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Alaskan Coastal Cruise

9 Day Escorted Tour

USA, North America
Easygoing Pace

Discover the last frontier of soaring snow-dusted peaks, teal waterways inhabited by patient salmon hunting grizzlies, an endless blanket of spruce forests and a wealth of small town hill dwellings on our sensational 8-day cruise. During your voyage, admire architectural remnants of the Klondike Gold Rush in Skagway, witness the spectacle of gargantuan glaciers splitting into ice rivers and spot fauna filled fjords as you cruise the Inside Passage.

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Tour Highlights

  • Observe Alaskan wildlife along the Inside Passage
  • Marvel at the colossal Sawyer Glacier carving its way through the Tracy Arm Fjord
  • Explore Alaska's capital city, Juneau
  • Enjoy relics of the Klondike Gold Rush in Skagway
  • On board commentary by an experienced ranger as you sail through Glacier National Park
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Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Vancouver

Depart London on your scheduled flight to Vancouver. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the evening.

Day 2
Vancouver

Dinner

Check out from the hotel and transfer to the city's port to board your cruise ship, which will set sail late afternoon. You will have plenty of time to relax following your flight and take full advantage of the ship's plentiful onboard facilities.

Day 3
Alaskan Cruise - The Inside Passage

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Leaving Vancouver behind your ship will trace the outline of North America's most scenic coastal landscape, weaving through islands of the Pacific Coast known as the Inside Passage. Boasting wildlife-filled fjords and evergreen-coated scenery, position yourself on the upper deck for the best chance to observe soaring eagles, grizzly bears, breaching whales and bathing seals.

Day 4
Alaskan Cruise - Tracy Arm Inlet & Juneau

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Weather permitting, the ship will navigate the 30-mile long Tracy Arm Fjord to view the mammoth Sawyer Glacier which oversees a slow-moving river of ice. After lunch you'll arrive in Juneau, Alaska's state capital, in which there are a number of optional excursions on offer including dog sledging with huskies, whale watching and a helicopter ride over the glacier.

Day 5
Alaskan Cruise - Skagway

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The ship arrives in Skagway this morning where it remains all day, leaving plenty of time to explore this charming relic of the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush. Wooden sidewalks and turn-of-the-century buildings will take you back to the lawless living of pioneer days. Shore excursions are also aplenty; we recommend you take a fascinating ride on the restored carriages along the old White Pass and Yukon railroad through the Alaskan wilderness.

Day 6
Alaskan Cruise - Glacier Bay

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today enjoy a tour highlight as your cruise ship slowly enters Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that protects a unique ecosystem of majestic humpback whales, black bears and Yukon wolves. A national park ranger will come on board to provide a detailed commentary of your wild surroundings and answer any questions you have. You may also have the chance to witness a monumental chunk of ice splitting off one of the eight gargantuan glaciers.

Day 7
Alaskan Cruise - Ketchikan

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After a morning of cruising, the ship will arrive at the city of Ketchikan, a small metropolis that clutches the shores of the Tongass Narrow. Explore this charming area in your own time, wandering along Creek Street, through the Totem Pole Park or pick one of the optional wildlife excursions such as a bear adventure by floatplane or an Alaskan fishing experience.

Day 8
Alaskan Cruise - The Inside Passage

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Your final full day on board will be spent returning through the Inside Passage allowing you more time to appreciate the area's distinct beauty, observe its natural inhabitants or simply relax.

Day 9
Cruise Disembark to UK

Dinner

This morning arrive back at Vancouver's port where you will disembark and be transferred to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.

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Dates & Prices

Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
April 2021
from £1,869
1 Date
29th Apr - 7th May
£1,869
May 2021
from £1,999
2 Dates
13th May - 21st May
£1,999
27th May - 4th Jun
£2,169
June 2021
from £2,339
1 Date
17th Jun - 25th Jun
£2,339
July 2021
from £2,419
1 Date
1st Jul - 9th Jul
£2,419
August 2021
from £2,439
1 Date
19th Aug - 27th Aug
£2,439
September 2021
from £2,119
2 Dates
9th Sep - 17th Sep
£2,179
16th Sep - 24th Sep
£2,119

Accommodation

The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
Hotel Blu
1 nights
Vancouver, Canada
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MS Koningsdam
7 nights
Alaska, USA
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Extend Your Tour

Alaskan Coastal Cruise with Vancouver City Stay

5 Day Extension
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£689

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Important Information

An American ESTA will be required for Alaska. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £49pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves moderate days of walking on uneven paths and small hills, and getting on and off boat. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

The maximum number of travellers in your group will be 2,106 (max cruise capacity). If in the unlikely event there are less than the minimum passenger numbers required on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

This is an escorted tour, meaning you will have the services of an English speaking guide during each excursion ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

The currency in Alaska is the US Dollar ($). We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK.

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£400 per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour. Please also bear in mind that there will be several shopping opportunities throughout your tour. Tipping is at your discretion, however, we would recommend approximately £9 per person ($12.50) per day. Tips are accepted in the local currency, however, it is asked that if you do not tip in the local currency that you only pay with notes, as coins cannot be exchanged.