SHORE EXCURSIONS

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    Big Nugget

    Skagway, Alaska

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    Experience life in the days of the Klondike Gold Rush through activities that defined Alaska in the late 1890s. Upon arriving in Dredge Town, a replica of typical gold rush community, you will watch a sled dog demonstration and interact with puppies that will eventually pull sleds for the famed Iditarod annual competition. You will also learn to pan gold and extract gold nuggets from a stream with a water sluice much like those that the prospectors used. You can then bring your pay dirt to the assayer’s office to determine its value. The gold will be yours to keep. An enlightening tour of the 60 Mile Dredge, one of the last remaining authentic gold dredges in the world, adds even more depth to your understanding of the mania that fueled the Klondike Gold Rush. Finish with a hearty barbecue lunch complete with a dessert of s’mores over a campfire or enjoy an amazing soda float (weather dependent), amazing performances, and laughter with our costumed characters.


    HIGHLIGHTS

    • Visit a musher’s camp and watch sled dogs demonstrate their strength and stamina.
    • Interact with the sled dogs and puppies.
    • Pan for gold nuggets like the prospectors did in the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898.
    • Enjoy a barbecue lunch and make s’mores over a campfire.
    • Tour Dredge Town for a deeper understanding of life during the gold rush.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes some standing and walking. It is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair, can make their way on and off the coach, and have a companion to assist them. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. Guests who go ashore do so with the understanding that they will be mixing with members of the general public.
    • Adult from: $169.00 USD
    • Child from: $129.00 USD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Family Recommended
    • Accessibility
    • Meal
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    White Pass Railway, Klondike Gold Fields & Panning

    Skagway, Alaska

    Duration 5 hrs

    At the White Pass & Yukon Route Depot, board a vintage railcar for a ride up the White Pass Summit. View at the incredible scenery as your train ascends dramatic mountains and your guide shares colorful stories and the history of the gold rush. Marvel at the waterfalls, tunnels and historic sites you pass on your journey to the summit of the White Pass and beyond. In Fraser, disembark the train and board a motorcoach for a dramatic journey past the Tormented Valley and Pitchfork Falls en route to Skagway. Your Driver-Guide will regale with a colorful account of the history of Klondike Gold Rush. Taking views of the surrounding mountains, waterfalls and glaciers may be captured during the many photo stops. Stop at Alaska 360 where you will learn the art of gold panning and practice your technique in warm-water troughs. Gold is guaranteed in every pan! Haul your treasure into the Gold Shack and have it weighed. Then, browse a collection of gold nugget jewelry and discover unique, souvenirs in the gift shop. Finally returning to your ship with your loot and newly acquired "gold fever."


    Need to Know:

    Note: All guests must carry a valid passport. Guests who go ashore do so with the understanding that they will be mixing with members of the general public. Lift buses are not able to accommodate Motorized Scooters, however manual wheelchairs can be used.
    • Adult from: $249.00 USD
    • Child from: $169.00 USD
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Passport
    • Family Recommended
    • Accessibility
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    Scenic Juneau & Hatchery

    Juneau, Alaska

    Duration 2 1/4 hrs

    OVERVIEW

    Your journey begins with a narrated tour of downtown Juneau and the city's highlights as you make your way to Mendenhall Valley. The first stop is at the Brotherhood Bridge. Here is where you will be able to take in the amazing views of the Mendenhall Valley. The bridge was and is of great historic and symbolic importance, representing a bridging of the gap between Native and Non-Native people and overcoming racial tensions. The bridge features 10 bronze medallions with the ANB crest and imagery, sculpted by Roy Peratrovich Jr. In honor of the ANB’s 50th anniversary. The crew on the medallions depicts the two great Tlingit moieties, Eagle and Raven. The ANB is the solid rock on which these moieties rest. Afterward your drive takes you to Juneau's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery and Visitor Center. There you will learn the value of ocean ranching to Juneau's commercial and sport fishing industries and the hatchery's role in keeping the area salmon population at sustainable levels.

    HELPFUL HINTS

    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

    Need to Know:

    Note: Fish will return to Macaulay Salmon Hatchery mid-July through September. Guests who go ashore do so with the understanding that they will be mixing with members of the general public. Lift buses are not able to accommodate Motorized Scooters, however manual wheelchairs can be used.
    • Adult from: $109.00 USD
    • Child from: $79.00 USD
    DURATION 2 1/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Accessibility
    • Family Recommended
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    Panoramic Seattle & Pike Place Market

    Seattle, Washington

    Duration 3 hrs

    OVERVIEW
    Discover the panoramic beauty and must-see highlights of Seattle in just a few hours, leaving time to explore the destinations you find most intriguing later on your own. Your introduction to the city will begin with a photo stop at the Space Needle, an icon since being built for the 1962 World’s Fair. You will also see CenturyLink Field, the sports stadium for Seattle’s professional football and soccer teams, and Pioneer Square, the city’s oldest neighborhood. The term “skid row” was coined in this now-elegant district, a reference to the logged trees that were once slid down greased skids to the sawmill. There will be plenty more to explore in Pike Place Market, the city’s oldest and largest farmers market. Don’t miss the “flying fish,” a spectacle in which the fishmongers toss even large fish to each other to save steps and entertain the onlookers. The original Starbucks is also in the market.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • See Seattle’s highlights in just a few hours, leaving you with a great overview of the city.
    • Pause for photos at the Space Needle and pass by Seattle’s modern sports stadium.
    • Gain a historical perspective at Pioneer Square and the city’s oldest farmers market.

    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes a moderate amount of walking mainly at the guest's discretion. It is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair, can both make their way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. Guests who go ashore do so with the understanding that they will be mixing with members of the general public.
    • Adult from: $119.00 USD
    • Child from: $99.00 USD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Seattle by Land & Sea

    Seattle, Washington

    Duration 3 3/4 hrs

    OVERVIEW
    Enjoy two unique perspectives of Seattle: from high above the city on the Space Needle and from sea level while cruising Elliott Bay. After riding an elevator up the exterior of the Space Needle, you will arrive at the observation deck, 520 feet above the ground. The views will be spectacular, as you look out over Seattle, Mount Rainer, Puget Sound and the Cascades and Olympic mountain ranges. For the ultimate view straight down, walk along the Loupe, the tower’s rotating glass floor, the only one in the world. The Space Needle is so iconic that Seattle designated it an official landmark. The sights of the city from Elliott Bay will be just as remarkable, but from an entirely different perspective. As you cruise along, you will see lush coastal parks, the edge of historical Pioneer Square and the Seattle Great Wheel, once the tallest Ferris wheel on the west coast. Your cruise ship will also be in sight.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Enjoy the ultimate view of Seattle and beyond from atop the soaring Space Needle.
    • Look straight down 500 feet through the Space Needle’s rotating glass floor.
    • Cruise through Elliott Bay, admiring the sights along the western shore of Seattle.

    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes a moderate amount of walking mainly at the guest's discretion. It is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair, can both make their way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. Guests who go ashore do so with the understanding that they will be mixing with members of the general public.
    • Adult from: $239.00 USD
    • Child from: $189.00 USD
    DURATION 3 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Accessibility
    • Limited Accessibility
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    Butchart Gardens Evening & Victoria Highlights

    Victoria, British Columbia

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Enjoy the highlights of Victoria and visit the spectacular Butchart Gardens. Departing Ogden Point your guide will point out the highlights including the majestic legislative buildings, Empress Hotel, Royal British Columbia Museum, and Beacon Hill Park.


    At Butchart Gardens, see how the Butchart family transformed a barren rock quarry into what is now one of the world’s best-known horticultural attractions, covering more than 55 acres. The gardens are a lush paradise of flowers, rare trees and winding paths, that were created more than 100 years ago. Enjoy the cascading fountains and footbridges connecting you to the many themed gardens, including the beautiful Sunken Garden, the Japanese Garden and the Rose Garden. Multi-language maps will assist you on your self-guided tour.


    The gardens are illuminated by thousands of hidden lights in the evening.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Walking time and distance is at guest’s discretion, approximately 1 to 1.5 miles and up to 150 steps. Stairs, uneven terrain and steep inclines can be avoided by following routes marked accessible. If visiting when the gardens are illuminated by lights – you’ll be able see the flowers close to the pathways but not the back beds. Order of sights may vary. You’ll be at the gardens for about 1.5 hours.
    For our Norwegian Encore guests, from July 1st-August 19, 2023, the Butchart Gardens will be hosting a fireworks show every Saturday evening. You will be granted access to a reserved viewing area for the show. Fireworks show is subject to local fire restrictions.
    • Adult from: $169.00 USD
    • Child from: $109.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Family Recommended
    • Accessibility
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    Whale Watching & Seafood Fest

    Icy Strait Point, Alaska

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Cruise into waters teeming with humpback whales and other marine life, and then dine on traditional Alaskan dishes at a seafood feast. Point Adolphus has the highest concentration of humpback whales in the Alaskan panhandle, so be on the lookout for these majestic and intelligent creatures. They will be breaching the water’s surface, waving their flukes up and down as they dive, and feeding voraciously to fatten up for their winter migration south. You might also observe frolicking Dall’s porpoises, Stellar Sea Lions, curious Harbor Seals and Orca whales, which sometimes feed on infirm or wounded humpbacks. Be sure to look skyward for majestic bald eagles, too. Following the whale-watching adventure, you too will have the opportunity to feast. A sumptuous meal of classic Alaskan dishes awaits you back in Hoonah. The menu will include seasonal shrimp and crabs, Andouille sausage and all sorts of sides. Afterwards, you can roast marshmallows around the campfire.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Whale sightings can only be guaranteed between April- September. If not, you will receive a refund for the whale watching portion only which they have never had to pay. All guests must be able to manage 2 steps in to the boat and 2 steps to get out of the boat, there will be some gravel and boardwalk surfaces to negotiate in some areas. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Weather appropriate clothing and waterproof outer wear, binoculars, sun cap, sunglasses; and flat comfortable non-slip shoes are recommended. Tour order may vary. Guests who go ashore do so with the understanding that they will be mixing with members of the general public. This tour has a set menu and accommodations cannot be made for special diets.


    • Adult from: $329.00 USD
    • Child from: $269.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Meal
    • Shopping
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    Best of Sitka

    Sitka, Alaska

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    This unique Alaska excursion explores the historical highlights of this former "Russian" capital city and includes a wildlife tour through the Alaska Raptor Center. The Raptor Center operates with bird care professionals assisted by volunteers to rescue birds, provide them with rehabilitative care and hopefully release them back into the wild. After your introduction to the center, a presentation with one of the Center's educational birds will take place. Time will be available to view the flight center, clinic window, outside deck habitat areas and gift shop.


    Next, you'll visit the Sitka National Historical Park, where the 1804 "Battle of Alaska", was fought. The park hosts totem lined trails, cultural exhibits and carving rooms where native Alaskan artisans demonstrate their totemic art form. Walk the nature trail, view cultural exhibits and video presentation, or talk with local native artists about their cultural art form.


    The final stop is visiting the Fortress of the Bears, which allows you to get within 25 feet of Alaska’s brown and black bears in a naturalized setting. You will enjoy observing 3 populations of bears from a covered viewing platform and interact with an experienced naturalist.

    Need to Know:

    Note: Tour order may be reversed. At the end of your tour you will be dropped off in town to continue to explore Sitka on your own. There is a shuttle service that operates every 10 minutes to return you to your ship. Wear layered clothing, light rain jacket and comfortable walking shoes. Lift buses are not able to accommodate Motorized Scooters, however manual wheelchairs can be used.
    • Adult from: $129.00 USD
    • Child from: $119.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Vancouver City Tour - Ending At Airport

    Vancouver, British Columbia

    Duration 2 hrs

    Join this scenic tour of Vancouver and discover why it was chosen to host the 2010 Winter Olympics. Departing the cruise pier, you’ll head into the heart of downtown, a bustling urban environment surrounded by water and mountains. This tour will pass by the popular Gastown District, home to the antique-style Gastown Steam Clock that whistles to tell the time. You will also pass by Vancouver’s vibrant and historic Chinatown, the second largest in North America, before arriving at Stanley Park. Stanley Park is where the locals come to relax and play and considered one of Canada’s most beautiful national historic sites. The park is larger than New York City’s Central Park and home to old growth trees plus a spectacular display of First Nation Totem Poles. You’ll have some free time to discover Stanley Park and take photos of the North Shore Mountain Range rising just outside of the city before concluding your tour at the Vancouver International Airport.

    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour will end at the Vancouver International Airport. Guests with domestic flights must have flights after 12:30pm; guests with international flights must have flights after 1:30pm. Guests are responsible for ensuring their debarkation tours are compatible with their flight departure times. Collapsible wheelchairs under 50 lbs (23 kgs) can be accommodated; scooters and electric wheelchairs cannot be due to bus luggage storage limitations. Please be reminded that unfortunately the tour cannot be offered for passengers requiring wheelchair assistance, who are unable to self-assist or maneuver the stairs.
    • Adult from: $89.00 USD
    • Child from: $69.00 USD
    DURATION 2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Debark
    • Accessibility
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    Best of Seattle

    Seattle, Washington

    Duration 4 hrs

    Gain an enlightening overview of Seattle by driving around town, browsing a sprawling farmers market and enjoying a bird’s-eye view of the city from atop the Space Needle. The iconic observation tower soars above the Seattle Center, a campus of cultural attractions with roots dating back more than 100 years. For the ultimate views, the Space Needle’s windows are floor-to-ceiling and the glass floor rotates. Founded in 1907, Pike Place Market is Seattle’s oldest and largest farmers market, and as you will discover it is chock full of garden-fresh local produce and other goods. Be sure to stop by the fish market, where the employees famously toss fish to each other with great fanfare, a spectacle that began to simply save time and steps. For an even broader look at Seattle, you will drive through characteristic neighborhoods and past landmarks such as the Seattle Seahawks’ home stadium and Pioneer Square, the historical heart of old town.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Enjoy the ultimate view of Seattle and beyond from atop the soaring Space Needle.
    • Spend free time browsing the seemingly endless stalls in Pike Place Market.
    • Drive through historical neighborhoods, as the guide describes landmark after landmark.

    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes approximately 2.5 hours of walking, mainly at guests' discretion. It is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair, can make their way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. Guests who go ashore do so with the understanding that they will be mixing with members of the general public.
    • Adult from: $199.00 USD
    • Child from: $159.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Family Recommended
    • Accessibility
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    Volcanoes National Park

    Hilo, Hawaii

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    Spectacular volcanoes, craters and steam vents are waiting to be explored at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park that has recently reopened after a period of tumultuous volcanic activity. The landscape of Volcanoes Park has dramatically changed as the floor of the Kilauea crater sunk over 1,500 feet and the overall caldera quadrupled in size and widened by over a square mile. Today, the explosive eruptions, earthquakes and ash clouds have been replaced by remarkable changes in the summit area. The highlights of this exciting tour include visits at each of the following destinations in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park while riding to each stop in comfort on a deluxe motor coach. Walk through the Kilauea Visitors Center to receive information on the Park’s current conditions, view educational exhibits and interact with park rangers. Enjoy unforgettable views of Kilauea from Volcano House, just a short walk across the street. Kilauea’s massive size and scale is realized from this vantage point. Then you’ll be engulfed in rising steam as ground water seeps down to the hot volcanic rocks at the Steam Vents. The area between the edge of Kilauea’s caldera and the outer cliffs are treeless because the extreme heat destroys their roots; only shallow-rooted grasses and other hearty plants survive here. On you return to the pier, visit the Big Island Candies Store. Established in 1977, each of its delectable candies and cookies are hand-crafted in this factory store. View the production process and see what goes into making these world famous Hawaiian treats. All products are made from only freshly roasted Big Island macadamia nuts and pure Kona and Ka‘u coffee from farms on the Big Island. Since its founding, Big Island Candies has continuously introduced new and imaginative products that "wow" both the eyes and taste buds of its growing legion of fans. The Volcanoes National Park Tour is not to be missed and includes round-trip transportation from the pier by deluxe motorcoach.


    • Adult from: $179.00 USD
    • Child from: $129.00 USD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Historic Astoria & Fort Clatsop

    Astoria, Oregon

    Duration 4 hrs

    Discover historic Astoria! You’ll make a brief photo stop at the Astoria Column which was built in 1926. This 125-foot tall concrete and steel structure features a cast-iron 164 step staircase that leads to an observation deck. If you decide to climb to the top, you'll see majestic views of Astoria, the Pacific Ocean and the lower Columbia River estuary. Views from the base are just as panoramic, the column stands atop Coxcomb Hill, Astoria's highest point. Continue to the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park for a tour of Fort Clatsop. You’ll also visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum located on Astoria's historic waterfront. The museum features nautical artifacts including the Lightship, which served as a floating lighthouse. Enjoy a scenic drive through Astoria nestled between the Columbia River and Young’s Bay. You’ll see picturesque Victorian and Queen Anne style homes and churches, Uniontown - home of the men who worked at the Union Fish Cannery and the Doughboy monument, dedicated to the soldiers who served in World War I.

    Need to Know:

    Note: At the maritime museum, the Lightship is not recommended for individuals with mobility challenges due to steep access ladders and elevated thresholds. Tour order and route may vary. Transportation used on this tour is a motorcoach.
    • Adult from: $99.00 USD
    • Child from: $69.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1

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Printed on Sunday, June 16, 2024 at 12:00am