We are proud to present our 2017 feature cruise on board
"ROYAL CARIBBEAN’S EXPLORER OF THE SEAS"
9 Day Alaska Cruise
JULY 6-14, 2017
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Experience all that Alaska has to offer! Everything in Alaska is bigger including the adventures. From the awe-inspiring blue ice of amassive glacial field to the expansive grandeur of its wildlife and nature, Alaska is a land of wonders.
Day 1 – Seattle - This morning depart for Seattle from a nearby airport. Upon arrival into Seattle, you will be met by a private motorcoach to transfer you to your Seattle hotel for the night. The rest of the day is on your own.
Day 2 – Board explorer of the seas - After breakfast and hotel, check out, your private transfer will take you to the Port of Seattle, where you will board the Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas. The ship will depart Seattle at 4:00 p.m.
Day 3 - Day of cruising - Today is spent relaxing while sailing the smooth waters along the Alaskan Coastline. The day is yours to explore the ship. Don't forget your binoculars and cameras if you go up on deck. The ship also offers a full service spa for those who wish to be pampered for the day.
Day 4 - Inside Passage cruising & Juneau - The fabled Inside Passage is one of the most scenic sea-lanes in the world, and one of the few where deep-draft vessels can sail close to steep mountain walls. The scenery is unbelievable, with forests in a hundred shades of green, tumbling turquoise glaciers, and evocative towns loaded with history, culture and adventure. With most of Southeast Alaska accessible only by boat or plane, the Inside Passage is a lifeline to the outside world. All day long it hums with activity. This afternoon the ship will port on the capital city of Juneau. Juneau was founded during a gold rush in 1880. Today, the former gold mining town counts among its riches some of Alaska's most spectacular scenery. Nestled at the foot of Mt. Juneau in the Alaska Panhandle, it faces the water from the mainland side of Gastineau Channel. Several magnificent fjords are located along the channel coast, and the majestic Mendenhall Glacier, a favorite of visitors, is nearby.
Day 5 – Skagway - 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 stampedes. 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 6 - Tracy Arm Fjord - One of the most spectacular cruise destinations on earth, Tracy Arm Fjord is actually made up of two separate fjords. Both fjords are over 30 miles long and one-fifth of their area is covered in ice. With hundreds of waterfalls, giant chunks of falling ice and a huge variety of native wildlife, you won’t even want to blink as you cruise past this natural wonder.
Day 7 - Day of cruising - Today is spent cruising. Try your luck in the casino or grab a book from the ship's library and relax on the deck while watching the beautiful and untamed scenery Alaska has to offer.
Day 8 - Victoria, B.C. - The city's British heritage is evident from the double-decker buses and horse-drawn carriages to the tea rooms and vibrant gardens. Victoria has earned the reputation as the "City of Gardens" and no trip to this city is complete without a visit to the 55 acre Butchart Gardens with its year round brilliantly colored blooms.
Day 9 - Arrive Seattle - This morning, the ship arrives back into Seattle. After you disembark the ship, the ship's transfer will take you back to the Seattle Airport where you will catch your flight back home.
$250 per person deposit due with reservation
$200 per person due by August 23, 2016
Final Payment due March 31, 2017
Many optional tours are available on Royal Caribbean’s website and local tour providers are also available for those who would like to explore other options. Please note that all optional tours are at the passenger’s own expense and require booking by the parties participating.