Alaska is one of the world’s most popular cruise destinations with a number of large ships, carrying thousands of passengers, docking in popular ports each day in summer. But Australian small ship cruise specialist, Cruise Traveller, has packaged up a special Alaskan experience with Ponant that will see the boutique vessel visit smaller, more remote and rarely visited places in Alaska that bigger ships cannot reach.
None of the destinations on the Alaskan cruise aboard Ponant’s 264-guest exploration ship, Le Soleal, are common features of itineraries for larger ships in the region including tiny, unspoilt and off-the-beaten-wake places like Kake, Petersburg, Metlakatla and Alert Bay, with their intact Tlingit, Tsimshian and Kwakiutl indigenous communities, wild scenery and abundant wildlife such as bears, moose, deer, bald eagles, whales, sea lions and otters. The Alaskan voyage also ventures waterways bigger ships don’t offer such as the mighty glaciers of Endicott Arm, the brooding majesty of Misty Fjords and the orca-dotted passage of Johnstone Strait.
The intimate and immersive experience is enhanced by the addition to the cruise of a tour through the Canadian Rockies including a ride aboard the iconic Rocky Mountaineer train and stays in the grandest hotels in the Rockies.
Plus, there are savings of A$7720 per couple and A$13,425 for solo travellers for bookings made with Cruise Traveller by July 8, 2023.
Cruise Traveller’s exclusive, 16-night cruise, rail and stay package – ‘VIP Alaska and Canada’ – begins on July 12, 2024, with a night in Seattle and a flight to Sitka in Alaska where guests will board Le Soleal for the seven-night voyage to Vancouver. Boasting a refined, French-styled elegance, Le Soleal offers a fine dining restaurant and grill restaurant, panoramic lounge, theatre, library, pool, an expert expedition team and personalised service.
After disembarking in Vancouver, guests will head to the Rockies on an eight-night rail and coach tour including two nights in Vancouver, a bucket-list train trip aboard the Rocky Mountaineer in plush Goldleaf Class, with its gourmet meals and panoramic windows, two nights in the renowned, mountain-nestled Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and two nights in the equally famous, castle-like Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, cradled by the majestic peaks of the Rockies. A night in Calgary ends the journey.
Snapshot of inclusions and features – ‘VIP Alaska and Canada’ package
* 16-night package, beginning July 12, 2024 with a night in Seattle and flight to Sitka
* Seven-night cruise from Sitka to Vancouver aboard Le Soleal
* Eight-night Rockies rail and coach tour including two nights in in Vancouver , a two-day trip on the Rocky Mountaineer train, two nights in the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and two nights in the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel with the final night in Calgary, Tour includes sightseeing and selected meals
* Onboard beverages and Zodiac excursions are included in the cruise
The sail, rail, sail and tour package is available from A$17,995 per person, twin-share, in a Deluxe Balcony Cabin – a saving of A$3860 per person, Solo fares are from A$25,360 – a saving of A$13,425. The savings are valid for bookings made by July 8, 2023. Flights from Australia are additional and can be booked through Cruise Traveller.
Call Australian small ship specialist, Cruise Traveller, on 1800 507 777 or visit (direct link to package) www.CruiseTraveller.com.au/
Cruise Traveller is Australia’s premier, small ship cruise specialist, representing 57 boutique, luxury and expedition cruising operators around the world. www.cruisetraveller.com.au