Alaska 5* Cruise

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Explore the stunning scenery and wildlife of Alaska with this 7-night cruise on board 5* Emerald Princess including cruising along the Tracy Arm Fjord and a one night stay in Vancouver before the cruise.

Departing Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada, this cruise visits Ketchikan before cruising along the Tracy Arm Fjord, 30 miles long and with nearly a quarter of its area covered in ice! Next up are the picturesque Alaska frontier towns of Juneau and Skagway. The penultimate stop is Victoria, in British Columbia, Canada, before the ship reaches her final destination in Seattle, Washington State.

Inclusions

  • Flight from Dublin to Vancouver
  • All transfers airport – hotel – port
  • 1 Night in a 4* Vancouver Hotel
  • 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 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

On arrival in Vancouver, you will be transferred to the 4* hotel for your one night stay in Vancouver. The following day you will be transferred to the port to board your cruise ship, the 5* Emerald 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 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 Tracy Arm Fjord (Scenic Cruising), Alaska

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 5 (Continued) 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 6 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 7 At Sea

Cruising

Day 8 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 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

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: €1,689pp
  Number of nights: 8

12 May 2018 €1,689 Inside Cabin
12 May 2018 €1,989 Oceanview Cabin
12 May 2018 €2,509 Balcony Cabin

Special Offer!
$75pp On Board Credit!

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