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October 28, 2014 Cruise Deals No Comments Email Email

Act early and you can secure an excellent bonus on a 26-day fly-cruise-and-tour holiday that includes an Alaska cruise aboard Coral Princess, a rail journey on Canada’s famous Rocky Mountaineer train and stays at Princess Wilderness Lodges.

The holiday, from Worldwide Cruise Centres (worldwidecruisecentres.com.au), is named ‘Alaskan Glaciers and Rockies Adventure’. Book by 20 November 2014 to receive an additional night in Calgary and an additional night in Vancouver, both free.

‘Alaskan Glaciers and Rockies Adventure’ costs from A$8299 twin share per person and starts with a flight from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Calgary, Canada’s sunniest major city, on 24 August 2015. Return flight is from Fairbanks, Alaska. The extra nights in Calgary and Vancouver represent up to A$500 per couple in added value. unnamed (8)

The holiday consists of three elements: a nine-night Rocky Mountaineer rail-tour from Calgary to Vancouver; a seven-night Coral Princess cruise from Vancouver to the little Alaskan settlement of Whittier at the base of the Chugach Mountains; and a seven-night Princess tour from Whittier to Fairbanks.

‘Alaskan Glaciers and Rockies Adventure’ includes stays at some spectacular wilderness lodges, an Alaska Railroad train journey from Denali to Fairbanks, a Gold Dredge tour and a Sternwheeler Riverboat cruise down the spectacular Chena River.

After arrival in Canada, the holiday begins with a night in Calgary, complete with a pass to the Calgary Tower, 191 metres tall and giving grand views of Canadian prairie and Rockies foothills.

Then journey to Kananaskis for a true highlight: a 12-minute Summit Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Continue on to Banff for a sightseeing tour including Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. The famed Banff Gondola is included.  Next day, visit Columbia Icefield (nearly 325 square kilometres) and ride the Ice Explorer on the Athabasca Glacier.

Other highlights: a half-day tour of Yoho National Park takes in the Spiral Tunnels (an engineering marvel), Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River. There’s two nights accommodation at the famed Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and another two at Banff Caribou Lodge. A whole day in Banff National Park, gives time to soak in the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs.

Then all aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for a scenic rail journey from Banff to Vancouver, with an overnight stop in Kamloops in the interior of British Columbia. Travel is in RedLeaf Service, with two breakfasts and two lunches served aboard.

After a night’s stay in Kamloops, founded as trading outpost, the rail journey continues past the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in Fraser Canyon and follows the mighty Thompson River, the route of early fur traders.

A free day Vancouver (entry to Vancouver Lookout is included) gives time to explore this elegant and sophisticated city before boarding Princess Cruises’ Coral Princess, described by Frommer’s guides as “beautiful, spacious, and at the same time surprisingly intimate”. A bonus US$75 in onboard credit is provided per twin cabin.

Coral Princess sails north along Canada’s West Coast for a seven-night northbound  cruise into the dramatic fjords of Alaska’s Inside Passage. Despite the snow-capped mountains, the region’s mild, maritime climate makes it prime habitat for bald eagles, sea lions, porpoise and whales. Highlights include the town of Juneau at the foot of mountain peaks, the historic Klondike gold-rush settlement of Skagway, Ketchikan with its totem poles and majestic Glacier Bay, where 16 tidewater glaciers plunge into icy fjords and bears forage by the shores.

All main meals aboard Coral Princess (excluding specialty restaurants) are included. The ship’s impressive choice of dining options includes two main venues, Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria and the Bayou Cafe, a New Orleans style restaurant at sea. Then there’s the cigar lounge and retro martini bar.

Disembark in Whittier for a scenic trip to the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge for a two-night retreat. This part of the tour combines fabulous surroundings with pure relaxation. The setting, Denali National Park, is a scenic knockout. Rugged, glaciated landscape supports grizzly bears, caribou, wolves and moose. Denali, also known as Mt McKinley, is the highest mountain peak in North America.

You’ll stay two nights at the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge, a night at the Mt McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, two nights at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge and two nights in the frontier-flavoured city of Fairbanks. You’ll arrive in Fairbanks by Alaska Railroad. Then there’s the gold dredge tour – not to forget the  sternwheeler riverboat cruise!

You’ve still time to take a few photos on the short flight from Fairbanks to Anchorage before jetting back to Australia.

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

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