Alaskan Cruise and Land Adventure
August 12-23, 2013
ITINERARY Effective September 7, 2012
August 12, 2013: Flight
Take a flight from Chicago to Anchorage. Enjoy a tour of the city and then dinner at Sourdough Mining Company. Overnight
in Anchorage. Meals: Dinner
August 13, 2013: Denali
This morning we leave Anchorage and travel north by bus to Denali National Park. Just outside of Anchorage, heavy birch
forests lead to the Knik River. Keep an eye out for wildlife, such as moose and bear along the Susitna River. We’ll stop
in Wasilla to see the Iditarod Trail and historic sites recognizing the now famous dog sled race of over 1000 miles in length.
We then continue to Denali. There will be time this afternoon for optional tours such as flightseeing, rafting (mild to
wild), jet boat and much more. Overnight in Denali. Meals: Breakfast
August 14, 2013: Denali
Today we travel deep into Denali National Park on the Tundra Wilderness Tour and search the pristine wilderness for bear,
moose, caribou, and Dall sheep. This six to eight hour journey is narrated allowing for insight into the animals, flora
and fauna of this spectacular region. A snack box meal is provided while on the tour. Overnight in Denali. Meals: Snack
August 15, 2013: Alaskan Train ride to Anchorage
Your morning is open for optional tours. Later this morning, we’ll transfer to the rail depot where you the world famous
Alaska Railroad (Adventure Class) for your journey south back to Anchorage where we’ll arrive around 8 PM. Meals: May be
purchased in the dining car.
August 16, 2013: To Seward to Board Cruise Ship
This morning we check out of the Anchorage hotel later in the morning and travel by bus along the scenic Seward Highway.
When we arrive in Seward we’ll enjoy a brief city tour of this coastal community including a visit to the Alaska Sealife
Center, the only cold water research facility in North America. We then travel to the dock area and embark on your Alaska
adventure cruise. Once aboard begin to enjoy the first of many great meals with My-Time Dining. Go on line to Royal Caribbean
Cruise lines and become familiar with all of the ships amenities such as mini-golf, two swimming pools, a ¼ mile jogging
track, basketball court, full casino and entertainment every night.
August 17, 2013: 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.
August 18, 2013: Juneau
We arrive in Juneau, the capital of Alaska, early this morning. Juneau was founded during the gold rush in 1880. Today,
the former gold-mining town counts among its riches some of Alaska's most spectacular scenery. Nestled at the foot of Mt.
Juneau in the Alaska Panhandle, it faces the water from the mainland side of Gastineau Channel. Several magnificent fjords
are located along the channel coast, and the majestic Mendenhall Glacier, a favorite of visitors, is nearby. We depart later
this evening for Skagway.
August 19, 2013: Skagway
We arrive in Skagway this morning for a full day. This "Gateway to the Klondike" witnessed countless fortune-seekers passing
these very streets as they headed to the Chilkoot or White Pass Trails during the heyday of Alaska's Gold Rush of 1898.
One of the optional excursions is taking the 20 mile train ride on the White Pass RR traversing the very trail the gold
miners followed to their way to the gold mines in the Yukon. Today, you can still feel like a prospector in Skagway, as
you walk along its rustic boardwalks and frontier-style storefronts. With only 750 residents, this cozy town lies at the
head of the Lynn Canal and offers a pleasant respite from the hustle and bustle of most cities. We will return to the ship
in early evening to continue our cruise, voyaging on the Lynn Canal, which affords breathtaking views of the mountainous
August 20, 2013: Icy Straight Point/Glacier Bay National Park
Icy Strait Point is located near the city of Hoonah, the largest native Tlingit Indian settlement in Alaska, and very near
Glacier Bay National Park. Home to a historic cannery, the port's connection to the sea is strong. Locals share the sea
with Humpback whales, Orcas, Dall porpoises, seals, sea otters, halibut and all five species of Pacific salmon. It is not
uncommon to spot a humpback or an orca while walking along the shore or you can choose to take an optional whale watching
boat ride where they guarantee you will see whales.
August 21, 2013: Ketchikan
We arrive in Ketchikan this morning which is located in the Tongass National Forest, the largest in the US encompassing
over 17 million acres. Ketchikan is Alaska's first port of call for northbound ships. Originally visited by Tlingit natives,
the heart of Ketchikan is downtown Ketchikan Creek, which includes the wooden boardwalks of Creek Street. Take the tram
for a bird's eye view of downtown, or browse the many shops and Native cultural displays throughout the town. You might
want to bring your raingear here since they refer to rain as “liquid sunshine” they have some much each year.
August 22, 2013: Inside Passage (Cruising)
Cruising through the Inside Passage is really what has made Alaska cruising so popular. This part of the cruise captures
so much of exactly what people love about Alaska. There are glaciers the size of Rhode Island, misty rain forests and ghostly
blue fjords as well as spirited communities that celebrate their varied heritage. Be sure to take in every view as you sail
through one of the most beautiful parts of Alaska. Apart from the Alaska sites you will have the entire day to enjoy amenities
our ship has to offer.
August 23, 2013: Disembark Cruise Ship/Flight home
Sadly, we disembark our cruise ship this morning in Vancouver, Canada and transfer to the airport for your flight home.
You will look forward to getting those pictures off the disk and into your scrapbook to share with family and friends alike.