May 17 - Saturday -
Departure / Seattle / Board Ship
Today we depart for Seattle from Chicago on a scheduled airline. Enjoy
superb in-flight service on our flight. Arrive Seattle. Free time may
be available before we transfer to the pier for boarding and embarkation
aboard the Norwegian Sky. Dinner on board. Cruise overnight to Alaska.
May 18 - Sunday - Alaska
/ Inside Passage
Breakfast on ship. Glistening within Alaska's Panhandle, this protected
strip of water is a cruiser's dream. As viewed from the sea, the towering
glaciers, the brilliant blue ice, the emerald green of the virgin forests
and the diamond-bright waterfalls combine to dazzle all who pass along
these shorelines. Overnight on board cruise.
May 19 - Monday - Ketchikan
Breakfast on ship. Today we arrive to Ketchikan, Alaska. This favorite
port of call boasts an outside museum of native art that is considered
the largest collection of Totem Poles in the world. For this reason, Ketchikan
is recognized as one of the top 100 arts communities in America. Today
you can stroll streets restored from pioneer days where gentlemen of all
social standing searched for romance for a price! Wander along the boardwalk,
browsing. Many optional shore excursions are available to be purchased
on the ship. Overnight on board cruise.
May 20 - Tuesday - Juneau
/ Sawyer Glacier
Breakfast on ship. This morning we are in Juneau, Alaska. This beautiful
Alaskan State capital is just 13 miles from the majestic Mendenhall Glacier,
which contains some of the world's most impressive examples of tidewater.
This moving river of ice, 3000 years old, ranks as the largest glacier
accessible by road. We enjoy views of the Juneau Ice Field where no animals
live. Ice rarely melts and each snowfall adds to the mass that feeds the
massive glaciers. As these slowly shift, they open sharp blue crevasses
- some hundreds of feet deep. World famous for its marine life, Southeast
Alaska is dominated by several types of whales. In the afternoon, we cruise
through Sawyer Glacier. It's no secret that this spectacular sight is
often considered more beautiful than Glacier Bay. Located in the Tracy
Arm Fjord, it is framed by 7000 foot high snowcapped mountains. Overnight
May 21 - Wednesday -
Breakfast aboard ship. We arrive early to Skagway for an entire day with
a train excursion. Skagway is a lively Gay Nineties town that served as
a gateway to the Yukon during the gold rush of 1898. Its history preserved
today in the town's wooden sidewalks, original frame buildings and colorful
saloons. We board a restored 1890 parlor car of the famous White Pass
and Yukon Railroad. The route follows that of the gold rushers along the
narrow gauge tracks built at the height of the Klondike Gold Rush. This
is a thrilling excursion, hugging cliff faces and crossing over narrow
trestles; view Bridal Veil Falls, Inspiration Point and Dead Horse Gulch
before returning to Skagway. Rest of day for leisure on your own. Overnight
May 22 - Thursday -
Breakfast on ship. Today we will cruise the Outside Passage of Alaska.
So called due to its origin "outside" the Inside Passage, these
outer islands of the Alexander Archipelago form one of the most wild,
beautiful and little-explored temperate rainforest coastal ecosystems
on Earth. Enjoy the day. Overnight aboard cruise.
May 23 - Friday - Victoria,
Breakfast on ship. We arrive to Victoria, British Columbia in the afternoon.
Sitting across the water from Vancouver on the southern peninsula of Vancouver
Island, this charming seaport waits to be explored. The city's wonderfully
restored Old Town and the well-manicured Butchart Gardens are the highlights
of the second largest city in British Columbia. You may want to partake
in one of the optional shore excursions. Overnight aboard cruise.
May 24- Saturday - Seattle,
Washington / Chicago
Breakfast on ship. We arrive to Seattle early this morning. Disembark
the ship and transfer to the airport for our return flight to Chicago.
Welcome home with fond and
Thank you for joining.