This stunning cruise from Vancouver to Alaska is proving one of the most popular voyages over recent years and there is no better way to experience it than on board Royal Caribbean's luxurious liner Serenade of the Seas. Your seven night journey begins and ends in that great Canadian city and along the way you sail through the stunning Inside Passage and make stops at Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Tracy Arm Fjord seeing beautiful rugged scenery throughout.
It may be worth arriving a few days earlier in this great city to give to time to see some of the sights before your cruise north begins. Surrounded by mountains on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other, the views wherever you go in Vancouver are magnificent. Take a trip up to the top of Grouse Mountain, walk or cycle around Stanley Park, go shopping in the high end boutiques in Robson Street and check out historic Gastown.
Today on board the Serenade of the Seas you can sit back and relax as you sail through Alaska’s Inside Passage. In this stunning region of coastal mountains, fjords, temperate forests and glaciers take in the awe-inspiring scenery from the comfort of your ship as you explore a labyrinth of islands, waterways, bays and small towns. Whales, sea lions and sea otters may accompany you on your journey, making your experience all the more spectacular.
Today you can take on the lumberjacks in an axe-throwing competition or join tough fishermen hauling in huge king crabs at sea. Discover more about Alaska’s Native American culture at the Totem Bight State Historical Park or go in search of salmon, black bears and bald eagles. On a historic walking tour, learn about Ketchikan’s lawless past as a mining and fishing frontiers town, including stories of some shady ladies.
Lots to see and do again today when you drop anchor at Juneau. Whizz above the tundra on a zip wire or experience the amazing buzz of mushing with husky sled dogs across the snow. Soar above a glacier in a helicopter or pan for gold like the pioneers of yesteryear. Watch humpback whales, seals and orcas up close or glide in a gondola to Mount Roberts for some breathtaking views. It’s a thrill a minute in Juneau, with unforgettable holiday experiences that will last a lifetime.
Today at Skagway you can ride the White Pass and Yukon railroads in a vintage rail car, learning the fascinating history of the Klondike Gold Rush. Meet a musher from the world-famous and gruelling Iditarod dog-sled race or discover the area's beautiful mountains and glaciers on a thrilling helicopter trip. You can also fly over the treetops on an exhilarating zip-line ride or explore Skagway’s stunning scenery by boat, jeep, bike or kayak.
Tracy Arm Fjord
Look out for black and brown bears, wolves, deer, moose, seals, whales and bald eagles as you cruise magnificent Tracy Arm Fjord, just south of Juneau. Be wow’ed by two of Alaska's most dramatic glaciers, the North and South Sawyers, with their stunning blue ice, and by the impressive mountains and waterfalls that surround them. With vast granite walls rising 3,000 feet from the emerald seas, it’s a truly memorable experience.
Your only full day at sea on the cruise so make the most of it. Sit back, kick off your shoes and put your feet up during this sea day when you can chill out in one of the bars and lounges, relax by the pool or on deck and enjoy a relaxing beauty treatment in the spa. Or if you’re feeling energetic, now’s the chance to explore all the amazing activities the ship has to offer, from spectacular, West-End-style entertainment to adrenalin-charged sports.
Today your great Alaska cruise comes to an end when the Radiance of the Seas arrives back into Vancouver. Say farewell to new found friends then maybe stay on for a few more days seeing more of the sights before heading to the airport to catch an onward flight or begin your journey home. There is so much to see and do in Vancouver, voted the world's third most livable city, and you won't be disappointed however long you stay.