POPULAR ALASKAN PORTS OF CALL
You’ve probably seen a lot of interesting places and impressive sights. But for some really eye-popping, jaw-dropping scenery that takes your breath away, you’ve got to see Alaska. And we’re not talking incredible panoramas a few hours each day. Every time you turn around there is another awesome glacier, a cloud-high mountain, or a vista of vivid wildflowers. You no sooner get over the thrill of watching a soaring eagle than a whale splashes to the surface demanding even more attention.
The Alaskan experience is as rustic and romantic as you've ever imagined: vast, untouched stretches
of land, teeming with natural wonders and beauty; sparkling glaciers calving mountainous chunks
into the icy waters; a delicate flower blooming at the edge of a roaring gorge. And enjoy some
fantastic excursions in Alaska… Go dog-sledding and glacier sightseeing, kayaking the Glacier View
Sea, or the more adventurous can try a Wilderness Safari.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Big mountains sit beside the big ocean in British Columbia's biggest city, a dazzling wonderland in all seasons. For dizzying views, a tram ascends Grouse Mountain, and for dizzying walks, the rickety Capilano Suspension Bridge spans the vast forest. To its credit, the city's urban culture is not eclipsed by its sublime setting (the ocean surrounds it on three sides; the fourth side is a mountain range), but rather it thrives upon it. The city's neighborhoods are varied and robust, from the world's only steam-powered clock in upscale Gas Town to the dim sum and cricket cages of hopping Chinatown.
This metropolis is Canada's fastest growing city. Visit Gastown, a restored turn-of-the-century district where Vancouver's first saloon still stands. See trumpeter swans at Lost Lake, contemplate the ducks at Beaver Lagoon, or watch exotic aquatic creatures at the Stanley Park Aquarium. Climb the Lookout for a 360-degree view of the city.
Victoria, British Columbia
Tour the world-famous Butchart Gardens, a 50-acre park of floral splendor. Throughout Victoria, you'll find stately historic buildings, all very English in style. Take a moment for high tea at the elegant Empress Hotel.
Cruise the Inside Passage, Alaska
Alaska's Inside Passage is awash with pristine water mountain views. A cruise among the fjords and islands takes you into prime habitat for bald eagles, sea lions, and whales. The Inside Passage is home to the totem poles of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian Indians, and Russian setters, as well as prospectors, lumberjacks, and fishermen. All have added to the tapestry of this area's history.
This trip captures so much of what people love about Alaska. There are glaciers the size of Rhode Island. Misty rain forests and ghostly blue fjords. And spirited communities that celebrate their varied heritage.
Threading along the scenic coast of Canada and Alaska, the Inside Passage offers spectacular close-up views of rain forests, sparkling glaciers, steep walled fjords, and snow-capped mountains. Watch closely for whales, sea lions, bears, and other wildlife; the Inside Passage is home to more than 100 species of mammals.
Get the Inside Passage's inside scoop with a visit to Ketchikan, salmon capital of the world. In yesteryear, pillaging pirates weren't after its gold, but fish! Historic canneries George Inlet and Libbey tell part of the story. Lumberjack performances, fox dancers, fly fishing, and the world's largest totem-pole collection all promise fresh adventures in the clean Alaskan air. If a city could be a circus performer, this is it. Barely hanging on to the sides of Deer Mountain, most city buildings and streets balance on stilts right over the water.
Alaska's capital city, Juneau, is located in Southeast Alaska. The Tongass Rain Forest climate provides Juneau with lush terrain and wildflowers. Visitors can find unparalleled glacier viewing from Tracy Arm Fjord, Mendenhall Glacier, the Juneau Icefield and Glacier Bay National Park, and outdoor enthusiasts will love Juneau's kayaking, dog sledding, rafting, biking, glacier hiking, and whale watching.
The picturesque town of Skagway is famous for its hospitality, sightseeing and recreational opportunities. Visitors can enjoy scenic views of Laughton glacier and Parsons Peak, or take an evening walk across the swinging foot bridge to Yakatania point, where bald eagles and harbor seals fish for supper.
As gateway to the Klondike, Skagway epitomizes gold-rush country. Although the gamblers and "ladies of the night" are gone, you can still stroll into a saloon and tell the piano player to play you a song. Here, the Chilkoot Trail winds through the wilderness, marking the back-breaking path that gold-rush miners trudged along in 1898. Horses, buggies, street cars, and dog sleds provide transportation. To see more of the backcountry, flightseeing trips reveal Alaska's breathtaking mountains and glaciers. The frontier spirit comes alive on a choice of shore excursions, from gold panning to kayaking. You can board the historic White Pass and Yukon Railway, hike along the Chilkoot "Trail of Gold" and soar over glaciers on flightseeing tours.
Icy Strait, Alaska
Frequently spotting Humpback Whales is one of the many draws to the Icy Straits. This body of water, which connects to and from the Gulf of Alaska, allows you to see plenty of coastal marine life, rare land mammals, as well as glaciers and icebergs.
The Alaskan wilderness is never out of reach in Anchorage. Salmon spawn in the shadows of downtown at Ship Creek and grizzlies lumber through the surrounding Chugach Mountains. On a clear day, the Cook Inlet panorama includes views of up to six peaks, most notably Mt. McKinley, standing tall at 20,320 feet. Portage Glacier is a handy 50 miles from Anchorage and a stone's throw from Seward. Extended summer daylight hours means vibrant floral displays and roadsides carpeted with wildflowers--look for the ubiquitous fireweed, said to predict the coming of winter.
Sitka is considered Alaska's most beautiful seaside town. Sitka offers a combination of Native culture, Russian history, and Alaskan wilderness which provides a diverse and unequaled Alaskan experience.
This charming city was once the capital of Russian America, with its classic, onion-domed Russian cathedral, a photogenic reminder of Sitka's colorful history. Study the traditional artistry of totem poles, sport fish in Sitka Sound or explore beautiful Silver Bay.
Misty Fjords, Alaska
Set aside as a national monument in 1978, Misty Fjords remains an example of the majestic untouched wilderness of Alaska. As you cruise this remote section of the Alaska Panhandle, the sight of these towering trees, deep bays and fjords, and extraordinarily tall cliffs will awe you with the scale and power of nature.
Hubbard Glacier (Cruising)
The longest river of ice in North America, the Hubbard Glacier is also one of the most active glaciers of its kind in Alaska. And since our ships are designed to provide our guests with the best viewing possible, you'll be able to see this massive natural wonder, with its 1,350 square miles of blue ice, from just about anywhere on the ship. This historic glacier began a sudden and dramatic advance in 1986, earning it the name "Galloping Glacier".