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Cruise & Stay Package – Golden Gateway to The Glaciers Ruby Princess departing 15 Aug 2022

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From the City by the Bay to Glacier Bay, you won’t get an itinerary that’s more varied than this. Tread the boardwalks of Fisherman’s Wharf before setting sail on the adventure of a lifetime, where you’ll cruise Alaska’s Inside Passage. Complete with its soaring glaciers and fascinating wildlife, you’re guaranteed to create some unforgettable memories.



Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

San Francisco

Juneau

Juneau

Skagway

Skagway

Ketchikan

Ketchikan



Golden Gateway to The Glaciers

14 Nights From £2,499pp

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Cruise and Stay Details

  • Return flights
  • Three-night stay at 4* hotel in San Francisco (B&B)
  • Alcatraz Tour
  • 10-night Alaska cruise on Ruby Princess
  • Selected private transfers
  • Princess Plus included; Drinks, Tips & Wi-Fi
Ship
Embark
15 Aug 2022
Duration
14 Nights
From / To
London / London
Ports of call
London - San Francisco - San Francisco - San Francisco - Juneau
Rating

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Itinerary

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Date Date
Location Location
 
In In
Out Out
Date 15/08/0222
Location

London

In
Out

Fly from London to San Francisco.

Date 15/08/2022
Location

San Francisco

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Out

Arrive in San Francisco. Private transfer to your 4* hotel for a three-night stay (B&B)

Date 17/08/2022
Location

San Francisco

In
Out

Alcatraz Island tour with lunch at Fishermans Wharf.

Date 18/08/2022
Location

San Francisco

In
Out

Make your way to port and embark Ruby Princess. Depart San Francisco.

Date 19/08/2022
Location

At Sea

In
Out
Date 20/08/2022
Location

At Sea

In
Out
Date 21/08/2022
Location

Juneau

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Out

In 1880, it was slow going for Joe Juneau and Richard Harris as they searched for gold with the help of Native guides. After climbing mountains, forging streams and facing countless difficulties, they found nuggets “as large as beans.”

From their discovery came three of the largest gold mines in the world. By the end of World War II, more than $150 million in gold had been mined. Eventually the mines closed, but the town Joe Juneau founded became the capital of Alaska and the business of gold was replaced by the business of government.

Some 30,000 people live in Juneau. Its total area makes it one of the biggest towns, in size, in the world. Only Kiruna, Sweden, and Sitka, Alaska, exceed Juneau’s 3,248 square miles.

Today Juneau is famous not only for gold and government but also for its breathtakingly beautiful glaciers and stunning views of both water and mountains.

Date 22/08/2022
Location

Skagway

In
Out

Skagway was the gateway to the gold fields for the thousands who flocked to Alaska and the Yukon with the hope of striking it rich. Skagway may have boasted the shortest route to the Klondike, but it wasn’t the easiest.

Over 100 years ago, the White Pass route through the Coast Mountains and the shorter but steeper Chilkoot Trail were used by countless stampeders. Many a would-be miner perished on the treacherous Chilkoot Trail.

The gold rush was a boon and by 1898, Skagway was Alaska’s largest town with a population of about 20,000. Hotels, saloons, dance halls and gambling houses prospered. But when the gold yield dwindled in 1900, so did the population as miners quickly shifted to new finds in Nome.

Today, Skagway has less than 1,000 residents. It still retains the flavor of the gold rush era.

Date 23/08/2022
Location

Tracy Arm Fjord

In
Out

Named after Civil War general Benjamin Franklin Tracy, this narrow fjord is located approximately 50 miles southeast of Juneau. Breathtaking Tracy Arm extends over 30 miles long, with nearly a quarter of its area covered in ice. In fact, it encompasses some of Alaska’s largest glaciers, including the twin Sawyer glaciers, which often expel enormous chunks of ice into the waters below in a magnificent process known as calving. During the summer when Princess ships visit, icebergs float along the surface of the glistening water in an array of sizes, from just a few inches up to three stories wide.

Protected within the Tongass National Forest, Tracy Arm Fjord is a haven for wildlife. Black and brown bears, deer, wolves, harbor seals, mountain goats and a variety of seabirds have been spotted in the area.

As you glide through the pristine fjord, you’ll first pass by a lush forest where a number of beautiful waterfalls cascade down, and then you’ll be treated to views of snowcapped mountains and blue-tinged glaciers more spectacular than you could ever imagine.

Date 24/08/2022
Location

Ketchikan

In
Out

Ketchikan is known as Alaska’s “First City” because it’s the first major community travelers come to as they journey north. Located on an island, Ketchikan began life as an Indian fishing camp. The name Ketchikan comes from a Tlingit phrase that means “eagle with spread-out wings,” a reference to a waterfall near town.

In the early 1900s, when gold was Alaska’s claim to fame, fishing and timber industries were established in Ketchikan. The growth of these industries helped make this Inside Passage port Alaska’s fourth-largest city.

Visitors to Ketchikan will be intrigued by its rich Native heritage, which includes the world’s oldest collection of totem poles at Totem Heritage Center. The Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian are all a part of the city’s colorful history. Ketchikan, with its abundance of salmon, is also a sportfishing paradise. Sightseers will be impressed with both the scenic town and its surroundings, especially Misty Fjords National Monument.

Date 25/08/2022
Location

At Sea

In
Out
Date 26/08/2022
Location

Victoria

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Out

Victoria exudes old-world charm and fragrant, colorful flowers are everywhere. Founded in 1843 by James Douglas of the Hudson’s Bay Company, the city was first known as Fort Victoria. By 1848, Vancouver Island was a British colony and Victoria was its capital.

In 1858, Victoria was a tent city and the base for some 25,000 prospectors on their way to the Frasier River gold fields. When Vancouver Island was incorporated with mainland British Columbia in 1868, Victoria became the capital of the entire province.

Although it’s a port city, Victoria is not as industrially oriented as Vancouver. The harbors, especially Inner Harbour, are dotted with pleasure craft, ferries and floatplanes. The city is renowned for its beautiful gardens, charming houses and very British feel.

Date 27/08/2022
Location

At Sea

In
Out
Date 28/08/2022
Location

San Francisco

In
Out

Arrive in San Francisco and disembark Ruby Princess. Private transfer to the airport for your return flight to London.

Date 29/08/2022
Location

London

In
Out

Arrive in London.

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