This Itinerary was created before the trip. July 21, 2011
2011 Alaska Cruise Itinerary
Weather: 50 – 70 °F
|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|
|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.|
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
Take taxi from Anchorage airport to hotel, about 15 minute drive, 25 USD. Hotel has no shuttle service.
Anchorage Marriott Downtown
820 West 7th Avenue
Check-in date: Friday, July 22, 2011
Check-out date: Saturday, July 23, 2011
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
July 24 Hubbard Glacier Cruising, AK
July 25 Glacier Bay Cruising, AK
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
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.
July 27 Juneau, AK
Princess Cruise docks at:
151 Mill Street, Juneau, Alaska 99801
Pick up 15 passenger van early morning, walk to Rent A Wreck:
Rent A Wreck
101 Mill Street, Juneau, Alaska 99801
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
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.
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
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
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.
Alaska State Capital
The world famous Red Dog Saloon
278 S Franklin St
Juneau, AK 99801-1324
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.
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.
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
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.
July 29 At Sea, AK
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy the colorful and exotic Chinatown, the second largest in North America
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.
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.
|HOUSTON BUSH INTL
Arrive home safe and sound.