2019 Cruisetours Brochure
VENTURE TO A WILDKINGDOM. 2019 ALASKA & CANADA CRUISETOUR DESTINATION GUIDE SAIL BEYOND BORDERSSM Travel Weekly’s 15th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards
2 TABLEOF CONTENTS The Celebrity Cruisetour Difference . . 5–8 The Onboard Experience . . 9–12 The Alaska Cruise . . 13–14 Excursions . . 17–20 Alaska Inland Destinations . . 21–30 Included Experiences . . 31–34 Alaska Lodgings . . 35–36 Alaska Cruisetour Daily Details . . 39–59 The Celebrity Canada Difference . . 61–62 Canada Cruisetour Daily Details . . 63–64 The Alaska Range
To experience Alaska to its fullest, you need to travel into the interior, where communities remain intimately connected to the land, where wild animals roam free as they have for thousands of years, and where native peoples preserve and protect their cultures and traditions.
On an Alaska cruise, you’ll journey along the state’s southeastern coastline, experiencing the beauty and wonder of glaciers, nature’s ever-changing and fragile masterpieces. With a Celebrity Cruisetour, you’ll discover and explore so much more. On the Kenai Peninsula, glacier-covered mountains descend steeply into bays abundant with marine life. Journey north to Denali National Park, where a single road crosses this vast untouched wilderness of tundra and taiga forests that are home to a stunning array of wildlife and North America’s tallest peak. Connect with the men and women who are as diverse as the landscapes they inhabit: from cosmopolitan city dwellers and members of indigenous communities to anglers and mountaineers, all are part of the fascinating, unique culture that is Alaska.
With a Celebrity Cruisetour, you’ll enjoy the best of Alaska, by combining a seven-night sailing with a tour into the state’s magnificent inland destinations. Stay in the finest available lodges and travel on remote roads and railways in the comfort of deluxe transportation. All guided by local Alaskan Tour Directors, who are passionate about sharing their Alaska with you. Every aspect of your journey has been carefully curated to deliver the Last Frontier — on your terms. | 4 FALL WILDLY IN LOVE WITH ALASKA.
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THE CELEBRITY DIFFERENCE | 6 ALASKA THROUGH THE EYES OF A LOCAL. Alaska is so much more than its legends and myths. Boasting lively farmer’s markets, modern art galleries, and fine dining, 21st-century Alaska blends the old and the new, and urban life with the great outdoors in towns and cities surrounded by wilderness. Your Tour Director will focus on your interests and preferences and offer tailored suggestions to ensure you make the most of every destination. Whether you want to explore the neighborhood trail where locals hike – and where moose are known to ramble, or get insider tips on which restaurants serve unique regional specialties, your Tour Director will have you covered.
Few people know and love Alaska like those who live there, and the Tour Directors on a Celebrity Cruisetour are chosen for their deep roots and connections to the local communities. Part raconteur of everyday Alaskan life. Part wildlife hobbyist. Part concierge, taking care of the small details like hotel check-in. The dedicated Tour Directors on a Celebrity Cruisetour are passionate about sharing their home, and bringing you seamless service, local knowledge, and the best of the interior. To learn more and to book, visit celebritycruises.com, call a Celebrity Vacation Planner at 1-800-852-7239, or contact your Travel Agent.
THE CELEBRITY DIFFERENCE
YOUR ALASKAN HOME AWAY FROM HOME. BE SPOILED IN THE UNSPOILED WILDERNESS. | 8 Wilderness Express Rail Cars: With miles of pristine wilderness, the Alaskan cross-country journey is as inspiring as the destinations you’ll explore. A highlight of every Celebrity Cruisetour is a scenic ride on the railway that extends from Anchorage to Fairbanks. Relax aboard the Wilderness Express railcars which offer 360-degree views from dome windows, reclining leather seats, and spacious interiors. Enjoy fine cuisine prepared by the onboard chef in the lower-level dining section, along with full bar service at your seat, while you learn about the wilderness and the region’s rich history from your onboard host who provides commentary.
With custom features like an outdoor viewing platform, the railcars of the Wilderness Express were designed to highlight Alaska’s spectacular scenery. To learn more and to book, visit celebritycruises.com, call a Celebrity Vacation Planner at 1-800-852-7239, or contact your Travel Agent. Lodging: On your Celebrity Alaska Cruisetour, you’ll stay in the finest lodgings available in the Alaskan interior. These boutique and local properties range from the luxurious Alyeska Resort, whose amenities include a heated pool with mountain views, to the charmingly rustic Denali Park Village, whose buildings are tucked into a forested 20-acre site along the Nenana River.
The lodge selection reflects our commitment to providing matchless accommodations in areas of outstanding natural beauty, while also keeping you close to Alaska’s unique communities. Sit by a two-story-tall fireplace built from the rocks of the Matanuska River, the centerpiece of a room whose expansive windows frame the views of Denali and lesser peaks of the Alaska Range. Indulge in a fine dining experience at 2,300 feet. Unwind over a glass of wine overlooking the waters of the Nenana River. These hotels and lodges offer our guests comfort, service, and authentic regional style for restful nights in the heart of every destination.
Motor Coaches: Alaska is vast, and its remote villages and far-flung cities and towns are a reflection of the intrepid spirit of its early pioneers. Celebrity uses luxury motor coaches to travel along the miles of scenic highways. Relax in comfort onboard the motor coach reserved exclusively for your Celebrity Cruisetour. Your professional driver is dedicated to more than the road, highlighting the sights along the way and providing point-to-point luggage service throughout the Cruisetour. Facing page: Seward Windsong Lodge. This page: Wilderness Express Railcar. | THE CELEBRITY DIFFERENCE
THE ONBOARD EXPERIENCE A DESTINATION THIS STUNNING DESERVES A SHIPTO MATCH.
10 Every Celebrity cruise is designed to inspire at sea. Sail with us in Alaska to be immersed in modern luxury while cruising past glaciers and some of the world’s most breathtaking coastal scenery. Dining onboard a Celebrity Cruises ship is an experience for all the senses. The stunning main restaurant, where dining is included in the price of your cruise, is the centerpiece of the ship and a masterpiece of design, service, and fine cuisine. With specialty restaurants and an array of lounges, there is something to indulge every craving. Like the classically elegant Italian cuisine of Tuscan Grille.
Here fresh house-made pasta and dry-aged steaks are paired with wines from a thoughtfully chosen list that highlights Italy’s distinct growing regions and premier vintages. Modern luxury also means intuitive service about what will make you happy before you request it — from the chocolate on your pillow to attentive pool butlers ready with a towel after your morning swim. And with our Destination Concierges on hand to share their in-depth knowledge of the ports of call, you’ll have a rich experience when you leave the ship to explore Alaska’s unique communities.
Alaska’s natural and cultural history is rich and diverse. Our onboard naturalist will introduce you to the region’s incredible biodiversity, glacial marvels, climate, and clear night skies. Learn about Alaska’s natural wonders through the captivating talks given during the cruise. You’ll also enjoy a world of incredible entertainment onboard. At all hours, your ship is a fantastic world of drama, music, games, and thrills. Try your luck at the casino, then take a seat in the main theater for a performance of Elysium, an original musical production inspired by fairytales and the four seasons.
On your Celebrity Cruise, pop-up performances surprise and delight throughout the ship — turning every night into the ultimate night out. Experience an exceptional Alaskan adventure with indulgent dining, luxury accommodations, intuitive service — and the pristine wilderness. Facing Page: Celebrity Millennium in Seward port.
This page: Onboard dining, above, Celebrity Millennium Rooftop Terrace. | THE ONBOARD EXPERIENCE | 10 To learn more and to book, visit celebritycruises.com, call a Celebrity Vacation Planner at 1-800-852-7239, or contact your Travel Agent.
THE REVOLUTION HAS BEGUN. BECAUSE SOMETIMES, MORE IS MORE. Get ready for something truly revolutionary. The Celebrity RevolutionSM began with the introduction of our groundbreaking new ships — Celebrity EdgeSM and Celebrity FloraSM . Now, we’re bringing together more than 500 leading architects, designers, and engineers to transform our entire award-winning fleet.
This $400-million modernization — our biggest ever — will bring new design concepts and technology to every ship in our fleet, starting with Celebrity Millennium® for her 2019 Alaska Cruisetour season. Set sail for Alaska’s wild wonders in completely and luxuriously redesigned staterooms and suites. Unwind in exclusive new sanctuaries for every Suite Class guest. Discover tantalizing new culinary concepts that open your world one bite at a time and stunningly reimagined bars and lounges that welcome in the ever-changing views. In 2019, a revolutionized Celebrity Millennium® will transform the way you experience The Last Frontier.
Left: The redesigned Penthouse Suite on Celebrity Millennium® ; Top: The Retreat Lounge for Suite Class guests; the new Main Restaurant design; new stateroom design on Celebrity Millennium.
12 | THE ONBOARD EXPERIENCE To learn more and to book, visit celebritycruises.com, call a Celebrity Vacation Planner at 1-800-852-7239, or contact your Travel Agent.
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KETCHIKAN – This scenic fishing village has an intriguing history, rich indigenous culture, and artistic soul — and astounding natural wonders in its backyard. Visit the Misty Fjords National Monument and marvel at the sea cliffs, steep fjords, and 1,000-foot waterfalls shrouded in mist. SKAGWAY – A village-turned-boomtown by the great Klondike Gold Rush, this charming port is flanked by the snowcapped Coast Mountains. Thousands of prospectors set out from here to trek over the rugged range to reach the creeks and goldfields of the Yukon.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The starting and end point for many Alaska sailings, this cosmopolitan port city is blessed with stunning vistas and an exciting urban scene that is dynamic and colorful.
ICY STRAIT POINT – Brimming with adventure, culture, and wildlife, this destination offers dozens of options for once-ina-lifetime adventures, including a ride on the world’s longest ZipRider. ALASKA’S INSIDE PASSAGE – The narrow glacier-carved waterway along Alaska’s southeastern coast weaves around hundreds of tree-covered islands that, together with lands on mainland Alaska, form the vast Tongass National Forest. In the summer months, these waters welcome some 5,000 humpback whales on their seasonal migration. CHART A COURSE ALONG ALASKA’S CAPTIVATING COAST. Follow Alaska’s glacier-carved coastline to discover formidable glaciers, endless forests, snow-capped peaks, majestic wildlife, scenic villages, and dynamic cities.
DISCOVER THE GLORY OF HUBBARD GLACIER Witness the drama of calving as a tidewater glacier moves toward the sea. Comprised of the longest river of ice in North America, beginning in Canada and flowing 76 miles to Russell Fjord, the glacier originates at Mount Logan, North America’s second-tallest mountain. And while 95% of the world’s glaciers are retreating, Hubbard Glacier is still advancing.
As the largest advancing tidewater glacier in North America, Hubbard Glacier’s terminal face is the dramatic end of a process that began 450 years ago as snowfall on the slopes of Mount Logan. Where it meets the sea, the blue wall of ice rises 350 feet above the waterline and extends 250 feet below. Forward movement of up to 36 feet per day results in regular calving — breathtaking moments when ice cleaves off the wall in enormous pieces that can reach the size of five-story buildings. With calving occurring on a daily basis, Hubbard Glacier offers the best opportunity to observe glacial processes as they unfold — a true once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Your captain will slowly turn the ship into Yakutat Bay, navigating the awe-inspiring sight of the wall of ice that stretches seven miles wide. Enjoy incredible picture-perfect views from just about anywhere as our dedicated onboard naturalist narrates the natural drama as it unfolds. | 14 Celebrity Millennium in Disenchantment Bay To learn more and to book, visit celebritycruises.com, call a Celebrity Vacation Planner at 1-800-852-7239, or contact your Travel Agent.
THE ALASKA CRUISE
Denali Flyer (Talkeetna) Explore Denali, the tallest mountain in North America, and the surrounding range and wilderness on a flightseeing ride that takes you within six miles of the magnificent Kahiltna Glacier. Take in views only mountaineers and a select few get to see. Fly to the remote western end of Denali National Park and see Denali, Mt. Foraker, and Mt. Hunter, above the longest glacier in Denali National Park. Talkeetna River Float (Talkeetna) Experience a calm and scenic river journey down the Talkeetna River.
The Talkeetna River features glacially fed, flat water (Class 1). The water is swift and cold, yet calm and serene to navigate. Your guide will take you down a portion of the river perfect for all ages to enjoy. Admire the spectacular views of Denali, keep on the lookout for spawning salmon, and ascan the riverbanks for other wildlife. Husky Homestead (Denali) Leave the crowds behind and join an intimate group to meet champion sled dogs at the Husky Homestead. Enjoy a personal tour of the homestead kennel of four-time Iditarod champion, Jeff King. Meet the champion canines, cuddle the puppies, and see the huskies’ summertime training.
Arriving at your destination is just the beginning of the journey. On your Celebrity Cruisetour, you’ll enjoy a balance of included experiences and free time to explore on your own. Alaska’s ports, protected parks, and wilderness areas offer diverse ways to discover the local culture, cuisine, and your own style of adventure. Explore further with Celebrity’s Shore Excursions during the cruise and Land Excursions during the land tour. From savoring local flavors in the next port of call to thrilling flightseeing tours over the Alaskan wilderness, there’s a world of possibilities in the Frontier State.
The optional adventures featured here represent a sampling from the complete program available on your Celebrity Cruisetour.
MAKE THE ADVENTURE UNIQUELY YOURS. | 18 Highlighted excursions are examples only. Your excursions during your Land Tour must be booked directly with your Tour Director. For details of Shore Excursions available during your cruise, visit celebritycruises.com/shoreexcursions. | EXCURSIONS To learn more and to book, visit celebritycruises.com, call a Celebrity Vacation Planner at 1-800-852-7239, or contact your Travel Agent. ATVs in Denali
Scenic Mountain Ascent and World’s Largest ZipRider (Icy Strait Point) Soar 300 feet above the treetops on a thrilling ZipRider Cable Car Adventure.
Begin your journey with a relaxing scenic ride though the village of Hoonah, home to the indigenous Tlingit people, en route to the mountainside starting point of the world’s longest single zipline. The zipline extends over 5,000 feet, feel the heart-pounding rush as you fly over lush forests and hills, with incredible views of Port Frederick and Icy Strait.
Taku Lodge Feast and 5 Glacier Seaplane (Juneau) Discover Juneau’s natural scenery as you embark on a seaplane ride before savoring an authentic Alaskan feast in a cozy lodge. Fly over the lush Tongass National Forest and the massive Juneau Icefield, as your guide points out the five enormous glaciers visible from your window seat. Enjoy guided commentary as you soar over the spectacular scenery. Land near Taku Glacier, the world’s deepest and thickest, where you’ll visit Taku Glacier Lodge for a scrumptious meal of grilled, wild, Alaskan king salmon and an array of side dishes.
Alaska Brewing, Mendenhall Glacier, and Cooking Demonstration (Juneau) Craft beers, an icy adventure, and authentic local cuisine make for a diverse and delicious day in Alaska.
Journey to the Alaska Brewery, where you’ll view the brewing process and sample some made-in-Juneau brews that are celebrated as among the best in the world. Then head to Mendenhall Glacier, where you can walk along its trails or learn about glacial processes at the visitor center. Then end your fun-filled day learning how to prepare authentic Alaska dishes with the head chef of Chez Alaska Cooking School.
EXCURSIONS | 20 A Celebrity Exclusive: Misty Fjords Flightseeing and Crab Feast (Ketchikan) Take a private flight to Misty Fjords National Monument, experience the thrills of a water landing, and savor a crab feast at the rustic George Inlet Lodge, all in one day. Enjoy the pilot’s lively tales about the natural history of the area as you marvel at the vast protected To learn more and to book, visit celebritycruises.com, call a Celebrity Vacation Planner at 1-800-852-7239, or contact your Travel Agent. Highlighted excursions are examples only. Your excursions during your Land Tour must be booked directly with your Tour Director.
For details of Shore Excursions available during your cruise, visit celebritycruises.com/shoreexcursions. wilderness below. Misty Fjords encompasses an area of more than 2 million acres, and your pilot will showcase the towering granite cliffs, 1,000-foot-tall waterfalls, and crystal-clear lakes. You’ll touch down on the George Inlet waterway, and go ashore for an all-you-can-eat feast of savory Dungeness crab.
THE SOARING BEAUTYOF ALASKA’S INTERIOR. | 22 To learn more and to book, visit celebritycruises.com, call a Celebrity Vacation Planner at 1-800-852-7239, or contact your Travel Agent. Travel to the heartland of the midnight sun, where mighty rivers, majestic mountains and windswept tundra mark the landscape. Denali mountain | ALASKA INLAND DESTINATIONS
Denali National Park boasts six million acres of pristine wild land. The varied subarctic landscape is home to grizzly bears, moose, caribou, Dall sheep, and wolves, as well as endangered birds. Wild animals roam as they have for millennia through unspoiled backcountry of taiga forest, alpine tundra, and snow-capped peaks.
The sheer expanse of wilderness, the solitude of the single road, and the park’s status as one of the last true, intact, subarctic ecosystems makes Denali one of the best places in the country to view wildlife in their natural habitat. The Visitor Center offers fascinating natural history exhibits, films, and the opportunity to meet and speak to rangers about Denali National Park, including its centerpiece mountain, Denali. At 20,320 feet, Denali is North America’s highest peak, and is still growing. Rising miles into the sky, the mountain known as the Great One towers over the summits of the surrounding Alaska Range.
The view on a clear day is a profoundly impressive sight.
24 To learn more and to book, visit celebritycruises.com, call a Celebrity Vacation Planner at 1-800-852-7239, or contact your Travel Agent. Enter the vast expanse of subarctic wilderness known as Denali National Park, home to abundant wildlife and magnificent vistas — truly one of Earth’s last frontiers. | ALASKA INLAND DESTINATIONS DENALI Facing page: Brown Bear. At right, from top: Rafting on the Nenana River; an elk; Denali National Park. To learn more and to book, visit celebritycruises.com, call a Celebrity Vacation Planner at 1-800-852-7239, or contact your Travel Agent.
ALASKA LAND DESTINATIONS | ALASKA INLAND DESTINATIONS TALKEETNA Situated on three rivers in sight of the great mountain, Talkeetna offers breathtaking views, a folksy frontier spirit, endless outdoor activities, and the unique ambience of its eclectic Main Street.
Among climbers, Talkeetna is recognized as the ideal staging ground for preparations to summit Denali. Mountaineers from around the world start here, filling the town’s hotels and bars with expedition excitement. With a population of under 1,000, Talkeetna has a small but lively local community dedicated to keeping the backcountry spirit of Alaska alive. The log cabin cafés, along with the heritage buildings of its historic Main Street, provide a place where you can mill with the bohemians, aviators, and adventurers who call the town home. The town’s unique location offers breathtaking views of the tallest peak in North America and provides access to every imaginable way to experience the magnificence of “The Great One” — from seasoned bush pilots taking you up into the skies and over the awe-inspiring north face, to leisurely hikes on quiet trails and river rafting down the glacier-fed Talkeetna River.
Along Main Street, you’ll also find the full breadth of backcountry cuisine, from brew pubs to fine dining, as well as converted air streams serving signature dishes. During your time here, you’ll see how the town embodies her unofficial motto, ‘“Talkeetna, where the road ends and life begins.” The highly protected backcountry that makes up the majority of the park is cleaved only by a solitary road. It runs 92-miles into the wilderness and stretches through bottomland taiga-evergreen forests, into the higher elevations that offer open views of the tundra-covered slopes and river valleys, all framed by the indomitable Alaska Range.
And while the backcountry’s pristine wilderness is protected, Denali’s front-country is open to a range of activities. Flightsightseeing planes soar over the mountains for breathtaking views, while rafting on the Nenana River can be a gentle float or a thrilling white-water ride. With the hinterland open to biking, off-roading, and hiking, Denali National Park offers both active adventures and time in unspoiled nature.
26 To learn more and to book, visit celebritycruises.com, call a Celebrity Vacation Planner at 1-800-852-7239, or contact your Travel Agent. Facing page: The Alaska Range, upper left; view of Denali mountain, lower left; Wonder Lake, right. This page: Rafting in Talkeetna, above; The Alaska Range, upper right; downtown Talkeetna, lower right.
ANCHORAGE A cosmopolitan city perched on the edge of the wilderness, Anchorage is a gateway to natural attractions and the state’s center for the preservation of Alaskan Native cultures. SEWARD On the shores of Resurrection Bay, this history-rich port town is nestled against the glacier-covered Kenai Mountains, and offers access to inspiring landscapes, incredible marine life, and exciting natural spectacles like calving glaciers.
ALASKA INLAND DESTINATIONS Blending cosmopolitan excitement and the great outdoors, the city has a youthful exuberance that contributes to its lively nightlife, eclectic dining, and adventuresome atmosphere. Beyond the city limits of “Alaska’s Big Apple,” nature commands the terrain. As many as 60 glaciers are located within an hour’s drive. Urbanites can go for an icy hike by day, and by night enjoy Anchorage under the late evening sun, socializing at a downtown brewery over a local craft beer. Even on weekdays it’s not uncommon to find a suited city worker angling for a catch on a lunch break.
Unlike any other American city, Anchorage boasts 250 miles of trails, sees moose passing through its neighborhoods, and is visited by whales that surface in the waters alongside the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. And long summers days mean more time to explore its natural beauty by day and sample its innovative frontier fare long into the evening. Anchorage is home to Native Peoples from around the state, making the city the destination for discovering local history, art, and crafts at the heart of Alaskan identity. The Anchorage Museum preserves an extensive collection of native art, spanning prehistoric times to the present day.
And the Alaskan artifacts at the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center were curated and interpreted with help from the Alaska Native Heritage Center, a renowned cultural center and an exciting place to connect with indigenous residents. The pristine wilderness of the Kenai Peninsula is home to nesting seabirds, countless islands, wetlands, and breathtaking coastal views. The port town is also the gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park, and the Harding Icefield — an expanse of ice and snow created over 23,000 years ago — is within easy reach. The throngs of wildlife that course below, and glide above the park’s glacial waters, are legion.
Here pods of humpback whales are known to breach when hunting, seals and sea lions lounge on rocky outcroppings, and bald eagles hover overhead.
The rugged landscape suits Seward’s hardy locals well. Every July 4th, Seward’s runners race 1.5 miles up and down Mount Marathon. Starting at sea level, the race rises 3,000 feet in elevation over very steep terrain. Runners race over gullies, ice, and snow, using their hands to haul themselves to the finish line. When not racing up mountains, you can find them at town watering holes and dining spots, where you can savor fresh Alaskan seafood, filleted straight from the ocean to your plate.
Situated at a grand natural intersection where bays and fjords at the edges of the Pacific meet the crested wilderness — and connected to communities extending northwards via the famously scenic Seward Highway — Seward is emblematic of the wildly beautiful state that is Alaska.
28 To learn more and to book, visit celebritycruises.com, call a Celebrity Vacation Planner at 1-800-852-7239, or contact your Travel Agent. Facing page: Downtown Anchorage, left; Alaska Heritage Center, upper right; Anchorage Museum, lower right. This page: Seward harbor, left; Resurrection Bay, upper right; downtown Seward, lower right.
FAIRBANKS Alaska’s most remote city is also its second largest, a gold-rush boomtown that today is a regional hub for culture and recreation. ALYESKA(GIRDWOOD) Nestled in a glacier-carved valley surrounded by the grandeur of the Chugach Mountains, Alyeska offers stunning views at every turn. | ALASKA INLAND DESTINATIONS Born of a turn-of-the-century trader who found himself stranded in what is present-day downtown, Fairbanks was founded when gold was discovered nearby. The trading post blossomed into a thriving city that outlasted its gold rush boom. Today, locals pride themselves on their independence and endurance, many having descended from Native Peoples and the intrepid prospectors whose self-sufficiency was the driving force of the town’s creation.
Hugging the northern bank of the Chena River as it converges with the Tanana, sternwheelers that navigate along Fairbanks’s waterfront afford breathtaking views of the city and countryside, while also offering a glimpse of the region’s heritage. From Fairbanks you can soak in the same hot springs that soothed the tired muscles of gold-seeking miners 100 years ago. Pan for your own fortune in nearby creeks that still yield golden flakes. Admire the native art and treaures on display at the Museum of the North, whose shimmering contours reflect the surrounding ranges. With locals at play well into the night (like at the Midnight Sun baseball game held every summer solstice), your options are as long as the sun-filled days.
Fairbanks is also your gateway to the Arctic region, whose remote communities maintain longtstanding traditions and an authentically Alaskan way of life.
30 To learn more and to book, visit celebritycruises.com, call a Celebrity Vacation Planner at 1-800-852-7239, or contact your Travel Agent. Tucked in a luxuriant glacier-carved valley, encircled by the Chugach Mountains, and bordering a temperate rainforest, Girdwood is a playground for the artists and extreme athletes who call her home. Walking up Mt. Alyeska along the trails dotted with wildflowers to enjoy sensational views is as pure a Girdwood experience as a helicopter ride to an alpine camp, where Alaskan sled dogs are waiting to be driven.
The luxurious Alyeska Resort is the area’s premier hotel, offering a perfect blend of service and hospitality while keeping you connected to the beauty of your surroundings.
Journey to the top of Mt. Alyeska on the Aerial Tram. From the 2,300-foot summit, the view of the seven hanging glaciers glistening in the sun is awe-inspiring. In addition to the many outdoor attractions and pursuits, you can indulge in fine dining at the mountaintop restaurant and luxuriate in a restorative treatment at the resort’s serene spa. Facing page: Chugach Mountains, left; totem pole detail, upper right; Mt. Alyeska tram, lower right. This page: Panning at Gold Dredge 8, upper right; Riverboat Discovery, mining tunnel, lower right.
Riverboat Discovery (Fairbanks) Cruise down the Chena River on the Riverboat Discovery sternwheeler. The family-owned boats have sailed down Fairbanks’s Chena River for generations. See a bush floatplane take off beside the boat and learn about the role of these pilots in opening up the Alaskan interior. Visit an authentic Athabascan Indian village and discover native culture. Cruise past the family home of an Iditarod champion to see how the sled dogs are trained. Get out on the water, meet some real Alaskans, and learn what life is like along the banks of the Chena River. Gold Dredge 8 (Fairbanks) Travel on the narrow gauge Tanana Valley Railroad, where you’ll hear tales about prospectors who flocked to this region hoping to strike it rich.
Years later, between 1928 and 1959, Gold Dredge 8 played a key role in the economy of the Tanana Valley. See the mechanized operation that has been named a national engineering landmark and learn about the Trans-Alaska Pipeline’s importance to domestic oil production. Gold-rush history then comes alive during a tour of the working mining camp, where you can pan for gold.
Denali Natural History Tour and Tundra Wilderness Tour (Denali) Journey into the highly-protected backcountry of Denali National Park. You’ll drive through taiga-subarctic evergreen forests, into the higher elevations that offer open views of the tundra-covered slopes and river valleys, and enjoy expansive, breathtaking views of the Alaska Range, including Denali, North America’s tallest mountain. On the Denali Natural History Tour, venture 30 miles into the park, enjoying interpretive programs and award-winning presentations that showcase how the wild landscape influenced Alaska Natives and inspired early pioneers.
The Tundra Wilderness Tour enables you to explore further, traveling up to 62 miles into the park, with more opportunities to see Denali and its incredible wildlife. INCLUDED ADVENTURES ESSENTIAL ALASKA. | 32 Highlighted Included Experiences are examples only, as program inclusions vary by Alaska Cruisetour. Please review the Daily Details on pages 39-59 for the specifics of each Cruisetour. | INCLUDED EXPERIENCES To learn more and to book, visit celebritycruises.com, call a Celebrity Vacation Planner at 1-800-852-7239, or contact your Travel Agent. A Celebrity Cruisetour offers the ideal balance of included experiences and free time to explore on your own.
On every Cruisetour you’ll take a narrated wilderness journey into the heart of Denali National Park. On select Cruisetours, you’ll enjoy included experiences that showcase the special qualities of each destination. These adventures are among the highlights.
Chena Indian Village
Alaska Native Heritage Center (Anchorage) Discover the fascinating mosaic of Alaska Native cultures, traditions, and values through celebration and education at Alaska’s largest cultural center. Listen to stories and learn about the states’s 11 major cultural groups. Hear authentic native song and watch dance Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (Alyeska) The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a nonprofit wildlife refuge that is dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, education, and quality animal care. The injured and orphaned animals under care are treated and rehabilitated, then released back into the wild.
See black bears, wolves, caribou, elk, wood bison, moose, and many other species native to the state and learn about their habits and natural habitats.
Resurrection Bay Wildlife Cruise (Seward) Soak in the stunning views on a coastal cruise around the Kenai Peninsula. Hear about the fascinating history of Resurrection Bay while viewing the jagged cliffs, seabirds, marine wildlife, and alpine glaciers, including the magnificent Bear Glacier. The narrated 4-½ hour journey takes you past forest, coves, and waters that form the natural habitat of species like orcas, sea otters, and bald eagles. You’ll travel to Fox Island, a remote and mountainous island nestled in Resurrection Bay, to savor a delicious buffet-style lunch of wild Alaska salmon and prime rib.
Alaska SeaLife Center (Seward) Get up close and personal with puffins, octopi, and sea lions, while learning about Alaska’s diverse marine life and ecosystem at the state’s only public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue center. The Alaska SeaLife Center contributes to the scientific understanding of marine mammals, birds, and fish in the arctic and subarctic through research, animal care, and other work by staff specialists. | 34 To learn more and to book, visit celebritycruises.com, call a Celebrity Vacation Planner at 1-800-852-7239, or contact your Travel Agent. | INCLUDED EXPERIENCES Highlighted Included Experiences are examples only, as program inclusions vary by Alaska Cruisetour.
Please review the Daily Details on pages 39-59 for the specifics of each Cruisetour. performances. The entertaining and enlightening workshops, demonstrations, and guided tours of the indoor exhibits and outdoor village sites make this one of Anchorage’s most popular attractions.
IN ALASKA HOSPITALITY COMES NATURALLY. Cozy fireplaces, rushing rivers, wilderness trails at your doorstep, and spectacular views — our lodge selection reflects the Celebrity Cruisetours commitment to providing the finest accommodations available in areas of breathtaking natural beauty, while keeping you close to Alaska’s unique communities. The lodges, many locally-owned, embody the character of the natural landscape and the people who inhabit it, with access to Alaska’s unique cultural and culinary scenes. At these Alaska properties, you can enjoy an afternoon wilderness hike, bask in a saltwater pool, sit by a roaring fireplace, enjoy fresh Alaskan seafood, and unwind over a glass of wine alongside one of the state’s mighty rivers.
ALYESKA RESORT Alyeska Resort is an expansive luxury property in the heart of Girdwood, a lush glacier-carved valley known for its stunning beauty. Framed by the Chugach Mountains, Alyeska Resort provides the perfect balance of natural solitude, adventure, and luxury amenities. Enjoy wilderness trails right at your doorstep. Hike or bike, admiring the valley’s wildflowers and stunning mountain views. Indulge in a four diamond dining experience, savoring culinary delicacies at 2,300 feet. See the seven hanging glaciers and explore the world’s northernmost rainforest. After an adventure-packed day, rejuvenate at Alyeska Resort’s spa or unwind in the saltwater pool.
DENALI PARK VILLAGE Set on the banks of the Nenana River and nestled in a lush forest of spruce trees, Denali Park Village is just minutes from Denali National Park Visitor Center, and the untamed wilderness beyond. Unwind over a glass of wine as the Nenana River rushes by, admiring the breathtaking natural beauty from the outdoor deck. Take a leisurely stroll on trails surrounding your lodge. Or embark on an adventurous hike on the property’s more rugged trails. With incredible views of the Alaska Range, and its location in the heart of the Alaskan interior, Denali Park Village offers spectacular access to the natural beauty of Denali National Park.
TALKEETNA ALASKAN LODGE Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge boasts breathtaking views of Denali and the Alaska Range. Sit by a two-story fireplace built from the rocks of the Matanuska River, admiring the views as clouds dance around Denali’s towering summit, or enjoy a leisurely hike on the surrounding trails. The lodge offers ease of access to Talkeetna’s historic district and charmingly offbeat Main Street, where you can meet the aviators and adventurers who call the town home. PIKE’S WATERFRONT LODGE Nestled on the historic banks of the Chena River, Pike’s Waterfront Lodge offers scenic views, with access to downtown attractions like the Museum of the North.
Built from the ground up by Alaskan native Lloyd Pike, Pike’s Landing was developed from the original log structure that existed in 1959 .The family-run lodge showcases works by Alaskan artists and operates its own greenhouse that supplies Pike’s kitchen with fresh vegetables all summer long. Stroll along the Chena riverfront and enjoy drinks and dinner on the lively outdoor patio during the long evenings under the midnight sun. | 36 All lodgings are subject to change for a property of similar quality. | ALASKA LODGING To learn more and to book, visit celebritycruises.com, call a Celebrity Vacation Planner at 1-800-852-7239, or contact your Travel Agent.
38 To learn more and to book, visit celebritycruises.com, call a Celebrity Vacation Planner at 1-800-852-7239, or contact your Travel Agent. Rams at polychrome overlook
Cruisetour Name TALKEETNA TREASURES 1A/B* ALASK A GOLD RUSH ADVENTURE 2A/B* ALASK A WILDLIFE ENCOUNTER 3A/B* MAJESTIC TUNDRA EXPLORER 4A/B ALASK A MOUNTAIN MEDLEY 5A/B* Total Cruisetour Nights 10 Nights 10 Nights 11 Nights 11 Nights 12 Nights Cruise Nights & Name 7-Night Alaska Northern/Southern Glacier Cruise 7-Night Alaska Northern/Southern Glacier Cruise 7-Night Alaska Northern/Southern Glacier Cruise 7-Night Alaska Northern/Southern Glacier Cruise 7-Night Alaska Northern/Southern Glacier Cruise Rail Leg Included Included Experiences Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Denali Natural History Tour Denali Natural History Tour, Fairbanks City Tour, Gold Dredge 8 Alaska SeaLife Center, Alyeska Tram, Denali Natural History Tour, Wildlife Conservation Center Tundra Wilderness Tour, Fairbanks City Tour, Gold Dredge 8, Riverboat Discovery Cruise Alaska SeaLife Center, Alyeska Tram, Denali Natural History Tour Fairbanks 2 Nights 2 Nights Denali 1 Night 1 Night 1 Night 2 Nights 2 Nights Talkeetna 1 Night 1 Night 1 Night Anchorage 1 Night 1 Night 1 Night Alyeska 1 Night 1 Night Seward Cruisetour Name THE GREAT NATIONAL PARKS EXPEDITION 6A/B GRAND HEARTLAND ADVENTURE 7A/B* THE GREAT FRONTIER EXPEDITION 8A/B AUTHENTIC TASTES OF ALASK A 9A/B DENALI EXPRESS 11A Total Cruisetour Nights 12 Nights 13 Nights 13 Nights 10 Nights 9 Nights Cruise Nights & Name* 7-Night Alaska Northern/Southern Glacier Cruise 7-Night Alaska Northern/Southern Glacier Cruise 7-Night Alaska Northern/Southern Glacier Cruise 7-Night Alaska Northern/Southern Glacier Cruise 7-Night Alaska Northern Glacier Cruise Rail Leg Included Included Activities Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Tundra Wilderness Tour, Fairbanks City Tour, Riverboat Discovery Cruise Resurrection Bay Wildlife Cruise with Fox Island Lunch, Anchorage City Tour, Anchorage Museum, Denali Natural History Tour, Fairbanks City Tour, Riverboat Discovery Cruise Alaska Native Heritage Center, Tundra Wilderness Tour, Fairbanks City Tour, Riverboat Discovery Cruise, Museum of the North Seward Dock Walk and Salmon Tasting, Alaska Native Heritage Center and Eskimo Ice Cream, Alaska Brewery Tasting, Kahiltna Birch Company Tasting, Denali Natural History Tour Denali Natural History Tour Fairbanks 2 Nights 1 Night 2 Nights Denali 1 Night 2 Nights 2 Nights 1 Night 1 Night Talkeetna 1 Night 1 Night 1 Night Anchorage 1 Night 1 Night 1 Night 1 Night 1 Night Alyeska Seward 1 Night 1 Night ALASKA CRUISETOURS OVERVIEW | 40 | CRUISETOURDETAILS Indicates package will include travel aboard the Wilderness Express® , glass-domed, double decker railcars which offer extraordinary views, attentive service, and a sumptuous menu of locally inspired culinary sensations.
Upgrade to the Tundra Wilderness Tour is available through your Tour Director for an additional fee. To learn more and to book, visit celebritycruises.com, call a Celebrity Vacation Planner at 1-800-852-7239, or contact your Travel Agent.
- Meet your Tour Director at the pier in Seward. Board your deluxe motor coach, and travel to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Encounter Alaska’s famed wildlife up-close as you observe animals indigenous to the area before journeying to Anchorage, Alaska’s most cosmopolitan city. Explore the downtown area and enjoy lunch on your own. Travel by deluxe motor coach to the charming Alaskan town of Talkeetna.
- From 4:30 p.m., Talkeetna is yours to explore. Stroll past Main Street’s lively brew pubs and converted air streams, serving signature dishes. Take in breathtaking views of Denali and mingle with the locals who keep the backcountry spirit of Alaska alive. Overnight at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. Day 9—Saturday | Talkeetna | Denali:
- Enjoy an early-morning scenic drive from Talkeetna to one of Alaska’s most treasured landmarks, Denali. After lunch on your own at the Visitor Center, venture across Denali National Park on the Denali Natural History Tour*. Discover the beauty of taiga forests and gaze at miles of rolling tundra, while searching for wildlife.
- After your tour, Denali is yours to discover. Book an optional land excursion with your Tour Director and soar over Denali, “The Great One,” on a flightseeing plane, or raft down the Nenana River. Overnight at Denali Park Village. *
- For an additional charge, an upgrade to the Tundra Wilderness Tour is available through your Tour Director. Day 10—Sunday | Denali | Talkeetna Anchorage:
- Craft your own unique Alaskan adventure in the morning, such as a visit to the Denali Visitor Center, with its fascinating natural history exhibits and films, or book an optional land excursion to visit the sled dogs of the Husky Homestead. You will then take a relaxing ride on your deluxe motor coach to Talkeetna, boarding the Wilderness Express, a glass-domed railcars, for a picturesque ride to Anchorage.
- From 8:30 p.m., Anchorage is yours to explore. Enjoy the evening, dining or strolling under the midnight sun. Overnight at the Anchorage Marriott. Day 11—Monday | Anchorage:
- Your Tour Director will see that you are transferred to Anchorage airport for your flight home. 10-Night Talkeetna Treasures Cruisetour (1A Northbound) Celebrity Millennium® 7 Night Cruise | Alaska Northern Glacier Cruise 3 Night Land Tour | Talkeetna, Denali, and Anchorage 2019 Start Dates: May 10, May 24, Jun 7, Jun 21, Jul 5, Jul 19, Aug 2, Aug 16, Aug 30 Port/City of call Departure port Train Motor coach Cruise 1A/B INCLUDED EXPERIENCES Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Denali Natural History Tour Rail Talkeetna to Anchorage Cruise Gulf of Alaska PACIFIC OCEAN Talkeetna Seward Anchorage Denali *All Alaska Cruisetour arrival times are tentative. The tour component of your escorted Cruisetour vacation is comprised of included experiences, lodging and transportation as described, with itineraries subject to change. Optional excursions are not included. Meals are not included unless specified as an inclusion. All properties are subject to change for properties of a similar quality. Day 1—Tuesday | Anchorage:
- Upon arrival in Anchorage, a transfer will be provided to your Anchorage hotel where your Tour Director will greet you. Enjoy time on your own to explore Alaska’s most cosmopolitan city while dining or strolling under the midnight sun. Overnight at the Anchorage Marriott. Day 2—Wednesday | Anchorage | Talkeetna | Denali:
- Enjoy an early morning scenic ride to the town of Talkeetna aboard the Wilderness Express® , a glass-domed railcar. Later board your deluxe motor coach for a relaxing ride to one of Alaska’s most treasured landmarks, Denali.
- From 4:30 p.m., Denali is yours to discover. Book an optional land excursion with your Tour Director and soar over Denali, “The Great One,” on a flightseeing plane, or raft down the Nenana River. Overnight at Denali Park Village. Day 3—Thursday | Denali | Talkeetna:
- Begin your day with a guided experience in Denali National Park on the Denali Natural History Tour*. Discover the beauty of taiga forests and gaze at miles of rolling tundra while looking for wildlife. In the afternoon, leave Denali for the return to Talkeetna aboard your deluxe motor coach.
- From 5:30 p.m., Talkeetna is yours to discover. Stroll Main Street’s lively brew pubs and converted airstreams, serving signature dishes. Take in breathtaking views of Denali and rub shoulders with the locals who keep the backcountry spirit of Alaska alive. Overnight at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. *
- For an additional charge, an upgrade to the Tundra Wilderness Tour is available through your Tour Director. Day 4—Friday | Talkeetna | Anchorage | Seward:
- Leave Talkeetna behind as you board your deluxe motor coach for the morning drive to Anchorage. You will have time to explore downtown before continuing to Seward. Along the way, stop at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center where you will encounter Alaska’s famed wildlife up close as you observe animals indigenous to the area.
- In Seward, join the Millennium for your 7-night cruise to Vancouver.
Day 4-11—Cruise: 7-night sailing from Seward to Vancouver 10-Night Talkeetna Treasures Cruisetour (1B Southbound) Celebrity Millennium 3 Night Land Tour | Anchorage, Denali & Talkeetna 7 Night Cruise | Alaska Southern Glacier Cruise 2019 Start Dates: May 14, May 28, Jun 11, Jun 25, Jul 9, Jul 23, Aug 6, Aug 20 Port/City of call Departure port Train Motor coach Cruise Cruise Gulf of Alaska PACIFIC OCEAN Talkeetna Seward Anchorage Denali Cultured Anchorage, folksy Talkeetna, and wild Denali — experience Alaska’s many-sided charms on this 10-night journey into the last frontier. | CRUISETOURDETAILS | 42 To learn more and to book, visit celebritycruises.com, call a Celebrity Vacation Planner at 1-800-852-7239, or contact your Travel Agent.
- Board your deluxe motor coach for a scenic drive to Anchorage. Stroll the city streets or savor lunch on your own, after which you’ll journey to one of Alaska’s most spectacular and iconic destinations, Denali.
- From 5:00 p.m., Denali is yours to discover. Explore the trails that surround your Alaskan Lodge, set on the banks of the Nenana River, or book an optional land excursion like a wilderness float trip. Overnight at Denali Park Village. Day 9—Saturday | Denali | Fairbanks:
- Immerse yourself in Alaska’s magnificent wilderness on the Denali Natural History Tour*. Discover the beauty of taiga forests and gaze at miles of rolling tundra while searching for the area’s wildlife. In the afternoon, board the Wilderness Express, the glass-domed railcars, for a scenic ride to Fairbanks.
- From 8:30 p.m., Fairbanks is yours to explore. Discover a city known for its midnight sun and for its outdoorsy locals who play well into the night. Consult with your Tour Director to book an optional excursion, like an authentic Alaskan-style salmon bake, or a flight into the Arctic Circle, where you can immerse yourself in the wilderness communities that call the interior home. Overnight at Pike’s Waterfront Lodge. *
- For an additional charge, an upgrade to the Tundra Wilderness Tour is available through your Tour Director. Day 10—Sunday | Fairbanks:
- After breakfast, discover some of Fairbanks’ most acclaimed and historic landmarks on the Fairbanks City Tour, after which you’ll explore Alaska’s gold mining history at Gold Dredge 8.
- From 3:00 p.m., Fairbanks is yours to enjoy. Admire the enduring native art treasures on show at the Museum of the North, whose shimmering contours reflect the mountain ranges that encircle it, or explore the town born of the turn-of-the-century gold rush. Overnight at Pike’s Waterfront Lodge. Day 11—Monday | Fairbanks:
- Your Tour Director will see that you are transferred to the Fairbanks airport for your flight home.
- Port/City of call Departure port Train Motor coach Cruise 2A/B INCLUDED EXPERIENCES Denali Natural History Tour Rail Denali to Fairbanks Fairbanks City Tour Gold Dredge 8 Cruise Gulf of Alaska PACIFIC OCEAN Fairbanks Seward Anchorage Denali The Evening Aurora Pursuit optional excursion may be booked with this departure date. Maximizing your chances of seeing the Northern Lights, it is available for an additional fee through your Tour Director. Space is guaranteed. *All Alaska Cruisetour arrival times are tentative. The tour component of your escorted Cruisetour vacation is comprised of included experiences, lodging and transportation as described, with itineraries subject to change. Optional excursions are not included. Meals are not included unless specified as an inclusion. All properties are subject to change for properties of a similar quality. Day 1—Tuesday | Fairbanks:
- Upon arrival in Fairbanks, a transfer will be provided to the Fairbanks hotel where your Tour Director will greet you. Enjoy a relaxing overnight stay in Fairbanks, a city known for its midnight sun and for its outdoorsy locals. Overnight at Pike’s Waterfront Lodge. Day 2—Wednesday | Fairbanks:
- After breakfast, discover some of Fairbanks’s most acclaimed and historic landmarks on the Fairbanks City Tour, after which you’ll travel to the Gold Dredge 8 to explore Alaska’s gold-mining history.
- From 3:00 p.m., Fairbanks is yours to enjoy. Admire the enduring native art treasures on show at the Museum of the North, whose shimmering contours reflect the mountain ranges that encircle it, or explore the town born of the turn-of-the-century gold-rush boom. Overnight at Pike’s Waterfront Lodge. Day 3—Thursday | Fairbanks | Denali:
- In the morning, board the Wilderness Express® , a glass-domed railcar, for the journey to one of Alaska’s most spectacular and iconic destinations, Denali. Spend the afternoon immersed in Alaska’s magnificent wilderness on the Denali Natural History Tour. Discover the beauty of taiga forests and gaze at miles of rolling tundra while searching for wildlife.
- After your tour, Denali is yours to discover. Explore the trails that surround your Alaskan lodge, set on the banks of the Nenana River or book an optional land excursion like a wilderness float trip. Overnight at Denali Park Village. *
- For an additional charge, an upgrade to the Tundra Wilderness Tour is available through your Tour Director. Day 4—Friday | Denali | Anchorage | Seward:
- In the morning, depart Denali for a scenic drive to Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city. Stroll the downtown streets or enjoy lunch on your own, before continuing to historic Seward.
- In Seward, join the Millennium for your 7-night cruise to Vancouver.
- Day 4–11 | Cruise:
- 7-night sailing from Seward to Vancouver. 10-Night Alaska Gold Rush Adventure Cruisetour (2B Southbound) Celebrity Millennium 3 Night Land Tour | Fairbanks (2 Nights) and Denali 7 Night Cruise | Alaska Southern Glacier Cruise 2019 Start Dates: May 14, May 28, Jun 11, Jun 25, Jul 9, Jul 23, Aug 6, Aug 20, Port/City of call Departure port Train Motor coach Cruise Cruise Gulf of Alaska PACIFIC OCEAN Fairbanks Seward Anchorage Denali Go further inland, and discover the heart of the Alaskan interior with two nights in Fairbanks, a northern frontier city with deep gold-rush roots.
CRUISETOURDETAILS | 44 To learn more and to book, visit celebritycruises.com, call a Celebrity Vacation Planner at 1-800-852-7239, or contact your Travel Agent.