In less than three months, the luxurious, all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Mariner will embark on a 28-night cruise through one of the world’s most dramatically beautiful expanses, Alaska’s Inside Passage, then right around North America and Central America, from Vancouver to New York.
Cruise Traveller, which specialises in boutique voyages and cruises, has designed a perfect holiday itinerary around this Seven Seas Mariner cruise. Its packed with sensational value, special inclusions and bucket-list must-sees.
Called ‘Alaskan Gold to New York Glitter’ the holiday lasts over five weeks – 37 nights. It includes a free cabin category upgrade from Balcony Class to Concierge Class (category E only) aboard Seven Seas Mariner (which brings a host of benefits including 15 minutes of free ship-to-shore phone time). It also includes flight from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Vancouver and return flight from New York.
The pride of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Seven Seas Mariner is a boutique-size ship catering to no more than 700 guests. One of the world’s finest ships, Seven Seas Mariner provides its guests with all beverages, all shore excursions and all Wi-Fi, all free.
On this cruise, Seven Seas Mariner will explore Alaska’s Inside Passage and then head south along the wine-producing US West Coast and the coast of Mexico, visiting Astoria in Oregon and San Francisco, then on to Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, transiting the Panama Canal in daylight for best viewing, stopping at historic Cartagena in South America’s Caribbean coast before turning north along the US East Coast to visit gracious Charleston in South Carolina and then on to New York.
As well as the cruise, Cruise Traveller provides two nights in Vancouver and three nights in New York, plus two nights in Victoria on Vancouver Island and two nights in Whistler, staying at renowned, centrally located hotels throughout. A four-night Whistler and Victoria mini-tour, round-trip from Vancouver, features highlights such as a peak-to-peak aerial gondola ride in the mountains at Whistler and a flight in scenic floatplane from Whistler to Victoria.
‘Alaskan Gold to New York Glitter’ costs from A$18,695 per person twin-share, including the upgrade from Balcony Cabin to category E Concierge Cabin. A special deal for solo travellers costs A$30,695, sole occupancy.
The holiday gets underway on 18 August 2016 with a flight from Australia to Vancouver, where you’ll stay in the landmark Fairmont Downtown Vancouver Hotel, located right next to the International Cruise Terminal.
Aboard Seven Seas Mariner choose from four gourmet restaurants with open seating. Catering to only 700 guests, the staff-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.6 on Seven Seas Mariner ensures the absolute highest level of personal service. The list of international awards this ship has won speaks for itself. In the 2015 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards, Seven Seas Mariner took top honours in four categories: ‘Best Small Cruise Ship’, ‘Best for Shore Excursions, Small Ship’, ‘Best for Public Spaces, Small Ship’ and ‘Best Cabins, Small Ship’.
Land content this holiday is superlative too, from the famed Fairmont Waterfront Hotel Vancouver to three nights in the Ritz Carlton Battery Park Hotel New York (or similar) in a Statue of Liberty view room.
Special touches along the way include a whale-watching tour aboard a Zodiac from Victoria, a visit to the breathtaking Butchart Gardens, one of the world’s most acclaimed, from Victoria’s Inner Harbour, a coach tour along the scenic ‘Sea to Sky Highway’ from Vancouver to Whistler and two nights accommodation at the renowned Fairmont Chateau Whistler hotel. Canada hotel stays include breakfasts.
In New York, you get to choose between two free tours: a Soul Food and Jazz tour, recreating the Harlem of the 1920s, or a Bateaux New York Dinner Cruise, the ultimate fusion of gourmet dining, entertainment and exceptional service in a setting like no other.
All this, and an incomparable 28 nights cruising on Seven Seas Mariner. Highlights of the Alaska cruise include Hubbard Glacier – largest tidewater glacier on the North American continent – and Sitka, where the onion domes of St Michael’s Cathedral remind visitors that the town was once a Russian settlement. Explore gold rush settlements and the frontier town of Juneau, in a world where black and brown bears, deer, wolves and seals roam.
Further south, the cruise visits San Francisco, Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala, gateway to Mayan ruins, the laid-back Mexican game fishing port of Cabo San Lucas and Cartagena on South America’s Caribbean coast, an ancient walled city where pirates and conquistadores once walked the cobbled streets.
‘Alaskan Gold to New York Glitter’ ends in the Big Apple, with plenty to enjoy and two free tours to choose from before jetting back home to Australia, to arrive on 26 September 2016.