Whittier is a truly unique city like no other. Located around 60 miles from Anchorage, it has a population of 217 people, most of whom live in one building, Begich Towers, complete with a convenience shop, police station, clinic, church and even a school. Visitors to Whittier can stay at the bed and breakfast within Begich Towers and observe daily life in this remote town and admire the stunning views across the lake nearby.
Things to do in Whittier:
College Fjord, Alaska, boasts five glaciers facing the Prince William Sound Bay. Funding the first expedition mapping the area, the eight glaciers in total you’ll see from your cruise ship are all named in honour of Ivy League universities such as Harvard Glacier.
If you’re looking for a unique activity during your time in Whittier, head on the Emerald Cove Trail. Spanning 6.1 km, this breathtaking trail takes just over 1 hour 30 to complete. The ultimate hiking experience, along the way you’ll discover picturesque landscapes, including snow capped mountains, wildlife and more.
Discover the fascinating history of Whittier at the Prince William Sound Museum. Opened in 2003, it has over 30 captivating exhibits showcasing the history of Whittier during World War II and the Cold War.
DAY 214 Aug 2023
Time at Port: from 3 PM to 6 PM
Founded in 1895, Hubbard Glacier is the largest tidewater glacier located within North America. A popular stop off for cruise ships, it’s situated within the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Named after the first president and founder of the National Geographic Society, Gardiner Hubbard, it’s a breathtaking glacier that’s surrounded by snow capped mountains and icebergs.
Things to do in Hubbard Glacier:
Whilst sailing to the Hubbard Glacier, make sure to have your camera at the ready to take some unforgettable photos of the local wildlife, from whales to sea lions and sea birds, the wildlife surrounding the glacier will take your breath away.
If your cruise offers it, and you have the time whilst stopping at the Hubbard Glacier, a wilderness exploration tour is well worth it. Giving you the chase to get up close to the glacier, you’ll be surrounded by towering icebergs and be able to see the calving displays from the comfort of a boat.
Whilst in Hubbard Glacier, you’ll most likely see ice breaking off the side of it. This is because it’s a calving glacier, which creates icebergs that then float off around the fjord. An impressive sight to see and to hear, watching the icebergs calve off of the glacier will make you feel like you’re in another world.
DAY 315 Aug 2023
Time at Port: from 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM
Glacier Bay is a microcosm of Alaska's wonders and a living testament to what resilience truly is that'll take your breath away. Here you’ll find outstanding views everywhere you go, from the highest snow-covered peaks to the enigmatic glacial fjords scattered throughout, and inspired to want to know more about the wildlife and awestriking scenery around you.
Things to do in Glacier Bay:
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
The Preserve is a major area of Glacier Bay that truly embodies this stunning natural marvel. While you make your brief stay you can partake in many outdoor activities such as mountaineering, with many different set paths for you to take depending on how much time you want to spend there. There are also opportunities for you to try kayaking, fishing and rafting or, for those wanting something a little more relaxing, there are many different species of birds to observe.
For those wanting to get a greater view of the beautiful surroundings of Glacier Bay, there's no better way to do it than by hiking through the area and experiencing it yourself. With multiple different hiking tracks for you to take off different lengths and difficulties, everyone is able to get a chance to experience the beauty.
When it comes to getting stuck into the Glacier Bay area and really feeling your surroundings there's no better way to spend your day than partaking in Wilderness Activities. Learn more about the area through guided trips or make a splash rafting around Glacier Bay. If you want something a little more adventurous, try out sea kayaking.
DAY 416 Aug 2023
Time at Port: from 7 AM to 9 PM
Popular for its gold rush era architecture and vintage steam engine route passing through, Skagway is a fantastic jump back into the days of the Klondike Gold Rush with the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Visitor Centre. Surrounded by the unrivalled landscapes and inhabiting wildlife of the national park, Skagway paints a spectacular picture of Alaska quite like no other.
Things to do in Skagway:
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Visitor Center
Walk back in time to the golden age of the Klondike Gold Rush in the old White Pass & Yukon Route depot, and learn all about this unique era that captures the intrigue of all who discover it with presentations, artefact exhibits and even a film.
Housed within a building dating back to 1898, the Skagway Museum is a fascinating attraction showcasing an array of exhibits that showcase the history of Skagway.
Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp
This fun and exciting attraction gives you the chance to enjoy Alaskan-caught food over a wood fire, before heading out to explore the old trail camp- where there is an array of vintage clothing and antiques. Within the trail there’s also the opportunity to explore picturesque fields and waterfalls, as well as being able to enjoy some good old fashioned gold panning!
DAY 517 Aug 2023
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 6 PM
The capital of Alaska, Juneau boasts a plethora of national parks in its surrounding area, such as Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, teaming with iconic wildlife such as salmon, bears, and bald eagles. The city of Juneau is also well worth a stop in itself with such attractions as the Alaska State Museum and iconic cable car ride for breath-taking views. Visitors will love delectable locally-sourced seafood as well as a range of other cuisines in town.
Things to do in Juneau:
Stephens Passage is a shortcut through Southeast Alaska, close by to South Juneau, therefore widely used by ships for many different reasons. Not only this, it’s a popular route for humpback whales and sea lions with plenty of opportunities to spot the mammals.
Mendenhall Glacier is 13 and a half miles of towering deeply packed ice over thousands of years. Named after Thomas Corwin Mendenhall, an alumnus of Ohio State University, the glacier tours are available by cruise ship, tour bus and even helicopter.
Tongass National Park
At 17 million square acres, Tongass boasts being the largest national park on US soil. Perfect for exploring via hiking trail or the famous mount Roberts aerial tramway, Tongass National Park has it all when it comes to Alaskan landscapes and wildlife.
Tracy Arm Fjord
Located inside the area of the Tongass National Park and Named in honour of Benjamin Franklin Tracy, Tracy Arm Fjord and Glacier of ice across from Stephen’s Passage is a truly breath-taking experience of nature in motion.
Cruising through the inside passage of Alaska is a simply a must to see dramatic scenery of mountains, fjords and glaciers, and whales playing in the bay right by your ship, as well as stopping off at the towns of Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway.
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is a real highlight in any tour of Alaska due to its remarkable wall of ice, as well as surrounding wildlife and natural landscapes where you can see bears and eagles among the dramatic scenery.
DAY 618 Aug 2023
Time at Port: from 11 AM to 7 PM
Ketchikan is famous for the totem heritage museum, educating sightseers about the indigenous populations’ history and culture with an unrivalled display of native totems and artefacts. For those wanting to learn about the gold rush a visit to Dolly’s House Museum and downtown Creek Street is a good comparison along with the great Alaskan lumberjack show. Nature lovers, meanwhile, can enjoy dramatic sights at nearby misty fjords national monument.
Things to do in Ketchikan:
Totem Heritage Center
Boasting one of the most extensive collections of original 19th-century totem poles salvaged from abandoned Tingit settlements. Many other original Native American artefacts are displayed here, as well as traditional arts and crafts workshops being held to keep native skills and traditions alive.
Enjoy a fun-filled lumberjack show filled with tree climbing, log rolling, axe throwing and more. An exciting activity to enjoy in Ketchikan, you’ll feel fully immersed into this North American tradition.
A historic area that’s filled with pretty, stilt houses, it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a popular place to visit whilst in Ketchikan. The perfect photo opportunity, the boardwalk is very picturesque.
DAY 820 Aug 2023
Time at Port: from 7 AM to 4 PM
From its architecture of ‘Vancouverism’ to the history of how it was built; Vancouver is a vibrant city full of arts and culture just waiting for you to discover all it’s hidden gems. Here you’ll be able to get stuck into a whole host of museums including Science World, the waterfront Maritime Museum and the Museum of Anthropology.
Things to do in Vancouver:
The oldest place within Vancouver at the heart of its very origins, Gastown was set up in 1867 by John Deighton whose various stories and adventures garnered him the name of ‘Gassy Jack.’ Nowadays, you’ll find fantastic restaurants, and the famous steam-powered clock in Maple Tree Centre.
In Vancouver’s China Town district you can visit the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden where you can see a truly beautiful collection of plant life and ponds. There is also the Sam Kee Building which is the narrowest office building ever built, spanning barely 2 meters wide!
English Bay is a beautiful beach that is home to outstanding high-end shops and mouth watering restaurants. There are also waterfront trails to follow if you like beach walking.
Canada Place is the perfect spot to start your adventures around Vancouver as it is where you’ll first step ashore from your cruise ship. Explore the pier, and be taken back by the outstanding architecture and views. At the end of the pier you’ll find the Flyover Canada attraction. From here, you can also use Canada Place as a transit hub to other places around Vancouver.
Customer reviews for Noordam
Based on 3 reviews
Value for money
Ship ox food very good entertainment rubbish
8 Mar 2019
Gorgeous massive modern ship. Amazing buffet food at the informal Lido restaurant, excellent food at the speciality restaurants (albeit tiny portions!), amazing friendly service (even got personalised service at the restaurant). One minus is that all tips are purportedly included in your booking, but then you get a surprise bill of $11.50 per person a day for "hotel service charge", which turns out to be "obligatory gratuity" for room maintenance and also for tips to all other staff in the background that you never get to see. We refused to pay this and opted for paying handsome tips to the 3 guys that bowled us over with their personalised service (the room service guy and the 2 restaurant staff at the Lido). Challenge the hotel service charge at any rate! We know almost everyone else just grinned, complained, and paid it in the end. Also make sure you don't need a doctor onboard! They have good medical facilities with several staff but you have to pay $97 to see the doctor for a checkup (you have to pay extra for any medicines, prescriptions). My partner wanted to have his tooth checked out and that's the price we were quoted. He just paid $1 for Ibuprofen instead. Onboard entertainment was not bad. The mainstream stuff was mainly bad, but we were thrilled with the B B King Blues Band multiple times as well as the violinist and the pianist at the Piano lounge (both first-class even though those venues are a lot smaller). There are 2 pools, one exclusively used by kids so it's busy, the other is supposed to be for adults but there were the occasional kids in it (but people complained) and even without them it's relatively small so it gets very crowded very easily, particularly between 1-4pm. In general though we loved being on our floating hotel taking us to lovely beaches and I have to reiterate that the service was impeccable.
10 Jan 2015
Absolutely amazing time on board all crew were helpful and very entertaining. Cabin stewert was very pleasant always willing to help.... the dinning room crew were amazing MR W, well kids all took a shine to him... and the evening entertainment was amazing Charlotte one of the singers, well now hands up to her. She is a very helpful and pleasant lady... 10/10 for her enthusiasm and pleasantness. lovely crew all round and would deffo recommend.
19 Apr 2012
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