July 12 - 23, 2019
Alaska: Anchorage to Vancouver
The Six-Star Crystal Symphony
Join Roberta and Arnold Salob on this memorable cruise!
Glaciers, fjords and wildlife...and a rare call at Hoonah to see the world's largest population of brown bears on Chichagof Island.
All this, plus Roberta and Arnold's exciting bridge program!
Participation in our fun-filled bridge groups is available only by booking direct with us at Bridge Holidays LLC
Cruising Hubbard Glacier
Cruising Tracy Arm
Cruising Queen Charlotte Sound
Victoria, British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
July 12 - Anchorage/Seward, Alaska
Depart 6 PM
Kenai Fjords National Park, Resurrection Bay, the SeaLife Center research aquarium, not to mention the charm of the town itself, all conspire to make Seward one of the most appealing destinations in Alaska. Seward began inconspicuously enough as a fishing village and point of arrival for those visiting Alaska. Now locals and visitors alike have discovered that there is enough to see and do here to merit a multi-day, if not indefinite, stay. You might paddle a kayak on the lookout for sea otters, hike one of the many beautiful hiking trails near town, embark on a fishing expedition or ride a wheeled sled pulled by a team of 12 spry and intelligent dogs. In town, visit the aforementioned SeaLife Center, where you can hold starfish and view puffins, seabirds, harbor seals and sea lions. Also investigate the Iditarod Trailhead and explore the quaint Seward Museum where you will learn the history of Seward as told by bits of memorabilia.
July 13 - Cruising Hubbard Glacier
July 14 - Skagway, Alaska
10 AM to 8 PM
Discover the flavor of the gold rush era in Skagway. In its heyday, this atmospheric frontier town was the largest in Alaska. During the height of the gold boom, Skagway was known as the gateway to the goldfields, and its population went from 2 to 10,000 in a single year. At one time it boasted 80 saloons and was known as the "roughest town on earth." Although its population is now less than 1,000, its rip-roaring past will come alive as you stroll along Broadway or browse through the Trail of '98 Museum's outstanding collection of memorabilia.
July 15 - Sitka, Alaska
12 PM to 8 PM
The symmetrical cone of Mount Edgecumbe and countless green-tufted islands welcome Crystal Symphony to picturesque Sitka. In its heyday, it was referred to as the "Paris of the Pacific" and knew great prosperity. Although founded by Alexander Baranof in 1799, it wasn't until 1867, when Alaska was purchased by the United States, that the Stars and Stripes replaced the Russian flag. As Russia's former capital in the New World, Sitka still retains its exotic heritage, boasting proud architecture and unique historical sites.
July 16 - Cruising Tracy Arm
July 17 - Juneau, Alaska
7 AM to 6 PM
Juneau, the capital of Alaska, is a town accessible only by air and sea. It was founded during the rush for gold in the 1880s and was named after Joe Juneau, the prospector who first discovered gold in this state. Today, much of its independent frontier atmosphere remains. The infamous and rowdy Red Dog Saloon coexists beside impressive modern office towers. It has a superb location, snuggled between the flanks of 3,600-foot Mt. Juneau and the picturesque Gastineau Channel. Mountains, glaciers and the sea are everywhere to be seen. Among its many attractions, Juneau is our gateway to the Mendenhall Glacier, a 12-mile river of ice that is Alaska's most accessible, and most photographed, glacier.
July 18 - Hoonah, Alaska
10 AM to 6 PM
The Tlingit people gave Hoonah not only its name, which means “where the north wind doesn’t blow,— but also an interesting culture and history with roots going back hundreds of years. Today, carvings and totem sites, including the Huna Tribal House Carving Project in the middle of town, present local legends in fascinating color and detail. Located in Alaska’s panhandle 30 miles west of Juneau, Hoonah also offers an abundance of what this northerly clime is known for: scenery and wildlife. Pick your statistic and chances are Hoonah holds top honors. For instance, a record 161 humpback whales were identified near Hoonah in 2007. The current record-holding coho salmon was reeled in at the nearby Icy Strait, and a 440-pound world-record halibut was also caught in these environs. As for the area’s four-footed creatures, Chichagof Island (on which Hoonah is situated) is home to the world’s largest brown bear population. No matter how you look at it, Hoonah is a rugged paradise not to be missed.
July 19 - Wrangell, Alaska
8 AM to 6 PM
Details coming soon!
July 20 - Ketchikan, Alaska
8 AM to 6 PM
Ketchikan is the salmon capital of the world and a paradise for fishermen and nature-lovers alike. A quiet city, it hosts quaint restaurants perched on stilts above the water, scores of fascinating shops and spectacular views from every vantage point. Although Ketchikan's Indian name means "Thundering Wings of an Eagle," it is also known as "Alaska's First City," so coined as it is frequently the first stop along the Inside Passage.Venture ashore and discover Ketchikan's rich Indian heritage, visit the world's largest collection of authentic totem poles at Totem Bight and walk along the rustic boardwalk on Creek Street where stilt-buildings in the harbor preserve a distinct pioneer feel. Or, we welcome you to paddle a kayak on sheltered waters, take a floatplane to a remote mountain lake or try your hand at sportfishing. Regardless of how you plan to spend your time in "Alaska's First City," we're sure your visit will be a memorable one.
July 21 - Cruising Queen Charlotte Sound
July 22 - Victoria, British Columbia
8 AM to 10 PM
Discovered by Captain Cook over two centuries ago, the lovely city of Victoria has successfully nurtured its English ambiance and heritage. Wonderful legacies are preserved with bright red double-decker buses and the delicious tradition of high tea.
Shops brim with tartans, china, silver and antiques. From the landmark Empress Hotel to the impressive Parliament Buildings, city streets are filled with gracious architecture. A glorious profusion of colorful flowers abounds within the hanging baskets on every lamppost and at the world-famous Butchart Gardens.
Victoria is an atmospheric city which brims with old-world charm.
July 23 - Vancouver, British Columbia
Prosperous and vibrant Vancouver is Canada's third-largest city and British Columbia's most cosmopolitan center. Enjoy exploring the restored Gastown district or discovering the intrigue of Chinatown. Seize this opportunity to sample delicacies from the sea, explore the North Shore and Stanley Park, the largest natural park of any city on the North American continent, and browse among shops and galleries in Granville Island. Blessed with an unsurpassed natural backdrop, Vancouver is set amid a gorgeous landscape of water and mountains. On a clear day, one can view rugged mountains, emerald-green parklands and the luminous sea from almost any vantage point.
GROUP TOURS WITH ROBERTA AND ARNOLD
White Pass Scenic Railway
Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.
There is no railway quite like the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad. At the turn of the century, building a rail link from the boomtown of Skagway to the goldfields, through vertical granite cliffs and deep chasms seemed an impossible task. Despite the odds, a determined entrepreneur completed this monumental feat, which has now been declared an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, along with the Panama Canal and the Eiffel Tower.
Over 100 years later, vintage narrow-gauge parlor cars still retrace the original route to the summit of White Pass.
Leaving Skagway behind, the magnificent Alaskan wilderness unfolds ahead as you climb nearly 3,000 feet in 21 miles by rail past Bridal Veil Falls, Inspiration Point and Dead Horse Gulch. You will also view the original Klondike Trail of ‘98 worn into the rocks, a permanent tribute to the thousands who passed this way in search of fortune.
After reaching the White Pass Summit, the international boundary between the U.S. and Canada, the train returns to Skagway and your Crystal ship.
Aficionados of rail travel, and those with an appreciation for matchless scenery, will not want to miss this thrilling opportunity.
This excursion is manual-wheelchair accessible with advance notice only; please contact the Shore Excursions Desk in order to ensure accommodation an availability. Although this excursion does cross Canadian borders, no identification or passport is required. It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.
Step aboard the legendary White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad for one of the most fascinating scenic rail journeys in the world.
Approximately 2.5 to 3 hours
Taste of Sitka
Your adventure begins with a narrated motor coach drive to the Sitka National Historical Park. Site of the 1804 Battle of Alaska, the park boasts a delightful array of historic Tlingit and Russian cultural exhibits. In addition, discover fascinating totem exhibits and see native craftsmen working their traditional totemic art forms.
Next, travel by motor coach along the picturesque “sea walk” to arrive at Sitka Sound Science Center. Your personal guide will share Sitka’s unique marine habitat and how the hatchery keeps promote its life cycle, as well as walk you through incubation and nursery. You will have the opportunity to touch and see the creatures of the sea that call Sitka Sound home.
Reboard the motor coach and continue your scenic drive to the Baranof Island Brewery. Watch the Brewery process happening in the comfort of a viewing room as your guide talks to you about how this local beer is made from start to finish. Sample the microbrews as you hear about the special brewing process behind these Sitka made beers. Enjoy a taste of Wild Alaskan Salmon while you sample the beers.
Your excursion draws to a close as you reboard your motor coach and return to your Crystal Ship.
Guests must be a minimum of 21 years old in order to participate in the beer tasting. Although the sights visited are manual-wheelchair accessible, guests must be able to embark and disembark the motor coach with little to no assistance. All manual wheelchairs must be collapsible and be easily stored onboard the coach. Please contact the Shore Excursions Desk in order to ensure accommodation and availability. It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Umbrellas will be provided in case of inclement weather. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions.
This unique excursion features three of Sitka's top attractions - Sitka National Historical Park, Sitka Sound Center, and The Baranof Island Brewery.
Approximately 3 to 3.5 hours
Mendenhall Glacier Float
Your adventure begins with a narrated, 35-minute journey from the pier to Mendenhall Lake. On arrival, you will be briefed and outfitted and set off in your 10- to 12-person raft, which will be rowed by your expert guide. If you are looking for a hands-on experience, join a paddle-raft team and help guide the raft along the iceberg-studded lake.
As you sit back and relax or row your raft, marvel at the 150-foot-high, 0.5-mile-wide face of the glacier and set course downstream. The six-mile route combines meandering stretches of river with Class II and Class III whitewater. The rapids are perfectly safe, exciting enough for beginners and appropriate for all ages, yet a treat for experienced rafters as well.
Where the river levels out, soak in views of lush forests and the 7,000-foot mountains that rise above the valley floor and keep an eye out for bald eagles, black bears, otters and seals. In spawning season, you may spot salmon.
At the haul-out, celebrate your ride on the river with an Alaskan-style snack, including reindeer sausage, crackers, cheese and salmon spread.
Shortly thereafter, you will return to the pier and your Crystal ship.
As this is an active excursion, it is suitable only for our more agile guests. This excursion is not recommended for guests with neck or back problems or who are in their third trimester of pregnancy. Guests must weigh a minimum of 50 lbs. and a maximum of 350 lbs. to participate. All participants must sign a waiver of liability. It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered, waterproof clothing, a hat, gloves, sunglasses, and sunscreen, as well as wear flat, comfortable, closed-toe shoes. Extra socks are also recommended. Rubber boots, raingear and a lifejacket will be provided. As you will get wet on this excursion, any electronic devices (such as MP3 players, cell phones, cameras, etc.), as well as any valuable items must be stored in a sealable, waterproof dry bag or left on board the ship. Any damage occurring to these items are the responsibility of the guests. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. The operation of this excursion is dependent on prevailing weather conditions.
(Rafting time is approximately 2 hours.)
Hold on for a safe yet exhilarating ride as you step into a raft and get carried away not only by the Mendenhall River, but also by the mountain and forest views.
Approximately 3.5 hours
(Single fares in Brackets)
Fares are All-Inclusive: All beverages (including wine & liquor), WiFi/internet and gratuities are included.
Port Charge: $660
* Fares include the Book Now Savings Discount.
Call us for air fares.
|Category (Deck)||Our Discounted Fares
with Book Now Savings*
(single fares in brackets)
Deluxe Room, picture window, extremely limited view
|$ 3,890 ( $ 5,240)|
|E1 (7, 8)
Deluxe Room, picture window, limited view
|$ 4,250 ( $ 5,700)|
Deluxe Room, picture window
|$ 4,635 ( $ 6,205)|
Deluxe Room, picture window (Forward)
|$ 5,420 ( $ 7,225)|
Deluxe Room, picture window
|$ 5,600 ( $ 7,460)|
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
|$ 5,850 ( $ 8,430)|
Deluxe Room, verandah
|$ 5,945 ( $ 8,560)|
Deluxe Room, verandah (Forward)
|$ 6,070 ( $ 8,740)|
Deluxe Room, verandah (slightly limited view)
|$ 6,240 ( $ 8,975)|
Deluxe Room, verandah
|$ 6,310 ( $ 9,075)|
|SH, PH (9, 10)
Penthouse, large verandah, butler
|$ 9,625 ( $17,295)|
|SS, PS (10)
Penthouse Suite, large verandah, butler