Royal Caribbean Alaska 2021
Royal Caribbean Alaska 2021
Royal Caribbean International has unveiled their line-up of 2021 itineraries in Alaska. Ovation of the Seas; Radiance of the Seas; and Serenade of the Seas will all be deployed to America’s Last Frontier offering varying seven-night itineraries sailing from Seattle, Vancouver and Seward in Alaska. Ovation of the Seas will be the largest ship in the region undertaking a series of seven-night cruises round-trip from Seattle. Radiance of the Seas will embark on seven-night, open-jaw itineraries between Seward and Vancouver taking in the Hubbard Glacier. Sailing round-trip from Vancouver, Serenade of the Seas will offer seven-night departures that include Ketchikan plus a cruise to Tracy Arm Fjord.
All three ships will introduce Royal Caribbean’s spa staterooms - a brand-new grade of balcony accommodations that allow guests to relax in between adventures with an array of amenities and perks, including priority spa reservations, comfortable bedding and upgraded bath products, daily delivery of tea, water and coffee; plus priority boarding at embarkation.
From the North Star to the RipCord by iFly skydiving simulator, guests aboard Ovation of the Seas will have panoramic views of the untamed hinterland and the awe-inspiring labyrinthine Inside Passage. The itineraries include Skagway, where there’s the chance to retrace the steps of the Klondike Gold Rush; or climb aboard the narrow-gauge White Pass & Yukon Railroad which was built in 1898 to enable prospectors reach their elusive bounty. In Juneau, there’s dogsledding over the Mendenhall Glacier.
Radiance of the Seas will offer alternating southbound and northbound seven-night itineraries between Vancouver and Seward. Guests will have the opportunity to see the magnificent landscapes of the region firsthand with calls at Icy Strait Point, Sitka and Skagway, plus navigations of the Inside Passage and sail-pasts of the Hubbard Glacier. There’s the opportunity to extend the cruise with three- to seven-night pre- or post-cruise tour packages. On these immersive journeys, travellers will be able to visit Denali National Park and Preserve with local experts with a good chance of seeing the ‘Big Five’ – grizzlies, moose, caribou, Dall sheep and wolves. Adrenalin junkies can hike the Exit Glacier, as well as kayak and bike at Eklutna Lake.
Guests on the seven-night round-trip sailings from Vancouver aboard Serenade of the Seas will visit Ketchikan, Skagway, Sitka and Juneau as well as a close encounter with Tracy Arm Fjord. With a variety of experiences, guests can embark on once-in-a-lifetime shore excursions like dog-sledding; seaplane flights over imposing ice-faces; or soaring on a helicopter for a bird’s-eye view of glacier’s deep crevasses and azure-blue meltwater pools.
- 13th December 2019
Edinburgh-born Gary Buchanan has been a travel writer for over 30 years. He has been a specialist cruise writer for 25 years contributing to leading British publications including national newspapers and consumer magazines. He is the author of five books about cruising and spends over seven months every year at sea sailing the world’s oceans.