Few regions are more captivating than the Pacific Northwest of America and on this superb cruise you will get to see so many of the natural highlights. Beginning and ending in Seattle, you sail north through the famous Inside Passage to Alaska which, from the grandiose landscapes to its rich culture, is a place like no other and you experience its simple wonders for seven days aboard one of the world's most magnificent liners, the Norwegian Joy. Dine on freshly caught salmon in Ketchikan and visit a 100 year old floral paradise on Vancouver Island.
You board the Norwegian Joy in Seattle, with plenty of time to explore the city before setting sail. Seattle sits on the slip of land between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, with the Olympic and Cascade Mountains serving as a dramatic backdrop for this oh-so cosmopolitan city. Soar up the futuristic Space Needle and experience the views from this stunning landmark created for the 1962 World's Fair and don't forget to have a coffee at the home of Starbucks.
The first of two full days of sea and a good time to get to know the Norwegian Joy and all the marvellous things that she has to offer. Enjoy a rush like no other as you race in the middle on the ocean on a two level race track. Immerse yourself in all the wonder of a virtual world in the Galaxy Pavilion and take part in lots of sports and deck games, or just relax on deck and soak up the sun. There is never a dull moment on this wonderful modern cruise liner.
Its Tlingit Indian name, Kach Khanna, means "spread wings of the eagle." And the chances are you'll see one of these magnificent birds perched atop a Sitka tree today when your ship docks at Ketchikan. Thanks to its abundant rainfall, Ketchikan is surrounded by some of the world's most lush wilderness. Lots of tour options which include a trip by small boat along the misty fjords, a visit to a native village to see a lumberjack show and a chance to go ziplining in a rainforest.
Juneau has been called Alaska's peak experience, certainly due in part to its unparalleled glacier viewing from such places as Tracy Arm Fjord, the Juneau Icefields and Glacier Bay National Park. Kayak up one of the area's many protected waterways, go flight-seeing, tour historic downtown or try your hand at panning for gold. The majestic Mendenhall Glacier lies nearly 12 miles outside Juneau, a trek worthwhile. Also today your ship will cruise past the awesome Sawyer Glacier.
In a single year from 1896 to 1897, this remote town along the Inside Passage grew from a few tents to a city of 20,000 gold seekers. Today, travellers come in search of other riches - to experience yesteryear along Skagway's charming boardwalk lined with buildings that replicate those Gold Rush days. One of the most popular tours while docked here is a trip on the famous White Pass Railway where the views are spectacular.
The last of your full days at sea on the cruise so relax and make the most of it.Why not indulge yourself with a pampering treatment or massage in the spa, try a new dining option - there are so many restaurants that you will be hard pushed to dine in them all - take in a Broadway style show in the huge theatre, go shopping a look for bargains in the ship's boutiques, relax with a cocktail in one of the bars and try your luck in the state of the art casino.
Victoria, British Columbia
Today the Norwegian Joy docks at the lovely city of Victoria on Vancouver Island and you have the chance to roam the spacious lawns of stunning Butchart Gardens with its exotic flora, unusual topiary and exquisite fountains. Explore historic Bastion Square, the treasures of Chinatown and the many sights and sounds to be found along the boardwalk of the Inner Harbour. Also today you have the chance to go on an ocean wildlife trip to see Orca whales.
Today your wonderful Alaska Highlights cruise comes to an end when the Norwegian Joy arrives back in Seattle in the early morning. Say farewell to new found friends then consider spending some time in this buzzing city seeing more of the sights before heading to the airport to catch an onward flight or beginning your journey back home. This short but action packed cruise aboard one of the world's most modern liners will leave you with so many great memories.