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Explorer and Radiance get ready for Royal Caribbean’s 28th Alaskan summer

For the 28th consecutive season, Royal Caribbean returns to Alaska for summer 2017, with Explorer of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas each sailing seven-night itineraries that bring the awe-inspiring Alaskan seascape to life and the state's rugged mysterious interior within reach to become real world adventures.

From mid-May Explorer of the Seas sails roundtrip from Seattle, and Radiance of the Seas sails from Vancouver to Seward, and then from Seward to Vancouver.

Explorer of the Seas (above) and Radiance of the Seas are both sailing in Alaska in summer 2017

New in 2017, two 12-night cruisetours exclusive to Royal Caribbean guests will take travellers to roads less travelled both with overnight stays in scenic Alaskan escapes before or after their cruise.

The Kantishna Select Wilderness & Wildlife cruisetour unleashes the adventurous spirit to explore Denali’s unspoiled wilderness 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, among the finest wilderness lodges in the state, immediately after the cruise vacation. Nestled in an idyllic setting on the bend of a river, the lodge touts an inherent sense of history from deep within the National Park.

The Katmai Bear Trek & Kantishna Fly Over cruisetour will bring to life the most sought after Alaska experience, the chance to witness the notorious American Brown Bear hunting in its natural habitat with an extraordinary close and unobstructed view 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 frontier destinations.

Alaska Adventure Collection

Vacationers have a vast array of destinations and excursions to add to their “must see and do” lists, including:

  • Icy Straight Point: The world’s longest zipline with a 1,320 ft. vertical drop, the ZipRider transports brave riders from mountain peak to harbour-side beach at 60 mph.
  • Juneau: Bald eagles, bears, caribou, and sea lions, are part of the Alaska Big 5 wildlife list, but whale watching in Stephen’s Passage is one of the most awe-inspiring wildlife experiences ever. Guests can enjoy this all-new shore excursion that brings them up-close-and-personal with humpback whales, sea lions, harbour seals, and more.
  • Ketchikan:The largest wilderness in Alaska is the 2.3 million acre Misty Fjords which captures the breathtaking landscape from glacial blue lakes to waterfalls, rising to snowcapped peaks.  The floatplane aerial view reveals the nuances of nature’s colour palette and textures, awarding the bragging rights travellers relish.
  • Skagway:This town is so associated with the exhilaration of the Gold Rush that the town has become synonymous with rugged adventure. Guests 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 of this enchanting botanical display.

  • Posted on 4th May 2017 at 09:08 am in Cruise News | Cruise Lines | Royal Caribbean |

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