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ALASKAN FRONTIERS

V6317

Round-trip Vancouver on Crystal Serenity
DATES : July 27 - August 6, 2016 (10 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $4,265 Per Person

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Glaciers, fjords and wildlife...and a rare call at Hoonah to see the world's largest population of brown bears on Chichagof Island.

Date Port Arrival Departure
Jul 27, Wednesday
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada »   6 pm
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.
Jul 28, Thursday
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 29, Friday
Ketchikan, Alaska, USA » 8 am 4 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 30, Saturday
Juneau, Alaska, USA » 9 am 11 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 31, Sunday
Skagway, Alaska, USA » 8 am 3 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.
Aug 1, 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.
Aug 2, Tuesday
  Hoonah, Alaska, USA » 8 am 6 pm

The Tlingit people gave Hoonah not only its name, which means “where the north wind doesn’t blow,” but also an interesting culture and history with roots going back hundreds of years. Today, carvings and totem sites, including the Huna Tribal House Carving Project in the middle of town, present local legends in fascinating color and detail. Located in Alaska’s panhandle 30 miles west of Juneau, Hoonah also offers an abundance of what this northerly clime is known for: scenery and wildlife. Pick your statistic and chances are Hoonah holds top honors. For instance, a record 161 humpback whales were identified near Hoonah in 2007. The current record-holding coho salmon was reeled in at the nearby Icy Strait, and a 440-pound world-record halibut was also caught in these environs. As for the area’s four-footed creatures, Chichagof Island (on which Hoonah is situated) is home to the world’s largest brown bear population. No matter how you look at it, Hoonah is a rugged paradise not to be missed.

Aug 3, Wednesday
Sitka, Alaska, USA » 8 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.
Aug 4, Thursday
Cruising the North Pacific Ocean  »

Your Story at Sea

Adventure. Romance. Discovery.

Aboard the most award-winning ships at sea, your story can be written exactly as you wish: pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along our 360o Promenade Deck; learn how to translate your story into a movie with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking class at our Creative Learning Institute ®; or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers with our Crystal Visions® Enrichment Program; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theatre, shop our luxury boutiques, or simply lounge poolside while our attentive crew caters to your every whim. From mat Pilates and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you. As evening arrives, dine on the renowned culinary creations of Nobu Matsuhisa, and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs with new Modern Cuisine and Global Inspired menus, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, breakout new production shows, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or our action-packed Crystal Casino. The choices as always aboard the World’s Best are yours. How will you write your story on board?

Aug 5, Friday
  Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada » 9 am 6 pm

The Tlingit people gave Hoonah not only its name, which means “where the north wind doesn’t blow,” but also an interesting culture and history with roots going back hundreds of years. Today, carvings and totem sites, including the Huna Tribal House Carving Project in the middle of town, present local legends in fascinating color and detail. Located in Alaska’s panhandle 30 miles west of Juneau, Hoonah also offers an abundance of what this northerly clime is known for: scenery and wildlife. Pick your statistic and chances are Hoonah holds top honors. For instance, a record 161 humpback whales were identified near Hoonah in 2007. The current record-holding coho salmon was reeled in at the nearby Icy Strait, and a 440-pound world-record halibut was also caught in these environs. As for the area’s four-footed creatures, Chichagof Island (on which Hoonah is situated) is home to the world’s largest brown bear population. No matter how you look at it, Hoonah is a rugged paradise not to be missed.

Aug 6, Saturday
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.
*  Subject to permit specifications/approvals. As such, the order of ports and/or cruise itinerary are subject to change at any time.
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