Seattle is a young city with a rich history.
Rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1889, the
'Emerald City' has a legacy of vision and
strength. There's so much to see and do,
you might want to consider coming in a
couple days early to explore a variety of
attractions like Pikes Place Market, where you can enjoy a cup of coffee from the original Starbuck's or wonderful fresh seafood from a number of well-known restaurants on the waterfront.
There is so much to do on the elegant
Emerald Princess. Princess Cruise Lines
has partnered with the Discovery Channel
and offers their Discovery at SEA program,
which brings a whole new experience to
cruising. Plus there's miniature golf, a golf
driving range, shuffle board, a world-class
fitness center and a library for those who
want to enrich their minds. If you'd just like
to relax, enjoy the adults-only Sanctuary and forget about every worry in the world.
Ketchikan is known as Alaska's "First City" because it's the first major community settlers came to as they journeyed north. Located on an island, Ketchikan began life as an Indian fishing camp. The name Ketchikan comes from a Tlingit phrase that means "eagle with spread out wings". The growth of fishing and timber industries helped make this Inside Passage port Alaska's fourth largest city.
In 1880, Joe Juneau and Richard Harris searched for gold with the help of Native guides.
From their discoveries came three of the largest gold mines in the world. Eventually the
mines closed, but the town became the capital city of Alaska. Some 30,000 people live in
Juneau, the only capital city in the U.S. that is land-locked and only accessible by sea or air.
Skagway was the gateway to the gold fields for thousands who flocked to Alaska and the
Yukon with hopes to strike it rich. Because of the gold rush, Skagway was Alaska's largest town in 1898, with a population of about 20,000. When gold dwindled in 1900, so did the population. Today Skagway has less than 1,000 residents, but it still retains it's flavor of a gold rush town and the feel of a last frontier get-away.
After exploring all there is to see at our
port-of-call, you might want to consider
a relaxing massage at the Lotus Spa.
At the very least, there are a variety of
fresh water pools and hot tubs that will
help you unwind. You might even
consider a culinary class, or a behind-
the-scenes tour of the ship. Whatever your interest, Princess offers something
you're sure to enjoy.
Victoria exudes old-world charm and colorful flowers are found everywhere. Although it's a port city, Victoria is not as industrially oriented as Vancouver. The harbors are dotted with pleasure craft, ferries and floatplanes. The city is renowned for it's beautiful gardens, charming houses and very British feel.
Seattle has hosted two World's Fairs (1909 and 1962, and is the birthplace of two modern marvels, Boeing and Microsoft. Known for it's rainy climate, Seattle actually averages less rainfall than many East Coast cities. The mild weather, spectacular natural surroundings and rich cultural diversity, attracts visitors from around the world. It's easy to get around with a well planned mass transit system.