Enjoy a captivating coastline for a week on board a Celebrity ship and take in gorgeous glacier views. See an array of marine wildlife and explore quaint coastal towns. Hop off and take a slow train to adventure, traveling through Alaska’s majestic landscape on the Wilderness Express train, featuring glass-domed rail cars. Along the way, stay in authentic, locally-owned lodges.
On the cruise portion of your Alaska adventure, you’ll witness massive glaciers, thundering into the sea and impressive mountains, looming over fjords that teem with wildlife. Your modern luxury comforts aboard a Celebrity ship, include well-appointed staterooms and globally inspired cuisine, all delivered with intuitive service.
When it is time to venture inland, either before or after your cruise, you will be taken into the “Last Frontier,” with included experiences for every passion. Explore the magnificent Denali National Park. Float the Nenana River. Gaze in awe at the spectacular Hubbard Glacier.
As you journey north by luxurious train and motor coach, you see the vast taiga forests and frozen tundra of Denali Park, home to North America’s highest peak, Mount McKinley, and an array of wildlife. You will be introduced to Native Alaska communities intimately connected to the land, where wild animals roam freely, as they have for thousands of years.
Your tour director will get to know you personally and offer thoughtful suggestions to ensure you make the most of each destination. Few people know and love Alaska like the people who live there, and the tour directors on Celebrity Cruisetours are chosen for their experience with local customs. Discover secluded trails and get insider tips about restaurants that serve the freshest seafood.
Stay in the finest available lodging including the luxurious Alyeska Resort with its heated pools and looking out on lush valleys. And the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge that overlooks the Alaska Mountain Range, including the breathtaking Mount McKinley.
Your cross-country journey through the pristine wilderness is as moving as the destinations you’ll explore. Between Anchorage and Fairbanks you’ll enjoy a scenic ride in the luxurious glass-domed Wilderness Express rail cars. These relaxing rail cars offer 360-degree views, including reclining seats and spacious interiors.
Whatever Alaska cruise tour you choose, Celebrity combines a luxurious seven-night cruise sailing with adventurous inland tours.
On a seven-night cruise enjoy the highlights of Vancouver, known as one of the world’s most liveable cities. The downtown shines with steel and glass and its epicenter is green Stanley Park, a
1,000-acre oasis of spectacular beaches, trails and views.
You will sail the Inside Passage into the more protected Alaska Inside Passage in southeastern Alaska. This complex labyrinth of fjords, bags and lush green islands is home to an abundance of wildlife, including orcas, mountain goats, bald eagles, bears, sea otters and more. You’ll never forget the sight of 40-ton whales hurling themselves into the air.
Hubbard Glacier is by far one of Alaska’s most exciting natural treasures. Enjoy incredible picture-perfect views of glorious mountains of ice from every angle of your ship. Hubbard Glacier is the longest tidewater glacier in the world. Dramatically massive at about 7 miles wide, 76 miles long and as tall as a 30-story building above the waterline.
Icy Point offers travelers the chance to view wildlife like humpback whales, orcas, seals, eagles and brown bears, or to explore monuments to the regions’ fishing heritage.
Ketchikan is known as the “Salmon Capital of the World” and also ancestral home of the Tlingit people, who have carved the world’s largest collection of totem poles. If you are up for an adventure, take a canoe for a nature trail excursion through the rain forest, or a wilderness exploration followed by a sumptuous crab feast you’ll long remember.
Juneau is originally founded from the discovery of gold. It has one the largest gold mines. Also, Juneau has a popular glacier, the Mendenhall Glacier, where you can arrange for a tour to walk on the glacier. Juneau is known for being the only capital city without a road in or out and is the second largest city in the United States by area.
Skagway is a compact city in southeast Alaska, set along the popular cruise route the Inside Passage. It’s home to
gold-rush-era buildings now preserved as part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Take an excursion on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, which runs vintage locomotives past the famously steep Chilkoot trail and offers sweeping mountain views during its climb toward Canada.
Arlene Goldberg is president and owner of Action Travel Center in Solon. You can watch her on Thursdays at noon on WKYC’s “Live On Lakeside” with the “Hot Travel Deal of the Week”
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