CRUISETOUR

Authentic Alaska – Southbound Cruisetour (14 Days)

Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Line®
Fairbanks, AK, United States to Vancouver, BC, Canada
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DAY 1
Air travel
Fairbanks, AK, United States

Welcome to Fairbanks. Whether you're exploring Alaska's Golden Heart City or the wonderful amenities your hotel has to offer, get ready for an unforgettable journey in the days ahead fully escorted by a local Alaskan guide. Please note the standard hotel check-in time is 3 pm. Guests who arrive earlier may have to wait to occupy their rooms. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. Overnight in Fairbanks. *The transfer from airport to hotel is included when arriving flight information is provided to Norwegian Cruise Line at least 10 days prior to your start date. Transfer is offered only on the starting date of the tour. Guests who do not provide flight information within the guidelines forfeit this service. Unused transfers are nonrefundable.

DAY 2
Fairbanks, AK, United States
Denali National Park, AK, United States

Your Norwegian Cruise Line tour director will greet you at your Fairbanks hotel this morning. Today, you'll enjoy a morning aboard the Riverboat Discovery on a three-hour journey. Operated by a family who has made the Alaskan rivers home for five generations, you'll witness a Bush Pilot take off and land beside the boat, and hear stories of flying into remote Alaska firsthand. Halfway through the experience, you'll be immersed in frontier living with a guided walking tour of a recreated Athabascan Indian village. See cabins made of spruce logs, along with other indigenous dwellings that have allowed the strong Athabascan people to survive for thousands of years in this harsh environment. After a brief city tour of Fairbanks, travel by deluxe motorcoach from Fairbanks to Denali. An open evening in Denali is available for optional activities such as whitewater rafting, helicopter flightseeing, hiking, or one of the park service programs. Riverboat Discovery cruise at 9 am, Fairbanks City Tour and lunch on your own at 12:30 pm, depart for Denali at 2:30 pm, arrive at Denali hotel at 5:30 pm. Overnight in Denali.

DAY 3
Denali National Park, AK, United States

More than just the mountain, Denali National Park is six million acres of wild land. An open morning in Denali is available for optional activities. This afternoon, your Tundra Wilderness Tour will take you into this pristine region of Alaska on the only road into and out of the park. Along the way, enjoy a fully narrated ride learning about the flora and fauna of the area while looking out for the wild animals that roam freely and call this park home. While in this beautiful area, set aside time to experience the solitude and tranquility that vast wilderness can provide. During your included tour, you will travel 53 miles into Denali National Park, enjoying the incredible scenery and some of the best opportunities to see wildlife in its natural setting. A light snack is included on the tour. Tour duration is approximately 7 hours. Upon arrival in Alaska, your tour director will advise you of your tour time. Overnight in Denali.

DAY 4
Denali National Park, AK, United States
Talkeetna, AK, United States
Anchorage, AK, United States

Today's itinerary includes a morning kennel tour in Denali. Learn about the Alaska state sport of dog mushing with a stop at a local Iditarod sled dog kennel. You'll be amazed to learn about this fascinating sport, the musher, the dogs, and even get to hold a future champion puppy in your arms. After this authentic visit, we won't be surprised if you are ready to run "The Last Great Race" yourself. In the afternoon, travel along the rails of the Alaska Railroad to the rail depot of Talkeetna with 360-degree views from your deluxe dome railcar seats. As the gorgeous scenery of Alaska rolls past, be watchful for wildlife, as well as glimpses of Mt. McKinley, or, as local Alaskans call it, "The Great One". Full bar and meal service are available for purchase during your rail journey. Continue via motorcoach from Talkeetna to Anchorage. Visit Iditarod Sled Dog Kennel at 8:30 am, travel on Alaska Railroad from Denali to Talkeetna at 12:30 pm, depart for Anchorage via motorcoach at 6 pm, arrive at Anchorage hotel at 9 pm. Overnight in Anchorage.

DAY 5
Anchorage, AK, United States
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, AK, United States
Soldotna, AK, United States
Homer, AK, United States

This morning, you'll head south and tour down the Turnagain Arm along the Seward Highway. This "All American Scenic Highway" has spectacular views of the Cook Inlet and Chugach Mountains. In dramatic fashion, see where the mountains meet the sea. Watch along the banks of the rivers where fishermen call this area home from May to September. Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center where you will see moose, bears, musk ox, and other indigenous animals of the region. Taking in orphaned animals and providing quality animal care year-round, the Conservation Center is dedicated to the protection and preservation of Alaska's wildlife. Animals that cannot be released back into the wild are given a permanent home at the Center. A lunch stop will be made in the community of Soldotna, also known as the "Fishing Capital of the World". Enjoy a brief stop near the world-famous Kenai River and see where the monster King Salmon fish are lured by fisherman, and learn about the five species of salmon that call Alaska home. As you continue through the mountains of the Kenai Peninsula down the coast, enjoy the spectacular views of Kachemak Bay, the Kenai Mountains, and several volcanic peaks across Cook Inlet, including Mt. Augustine, Mt. Iliamna, and Mt. Redoubt. Near the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula, you'll encounter the town of Homer, an authentic Alaskan community not geared toward mass tourism and often described as "where the land ends and the sea begins". Homer has a history steeped in commercial fishing and a mild climate moderated by the Pacific Ocean. This results in warmer winters and cooler summers compared to other areas of Alaska. Homer is also famous for the Homer Spit, a 4.5-mile-long natural spit of land extending into Kachemak Bay, which you can explore in the evening. Depart Anchorage hotel at 7 am, visit Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center at 8 am, arrive Homer and visit to Homer Spit at 3:30 pm. Overnight in Homer.

DAY 6
Homer, AK, United States

Open morning in Homer to explore this community. Book an optional fishing excursion for halibut and salmon, ride one of the ferries to the remote communities of Halibut Cove or Seldovia, or simply stay in town to enjoy the many local galleries and restaurants. Late this afternoon, visit the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center – your window to the largest seabird refuge in the world with all the natural wonders of Kachemak Bay right outside its doors. The Islands & Ocean Visitor Center is a partnership between the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve, dedicated to understanding and conserving the marine environment. Enjoy the modern displays, movies, and information throughout as the Center takes you on an incredible journey through this rough and rugged land. Overnight in Homer.

DAY 7
Homer, AK, United States
Seward, AK, United States
9:00 PM

After departing Homer, stops will be made along the way for you to experience the beauty of the area and break for lunch. Continue in the deluxe motorcoach to Seward to board Norwegian Sun for your 7-day Sawyer Glacier cruise. Depart Homer hotel at 8:30 am, lunch on your own at 11 am, arrive in Seward and embark Norwegian Sun at 3:30 pm.

DAY 8
Hubbard Glacier, AK, United States
DAY 9
Hoonah, AK, United States
9:00 AM 6:00 PM
DAY 10
Juneau, AK, United States
7:00 AM 1:15 PM
Sawyer Glacier (Cruising), AK, United States
DAY 11
Skagway, AK, United States
7:00 AM 5:00 PM
DAY 12
Ketchikan, AK, United States
1:00 PM 8:00 PM
DAY 13
Inside Passage (Cruising), AK, United States
DAY 14
Vancouver, BC, Canada
8:00 AM
Authentic Alaska – Southbound Cruisetour map

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations | Meals (not including specialty restaurants) | Entertainment aboard ship

Not Included

  • Specialty restaurants are available with either nominal cover charges or fixed price menus and … la carte pricing in addition to the standard dining program | Items of a personal nature are not included, such as alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, spa treatments, indoor pool relaxation areas, certain specialty exercise classes, laundry, photographs, casino, ship-to-shore phone, email, Internet, fax and Shore Excursions (including all """"Dive In"""" programs) | Government taxes and fees are also not included

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Offers apply to select sailing(s). Fares are cruise only, per person, based on double occupancy, in U.S. Dollars. Government taxes & fees, and onboard service charges are additional. IMPORTANT NOTICE: NCL reserves the right to charge a fuel supplement without prior notice should the closing price of West Texas Intermediate Fuel increase above US$65 per barrel on the NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange Index). In the event a fuel supplement is charged, NCL will have sole discretion to apply the supplementary charge to both existing and new bookings, regardless of whether such bookings have been paid in full. Such supplementary charges are not included in the cruise fare. The fuel supplement charge will not exceed US$10.00 per passenger per day. Offers are based on availability, are capacity controlled, and combinability with other offers is subject to change or cancellation at any time per Norwegian discretion.Other restrictions apply. Norwegian is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions. c2011 NCL Corporation Ltd. Ships' Registry: Bahamas and United States of America.

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