Royal Caribbean International has announced the schedule for its 2017 Alaska cruise season, including two new 12-night cruisetours.
For 2017, Royal Caribbean will position Explorer of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas in Alaska, sailing seven-night itineraries. Explorer of the Seas sails roundtrip from Seattle, and Radiance of the Seas sails from Vancouver, BC to Seward, AK and then from Seward, AK to Vancouver, BC. All itineraries are now on sale, with complimentary upgrades as an incentive for early booking.
New in 2017, two 12-night cruisetours will include overnight stays in scenic Alaskan escapes before or after the cruise. The Kantishna Select Wilderness & Wildlife cruisetour explores Denali with local experts. Guests hike the Exit Glacier, go on a kayak and bike adventure at Eklutna Lake and travel by rail from the Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks. The cruisetour includes two nights of exclusive accommodations at a Kantishna backcountry lodge immediately after the cruise vacation.
The Katmai Bear Trek & Kantishna Fly Over cruisetour will give travelers the chance to witness the American Brown Bear hunting in its natural habitat in the Katmai Park and Preserve. Adventure-seekers taking part in the cruisetour will have two nights in Denali or Anchorage, before or after the cruise respectively, to explore these destinations.
Alaska Adventure Collection
Additionally, travelers on Royal Caribbean's Alaska cruises will have the chance to take part in a variety of adventure travel options, including:
Icy Straight Point: The world's longest zipline with a 1,320 ft. vertical drop, the ZipRider transports riders from mountain peak to harbor-side beach at 60 mph.
Juneau: Guests can go whale watching in Stephen's Passage on an all-new shore excursion that brings them up-close-and-personal with humpback whales, sea lions, harbor seals, and more.
Ketchikan: Travelers explore the largest wilderness in Alaska, the 2.3 million acre Misty Fjords, on a floatplane ride.
Skagway: Travelers can take in the Tongass National Rainforest from the comfort of 4x4 vehicles or visit Musher's Camp for a hands-on lesson in dog sledding.
Victoria, BC: The 100 year old Buchart Gardens is one of Canada's National Historic Sites, having grown from a single rose bush to a verdant 55-acre oasis. Guests can enjoy self-guided tours.
Explorer of the Seas, the 15-deck, 1,557-stateroom ship which accommodates 3,840 guests, was revitalized in 2015 to add the FlowRider surf simulator, virtual balconies for interior staterooms and a variety of new dining experiences onboard.
Radiance of the Seas, the 13-deck, 1,071-stateroom ship accommodating 2,466 guests offers a 220 sq. foot, poolside movie screen, in addition to the signature rock-climbing wall, spa and multiple dining venues.