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AHI Cruise the Alaskan Passage

July 8-20, 2011

Chart a course to discover the scenic grandeur of British Columbia, the Inside Passage and Alaska, America's Last Frontier. From San Francisco, cruise to Victoria, the charming, yet sophisticated City of Gardens. Journey to Vancouver, British Columbia's vibrant capital, before sailing the majestic Inside Passage, with its rugged coastline, glacier-carved fjords, towering peaks and green forests of hemlock, cedar and pine. Experience Sitka, with its intriguing mix of Tlinget, Russian and American influences, and Glacier Bay, an alpine wonderland of white glacial precipices and brooding fjords. Relive the spirit of the Gold Rush in tiny Skagway. Marvel at Juneau, Alaska's scenic capital, and Ketchikan, gateway to Misty Fjords National Monument.
From $4,820

ITINERARY

Day 1

In transit to San Francisco, California
Air/Sea Program travelers will depart their gateway city for San Francisco, California. Arrive at San Francisco International Airport.Air/Sea Program passengers will be met in the arrivals hall by a Crystal Cruises representative and transferred to the deluxe Crystal Symphony. After embarking the ship, get settled in your stateroom and familiarize yourself with the ship’s many amenities. D

Day 2

Cruise the Pacific Ocean
Celebrate your first full day at sea with an exclusive AHI Welcome Reception and see why readers of Condé Nast Traveler have chosen Crystal Cruises as the best cruise line in the world for 15 consecutive years.

Drink in exquisite views of an ever-changing horizon onboard and indulge in whatever activities suit your fancy — yoga, Pilates or chi-balancing classes. Improve your golf skills at the putting green and driving range located on the ship’s top deck. After the sun sets, sip a refreshing drink and feel the soothing rhythm of life at sea as you listen to soft piano music in the Crystal Cove lounge. B,L,D

Day 3

Victoria, British Columbia

Fragrant gardens, charming Victorian architecture and a wonderful waterfront are the hallmarks of Victoria, the most British of Canadian cities. Discovered by Captain James Cook, this historic city offers a charming introduction to your cruise adventure. While you’re here, hop on a catamaran or classic red double-decker bus, enjoy a leisurely sightseeing stroll or indulge in British-style afternoon tea at the ivy-covered Empress Hotel, a Victoria tradition for more than 100 years. B,L,D

Day 4

Vancouver
Cosmopolitan Vancouver is the perfect counterpoint to quaint Victoria. Cradled between the ocean and mountains, the third-largest city in Canada offers urban excitement — great shopping, gourmet dining, sleek landmarks — in a clean, safe and prosperous multicultural community. Explore vibrant, personality-packed neighborhoods like the restored Gastown district, bustling Chinatown and colorful Granville Island, all set in front of a backdrop of rugged peaks, emerald parks and shimmering sea. B,L,D

Day 5

Cruise the Inside Passage
Relish breathtaking vistas from your front-row seat as you cruise along the Inside Passage, the deep, calm waterway, which runs through southeastern Alaska. Admire sweeping scenes of dense forests, pristine glacial valleys and awe-inspiring wildlife from your private verandah or Crystal Symphony’s teak promenade deck. You may see harbor seals, sea otters floating together in raft-like fashion and glorious humpback whales that seem to wave at you as they breach. B,L,D

Day 6

Sitka, Alaska
Stately spruce forests, green-tufted islands and a dormant volcano greet you as the ship cruises into picturesque Sitka, once the capital of Russian America. Steeped in history, Sitka was the home of the Kiksadi Tlingit Indians long before Russians arrived in 1799 and set up a fort to expand sea otter hunting and territorial claims. Today you can take in the views of Castle Hill, where the Russian flag was lowered and the U.S. flag was raised when the U.S. purchased Alaska for $7.2 million in 1867. Gain an understanding of Sitka’s native heritage, proud architecture and important historical landmarks. The area is teeming with wildlife including ocean halibut, salmon and birds of prey. B,L,D

Day 7

Juneau
Discover what many say is the most beautiful capital city in America. Accessible only by air and sea, Juneau was founded during the Gold Rush in the 1880s and named after Joe Juneau, the prospector who first discovered gold in this state. Located inside the Tongass National Forest, part of the world’s largest temperate rain forest, Juneau remains a rugged frontier, clinging to the mountainside along a saltwater channel. Juneau’s rough-and-tumble personality is on full display in its Gold-Rush era buildings and pristine trails.

The area is home to large populations of humpback and killer whales, black bears and bald eagles and serves as a gateway to the magnificent Mendenhall Glacier, a 12-mile long glacier that is Alaska’s most accessible and most photographed glacier. B,L,D

Day 8

Skagway
Step back in time to the days of the Klondike Gold Rush. During the height of the gold boom, this tiny trading post attracted thousands of pioneers about to set off to the goldfields to find their fortunes. Skagway became a wild and lawless den rife with 80 saloons and a bevy of colorful characters, including the infamous “Soapy” Smith, renowned for tricking prospectors out of their nuggets. B,L,D

Day 9

Cruise Glacier Bay
Spend your day cruising Glacier Bay, a biodiverse wonderland more than 11,000 years in the making. Slowly forming and retreating over 11,000 years, these majestic glaciers have sculpted the landscape as they have worked their way to the ocean. In addition to the whales and other marine life, many other animals and birds make this region their home. Get settled in a deck chair and prepare to be amazed as you cruise the bay. B,L,D

Day 10

Ketchika
Located in a lush island setting just north of the Canadian border, Ketchikan is an old logging and fishing city and another haven for nature enthusiasts. For centuries, the Tlingit used the area as a summer fish camp. You can see their artistry in the cedar totems of Ketchikan, especially at the Totem Heritage Center. During Prohibition, the wooden stilt houses on Creek Street were home to speakeasies and brothels. Today you’ll find boutiques, galleries and restaurants in this chorus line of colorful houses overlooking a salmon stream. B,L,D

Day 11

Cruise the Pacific Ocean
Sail the Pacific Ocean, enjoy Crystal Symphony’s unparalleled service and make the most of the many amenities onboard the ship. High above the sea, Wimbledon Courts welcome doubles and singles matches while the ComputerUniversity@Sea is the perfect place to design a slide show or photo album of your journey. You’ll also find a surprising number of enrichment courses and accomplished guest lecturers during your cruise. B,L,D

Day 12

Cruise the Pacific Ocean
Stretch out on a chaise longue or take a refreshing dip in the inviting Seahorse Pool as you cruise the Pacific. Schedule a lesson with a personal fitness trainer or surrender to a muscle-melting massage in an ocean view room in the spa. After the sun sets, dance to live music or take in a lavish Broadway production or a comedy show after your Farewell Reception. Sip a glass of Champagne on deck under the stars as the night comes to a close. B,L,D

Day 13

San Francisco, California
Arrive in San Francisco. Following breakfast, depart for the airport for your return flight home. B

  B = Breakfast included   L = Lunch included   D = Dinner included
 

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