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12-day Cruisetour on Norwegian Joy

Denali Explorer - Southbound 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. The best way for nature lovers seeking rustic elegance to experience Denali and the heart of Alaska's Wilderness.

Highlights:

  • 5-Day Land Tour Escorted by a Local Guide
  • Overnight: Fairbanks, Denali, Anchorage
  • Travel the Alaska Railroad on a Deluxe Dome Railcar from Talkeetna to Anchorage
  • Visit an Iditarod Sled Dog Musher's kennel for a private tour
  • Enjoy a riverboat cruise tour into the heart of Alaska
  • So much more...
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    5-Day Fairbanks, Denali & Anchorage Land Tour.
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    7-Day Glacier Bay & Inside Passage Cruise from Seattle
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$2,498
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5-Day Pre-Cruise Land Tour. 7-Day Cruise. 5 Ports.
Your Amazing Vacation Includes:
Overnight: Fairbanks, Denali, Anchorage • Travel the Alaska Railroad on a Deluxe Dome Railcar from Talkeetna to Anchorage • Visit an Iditarod Sled Dog Musher's kennel for a private tour • Enjoy a riverboat cruise tour into the heart of Alaska • So much more...
Cruisetour event
Fairbanks Air Arrival Day
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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 the standard hotel check-in time is 3:00 pm. Guests who arrive earlier may have to wait to occupy their rooms. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Fairbanks

*Cruisetour Hotels will be assigned in guest documents beginning 30 days prior to departure date.

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Fairbanks
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This morning, 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. Afterwards, board your deluxe motorcoach for a city tour of Fairbanks before stopping in historic downtown for lunch on your own. Open afternoon and evening to explore Fairbanks or take an optional tour.

9:00 am Riverboat Discovery Cruise
12:00 pm Fairbanks City Tour and Lunch on your own
2:00 pm Arrive at Hotel
(Itinerary may be altered with a morning Fairbanks city tour and afternoon Riverboat Discovery cruise)

Overnight: Fairbanks

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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 our 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 Denali Natural History tour, you will travel approximately 25 miles into Denali National Park, enjoying the incredible scenery and learning about the history of the park. Tour duration is approximately 4-5 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.) Denali Natural History Tour

Overnight: Denali

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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.

8:30 am Iditarod Sled Dog Kennel Visit
11:00 am Depart for Talkeetna by motorcoach
5:00 pm Deluxe Dome Rail, Talkeetna to Anchorage
8:30 pm Arrive Anchorage Hotel

Overnight: Anchorage

Cruisetour event
Transfer to Airport to Board Cruise
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Transfer to the Airport for your flight to Seattle to embark on Norwegian Joy. Flight between Anchorage and Seattle as well as the transfer from Seattle Sea-Tac Airport to Seattle Pier are included in the tour.

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
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
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
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
Victoria, British Columbia
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Roam the spacious lawns of stunning Butchart Gardens with its exotic flora, unusual topiary and exquisite fountains. Explore historic Bastion Square, the treasures of Chinatown and the many sights and sounds to be found along the boardwalk of the Inner Harbour.

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. We offer a wide range of contemporary and lavish accommodations designed for you, your family or even a retreat with your besties. From convenient adjoining staterooms to luxury Haven suites and Concierge Class—exclusive to Norwegian Joy—there’s room for every vacationing style.
  • Mini‑Suite / Club Balcony Suite

  • The Haven

  • Balcony

  • Inside

  • Oceanview

  • Concierge

Experience Norwegian Joy
Welcome aboard your best vacation yet.
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    Remodeled Date
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    Double Occupancy
Dining
Serving a wide variety of culinary delights to please every palate, our complimentary dining options include three main dining rooms, a help-yourself buffet and a variety of casual cafés, grills and on-the-go choices. Plus, our Main Dining Rooms offer a menu that changes daily, Chefs Signature Dishes and carefully selected wine recommendations, guaranteeing a different culinary adventure with every visit.
  • Cagney's on the Waterfront

    Cagney's on the Waterfront

  • The Haven Restaurant

    The Haven Restaurant

  • Garden Cafe

    Garden Cafe

Bars & Lounges
With so many bars and lounges to discover, finding your favorite may take a few days. Pull up a stool on The Waterfront and pair a new vintage with soothing waves at The Cellars - A Michael Mondavi Family Wine Bar. Raise your glass in a toast at Maltings Whiskey Bar. Or kick back in The District Brew House, offering dozens of varieties of bottled and draft beers on tap.
  • Horizon Lounge

    Horizon Lounge

  • Starbucks

    Starbucks

  • Horizon Lounge

    Horizon Lounge

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.
  • Sauna

    Sauna

  • Facials

    Facials

  • Massage

    Massage

Activities
From bow to stern, Norwegian Joy has enough onboard activities to fill every minute of your cruise. Your jaw will drop as you immerse yourself in all the wonder of a virtual world in the Galaxy Pavilion. Push the pedal to the metal as you race for the checkered flag on a two-level Race Track at sea. Keep the excitement going under the stars in an open-air laser tag at the top of the ship.
  • Galaxy Pavilion

    Galaxy Pavilion

  • Laser Tag

    Laser Tag

  • Ocean Loops

    Ocean Loops

Entertainment
When it comes to entertainment, you won't believe your eyes or even your ears. Get mesmerized by the awe-inspiring acrobatics in Elements, relive the iconic 80's movie Footloose on stage, or enjoy sensational wines along with the characters of Wine Lovers the Musical. Beatles fans can rock out in the famous Liverpool nightclub where the band played. On Norwegian Joy it’s showtime, all the time.
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    Footloose

  • Wine Lovers The Musical

    Wine Lovers The Musical

  • Elements

    Elements

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.
  • Kassiel Luxury Boutique

    Kassiel Luxury Boutique

  • Tradewinds

    Tradewinds

  • The Tides

    The Tides

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.