2011 Alaska Cruise Itinerary

This Itinerary was created before the trip.                                                July 21, 2011

2011 Alaska Cruise Itinerary

 Weather:        50 – 70 °F

Date City Weather
7/22/2011 Houston, TX 77- 94°F Sunny
7/23/2011 Anchorage, AK 55- 67°F PM Shower
7/26/2011 Skagway, AK 51- 56°F Showers
7/27/2011 Juneau, AK 51- 60°F Showers
7/28/2011 Ketchikan, AK 54- 61°F Showers
7/30/2011 Vancouver, Canada 57- 71°F Sunny
7/31/2011 Seattle, WA 58- 76°F Sunny
7/31/2011 Houston, TX 76- 94°F Sunny

Itinerary Summary:

Date Event
Day 1  7/22/2011 PM Houston to Anchorage, AK, arrive 22th night at Anchorage Marriott Downtown
Day 2  7/23/2011 Anchorage day tour, on board to Princess Cruise
Day 2-Day 8  7/23 – 7/30 Alaska Cruise (see separate Cruise Itinerary)
Day 9  7/30/2011 Cruise arrive Vancouver in AM, Vancouver day tour, stay at Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel
Day 10  7/31/11 AM Take AMTREK train from Vancouver to Seattle
Day 10  7/31/11 PM Seattle to Houston, arrive at home.

Cruise Itinerary

Day 1

 July  22             Houston to Anchorage, AK

Day, Date Flight Class Departure City and Time Arrival City and Time    
Fri, 22JUL11 CO407 Q HOUSTON BUSH INTL
(IAH) 3:15PM
ANCHORAGE -AK
(ANC) 7:17PM
   

Take taxi from Anchorage airport to hotel, about 15 minute drive, 25 USD. Hotel has no shuttle service.

Hotel Info:

Anchorage Marriott Downtown
820 West 7th Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska
99501 USA
1-907-279-8000
Check-in date: Friday, July 22, 2011
Check-out date: Saturday, July 23, 2011

Day 2

July  23            Anchorage day tour

Alaska Cruise Transfers and Tours

Phone: 1-907-350-6010       Your Order # is: 072089

Pick up Date: July 23

Pick up Time: pick up time is between 1:00-2:00PM, please be ready in the lobby of your hotel or outside at designated area

Pick up Location: Anchorage Marriott Downtown

Destination: Whittier pier

Type of Service: 3-hour Wildlife tour (this tour is strictly timed since it takes 1.5 hours to drive non-stop and there is not much time to wonder around exploring the area and is designed to simply give you opportunities for picture taking, please follow all driver’s requests to board the bus promptly) There also will be stops for picking people up in Anchorage at various locations. 3 hours is an approximate timing due to weather conditions, traffic, and people it might not be exactly 3 hours.

Gratuities are not included in our prices, please tip the driver. It is customary to tip 10-15%.

On board to Coral Princess Cruise

Day 3

July 24            Hubbard Glacier Cruising, AK

 Day 4

 July 25             Glacier Bay Cruising, AK

Day 5

 July 26             Skagway, AK 

Tour Name:  White Pass Summit Rail & Bus Excursion

Tour Date:  July 26, 2011

Departure Time:  8:30 AM

Tour Duration: 3.5 hours

Arrive Time: 12:00 PM at downtown rail depot

CHILKOOT CHARTERS & TOURS

SKAGWAY, ALASKA  (907) 983-3400

CONFIRMATION NO. 11-2366

GUESTS OF ALL NATIONALITIES MUST BRING THEIR PASSPORT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EXCURSION

Downtown Skagway

Step back in time and soak in Skagway’s colorful beginnings. You’ll relive the exciting days of saloons and dance halls, shoot-outs and lynch mobs, floozies and Can Can girls. You’ll also witness the final events leading up to the dramatic demise of the villain that

Skagway loves to hate, Soapy Smith. Your tour begins with a scenic drive through Skagway’s downtown historic district. Your first destination, The Lookout, is a photographer’s delight offering a panoramic view of the Skagway Valley, glacier-clad mountains, Lynn Canal and your cruise ship. Next, you’ll view the Trail of ’98 Museum’s unusual artifacts, hard evidence of the stories you’ll see and hear on your tour. You’ll continue to Skagway Sculpture and Flower Garden, a one-of-a-kind outdoor museum combining a floral garden, water features and 30 Alaska-themed bronze sculptures in a Zen-like environment. Your last destination is The Days of ’98 Show, the longest running production in Alaska.

Red Onion Saloon

During the Klondike Gold Rush, the Red Onion Saloon was Skagway’s most exclusive bordello. Now this colorful establishment is a bar/restaurant and a National Historic Building.

Gold Rush History

Relive the color and history of the Yukon Gold Rush. Tour the camps, pan for gold and meet a few costumed characters who’ll show you what like was like during the boom-town days in the 1800s.

Skagway Street Car

Martin Itjen came looking for Klondike gold in 1898, and became Skagway’s most celebrated storyteller. He gave Alaska’s first motorized sightseeing tour on his “Skagway Street Car” for U.S. President Warren G. Harding in 1923, and delighted visitors for decades. Martin’s tour lives on, as you board a yellow 1927 sightseeing bus with a costumed conductor. Just like Martin, your conductor passes on a century of Skagway history, behind-the-scenes tales, and stories of life in small town Alaska. You’ll explore the waterfront and National Park Historic District, and be awestruck from the panoramic views from the Scenic Overlook. You’re sure to want to capture a photo or two of the recounting of the Soapy Smith gunfight at the Gold Rush Cemetery. You’ll tour the Residential District renowned for its flower gardens and have an exclusive viewing of the acclaimed “Skagway Story” production at the Club House Theatre.

Dog Sledding and Glacier Helicopter

Soar above southeast Alaska over glaciers and vast spruce-covered expanses en route to a dog-sled camp on a 2-hour Alaskan excursion that combines helicopter flightseeing with dog sledding.

There are no better views than from a helicopter’s vantage point since much of southeast Alaska is only accessible by air. Fly over deep crevasses and towering glacier spires. Soar over the wilds of this gorgeous region and marvel at details in the landscape that can only be seen from above.

After a thrilling 30-minute flight (roundtrip), we’ll land at a dog camp on Denver Glacier that is home to nearly 300 Huskies and puppies. You’ll meet these incredible dogs as well as the mushers who will introduce you to “mushing,” the art of dog sledding. Drive the team or ride in the sled while observing the breathtaking environment. We’ll spend approximately one hour at camp before the return flight back.

Return to Cruise by 5:30PM for dinner, no later than 8PM, Cruise departs at 8:30PM.

Day 6

July 27             Juneau, AK

Princess Cruise docks at:

151 Mill Street, Juneau, Alaska 99801
(907) 463-3900

Pick up 15 passenger van early morning, walk to Rent A Wreck:

Rent A Wreck
101 Mill Street, Juneau, Alaska 99801

(907) 789-4111
Toll Free (888) 843-4111

Suggest driving route after reviewing the map:

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center -> Mendenhall Glacier-> Rainforest Garden  -> Macaulay Salmon Hatchery -> Historic Downtown -> Cruise Docks

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

Glacier Spur Rd, Juneau, AK 99801

(907) 789-0097

13 Miles from downtown

The Visitor Center charges a nominal fee ($3), but provides a great (and warm) viewpoint across Mendenhall Lake towards the glacier.

Mendenhall Glacier

This amazing glacier is in Tongass National Forest, 12 miles long, a half-mile wide and from 300 to 1,800 feet deep. Stretching from the Juneau Icefield to Mendenhall Lake, it has been slowly retreating since the mid 1700s.

There are 3 trails that you can take once you get to the glacier. Taking the waterfall trail and get close enough to touch the falling water. The trail was pretty flat, so most people should have no problem walking it.

You may see black bears feeding on salmon

Macaulay Salmon Hatchery

2697 Channel Drive
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 463-5114

Salmon swim up a 450-foot fish ladder from mid-June to October. Watch the hatchery process from the deck. The aquarium inside showcases local marine life in their natural saltwater environments.

Auke Bay Harbor

Tongass National Forest, Juneau, AK

Departs downtown Juneau, About 20 minutes later after passing the University of Alaska Southeast, you will arrive at the Auke Bay Harbor. Lookout for humpback whale, bald eagles, seals, sea lions, black bear and more of Alaska’s wildlife.

Rainforest Garden  (Glacier Gardens)

7600 Glacier Highway
Juneau, AK 99801-7911
(907) 790-3377

After departing from the pier, enjoy a lively commentary from your tour guide about Juneau’s gold rush and local history en route to the stunning Glacier Gardens, where you will board a covered shuttle for an intimate look at this natural wonderland. Here, colorful plants, trees and flowers create a dazzling contrast to the lush green forest backdrop. At the 580-foot level, walk along the yellow cedar boardwalk, for a breathtaking views of the Mendenhall Valley, Douglas Island, Gastineau Channel and the Chilkat Mountains. After this awe-inspiring photo stop, your descent follows a different route to view ponds, waterfalls and the colorful flower arrangements adorning the main pavilion at the garden’s entrance. At the visitor center atrium you will have time to browse through the gift area or purchase refreshments. Relax amidst beautiful hanging baskets or one of the nearby streams before returning to the cruise ship pier.

Historic Downtown

Alaska State Capital

Governor’s Mansion

The world famous Red Dog Saloon

278 S Franklin St
Juneau, AK 99801-1324
(907) 463-3658

 Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier St, Juneau, AK 99801

In downtown Juneau, one of the finest museums in the state, this facility houses Native, mining, fishing and Russian displays, as well as traveling art and cultural exhibits.

Douglas Island

Tongass National Forest, Juneau, AK 99801

12 miles from Downtown, need cross a bridge. You will visit a historical mining community with amazing views and photo opportunities of the Gastineau Channel, downtown Juneau, and your cruise ship. 

Fill up gas and return van to Rent A Wreck by 3:30PM, Cruise departs at 4PM.

Day 7

July 28             Ketchikan, AK

Walk around in this small city.

Totem Bight State Park (Totem Pole Parks)

You’ll visit Totem Bight State Park for a glimpse into the native Tlingit and Haida Indian

cultures. You’ll see 14 colorful, traditional totem poles, each one telling its own fascinating story.

Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show

The Travel Channel calls the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show one of the “Top 10 Things to See in Alaska.” You’ll get to see Alaska’s frontier lumberjacks battle British Columbia’s premier woodsmen in a no-holds-barred competition for the title “Bull of the Woods.” These world champion athletes are featured in springboard chopping, buck sawing, axe throwing, log rolling and the thrilling 50-foot tree climb, while your colorful host delights the crowd with stories of lumberjack lore. The show is held in a covered, heated and cushioned grandstand. Enjoy some pre-show activities, shop at the gift shop, or have a snack before settling in for an exceptional show filled with music, excitement and lots of laughs. Afterwards, you’re free to wander the town, or simply take the short walk back to your ship at your leisure.

Saxman Native Village

Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

Creek Street

This historic boardwalk was a Red Light District during the Gold Rush. Now, it’s a quaint place to tour Dolly’s House museum, view totem poles, and shop at locally owned stores and galleries. Discover the story behind the many totem poles that line the streets, and more about the historic “Married Man’s Trail”.

Return to Cruise by 5:30PM, Cruise departs at 6PM.

Day 8

July 29             At Sea, AK

Day 9

July 30             Cruise Arrive Vancouver, Canada  7:30AM

Walk from Vancouver port to hotel, it’s 4 blocks away.

Or take taxi from Vancouver port to hotel, about 5 minute drive, 8 USD. Hotel has no shuttle service. Early check in at hotel.

Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel

1128 West Hastings Street

Vancouver, V6E 4R5

Canada Phone: 1-604-684-1128 Fax: 1-604-298-1128

Check-in: Saturday, July 30, 2011 (04:00 PM)

Check-out: Sunday, July 31, 2011 (12:00 PM)

Vancouver Day Tour

Disembarkation day is a wonderful opportunity to explore the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, a sophisticated, fun-loving city that celebrates the great outdoors, cherishes its history and diverse cultures, and was home to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

Stanley Park

In Stanley Park, a spectacular rainforest in the heart of the city, visit the West Coast Native Totem Poles, elaborately decorated with symbolic faces and images.

Vancouver Lookout

A glass elevator whisks you 430 feet to the Observation Deck of the Harbour Centre in a mere 40 seconds! Enjoy panoramic views of Metro Vancouver’s downtown area all the way to the majestic North Shore Mountains from this famed lookout.

Chinatown

Enjoy the colorful and exotic Chinatown, the second largest in North America

Day 10

July 31  From Vancouver to Seattle to Houston

AM: Take AMTREK train from Vancouver to Seattle

Take taxi from Vancouver hotel to Amtrak station, about 10 minute drive, 15-20 USD. Hotel has no shuttle service.

Amtrak

1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245)

Service: 513 Amtrak Cascades

Duration: 4 hr, 25 min

Vancouver, BC (VAC) to Seattle, WA (SEA)
31-JUL-11; 6:40 am – 31-JUL-11; 11:05 am

Amtrak Seattle Station name is King Street Station

Address: 303 South Jackson, Seattle, WA 98104

PM: Transport from Amtrak Station to Seattle airport.

From Station to Airport, it’s about 15 mile drive.

  • Taxi: $32 + tax/tip
  • LinkRightRail: $2.5 pp (2 blocks from station, bus runs every 10 minutes)
  • Shuttle Express: $40 for 4pp (1-425-981-7000 http://www.shuttleexpress.com)
Day, Date Flight Class Departure City and Time Arrival City and Time
Sun, 31JUL11 CO566 V SEATTLE WA.
(SEA) 5:45PM
HOUSTON BUSH INTL
(IAH) 11:51PM

Arrive home safe and sound.

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