Anchorage to Vancouver on Crystal Serenity
DATES : July 10 - 17, 2016 (7 Days) CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $2,995 Per Person
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From its breathtaking glaciers and impressive wildlife to its rich Tlingit heritage and fascinating gold-rush lore, here is a land that enchants everyone who visits.
|Jul 10, Sunday||Anchorage/Whittier, Alaska, USA (Free Transfer from Anchorage [ANC] airport to ship terminal.) »||8:30 pm|
The saying "location, location, location" has perhaps never fit a place more perfectly than the small town of Whittier. Sitting on a railroad at the head of a fjord, Whittier offered an ideal strategic location for the military, which set up shop here in the 1940s to protect Alaska.
Today, Whittier's position makes it a perfect gateway for adventures on the pristine waters of Prince William Sound. Glaciers are plentiful, as are sea otters, salmon and orcas. When you are not gazing in wonder at rivers of ice and the creatures of the sea, you can ponder the beauty of the Sound's dramatic shoreline and surrounding rainforest.
|Jul 11, Monday||Cruising Hubbard Glacier * »|
||Seventy-five miles long and covering over 1,350 square miles in area, the Hubbard Glacier is the largest tidewater glacier in North America. It is also one of the most impressive, a 300-foot wall of ice rising sheer and jagged from the ocean. You may hear the rumble and see the monumental splash as the glacier breaks off in great ice chunks, known as "calves."
Note: Subject to permit specifications/approvals. As such, the order of ports and/or cruise itinerary are subject to change at any time.
|Jul 12, Tuesday||Sitka, Alaska, USA »||9 am||5 pm|
||The symmetrical cone of Mount Edgecumbe and countless green-tufted islands welcome Crystal Symphony to picturesque Sitka. In its heyday, it was referred to as the "Paris of the Pacific" and knew great prosperity. Although founded by Alexander Baranof in 1799, it wasn't until 1867, when Alaska was purchased by the United States, that the Stars and Stripes replaced the Russian flag. As Russia's former capital in the New World, Sitka still retains its exotic heritage, boasting proud architecture and unique historical sites.|
|Jul 13, Wednesday||Juneau, Alaska, USA »||8 am||10 pm|
||Juneau, the capital of Alaska, is a town accessible only by air and sea. It was founded during the rush for gold in the 1880s and was named after Joe Juneau, the prospector who first discovered gold in this state. Today, much of its independent frontier atmosphere remains. The infamous and rowdy Red Dog Saloon coexists beside impressive modern office towers. It has a superb location, snuggled between the flanks of 3,600-foot Mt. Juneau and the picturesque Gastineau Channel. Mountains, glaciers and the sea are everywhere to be seen. Among its many attractions, Juneau is our gateway to the Mendenhall Glacier, a 12-mile river of ice that is Alaska's most accessible, and most photographed, glacier.|
|Jul 14, Thursday||Skagway, Alaska, USA »||8 am||4 pm|
||Discover the flavor of the gold rush era in Skagway. In its heyday, this atmospheric frontier town was the largest in Alaska. During the height of the gold boom, Skagway was known as the gateway to the goldfields, and its population went from 2 to 10,000 in a single year. At one time it boasted 80 saloons and was known as the "roughest town on earth." Although its population is now less than 1,000, its rip-roaring past will come alive as you stroll along Broadway or browse through the Trail of '98 Museum's outstanding collection of memorabilia.|
|Jul 15, Friday||Ketchikan, Alaska, USA »||1 pm||9 pm|
||Ketchikan is the salmon capital of the world and a paradise for fishermen and nature-lovers alike. A quiet city, it hosts quaint restaurants perched on stilts above the water, scores of fascinating shops and spectacular views from every vantage point. Although Ketchikan's Indian name means "Thundering Wings of an Eagle," it is also known as "Alaska's First City," so coined as it is frequently the first stop along the Inside Passage. Venture ashore and discover Ketchikan's rich Indian heritage, visit the world's largest collection of authentic totem poles at Totem Bight and walk along the rustic boardwalk on Creek Street where stilt-buildings in the harbor preserve a distinct pioneer feel. Or, we welcome you to paddle a kayak on sheltered waters, take a floatplane to a remote mountain lake or try your hand at sportfishing. Regardless of how you plan to spend your time in "Alaska's First City," we're sure your visit will be a memorable one.|
|Jul 16, Saturday||Cruising the Inside Passage »|
||Protected from the open sea by forested isles, sheltered from the windy mainland by the tallest coastal mountains in the world, this 1,000-mile waterway seems custom-made by nature for a cruise. The deep, calm waters of the passage meander between dense pine forests where wild game abounds, with occasional rustic towns along the way.|
|Jul 17, Sunday||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada »||6 am|
||Prosperous and vibrant Vancouver is Canada's third-largest city and British Columbia's most cosmopolitan center. Enjoy exploring the restored Gastown district or discovering the intrigue of Chinatown. Seize this opportunity to sample delicacies from the sea, explore the North Shore and Stanley Park, the largest natural park of any city on the North American continent, and browse among shops and galleries in Granville Island. Blessed with an unsurpassed natural backdrop, Vancouver is set amid a gorgeous landscape of water and mountains. On a clear day, one can view rugged mountains, emerald-green parklands and the luminous sea from almost any vantage point.|