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12-day Cruisetour on Norwegian Encore

Denali Explorer - Pre-Cruise Cruisetour

from Fairbanks, Alaska

A comprehensive Alaska Denali program in only five days, complete with riverboat and railroad experiences as well as a preview of Denali’s incredible wilderness.

Highlights:

  • 5-Day Pre-Cruise Land Tour + 7-Day Alaska Cruise from Seattle
  • Overnights in Fairbanks, Denali and Anchorage
  • Riverboat cruise and Fairbanks city tour including a stop at the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline
  • Deluxe dome car journey along the rails of the Alaska Railroad between Talkeetna and Anchorage
  • 7-8 hour Tundra Wilderness Tour
  • Visit an Iditarod sled dog musher’s kennel for a private tour
  • Plenty of time in Denali for optional activities such as whitewater rafting, helicopter flightseeing, hiking or one of the park service programs
  • Economy class flight between Anchorage and Seattle as well as a transfer from the Seattle Airport to the port of Seattle for embarkation
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    All tours are fully escorted by local Alaskan guides.
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    Get your camera ready: we guarantee animal sightings.
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5-Day Pre-Cruise Land Tour. 7-Day Cruise. 5 Ports.
Your Amazing Vacation Includes:
Overnights in Fairbanks, Denali and Anchorage • Riverboat cruise and Fairbanks city tour including a stop at the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline • Enjoy amazing 360º views on your Deluxe Dome Railcar seats on the Alaska Railroad from Talkeetna and Anchorage • 7-8 hour Tundra Wilderness Tour • Visit an Iditarod sled dog musher’s kennel for a private tour • Plenty of time in Denali for optional activities such as whitewater rafting, helicopter flightseeing, hiking or one of the park service programs • Economy class flight between Anchorage and Seattle as well as a transfer from the Seattle Airport to the port of Seattle for embarkation
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Arrival into Fairbanks
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Welcome to Fairbanks. Whether you’re exploring Alaska’s Golden Heart City or the wonderful amenities your hotel has to offer, get ready for an unforgettable journey in the days ahead. Please note that the standard hotel check-in time is 3:00 pm. Guests who arrive earlier may have to wait to occupy their rooms.

*The transfer from Airport to Hotel is included when arriving flight information is provided to Norwegian Cruise Line at least 10 days prior to tour start date. Transfer is offered only on the starting date of the tour. Guests who do not provide flight information within the guidelines forfeit this service. Unused transfers are non-refundable.

Overnight: Fairbanks

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Fairbanks
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This morning board your deluxe motorcoach for a city tour of Fairbanks before stopping in historic downtown for lunch on your own. This tour includes a stop at the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline and gives you a great overview of the Fairbanks community. This afternoon enjoy a cruise on the Riverboat Discovery, a three-hour journey that will take you into the heart of Alaska. Operated by a family who has made the Alaskan rivers home for five generations, you’ll witness a Bush Pilot take off and land beside the boat and hear stories of flying into remote Alaska firsthand. Halfway through the experience, you’ll be immersed in frontier living with a guided walking tour of a re-created Athabascan Indian village. See cabins made of spruce logs, along with indigenous dwellings that have allowed the strong Athabascan people to survive for thousands of years in this harsh environment. This evening is open for optional activities.

9:00 am Fairbanks City Tour and Lunch on own

2:00 pm Riverboat Discovery Cruise

5:30 pm Arrive at Hotel

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Fairbanks/Denali
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This morning, board your deluxe motorcoach to travel to Denali National Park. More than just a mountain, Denali National Park is six million acres of wild land. After lunch on your own, your tour will take you into this pristine region of Alaska on the only road into and out of the park. Along the way, enjoy a fully narrated ride learning about the flora and fauna of the area while looking out for the wild animals that roam freely and call this park home. While in this beautiful area, set aside time to experience the solitude and tranquility that vast wilderness can provide. During your Tundra Wilderness Tour, you will travel approximately 60 miles into Denali National Park, enjoying the incredible scenery and learning about the history of the park. Tour duration is approximately 7-8 hours. Upon arrival in Alaska, your Tour Director will advise you of your tour time.

9:00 am Depart Fairbanks for Denali by motorcoach

12:00 pm Arrive in Denali and lunch on your own

1:00 pm (approx.) Tundra Wilderness Tour

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Denali/Anchorage
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Today’s itinerary includes a morning kennel tour. Learn about the Alaska state sport of dog mushing with an included stop at a local Iditarod sled dog kennel. You’ll be amazed to learn about this fascinating sport, the musher, the dogs and even get to hold a future champion puppy in your arms. After this authentic visit, we won’t be surprised if you are ready to run “The Last Great Race” yourself. Late morning, continue south by motorcoach to the town of Talkeetna. Continue on your journey south while traveling along the rails of the world-famous Alaska Railroad from Talkeetna to Anchorage in a deluxe dome railcar. Full bar and meal service are available for purchase during your rail journey.

Overnight: Anchorage

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Anchorage/Seattle
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Transfer to the Anchorage International Airport for your flight to Seattle to embark on Norwegian Encore. Transfers in Anchorage as well as Seattle are included in the tour. Economy class flight from Anchorage to Seattle is included in the tour. Flight upgrades are not available.

Port of Call
Seattle, Washington
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Seattle sits on the slip of land between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, with the Olympic and Cascade Mountains serving as a dramatic backdrop for this oh-so cosmopolitan city. Soar up the futuristic Space Needle and experience the views atop this stunning landmark created for the 1962 World's Fair.

Port of Call
Icy Strait Point, Alaska
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Venture “where the north wind doesn’t blow.” Known for this famous saying, Icy Strait Point is the ideal landing spot for adventurers seeking a new experience. Breathtaking and exciting, Icy Strait Point truly takes you where the wild things are. It’s one of the few places in the world where wildlife outnumbers the human population. A trip here certainly satisfies your taste for adventure. Take a cruise from Icy Strait Point and enjoy Alaska's awe-inspiring scenery and the many excursion options that Norwegian Cruise Line has to offer.

Port of Call
Skagway, Alaska
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In a single year from 1896 to 1897, this remote town along the Inside Passage grew from a few tents to a city of 20,000 gold seekers. Today, travelers come in search of other riches – to experience yesteryear along Skagway's charming boardwalk lined with buildings that replicate those Gold Rush days.

Port of Call
Juneau, Alaska
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Juneau has been called “Alaska's peak experience,” certainly due in part to its unparalleled glacier viewing from such places as Tracy Arm Fjord, the Juneau Icefields and Glacier Bay National Park. Kayak up one of the area's many protected waterways, go flightseeing, tour historic downtown or try your hand at panning for gold. The majestic Mendenhall Glacier lies nearly 12 miles outside Juneau, a treck worthwhile.

Scenic Cruising event
Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier (Cruising)
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This is why visitors come to Alaska—to see glaciers as magnificent as Dawes—and getting there is half the excitement. From Stephens Passage, your ship will turn into the glacially carved fjord of Endicott Arm, the southern sister fjord to Tracy. However, Endicott is special. It’s the fjord less travelled, and at its head, Dawes Glacier. But first, the 31-mile fjord. Sheer granite walls. Plunging waterfalls. Spruce and hemlock trees clinging to the steep sides. It is the definition of pristine. Look for “bergy bits,” floating chunks of glacial ice, some looking more like sculptures, some with resting seals on top. Keep an eye open for bears, mountain goats and whales, too. As we approach the glacier, listen for thunderous cracks and have your camera ready. Dawes is an active tidewater glacier that recedes daily causing calving, where huge hunks of ice plunge into the sea. At 600 feet tall and a half-mile wide, this blue-hued, powerful glacier may be the highlight of your Alaska cruise.

Port of Call
Ketchikan, Alaska
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Its Tlingit Indian name, Kach Khanna, means “spread wings of the eagle.” Chances are you'll see one of these magnificent birds perched atop a Sitka tree. Thanks to its abundant rainfall, Ketchikan is surrounded by some of the world's most lush wilderness.

Port of Call
Seattle, Washington
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Seattle sits on the slip of land between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, with the Olympic and Cascade Mountains serving as a dramatic backdrop for this oh-so cosmopolitan city. Soar up the futuristic Space Needle and experience the views atop this stunning landmark created for the 1962 World's Fair.

Dates & prices
Staterooms & Accommodations
There’s nothing like starting your morning with a glass of sunshine and fresh ocean breezes on your own private balcony. Our award-winning fleet offers a wide range of contemporary and comfortable accommodations designed for you, your family or even your group.
  • Club Balcony Suite

  • Haven

  • Oceanview

  • Balcony

  • Inside

  • Studio

  • Spa Suite

Experience Norwegian Encore
Welcome aboard your best vacation yet.
  • Best New Ship
    Best New Ship
  • 2019
    Year Built
  • 3,998
    Double Occupancy
Dining
Dine how and when you want and where your palate leads you with a wide selection of dining options. Discover our Main Dining Rooms, where our daily changing menus are as fresh as the ingredients, or reserve a seat at a specialty restaurant for a taste of something unique and unexpected. With no fixed dining times or pre-assigned seating and superb culinary experiences, nobody does dining like Norwegian.
  • Le Bistro

    Le Bistro

  • Food Republic

    Food Republic

  • Onda by Scarpetta

    Onda by Scarpetta

Bars & Lounges
The many incredible bars and lounges on board ensure that no matter how you like to unwind or gather with friends, you’ll find your new favorite spot. Poolside, oceanside on The Waterfront, or up at the bar, there are many perfect places to enjoy a handcrafted cocktail or microbrew aboard Norwegian Encore.
  • Sugarcane Mojito Bar on the Waterfront

    Sugarcane Mojito Bar on the Waterfront

  • District Brew House

    District Brew House

Entertainment
Our incredible entertainment lineup will have you saying, “Again! Again!” Go on and strut your stuff at the award-winning Broadway musical Kinky Boots—with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper. Rock along to the hits in a British pub at The Choir of Man or dance to the tunes of a New Orleans speakeasy at Happy Hour Prohibition: The Musical. We’ve got your ideal soundtracks for amazing nights.
  • Kinky Boots

    Kinky Boots

  • The Choir of Man

    The Choir of Man

  • Happy Hour Prohibition: The Musical

    Happy Hour Prohibition: The Musical

Activities
Cutting-edge technology and big thrills take cruising to a new level. Challenge your family to a race and zoom around the Encore Speedway. Dive into the lost city of Atlantis, where laser tag meets augmented reality. Step into the high-tech, virtual world of the Galaxy Pavilion. Then get ready to do it all over again. There’s always something to get your heart pumping on our top deck.
  • Encore Speedway

    Encore Speedway

  • Galaxy Pavilion

    Galaxy Pavilion

  • Laser Tag

    Laser Tag

Spa
Feel free to slow it down, way down, at our award-winning Mandara Spa. Slide into relaxation with a hot stone massage—just one of over 50 specialty treatments offered. Let some steam off in the sauna or recline into pampering with facials, manicures, pedicures and more. “Me time” has never felt so good as at our onboard spa.
  • Spa Jacuzzi

    Spa Jacuzzi

  • Aroma Stone Therapy

    Aroma Stone Therapy

  • Thermal Suite

    Thermal Suite

Onboard Shopping
Forget to pack something? No worries! Our gift shops on board carry everything you'll need to help make your vacation incredible. Shop from a variety of souvenirs, cosmetics, clothing, snacks and sundry items. Treat yourself at our duty-free shops full of fantastic savings on fine jewelry, accessories, perfume, liquor and tobacco.
  • Beauty Shop

    Beauty Shop

  • Treasures

    Treasures

  • Tradewinds

    Tradewinds

Explore Top Shore Excursions

We know the destinations you'll be visiting and what there is to see, do and experience. We offer you a variety of excursions to choose from, in every port you'll visit.