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Cruises departing from Seattle are your ticket to some of the most breathtaking scenery on Earth — they’ll take you straight to Alaska! But there is plenty to see before or after your cruise, too. Carnival cruises from Seattle dock at the gates of the “Emerald City.” Set on Puget Sound in the shadow of Mt. Rainer, Seattle’s stunning waterfront can be found curving past skyscrapers, historic neighborhoods, important museums, and the lush, rolling parks that give the city its green nickname.
TRACY ARM FJORD
Upon departing from Seattle, we will make our way through the Inside Passage to the unforgettable Tracy Arm Fjord. When you think of a voyage through Alaska, you likely picture the beauty of this place. Home to floating glaciers, waterfalls, and the occasional wildlife, you won’t want to miss all that this iconic landmark has to offer.
The northernmost point in our journey, Skagway is a popular cruise destination featuring an antique railway system. The city is known for its heyday during the Gold Rush at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. Some of the mines are still open today for tourists who wish to try their luck. As with most Alaskan stops, travelers can also enjoy plenty of lovely scenery in Skagway.
Known mostly as the capital city of Alaska, Juneau was also an important hub during the search for gold. Most visitors want to take in the city’s historic downtown area, either by taking a tour or shopping along its small-town streets. History lovers can also stroll through Evergreen Cemetery to find the graves of Juneau’s co-founders Richard Harris and Joe Juneau. But there’s nothing wrong with staying in tune with God and nature on this leg of the journey. You’ll find all kinds of hiking trails and wildlife experiences to enjoy in the state capital.
Our last stop along the Alaskan frontier, Ketchikan is one of your best bets for taking in Native culture. A number of totem poles can be found throughout the area in addition to other Native sites and memorials. The city’s rich history is matched only by its wonderful scenery. Sitting just outside of the famous Inside Passage, Ketchikan is known for its fishing and forestry industries.
Just before coming back home, we’ll make one last stop, this time in Canadian territory. The capital of British Columbia is a meeting between the rugged outdoors and historic colonialism. Victoria adds to the usual activities on an Alaskan voyage by also enticing travelers with beautiful architecture, gardens, and museums. Squeeze out all of the adventure you can before we finish this amazing journey on Northern Lights 2020.