JUNE 2023 Pre-Cruise Land Tour starts in Fairbanks, AK. Tour Bus will travel for 7 days to Seward, AK. You will see Denali, Talkeetna, Anchorage, Soldotna & Homer, then board the 7-day Sawyer Glacier cruise from Seward, AK. This southbound cruise journeys through the inside passages to Hubbard and Sawyer Glaciers, and stops in Icy Strait Point, Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan to Vancouver, B.C. Post-Cruise land tours in Vancouver is optional.
On the "Norwegian Jewel" Ship No schedules, no regimen - just you! Norwegian Jewel was built for Freestyle Cruising, so whether you want to rejuvenate at the Body Waves Spa, hang with friends at the Sun Club Casino or simply do nothing at all - we've got you covered. You've got a world of choice with gourmet French, authentic Italian, Spanish tapas, sushi, Asian Fusion, good old all-American, and more. Let the sun in.
The most complete tour of Denali and Alaskan life in the past and present. For the active, outgoing guest, this tour offers spectacular vantage points of Denali with time to purchase an optional all-day fishing excursion. Special Benefits To Norwegian Cruisetours: All tours are fully escorted by local Alaskan guides.
Included in fare:
Riverboat cruise and city tour of Fairbanks including a stop at the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline
Explore Denali with a 7-hour Tundra Wilderness Tour
Deluxe Dome Railcar from Denali to Talkeetna
Visit an Iditarod Sled Dog Musher's kennel for a private tour
Sign Language Interpreters will be provided by NCL
While in Denali, optional Excursions such as Whitewater rafting, flightseeing, hiking, etc... are offered at additional cost.
Visit Talkeetna, one of the best vantage points for Denali
Kenai Peninsula and the artsy fishing community of Homer
Opportunity to purchase a optional (additional cost) full-day Halibut and Salmon fishing, kayaking, hiking excursions.
Tour the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
All tours feature travel of Alaska Railroad
NCL Free at Sea Offers Are Subject to Changes and May Expire at Anytime
Fairbanks, Alaska * Transfer from Airport to Hotel is available only if you provide arrival flight to NCL at least 10 days prior to start of bus tour. Unused transfers are nonrefundable. Welcome to Fairbanks. Whether you're exploring Alaska's Golden Heart City or the wonderful amenities your hotel has to offer, get ready for an unforgettable journey in the days ahead fully escorted by a local Alaskan guide. Please note the standard hotel check-in time is 3:00 pm. Guests who arrive earlier may have to wait to occupy their rooms. Overnight: Fairbanks Your Norwegian Cruise Line Tour Director will greet you at your Fairbanks hotel this morning. Today, you'll enjoy a morning aboard the Riverboat Discovery, a three-hour journey that will take you into the heart of Alaska. Guided by a family which has made the Alaskan rivers home for five generations, you'll witness a Bush Pilot take off and land beside the boat, and hear stories of flying into remote Alaska firsthand. Halfway through the experience, you'll be immersed in frontier living with a guided walking tour of a recreated Athabascan Indian village. See cabins made of spruce logs, along with other indigenous dwellings that have allowed the strong Athabascan people to survive for thousands of years in this harsh environment.
After a brief city tour of Fairbanks, travel by deluxe motorcoach from Fairbanks to Denali.
9:00 am ~ Take the Riverboat Discovery Cruise and visit the Iditarod Sled Dog Kennel (Both are included in fare)
12:30 pm ~ Fairbanks City Tour and lunch on your own (Bus tour through the city, then lunch on own)
2:30 pm ~ Depart for Denali
5:30 pm ~ Arrive Denali hotel
Denali More than just the mountain, Denali National Park is six-million acres of wild land. An open morning in Denali is available for optional activities. This afternoon, your Tundra Wilderness Tour will take you into this pristine region of Alaska on the only road into and out of the park. Along the way, enjoy a fully narrated ride learning about the flora and fauna of the area while looking out for the wild animals that roam freely and call this park home. While in this beautiful area, set aside time to experience the solitude and tranquility that vast wilderness can provide.
During your included tour (Included in fare), you will travel 53 miles into Denali National Park, enjoying the incredible scenery and some of the best opportunities to see wildlife in its natural setting. A light snack is included on the tour. Tour duration is approximately 7 hours. Upon arrival in Alaska, your Tour Director will advise you of your tour time.
Option to purchase additional excursions, such as Whitewater rafting, hiking, flight seeing, etc. will be offered. Overnight: Denali
Denali/Talkeetna/Anchorage Today's itinerary includes a morning kennel tour in Denali. Learn about the Alaska state sport of dog mushing with a stop at a local Iditarod sled dog kennel. You'll be amazed to learn about this fascinating sport, the musher, the dogs, and even get to hold a future champion puppy in your arms.
In the afternoon, travel along the rails of the Alaska Railroad to the rail depot of Talkeetna with 360-degree views from your deluxe dome railcar seats. As the gorgeous scenery of Alaska rolls past, be watchful for wildlife, as well as glimpses of Denali, or, as local Alaskans call it, "The Great One." Full bar and meal service are available for purchase during your rail journey. Continue via motorcoach from Talkeetna to Anchorage.
12:30 pm ~ Take the Deluxe Dome Rail Denali to Talkeetna (Included in Fare) 6:00 pm ~ Depart for Anchorage via motor coach 9:00 pm ~ Arrive at Anchorage Hotel Overnight: Anchorage
Soldotna & Homer This morning, you'll head south and tour down the Turnagain Arm along the Seward Highway. This "All American Scenic Highway" has spectacular views of the Cook Inlet and Chugach Mountains. In dramatic fashion, see where the mountains meet the sea.
Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center where you will see moose, bears, musk ox and other indigenous animals of the region. Taking in orphaned animals and providing quality animal care year-round, the Conservation Center is dedicated to the protection and preservation of Alaska's wildlife. Animals that cannot be released back into the wild are given a permanent home at the Center.
A lunch stop will be made in the community of Soldotna, also known as the "Fishing Capital of the World." Enjoy a brief stop near the world-famous Kenai River and see where the monster King Salmon fish are lured by fisherman, and learn about the five species of salmon that call Alaska home.
As you continue through the mountains of the Kenai Peninsula down the coast, enjoy the spectacular views of Kachemak Bay, the Kenai Mountains and several volcanic peaks across Cook Inlet, including Mt. Augustine, Mt. Iliamna, and Mt. Redoubt. Near the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula, you'll encounter the town of Homer, an authentic Alaskan community not geared toward mass tourism and often described as "where the land ends and the sea begins."
Homer has a history steeped in commercial fishing and a mild climate moderated by the Pacific Ocean. This results in warmer winters and cooler summers compared to other areas of Alaska. Homer is also famous for the Homer Spit, a 4.5-mile-long natural spit of land extending into Kachemak Bay, which you can explore in the evening.
7:00 am ~ Depart Anchorage Hotel 8:00 am ~ Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (Included in Fare) 3:30 pm ~ Arrive Homer and visit Homer Spit Optional excursions such as Halibut or Salmon Fishing, Kayaking, Hiking, etc tours will be offered to you for additional cost and purchase. Overnight: Homer
Seward After departing Homer, stops will be made along the way for you to experience the beauty of the area and break for lunch. Continue in the deluxe motorcoach to Seward to board Norwegian Sun for your 7-day Sawyer Glacier cruise. Best known for its beautiful parks and mountain scenery, Seward. There is nearly an endless variety of outdoor activities to enjoy in Seward, from mountain biking and climbing, to rafting, sea kayaking, and dog-sledding, and even skiing, fishing or white water rafting. Explore scenic hiking trails or have a picnic among the pristine landscape. There's no shortage of enjoyable pastimes in Alaska's City of Seward. 8:30 am ~ Depart Homer Hotel 11:00 am ~ Lunch on your own 3:30 pm ~ Arrive in Seward and embark Norwegian Sun
Arrive in Seward and embark Norwegian Jewel Ship leaves at 7:00 pm
Cruising the Inside Passage Shaped by the staggering force of massive glaciers millions of years ago, Alaska’s Inside Passage boasts wildlife-filled fjords and lush island scenery — habitat for bald eagles, sea lions, porpoises and whales. Its mountains are carpeted with majestic forests. Inside Passage Alaska is home to Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian Indians whose history is reflected in towering totem poles. Russian settlers left a legacy of onion-domed churches gleaming with icons.
Hubbard Glacier Get up close and personal with the gigantic Hubbard Glacier, North America's largest tidewater glacier. It's 1350 square miles of blue ice and one of the most active in Alaska.
Icy Strait Point The Icy Strait Point experience combines authentic regional culture with incredible natural beauty. Enjoy Tlingit dancing and art. Or get closer than you'd ever imagine to humpback whales and brown bears in the wild. Work up a wilderness hunger and satisfy it with fresh Dungeness crab. Take a cruise from Icy Strait Point and enjoy Alaska's awe-inspiring scenery and the many excursion options that NCL has to offer.
Juneau Juneau has been called “ Alaska's peak experience,” due in part to its unparalleled glacier viewing from such places as Tracy Arm Fjord, the Juneau Icefields and Glacier Bay National Park. Kayak up one of the area's many protected waterways, go flightseeing, tour historic downtown or try your hand at panning for gold.
Sawyer Glacier Cruise past Sawyer Glacier. Prepare to experience all the beauty and majesty of the Alaskan wilderness. Get up close and personal with the gigantic Hubbard Glacier, see humpback whales off of Icy Strait Point, take the reins of a dogsled in Juneau, and ride a jet-powered catamaran in Ketchikan.
Skagway In a single year from 1896 to 1897, this remote town along the Inside Passage grew from a few tents to a city of 20,000 gold seekers. Today, travelers come in search of other riches – to experience yesteryear along Skagway's charming boardwalk lined with buildings that replicate those Gold Rush days.
Ketchikan Its Tlingit Indian name, Kach Khanna, means “spread wings of the eagle.” Chances are you'll see one of these magnificent birds perched atop a Sitka tree. Thanks to its abundant rainfall, Ketchikan is surrounded by some of the world's most lush wilderness.
Vancouver, BC Positioned between the snow-dusted North Shore Mountains and the rich, blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver blends big-city sophistication with small-town charm. Don't miss Queen Elizabeth Park – a 130-acre civic arboretum accented with sculptures by modern artist Henry Moore.