Royal Caribbean has opened bookings for 2017 Alaska voyages with a free upgrade offer. Radiance of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas will sail 7-night itineraries, with Radiance sailing between Vancouver and Seward, and Explorer offering round-trip cruises from Seattle.
New in 2017 are a couple of 12-night exclusive cruise-tours. Kantishna Select Wilderness & Wildlife cruise-tour reveals Denali’s wilderness with local experts. Guests will go on a kayak, bike adventure at Eklutna Lake, travel by rail from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks, and hike the Exit Glacier. The cruise-tour includes 2 nights of exclusive accommodations at Kantishna backcountry lodge.
Katmai Bear Trek & Kantishna Fly Over cruise-tour provides the opportunity to see American brown bears hunting in their natural habitat in the Katmai Park and Preserve. Participants will have 2 nights in Denali/Anchorage, before/after the cruise.
Alaska excursions include the opportunity to whale-watch in Stephen's Passage from Juneau or ride a 1,320ft zip line at Icy Strait Point. There is a floatplane adventure in Misty Fjords wildnerness out of Ketchikan and, from Skagway, cruisers can visit Musher's Camp for a lesson in dog sledding or take a 4x4 trek through Tongass National Rainforest. Attractions at Victoria include the 100-year-old Butchart Gardens, which is a National Historic Site.