With more coastline than the rest of the United States combined, more than half the world’s glaciers and the nation’s two largest forests, Alaska doesn’t lack for natural wonders. This ecosystem is immersed in a unique history and collection of cultures to craft a memorable vacation for your Seven-Day Scenic Alaska cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line.
Depart from Seattle, Washington, a city famous for its coffee, superb parks, outdoorsy culture and eclectic food scene. After steering from Puget Sound, spend the day sailing along the exterior of Vancouver Island, with its coastal vistas of pine trees and sublime mountains. After passing the Haida Gwaii archipelago, you’ll arrive at Ketchikan, Alaska.
While in Ketchikan, delight in the briny taste of oysters caught fresh in local fishery farms. Bear witness to the haunting beauty of Misty Fjords National Monument. And visit the Saxman Totem Park and Native Village, where you’ll learn about this Native Alaskan Nation, their traditions, art and history.
You’ll arrive in Juneau — Alaska’s capital and starting point for fantastic glacier viewing, whether at Tracy Arm Fjord, the Juneau Icefields or Glacier Bay National Park. The sights and sounds of these crystalline forces of nature, grinding through mountains and smashing against the ocean like a turquoise fist are awesome geological events. While in Juneau, you can also observe bears at the Admiralty Island or Chichagof wildlife reserve, or you can enjoy a lunch of king crab at Tracy’s King Crab Shack. After all, local delights are best appreciated when they awaken all the senses.
Afterward, spend your evening cruising by Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier, for a continued viewing of these fjord and ice titans of the north.
Your next excursion takes place at Icy Strait Point, an area owned and operated by the Native Tlingit Nation. While visiting the Point, take the opportunity to observe whales and other marine mammals at nearby Point Adolphus — a premier humpback whale-watching destination. Travel through waters that support a variety of species: orca, Steller sea lions, seals, Dall’s porpoises and humpback whales. Icy Strait Point also has a beautifully restored cannery, harking back to a time when canning fish was the best way to store it in an era before refrigeration. Learn about the history and commercial importance of this industry during your visit.
After a day at sea, spend time in Victoria, British Columbia (B.C.). While there, visit Butchart Gardens, considered a National Historic Site of Canada. This green space is actually home to five main gardens: The Rose, Japanese, Italian, Mediterranean and Sunken Gardens.
Another spot worth visiting is the Inner Harbour, where architectural treasures such as the Royal B.C. Museum, the B.C. Parliament Building and the luxurious Fairmont Express hotel are located. And to round out your voyage, be sure to stop by Fisherman’s Wharf for a lunch of fish and chips. That evening, you’ll set sail for Seattle to conclude your voyage.
Are you fascinated by the natural and cultural excursions Alaska has to offer? Contact one of our travel agents to learn more. Their years of experience with industry-leading cruise lines, such as Norwegian Cruise Line, provide you with exclusive perks and amenities for your adventure in Alaska.