SHORE EXCURSIONS

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    Whale Watching & Wildlife Quest

    Juneau, Alaska

    Duration 4 hrs

    This sightseeing cruise features guaranteed whale watching! Following a short motorcoach ride to scenic Auke Bay, you’ll board a water jet powered catamaran specially designed for wildlife viewing. Relax in the warm, comfortable, spacious main cabin, surrounded by large windows as your experienced Captain guides you through the island studded waters of Stephens Passage. Against a majestic backdrop of snow-capped peaks and glaciers, the onboard naturalist will explain the behavior and habitat of wildlife you may encounter, including humpback and killer whales, Steller sea lions, Dall’s porpoise, harbor seals, bald eagles, bears and deer.


    The operators of this tour guarantee that you'll see a whale. If not, you’ll receive a $100 cash refund as you disembark the vessel. Don’t anticipate a refund; in the past 10+ years, whales have been sighted on every tour! To fully enjoy the sights and sounds of a close encounter with wildlife, be sure to bring a warm, rainproof jacket to wear on the topside observation deck and don’t forget your camera! Day use binoculars and a souvenir wildlife guide and map are provided, along with complimentary snacks and beverages.

    • Adult from: $184.00 USD
    • Child from: $104.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Accessibility
    • Family Recommended
    • Snack
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    Mendenhall Glacier & Whale Quest

    Juneau, Alaska

    Duration 5 1/2 hrs

    Experience Alaska’s premier attractions glaciers and wildlife, from two very different vantage points, by land and by sea. A narrated motorcoach ride takes you to view and photograph the famous Mendenhall Glacier. At the Visitor Center you’ll have the opportunity to talk with Forest Service interpreters, and through interactive exhibits, learn about the awesome force of glacial ice. Back aboard the motorcoach you’ll take the scenic route through the Mendenhall Valley. At Auke Bay you’ll board a water jet powered catamaran specially designed for wildlife viewing. Relax in the warm, comfortable, spacious main cabin, surrounded by large windows as your experienced Captain guides you through the island studded waters of Stephens Passage.


    Against a majestic backdrop of snow-capped peaks and glaciers, the onboard naturalist will explain the behavior and habitat of wildlife you may encounter, including humpback and killer whales, sea lions, porpoise, harbor seals, bald eagles and more. The operators of this tour guarantee you will see a whale. If not, you’ll receive a $100 cash refund as you disembark the tour vessel. Binoculars and souvenir route maps are provided along with complimentary snacks and beverages. To fully enjoy this excursion, be sure to bring a warm, rainproof jacket and don’t forget your camera!

    • Adult from: $184.00 USD
    • Child from: $120.00 USD
    DURATION 5 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Limited Accessibility
    • Family Recommended
    • Snack
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    Misty Fjords & Wilderness Explorer

    Ketchikan, Alaska

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    Explore Misty Fjords, one of nature’s most spectacular creations while cruising in luxury aboard one of the fastest sightseeing vessels in Alaska. The adventure begins as you leave Ketchikan’s picturesque harbor, passing by colorful fishing boats and floatplanes, in route to a wilderness experience you’ll never forget. Enjoy first class service and an informative naturalist’s presentation and watch for wildlife as you ‘fly’ at sea level past the rugged coastlines bordering Revillagigedo Channel. Enter the Behm Canal, surrounded by the pristine beauty of Misty Fjords. Stop to view a bald eagle’s nest and a Tlingit pictograph. Admire New Eddystone Rock, an immense volcanic spire rising from the sea.


    You’ll explore Rudyerd Bay, an ice-carved masterpiece deep within the Monument. Learn the natural history of the fjords while gliding quietly beneath 3,000 foot vertical cliffs. Feel the mist of glistening waterfalls and listen to the call of seabirds nesting on a rock face sculpted by glacial forces. Cruise south from Rudyerd Bay to view a gathering of harbor seals, and enjoy a selection of complimentary snacks and beverages while watching for other species of wildlife that thrive here. En route to Ketchikan, you’ll have the opportunity to experience native culture and history presented by a Tlingit storyteller, watch a native artist at work, or enjoy a tour related video presentation.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Be sure to bring a warm, rainproof jacket to wear on the topside observation deck, as this tour operates in all weather conditions. Wildlife sightings are frequent, but not guaranteed. Wheelchair access may be limited - for details, please consult your Shore Excursion staff before booking.
    • Adult from: $229.00 USD
    • Child from: $119.00 USD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Accessibility
    • Family Recommended
    • Snack
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    Debarkation Scenic Cruisetrain - Seward to Anchorage Airport

    Seward, Alaska

    Duration 5 hrs

    Experience one of the most stunning, scenic train rides in North America aboard an Alaska Railroads railcar from the Seward cruise ship dock to the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.


    Just steps from the cruise ship terminal in Seward, you’ll be welcomed aboard your Alaska Railroad Cruise Train bound for the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. You’ll travel along the Coastal Classic Route on this 4 1/2 hour picturesque journey. Your train pulls from Seward, skirting the edge of picturesque Kenai Lake, before rising into a waterfall-laced mountain valley offering a stunning view of Trail Glacier.


    The tracks wind through a series of mountain tunnels and past Bartlett and Spencer Glaciers before emerging along the coastline of Turnagain Arm. Here, dramatic views of steep mountains plunging into the sea before the train pulls into the depot at the Anchorage Airport. A short enclosed walkway connects passengers to the departures terminal.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants are to disembark by 6:00am. This tour is offered for guests with flights between 2pm and 5pm only. Guests have the option to book their flights through our Premium Air Department to ensure that flight departure times do not interfere with debark transfer.
    • Adult from: $119.00 USD
    • Child from: $79.00 USD
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Debark
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    Debarkation Scenic Cruisetrain - Seward to Anchorage Hospitality Center

    Seward, Alaska

    Duration 5 hrs

    Experience one of the most stunning, scenic train rides in North America aboard an Alaska Railroads railcar from the Seward cruise ship dock to the Anchorage Hospitality Center.


    Just steps from the cruise ship terminal in Seward, you’ll be welcomed aboard your Alaska Railroad Cruise Train bound towards Anchorage Hospitality Center. You’ll travel along the Coastal Classic Route on this 4 1/2 hour picturesque journey. Your train pulls from Seward, skirting the edge of picturesque Kenai Lake, before rising into a waterfall-laced mountain valley offering a stunning view of Trail Glacier.


    The tracks wind through a series of mountain tunnels and past Bartlett and Spencer Glaciers before emerging along the coastline of Turnagain Arm. Here, dramatic views of steep mountains plunging into the sea before the train pulls into the Anchorage Hospitality Center. The Anchorage Hospitality center is located in the heart of town with restaurants and shops conveniently nearby.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants are to disembark by 6:00am. This tour is offered for guests with flights after 5pm only. Guests will be directed to a motorcoach to take them to the downtown hospitality center where their luggage will be held until their departure for the airport. Shuttles to the airport will depart the hospitality center every hour from 3pm until 10pm. The shuttle ride is included in the price of the excursion. Guests have the option to book their flights through our Premium Air Department to ensure that flight departure times do not interfere with debark transfer.
    • Adult from: $119.00 USD
    • Child from: $79.00 USD
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Debark
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    Whale Quest & Orca Point Lodge

    Juneau, Alaska

    Duration 5 hrs

    This exciting tour combines a “whales guaranteed” cruise with Alaska’s finest wilderness salmon bake. Following a motorcoach ride to scenic Auke Bay, you’ll board a waterjet-powered vessel specially designed for wildlife viewing. Relax in the warm, comfortable cabin, surrounded by large windows, as you ply the island studded waters of Stephens Passage. This area is world-renowned as a favored summer feeding ground for humpback whales. Once whales have been sighted, your skilled Captain will maneuver the vessel to allow exceptional viewing and photographic opportunities, as these graceful giants slowly arc their massive tail flukes into the air. Don’t forget your camera, and be sure to bring a warm jacket to wear on the topside observation deck.


    The whales are often close enough to hear them breathe! An onboard naturalist will explain the behavior and habitat of the humpback whale and other wildlife you may encounter, including killer whales, Steller sea lions, Dall's porpoise, harbor seals, bald eagles and more. The operators of this tour guarantee you'll see a whale. If not, you’ll receive a $100 cash refund as you disembark the vessel. Don’t anticipate a refund; in the past 10+ years, whales have been sighted on every tour!


    Then take a leisurely break from cruising to step ashore at Orca Point Lodge on beautiful Colt Island and enjoy a feast that includes fresh grilled wild Alaska salmon, chicken kabobs, corn on the cob, rice pilaf, coleslaw, fresh hot rolls and desserts. The lodge offers peaceful seclusion with modern comforts in a remote wilderness setting. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and take a stroll along the beach before boarding the vessel for your return cruise to Auke Bay.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Dress warmly and bring a rainproof jacket to wear on the vessel observation deck and for enjoying the natural environment at Orca Point Lodge. Complimentary-use binoculars and souvenir route guides are provided. Participants must be able to walk a distance of 40 to 50 feet to embark and disembark the vessel.
    • Adult from: $249.00 USD
    • Child from: $169.00 USD
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Family Recommended
    • Meal
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    Saxman Native Village & Lumberjack Show

    Ketchikan, Alaska

    Duration 4 hrs

    Become absorbed in the rich culture of Southeast Alaska’s Native Americans and witness a rip roaring lumberjack competition on this comprehensive tour of Ketchikan. Your first stop will be a visit to Saxman Native Village. For generations, Tlingit villages have maintained a tradition of welcoming visitors in regal style In this Native community, tribal elders and others have worked hard to pass on many of the traditions that have long defined their culture. A short video program will introduce you to their culture and history, then enter the Beaver Clan House where you'll be welcomed by song and dance. Visitors are encouraged to participate in the final dance before moving onto the Saxman Totem Park, one of the largest gatherings of totem poles in the world.


    The next stop is the Village Carving Center where world famous carvers work and pass on their skills to eager apprentices. Visit the Village Store to purchase some of the finest Native Alaska art available. On the return trip, see sights of Creek Street and let the fun begin with a stop at the Great Alaska Lumberjack Show. Hardy lumberjacks bring to life Alaska’s colorful forest history with an action packed competition in the partially covered and heated outdoor arena. Cheer on your team of world champion lumberjacks in events such as chopping, sawing, tree climbing and much more.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Please note that there may be a short wait prior to the Lumberjack Show. Time can be spent on your own or in the rustic company store located at the Lumberjack Show. Tour may operate in reverse. Maximum combined weight for guests with a wheelchair or scooter is 500 lbs. Wear layered waterproof attire. Umbrellas available for guest comfort.
    • Adult from: $119.00 USD
    • Child from: $73.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Family Recommended
    • Accessibility
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    Russian America and Raptor Center

    Sitka, Alaska

    Duration 3 1/4 hrs

    This unique excursion explores the historical highlights of this former "Russian" capital city and includes a tour through the Alaska Raptor Center. The Bald Eagle Center operates with bird care professionals assisted by volunteers to rescue birds, provide them with rehabilitative care and hopefully release them back into the wild. After your introduction to the center, a presentation with one of the Center's educational birds will take place. Time will be available to view the flight center, clinic window, outside deck habitat areas and gift shop.


    Next, you'll visit the Sitka National Historical Park, where the 1804 "Battle of Alaska", was fought. The park hosts totem lined trails, cultural exhibits and carving rooms where native Alaskan artisans demonstrate their totemic art form. Time may be spent walking the forest trail, viewing cultural exhibits and video presentation, or talking with local native artists about their cultural art form. The final stop with be at St. Michael's Cathedral and to view original Icon Artwork dating back to the early 16th Century. The Cathedral is the mother cathedral for orthodoxy for all of America. After the church you may disembark on the main street to shop or be returned directly to the pier. If you wish to explore more of Sitka, the transfer bus leaves downtown Sitka every 15 min to the pier.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Maximum combined weight with wheelchair and guest cannot exceed 550lbs.
    • Adult from: $79.00 USD
    • Child from: $79.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Accessibility
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    Butchart Gardens Evening & Victoria Highlights

    Victoria, British Columbia

    Duration 4 hrs

    Enjoy the highlights of Victoria and visit the spectacular Butchart Gardens. Departing Ogden Point your guide will point out the highlights including the majestic legislative buildings, Empress Hotel, Royal British Columbia Museum, Beacon Hill Park and the exclusive residential districts of the Uplands and Oak Bay with their manicured grounds and gardens, Bastion Square, and Chinatown (the oldest in Canada) including the "Gates of Harmonious Interest".


    At Butchart Gardens, see how the Butchart family transformed a barren rock quarry into what is now one of the world’s best-known horticultural attractions, covering more than 55 acres.The gardens are a lush paradise of flowers, rare trees and winding paths, that were created more than 100 years ago. Enjoy the cascading fountains and footbridges connecting you to the many themed gardens, including the beautiful Sunken Garden, the Japanese Garden and the Rose Garden. Multi-language maps will assist you on your self-guided tour.


    The gardens are illuminated by thousands of hidden lights from mid-May to mid-June and from mid- August to mid-September. Guests sailing on Norwegian Pearl visiting on Saturdays from July 7 thru September 1, 2018 will also be treated to a fireworks display.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Walking time and distance is at guest’s discretion, approximately 1 to 1.5 miles and up to 150 steps. Stairs, uneven terrain and steep inclines can be avoided by following routes marked accessible. If visiting when the gardens are illuminated by lights – you’ll be able see the flowers close to the pathways but not the back beds. Order of sights may vary. You’ll be at the gardens for about 2 hours.
    • Adult from: $139.00 USD
    • Child from: $85.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Family Recommended
    • Accessibility
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    Butchart Gardens & Victoria Highlights

    Victoria, British Columbia

    Duration 4 hrs

    This tour provides you an in-depth look into some of the best sights that Victoria has to offer, plus visit the world-famous Butchart Gardens. Your tour sets out through James Bay through the city's beautiful Beacon Hill Park, home of the world's tallest freestanding totem pole, then a fully narrated tour to the world famous Butchart Gardens. A National Historic Site and spread over 55 acres, there are walking trails that connect lavish floral gardens, cascading fountains, ponds and rock gardens. Here, amidst an enchanting floral aroma, you can enjoy a 2- hour self-guided tour through many themed gardens, including The Rose Garden, The Japanese Garden, The Italian Garden and Butchart’s famous Sunken Garden.


    After taking in this impressive attraction, continue to Victoria’s Inner Harbor to view the iconic Empress Hotel and BC Legislative Buildings, passing through the “Gates of Harmonious Interest” to see historic Chinatown, the second oldest in North America. You’ll travel past Old Town making your way back to the cruise terminal, or use the optional drop downtown to make your own way back to the ship, if time in port permits.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Tour may operate in reverse order. There are paths and benches throughout the Gardens. Walking time and distance is at guest’s discretion, approximately 1 to 1.5 miles and up to 150 steps. Stairs, uneven terrain and steep inclines can be avoided by following routes marked accessible. Wear walking shoes and bring a light jacket on cooler days.
    • Adult from: $139.00 USD
    • Child from: $85.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Family Recommended
    • Accessibility
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    Historic Sitka Nature Walk

    Sitka, Alaska

    Duration 3 hrs

    Your tour begins with a transfer to the Alaska Raptor Center, where you’ll encounter the swamp-like muskeg soil and alpine meadow where most of Alaska's bird, plant and wild berries thrive. Then explore and photograph the Raptor Center's open bird habitat and new Eagle Flight Center, home to bald eagles, owls, hawks and other birds of prey. During your visit, the staff will explain the Raptor Center's mission and answer questions. Next, you’ll proceed for a visit to Sitka National Historical Park, where walking trails lined with authentic totem poles will guide you through the lush Tongass National Forest.


    As you cross the bridge at Indian River, you’ll learn about the rain forest’s ecosystem, local plant and animal life. Afterward, you’ll walk along the harbor's shoreline to visit St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral and the Russian Bishop's House. St. Michael's Cathedral is always the last stop on the tour. The Russian Bishop's House is a place the tour will pass. However, a visit inside the Bishop's House is not included in the walk. Along the way, you will see many Victorian-style homes and ornate churches before passing Sheldon Jackson College. Your tour will conclude with a transfer back to the pier. If you wish to explore more of Sitka, the transfer bus leaves downtown Sitka every 15 min to the pier.

    • Adult from: $69.00 USD
    • Child from: $69.00 USD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2

Please note: The information in this document was current at time of printing. Tour descriptions and prices vary by ship and sailing date and are subject to change without notice. Log into My NCL for the applicable information specific to your cruise.

Printed on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 03:14pm