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Cruise to Alaska with Royal Caribbean: The Best Itinerary for You

Cruise to Alaska with Royal Caribbean: The Best Itinerary for You

Visit These Amazing Ports on a 7-Night Alaskan Cruise on the Radiance of the Seas This Summer.

Book a 7-Night Alaskan Cruise on the Radiance of the Seas this summer with your TierOne Travel Consultant and save over 60% off published fares!

Prices start at just $1,072 pp for a Balcony Stateroom.

With both southbound and northbound options for this itinerary, you can decide whether or not you want to start or finish your cruise in Vancouver. The southbound sailing departs on August 19, and the northbound sailings depart on August 12 and September 9.

Bonus – because these are one-way cruises, you can plan to extend your trip either before or after you board the ship to explore further!

Please note that there is limited availability at these prices, so act fast!

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Radiance of the Seas

Enjoy breathtaking views of Alaska’s natural beauty from every angle onboard Royal Caribbeans Radiance of the Seas. As soon as you board this ship you know you’re in for a wild and unforgettable adventure!

Start your day at the Bottomless Galley Brunch with a glass of champagne and take in the stunning scenery as you sail through misty fjords. Gaze at towering glaciers while relaxing in one of the Solarium’s warm pools. Discover endless ways to seize the day on deck between adventures in port, from wine tasting and world-class dining to movie nights under the stars.

The opportunities are endless on these unforgettable Alaskan cruises, without even having to step off the boat!

Onboard Experiences – at your pace

Unforgettable views, bright spaces full of sunshine, and crystal-clear glass elevators face the sea, helping connect you to nature while you’re onboard.

Enjoy dazzling theatre productions and raise a glass at your favorite onboard bar or restaurant before hitting the club to party – or just hitting the hay in your lovely stateroom.

Whatever your preference, you’ll find no shortage of excitement or relaxation with Royal Caribbean!

Onboard Dining

After a day of amazing experiences and exploration, enjoy truly delicious dining at the amazing specialty restaurants onboard the ship.

The Radiance of the Seas is the perfect cruise ship for foodies since it offers such a large number of free (and for-a-fee) dining options. There are entire restaurants dedicated to juicy steaks, and Italian, South American and Japanese cuisine!

Accommodations

Royal Caribbean is redefining the cruising experience, one state room at a time!

Their staterooms offer an alluring escape from the non-stop action that their cruise ships are known for. From spectacular views to deluxe amenities, a stay with Royal Caribbean is like nothing at sea.

Whether you’re looking for a romantic couples getaway or a fun family holiday, Royal Caribbean has the right option for you. Enjoy spa-like comfort right in your stateroom, perfect for couples. Plus, select staterooms can connect together to accommodate more guests. Bringing a baby? Royal Caribbean will provide a crib and supplies. Royal Caribbean ships are well equipped to accommodate you, regardless of your needs.

The only thing left to do is to choose your dream itinerary!


       Northbound Itinerary

Departure dates: August 12 & September 9

Day 1: Vancouver

Departs at 4:30 PM

Alive with high-energy adventure, Vancouver is a metropolitan cityscape on the edge of British Columbia’s wild interior. This city offers a bit of everything, from the big-city buzz and sky-high mountains to Pacific beaches and cultural diversity.

Explore the iconic Stanley Park, one of the largest urban parks in North America. Hike red cedar forest trails, relax beachside, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, or view the Brockton Point totem poles. Vancouver also has a unique and delicious culinary scene with dozens of food trucks, street food carts, and farmers’ markets offering something for every palette.

Head to Robson Street to shop in popular stores, or hit the quirky indie shops of Gastown, Main Street, and Commercial Drive. Lonsdale Quay Market is home to 80 unique shops, while Granville Island’s art studios sell First Nations carvings and jewelry, plus its public market is known for gourmet goods.

If you have some extra time, take a scenic ferry ride to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. Explore the beauty of its English-inspired traditions with proper high-tea at the Empress hotel. Wander Butchart Gardens’ gorgeous topiaries and admire Craigdarroch Castle’s Victorian architecture. Visit Victorias Public Market for an excellent dining and shopping spot.

Port Highlights

  • History buffs will love viewing First Nations artifacts at the Museum of Anthropology.
  • Meet over 50,000 aquatic creatures at the Vancouver Aquarium.
  • Get a bird’s eye view of the old-growth forest at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.
  • Walk the cobbled streets of Gastown, admiring 20th-century brick buildings and taking a selfie with the whistling Steam Clock.
  • Explore Maple Tree Square, the site of ‘Gassy Jack’ Deighton’s first tavern.
  • Stroll under the elaborate Chinatown Millennium Gate and eat Asian delights or escape the bustle and relax in Dr. Su Yat-Sen’s classical Chinese gardens.
  • Walk along the Seawall, with the downtown skyline as your backdrop.

Day 2: Inside Passage

The radiance of the Seas offers the perfect platform for viewing British Columbia’s Inside Passage. This archipelago spans 25,000 miles from Seattle to Prince Rupert near the Alaskan border. Along the way, catch a glimpse of breathtakingly rugged scenery, plus staggering wildlife like salmon sharks, white spirit bears, and millions of seabirds. Discover a wide range of landscapes and native wildlife without leaving the ship!

Highlights

  • See glacial valleys speckled with evergreens and powerful waterfalls plunging toward the sea.
  • Watch bald eagles soar overhead and porpoises play in the ship’s wake.
  • Explore the southern portion, passing Vancouver Island’s remote villages and Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.

Day 3: Ketchikan

From 6:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Ketchikan sits at the southern end of Alaska’s Inside Passage, a gateway to the wild landscapes and seascapes of Misty Fjords National Monument. The canned salmon capital of the world, it’s a hub for fishing and outdoor sports. It’s also home to three tribes of Northwest Coast Indians, making it a great place to get a taste of the local culture. You’ll see it in the colorful, hand-carved totems that line the city’s streets and parks (Ketchikan has more totem poles than anywhere in the world), and in the unique stilted homes that cling to Deer Mountain’s slopes.

If you hope to see some wildlife, venture past the town limits into Tongass National Forest. The largest national forest in the U.S., it’s a great place to spot wildlife like deer, seals, black bears and bald eagles.

Ketchikan isn’t called the canned salmon capital of the world for nothing. Seafood is incorporated in all sorts of dishes, from chowders and omelets to sandwiches and burgers.

Port Highlights

  • Get up close and personal with nature, venture into the Tongass National Forest, the largest in the United States.
  • Head to Ketchikan Creek Waterfall for amazing views of downtown Ketchikan.
  • Visit Saxman Native Village to find a nice collection of finely carved and decorated tlingit totem poles.
  • Visit Misty Fjords National Monument. It’s 3,570 square feet of rock walls, towering trees, sea cliffs and dramatic fjords.
  • Try some traditional native foods like beach asparagus or seaweed.
  • The pier is home to specialty shops, galleries and boutiques. But be sure to wander downtown Ketchikan for local finds like authentic Alaskan art, Native crafts, furs and jewelry.

Day 4: Sitka

From 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

A visit to Alaska’s largest city Sitka is what sets the NorthBound journey apart from the south since Royal Caribbean doesn’t stop here going southbound.

Sitka truly offers some of the best of Alaska. Its small port town appeal stems from a unique blend of Russian, Tlingit and American history. Views of its snow-capped mountains and volcanic Mount Edgecumbe are some of the state’s most postcard-worthy. Sitka is home to some rare wildlife, from Saint Lazaria Island’s orange-beaked puffins to Alaska Maritime Refuge’s 40 million seabirds.

Port Highlights

  • Explore Sitka National Historical Park to trace the town’s early beginnings and native heritage.
  • View creative pieces by local Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian artists at the Sitka Cultural Center.
  • Kayak Sitka Sound alongside swimming sea otters or fly-fish for the world’s biggest halibut.
  • Hike the Baranof Island trails.
  • Get up close to native eagles, owls, falcons and hawks at the Alaska Raptor Center’s rehab hospital.
  • The local Pacific Northwest “frontier cuisine” is packed with fresh seafood offerings like sockeye lox and halibut fish and chips. Make sure to try Dungeness crab, harvested by local families and food trucks serving black cod collars.
  • Downtown galleries are your best bet for Northwest Coast native art and jewelry made by Inupiat Eskimos.
  • Learn about Sitka’s Russian influence on a walk to St. Michael’s Cathedral.
  • Check out the Russian Bishop’s House and watch New Archangel Dancers perform traditional choreography.
  • Stand atop Castle Hill, where the first American flag flew over Alaska in 1867.

Day 5: Juneau

From 7:00 AM – 9:30 PM

Once you arrive in Juneau, you’ll find majestic views and rich culture on every corner. With its snowcapped mountains, misty rainforests, massive glaciers, and bounty of wildlife, Alaska’s remote capital is the perfect place to experience Alaska’s nature.

Framed by towering mountains, the city’s quaint downtown area offers historic bars, boutique shops, and historic landmarks. Follow in the footsteps of fortune hunters and pan for gold along trails forged by prospectors over a hundred years ago during the Juneau gold rush.

Port Highlights

  • Visit the historic district and the Alaska State Museum.
  • Take your pick of activities ranging from whale watching in Auke Bay Harbor to tundra trekking over Mendenhall Glacier, and even try gold panning in Last Chance Basin.
  • Watch for humpback whales, orcas, harbor seals, and Steller sea lions as you cruise through the icy Alaskan waters on a charter boat.
  • Travel to Juneau’s Mendenhall Glacier and join a team of professional mushers and their huskies on a sleigh ride over the snow.
  • For some frontier retail therapy, head to downtown Juneau and you’ll find plenty of shops and boutiques selling Native art, locally-crafted goods, and designer brands.
  • From coffee shops to local pubs and breweries, Juneau’s food scene is all about seafood and simple fares, like burgers and sandwiches.

Day 6: Skagway

From 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The tiny town of Skagway still looks like it did during the Klondike Gold Rush over 100 years ago, and today it remains an outpost for a thrilling Alaskan adventure. An old-time street car ride along bustling Broadway Street shows off well-preserved buildings, including the state’s oldest hotel.

Relive the good old Gold Rush days through interactive exhibits at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Parks Visitor Center, housed in the restored 19th-century Railroad Depot. Also, watch a captivating documentary film detailing the rush for gold in Alaska.

Known as “the world’s longest outdoor museum”, Chilkoot Trail encompasses 33 miles of hiking trails. Follow in the footsteps of Klondike stampeders as you trek through dense rainforest, enjoy incredible scenery, and discover the Gold Rush ghost town of Dyea. This is the ultimate Alaskan outdoor challenge.

Port Highlights

  • See engraved walrus tusks at the Corrington Museum.
  • Get lost in riveting historical reenactments around town.
  • Go sledding with Alaskan Huskies on Laughton Glacier.
  • Go rafting in the Lynn Canal, the longest fjord in North America.
  • Be blown away by breathtaking Alaskan scenery while riding in a vintage rail car along the White Pass and Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway. See Bridal Veil Falls, Dead Horse Gulch and Glacier Gorge while climbing the 2,885-foot incline of White Pass.
  • Step back in time to the museums of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.
  • Skagway is one of the best places to feast on king crab legs.
  • Visit Skagway’s downtown historic corridor for local souvenirs.

Day 7: Hubbard Glacier

Sightseeing from 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Experience a panoramic view of the daunting size of the largest tidewater glacier in North America. Most glaciers tend to melt and retreat but the Hubbard Glacier actually thickens and actively advances toward the Gulf of Alaska, earning the nickname “Galloping Glacier”.

Highlights

  • Keep your eyes peeled for harbor seals lounging on buoys or swimming in waters alongside the ship.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the Hubbard Glacier from Disenchantment Bay.
  • Try birdwatching and look out for more than 200 species of birds that can be seen in this area.
  • Take in the picturesque Yakutat Bay and view the Hubbard Glacier off in the distance

Day 8: Seward

Arrive at 5:00 AM

Sandwiched between towering Mount Marathon and glistening Resurrection Bay, the small town of Seward is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and action-packed adventure. Downtown’s Main Street houses a cluster of historic buildings decked out in colorful murals and its Kenai Peninsula backyard serves as a spectacular outdoor playground. In Seward, you’ll discover authentic native cultures, thrilling sport fishing, expansive icefields, and all-out adventure, no matter which direction you turn.

Port Highlights

  • Hit the water for kayaking to tidewater caves.
  • Go flightseeing over bright-blue Exit Glacier.
  • Hike Caines Head Trail’s pebbled beaches and mountain bike Lost Lake Trail’s alpine valleys.
  • Enter the world-class Alaska SeaLife Center for a “window to the sea” where puffins, giant Pacific octopuses, Steller sea lions and colourful fish swim.
  • Go dog sledding through the rainforest or across glaciers.
  • Explore Kenai Fjords National Park, over 600,000 acres of wilderness chock-full of tidewater glaciers, Alaskan wildlife, and outdoor activities galore.
  • From hiking backwoods trails to bicycling mountain pathways, kayaking icy waters, and beachcombing rocky shorelines.
  • A collection of downtown shops sell handmade pottery, jade jewelry, and hand-crafted knives with carved handles.
  • Take a taste of Alaska home with you with local fish processors who can arrange overnight shipping of fresh catches directly to your home!


Southbound Itinerary

Departure date: August 19

Day 1: Seward

Day 2: Hubbard Glacier

Day 3: Juneau

From 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Day 4: Skagway

From 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Day 4: Haines

From 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

This port is only available on the southbound sailings! If you’re looking for an authentic taste of wild, rugged adventure, a cruise to Haines, Alaska is perfect. Located less than 70 miles north of Juneau, along the continent’s longest and deepest fjord, Haines offers endless outdoor activities for adventurers.

You’ll find lots of hiking trails to choose from in Haines. One of the most popular is the Battery Trail Hike, which will take you all the way to the beach. If you’re a veteran hiker, try one of Haines’s alpine trails, like Mt. Riley and Mt. Ripinski. They’re steep and challenging, but offer gorgeous views!

One of the most popular souvenirs you’ll find in Haines is smoked salmon- pick up a pre-packaged morsel and bring it back to your stateroom for snacks later on during your trip.

Port Highlights

  • Hike deep into misty coastal rainforests and ancient spruce woodlands.
  • Set out on a rafting adventure along the rivers located in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.
  • Learn about the gold rush era at Fort William H. Seward.
  • Discover the area’s rich cultural heritage at museums dedicated to the Native Tlingit People.
  • Catch a flightseeing tour of this pristine wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park.
  • Join a wildlife expedition for an up-close look at grizzlies, wolves, reindeer and more.
  • Don’t leave without tasting some of the region’s locally caught seafood, like Alaskan king crab, salmon and halibut.
  • Look for galleries and stores selling goods crafted by local artisans Haines has several.

Day 5: Icy Strait Point

From 6:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Icy Strait Point is one tiny port that’s big on Alaskan wilderness and Native culture. You’ll only be able to visit this port on the Southbound sailing.

Opened a decade ago by the Huna Tlingit Native Alaskans, it’s easily one of the best spots in the region for fishing and whale watching. No matter what kind of Alaska adventure you’re craving, you’ll find it in Icy Strait Point.

Hearty and rich, Alaska cuisine is made to hit the spot. Most meals spotlight local fish or caribou, and Dungeness crab when it’s in season.

You’ll find plenty of authentic Alaska gifts just a quick stroll from the dock at the historic Cannery Shops. Look for jewelry made from fine gold nuggets, handcrafted objects, and warm winter fashions.

Port Highlights

  • Pay a visit to Hoonah, Alaska’s largest Tlingit village.
  • If you want to venture over to the wild side, go on a guided nature hike through nearby rainforests or hop into an ATV and explore the backroads of Chichagof Island.
  • Brave the ZipRider®, the world’s longest zip line, and enjoy amazing views of the forest as you race from a mountain peak at 60 miles per hour.
  • Watch members of the Huna Tlingit Dancers troupe tell the story of their tribal heritage through song and dance at the Native Heritage Center Theater.
  • See the amazing humpback whales that call the waters of Icy Strait Point their home.
  • For a real Alaska specialty, head to the Cookhouse Restaurant and try the reindeer chilli or the Alaska Blue Burger, made with reindeer meat, blue cheese and merlot steak sauce.

Day 6: Ketchikan

From 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Day 7: Inside Passage

Day 8: Vancouver

Arrive at 7:00 AM


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