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Calgary Stampede excitement, Alaskan cruise and four Vancouver nights in 19-day cruise holiday

March 18, 2014 Cruise Deals No Comments Email Email

The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth – that’s the proud boast of the Calgary Stampede, a thrilling annual rodeo and festival which draws over a million spectators a year to the Canadian province of Alberta.

Founded early last century, in the days when Calgary was a wild frontier town, the Calgary Stampede has grown into one of the world’s top rodeos.

Worldwide Cruise Centres (worldwidecruisecentres.com.au) has come up with a memorable way to enjoy this year’s exciting Canadian celebration – as part of a 19-day fly-cruise-and-stay holiday complete with return flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast or Melbourne. There’s also a seven-night Alaska Inside Passage and Hubbard Glacier cruise aboard Celebrity Century, flagship of the Century-class of cruise ships operated by Celebrity Cruises.Elk

The holiday includes a four-night stay in Vancouver, complete with touring, and the Inside Passage scenic round-trip cruise from Vancouver to Ketchikan, Juneau, Icy Strait Point and awesome Hubbard Glacier. Plus a premium, five-night Calgary Stampede package with tickets to the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.

The holiday costs from A$5689 twin-share per person and begins on 25 June 2014 with a flight from Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast or Melbourne to Canada – away from Aussie winter and into North American summer. If you choose to book a balcony stateroom aboard the ship, you’ll immediately receive a free upgrade to Concierge Class, which bestows a host of privileges and luxuries. It’s worth asking your Worldwide Cruise Centres travel agent about that aspect.

On arrival in Canada, you’ll enjoy four-nights in scenically sensational Vancouver. Stroll the cobblestone streets of the Gastown district, wander Little Italy and Chinatown. An included sightseeing tour gives admission to Vancouver Lookout. There’s also an included six-hour Grouse Mountain and Capilano Suspension Bridge tour. The bridge, 70 metres high and 137 metres long, is one of Vancouver’s most iconic and breathtaking attractions.

At the end of your Vancouver stay, a taxi conveys you to the cruise terminal to board Celebrity Century for the cruise of a lifetime.

Cruise highlights include Hubbard Glacier – largest tidewater glacier on the North American continent – and historic Icy Strait Point, where you can experience Tlingit culture. Plus the frontier town of Juneau at the foot of mountain peaks on the Gastineau Channel, in a world where wildlife often consists of black and brown bears, deer, wolves and seals. Wolves actually swim across the 1.2km-wide Gastineau Channel! Birds are prolific too and scenery is world-beating. You’ll also visit the village of Ketchikan, founded as a fishing camp and renowned for totem poles.

In between great sights, enjoy a superb ship, complete with handcrafted crystal chandeliers and a Martini Bar featuring a liquid wall that freezes solid. Perhaps pamper yourself in the luxurious AquaSpa or try your luck in Fortunes Casino. All shipboard main meals and entertainment (excluding specialty restaurants) are included.

Disembarking back in Vancouver, jet now to Calgary, a welcoming city with a rough and tough past – and your home for the next five nights. Calgary was originally a post of the North-West Mounted Police (now the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the famous Mounties), who were deployed there in 1875 to protect the western plains and fur trade from American raiders and whisky dealers.

The Calgary Stampede, founded over a century ago, sums up the adventurous spirit of a pioneering land.

The premium Calgary package includes, for each traveller, a Light Rail Transit (LRT) pass for two days, a Calgary Tower Elevation Pass, one reserved Rodeo seat (North or South Centre Level 1), one reserved Evening Show seat (North or South Centre Level 5), an Afternoon Rodeo souvenir program, an Evening Show souvenir program, one Calgary Stampede embroidered golf shirt, one Stampede tote bag, two Skyrides across Stampede Park, admission tickets to Stampede Park for two days and a 20-percent discount voucher at the Calgary Stampede Store.

You’ll have time to explore Calgary, not an outpost but Canada’s third-largest city, full of things to see, do, enjoy, savour and appreciate. In the central city alone, you can discover over 1000 shops, 200 restaurants and 50 nightclubs and pubs.

Plenty to explore before flying back home to Australia at the end of a great holiday.

To find your local Worldwide Cruise Centres agent go to: www.worldwidecruisecentres.com.au

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