24. ALASKA & West CANADA

ALASKA & west coast CANADA

Is a cruise like no other, with stunning scenery and wild life, and much of the area a National Park, like Glacier Bay. This is not a cruise to shop or sun bath, this is a cruise to remember.

Cruising ALASKA and west coast CANADA

Alaska is in the furthermost north and sandwiched between Canada and Russia. It is the 49th state of the USA so expect security checks at the port of entry and port of leaving. Currency is dollars. This is an amazing Fjord like cruise, through National parks of ice, then out into the ocean between wildlife and floating glaciers. It is a cruise of a life time.

 

  • BRIEF: Alaska’s largest city, hosts the Alaska Native Heritage Center, which features traditional crafts, stages dances, and has replicas of dwellings from the area’s indigenous peoples.
  • CURRENCY: US dollars
  • LANGUAGE/PHRASES: English spoken
  • VISA: ESTA needed and other for the USA. Maybe if even transiting Canada, a Canadian Transit visa.
  • SHIPS GOING THERE INCLUDE: Queen Elizabeth & MS Amsterdam
 

  • BRIEF: The WWII Battle of Dutch Harbor in June 1942, was an American territory to be bombed by the Japanese.
  • CURRENCY: US dollars
  • LANGUAGE/PHRASES: English spoken
  • VISA: ESTA needed and other for the USA. Maybe if even transiting Canada, a Canadian Transit visa.
  • SHIPS SEEN THERE: Crystal Symphony, Seven Seas Marina, Star Legend, Viking Orion, Silver Muse and Seven Seas Explorer.
 

  • BRIEF: Stretching north of the town of Gustavus, the bay is between the high peaks of Mount Fairweather, and glaciers like the huge Grand Pacific Glacier. Scenery and wildlife make it a must. Most cruise ships spend a full day in the park, traveling over 120 miles, and enjoy a full hour at the face of a tidewater glacier. This is very popular, many ships will go here.
  • CURRENCY: US dollars
  • LANGUAGE/PHRASES: English spoken
  • VISA: ESTA needed and other for the USA. Maybe if even transiting Canada, a Canadian Transit visa.
  • SHIPS GOING THERE INCLUDE: Ms Westerdam, Queen Elizabeth & MS Amsterdam
  • Typical Cruise ship route – National Park route map. Click here.
 

  • BRIEF: Called the “end of the trail” by the Chilkat group of Tlingit.
  • CURRENCY: US dollars
  • LANGUAGE/PHRASES: English spoken
  • VISA: ESTA needed and other for the USA. Maybe if even transiting Canada, a Canadian Transit visa.
  • SHIPS SEEN HERE INC: Seaborn Sojourn, ms Westerdam, ms Noordam, Star Legend.
 

  • BRIEF: The focal point here at Kachemak Bay, on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula is the Homer Spit, which is a long strip of land with shops, art galleries, seafood restaurants and beaches. Fishing is a main activity here.
  • CURRENCY: US dollars
  • LANGUAGE/PHRASES: English spoken
  • VISA: ESTA needed and other for the USA. Maybe if even transiting Canada, a Canadian Transit visa.
  • SHIPS GOING THERE INCLUDE: Regatta, ms Maasdam & MS Amsterdam
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  • BRIEF: Warming and moving ice, has caused lakes and flooded back to the sea here in eastern Alaska, it also makes part of Yukon, Canada, and is named after Gardiner Hubbard.
  • CURRENCY: US dollars
  • LANGUAGE/PHRASES: English spoken
  • VISA: ESTA needed and other for the USA. Maybe if even transiting Canada, a Canadian Transit visa.
  • SHIPS GOING THERE INCLUDE: Ms Oosterdam, Azamara Quest, Golden Proncess, Norwegian Jewel, Ms Maasdam, Radiance of the Seas, Coral Princess, Royal Princess.
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  • BRIEF: Icy Strait Point is a tourist destination owned and operated by Huna Totem Corporation and approximately 1,350 Alaskan Natives with aboriginal ties to Hoonahjust outside the small village of Hoonah, Alaska. Tender port.
  • CURRENCY: US dollars
  • LANGUAGE/PHRASES: English spoken
  • VISA: ESTA needed and other for the USA. Maybe if even transiting Canada, a Canadian Transit visa.
  • SHIPS GOING THERE INCLUDE: Azamara Quest, Radiance of the Seas, Coral Princess, Viking Orion.
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  • BRIEF: Juneau, is the capital city of Alaska and the second largest city in the United States by area. Hence very popular. more below.
  • CURRENCY: US dollars
  • LANGUAGE/PHRASES: English spoken
  • VISA: ESTA needed and other for the USA. Maybe if even transiting Canada, a Canadian Transit visa.
  • SHIPS GOING THERE INCLUDE: Island Princess, Regatta, Celebrity Solstice, Azamara Quest, Ruby Princess, Ovation of the Seas.
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  • BRIEF: Popular port. Native American totem poles, Fjords, snowcapped mountains, waterfalls, salmon spawning streams, black bears, wolves and bald eagles.
  • CURRENCY: US dollars
  • LANGUAGE/PHRASES: English spoken
  • VISA: ESTA needed and other for the USA. Maybe if even transiting Canada, a Canadian Transit visa.
  • SHIPS GOING THERE INCLUDE: Coral Princess, Norwegian Joy, Queen Elizabeth, Star Princess & MS Volendam.
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  • BRIEF: Previously the capital of Russian Alaska. Fishing is the main income.
  • CURRENCY: US dollars
  • LANGUAGE/PHRASES: English spoken
  • VISA: ESTA needed and other for the USA. Maybe if even transiting Canada, a Canadian Transit visa.
  • SHIPS GOING THERE INCLUDE: Regatta, Insignia, Queen Elizabeth & Viking Orion.
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  • BRIEF: The only reservation in Alaska, since the late 19th century, it has been home of the Metlakatla Indian.
  • CURRENCY: US dollars
  • LANGUAGE/PHRASES: English spoken
  • VISA: ESTA needed and other for the USA. Maybe if even transiting Canada, a Canadian Transit visa.
  • SHIPS GOING THERE INCLUDE: Star Legend
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  • BRIEF: Over 20 residents here have disappeared between 1960 through 2004, and rumours include UFO’s and aliens… you will here the stories.
  • CURRENCY: US dollars
  • LANGUAGE/PHRASES: English spoken
  • VISA: ESTA needed and other for the USA. Maybe if even transiting Canada, a Canadian Transit visa.
  • SHIPS GOING THERE INCLUDE: MS Amsterdam
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  • BRIEF: Easy-to-moderate trails for hiking offer breathtaking views and wildlife. It is an island between the mainlands in the Bering sea.
  • CURRENCY: US dollars
  • LANGUAGE/PHRASES: English spoken
  • VISA: ESTA needed and other for the USA. Maybe if even transiting Canada, a Canadian Transit visa.
  • SHIPS GOING THERE INCLUDE: Norwegian Cruises.
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  • BRIEF: Gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park, where glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield into coastal fjords.
  • CURRENCY: US dollars
  • LANGUAGE/PHRASES: English spoken
  • VISA: ESTA needed and other for the USA. Maybe if even transiting Canada, a Canadian Transit visa.
  • SHIPS GOING THERE INCLUDE: Silver Muse, Celebrity Millennium, Star Legend, Norwegian Jewel.
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  • BRIEF: Popular Port. Part of Russia until 1867. St. Michael’s Orthodox Cathedral is topped with an onion dome and the 1842 Russian Bishop’s House is near. There is a choice of two tender ports.
  • CURRENCY: US dollars
  • LANGUAGE/PHRASES: English spoken
  • VISA: ESTA needed and other for the USA. Maybe if even transiting Canada, a Canadian Transit visa.
  • SHIPS GOING THERE INCLUDE: Queen Elizabeth, Seven Seas Mariner, Star Legend & ms Oosterdam.

  • BRIEF: Popular port. Gold-rush-era buildings, now preserved as part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.
  • CURRENCY: US dollars
  • LANGUAGE/PHRASES: English spoken
  • VISA: ESTA needed and other for the USA. Maybe if even transiting Canada, a Canadian Transit visa.
  • SHIPS GOING THERE INCLUDE: Coral Princess, Crystal Symphony, Celebrity Millennium, Norwegian Bliss, Royal Princess, Viking Orion.
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  • BRIEF: A fjord named after the Secretary of the Navy Benjamin Franklin Tracy.
  • CURRENCY: US dollars
  • LANGUAGE/PHRASES: English spoken
  • VISA: ESTA needed and other for the USA. Maybe if even transiting Canada, a Canadian Transit visa.
  • SHIPS GOING THERE INCLUDE: Star Princess, Disney Wonder, Star Legend, Carnival Legend.
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  • BRIEF: Bears, fish and glaciers – one cool town.
  • CURRENCY: US dollars
  • LANGUAGE/PHRASES: English spoken
  • VISA: ESTA needed and other for the USA. Maybe if even transiting Canada, a Canadian Transit visa.
  • SHIPS GOING THERE INCLUDE: MS Maasdam, Viking Orion,
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  • BRIEF: At the head of the Passage Canal 58 miles southeast of Anchorage
  • CURRENCY: US dollars
  • LANGUAGE/PHRASES: English spoken
  • VISA: ESTA needed and other for the USA. Maybe if even transiting Canada, a Canadian Transit visa.
  • SHIPS GOING THERE INCLUDE: Island Princess, Grand Princess, Pacific Princess, Royal Princess, Coral Princess.

 

 
 
 

  • BRIEF: Tlingit people migrated down the Stikine River during a time when the river still flowed underneath glaciers and have inhabited this island for thousands of years.
  • CURRENCY: US dollars
  • LANGUAGE/PHRASES: English spoken
  • VISA: ESTA needed and other for the USA. Maybe if even transiting Canada, a Canadian Transit visa.
  • SHIPS GOING THERE INCLUDE: Silver Muse, Azamara Quest, Seven Seas Mariner.
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