Departs weekly between May and September. Fares below based on departing 20th May 2019
A discretionary gratuity of $15.50 per guest for suites, $14.50 per guest for mini-suites and club class, and $13.50 per guest for interior, oceanview, and balcony staterooms will be added to your onboard account (per day charge). This gratuity will be shared amongst those staff who help provide and support your cruise experience, including all waitstaff, stateroom stewards, buffet stewards, and housekeeping staff across the fleet. A 15% gratuity is added to bar charges, dining room wine accounts, and Lotus Spa® services. This is shared amongst the beverage staff, their support staff and Lotus Spa® personnel.
Overseas transfers between airport, hotels, train stations and cruise terminal are not included. It may be possible to add these for a supplement - please ask for details.
Day 1: Fly UK » Chicago
Fly from the UK to Chicago. On arrival make your way to your 4* hotel for a 2-night stay.
Day 2: Chicago
Our included 360 Chicago Observatory ticket cannot be bought at the door! See Chicago and four US states with the interactive telescopes and feel the wind in your hair as you experience the open-air Skywalk, then enjoy a half bottle of Italian Prosecco.
Whilst there why not try out TILT! A one-of-a-kind experience, TILT is an enclosed, glass and steel moveable platform that holds up to eight visitors per cycle. Once safely situated inside, the platform it slowly tilts outward to an adventurous angle, generating downward-facing views of Chicago – from one thousand feet above The Magnificent Mile®. TILT gives thrill-seekers an exciting and safe way to take in unsurpassable views of the city, from a never-before-seen angle. TILT can currently only be booked at the venue for $7.00 per person.
Day 3: Chicago - Amtrak Empire Builder journey
Check out of your 4* hotel in Chicago and make own way to the train station where you will embark upon an exciting adventure through majestic wilderness, following the footsteps of early pioneers. Your Amtrak train journey departs from Chicago, and over the course of two days, takes you through some of North America's most breathtaking scenery.
Day 4: Amtrak Empire Builder journey
From Chicago, you'll have magnificent views of the Mississippi and see the glowing night skyline of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Awake the next morning as you cross the North Dakota plains and travel over the spectacular Gassman Coulee Trestle. Skirting the Missouri, you'll cross into the Big Sky country in Montana, passing by a travellers favorite, Glacier National Park.
Day 5: Amtrak Empire Builder journey - Seattle
From Spokane, you continue on to the final destination of Seattle where you will disembark the train and make your way to your 4* hotel for a 2-night stay.
Day 6: Seattle
Discover Seattle's many highlights, including the Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium or even enjoy the sights from the water with an included Seattle CityPASS.
Day 7: Embark Grand Princess
Check out of your 4* hotel and make your way to Seattle's Cruise Terminal where you will embark Grand Princess and begin your 7-night cruise.
Day 8: Day at Sea
Your adventure begins the moment you step aboard. Experience the relaxed ambience onboard and tantalizing cuisine in Princess Cruises elegant dining rooms. Enrich yourself with the Discovery at SEA™ programs and unwind at the The Sanctuary, a tranquil haven reserved for adults.
Day 9: Ketchikan, Alaska
Ketchikan is known as Alaska's "First City" because it's the first major community travellers come to as they journey north. Located on an island, Ketchikan began life as an Indian fishing camp. The name Ketchikan comes from a Tlingit phrase that means "eagle with spread-out wings," a reference to a waterfall near town.
In the early 1900s, when gold was Alaska's claim to fame, fishing and timber industries were established in Ketchikan. The growth of these industries helped make this Inside Passage port Alaska's fourth-largest city.
Visitors to Ketchikan will be intrigued by its rich Native heritage, which includes the world's oldest collection of totem poles at Totem Heritage Center. The Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian are all a part of the city's colourful history. Ketchikan, with its abundance of salmon, is also a sportfishing paradise. Sightseers will be impressed with both the scenic town and its surroundings, especially Misty Fjords National Monument.
Day 10: Tracy Arm Fjord (Scenic Cruising) & Juneau, Alaska
Named after Civil War general Benjamin Franklin Tracy, this narrow fjord is located approximately 50 miles southeast of Juneau. Breathtaking Tracy Arm extends over 30 miles long, with nearly a quarter of its area covered in ice. In fact, it encompasses some of Alaska's largest glaciers, including the twin Sawyer glaciers, which often expel enormous chunks of ice into the waters below in a magnificent process known as calving. During the summer when Princess ships visit, icebergs float along the surface of the glistening water in an array of sizes, from just a few inches up to three stories wide.
Protected within the Tongass National Forest, Tracy Arm Fjord is a haven for wildlife. Black and brown bears, deer, wolves, harbor seals, mountain goats and a variety of seabirds have been spotted in the area.
As you glide through the pristine fjord, you'll first pass by a lush forest where a number of beautiful waterfalls cascade down, and then you'll be treated to views of snowcapped mountains and blue-tinged glaciers more spectacular than you could ever imagine.
Day 11: Juneau, Alaska
In 1880, it was slow going for Joe Juneau and Richard Harris as they searched for gold with the help of Native guides. After climbing mountains, forging streams and facing countless difficulties, they found nuggets "as large as beans."
From their discovery came three of the largest gold mines in the world. By the end of World War II, more than $150 million in gold had been mined. Eventually the mines closed, but the town Joe Juneau founded became the capital of Alaska and the business of gold was replaced by the business of government.
Some 30,000 people live in Juneau. Its total area makes it one of the biggest towns, in size, in the world. Only Kiruna, Sweden, and Sitka, Alaska, exceed Juneau's 3,248 square miles.
Today Juneau is famous not only for gold and government but also for its breathtakingly beautiful glaciers and stunning views of both water and mountains.
Day 12: Skagway, Alaska
Skagway was the gateway to the gold fields for the thousands who flocked to Alaska and the Yukon with the hope of striking it rich. Skagway may have boasted the shortest route to the Klondike, but it wasn't the easiest.
Over 100 years ago, the White Pass route through the Coast Mountains and the shorter but steeper Chilkoot Trail were used by countless stampeders. Many a would-be miner perished on the treacherous Chilkoot Trail.
The gold rush was a boon and by 1898, Skagway was Alaska's largest town with a population of about 20,000. Hotels, saloons, dance halls and gambling houses prospered. But when the gold yield dwindled in 1900, so did the population as miners quickly shifted to new finds in Nome.
Today, Skagway has less than 1,000 residents. It still retains the flavour of the gold rush era.
Day 13: Day at Sea
During your day at sea, why not buy those last minute mementoes or perhaps book your next cruise on board in order to receive some excellent benefits.
Day 14: Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria exudes old-world charm and fragrant and colourful flowers are everywhere. Founded in 1843 by James Douglas of the Hudson's Bay Company, the city was first known as Fort Victoria. By 1848, Vancouver Island was a British colony and Victoria was its capital.
In 1858, Victoria was a tent city and the base for some 25,000 prospectors on their way to the Frasier River gold fields. When Vancouver Island was incorporated with mainland British Columbia in 1868, Victoria became the capital of the entire province.
Although it's a port city, Victoria is not as industrially oriented as Vancouver. The harbors, especially Inner Harbour, are dotted with pleasure craft, ferries and floatplanes. The city is renowned for its beautiful gardens, charming houses and very British feel.
Day 15: Seattle
Disembark Grand Princess and make your way to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.
Day 16: Arrive in the UK
Terms & Conditions: ^Duration includes overnight flight. Fares based on London Heathrow Departure - other airports may carry a supplement. Promotional details, fares and itineraries were correct at time of publish (18 October 2018) but can be changed/withdrawn at any time without notice. All offers are applicable to new bookings only. E&OE