Alaskan Highlights Cruise
July 13-20, 2019 • 7 Day Package
Experience Alaska Aboard The Norwegian Joy
Join Kristen, Ava Jane and myself on this journey through Alaska on the brand-new Norwegian Joy; one of the most exciting and innovative ships ever to sail through the Alaskan glaciers.
Few regions are more captivating than the Pacific Northwest. From the grandiose landscapes to its rich culture, it’s a place unlike any other. Experience its simple wonders for seven days aboard one of the world’s most magnificent ships. Dine on freshly caught salmon in Ketchikan. And in Victoria, visit Butchart Gardens, a 100-year old floral paradise. This experience has something for everyone from incredible live music and shows, to specialty dining (I LOVE the Texas BBQ), go-karts, laser tag, and incredible kids program and much, much more onboard!!! On top of that, when we are on shore we will be dogsledding, exploring Alaska by Zodiac and taking a jet boat through a fjord! On a Harr Travel Hosted Journey, you show up and have an amazing time while we handle the details.
- Cruise fare, and taxes
- FREE airfare (if purchased before 10.31.18)
- Pick your perk (you get 3 if booked by Oct. 31st)
- These can be used on specialty dining, drink packages, or excursion credits!
- Travel concierge
FREE AIR PROMO Good Until October 31st
On Tour Travel Concierge
“The heart and soul of what we do is take a great product and elevate it to the next level for our travelers. There is nothing more rewarding than sharing this experience with you, as I know I can handle the worst parts of traveling so you can focus on having a great time with your family, spouse or significant other. As a teacher for over a decade, I watch my travelers learn and grow more on one of these adventures, than over a year in the classroom. I can’t wait to share Alaska with you!”
After setting sail in Seattle we will enjoy a nice evening at sea. This is a great time to explore the specialty dining, or just enjoy the sunset as we sail out of the harbor and onto Alaska. The second day will be spent at sea. The Norwegian Joy has so many amazing activities and experiences that there is something for anyone. Enjoy a cocktail and enjoy the scenery from the state of the art observation deck, try your hand at laser tag, or even take a race on the two story go cart track on the back of the ship.
The first port will be the city of Ketchikan where our recommended excursion includes a scenic hike through the temperate rainforest. Although the hike is not difficult, the views and environment is truly remarkable! Next we are on to Juneau where our recommended activity is an authentic sled dog adventure. The trainers will explain everything you would like to know about the sport of dog mushing. After being pulled through the forest on a custom designed summertime sled, you’ll be able to help yourself to endless puppy licks.
Next we are on to Skagway, which is a favorite here at Harr. The old town feel, and beautiful landscapes transport you back in time. There guests will have the option to enjoy another premium excursion aboard the speed boat discovery. Aboard the same vessels that the U.S. Navy Seals and the Coast Guard use, we will sail to the Lynn Canal, which is North America’s longest and deepest fjord.
After one final day at sea will will arrive in Victoria, British Colombia. The capital of British Columbia is filled with blooming gardens, heritage architecture and historic charm. The heart of Victoria is its scenic harbor and Old Town, compact areas that are made for strolling and easily explored on foot.
Day 1 – Seattle
Depart from LAX (other available upon request) for a quick flight up to the Pacific Northwest. Seattle sits on Puget Sound against a spectacular mountain backdrop. Soak up the city’s scene in one the many coffeehouses or head down to the lively Pike Place Market to feast on artisanal and local foods. Seattle still is the Gateway to Alaska. Just as in 1898, visitors are lining the piers of Seattle eager to board ships bound for Alaska. These days a few things have changed – the ships are little more comfortable and the voyage is the destination – but the sentiment remains the same – North to Alaska!
Day 2 – At Sea
The Norwegian Joy takes very special pride in their elegant and spacious fleet of ships. They’re some of the best-equipped and most beautifully designed cruise ships in the world. With endless entertainment, beautiful pools, a state of the art virtual reality center, and even a go cart track there is something for everyone. One of our favorite areas will be the state of the art observation deck. Enjoy a drink as you watch the beautiful scenery slowly pass by.
There is a sense of spaciousness throughout the ship, from generously proportioned public rooms to plenty of outdoor viewing room.
Day 3 – Ketchikan
Ketchikan, Alaska, is the site of an ancient Tlingit fish camp and was a supply town during the gold rush. Ketchikan is about 3 mi/5 km long but only a couple of blocks deep. Located on the southwest shore of Revillagigedo Island, it’s the first port of call into Alaska, hence its nickname, The First City.
Ketchikan is considered an Alaska Native cultural center for the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian tribes, as well as a sportfishing mecca. The town generally gets more than 150 in/388 cm of rain annually, but don’t let the liquid sunshine (as residents prefer to call it) keep you inside—Ketchikan is worth exploring in any kind of weather.
Recommended Excursion – Orca Beach And Rain Forest Hike
The tour begins at the harbor, where you’ll board an inflatable boat for a tour of the shoreline and its inhabitants. Your guides will educate you on life along the shore, which is part of the food chain in Alaska.
You’ll leave your inflatable raft on the beach and begin a wonderful hike into the temperate coastal rainforest on Betton Island. Your guide has been here so frequently that even the slightest change in the scenery will catch his eye. Flowers, wildlife, and perhaps a new eagle’s nest will line your path as you listen to tales about Alaskan life.
Morning Day 4 – Juneau
Juneau, Alaska, enjoys a majestic setting in a narrow fjord with Mount Juneau and Mount Roberts towering above it. To the east is the vast expanse of glacial ice known as the Juneau Icefield, and to the west are the wilderness islands of the Inside Passage.
Because of the natural beauty that surrounds the city—as well as its gold-rush-era buildings and many shops—this state capital is a popular tourist destination. In fact, Juneau is visited by more cruise ships than any other port in Alaska.
Recommended Excursion – Juneau Sled Dog Adventure
Visiting a musher’s camp is a uniquely Alaskan experience that will undoubtedly warm your heart. This perfect look inside Alaska’s state sport will have you following next winter’s races and begging the decision makers back home to track down a husky of your own.
Once you are done handing out some scratches behind the ears, you will board a custom designed, wheeled summertime sled for a chance to see the dogs in action. A rundown on the most important races and various equipment involved in dog sledding will provide even greater insight about the sporting world of dog mushing.
Afternoon Day 4 – Scenic Glacier Cruising
One of the best parts of cruising through Alaska is the amazing glacier viewing possibilities. With the state of the art viewing area the Norwegian Joy has the best place to take in the sights, without leaving you out in the cold.
The region has a variety of wildlife, including marine mammals, wolves, moose, black and grizzly bears, Sitka black-tailed deer and bald eagles. The area also has a unique subspecies of black bear named “glacial bears” because of their silver-tinged fur. They are identical in size and features to the common black bear, but are found only in glacial areas.
Day 5 – Skagway
The great Klondike Rush lives on in Skagway’s charming downtown of restored 19th-century buildings and its historic railway. From the vintage train, admire the mountains and see the 1898 trail that fortune seekers traveled on foot. Skagway emerged in the late 1890s as a makeshift gold-rush town for miners headed to the Yukon gold fields. Besides Juneau, Skagway is the most popular port in southeast Alaska and it rarely disappoints visitors. A seven-block corridor along Broadway features historic false-front shops and restaurants, wooden sidewalks, locals in period costumes and restored buildings.
Recommended Excursion – Speed Boat Fjord Discovery
The Alaskan waters are unlike any other in the world and a trip to “The Last Frontier” isn’t complete until you explore its hidden coves, massive waterfalls and abundant wildlife.
This boating adventure will take you through the Lynn Canal which is North America’s longest and deepest fjord. After getting outfitted in exposure suits you will take off on your adventure by the lead of your knowledgeable captains who know the perfect stops in the area for observation. Keep your eyes open for whales, eagles, seals, sea lions, mountain goats and sea birds as you traverse the rugged wilderness of this historic fjord. At times the captain will even turn off the engines providing you with the opportunity to soak in the perfect ambiance!
The perfect way to see more in less time!
Day 6 – Scenic Cruising
The Inside Passage is a protected seaway that stretches for more than 1,000 mi/1,600 km between the coast of southeast Alaska and a narrow string of islands to the west. It ends in Skagway, about 90 mi/145 km north of Juneau. The waterway has long been the favored sea route between Anchorage and the cities of Seattle and Vancouver because it’s much calmer than the Pacific Ocean. It is also much shorter and easier than going overland via the Alaska Highway. The Inside Passage is the only link—other than by air—to Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka.
As you sail along the rugged coast, you’ll see cloud-shrouded mountains, glaciers, fjords, islands covered with coniferous rain forest, Alaska Native villages, eagles, seals, orca and humpback whales, bears, moose and other animals.
Day 7 – Victoria, British Colombia
Victoria has the mildest climate in Canada. The wild beauty of the Pacific coast and adventures in the great outdoors are within city limits and ocean and mountain vistas will follow you wherever you go. With an energetic and vibrant atmosphere, it’s no surprise that Victoria, B.C. is one of the world’s favorite destinations.
The capital of British Columbia is filled with blooming gardens, heritage architecture and historic charm. The heart of Victoria is its scenic harbor and Old Town, compact areas that are made for strolling and easily explored on foot. Victoria is a unique blend of old world charm and new world experiences. As an island destination, Victoria offers visitors an escape from the hurried world and beams with ambiance. In Victoria, heritage architecture, colorful gardens and traditions like afternoon tea are mixed with outdoor adventure, culinary experiences, cocktail and craft beer scenes.
Day 8 – Seattle
Welcome back! Upon returning to Seattle we will board our transfer and head to Seattle Tacoma International Airport. Here we will board our group flight back to Southern California. Stay tuned for info on our post cruise reunion!