Monday, 7 May 2012

Voyage of the Glaciers Cruise in August 2012

by Ethan Oringel Flickr Creative Commons

See Alaska's glaciers without freezing on this cruise with Princess! Alaska's summer temperatures are temperate and can be warm, but you can still get up close and personal with these frozen ice rivers. Departing from Vancouver, the first stop is Ketchikan, the southernmost port in Alaska. The quaint town is built on steep hillsides. Next up is Juneau, the state capital and a beautiful city tucked away in the Gastineau Channel. After a visit to former gold-rush town Skagway, the glaciers begin with scenic cruising at both Glacier Bay National Park and College Fjord. Both of these have incredible glaciers on display as well as wildlife including whales, dolphins and sea otters. The cruise finishes at Anchorage (Whittier) in the spectacular prince William Sound.

Operator: Princess Cruises
Vessel: Island Princess
Ports of Call: Vancouver, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay National Park (Scenic), College Fjord (Scenic), Anchorage.
Sailing Dates: Departing Wed Aug 1 2012, arriving Wed Aug 8 2012

Cruise Itinerary:

Length of Cruise: 7 nights

Day 1: Vancouver, departing Wed Aug 1 16:30
Day 2: At sea
Day 3: Ketchikan, Fri Aug 3 6:30-14:00
Day 4: Juneau, Sat Aug 4 08:00-21:00
Day 5: Skagway, Sun Aug 5 07:00-20:30
Day 6: Glacier Bay, Mon Aug 6 06:00-15:00
Day 7: College Fjord, Tues Aug 7 17:30-20:30
Day 8: Anchorage (Whittier), Wed Aug 8, arriving 00:30

About the Island Princess:

This lovely ship has a high percentage of balcony staterooms, so many passengers can enjoy the glaciers from their own balcony! The Island Princess is roomier than other ships in her class,  and is packed with entertainment and dining venues. The Scholarship@Sea programme is a Princess favourite, with enrichment programmes and lectures- the Island Princess even has a demonstration kitchen and ceramics lab complete with kiln for the chefs and craftspeople! You can elect traditional or Anytime dining in the main dining room, or there are numerous casual options- the buffet, a patisserie, a pizzeria, the Bar and Grill or free room service. There are also a few specialty restaurants onboard. As well as the enrichment, pools, spas, sports, bars and evening shows and music will keep you well entertained!

Have a look here for great deals on the Voyage of the Glaciers in 2012!