Royal Caribbean Quantum Of The Seas
7 Nights Alaska Cruise
May 16, 2022 through May 23, 2022
Get ready to earn your wilderness badge, because Royal Caribbean® has never done Alaska like this. The adventure begins in 2022 with Quantum of the Seas® heading to Seattle for the first time ever, bringing you closer to Alaska’s rugged beauty with unrivaled views and stops at off-the-beaten-path destinations. Get ready for fjord flightseeing in Juneau, glacier gazing in Alaska’s Inside Passage, and peak seeking in Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier.
|May 16, 2022||Seattle Washington||4:00 PM|
|May 17, 2022||Cruising|
|May 18, 2022||Icy Strait Point, Alaska||12:00 PM||9:00 PM|
|May 19, 2022||Skagway, Alaska||7:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|May 20, 2022||Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier||5:00 AM||10:00 PM|
|May 20, 2022||Jeneau, Alaska||1:00 PM||8:00 PM|
|May 21, 2022||Cruising|
|May 22, 2022||Victoria, British Columbia||4:00 PM||10:00 PM|
|May 23, 2022||Seattle Washington||7:00 AM|
Sailing out on a cruise from Seattle? Make sure you spend a few a days in the beautiful Emerald City. If you’re a nature lover, this jewel in the Pacific Northwest is the perfect place for you to explore ahead of your cruise vacation. Though it offers plenty of metropolitan delights — think great restaurants, bars, a ton of shopping and lots (and lots) of hip coffee shops — Seattle is a big city with a wild, great-outdoors soul. It’s surrounded by ancient forests, sprawling public parks and, of course, the misty Puget Sound, where you can slow-moving tugboats, sleek kayaks and the occasional pod of whales. Head to Discovery Park for beautiful views of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges or visit the Olympic Sculpture Park near Elliott Bay. And if you’re craving a drink and a tasty bite to eat, head to one of Seattle’s many rooftop bars and take advantage of those extra-long northern summer days while you sip local brews and expertly crafted cocktails.
Things to Do
SEEK OUT THE CENTER
The Seattle Center was home of the 1962 World’s Fair, which portrayed a mid-century view of the Land of Tomorrow. Since the fair, this 74-acre park has remained a cultural hub within the city. Get a good look at Seattle with a 360-degree view from the observation deck of the Space Needle, or check out the Museum of Pop Culture, which has exhibits on popular music as well as science fiction and fantasy in film and television.
The Seattle Center complex encompasses an assortment of impressive attractions. View colorful masterpieces by glassblower Dale Chihuly at the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum. Explore the Pacific Science Center or the Museum of Pop Culture. Then take in sweeping city views from the top of the 605-foot-tall Space Needle.
RELIVE THE GOLD RUSH
The Seattle Underground tour takes you under the city to the Gold Rush-era streets of Seattle, before the city was rebuilt on top of itself. Then, head to Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Pioneer Square, where you can get even more info on the Gold Rush and how it shaped the city.
Seafood is king in Seattle. Geoduck clams, Penn Cove mussels and Dungeness crab are some of the most sought-after local specialties. At Pike Place, pick up curried beef bao, a Chinese-style dumpling best eaten by hand. For a snack or breakfast, head to Coyle’s Bakeshop and pick up a cretzel, a pretzel-croissant combo that’s all the rage among locals.
Shopping in Seattle means a visit to Pike Place Market — first opened in 1907, the historic marketplace is the go-to spot not only for fresh produce but also for artisan crafts ranging from handmade jewelry to ceramics and beauty products. During your Seattle cruise vacation, head to Ballard Avenue NW for hip boutiques, and shop for big brands downtown.
ICY STRAIGHT POINT, ALASKA
Icy Strait Point is one tiny port that’s big on Alaskan wilderness and Native culture. Opened a decade ago by the Huna Tlingit Native Alaskans, it’s easily one of the best spots in the region for fishing and whale watching. Dive into Native Alaska culture at a tribal dance show or pay a visit to Hoonah, Alaska’s largest Tlingit village. If you want to venture over to the wild side, go on a guided nature hike through nearby rainforests or hop into an ATV and explore the backroads of Chichagof Island. At the end of the day, you can take in forest views while soaring high above the trees on the longest zip line in the world. No matter what kind of Alaska adventure you’re craving, you’ll find it in Icy Strait Point.
Things to Do
Brave the ZipRider®, the world’s longest zip line, and enjoy amazing views of the forest as you race from a mountain peak at 60 miles per hour.
GO WHALE WATCHING
See the amazing humpback whales that call the waters of Icy Strait Point their home. You might even catch them bubble net feeding!
Watch members of the Huna Tlingit Dancers troupe tell the story of their tribal heritage through song and dance at the Native Heritage Center Theater.
Hearty and rich, Alaska cuisine is made to hit the spot. Most meals spotlight local fish or caribou, and Dungeness crab when it’s in season. For a real Alaska specialty, head to the Cookhouse Restaurant and try the reindeer chili or the Alaska Blue Burger, made with reindeer meat, blue cheese and merlot steak sauce.
You’ll find plenty of authentic Alaska gifts just a quick stroll from the dock at the historic Cannery Shops. Look for jewelry made from fine gold nuggets, handcrafted objects, and warm winter fashions.
The tiny town of Skagway still looks like it did during the Klondike Gold Rush over 100 years ago— and today it remains an outpost for thrilling Alaskan adventure. An old-time street car ride along bustling Broadway Street reveals well-preserved buildings, including the state’s oldest hotel. You can see engraved walrus tusks at the Corrington Museum, or get lost in riveting historical reenactments around town. If outdoor adventure is more your thing, there are plenty of ways to amp up the adrenaline, from sledding with Alaskan Huskies on Laughton Glacier to rafting Lynn Canal, the longest fjord in North America.
Things to Do
ON THE RIGHT TRACK
Prepare to be blown away by breathtaking Alaskan scenery while riding in a vintage rail car along the White Pass and Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway. See Bridal Veil Falls, Dead Horse Gulch and Glacier Gorge unfold before you while climbing the 2,885-foot incline of White Pass.
TAKE A HIKE
Known as “the world’s longest outdoor museum”, Chilkoot Trail encompasses 33 miles of hiking trails. Follow in the footsteps of Klondike stampeders as you trek through dense rainforest, enjoy incredible scenery, and discover the Gold Rush ghost town of Dyea. This is the ultimate Alaskan outdoor challenge.
GO FOR GOLD
Step back in time at the museums of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Relive the good old Gold Rush days through interactive exhibits at its Visitor Center, housed in the restored 19th-century Railroad Depot. You can also watch a captivating documentary film detailing the rush for gold in Alaska.
Skagway is one of the best places to feast on king crab legs. Hit Skagway Brewing Company for sockeye salmon sandwiches paired with a Blonde Ale made from hand picked Sitka spruce tree tips. Enjoy Mendenhall Mudd or Klondike Walnut fudge at the Alaska Fudge Company— and then sip a nightcap at Red Onion Saloon, the oldest watering hole in town.
Skagway’s downtown historic corridor has its fair share of Gold Rush-era facades that now house souvenir shops. Sprinkled among them are galleries selling local artisan paintings, carvings, pottery, woodworks and jewelry. You’ll know it’s authentic if it has the “Made in Skagway” logo.
ENDICOTT ARM & DAWES GLACIER, ALASKA
One of Alaska’s lesser-known gems, Endicott Arm Fjord marks the southern edge of Fords Terror Wilderness area. As you drift through its 30-mile-long stretch, you can’t help but be awed by the surrounding granite cliffs, mountain valleys and dozens of gushing waterfalls. Drifting icebergs, deep blue waters and a spectacular tidewater glacier only add to this natural spectacle’s appeal.
Things to Do
Endicott Arm is one of the largest breeding grounds for harbor seals on the planet. Keep your eyes peeled for these creatures splashing in icy waters near the ship. Along the shore you might also glimpse brown bears, bald eagles, sea ducks, deer, moose and wolves.
Your journey through scenic Endicott Arm Fjord ends with a front-row view of Dawes Glacier. Standing over 600 feet tall and a half-mile wide, this very active icecap is known for its spectacular calving displays which produce huge, chunky icebergs that float in area waters.
You can’t get to Juneau easily without a sprint by air or by sea. But once you arrive you’ll find majestic views and rich culture in every corner. With its snowcapped mountains, misty rainforests, massive glaciers and bounty of wildlife, Alaska’s remote state capital is the perfect place to dive into nature. Framed by Mount Juneau and Mount Roberts, the city’s picturesque downtown area offers centuries-old bars, boutique shops and historic landmarks. For a taste of the local culture, visit the historic district and the Alaska State Museum. And for outdoor thrills, you can take your pick of activities ranging from whale watching in Auke Bay Harbor to tundra trekking over Mendenhall Glacier, and even try your hand at gold panning in Last Chance Basin.
Things to Do
Watch for humpback whales, orcas, harbor seals, and Steller sea lions as you cruise through the icy Alaskan waters on a charter boat.
BECOME A MASTER MUSHER
Travel to Juneau’s Mendenhall Glacier and join a team of professional mushers and their huskies on a sleigh ride over the snow.
GO FOR THE GOLD
Follow in the footsteps of fortune hunters and pan for gold along trails forged by prospectors over a hundred years ago during the Juneau gold rush.
From coffee shops to local pubs, Juneau’s food scene is all about seafood and simple fare, like burgers and sandwiches. If you’re craving a cold one, be sure you try Alaskan Brewing Company’s Alaskan Amber or Smoked Porter— they’re both local favorites.
For some frontier retail therapy, head to downtown Juneau and you’ll find plenty of shops and boutiques selling Native art, locally-crafted goods and designer brands.
VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Victoria delivers a delightful blend of British pomp and outdoor adventure. Here you can admire Victorian architecture at Craigdarroch Castle and eat your way around Canada’s oldest Chinatown. Explore “Garden City” floral displays or go biking in the “Cycling Capital of Canada”. From orcas whistling in the harbor to glow-in-the-dark scorpions at the Bug Zoo, Victoria has every adventure covered.
Things to Do
WALK TO REMEMBER
Step out for a stroll along the boat-lined Inner Harbour, home to Victoria’s most notable landmarks. Check out First Nations tribal artifacts at the Royal British Museum. Admire the neo-baroque stylings of Parliament Buildings where the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia gathers. Then marvel at Thunderbird Park’s ornate totem poles.
Enter the colorful and aromatic world of Butchart Gardens to wander its 55 acres of flower-lined paths. This National Historic Site bursts with bright blooming tulips, daffodils, roses and hyacinths. Explore its manicured themed gardens— and don’t miss a ride on the hand-carved Rose Carousel.
RAISE A CUPPA TO TRADITION
Indulge in the city’s time-honored British heritage with classic Victorian afternoon tea at the world-renowned Empress hotel. A beloved tradition for over a century, this quintessential Victoria experience includes a fabulous menu of fine loose-leaf teas served with house-made finger sandwiches, scones and clotted Empress cream.
Victoria’s West Coast cuisine showcases local ingredients from the Saanich Peninsula and Cowichan Valley. Savor shellfish fresh from Pacific waters and shepherd’s pie in an English-style pub. Eat Asian noodles in Chinatown and hit Victoria Public Market for handmade cheese and smoked salmon. With over a dozen craft breweries, cider houses, artisanal distilleries and wineries, you certainly won’t go thirsty.
Waterfront Wharf Street satisfies all your souvenir needs, while Government Street is known for funky boutiques, First Nations art galleries and famous hand-knit Cowichan sweaters. Lower Johnson Street, nicknamed “Lo-Jo”, houses local designer boutiques and indie stores galore. Check out Victoria Public Market for epicurean goods.