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8 Sep 2012
Voyages of Glaciers
Sapphire Princess - 7 nights ex Vancouver, Canada
All aboard the Sapphire Princess over 7 relaxing nights on this Voyages of Glaciers cruise exploring Alaska & US Pacific Coast. Your ship departs from Vancouver and visits 7 ports in 2 countries before arriving at Anchorage (Whittier). This 4.5 star voyage from Princess Cruises has 9 forward departures, but is unfortunately sold out for this departure.
|Day||Date||Port of call||Arrival||Departure|
|1||Sat 8 Sep 2012||Vancouver, Canada||4.30pm|
| Vancouver is a sophisticated coastal city located to the south of British Columbia, Canada. The city is linguistically and ethnically diverse as reflected in the fact that 52 percent of its inhabitants do not speak English as their first language. Ranked highly in worldwide ‘liveable city’ rankings for many years and being surrounded by nature’s scenery at its best, makes tourism its second largest industry.
This beautiful city brims with attractions such as Vancouver's Olympic Village located on the southeast side of False Creek, which offers stunning views of the city's downtown skyline and Coast mountains, Granville Island that offers a feast for the senses, Grouse Mountain, especially in the snow season for skiing and snowboarding and Whistler, a luxurious slice of paradise just a two hour drive away, to name but a few.
The city is also renowned for its unique dining experiences, boutiques, and shopping districts such as Antique Row, exotic Chinatown, and the historically renovated Gastown - the oldest downtown neighborhood filled with great souvenirs, good food, and Native Arts and Crafts. If you are looking for funky, hip stuff, then visit Commercial Drive and Central Granville. To relax, visit the delightful Stanley Park, resplendent with its deep forest, totem poles, and scenic promenades. Its nickname Hollywood North, it is the third- largest film production centre in north America, comes as no surprise.
|2||Sun 9 Sep 2012||At Sea|
|3||Mon 10 Sep 2012||Ketchikan, USA||6.30am||2.00pm|
| Alaska’s ‘first city’ Ketchikan is situated along the shores of Alaska's Inside Passage within the heart of the Tongass National Forest. Evergreen mountains rise out of the water, the lush green landscape nurtured by the abundant rainfall of the temperate rainforest environment. Visitors are presented with a remarkable array of activities and attractions that highlight the town's history, industry and culture and bring them up close to our resident wildlife. Ketchikan’s impressive variety of shops and galleries feature work by many of the island’s resident artists as well as an assortment of souvenir items and unique gifts that make shopping a ‘must-do’.
Visitors are presented with a good choice of one-day tours that can be enjoyed infour hours or less.These include a self guided option based on the official Walking Tour map that direct visitors to the numbered signs posted along the routes. Together with this, visitors can pay for an audio walking tour, which provides inciteful information about what is seen. Also on offer is the opportunity to experience the real Alaska, by going fishing or wild-life viewing. Another option is to rent a ‘classic car’ that includes a self touring guide, an experience that helps visitors ‘return to their youth’.
Truly worth visiting are the Ketchikan Alaska Museums and Heritage Centres that are home to fascinating totem poles and native Alaskan artefacts, along with preserving and promoting local traditional arts and crafts. These include the Tongass Historical Museum with both permanent and temporary exhibits, and the Southeast Alaska Discovery Centre with a flexible plan that allows for improvisation by educational groups, community groups and families. If possible enjoy the amazing local food on offer, such as king crab, salmon and halibut, Ketchikan's seafood specialties that are always fresh.
|4||Tue 11 Sep 2012||Juneau, USA||8.00am||9.00pm|
| Built on a relatively narrow shelf between towering Mt. Juneau and the deep waters of Gastineau Channel, Juneau is Alaska's state capital and a rewarding destination for glacier viewing. Juneau is a marvel - an unexpected blend of fishermen and teachers, legislators and artists, homemakers and lawyers, union workers and frontier entrepreneurs, students and Native elders, all sharing an active port city within an inspiring wilderness setting.
Visitors often take the Mount Roberts Tramway, an aerial tramway, that takes visitors from the cruise ship docks up to the south-western ridge of Mount Roberts, providing great scenic views of Juneau and the Gastineau Channel. In front of the federal building, the large fountain with its bronze statue of pelicans which are not indigenous to Alaska, is most appealing. Juneau is home to the Alaska State Museum, which contains a life-sized eagle tree, as well as other permanent galleries.
However, the absolute ‘must-see’ would have to be the Red Dog Saloon with its swinging doors, sawdust floors and flag covered ceiling providing a nostalgic flavour. The cherished memorabilia that includes Wyatt Earp's gun, a walrus oosik (would you believe a walrus penis bone!), trophy, wildlife mounts, historical posters, photographs, and currency signed by miners, simply just blows one away.
|5||Wed 12 Sep 2012||Skagway, USA||7.00am||8.30pm|
| Skagway in Alaska, USA, is an historical city where the past lives on, a place where the romance and excitement of yesteryear linger around every street corner and in every bend of the trail. Gateway to the Klondike and the Gold Rush, visitors can still ride the antique White Pass and Yukon narrow-gauge railway up through silvery-purple rock faces, past Deadhorse Gulch, to see what it was like back then.
While in Skagway you can easily walk around town, see all of the historical sites along the back streets and stroll down historic Broadway. Rent a bicycle or automobile and give yourself a tour in Southeast Alaska. Also available are helicopter tours that prove very popular, while biking and rock- climbing adventures are also available. Organized tours of Skagway may include stops at the Trail of '98 Museum, Gold Rush Cemetery and viewing Skagway from the lookout perched on a mountainside above the city. Comfortable motorcoach tours are available to the interesting Yukon community of Carcross.
The very reasonably priced on-off day bus pass, will take you from the pier to the Klondike goldfield area, and to the delightful Jewell Garden, where a white-topped mountain background contrasts with a riot of colourful plants, and a miniature railroad setting await you. Skagway is famous for its hospitality. Sit down at one of the small cafés, or taste something in an Alaskan brew pub, or treat yourself to a meal in a restaurant with surprises created by local chefs.
|6||Thu 13 Sep 2012||Glacier Bay, USA||6.00am||3.00pm|
| Glacier Bay, situated in SE Alaska, USA, was originally a large single glacier of solid ice until early in the 18th century. Since it started retreating, it has left about 50 glaciers in its trail and become the largest protected water area park in the world. While its many branches, inlets, lagoons, islands, and channels provide prospects for scientific exploration, it is primarily an amazing visual spectacle. Glaciers descending from high snow-capped mountains into the bay create spectacular displays of ice and iceberg formations.
Interestingly, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve includes nine tidewater glaciers, four of which actively carve icebergs into the bay. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is also famous for its wildlife that include grizzly and black bears, moose, black-tailed deer, mountain goats, wolves, lynx, sea otters, seals, sea lions, Pacific white-sided dolphins, orcas, humpback whales, bald eagles, and gulls, as well over 200 bird species.
Cruise ships typically spend a full day (9-10 hours) in Glacier Bay including a stop at a major tidewater glacier. National Park Service park rangers come on beard to provide a narrative about important aspects of the visit, give a presentation about the park, and answer passengers' questions. They often have a bookstore with maps and brochures as well as a variety of exhibits/hands-on materials to enhance your visit.
|7||Fri 14 Sep 2012||College Fjord, USA||5.30pm||8.30pm|
| College Fjord is located in the northern sector of Prince William Sound in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is surrounded by over a dozen glaciers, and some of these glaciers have spruce forests growing right up to the edge of the ice, giving a sense of grandeur rarely seen. Also causing wonderment is the fact that glacier after glacier has a perfectly mirrored reflection on the water. The trip down the fjord culminates with the mighty Harvard Glacier. It is one of the few in southern Alaska that is actually growing. The area is also home to large colonies of seals. Nearer the forested edges are otter populations. If watchful, visitors may see pairs of orca (so-called killer whales) or even a white beluga whale.
College Fjord is located in the northern sector of Prince William Sound in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is surrounded by over a dozen glaciers, and some of these glaciers have spruce forests growing right up to the edge of the ice, giving a sense of grandeur rarely seen. Also causing wonderment is the fact that glacier after glacier has a perfectly mirrored reflection on the water. The trip down the fjord culminates with the mighty Harvard Glacier. It is one of the few in southern Alaska that is actually growing. The area is also home to large colonies of seals. Nearer the forested edges are otter populations. If watchful, visitors may see pairs of orca (so-called killer whales) or even a white beluga whale.
|8||Sat 15 Sep 2012||Anchorage (Whittier), USA||12.30am|
| Ships call at the ports of Seward and Whittier on the SE coast of Alaska as gateways to Anchorage, which is home to almost half the population of Alaska. What better way to see Alaska than taking the impressive train ride from Seward to Anchorage. You'll see wild animals, beautiful scenery, and enjoy a great meal in the diner car. On arrival be sure to visit the historical Alaska Railroad depot, walk the streets to discover interesting restaurants and a great range of stores (such as Modern Dwellers), and meet very friendly locals. Set alongside magnificent scenery, Anchorage is an unforgettable destination.
The best way to absorb Anchorage's rich and varied history is to visit one of the state's most popular attractions, the modern Anchorage Museum of History and Art in the centre of town. In addition to its rotating exhibitions, the museum features the permanent Alaska Gallery with large areas of exhibition space dedicated to very informative depictions of Alaskan history. The Anchorage Zoo provides an excellent overview of animals of the area, such as the opportunity to view polar bears playing under the water.
The Alaska Native Heritage Centre, a renowned cultural centre and museum in Anchorage, is an exciting place where all people can come to expand their understanding of Alaska's first people. Here we share the rich heritage of Alaska's eleven cultural groups drawing upon the lifeways of long ago, the wisdom of our elders, and the traditions that endure. Its goal is to encourage cross-cultural exchanges among all people. Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, with its two active volcanoes, also provides visitors with a true wilderness experience.
Sapphire Princess is based on the western seaboard of the US in the Pacific. From late May to September she offers 7-night cruises along the fjord coast of Alaska between Anchorage and Vancouver. During the northern winter she visits the Hawaiian islands (15 nights) and the Californian coast/Mexican Riviera (7 nights), out of Los Angeles. Princess Cruises organises on-shore tours which can be booked before sailing or during the cruise. For some voyages pre- and post-cruises tours are available to extend your stay in major ports.
There are six types of cabin and 35 price categories: insides, outsides (some obstructed), balcony cabins, outside mini-suites (with and without balconies) and balcony suites. Cabins are roomy and nicely appointed, with satellite TV access to major channels. Standard cabins are practical and attractive, many have additional upper berths for children, and some have inter-connecting doors. The larger the stateroom, the more additional facilities. All guests receive turndown service, chocolates on pillow at night, bathrobes and amenity kits, and complimentary room service on most items 24 hours a day. There are no single cabins, 28 wheelchair-accessible cabins, and some cabins accommodate families of three and four.
Food and Dining
Traditional dining in the International Dining Room offers you a pre-selection of one of two seating times throughout the cruise. Anytime Dining (sitting when and with whom you choose) is offered in the four other themed dining rooms. All serve five course meals changed daily, with chefs inducted into the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs gastronomic society. Sabatini’s serves Italian cuisine and Sterling Steakhouse serves steak and seafood (for an extra cover charge). Dress code is smart casual, and on cruises longer than three days dress for a formal night for every week of sailing. Breakfast and lunch are provided in an open seating arrangement. (Of course a continental breakfast can be delivered to your stateroom, and there is a stateroom menu.) Passengers booked in cabins with balconies can order several special, romantic meals to be served restaurant-style on the verandah - Ultimate Balcony Dining. Order special dietary requests before sailing.
As for entertainment, there is more than can be squeezed into a week. The Princess Theatre is two decks high, featuring glamorous production shows every second or third evening. The Vista Show Lounge with its three stages presents cabaret, and doubles for lectures, bingo and horse-racing during the day. Explorer’s Lounge hosts cabaret acts and dance bands. Movies first-run feature films pool-side at Under the Stars on Sun Deck. There are 12 bars and lounges with live music and dancing. A new feature is the new three-deck-high street-cafe-style Piazza, for sipping coffee and watching the occasional passing performer. Stroll around and shop duty-free, or check your email at the Internet Café.
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OTHER DATES FOR Voyages of Glaciers
|Sat 1 Jun 2013
Up to $85 OBC
$146 per day
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|Sat 15 Jun 2013||$1,174
$168 per day
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|Sat 29 Jun 2013||$1,249
$178 per day
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|Sat 13 Jul 2013||$1,249
$178 per day
$221 per day
$321 per day
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|Sat 27 Jul 2013
Up to $85 OBC
$178 per day
$221 per day
$321 per day
$356 per day
|Sat 10 Aug 2013||$1,244
$178 per day
$221 per day
$321 per day
$356 per day
|Sat 24 Aug 2013
Up to $85 OBC
$153 per day
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|Sat 7 Sep 2013
Up to $85 OBC
$146 per day
$172 per day
$248 per day
$281 per day
Prices are twin share per person in AUD, include all taxes and are subject to change.
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What's onboard? ▼
- Piazza-style Atrium
- Shops duty free (4)
- Main dining rooms (5)
- Traditional & Anytime Dining
- 24-h room service & menu
- Special dietary requests
- Formal dining nights
- Ultimate Balcony Dining
- The Chef’s Table
- Italian dining
- Steakhouse & seafood
- Buffet, Pizzeria
- Internet café
- Patisserie, Wine bar
- Ice cream sundae bar
- Drink & coffee packages
- Afternoon tea
- Show lounges (3)
- Lounges, bars, nightclub, disco (12)
- Movies Under the Stars
- Onboard games, parties, tours
- ScholarShip@Sea courses
- Art auctions
- Celebration packages
- Conference Centre
- Pools (5)
- Lap pool with current
- Whirlpools (8)
- The Sanctuary adult oasis
- Fitness Centre, jogging track
- The Lotus Spa, beauty salon
- Sports deck & table games
- Golf simulator
- Putting green
- UNDER 18
- Princess Pelicans (3-7 y)
- Shockwaves (8-12 y)
- Remix (13-17 y)
- Video games
- Weddings (selected itineraries)
- Medical centre
- ATM on board
- Internet, phone, Wi-Fi (pay)
- 110V AC
- Mobile phone reception
- Wheelchair access
- Daily newsletter
What's included? ▼
- Accommodation as booked
- Australia: Gratuities for Sun and Dawn Princess departures, and Sea Princess departing and returning to Australia.
- All main meals on-board
- Coffee, tea & milk 24 hrs
- Oplen/anytime dining (not in Australia)
- Traditional/set time & multi-venue dining
- Cocktail or champagne reception
- In-cabin dining at no charge
- Complimentary mini-bar setup (Suites)
- Use of ship facilities - indoor & outdoor
- Entertainment - live music and/or shows, movies
- Activities - organised & individual
- Specialty lectures, workshops, classes & programs
- Bridge director on select cruises
- Kids clubs & teen programs (3-17 yrs most ships)
- Cruise Director & all English speaking staff
- Onboard newsletter
- Port maps and/or guide books
- Destination seminars and/or lectures
- Ship-shore-ship transfers
What's excluded? ▼
- Airfares, accommodation & transfers not specified
- Shore & land excursions and meals not specified
- Alternate specialty dining venues
- Room service menu items (unless specified)
- Casino gaming, bar expenses
- Passport & visa fees
- Insurances of all kinds
- Increases in third party charges or taxes
- Outside Australia: Service charge USD 11.50 (suites USD 12) pp/night all ages. Adjust or remove on board.
- Customary land tour gratuities are welcome
- Outside Australia Service charge: bar and wine 15%
- Items & services of a personal nature
- Medical services, vaccination costs
- Laundry and/or valet charges
- Laundry services (Complimentary for Suites & Elite Capltain's Circle
- Wi-Fi, Internet, satellite/mobile phone & fax charges
- Childcare night services (3-12 yrs, 10pm-1am)
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