One of the comments we often hear about Alaska cruises is that the overall vacation is a bit too hectic, with long flights into Vancouver, without enough time in Vancouver, then all too short a cruise before fooling with airports all over again. With this in mind, we have designed a relaxing, stylish and leisurely holiday to Alaska, the Great Land, at the perfect time of the year that features little or no airports, a comfortable pace, plenty of time to enjoy both Seattle and Vancouver and travel aboard some of the most famous trains in the country like the Empire Builder, the California Zephyr or the Coast Starlight.
We begin with FREE train travel from ANY US city or town to Seattle aboard the Empire Builder train (Guests living in the Southwest and California/Nevada enjoy travel aboard the famed Coast Starlight to Seattle). In fact, when booked early, guests enjoy free round-trip travel by train, that is, to Seattle and the start of the trip and then home from San Diego after the cruise! In Seattle, there is a superb hotel (with all taxes and breakfast included) and plenty of free time for exploring the Emerald City before we depart for Vancouver by train. Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the
World and our guests have two days to enjoy it all along with a city tour that includes Queen Elizabeth Park.
Saving the best for last; after our time in Vancouver , we board Holland America's ms Zuiderdam,
an acclaimed moderate sized ship for the stunningly beautiful Inside Passage cruise, a visual feast
that includes awesome Glacier Bay National Park. After our Alaska cruise, we enjoy another day
in Vancouver with time to see what we were not able to visit seven days earlier. Our final port
call is a very rare visit to scenic Astoria, Oregon, on the mouth of the Columbia River before two
blissful days sailing down the West Coast with time to relax before our arrival in San Diego. At
San Diego, guests may extend their stay in Southern California or travel home aboard such well
known trains at the ‘Southwest Chief’ or ‘Sunset Limited’. All Aboard!