Meet the tour leader at Malta International Airport to check in for your flight to Vancouver with transit. Upon arrival at Vancouver airport, a coach will be in attandance to transfer you to your hotel for check in. Overnight in Vancouver.
Take a sightseeing tour of Vancouver and the North Shore (not included). Begin with a transfer over the Lions Gate Bridge linking the North Shore to Vancouver’s Stanley Park. Highlights include the Capilano Suspension Bridge, the longest and highest suspended footbridge in the world at 450 ft across and 230 ft above the Capilano Canyon! Continue your trip to Grouse Mountain Skyride. As the tram whisks from the valley floor, enjoy spectacular panoramas of land, sea and city views from magnificent rugged landscapes.
Enjoy a nature-filled day excursion (not included). Drive through the pastoral growing town of Squamish and begin the ‘the Sky’ portion of the journey. The road follows the Cheakamus river, first cresting high above the river and offering views of glaciers on the peaks of the Tantalus mountains, then plunging low into a river canyon. From here, it is a slow climb to 2000 feet above sea-level and the Whistler Valley. Enjoy some hours at the ski village. Along the way back stop and feel the nature’s power at Shannon Falls at the third highest waterfall in the province at just under 1100ft.
Some time at leisure until it’s time to depart for your transfer to cruise port for check in.
Your ship offers the perfect platform for viewing British Columbia’s Inside Passage. This archipelago spans 25,000 miles from Seattle to Prince Rupert near the Alaskan border. Here you’ll ply calm waters sheltered between the British Columbia mainland and Vancouver Island. Along the way catch a glimpse of breathtakingly rugged scenery, plus staggering wildlife like salmon sharks, white spirit bears, and millions of seabirds.
Explore Sitka National Historical Park to trace the town’s early beginnings and native heritage. See indigenous artifacts, watch a documentary film, and walk the mile-long Totem Trail. Learn about Sitka’s Russian influence on a walk to St. Michael’s Cathedral, one of the few remaining Russian Orthodox churches in Alaska and check out the Russian Bishop’s House. Sitka’s rare wildlife astounds, from Saint Lazaria Island’s orange-beaked puffins to Alaska Maritime Refuge’s 40 million seabirds.
Tracy Arm Fjord extends over 30 miles alongside the wilderness of Tongass National Forest. Sailing through this deep and narrow passage delivers some of the most breath-taking scenery you’ll find in Alaska. See active glaciers carved into 7,000ft tall mountain peaks and plunging waterfalls burrowed into evergreen-clad cliffs. Glimpse native wildlife and watch deep blue icebergs float past the ship. Glimpse black bears hunting for lunch and soaring eagles, or watch for the fluke of a whale diving below.
Once you arrive, you’ll find majestic views and rich culture in every corner. With its snow-capped mountains, misty rainforests, massive glaciers and bounty of wildlife, Alaska’s remote state capital is the perfect place to dive into nature. Travel to Juneau’s Mendenhall Glacier and join a team of professional mushers and their huskies on a sleigh ride over the snow or follow in the footsteps of fortune hunters and pan for gold along trails forged by prospectors over a hundred years ago during the Juneau gold rush.
Experience the daunting power of the largest tidewater glacier in North America. While most glaciers tend to thin and retreat, Hubbard Glacier continues to thicken and actively advance toward the Gulf of Alaska, earning the nickname “Galloping Glacier”. Sailing into Disenchantment Bay near the glacier’s 400ft tall face, you’ll get panoramic views of its gigantic expanse, a monstrous 76 miles long and 1,200 feet deep.
Sitting at the southern end of Alaska’s Inside Passage, it’s a gateway to the wild landscapes and seascapes of Misty Fjords National Monument. Ketchikan has more totem poles than anywhere in the world. And just south of downtown at Saxman Native Village you’ll find a nice collection of finely carved and decorated totems. If you’re craving natural thrills, venture past the town limits into Tongass National Forest. The largest national forest in the US, it’s a great place to spot local wildlife. If you really want to experience Alaska’s dramatic landscape, visit Misty Fjords National Monument. It’s 3,570m2 of rock walls, towering trees, sea cliffs and dramatic fjords.
Whether you’re chasing thrills on the rock-climbing wall or soaking up the sunshine poolside at the adults-only Solarium, Brilliance of the Seas® is what getaway goals are made of. Take advantage of all the games onboard, for the kids to enjoy at the arcade to the adults at the casino; so much to do for all the members of the family. You will find plenty of options onboard to tease your taste buds and five courses of gourmet goodness at Chef’s Table. Not to mention family-style favourites at Sorrento’s Pizza and classic American Steakhouse at Chops Grille.
Your amazing adventure has come to an end, but the memories will remain with you forever. After breakfast, you will disembark the ship and be transferred to Vancouver airport to check in for your return flight to Malta (with transit). You will arrive in Malta the next day, Monday 31st July.
- Return flights to Vancouver with transit including 23kg luggage & hand luggage
- Return Transfers
- 3 night accommodation in Vancouver on RO basis
- 7 nights Cruise onboard the Brilliance of the Seas on Full Board basis
- Daily entertainment and use of onboard facilities
- Airport, Port taxes & fuel surcharge
- Tour Manager (subject to minimum number reached)
- Protection by the Insolvency Fund
- Travel Insurance (optional), highly recommended
- Resort FEE in Vancouver
- Tipping is obligatory in Canada; standard recommended rate is @CAD 5 per person per day
- Gratuities to be paid prior to cruise at €105 per person
- Shore Excursions