Mon, June 19: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Fly to Vancouver, British Columbia and board the Crystal Serenity. Set sail early evening.
Tue, June 20: Cruising the Inside Passage. Protected from the open sea by forested isles and sheltered from the windy mainland by the tallest coastal mountains in the world, this 1,000-mile waterway seems custom-made by nature for a cruise. The deep, calm waters of the passage meander between dense pine forests where wild game abounds, with occasional rustic towns along the way.
Wed, June 21: Ketchikan. Ketchikan is the salmon capital of the world and a paradise for fishermen and nature-lovers alike. A quiet city, it hosts quaint restaurants perched on stilts above the water, scores of fascinating shops and spectacular views from every vantage point. Although Ketchikan's Indian name means “Thundering Wings of an Eagle,” it is also known as “Alaska’s First City,” as it is frequently the first stop along the Inside Passage. Venture ashore and discover Ketchikan's rich Native American heritage, visit the world’s largest collection of authentic totem poles at Totem Bight, and walk along the rustic boardwalk on Creek Street, where stilt-buildings in the harbor preserve a distinct pioneer feel. Or, paddle a kayak on sheltered waters, take a floatplane to a remote mountain lake or try your hand at sportfishing. Regardless of how you plan to spend your time in Ketchikan, we’re sure your visit will be a memorable one.
Thu, June 22: Juneau. Juneau, the capital of Alaska, is a town accessible only by air and sea. It was founded during the rush for gold in the 1880s and was named after Joe Juneau, the prospector who first discovered gold in this state. Today, much of its independent frontier atmosphere remains. The infamous and rowdy Red Dog Saloon coexists beside impressive modern office towers. It has a superb location, snuggled between the flanks of 3,600-foot Mount Juneau and the picturesque Gastineau Channel. Mountains, glaciers and the sea can easily be seen. Among its many attractions, Juneau is the gateway to Mendenhall Glacier, a 12-mile river of ice that is Alaska’s most accessible, and most photographed, glacier.
Fri, June 23: Cruising Glacier Bay. This stunning amphitheater of glaciers and granite peaks is best viewed from the sea. The ice in Glacier Bay fell as snow centuries ago on the mountains that ring the bay. Compressed by its own tremendous weight, it flows seaward, producing some of the fastest-moving glaciers known. In the summer, rare humpback whales come here to feed – with luck, you'll see one of these gentle giants. Note: Subject to permit specifications/approvals. As such, the order of ports and/or cruise itinerary are subject to change at any time.
Sat. June 24: Skagway. Discover the flavor of the gold rush era in Skagway. In its heyday, this atmospheric frontier town was the largest in Alaska. During the height of the gold boom, Skagway was known as the gateway to the goldfields, and its population went from two to 10,000 in a single year. At one time it boasted 80 saloons and was known as the “roughest town on earth.” Although its population is now less than 1,000, its rip-roaring past will come alive as you stroll along Broadway or browse through the Trail of ‘98 Museum’s outstanding collection of memorabilia.
Sun, June 25: Cruising Hubbard Glacier. Seventy-five miles long and covering over 1,350 square miles in area, Hubbard Glacier is the largest tidewater glacier in North America. It is also one of the most impressive, a 300-foot wall of ice rising sheer and jagged from the ocean. You may hear the rumble and see the monumental splashes as the glacier breaks off in great ice chunks, known as “calves.” Note: Subject to permit specifications/approvals. As such, the order of ports and/or cruise itinerary are subject to change at any time.
Mon, June 26: Whittier/Anchorage. Disembark in Whittier and transfer to Anchorage. Fly home or extend your stay.
The largest of Crystal Cruises ships, the Crystal Serenity is designed so that you never feel crowded. 85% of all outside staterooms have private verandahs and no obstructed views. And the ship received a $25 million refit in 2011. Highlights: deluxe staterooms with flat-panel satellite TVs, refrigerator, kimonos and bathrobes • 9 restaurants • 11 bars/lounges • ice cream bar • 24-hour room service • Broadway style productions • celebrity entertainers • theatre • dance club and dance lessons • art lessons • bridge games and lessons • Crystal Visions® lecture series • casino • library • Computer University@Sea with software instruction and other enrichment workshop classes • spa • two pools • fitness center and classes, including Tai Chi, yoga and PGA gold instruction • dedicated kids and teen play areas • luxury boutiques.