Seward was originally founded in 1903 as the southern terminus for the Alaska Railroad, a distinction it still holds today. The picturesque harbor with its colorful wood-frame houses and background of soaring cliffs looks out on Resurrection Bay, so named by a band of Russians explorers who found this calm spot along the storm-tossed Gulf of Alaska on Easter Sunday. From downtown Anchorage you can view two active volcanoes, the highest point on the continent of North America (Mount McKinley), and six major mountain ranges.

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  • POST - DISCOVER DENALI - 2020 CODE: ANCL02

    See big, bold and genuine Alaska by following its scenic highways and famed Alaska Railway into rustic towns, through majestic Denali National Park, to an Iditarod dog kennel, and up breathtaking, snow-mantled mountains.

    Day 1

    After disembarking from the cruise ship, you will meet your tour director and begin driving to Girdwood. The road passes through some of America’s most spectacular scenery and holds three scenic designations: USDA Forest Service Scenic Byway, Alaska Scenic Byway, and All-American Road.

    Upon arriving at the Hotel Alyeska and checking in, enjoy an included ride to the top of Mt. Alyeska on the aerial tramway for a spectacular view of the surrounding area with its seven glaciers. The rest of the day and evening are to enjoy as you please. Meals are on your own.

    Day 2

    After breakfast at the hotel, begin your 4-hour scenic tour from Girdwood to Talkeetna via the George Parks Highway, which winds through the kind of scenery that defines the Alaskan interior: tundra, soaring mountain peaks, glaciers, forests, wild rivers, and vast expanses primarily inhabited by animals such as moose, grizzlies, foxes and birds.

    In time, you will visit an Iditarod Sled Dog Kennel and learn about this truly Alaskan competition. Note: this is not a ride with the dogs. Traveling from Anchorage to Nome on the Bering Sea coast, each Iditarod team of 12 to 16 dogs and their musher cover 1,150 miles of Alaska’s most rugged terrain in 10 to 17 days. Add temperatures well below zero, scouring winds, and long hours of darkness, and it is no wonder that the Iditarod is called the last Great Race on Earth.

    Once you reach Denali, you will be transferred to the Grande Denali Lodge, which perches on the edge of a bluff less than a mile from the entrance to Denali National Park.

    Following an enlightening private lecture on Denali, your evening is free to enjoy dinner on-own and an overnight at the lodge.

    Day 3

    The day starts with an early breakfast at Lodge and then the phenomenal 4-5 hour Denali Natural History Tour. Focusing on the rich natural and cultural history of the park, this program travels to the Teklanika River (mile 30) along the Park Road. Several interpretive stops enhance the experience, with an hour of off-bus experience.

    Beginning with a stop at the Savage Cabin, the original ranger’s cabin, provides a living history into how the cabin was once used and how it continues to be used today. At the Teklanika River Rest Area you may have the opportunity to see wildlife on the glacially braided Teklanika River from the overlook. At Primrose Ridge, you will experience a memorable Alaskan Native presentation that will enlighten you with how the land has been used for nearly 10,000 years! Your driver/naturalist will provide a great introduction to the landscape, geology, and history of Denali National Park.

    NOTE: Guests may upgrade to the longer 6-8 hour Tundra Wilderness Tour. This may be purchased from the Tour Director only on Day 1 or 2 of the tour program. Tours use school busses)

    Upon returning to the lodge, enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure, before overnighting at the lodge.

    Day 4

    After breakfast at the lodge, you will drive from Denali on the Parks Highway, which (weather permitting) affords magnificent views of Mt. Denali, the tallest mountain in North America.

    Later this morning, you will have time to explore before boarding an Alaska Railroad train. As you travel the 4.5 hours to Denali, seating is upstairs in the Dome where you will enjoy views from all sides of the railcar and lunch is included downstairs in the dining room. Then, arrive into the town of Talkeetna, whose downtown is a National Historic Site.

    Continuing on from the kennel, you will drive to Anchorage and check-in at the Marriott Hotel in Anchorage or similar hotel. The rest of the day and evening are yours to enjoy as you please.

    Day 5

    After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Anchorage airport for your flight home.

    The hotel check-out time is 11:00am. Late check-out may be arranged and paid directly to the hotel on a space availability basis. For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

    Land Program Step by Step:

    •Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program timings are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.

    •Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you are emailed your final cruise documents 21 days prior to sailing. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

    •The hotels used for your land program will be the hotels listed in this document unless you have been advised otherwise in advance of the land program start date.

    DAY 1

    8:30am Meet your Tour Director upon disembarking the ship

    9:00am Depart Seward for Alyeska

    12:00pm Arrive at Hotel Alyeska

    Included tram ride Mt. Alyeska

    Open afternoon and evening at leisure. Dinner on own

    Overnight at the Hotel Alyeska, Girdwood or similar hotel

    DAY 2

    From 6:00am Buffet breakfast at lodge

    8:00am Depart Denali Park

    9:00am Arrive Anchorage for brief city tour

    12:00pm Arrive Happy Trails Kennels for enlightening presentation

    Box lunch includes sandwich, pasta salad, cookie, bottle of water

    5:30pm Arrive at the Grande Denali Lodge, steps from Denali National Park

    6:30pm Reception with private lecture, followed by dinner (on own, not included)

    Overnight at the Grande Denali Lodge or similar hotel

    DAY 3

    From 6:00am Buffet breakfast at lodge

    7:00am Approximate Departure for Denali Natural History Tour

    12:00pm Approximate Return for Denali Natural History Tour

    Lunch on own

    PM Open for optional activities. Dinner on own.

    Overnight at the Grande Denali Lodge or similar hotel

    DAY 4

    From 6:00am Buffet breakfast at lodge

    11:15am Transfer to Denali Rail Depot

    12:30am Deluxe Dome Rail from Talkeetna to Denali (lunch on train)

    4:45pm Arrive Talkeetna; Board motor coach

    7:30pm Arrive at Marriott Hotel. Dinner on own

    Overnight at the Marriott Hotel or similar hotel

    DAY 5

    AM Breakfast at hotel

    11:00am Check out of the hotel

    AM/PM Transfer to airport two hours prior to your flight. Luggage storage is available for guests with late

    flights.

    Extra Nights: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per the flight details provided. Check-out time is 11:00am (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast are on your own after Day 5 of your program.

    Transfers: All guests booking their flights independently are required to ensure the cruise line has their most up to date flight details so that transfers to the airport can be arranged. If flight details are not received 14 days before your cruise start date, transfers will not be arranged.

    Should you book any extra nights on your own or your flight is not on the last day of the program, transfers are not included.

    Should you have a late departing flight you may wish to book an extra night so that you have occupation of your room until your departure. You will be asked to vacate your room by 11:00am. Day rooms can only be purchased directly through the hotel.

    Expected Weather:

    Approximately 60 degrees Fahrenheit

    What to Bring:

    Warm clothes, rain jacket, binoculars, comfortable walking shoes

    Local Currency:

    US Dollar

    Electricity:

    The electric current in the United States is 110 volts. You may need a converter if you have 220-volt devices.

    Luggage information

    Excess luggage not required for the program can be collected when you disembark and it will be taken to your

    hotel in Anchorage where you will be re-united with it on Day 4. Please pack accordingly before disembarking the

    ship if this is what you choose to do.

    Hotel addresses:

    Marriott Hotel – 820 W 7th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

    Grande Denali Lodge - George Parks Hwy, AK 99755

    Hotel Alyeska – 1000 Arlberg Ave, Girdwood, AK 99587

    *We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified of the change. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure then you will be staying at the hotels listed in this program.

    Program Includes:

    •One night at the Marriott Hotel in Anchorage or similar (Standard double room)

    •Two nights at Grande Denali Lodge or similar (Standard double room)

    •One night at the Alyeska Resort, Girdwood or similar (Standard double room)

    •Full breakfast daily

    •One lunch and one snack box lunch

    •One reception and lecture on Denali

    •Denali Natural History Tour in Denali National Park

    •Deluxe Dome Rail tour

    •Tours and sightseeing as per program

    •Fully escorted

    •Luggage handling and all associated gratuities

    •Airport transfers as applicable

    Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

    Program Excludes for guests:

    •Gratuities for tour director and motor coach driver

    •Personal expenses

    •Any meals not listed above

    •Hotel incidentals including minibar and room service

    HOTELS AND LODGES

    The best available hotels and lodges in Alaska are used throughout the land program. They are comfortable and rustic. Guests accustomed to the level of services at an international five-star hotel will find that the same services are not available in Alaska. Due to peak season in Alaska from May through September, it may be difficult to change rooms during the hotel stay as all hotels have very high occupancy. Hotels are subject to change.

    ADDITIONAL TOURING

    While you are in the Denali area at the beginning of the tour program, your guide will present additional touring programs for sale. These tour options vary from week to week and therefore can’t be pre-purchased. However, your guide will do everything possible to help you secure space.

    BAGGAGE

    As your baggage will travel on many different modes of transportation, please choose sturdy cases that have been properly tagged with personal identifications, both inside and out. It is important to keep all valuables and documents on your person. As amenities such as elevators and baggage handling are limited at some locations, we suggest you only carry one bag per person while on the land tour. Alternately, your tour director will collect any pieces that you do not want to take with you and it will be taken to the hotel in Anchorage where you will be re-united with it on Day 4. Please pack accordingly before disembarking the ship if this is what you choose to do.

    Alternatively, you may wish to contact Luggage Forward to make your own luggage transfer arrangements (at own cost) from your home to the ship - www.luggageforward.com Phone: 877-231-5131

    CLOTHING AND CLIMATE

    With a broad variety of weather possibilities, we encourage you to bring clothes that are suited to layering. Daytime attire in Alaska is strictly casual. Comfortable, supportive walking shoes are a must. The following items should be included: water-repellant coat or jacket, collapsible umbrella, rain hat, lightweight windbreaker, and sweaters. It could be warmer inland with summer temperatures in Denali reaching 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

    ALTITUDE

    Travel in Alaska is generally at lower elevations. The maximum altitude is 2,800 feet in Denali National Park.

    WEATHER CONDITIONS

    Weather conditions are unpredictable. While the cruise line and its appointed ground operators will do everything possible to assist with alternative arrangements, we cannot be held responsible for any costs incurred if a land program, tour or private arrangement made through the cruise line is disrupted due to adverse weather.

    GENERAL INFORMATION

    The published itinerary is based on component suppliers expected to be operating for the land program. Changes to the availability of flights, flight and tour schedules or other itinerary components out of the cruise line’s control may require an adjustment to the final itinerary. The local ground operator will handle meal vouchers, train tickets, or tour tickets included in the program. The cruise line reserves the right to substitute hotels, if necessary.

    Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

    Please note: All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty. There are no refunds for unused portions of any program.

  • PRE - DISCOVER DENALI CODE: SWDL03

    See big, bold and genuine Alaska by following its scenic highways and famed Alaska Railway into rustic towns, through majestic Denali National Park, to an Iditarod dog kennel, and up breathtaking, snow-mantled mountains.

    Day 1

    After flying into the Anchorage airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Anchorage for the evening. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure. Meals are on your own.

    Day 2

    After breakfast at the hotel, you will drive north from Anchorage on the George Parks Highway, which winds through the kind of scenery that defines the Alaskan interior: tundra, soaring mountain peaks, glaciers, forests, wild rivers, and vast expanses primarily inhabited by animals such as moose, grizzlies, foxes and birds.

    Upon reaching Talkeetna, whose downtown is a National Historic Site, you will have a short time to explore before boarding an Alaska Railroad train. As you travel the 4.5 hours to Denali, seating is upstairs in the Dome where you will enjoy views from all sides of the railcar and lunch is included downstairs in the dining room. Once you reach Denali, you will be transferred to the Grande Denali Lodge, which perches on the edge of a bluff less than a mile from the entrance to Denali National Park.

    Following enlightening private lecture on Denali, your evening is open for dinner on own before you overnight at the lodge.

    Day 3

    The day starts with an early breakfast at the lodge then the phenomenal 4-5 hour Denali Natural History Tour. Focusing on the rich natural and cultural history of the park, this program travels to the Teklanika River (mile 30) along the Park Road. Several interpretive stops enhance the experience, with an hour of off-bus experience. Beginning with a stop at the Savage Cabin, the original ranger’s cabin, provides a living history into how the cabin was once used and how it continues to be used today. At the Teklanika River Rest Area you may have the opportunity to see wildlife on the glacially braided Teklanika River from the overlook. At Primrose Ridge, you will experience a memorable Alaskan Native presentation that will enlighten you with how the land has been used for nearly 10,000 years! Your driver/naturalist will provide a great introduction to the landscape, geology, and history of Denali National Park.

    (NOTE: Guests may upgrade to the longer 6-8 hour Tundra Wilderness Tour. This may be purchased from the Tour Director only on Day 1 or 2 of the tour program. Tours are conducted in school busses)

    Upon returning to the lodge, enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure, before overnighting at the lodge.

    Day 4

    After breakfast at the lodge, you will drive from Denali on the Parks Highway, which (weather permitting) affords magnificent views of Mt. Denali, the tallest mountain in North America. In time, you will visit an Iditarod Sled Dog Kennel and learn about this truly Alaskan competition. NOTE: this is not a ride with the dogs.

    Traveling from Anchorage to Nome on the Bering Sea coast, each Iditarod team of 12 to 16 dogs and their musher cover 1,150 miles of Alaska’s most rugged terrain in 10 to 17 days. Add temperatures well below zero, scouring winds, and long hours of darkness, and it is no wonder that the Iditarod is called the last Great Race on Earth.

    Continuing on from the kennel, you will journey along the shoreline between the Chugach Mountains and the waters of Turnagain Arm to Girdwood, eventually checking in to the Hotel Alyeska. The rest of the day and evening are yours to enjoy as you please.

    Day 5

    After breakfast at the resort, you will ride to the top of Mt. Alyeska on the aerial tramway for a spectacular view of the surrounding area with its seven glaciers. After lunch (on own), enjoy a stop at an organization dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife. The center is a home and a refuge for many animals; bear, moose, elk, and other wildlife that call Alaska home. Depart for Seward on the road that passes through some of America’s most spectacular scenery and holds three scenic designations: USDA Forest Service Scenic Byway, Alaska Scenic Byway, and All-American Road.

    Upon arriving in Seward, you will embark on the cruise ship.

    Land Program Step by Step:

    • Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program timings are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.

    • Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you are emailed your final cruise documents 21 days prior to sailing. You will then receive one last final itinerary from our ground operator with a Welcome Letter upon arrival or at your hotel. Please review that Welcome Letter and your final itinerary carefully for any further amendments.

    • The hotels used for your land program will be the hotels listed in this document unless you have been advised otherwise in advance of the land program start date.

    Extra Nights:

    • If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met as per the flight details provided and transferred to your hotel. Check-in time is 3:00pm (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own until day 2 of the program.

    • Should you have an early arriving flight you may wish to book an extra night as your room will not be ready for occupation until approximately 3:00pm

    • Should you book any extra nights on your own, transfers are not included.

    Should you book any extra nights on your own because your flight arrives before the first day of the program, transfers are not included.

    *Should you have an early arriving flight you may wish to book an extra night as your room will not be ready for occupation until approximately 3:00pm.

    Day 1

    Fly into Ted Stevens International Airport and transfer to the Marriott Hotel in Anchorage or similar hotel.

    Check in is 3:00pm. If you prefer an early check-in, you may purchase hotel accommodations for an extra night.

    This day is at leisure and meals are on own.

    Meet and Greet and transfers:

    • Final cruise documents emailed at 21 days prior to sailing, also include on page 1, a contact telephone number of our local ground agent to use should you not be able to locate your meet and greet upon arrival. Remember that often many guests are arriving on the same flight and the representative may be assisting someone else when you exit the customs and / or luggage claim area.

    • Always look for someone holding a sign with the cruise line logo and possibly your name. If in doubt please check with airport staff to be directed to the meeting area for transfers or to page our representative.

    • Meet and Greet and transfers for guests arriving on Day 1 of a land program or for any extra nights booked through the cruise line, are arranged based on the flight details received by guests at least 14 days before sailing.

    • If we have not received your flight details or your flights have changed and the Destination Services Land Team not notified, then a transfer cannot be provided and guests will be responsible for getting to the land program hotel at their own expense. Please immediately contact our Reservations Department for any flight changes before departure.

    DAY 2

    6:00am Buffet breakfast at the hotel

    8:00am Depart Anchorage for Talkeetna

    11:05am Board Deluxe Dome Railcar for Denali National Park (lunch included on train)

    3:45pm Arrive at the Grande Denali Lodge, steps from Denali National Park

    5:30pm Reception with private lecture

    PM Open evening for dinner on-own or optional activities

    Overnight at the Grande Denali Lodge

    DAY 3

    6:00am Buffet breakfast at the lodge

    7:00am Approximate Departure for Denali Natural History Tour

    12:00pm Approximate Return from Denali Natural History Tour

    Lunch on own

    PM Open for optional activities and dinner on own

    Overnight at the Grande Denali Lodge

    DAY 4

    6:00am Buffet breakfast at the lodge

    8:00am Depart Denali

    12:00pm Arrive at Happy Trails Kennels for presentation

    Box lunch provided with sandwich, pasta salad, cookie and bottle of water

    2:00pm Depart for Anchorage

    3:30pm Arrive in Anchorage for brief city tour

    5:30pm Arrive at the Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood

    PM Open evening for optional activities and dinner on own

    Overnight at the Hotel Alyeska

    DAY 5

    6:00am Buffet breakfast at the resort

    AM Open for optional activities or use of the included Tram Ticket to the top of Mount Alyeska.

    Lunch on own

    12:45pm Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

    3:30pm Arrive in Seward and embark the ship

    Expected Weather:

    Approximately 60 degrees Fahrenheit

    What to Bring:

    Warm clothing, Rain jacket, binoculars, comfortable walking shoes

    Local Currency:

    US Dollar

    Electricity:

    The electric current in the United States is 110 volts. You may need a converter if you have 220-volt devices.

    Luggage information

    Excess luggage can be stored and delivered to the ship from the Anchorage Hotel

    Documents and Visa Requirements:

    None for US Citizens

    Hotel addresses:

    Marriott Anchorage Hotel – 820 W 7th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

    Grande Denali Lodge - George Parks Hwy, AK 99755

    Hotel Alyeska – 1000 Arlberg Ave, Girdwood, AK 99587

    *We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified of the change. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure then you will be staying at the hotels listed in this program.

    Program includes:

    •One night at the Marriott Hotel in Anchorage or similar (Standard double room)

    •Two nights at the Grande Denali Lodge or similar (Standard double room)

    •One night at the Hotel Alyeska, Girdwood or similar (Standard double room)

    •Denali Natural History Tour in Denali National Park

    •Full breakfast daily

    •One lunch and one box lunch

    •One reception and lecture on Denali

    •Deluxe Dome Rail tour

    •Tours and sightseeing as per the program

    •Fully escorted

    •Luggage handling and all associated gratuities

    •Airport transfers as applicable

    Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

    Program Excludes for guests:

    •Gratuities for tour director and motorcoach driver

    •Personal expenses

    •Any meals not listed above

    •Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

    HOTELS AND LODGES

    The best available hotels and lodges in Alaska are used throughout the land program. They are comfortable and rustic. Guests accustomed to the level of services at an international five-star hotel will find that the same services are not available in Alaska. Due to peak season in Alaska from May through September, it may be difficult to change rooms during the hotel stay as all hotels have very high occupancy. Hotels are subject to change.

    ADDITIONAL TOURING

    While you are in the Denali area at the beginning of the tour program, your guide will present additional touring programs for sale. These tour options vary from week to week and therefore can’t be pre-purchased. However, your guide will do everything possible to help you secure space.

    BAGGAGE

    As your baggage will travel on many different modes of transportation, please choose sturdy cases that have been properly tagged with personal identifications, both inside and out. It is important to keep all valuables and documents on your person. As amenities such as elevators and baggage handling are limited at some locations, we suggest you only carry one bag per person while on the land tour. Alternately, your tour director will arrange to store any pieces at the hotel in Anchorage that you do not want to take with you and it will be sent to the ship in Seward for embarkation.

    Guests can also make arrangements for their luggage to be transported from their home to the ship by contacting Luggage Forward at 877-231-5131 or www.luggageforward.com/rssc.

    CLOTHING AND CLIMATE

    With a broad variety of weather possibilities, we encourage you to bring clothes that are suited to layering. Daytime attire in Alaska is strictly casual. Comfortable, supportive walking shoes are a must. The following items should be included: water-repellant coat or jacket, collapsible umbrella, rain hat, lightweight windbreaker, and sweaters. It could be warmer inland with summer temperatures in Denali reaching 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

    ALTITUDE

    Travel in Alaska is generally at lower elevations. The maximum altitude is 2,800 feet in Denali National Park.

    WEATHER CONDITIONS

    Weather conditions are unpredictable. While the cruise line and its appointed ground operators will do everything possible to assist with alternative arrangements, we cannot be held responsible for any costs incurred if a land program, tour or private arrangement made through the cruise line is disrupted due to adverse weather.

    GENERAL INFORMATION

    The published itinerary is based on component suppliers expected to be operating for the land program. Changes to the availability of flights, flight and tour schedules or other itinerary components out of the cruise line’s control may require an adjustment to the final itinerary. The local ground operator will handle meal vouchers, train tickets, or tour tickets included in the program. The cruise line reserves the right to substitute hotels, if necessary.

    Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

    Please note: All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty. There are no refunds for unused portions of any program. Guests failing to arrive on Day 1 of a scheduled land program will be considered a no-show and their hotel space released.

  • TRANSFER WILDLIFE CENTER TO SEWARD CODE: SWDL24

  • PRE - DISCOVER DENALI 2020 CODE: ANCL01

    See big, bold and genuine Alaska by following its scenic highways and famed Alaska Railway into rustic towns, through majestic Denali National Park, to an Iditarod dog kennel, and up breathtaking, snow-mantled mountains.

    Day 1

    After flying into the Anchorage airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Anchorage for the evening. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure. Meals are on your own.

    Day 2

    After breakfast at the hotel, you will drive north from Anchorage on the George Parks Highway, which winds through the kind of scenery that defines the Alaskan interior: tundra, soaring mountain peaks, glaciers, forests, wild rivers, and vast expanses primarily inhabited by animals such as moose, grizzlies, foxes and birds.

    Upon reaching Talkeetna, whose downtown is a National Historic Site, you will have a short time to explore before boarding an Alaska Railroad train. As you travel the 4.5 hours to Denali, seating is upstairs in the Dome where you will enjoy views from all sides of the railcar and lunch is included downstairs in the dining room. Once you reach Denali, you will be transferred to the Grande Denali Lodge, which perches on the edge of a bluff less than a mile from the entrance to Denali National Park.

    Following enlightening private lecture on Denali, your evening is open for dinner on own before you overnight at the lodge.

    Day 3

    The day starts with an early breakfast at the lodge then the phenomenal 4-5 hour Denali Natural History Tour. Focusing on the rich natural and cultural history of the park, this program travels to the Teklanika River (mile 30) along the Park Road. Several interpretive stops enhance the experience, with an hour of off-bus experience. Beginning with a stop at the Savage Cabin, the original ranger’s cabin, provides a living history into how the cabin was once used and how it continues to be used today. At the Teklanika River Rest Area you may have the opportunity to see wildlife on the glacially braided Teklanika River from the overlook. At Primrose Ridge, you will experience a memorable Alaskan Native presentation that will enlighten you with how the land has been used for nearly 10,000 years!

    Your driver/naturalist will provide a great introduction to the landscape, geology, and history of Denali National Park.

    (NOTE: Guests may upgrade to the longer 6-8 hour Tundra Wilderness Tour. This may be purchased from the Tour Director only on Day 1 or 2 of the tour program. Tours are conducted in school busses)

    Upon returning to the lodge, enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure, before overnighting at the lodge.

    Day 4

    After breakfast at the lodge, you will drive from Denali on the Parks Highway, which (weather permitting) affords magnificent views of Mt. Denali, the tallest mountain in North America. In time, you will visit an Iditarod Sled Dog Kennel and learn about this truly Alaskan competition. NOTE: this is not a ride with the dogs.

    Traveling from Anchorage to Nome on the Bering Sea coast, each Iditarod team of 12 to 16 dogs and their musher cover 1,150 miles of Alaska’s most rugged terrain in 10 to 17 days. Add temperatures well below zero, scouring winds, and long hours of darkness, and it is no wonder that the Iditarod is called the last Great Race on Earth.

    Continuing on from the kennel, you will journey along the shoreline between the Chugach Mountains and the waters of Turnagain Arm to Girdwood, eventually checking in to the Hotel Alyeska. The rest of the day and evening are yours to enjoy as you please.

    Day 5

    After breakfast at the resort, you will ride to the top of Mt. Alyeska on the aerial tramway for a spectacular view of the surrounding area with its seven glaciers. Depart for Seward after lunch (on own). The road to Seward passes through some of America’s most spectacular scenery and holds three scenic designations: USDA Forest Service Scenic Byway, Alaska Scenic Byway, and All-American Road.

    Upon arriving in Seward, you will embark on the cruise ship.

    Land Program Step by Step:

    •Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program timings are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.

    •Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you are emailed your final cruise documents 21 days prior to sailing. You will then receive one last final itinerary from our ground operator with a Welcome Letter upon arrival or at your hotel. Please review that Welcome Letter and your final itinerary carefully for any further amendments.

    •The hotels used for your land program will be the hotels listed in this document unless you have been advised otherwise in advance of the land program start date.

    Extra Nights:

    •If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met as per the flight details provided and transferred to your hotel. Check-in time is 3:00pm (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own until day 2 of the program.

    •Should you have an early arriving flight you may wish to book an extra night as your room will not be ready for occupation until approximately 3:00pm

    •Should you book any extra nights on your own, transfers are not included.

    Day 1

    Fly into Ted Stevens International Airport and transfer to the Marriott Hotel in Anchorage or similar hotel.

    Check in is 3:00pm. If you prefer an early check-in, you may purchase hotel accommodations for an extra night.

    This day is at leisure and meals are on own.

    Meet and Greet and transfers:

    •Final cruise documents emailed at 21 days prior to sailing, also include on page 1, a contact telephone number of our local ground agent to use should you not be able to locate your meet and greet upon arrival. Remember that often many guests are arriving on the same flight and the representative may be assisting someone else when you exit the customs and / or luggage claim area.

    •Always look for someone holding a sign with the cruise line logo and possibly your name. If in doubt please check with airport staff to be directed to the meeting area for transfers or to page our representative.

    •Meet and Greet and transfers for guests arriving on Day 1 of a land program or for any extra nights booked through the cruise line, are arranged based on the flight details received by guests at least 14 days before sailing.

    •If we have not received your flight details or your flights have changed and the Destination Services Land Team not notified, then a transfer cannot be provided and guests will be responsible for getting to the land program hotel at their own expense. Please immediately contact our Reservations Department for any flight changes before departure.

    DAY 2

    6:00am Buffet breakfast at the hotel

    8:00am Depart Anchorage for Talkeetna

    11:05am Board Deluxe Dome Railcar for Denali National Park (lunch included on train)

    3:45pm Arrive at the Grande Denali Lodge, steps from Denali National Park

    5:30pm Reception with private lecture

    PM Open evening for dinner on-own or optional activities

    Overnight at the Grande Denali Lodge or similar hotel

    DAY 3

    6:00am Buffet breakfast at the lodge

    7:00am Approximate Departure for Denali Natural History Tour

    12:00pm Approximate Return from Denali Natural History Tour

    Lunch on own

    PM Open for optional activities

    Overnight at the Grande Denali Lodge or similar hotel

    DAY 4

    6:00am Buffet breakfast at the lodge

    8:00am Depart Denali

    12:00pm Arrive at Happy Trails Kennels for presentation

    Box lunch provided with sandwich, pasta salad, cookie and bottle of water

    2:00pm Depart for Anchorage

    3:30pm Arrive in Anchorage for brief city tour

    5:30pm Arrive at the Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood

    PM Open evening for optional activities and dinner on own

    Overnight at the Hotel Alyeska or similar hotel

    DAY 5

    6:00am Buffet breakfast at the resort

    AM Open for optional activities or use of the included Tram Ticket to the top of Mount Alyeska.

    Lunch on own

    1:00pm Depart for Seward

    3:30pm Arrive in Seward and embark the ship

    Expected Weather:

    Approximately 60 degrees Fahrenheit

    What to Bring:

    Warm clothing, Rain jacket, binoculars, comfortable walking shoes

    Local Currency:

    US Dollar

    Electricity:

    The electric current in the United States is 110 volts. You may need a converter if you have 220-volt devices.

    Luggage information

    Excess luggage can be stored and delivered to the ship from the Anchorage Hotel

    Documents and Visa Requirements:

    None for US Citizens

    Hotel addresses:

    Marriott Anchorage Hotel – 820 W 7th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

    Grande Denali Lodge - George Parks Hwy, AK 99755

    Hotel Alyeska – 1000 Arlberg Ave, Girdwood, AK 99587

    *We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified of the change. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure then you will be staying at the hotels listed in this program.

    Program includes:

    •One night at the Marriott Hotel in Anchorage or similar (Standard double room)

    •Two nights at the Grande Denali Lodge or similar (Standard double room)

    •One night at the Hotel Alyeska, Girdwood or similar (Standard double room)

    •Denali Natural History Tour in Denali National Park

    •Full breakfast daily

    •One lunch and one box lunch

    •One reception and lecture on Denali

    •Deluxe Dome Rail tour

    •Tours and sightseeing as per the program

    •Fully escorted

    •Luggage handling and all associated gratuities

    •Airport transfers as applicable

    Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

    Program Excludes for guests:

    •Gratuities for tour director and motor coach driver

    •Personal expenses

    •Any meals not listed above

    •Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

    HOTELS AND LODGES

    The best available hotels and lodges in Alaska are used throughout the land program. They are comfortable and rustic. Guests accustomed to the level of services at an international five-star hotel will find that the same services are not available in Alaska. Due to peak season in Alaska from May through September, it may be difficult to change rooms during the hotel stay as all hotels have very high occupancy. Hotels are subject to change.

    ADDITIONAL TOURING

    While you are in the Denali area at the beginning of the tour program, your guide will present additional touring programs for sale. These tour options vary from week to week and therefore can’t be pre-purchased. However, your guide will do everything possible to help you secure space.

    BAGGAGE

    As your baggage will travel on many different modes of transportation, please choose sturdy cases that have been properly tagged with personal identifications, both inside and out. It is important to keep all valuables and documents on your person. As amenities such as elevators and baggage handling are limited at some locations, we suggest you only carry one bag per person while on the land tour. Alternately, your tour director will arrange to store at the hotel in Anchorage, any luggage that you do not want to take with you and have it transferred to the ship in Seward for your embarkation.

    Alternatively, you may wish to contact Luggage Forward to make your own luggage transfer arrangements (at own cost) from your home to the ship - www.luggageforward.com Phone: 877-231-5131

    CLOTHING AND CLIMATE

    With a broad variety of weather possibilities, we encourage you to bring clothes that are suited to layering. Daytime attire in Alaska is strictly casual. Comfortable, supportive walking shoes are a must. The following items should be included: water-repellant coat or jacket, collapsible umbrella, rain hat, lightweight windbreaker, and sweaters. It could be warmer inland with summer temperatures in Denali reaching 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

    ALTITUDE

    Travel in Alaska is generally at lower elevations. The maximum altitude is 2,800 feet in Denali National Park.

    WEATHER CONDITIONS

    Weather conditions are unpredictable. While the cruise line and its appointed ground operators will do everything possible to assist with alternative arrangements, we cannot be held responsible for any costs incurred if a land program, tour or private arrangement made through the cruise line is disrupted due to adverse weather.

    GENERAL INFORMATION

    The published itinerary is based on component suppliers expected to be operating for the land program. Changes to the availability of flights, flight and tour schedules or other itinerary components out of the cruise line’s control may require an adjustment to the final itinerary. The local ground operator will handle meal vouchers, train tickets, or tour tickets included in the program. The cruise line reserves the right to substitute hotels, if necessary.

    Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

    Please note: All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty. There are no refunds for unused portions of any program. Guests failing to arrive on Day 1 of a scheduled land program will be considered a no-show and their hotel space released.

  • POST - DISCOVER DENALI CODE: SWDL04

    See big, bold and genuine Alaska by following its scenic highways and famed Alaska Railway into rustic towns, through majestic Denali National Park, to an Iditarod dog kennel, and up breathtaking, snow-mantled mountains.

    Day 1

    After disembarking from the cruise ship, you will meet your tour director and begin driving to Girdwood. The road passes through some of America’s most spectacular scenery and holds three scenic designations: USDA Forest Service Scenic Byway, Alaska Scenic Byway, and All-American Road. On the way, enjoy a stop at an organization dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife. The center is a home and a refuge for many animals; bear, moose, elk, and other wildlife that call Alaska home.

    Upon arriving at the Hotel Alyeska and checking in, enjoy an included ride to the top of Mt. Alyeska on the aerial tramway for a spectacular view of the surrounding area with its seven glaciers. The rest of the day and evening are to enjoy as you please. Meals are on your own.

    Day 2

    After breakfast at the hotel, begin your 4-hour scenic tour from Girdwood to Denali via the George Parks Highway, which winds through the kind of scenery that defines the Alaskan interior: tundra, soaring mountain peaks, glaciers, forests, wild rivers, and vast expanses primarily inhabited by animals such as moose, grizzlies, foxes and birds.

    In time, you will visit an Iditarod Sled Dog Kennel and learn about this truly Alaskan competition. Note: this is not a ride with the dogs. Traveling from Anchorage to Nome on the Bering Sea coast, each Iditarod team of 12 to 16 dogs and their musher cover 1,150 miles of Alaska’s most rugged terrain in 10 to 17 days. Add temperatures well below zero, scouring winds, and long hours of darkness, and it is no wonder that the Iditarod is called the last Great Race on Earth.

    Once you reach Denali, you will be transferred to the Grande Denali Lodge, which perches on the edge of a bluff less than a mile from the entrance to Denali National Park. Following an enlightening private lecture on Denali, your evening is free to enjoy dinner on-own and an overnight at the lodge.

    Day 3

    The day starts with an early breakfast at Lodge and then the phenomenal 4-5 hour Denali Natural History Tour. Focusing on the rich natural and cultural history of the park, this program travels to the Teklanika River (mile 30) along the Park Road. Several interpretive stops enhance the experience, with an hour of off-bus experience. Beginning with a stop at the Savage Cabin, the original ranger’s cabin, provides a living history into how the cabin was once used and how it continues to be used today. At the Teklanika River Rest Area you may have the opportunity to see wildlife on the glacially braided Teklanika River from the overlook. At Primrose Ridge, you will experience a memorable Alaskan Native presentation that will enlighten you with how the land has been used for nearly 10,000 years! Your driver/naturalist will provide a great introduction to the landscape, geology, and history of Denali National Park.

    (NOTE: Guests may upgrade to the longer 6-8 hour Tundra Wilderness Tour. This may be purchased from the Tour Director only on Day 1 or 2 of the tour program. Tours use school busses)

    Upon returning to the lodge, enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure, before overnighting at the lodge.

    Day 4

    After breakfast at the lodge, board an Alaska Railroad train. As you travel the 4.5 hours to Talkeetna, seating is upstairs in the Dome where you will enjoy views from all sides of the railcar and lunch is included downstairs in the dining room.

    Continuing on from Talkeetna, you will drive to Anchorage and check-in at the Marriott Hotel in Anchorage or similar hotel. The rest of the day and evening are yours to enjoy as you please.

    Day 5

    After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Anchorage airport for your flight home.

    The hotel check-out time is 11a.m. Late check-out may be arranged and paid directly to the hotel on a space availability basis. For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

    Land Program Step by Step:

    • Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program timings are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.

    • Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you are emailed your final cruise documents 21 days prior to sailing. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

    • The hotels used for your land program will be the hotels listed in this document unless you have been advised otherwise in advance of the land program start date.

    DAY 1

    8:30am Meet your Tour Director upon disembarking the ship

    9:00am Depart Seward for Alyeska

    11:30am Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

    12:45pm Arrive at Hotel Alyeska

    Included tram ride Mt. Alyeska

    Open afternoon and evening at leisure. Dinner on own

    Overnight at the Hotel Alyeska, Girdwood

    DAY 2

    6:00am Buffet breakfast at resort

    8:00am Depart resort for Denali

    12:00pm Arrive at Happy Trails Kennels for presentation

    Box lunch provided with sandwich, pasta salad, cookie and bottle of water

    5:30pm Arrive at the Grande Denali Lodge, steps from Denali National Park

    6:30pm Reception with private lecture, followed by dinner (on own, not included)

    Overnight at the Grande Denali Lodge

    DAY 3

    6:00am Buffet breakfast at lodge

    7:00am Approximate Departure for Denali Natural History Tour

    12:00pm Approximate Return for Denali Natural History Tour

    Lunch on own

    PM Open for optional activities. Dinner on own.

    Overnight at the Grande Denali Lodge

    DAY 4

    6:00am Buffet breakfast at lodge

    12:30pm Deluxe Dome Rail from Denali to Talkeetna (lunch on train)

    5pm Depart for Anchorage

    7:30pm Arrive at Marriott Hotel. Dinner on own

    Overnight at the Marriott Hotel or similar

    DAY 5

    AM Breakfast at hotel

    11:00am Check out of the hotel

    AM/PM Transfer to airport two hours prior to your flight. Luggage storage is available for guests with late

    flights.

    Extra Nights: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per the flight details provided. Check-out time is 11:00am (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast are on your own after Day 5 of your program.

    Transfers: All guests booking their flights independently are required to ensure the cruise line has their most up to date flight details so that transfers to the airport can be arranged. . If flight details are not received 14 days before your cruise start date, transfers will not be arranged.

    Should you book any extra nights on your own or your flight is not on the last day of the program, transfers are not included.

    Should you have a late departing flight you may wish to book an extra night so that you have occupation of your room until your departure. You will be asked to vacate your room by 11:00am. Day rooms can only be purchased directly through the hotel.

    Should you book any extra nights on your own or your flight is not on the last day of the program, transfers are not included.

    Should you have a late departing flight you may wish to book an extra night so that you have occupation of your room until your departure. You will be asked to vacate your room by 11:00am.

    Expected Weather:

    Approximately 60 degrees Fahrenheit

    What to Bring:

    Warm clothes, rain jacket, binoculars, comfortable walking shoes

    Local Currency:

    US Dollar

    Electricity:

    The electric current in the United States is 110 volts. You may need a converter if you have 220-volt devices.

    Luggage information

    Excess luggage can be collected when you disembark and it will be taken to your hotel in Anchorage where you

    will be re-united with it on Day 4. Please pack accordingly before disembarking the ship if this is what you choose to do.

    Documents and Visa Requirements:

    None for US Citizens

    Hotel addresses:

    Marriott Hotel – 820 W 7th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

    Grande Denali Lodge - George Parks Hwy, AK 99755

    Hotel Alyeska – 1000 Arlberg Ave, Girdwood, AK 99587

    *We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified of the change. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure then you will be staying at the hotels listed in this program.

    Program Includes:

    •One night at the Marriott Hotel in Anchorage or similar (Standard double room)

    •Two nights at Grande Denali Lodge or similar (Standard double room)

    •One night at the Alyeska Resort, Girdwood or similar (Standard double room)

    •Full breakfast daily

    •One lunch and one snack box lunch

    •One reception and lecture on Denali

    •Denali Natural History Tour in Denali National Park

    •Deluxe Dome Rail tour

    •Tours and sightseeing as per program

    •Fully escorted

    •Luggage handling and all associated gratuities

    •Airport transfers as applicable

    Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

    Program Excludes for guests:

    •Gratuities for tour director and motor coach driver

    •Personal expenses

    •Any meals not listed above

    •Hotel incidentals including minibar and room service

    HOTELS AND LODGES

    The best available hotels and lodges in Alaska are used throughout the land program. They are comfortable and rustic. Guests accustomed to the level of services at an international five-star hotel will find that the same services are not available in Alaska. Due to peak season in Alaska from May through September, it may be difficult to change rooms during the hotel stay as all hotels have very high occupancy. Hotels are subject to change.

    ADDITIONAL TOURING

    While you are in the Denali area at the beginning of the tour program, your guide will present additional touring programs for sale. These tour options vary from week to week and therefore can’t be pre-purchased. However, your guide will do everything possible to help you secure space.

    BAGGAGE

    As your baggage will travel on many different modes of transportation, please choose sturdy cases that have been properly tagged with personal identifications, both inside and out. It is important to keep all valuables and documents on your person. As amenities such as elevators and baggage handling are limited at some locations, we suggest you only carry one bag per person while on the land tour. Alternately, your tour director will collect at the ship any pieces that you do not want to take with you and it will be taken to the hotel in Anchorage where you will be re-united with it on Day 4. Please pack accordingly before disembarking the ship if this is what you choose to do.

    Guests can also make arrangements for their luggage to be transported from the ship to home by contacting Luggage Free at 800-361-6871or www.luggagefree.com.

    CLOTHING AND CLIMATE

    With a broad variety of weather possibilities, we encourage you to bring clothes that are suited to layering. Daytime attire in Alaska is strictly casual. Comfortable, supportive walking shoes are a must. The following items should be included: water-repellant coat or jacket, collapsible umbrella, rain hat, lightweight windbreaker, and sweaters. It could be warmer inland with summer temperatures in Denali reaching 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

    ALTITUDE

    Travel in Alaska is generally at lower elevations. The maximum altitude is 2,800 feet in Denali National Park.

    WEATHER CONDITIONS

    Weather conditions are unpredictable. While the cruise line and its appointed ground operators will do everything possible to assist with alternative arrangements, we cannot be held responsible for any costs incurred if a land program, tour or private arrangement made through the cruise line is disrupted due to adverse weather.

    GENERAL INFORMATION

    The published itinerary is based on component suppliers expected to be operating for the land program. Changes to the availability of flights, flight and tour schedules or other itinerary components out of the cruise line’s control may require an adjustment to the final itinerary. The local ground operator will handle meal vouchers, train tickets, or tour tickets included in the program. The cruise line reserves the right to substitute hotels, if necessary.

    Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

    Please note: All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty. There are no refunds for unused portions of any program.

  • EXTRA NIGHT - DENALI ADVENTURE FROM FAIRBANKS CODE: SWDL23

    You have elected to add an additional night or nights onto your land package. Your additional night(s) includes breakfast.

    If your land package is pre cruise – you will be staying at the same hotel as Day 1 of your land package and you will receive a private sedan transfer from the airport to the hotel on the day you arrive.

    If your land package is post cruise - you will be staying at the same hotel as the last day of your land package and you will receive a private sedan transfer from the hotel to the airport on the day you depart.

    Sedans hold maximum 2 pieces of large luggage, 2 small carry on's and 2 guests. Should you have additional luggage, a larger vehicle will be required and surcharges may apply. Please contact our Reservations Department for more details should you require a larger vehicle.

  • PRE - DISCOVER DENALI - DENALI PARK VILLAGE CODE: SWDL15

    See big, bold and genuine Alaska by following its scenic highways and famed Alaska Railway into rustic towns, through majestic Denali National Park, to an Iditarod dog kennel, and up breathtaking, snow-mantled mountains.

    Day 1

    After flying into the Anchorage airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Anchorage for the evening. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure. Meals are on your own.

    Day 2

    After breakfast at the hotel, you will drive north from Anchorage on the George Parks Highway, which winds through the kind of scenery that defines the Alaskan interior: tundra, soaring mountain peaks, glaciers, forests, wild rivers, and vast expanses primarily inhabited by animals such as moose, grizzlies, foxes and birds.

    Upon reaching Talkeetna, whose downtown is a National Historic Site, you will have a short time to explore before boarding an Alaska Railroad train. As you travel the 4.5 hours to Denali, seating is upstairs in the Dome where you will enjoy views from all sides of the railcar and lunch is included downstairs in the dining room. Once you reach Denali, you will be transferred to the Denali Park Village Lodge located seven miles south of Denali National Park & Preserve entrance and nestled along the banks of the Nenana River. Spread over 20 acres, The Lodge offers light hiking and interpretive trails throughout the facility.

    Following an enlightening private lecture on Denali, your evening is open for dinner on own before you overnight at the lodge.

    Day 3

    The day starts with an early breakfast at the lodge then the phenomenal 4-5 hour Denali Natural History Tour. Focusing on the rich natural and cultural history of the park, this program travels to the Teklanika River (mile 30) along the Park Road. Several interpretive stops enhance the experience, with an hour of off-bus experience. Beginning with a stop at the Savage Cabin, the original ranger’s cabin, provides a living history into how the cabin was once used and how it continues to be used today.

    At the Teklanika River Rest Area you may have the opportunity to see wildlife on the glacially braided Teklanika River from the overlook. At Primrose Ridge, you will experience a memorable Alaskan Native presentation that will enlighten you with how the land has been used for nearly 10,000 years! Your driver/naturalist will provide a great introduction to the landscape, geology, and history of Denali National Park.

    (NOTE: Guests may upgrade to the longer 6-8 hour Tundra Wilderness Tour. This may be purchased from the Tour Director only on Day 1 or 2 of the tour program. Tours are conducted in school busses)

    Upon returning to the lodge, enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure, before overnighting at the lodge.

    Day 4

    After breakfast at the lodge, you will drive from Denali on the Parks Highway, which (weather permitting) affords magnificent views of Mt. Denali, the tallest mountain in North America. In time, you will visit an Iditarod Sled Dog Kennel and learn about this truly Alaskan competition. NOTE: this is not a ride with the dogs.

    Traveling from Anchorage to Nome on the Bering Sea coast, each Iditarod team of 12 to 16 dogs and their musher cover 1,150 miles of Alaska’s most rugged terrain in 10 to 17 days. Add temperatures well below zero, scouring winds, and long hours of darkness, and it is no wonder that the Iditarod is called the last Great Race on Earth.

    Continuing on from the kennel, you will journey along the shoreline between the Chugach Mountains and the waters of Turnagain Arm to Girdwood, eventually checking in to the Hotel Alyeska. The rest of the day and evening are yours to enjoy as you please.

    Day 5

    After breakfast at the resort, you will ride to the top of Mt. Alyeska on the aerial tramway for a spectacular view of the surrounding area with its seven glaciers. After lunch (on own), enjoy a stop at an organization dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife. The center is a home and a refuge for many animals; bear, moose, elk, and other wildlife that call Alaska home. Depart for Seward on the road that passes through some of America’s most spectacular scenery and holds three scenic designations: USDA Forest Service Scenic Byway, Alaska Scenic Byway, and All-American Road.

    Upon arriving in Seward, you will embark on the cruise ship.

    Land Program Step by Step:

    Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program details are subject to change. The timings indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you receive your final cruise documents at approximately 21 days prior to sailing. You will then receive one last final itinerary from our ground operator with your Welcome Letter upon arrival. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

    EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to your hotel in Anchorage. Note that check in time is 3:00pm. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own until Day 2 of the program. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details. Guests who book their own extra nights will not receive an arrival transfer.

    Day 1

    Fly into Ted Stevens International Airport and transfer to the Marriott Hotel in Anchorage or similar hotel.

    Check in is 3:00pm. If you prefer an early check-in, you may purchase hotel accommodations for an extra night.

    This day is at leisure and meals are on own.

    DAY 2

    6:00am Buffet breakfast at the hotel

    8:00am Depart Anchorage for Talkeetna

    11:05am Board Deluxe Dome Railcar for Denali National Park (lunch included on train)

    3:45pm Arrive at the Denali Park Village Lodge

    5:30pm Reception with private lecture

    PM Open evening for dinner on-own or optional activities

    Overnight at the Denali Park Village Lodge

    DAY 3

    6:00am Buffet breakfast at the lodge

    7:00am Approximate Departure for Denali Natural History Tour

    12:00pm Approximate Return from Denali Natural History Tour

    Lunch on own

    PM Open for optional activities

    Overnight at the Denali Park Village Lodge

    DAY 4

    6:00am Buffet breakfast at the lodge

    8:00am Depart Denali

    12:00pm Arrive at Happy Trails Kennels for presentation

    Box lunch provided with sandwich, pasta salad, cookie and bottle of water 2:00pm Depart for Anchorage

    3:30pm Arrive in Anchorage for brief city tour

    5:30pm Arrive at the Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood

    PM Open evening for optional activities and dinner on own

    Overnight at the Hotel Alyeska

    DAY 5

    6:00am Buffet breakfast at the resort

    AM Open for optional activities or use of the included Tram Ticket to the top of Mount Alyeska.

    Lunch on own

    12:45pm Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

    3:30pm Arrive in Seward and embark the ship

    Expected Weather:

    Approximately 60 degrees Fahrenheit

    What to Bring:

    Warm clothing, Rain jacket, binoculars, comfortable walking shoes

    Local Currency:

    US Dollar

    Electricity:

    The electric current in the United States is 110 volts. You may need a converter if you have 220-volt devices.

    Luggage information

    Excess luggage can be stored and delivered to the ship from the Anchorage Hotel

    Documents and Visa Requirements:

    None for US Citizens

    Hotel addresses:

    Marriott Anchorage Hotel – 820 W 7th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

    Denali Park Village Lodge - Mile 231 George Parks Hwy, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK

    Hotel Alyeska – 1000 Arlberg Ave, Girdwood, AK 99587

    *We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified of the change. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure then you will be staying at the hotels listed in this program.

    Program includes:

    •One night at the Marriott Hotel in Anchorage or similar (Standard double room)

    •Two nights at the Denali Park Village Lodge or similar (Standard double room - Run of house)

    •One night at the Hotel Alyeska, Girdwood or similar (Standard double room)

    •Denali Natural History Tour in Denali National Park

    •Full breakfast daily

    •One lunch and one box lunch

    •One reception and lecture on Denali

    •Deluxe Dome Rail tour

    •Tours and sightseeing as per the program

    •Fully escorted

    •Luggage handling and all associated gratuities

    •Airport transfers as applicable

    Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

    Program Excludes for guests:

    •Gratuities for tour director and motorcoach driver

    •Personal expenses

    •Any meals not listed above

    •Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

    HOTELS AND LODGES

    The best available hotels and lodges in Alaska are used throughout the land program. They are comfortable and rustic. Guests accustomed to the level of services at an international five-star hotel will find that the same services are not available in Alaska. Due to peak season in Alaska from May through September, it may be difficult to change rooms during the hotel stay as all hotels have very high occupancy. Hotels are subject to change.

    ADDITIONAL TOURING

    While you are in the Denali area at the beginning of the tour program, your guide will present additional touring programs for sale. These tour options vary from week to week and therefore can’t be pre-purchased. However, your guide will do everything possible to help you secure space.

    BAGGAGE

    As your baggage will travel on many different modes of transportation, please choose sturdy cases that have been properly tagged with personal identifications, both inside and out. It is important to keep all valuables and documents on your person. As amenities such as elevators and baggage handling are limited at some locations, we suggest you only carry one bag per person while on the land tour. Alternately, your tour director will arrange to store any pieces at the hotel in Anchorage that you do not want to take with you and it will be sent to the ship in Seward for embarkation.

    Guests can also make arrangements for their luggage to be transported from their home to the ship by contacting Luggage Free at 800-361-6871or www.luggagefree.com.

    CLOTHING AND CLIMATE

    With a broad variety of weather possibilities, we encourage you to bring clothes that are suited to layering. Daytime attire in Alaska is strictly casual. Comfortable, supportive walking shoes are a must. The following items should be included: water-repellant coat or jacket, collapsible umbrella, rain hat, lightweight windbreaker, and sweaters. It could be warmer inland with summer temperatures in Denali reaching 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

    ALTITUDE

    Travel in Alaska is generally at lower elevations. The maximum altitude is 2,800 feet in Denali National Park.

    WEATHER CONDITIONS

    Weather conditions are unpredictable. While the cruise line and its appointed ground operators will do everything possible to assist with alternative arrangements, we cannot be held responsible for any costs incurred if a land program, tour or private arrangement made through the cruise line is disrupted due to adverse weather.

    GENERAL INFORMATION

    The published itinerary is based on component suppliers expected to be operating for the land program. Changes to the availability of flights, flight and tour schedules or other itinerary components out of the cruise line’s control may require an adjustment to the final itinerary. The local ground operator will handle meal vouchers, train tickets, or tour tickets included in the program. The cruise line reserves the right to substitute hotels, if necessary.

    Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

    All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

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