The beauty of natural wonders and rustic wildlife sightings makes this seven day Alaska cruise, which begins and ends in Seattle, a remarkable experience. Board the superb liner Norwegian Bliss and sail north where you can venture into the wilderness on a dogsled ride in Juneau, witness Misty Fjords aboard a jet-powered catamaran in Ketchikan, and take a memorable ride on the White Pass Scenic Railway at Skagway.
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 atop this stunning landmark created for the 1962 World's Fair and don't forget to have a coffee at the home of Starbucks. Plenty of time to explore before the Norwegian Bliss sails.
A full day at sea and a great time to get to know this brand new ship and all she has to offer. Norwegian Bliss has been custom-built for the spectacular, and features a revolutionary Observation Lounge for you to take in every stunning moment, from bald eagles soaring over glaciers to whales splashing through the waters. On this cruise you can expect to experience the best dining, entertainment and amenities at sea against a backdrop of unrivaled natural beauty.
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.
Cruise Glacier Bay
One of the highlights of the cruise today whenthe Norwegian Bliss sails to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, a United Nations World Heritage Site. Comprised of 3.3 million acres of natural wonders, this pristine region is home to magnificent glaciers, snow-capped mountains and abundant birds and wildlife. And it takes an Alaska cruise to best experience the magnificent glaciers and wildlife at this spectacular area
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.
Today the Norwegian Bliss 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 Bliss 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.