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Alaska: Inside Passage Cruise - May 2020

From €2188pp
Depart From
Fly from Dublin, Sail from Vancouver
Departure Date
17 May 2020 - 24 May 2020
Duration
7 Night Cruise
Destination
Washington State & Alaska (USA), British Columbia (Canada)
Price
From €2188pp
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Ports of call: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | Ketchikan, Alaska | Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier, Alaska (Scenic Cruising) | Juneau, Alaska | Skagway, Alaska | Victoria, British Columbia | Seattle, Washington

Fly from Dublin to Vancouver and board the Emerald Princess for a seven-night cruise to Alaska and Canada.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Return to Seattle to board your homeward flight to Dublin.

Cruise Itinerary

Sun, May 17 - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 

Mon, May 18 - At Sea 

Tue, May 19 - Ketchikan, Alaska, United States 

Wed, May 20 - Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier (Scenic Cruising), Alaska, U.S. 

Wed, May 20 - Juneau, Alaska, United States 

Thu, May 21 - Skagway, Alaska, United States

Fri, May 22 - At Sea 

Sat, May 23 - Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 

Sun, May 24 - Seattle, Washington, United States 

Price is per adult based on two adults sharing and includes:

  • Return flights and charges from Dublin
  • Overseas transfers
  • 7 night cruise on board the Emerald Princess, in an inside cabin
  • Free Wine
  • Free Speciality Dining

Plus  - Get Free onboard spend of $250 per couple when you upgrade to a balcony cabin from only €2523pp

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Travel insurance
  • Upgrade your cabin type to balcony from €2523pp
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply. Book by 1st July.

For more information please call us on 021 427 7094 or 0818 300 205, email cruise@shandontravel.ie, request a call back using the red button or submit an enquiry through the form below.

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