Join T. Gozney Thornton and friends on the Tex-Mex Fandango to Alaska CruiseTour!

A Royal Caribbean Alaskan cruise and land tour will take you to some fascinating ports of call and cities. You’ll see legendary places, cruise past glacial fjords and experience nature in a way you’ve never imagined before.

The cruise portion is at the beginning of this adventure on board Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas departing from Vancouver, BC on June 22, 2012.

Royal Caribbean launched the Radiance of the Seas in 2001. The ship holds 2,500 people and weighs in at just over 90,000 tons. This was one of the first of the Radiance family of ships for the cruise line and this ship sets the standards for the elegance and sleek style Royal Caribbean is known for. Cabins start at just under 200 square feet and go all the way up to the spacious penthouse suite at over 1,000 square feet. Over 800 of the cabins on the ship are oceanview, with over 70 percent of those sporting balconies, giving it the highest percentage of outside staterooms in the Royal Caribbean family.  The balconies are just great for sightseeing!

Dining options include the Cascades Restaurant, a two-level fine dining establishment with an amazing cascading waterfall as part of its décor, or the two smaller restaurants, Breakers and Tides. All offer 2 seating time choices in the evening, with open seating at breakfast and lunch. Casual fare can be found at the Windjammer Café and alternative restaurants Chops Grill or Portofino offer other fine dining options.

The public areas of the ship radiate class. There is a spectacular ten story glass Centrum as well as a six million dollar art collection displayed throughout the ship. Guests can enjoy swimming at the African-themed solarium with its raised pool and two whirlpools, or get in a workout on the rock-climbing wall. The ShipShape Spa has a large fitness area and offers varied spa treatments. Nightlife options include a show at the three-level Aurora Theater or Hollywood Odyssey Nightclub, trying the slots at the Casino Royale or shooting pool at the Bombay Billiard Club.


There are lots of big adventures in Alaska, Including the  the awe-inspiring blue ice of a massive glacial field to the expansive grandeur of its wildlife and nature.  Yes,  Alaska is a land of natural wonders.

*** All itineraries are subject to change without notice.

Enjoy the breath taking views from your private Balcony stateroom. Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size), private balcony, sitting area, and a private bathroom. (184 sq. ft., balcony 43.1 sq. ft.)

Call for pricing, total based on double occupancy

  Final payment is due April 1, 2012.

Royal Caribbean International reserves the right to impose a fuel supplement on all guests if the price of West Texas Intermediate fuel exceeds $65.00 per barrel. The fuel supplement for 1st and 2nd guests would be no more than $10 per guest per day, to a maximum of $140 per cruise; and for additional guests would be no more than $5 per person per day, to a maximum of $70 per cruise.

*Included: Shipboard accommodations; ocean, rail and motorcoach transportation; hotel accommodations; most meals; some beverages; most onboard entertainment; transfers and sightseeing, where indicated.

Not Included: Air transportation**; items of a personal nature, such as shore & land excursions**, specialty restaurant fees, some beverages, photographs, gratuities/service fees, medical services, etc. and meals on the land portion of the tour, except where indicated.

** You can add these during or after the reservation process.

Let’s talk about what you’ll experience on Tex-Mex Fandango to Alaska CruiseTour.

Day 1:  We’ll be cruising through the Inside Passage.

Cruising through the Inside Passage is really what has made Alaska cruising so popular. This trip captures so much of what people love about Alaska. There are glaciers the size of Rhode Island. Misty rain forests and ghostly blue fjords. And spirited communities that celebrate their varied heritage. Be sure to take in every view as you sail through one of the most beautiful parts of Alaska.

The highlight of any cruise through the Inside Passage has to be Hubbard Glacier. It is one of the most active glaciers in the area and a great place to experience the majesty of a glacier up close. Sheets of ice separate themselves from the ice field in a process known as “galloping.” When the ice finally crashes into the sea, you can hear a loud cracking sound, similar to a starter pistol. This process is known as “calving,” and the sound echoes for miles.

Day 2: Ketchikan, Alaska.

Ketchikan originated as an Indian fish saltery, but the town’s major growth began when it became a supply base and entry port for miners during the 1898 Gold Rush to the Klondike. Much of the town’s colorful past is still in evidence, especially in the nearby Indian villages, where you’ll see colorfully carved totem poles and hear the fascinating legends that surround them.

While fishing is by far the most popular sport in Ketchikan, there are a lot of other activities for people to take part in. In fact, one of the best ways to see the area and enjoy the scenery is simply to take a walk through town and to the Totem Heritage Center. There, you can explore the history of totem poles and see some terrific examples.

Day 3:  Icy Strait Point, Alaska

Icy Strait Point is located near the city of Hoonah, the largest native Tlingit Indian settlement in Alaska, and very near Glacier Bay National Park. Home to a historic cannery, the port’s connection to the sea is strong. Locals share the sea with humpback whales, Orcas, Dall porpoises, seals, sea otters, halibut and all five species of Pacific salmon. It is not uncommon to spot a humpback or an Orca (killer whale) while walking along the shore.

Visit the historic cannery, dating back to 1930. It has been fully restored to provide visitors with a glimpse of this interesting part of Alaskan history. The original cookhouse has also been renovated for family-style dining, the Alaskan way.

Day 4:  Juneau, Alaska

Juneau, the capital of Alaska, was founded during a gold rush in 1880. Today, the former gold-mining town counts among its riches some of Alaska’s most spectacular scenery. Nestled at the foot of Mt. Juneau in the Alaska Panhandle, it faces the water from the mainland side of Gastineau Channel. Several magnificent fjords are located along the channel coast, and the majestic Mendenhall Glacier, a favorite of visitors, is nearby.

When you’re in Juneau, you shouldn’t miss the amazing glacial landscape. The best view available is from the seat of a helicopter on one of our shore excursions, where you can watch for bear, mountain goats, and moose. Then, once you’ve landed, we’ll take you on a once-in-a-lifetime dogsled ride.

Day 5:  Skagway, Alaska

When gold was discovered in the Klondike region of the Yukon Territory (just across the border from Alaska), it resulted in the historic Gold Rush of 1898. As thousands of gold-crazed adventurers sought the best starting point for their arduous trek, they found the deepest penetration possible by boat was at the northern tip of the Lynn Canal. This is how Skagway was born.

Take the unforgettable journey aboard the “Scenic Railway of the World” and travel 20 miles from tidewater to the summit of the White Pass – a 2,865 foot elevation. Ride in vintage rail cars as you retrace the original route to the White Pass summit. This fully narrated tour features panoramas of mountains, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels, trestles and historic sites. See the original Klondike Trail of ’98 worn into the rocks, a permanent tribute to the thousands of souls that passed this route in seek of fortune. Experience this unique railroad that symbolizes accomplishment in the adventure of pioneering – triumph over challenge.

Day 6:  Hubbard Glacier

The longest river of ice in North America, the Hubbard Glacier is also one of the most active glaciers of its kind in Alaska. And since our ships are designed to provide our guests with the best viewing possible, you’ll be able to see this massive natural wonder, with its 1,350 square miles of blue ice, from just about anywhere on the ship.

Wonder at 1,350 square miles of translucent blue ice as you experience the excitement of seeing an active glacier up close. Even the ship will feel small.

Day 7: Seward, Alaska

Seward is not only one of Alaska’s oldest communities, it’s also one of its most scenic. Visit and discover this picturesque town known as the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. You’ll find a historic downtown district filled with quaint shops and art galleries, and some of the most exciting outdoor adventures imaginable.

When you’re in Seward, don’t miss the Alaska Sealife Center. It features beautiful local marine life in its natural habitat. Visitors can learn about the complex Alaskan ecosystem while enjoying the antics of sea lions, otters and porpoises.

***Upon arrival in Seward, your Adventure Specialist will greet you at the pier. You’ll board your deluxe motorcoach for a short drive through Seward to visit the Alaska Sealife Center before embarking on the Resurrection Bay Wildlife Cruise with lunch at Fox Island. Upon conclusion of the cruise, you’ll have the remainder of the evening in Seward free to explore on your own. Overnight in Seward, at Seward Wind Song Lodge.***

Day 8:  Anchorage, Alaska    Land Tour Begins (Rail and motorcoach transportation; hotel accommodations; most meals; some beverages; transfers and sightseeting) ***Enjoy a relaxing morning before boarding your deluxe motorcoach bound for Anchorage. Enroute, you’ll make a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. The evening is yours to enjoy the largest and most cosmopolitan city in Alaska. Overnight in Anchorage, at Anchorage Marriott.***

Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska, and it’s no accident that many of our cruisetours begin and end in this major metropolis. As locals say, “Anchorage is great. It’s only 20 minutes from Alaska.”  Here, you’ll find everything you would find in a city in the lower 48. But it serves as a great introduction to Alaska, too.

There’s so much to do in Anchorage, we could never capture it all. So cruisetours visiting Anchorage usually provide guests with free time to explore on their own.

Alyeska, Alaska

As you venture inland on an Alaska Cruisetour, one of the most popular stops is in the town of Alyeska, Girdwood. Here you can see the beautiful Mt. Alyeska and get a real taste for the great outdoors, Alaska-style.

Take a gondola ride 2,300 feet up Mt. Alyeska for a breathtaking view of Turnagain Arm (an extension of Cook Inlet) and seven different area glaciers. It’s a trip you’ll never forget.

Day 9:  Talkeetna, Alaska

***In the morning, travel aboard your deluxe motorcoach for Talkeetna where you will board the Wilderness Express®, our glass domed traincars. You can choose to take in the scenery and enjoy a lovely lunch onboard as you travel to Denali. The evening is yours enjoy. Choose to book optional activities such as the Cabin Nite Dinner Theatre or white-water rafting and experience the most of Denali. Overnight in Denali for 2 nights at the Grand Denali Lodge.***

Talkeetna is known as a mountaineering town where thousands have come to climb Mt. McKinley, which looms majestically in the background. Cruisetours to this quaint town allow for plenty of time to explore the area and get to know this beautiful corner of Alaska.

After a full day of exploring, you’ll return to the Talkeetna Alaska Lodge, a magnificent wilderness retreat. There, you can relax while you enjoy amazing panoramic views of Mt. McKinley and the Alaska Range, while sitting in front of the 45-foot high stone fireplace. You’ll also enjoy exploring this classic example of a small Alaskan town, with its narrow dirt roads lined with log cabins.

Day 10 & 11:  Denali, Alaska

***Day 10: In the morning, on the Tundra Wilderness Tour, explore the six-million-acre Denali National Park. You’ll discover the beauty of taiga forests and gaze at miles of rolling tundra while searching for wildlife. You’ll have the rest of the day and evening free to explore on your own. A second night is spent in Denali.

Day 11: In the morning, depart by deluxe motorcoach for a drive to Fairbanks. After lunch, you’ll enjoy a ride on the Riverboat Discovery Sternwheeler, including a visit to an Athabascan Indian Village. The evening is yours to explore on your own. You’ll spend the night in historic Fairbanks, at Wedgewood Resort.***

Without question, the main attraction in Denali is Denali National Park – in fact, it ranks as Alaska’s most popular destination – which is why all of our cruisetours visiting Denali include a park tour. The park itself is slightly larger than the entire state of Massachusetts and is filled with wildlife. You may spot a bear loping across the tundra and moose silently grazing while you get the quiet thrill of seeing nature in the wild.

In your free time, you can discover some of the adventure sports that make Alaska unique. Some of our packages offer two nights in this amazing destination, so you can explore even more of this immense park and its surroundings.

Our cruisetours to Denali each feature one of three exciting tours of the park:

  • The Discover Denali Experience is an intimate introduction to the sub-Arctic and Denali National Park. A naturalistic presentation, followed by a film, will describe the natural and cultural history of the sub-arctic ecosystem in and around Denali National Park. You will also enjoy a short guided walk on the park’s trails.
  • On the Denali Natural History Tour, you’ll discover the beauty of taiga forests and explore miles of rolling tundra, searching for wildlife. And you won’t miss a thing, because driver-guides will explain the region’s natural history and geology.
  • The Tundra Wilderness Tour is an excellent way to spot the wildlife Alaska is famous for: such as moose, bear, wolves, caribou, and Dall sheep just to name a few. The tour focuses on scouting out the wildlife in the park, in addition to explaining the historical and geographical background of the area.

Day 12:  Fairbanks, Alaska (The CruiseTour ends in Fairbanks, Alaska and we will be staying on Day 11 in a hotel in Fairbanks, the pricing includes transfers to the airport from hotel)

***Your Adventure Specialist will see that you are transferred to the Fairbanks airport for your flight home.***

Endearingly nicknamed “Alaska’s Golden Heart,” the city of Fairbanks sits just 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Here you can pan for gold, take a leisurely cruise down the Chena River or take off on an amazing Arctic Circle Flightseeing Tour.

Cruisetours visiting Fairbanks enjoy a cruise to an Athabascan Indian Village on the Riverboat Discovery Sternwheeler and/or a tour of the El Dorado Gold Mine on a narrow-gauge track that winds through a reconstructed mining camp.

You will want to call to reserve your stateroom right away!  Only 14 staterooms available at this great price!!!

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