Tell the whole family to get ready for their wildest vacation ever, because Royal Caribbean® has never done the Last Frontier on a grand scale like this before, offering countless different itineraries aboard four wonderful ships, plus many exciting land programs to stretch your stay in this big, bold, and untamed land. Alaska is like no other place in the world. The rugged southeastern coast represents some of mother nature’s best work. Sail through the intricate waterways of the Inside Passage with deep bays welcoming whales every summer and offering visitors a breathtaking sight that is often the highlight of every Alaska cruise experience. Explore Ketchikan, the vibrant fishing community with a strong Native Alaskan culture. Enjoy small cafés and boutiques in Juneau, Alaska's low-key capital. Learn about Soapy Smith, con artist and gangster, when you visit the former gold rush town of Skagway, with its Wild West vibe. Bring your binoculars and get serious about wildlife spotting or sit back and let the high cliffs of Misty Fjords take your breath away. Where life is centred around a body of water, a cruise is the ideal (and often only way) to explore such a region. Planning a vacation to the 49th state will be a fun way to get everyone excited and involved. Allow us to provide a quick overview of Royal Caribbean's offerings to make your selection a little bit easier.
So whether you’re in it for the views, activities, destinations or an extended on-land experience, with all four ships offering a bit of everything, they each have their own perks as well. And no matter which itinerary you choose, you’re in for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation that even the youngest family members will love.
For those seeking an itinerary filled with more ports than you can count, Serenade of the Seas offers an adventure in Alaska that you won’t want to miss. Sailing from vibrant Vancouver, you will visit some of Alaska’s top spots, complete with jaw-dropping views of two epic glaciers, Hubbard and Dawes. You’ll get to watch as humpback and orca whales surround the ship near Juneau. Hear the roar of ice chunks calving into the water of Tracy Arm Fjord – a natural gem with more than 30 miles of deep, narrow passageways surrounded by glacier-carved cliffs and epic waterfalls - Serenade will be the only Royal Caribbean ship to visit. Dive deeper into the region with stops in quaint Ketchikan, scenic Skagway and secluded Sitka. The shore excursions are as varied as the destinations too—think dogsledding (you will never want to leave after you cuddle with the puppies), salmon bakes, panning for gold and whale watching. Anyone on board can continuously marvel at the untamed destinations, wherever they turn, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the ship. See your cruise and Western Canada land options here.
Sail into the Last Frontier from Vancouver or Seward aboard a ship featuring over three acres of windows and glass exterior viewing elevators, so you can nature-gaze and watch for whales along Alaska’s Inside Passage when you aren’t wandering rugged wilderness paths from Ketchikan to Juneau. Look no further than Radiance of the Seas if you want to spend more time in Alaska before or after your seven night cruise, enjoying the ultimate experience and in-land explorations Cruise Tours provide. These extended trips can range between seven and 13 nights and there is even an 18-night option for those with more time available. These multi-night, land-based adventures are the perfect opportunity to dive deeper into the glacial valleys and river canyons, and learn more about the region’s historic and cultural past. Highlights include a visit to the vast taiga forests and rolling tundra of Denali National Park, the state’s biggest city, Anchorage, towns where moose stroll the streets or former gold mining settlements to name just a few. Your small-group pre- or post-cruise adventure will always be led by an experienced local guide, providing detailed information of the region. If you’re going the distance, discover the best of Alaska by land and sea. You will not regret this decision and there are many wonderful land options available. Check them out here.
If you’re looking to reach new heights, you won’t have to go far when cruising on Ovation of the Seas, one of the biggest, boldest ships to ever sail Alaska. Departing from Seattle for Juneau, Sitka and Skagway, this Quantum Class Ship sails seven-night itineraries through the wilds of Alaska and by the 500 miles of unparalleled shoreline called the Inside Passage. Gaze at brilliant blue glaciers and majestic waterfalls from the pool deck, or for the best view, you and your family can scope-out the scenery from the North Star – the signature glass-enclosed observation capsule on board that serves up panoramic views from 300 feet above sea level. Never miss a majestic mountaintop, bald eagle sighting or imposing glacier. And once you’ve taken in the views, refuel with delicious, globally inspired dishes and robot-crafted cocktails as fresh as the crisp air outside. In between adventures onshore, fill each sea day with activities you can enjoy in any weather —like surf sessions on the FlowRider®, simulated skydiving on RipCord®by iFLY®, and so much more.
Travellers of all ages will fall in love with Quantum of the Seas—quite literally thanks to the sky diving simulator RipCord by iFly—when the ship makes its Alaska debut in summer 2022. The biggest ship in the region, Quantum will sail seven-night cruises roundtrip from Seattle to Endicott Arm Fjord, Sitka and Juneau, where there are game-changing adventures galore for the whole family on board and ashore. From catching waves on the fan-favourite FlowRider® surf simulator or getting active at SeaPlex, the largest indoor activity space at sea, with bumper cars, flying trapeze, roller skating, basketball and more, there’s always something to do. And after working up a sweat and eating fresh sushi or hibachi at Izumi, or pasta at Jamie’s Italian by Jamie Oliver, you can dive into either the indoor or outdoor pool. In the evenings, while tuckered out young ones hit the hay, parents can top off the day with nightly entertainment at Two70, a venue that fuses performance art and technology for one-of-a-kind live productions.
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