Gertrude Byrne's cruise is the most magical vacation ever.
The hospitality is exceptional, you feel like relatives rather than customers. The mealtime banter is like being with friends rather than strangers. It spoils you for any other cruise and the customer satisfaction validation speaks for itself. Record numbers of repeat passengers continue to sail on Gertrude Byrne's cruises, why, because they know that they never disappoint. If this is your first cruise be prepared to have the best time of your life!
No other 7 day cruise can offer these enchanting ports of call along with Ireland's greatest entertainers.
- Closest Airport is Seattle – Tacoma International airport (SEA)
- Pier is located in downtown Seattle and approximately 20 minutes from the airport
- Return Flights no earlier than noon
- All guests must have a valid passport
- Non US citizens traveling to the US, please check with you local Embassy on requirements.
A Holiday of your Dreams
A cruise is the perfect carefree solution, where you don’t have to worry about catching the next coach or flight as you travel from one place of interest to another. No packing and unpacking your bags and, most important, no searching for fine dining wherever you go! You will find that Holland America cruise ships are luxurious floating resorts offering every comfort, convenience and amenity that one could imagine. Once you step aboard into the warm welcome of a Gertrude Byrne cruise, the holiday of your dreams awaits you. Your rate includes luxurious accommodations, 5-star dining, breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon teas, high teas, cocktail receptions, midnight buffets and superstar entertainment. There is no other Irish charter cruise in the world that can compare to a Gertrude Byrne Promotions product.
Explore the largest city in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle is as much an homage to human ingenuity as it is to natural beauty. From logging to shipbuilding to aircraft manufacturing to modern-day software and biotech development, the Emerald City has worn a succession of industrial hats, birthing the likes of Amazon and Starbucks — not to mention music legends Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana — along the way. Visitors are spoiled for choice of things to do in Seattle, Washington with iconic attractions, such as the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and Pike Place Market along a stunning, steel-gray waterfront with ferries gliding back and forth. Tour local attractions, go sightseeing, and explore the city’s museums Seattle on a shore excursion, "Local" and "sustainable" are words to live by in Seattle, an ethos reflected in the profusion of fresh-seafood restaurants, independent coffee roasters and quirky boutiques nestled among sleek skyscrapers. Whatever you end up doing, you’ll fall in love with the Emerald City.
Juneau’s most popular attraction (a good reason), the Mendenhall Glacier is a halfmile wide, with ice 300 to 1,800 feet deep. It provides some of the most spectacular landscapes in Alaska. Even more amazing, the glacier constantly moves and changes with the seasons — so no two visits are alike. Don’t miss the view from the visitor’s pavilion, which will only take about 90 minutes. You’ll be able to take some great photos, too. With a little more time, enjoy beautiful trails that get you up close to the glacier and its surrounding nature. The most rewarding is to see Nugget Falls. Imagine a very large, beautiful waterfall cascading directly into an iceberg-filled lake with a glacier in the background.
Scenic Cruising Hubbard Glacier
Cruising toward Hubbard Glacier feels like you’re approaching another planet in a tiny space craft. It is that big and that otherworldly. Among all the vanishing Alaska glaciers, Hubbard has a rapidly advancing ice margin — up to seven feet in one day — earning it the nickname, “the Galloping Glacier.” Hubbard Glacier cruises are so popular because of the glacier’s three-story icebergs that cannon into crystal waters, a process called calving. It’s also colorful. On clear days, Hubbard turns a stunning deep blue and on cloudy ones, its many ripples and icebergs shimmer in soft light. This glacier dwarfs the other glaciers in Alaska. It is the longest tidewater glacier in North America and starts 122 kilometers (76 miles) back, pouring down off the shoulder of Mt. Walsh. It has an impressive terminal face that is 11 kilometers (7 miles) long and 106 meters (350 feet) above the water line, making its regular audience of Alaska cruise ships look like toy boats. It’s a giant, but it’s not sleeping. Hubbard Glacier is one of the few Alaska glaciers that’s advancing and not succumbing to climate change. It sounds uplifting, but many fear that the expanding glacier will block the entrance to the fjord.
A storied past mixed with jaw-dropping scenery sets Sitka, Alaska apart from other ports. Located on Baranof Island surrounded by the Sitka Sound’s icy blue water, it not only boasts lush scenery and captivating wildlife, Sitka offers a unique glimpse into Alaska history. Stroll past the onion dome of St. Michael’s Cathedral and the Russian Bishop’s House, both National Historic Landmarks or stop at St. Michael's Cathedral, the 'Mother Cathedral of Orthodoxy for All of America', and step inside to see icons and priceless religious artwork dating back to the late 15th century. Hear the miraculous story of how this artwork was saved from the Main Street fire in 1966, which destroyed one-third of downtown Sitka. There is much to see and do in Sitka.
This is a favorite port of call call! Ketchikan is known as Alaska's "First City" because it is the first major community Travelers come to as they journey north. Located on an Island, Ketchikan began life as an Indian fishing camp. In The early 1900’s when gold was Alaska’s claim to fame, timber and fishing industries were established in Ketchikan. Known’s the ‘Salmon Capital of the World’, Ketchikan is also the ancestral home of the Tligit people, Who carved the world’s largest collection of totem Poles. Take a canoe and nature trail excursion through The rain forest or a wilderness explorations with a sumptuous crab feast you can’t resist. Sightseers will be Impressed with both the scenic town and its surroundings, especially Misty Fjords National Monument.
Victoria, British Columbia
Cruising into Victoria delivers passengers to a charming British-influenced city plunked in the rugged Pacific Northwest. You can have high tea in an English garden and go whale watching the same day. Victoria ranks high for quality of life – you’re always a stone’s throw from a windswept beach or a pint at a convivial pub – and it’s the perfect swirl of city life and nature. The influence of the First Nations culture is also strong in Victoria, with totem poles taking a front-and-center position on the Inner Harbor and in Beacon Hill Park and extensive galleries devoted to the First People at the Royal Columbia Museum. The Victoria, British Columbia cruise port is just a pleasant walk or cab ride away from the Inner Harbour. Whale watching cruises and sightseeing floatplanes take off and return from here. Government buildings, museums, the Visitor Centre and the grand Fairmont Empress hotel provide an elegant welcome. Roam the peaceful paths of the vast Butchart Gardens and see vibrant blooms at every turn. Enjoy afternoon tea or a shopping trip to Market Square or along Government Street.