Alaska: Inside Passage Cruise
From €1514pp including flights
- Depart From
- Fly from Dublin, Sail from Seattle
- Departure Date
- Multiple September Departures - See price details for information
- 1 Night Stay Seattle/ 7 Night Cruise
- Washington State & Alaska (USA), British Columbia (Canada)
- From €1514pp including flights
Ports of call: Seattle, Washington, United States | Ketchikan, Alaska, United States | Tracy Arm Fjord (Scenic Cruising), Alaska | Juneau, Alaska, United States | Skagway, Alaska, United States | Victoria, British Columbia, Canada | Seattle, Washington, United States
Fly from Dublin to Seattle and stay one night before boarding the Star Princess for a seven-night cruise to Alaska and Canada.
Seattle is a young city with a rich history. Settlers first landed at Alki Point in 1851 and named the area after Sealth, the Suquamish Indian chief who befriended them.
Rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1889, "The Emerald City" has a legacy of vision and strength. Seattle has hosted two World's Fairs (1909 and 1962) and is the birthplace of two modern marvels, Boeing and Microsoft.
Known for its rainy climate, Seattle actually averages less annual rainfall than many East Coast cities. The mild weather, spectacular natural surroundings and rich cultural diversity attract visitors from around the world.
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.
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.
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.
Cruise back to Seattle to board your homeward flight to Dublin.
Day 1 - Seattle, Washington, United States
Day 2 - At Sea
Day 3 - Ketchikan, Alaska, United States
Day 4 - Tracy Arm Fjord (Scenic Cruising), Alaska, United States
Day 4 - Juneau, Alaska, United States
Day 5 - Skagway, Alaska, United States
Day 6 - At Sea
Day 7 - Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Day 8 - 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 Star Princess, in an inside cabin
- 1 Night Pre-cruise accommodation in Seattle
Departures in September:
- 1st September from €1599pp inside cabin; €1999pp balcony cabin
- 8th September from €1514pp inside cabin; €1908pp balcony cabin
- 15th September from €1523pp inside cabin; €1948pp balcony cabin
Please ask us about adding great value:
- Travel insurance
- Upgrade your cabin type to balcony from €1908pp
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply.
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