it is in the museums, shopping opportunities, and beaches, parks, and gardens. Indeed, the Vancouver package is a delicious juxtaposition of urban sophistication and on-your-doorstep wilderness adventure.

Day 4 Scenic Railway Journey to Seward, Alaska

This morning, you will be collected and transferred to the railway station for a lovely scenic train ride to Seward in Alaska. When you arrive in Seward you will be transferred to the dock to board the magnificent 6* Silversea Silver Shadow to settle in and explore the facilities on board before your ship departs this evening.

It is hard to believe that a place as beautiful as Seward exists. Surrounded on all sides by Kenai Fjords National Park, Chugach National Forest, and Resurrection Bay, Seward offers all the quaint realities of a small railroad town with the bonus of jaw-dropping scenery. This little town of about 2,750 citizens was founded in 1903, when survey crews arrived at the ice-free port and began planning a railroad to the Interior. Since its inception, Seward has relied heavily on tourism and commercial fishing. It is also the launching point for excursions into Kenai Fjords National Park, where it is quite common to see marine life and calving glaciers.

Day 5 Cruise Hubbard Glacier

Hubbard Glacier, off the coast of Yakutat, Alaska, is the largest glacier in North America, with a calving front that is more than six miles wide. One of the main sources for Hubbard Glacier originates 76 mi inland. It has been a very active glacier, experiencing two major surges in the past 30 years. This glacier was named after Gardiner Greene Hubbard, a U.S. lawyer, financier, and philanthropist. He was the first president of the National Geographic Society.

Day 6 Sitka, Alaska

It’s hard not to like Sitka, with its eclectic blend of Alaska Native, Russian, and American history and its dramatic and beautiful open-ocean setting. This is one of the best Inside Passage towns to explore on foot, with such sights as St. Michael’s Cathedral, Sheldon Jackson Museum, Castle Hill, Sitka National Historical Park, and the Alaska Raptor Center topping the town’s must-see list. Sitka was home to the Kiksádi clan of the Tlingit people for centuries prior to the 18th-century arrival of the Russians under the direction of territorial governor Alexander Baranof, who believed the region was ideal for the fur trade.

Day 7 Juneau, Alaska

Juneau, Alaska’s capital and third-largest city, is on the North American mainland but can’t be reached by road. The city owes its origins to two colorful sourdoughs (Alaskan pioneers)—Joe Juneau and Richard Harris—and to a Tlingit chief named Kowee, who led the two men to rich reserves of gold at Snow Slide Gulch, the drainage of Gold Creek around which the town was eventually built. That was in 1880, and shortly thereafter a modest stampede resulted in the formation of a mining camp, which quickly grew to become the Alaska district government capital in 1906.

Day 8 Skagway, Alaska

Located at the northern terminus of the Inside Passage, Skagway is a one-hour ferry ride from Haines. By road, however, the distance is 359 miles, as you have to take the Haines Highway up to Haines Junction, Yukon, then take the Alaska Highway 100 miles south to Whitehorse, and then drive a final 100 miles south on the Klondike Highway to Skagway. North-country folk call this sightseeing route the Golden Horseshoe or Golden Circle tour, because it passes a lot of gold-rush country in addition to spectacular lake, forest, and mountain scenery.The town is an amazingly preserved artefact from North America’s biggest, most-storied gold rush.

Day 9 Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan is famous for its colourful totem poles, rainy skies, steep–as–San Francisco streets, and lush island setting. Some 13,500 people call the town home, and, in the summer, cruise ships crowd the shoreline, floatplanes depart noisily for Misty Fiords National Monument, and salmon-laden commercial fishing boats motor through Tongass Narrows. In the last decade Ketchikan’s rowdy, blue-collar heritage of logging and fishing has been softened by the loss of many timber-industry jobs and the dramatic rise of cruise-ship tourism. With some effort, though, visitors can still glimpse the rugged frontier spirit that once permeated this hardscrabble cannery town.

Day 10 Cruise Inside Passage

Shaped by the staggering force of massive glaciers millions of years ago, Alaska’s Inside Passage boasts wildlife-filled fjords and lush island scenery — habitat for bald eagles, sea lions, porpoises and whales. Its mountains are carpeted with majestic forests. Inside Passage Alaska is home to Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian Indians whose history is reflected in towering totem poles. Russian settlers left a legacy of onion-domed churches gleaming with icons.

Day 11 Vancouver, Canada

Consistently ranked as one of the world’s most livable cities, Vancouver lures visitors with its abundance of natural beauty, multicultural vitality, and cosmopolitan flair. The attraction is as much in the range of food choices—the fresh seafood and local produce are some of North America’s best—as it is in the museums, shopping opportunities, and beaches, parks, and gardens. Indeed, the Vancouver package is a delicious juxtaposition of urban sophistication and on-your-doorstep wilderness adventure.

Following breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home to Ireland.

Accommodation

3-nights in a 4* Alaska hotel pre-cruise (call for details).

7-nights on board the 6* Silversea Silver Shadow.

Authentic experiences. Simple pleasures. Shared moments. Silversea’s Millennium Class luxury cruise ships Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper offer you freedom and space to design your day.

Slightly larger in size than ships Silver Cloud and Silver Wind, Silver Shadow retains Silversea’s essence – spacious suites, a complement of only 382 guests, superior service – paired with a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere and enhanced amenities.

Aboard the Silver Shadow, energize body and soul with complimentary Pilates and yoga in the expanded fitness center. Savor fine wines and regional culinary creations in Le Champagne, the only Wine Restaurant by Relais & Châteaux at sea. Or simply gaze at endless ocean views.

Relish, relax, recharge … repeat … Silver Shadow.

Extra Information

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit of €250 per person
  • 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit or charge card
  • Optional Insurance from €31 (conditions apply)
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, speciality coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • Gratuities always included in your fare with Silversea
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.
  • Silversea Terms and Conditions apply

  Cost per person: €4,899pp
  Number of nights: 10

07 August 2017 Vista Suite €4,899 

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