San Juan Islands
San Juan Islands

A Cruise to the Pacific Northwest

May 30 - Jun 7, 2014
Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands Aboard the 100-guest American Spirit
Starting at $4,370
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Overview
More than a hundred of islands are nestled between Washington and Canada’s Vancouver Island. Here, in Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands, visitors will discover amazing wildlife and a fascinating cultural history. At Deception Pass State Park in Anacortes, one of the most photographed locations in Washington, explore miles of scenic shoreline, serene trails, and abundant wildlife. During a day cruising the San Juan Islands you’ll look for whales, sea lions, and bald eagles, then learn more about orca whales at the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor. From Port Angeles, choose either a natural history excursion featuring Olympic National Park or a cultural tour of the charming city of Victoria and stunning Butchart Gardens. Learn about island life as it was over a century ago at the San Juan Historical Museum, and about immigrants to this region during a visit to Poulsbo, a town settled by Norwegian loggers and fishermen. You’ll also enjoy time in the Victorian-era seaport town of Port Townsend and, of course, lively Seattle.

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Itinerary
Day 1 — Seattle, WA

Meet fellow travelers and staff at a festive welcome reception at the hotel. Dinner and the remainder of the evening are on your own. (R)

Day 2 — Seattle, WA
Explore the city of Seattle on a narrated tour to indulge in the lively and diverse culture of the Emerald City. Visit the oldest continually operating farmers’ market in the United States at Pike Place Market or stroll through downtown Seattle to taste fresh produce, traditional foods, and view displays of handmade arts and crafts while overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront. Before departing, take in the sight of the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River, the Space Needle. (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Anacortes, WA
As you stroll through the vibrant Old Town of Anacortes, there are endless possibilities to enjoy from recreational activities of fishing and bird watching to participating in whale watching tours and kayaking excursions. Take in the sights of the most photographed location in the state of Washington at Deception Pass State Park while enjoying the scenic shoreline, serene trails, and abundant wildlife from sunrise to sunset. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the town to get a personalized experience of the Pacific Northwest or take part in the SeaBear Salmon Tasting tour for an exclusive experience sampling cuisine varieties including smoked salmon, San Juan sliders, and smoked salmon chowder. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Cruising the San Juan Islands
Enjoy a day of cruising along Puget Sound and through the San Juan Islands. Keep a sharp look out for whales, eagles and seals among the many species that live or transient this waterway. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Friday Harbor, WA
From the moment you step off the ship the majestic views of Friday Harbor is welcoming among the tranquil and charming seaport. Explore the diverse topography from pebble beaches to large mountains and lush valleys within the natural settings. Visit the Whale Museum to learn about the local orca pods and marine mammals with extensive displays of exhibits, artwork, models, and artifacts. From the family tree of resident orcas to whale species sounds, the Pacific Northwest wildlife is not only educational but also alluring. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Port Angeles, WA
Among the geographical surroundings and flat waters, the full-service city is lively with friendly shops, abundant flowers, and distinctive outdoor art. Located close by are wildlife preserves, lakes, parks, and the Sol Duc Hot Springs for one of a kind excursions. Embark on the Butchart Gardens and Victoria City Premium Tour to travel through stone paths and streams lined with colorful arrays of flowers and trees in the Butchart Gardens. Take a ferry ride to Victoria, Canada for a guided tour of the 55 acres of land followed by lunch at the inner harbor before enjoying a narrated city tour. Visit the 632,000 acres of preserved wilderness at Olympic National Park and Hurricane Ridge where the largest remnants of ancient forests call home among the endangered species including the Puget Sound Chinook Salmon or Marbled Murrelet. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Port Townsend, WA
Forested islands, snow-capped mountains, and pristine beauty surround the path as the ship cruises through the San Juan Islands and Admiralty Bay into the Victorian Seaport town. Learn about the history of Port Townsend on a guided walking tour through the historic city from its vibrant downtown to the designated National Historic District. Visit Fort Worden State Park’s turn of the century army base that offers a combination of natural beauty and historic wonders or take photos of the wooded hills and open fields among the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Poulsbo, WA
Explore the popular Front Street as it features old world murals, numerous art galleries, and specialty shops along Poulsbo’s boardwalk. Sightings of wildlife in their natural habitat are seen daily with the majestic snow-capped Olympic Mountains in the distance. Delve into Poulsbo’s history and Norwegian heritage on a walking tour by members of the Poulsbo Historical Society. Visit the Heritage Museum at the conclusion of the walking tour for preserved artifacts and historical stories of the immigrants from Norway and Finland. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — Seattle, WA
After breakfast, disembark the American Spirit and transfer to the Seattle International Airport for individual flights home. (B)