14 Night Japan, Russia & Alaska Cruise on Ovation of the Seas from Tokyo, Yokohama, Japan Skagway, Alaska, Chilkat Peninsula
The 14 Night Japan, Russia & Alaska Cruise from Tokyo, Yokohama, Japan visits Hakodate, Japan; Petropavlovsk, Russia; Skagway, Alaska; Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier, Alaska; Seattle, Washington. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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14 Night Japan, Russia & Alaska Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Ovation of the Seas
Day 1 - Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan
Day 2 - Cruising
Day 3 - Hakodate, Japan
Day 4 - 5 - Cruising
Day 6 - Petropavlovsk, Russia
Day 7 - 8 - Cruising
Day 9 - International Date Line
Day 10 - 11 - Cruising
Day 12 - Skagway, Alaska
Day 13 - Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier, Alaska
Day 14 - Cruising
Day 15 - Seattle, Washington
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Skagway, Alaska, Chilkat Peninsula
The Chilkat Peninsula near Skagway, Alaska
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14 Night Japan, Russia & Alaska Cruise

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Leaving from
Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan
Onboard
Ovation of the Seas
Day Port
1
Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan
Departs at 6:00 PM
2
Cruising
Day at sea
3
Hakodate, Japan
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
4 - 5
Cruising
Day at sea
6
Petropavlovsk, Russia
Tendered from 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
7 - 8
Cruising
Day at sea
9
International Date Line
Day at sea
10 - 11
Cruising
Day at sea
12
Skagway, Alaska
From 7:00 AM - 8:30 PM
13
Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier, Alaska
Sightseeing from 6:00 AM - 10:00 AM
14
Cruising
Day at sea
15
Seattle, Washington
Arrives at 6:00 AM
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Your ship Ovation of the Seas

Your ship
Ovation of the Seas
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Ovation of the Seas, Aerial View, Australia, Vietnam, and the Philippines
Aerial View of Ovation of the Seas Cruise Ship Visiting Australia, Vietnam, and the Philippines
Get to know
Ovation of the Seas
Welcome to one of the world's most innovative ships, filled with game changers, edge-of-your-seat entertainment, and dining that defies the imagination. Score 300-foot high views from the North Star®, order up a cocktail in binary at the Bionic Bar®, and enjoy a full-sensory aerial adventure in Live. Love. Legs.

SPACE AGE SURPRISES

Get ready to discover a world of new experiences as you sail between exotic shores. Like hanging ten on the FlowRider® surf simulator, scoring 300-foot-high views from the North Star®, feeling the thrill of free-fall on RipCord® by iFLY®, and sipping handcrafted cocktails paired with surreal views in Two70®.

A FULL-ON FLAVOR FEST

You're in for a palate-pleasing adventure, from robot-crafted cocktails at Bionic Bar® and Mediterranean flavors at Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver, to an exclusive five-course epicurean experience at Chef's Table and Tuscan fare with Cali flair at Coastal Kitchen.

AN ADVENTURE ONSTAGE

Score a front-row seat to jaw-dropping acrobatics and mesmerizing visual effects in Live. Love. Legs. Or watch what happens when music, cinematography and tech combine in Pixels.

Day 1: Tokyo, Japan

Day 1
Tokyo
Yokohama, Japan
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Tokyo, Japan, Sensoji Temple
The Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan
Things to do in
Tokyo
Departs at 6:00 PM
Yokohama is the central gateway to exploring Tokyo, a once-humble fishing village that is now one of the world's biggest, most densely populated cities. You'll find an eclectic mix of traditional shrines and soaring skyscrapers lining these neon-lit streets. Walk the Rainbow Bridge over Tokyo Bay alongside the Yurikamome Rail Line, a futuristic, operatorless train system. Then, see old Tokyo at the Imperial Palace, an Edo Castle surrounded by moats and gardens perfect for strolling. Cruise to Tokyo and head to iconic Sensoji Buddhist Temple and pass below the massive red paper lantern of the Thunder Gate. Then, unwind in Yoyogi Park, a literal forest in the heart of the city, complete with Zen gardens and a gingko tree forest.
Tokyo, Japan, Geishas at Sensoji Temple
Two geishas walking by the Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan

Let Tokyo Impress You

Whether you take a guided tour or explore on your own, Tokyo will never disappoint. Scope out the cutting-edge fashion in Harajuku and learn all about Otaku culture in Akihabara. Stop off at the forested Meiji shrine and see the bright Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, a well-known geisha district.
Tokyo, Japan, Great Buddha bronze statue
A bronze statue of the Great Buddha in Japan

Seaside Escape

Every summer, Tokyoites escape the heat by heading to the picturesque town of Kamakura. Take the classic Enoshima Electric Railway to the breathtaking Hase-Dera temple housing a gold-leafed statue of the goddess Kannon. Known for the popular Giant Buddha (Daibutsu), you can spot Mt. Fuji from the nearby charcoal black beaches of Inamuragasaki park.
Tokyo, Japan, Sankeien Garden
The Sankeien Garden in Japan

Garden of Architecture

Sankeien Garden is the extravagant creation of a 20th-century silk trader. Dotting the grounds are 17 recreations of iconic buildings from across Japan. All perfectly balanced according to the season, the garden is a celebration of Japan. Cruise to Tokyo and join in a traditional tea ceremony, and learn how to wear a kimono.
Tokyo, Japan, Chicken yakitori
Chicken yakitori on a white plate

Local Cuisine

Japan has some of the world's most renowned cuisine, and Tokyo is the epicenter of all that goodness. Try nigirizushi-style sushi, with simple, single cuts of delicate raw fish served over vinegared rice. Indulge in Tokyo's unique approach to the pan-Japanese noodle soup ramen — here, thin, wavy noodles luxuriate in a soy-infused chicken broth. Or snack on yakitori, grilled chicken skewers seasoned simply with salt or tare, a savory blend of fish-infused dashi broth, soy and vinegar.
Tokyo, Japan, Kimonos on a rack
An assortment of kimonos on a rack in Japan

Shopping

Harajuku in the heart of Tokyo is a shopaholic's dream. From the weird to the classy, you'll find the latest fashion and the coolest brands. For a broader experience, head to Yokohama's 150-year-old Motomachi Shopping street. Hosting a massive sale in September and February, Motomachi has something for everyone. Jump onboard a Tokyo cruise and make sure to bring home some of the region's famous silk, either in the form of a floral kimono or scarf.

Day 2: Cruising

Day 2
Cruising
At Sea
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North Star Pool Deck Aerial
North Star Raised Above Rear of the Ship
CAN'T MISS FAVORITES
North Star Pool Deck Aerial
North Star Raised Above Rear of the Ship

North Star®

It’s time to raise the bar on adventure — with 360-degree views of the world from 300 feet above sea level in the North Star® observation capsule — winner of the Guinness World Record for tallest viewing deck on a cruise ship.
iFly by Ripcord Little Girl Flying
iFly by Ripcord Little Girl Flying

RipCord® by iFLY®

There’s no rush in the world like skydiving — and on the RipCord® by iFLY® simulator you can feel the freedom of freefall without even leaving the deck.
SeaPlex Arcade
Xbox One Consoles at the SeaPlex Arcade

SeaPlex®

The largest indoor active space at sea is only on Royal Caribbean®. Basketball and bumper cars — it's the first time you'll ever play like this on a cruise.  

Day 3: Hakodate, Japan

Day 3
Hakodate
Japan
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Hakodate, Japan View From Mt. Hakodate
View from atop Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate, Japan
Things to do in
Hakodate
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Hakodate overflows with historic architecture and steamy hot springs . Located along Hokkaido's southwestern tip, it's the perfect spot to begin exploring this island's unique history and culture during your vacation. Cruise to Hakodate and start your day at the morning Hakodate-Asaichi, or Morning Market, and tuck into a hearty kaisendon, a bowl of ultra-fresh sashimi fish over steamed rice. Then, relax with a soak in the Yunokawa hot springs on Hakodate's outskirts, or check out Goryokaku Fort — the nearby tower lets you take in a bird's-eye view of the star-shaped design surrounded by a moat. And don't leave without taking in the million-dollar views of the city from atop Mt. Hakodate.
Hakodate, Japan Million Dollar View
Million Dollar View, the view from atop Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate, Japan

Million-Dollar View

It may be only 334 meters high, but Mt. Hakodate has stunning views of the city of Hakodate and the surrounding waters. Known as the "million-dollar view," it's one of Japan's best-known spots for panoramic vistas. A gondola will get you to the observation deck in three minutes, and a hike takes around 45.
Insider tip
There's no tipping in Japan, but you'll face an 8 percent sales tax everywhere except major retailers, which often have tax-fee shopping campaigns.
Hakodate, Japan Goryokaku Park Star
Aerial view of Goryokaku Park, a star shaped fort in Hakodate, Japan

Remains of a Lost Republic

The Goryokaku is a unique star-shaped fort built in the mid-19th century by the Tokugawa shogunate to protect Hakodate from Western powers. In 1869, former samurai established the Republic of Ezo here before imperial troops defeated them six months later. Today, the fort is a leafy oasis surrounded by more than 1,000 cherry trees that bloom in spring.
Insider tip
Attractions in Hakodate can be crowded with travelers and school tours, so arrive as early as possible to avoid congestion.
Hakodate, Japan Red Brick Warehouse
Kanemori red brick warehouse, bay-side godowns, and ferry boat in Hakodate, Japan

The Lowdown on Godowns

The Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse is a beautifully preserved group of bay-side godowns — a term for warehouses derived from an Indian dialect — dating to the early 20th century. Today, these buildings offer an eclectic mix of shopping and dining, but even their architecture makes them worth a stop.
Insider tip
If you're planning to head atop Mount Hakodate, pack a jacket even in warmer weather — it can get windy at the summit.
Hakodate, Japan Kaisendon
Kaisendon, seafood bowl of crab, tobiko caviar, tuna, and more, in Hakodate, Japan

Local Cuisine

Hakodate is a seafood lover's utopia. Cruise to Hakodate and drop anchor near the asaichi (morning market) south of Hakodate Station, and you'll find a myriad of eateries offering marine delicacies such as king crab, sushi and uni (sea urchin). If in doubt, try Maruyama Shoten's kaisendon (seafood bowl) of raw uni, squid, salmon and roe over rice.
Hakodate, Japan Sushi Roller Mat
Close up of makisu, sushi roller mats, in Hakodate, Japan

Shopping

Celebrate Hokkaido's oceanic heritage with a cute squid-themed souvenir — favorites ranges from stuffed animals to keychains. Take home traditional Hokkaido handmade wooden items, such as spoons, bowls, placemats and other kitchenware, or pick up a bar of specialty soap made from Hokkaido-sourced materials: The local seaweed is thought to take exfoliation to the next level. Seek out these and other distinctive trinkets at the shops at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse during your visit.

Day 4 - 5: Cruising

Day 4 - 5
Cruising
At Sea
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QN Culinary, specialty dining, smoking eggs, Wonderland, culinary, cuisine
FOR FOODIES
Jamie's Italian Epic Brownie
Jamie's Italian Epic Brownie with vanilla ice cream and caramelized amaretti popcorn on a Royal Caribbean cruise

Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver

At Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver, you’ll enjoy Tuscan-inspired dishes like the crowd-pleasing Famous Plank and pastas made in-house — all crafted by one of Britain’s most famous chefs.
QN Culinary, specialty dining, Nitro chocolate, Wonderland, culinary, cuisine

Wonderland

Our Wonderland chefs twist their culinary kaleidoscopes, inventing elaborate dreamscapes of never-before-seen fare. The story begins as you "brush" the menu and find your element— Sun, Ice, Fire, Water, Earth and Dreams.
Izumi Sushi Chef Prepping Food
Izumi Sushi Chef Prepping Food

Izumi

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation.

Day 6: Petropavlovsk, Russia

Day 6
Petropavlovsk
Russia
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Russia Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky Volcanoes
Russia Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky Volcanoes
Things to do in
Petropavlovsk
Tendered from 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
When your cruise ship docks in Petropavlovsk, Russia, the snow-capped dome of the Koryaksky volcano foretells the wild adventures that await in Russia's Far East. Stay in the city and visit the Monument to the City of Military Glory, which tells the story of Russian eastward expansion, or ride a boat into the waters of Avacha Bay, where you can enjoy postcard-perfect views of Petropavlovsk while whales swim around you. Alternatively, use your time in Petropavlovsk to discover the unique eastern Russian cuisine such as Siberian-style pelmeni meat dumplings, or buying handmade crafts carved from local alder and birch trees.
Russia Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky Avacha Bay
Russia Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky Avacha Bay

Discover Eastern Russia's Storied Past

Visit monuments such as Charles Clark and Vitus Bering monuments, which recount the 18th- and 19th-century battles that led to Russian control of the Kamchatka peninsula. The city's namesake, the Monument to Peter and Paul sits just steps from where your ship will dock, while Nikolskaya Hill (where the famous Monument to the City of Military Glory stands) is a brisk 20-minute walk just above the city center.
Insider tip
English is not common at all in this part of Russia, so make sure to download Russian to your phone's translation app of choice.
Russia Petropavlovsky Lighthouse Mayachny Cape Avacha Gulf
Russia Petropavlovsky Lighthouse Mayachny Cape Avacha Gulf

Get a Taste of Kamchatkan Adventure

You won't have time during your stop to trek into the landscape beyond the city, but adventure excursions such as whale watching in Avacha Bay are easily accessible from the port. Additionally, if you visit during winter, get a taxi to the Krasnaya Sopka "red hill," where you can ski just 25 minutes from the center of Petropavlovsk.
Insider tip
Take a picture of your ship and the port area in case you need to take a taxi back to your cruise.
Russia Kamchatka Peninsula City Skyline
Russia Kamchatka Peninsula City Skyline

Have a Quirky Museum Day

You don't have to go into the city (or into the wild) to learn more about Petropavlovsk, as a day at the city's fascinating museums proves. Visit the Science Museum of Volcanology to see mineral samples from the volcanoes that tower behind the Petropavlovsk, Russia, skyline or check out the Kamchatka Regional United Museum to learn about local lore.
Russian Cuisine Salted Cucumbers Vinaigrette Sauerkraut Rye Bread
Russian Cuisine Salted Cucumbers Vinaigrette Sauerkraut Rye Bread

Local Cuisine

Although Petropavlovsk is one of the most remote cities in Russia (and the world), all the country's cuisine is represented. For a local eating experience, however, enjoy a Siberian take on pan-Russian pelmeni meat dumplings, or Korean carrot, a spicy Korean-Russian fusion dish that's essentially kimchi made with carrots instead of cabbage.
Russia Samara Amulet Wooden Toys
Russia Samara Amulet Wooden Toys

Shopping

Much of the local shopping in Petropavlovsk centers around fur-trimmed hats and boots. However, if that's not your cup of tea, you can also visit Kamchatka Exhibition Center, where you can purchase indigenous totems carved from alder and birch wood, or caviar harvested from local salmon.

Day 7 - 8: Cruising

Day 7 - 8
Cruising
At Sea
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Two 70 Bar View
Two 70 Virtual Concert "Santa Fe & the Fat City Horns"
SHOW STOPPERS
Pixels Original Production Show Logo Rainbow Colors
Logo for the Pixels original production show with the word in Rainbow pixels.

Pixels

Art meets tech in this epic fusion of live performance, music and experimental cinematography. Pixels will show you how to view world through a whole new filter.
Live Love Legs Cruise Show Acrobatic Couple on Stage
Acrobatic couple performing on stage during the Live Love Legs Cruise Show by Royal Caribbean

Live. Love. Legs.

From lavish costumes and vocal performances to jaw-dropping aerial acrobatics, engage all your senses in Live. Love. Legs.
Two 70 Pixels Show
Two 70 Pixels Show

Two70®

By day, it's an open area living room with panoramic views through windows two decks high. By night, the lights go down, the windows become screens and the space comes alive with aerialists, robots and much more. This is Two70® — a place that can take you anyplace.

Day 9: International Date Line

Day 9
International Date Line
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Man Doing Air Trick
Man Doing Air Trick on Flowrider
SUN DRENCHED DAYS
Girl Body Surfing
Young Girl Body Surfing on Flowrider

FlowRider®

Grab your board and get ready for 30,000 gallons of rushing awesome headed your way. The surf’s always up on the 40-foot-long FlowRider® surf simulator.
Solarium Sunset Whirlpool
Solarium Sunset Whirlpool

Solarium

Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.

Day 10 - 11: Cruising

Day 10 - 11
Cruising
At Sea
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Vintages Couple Having Dinner
Couple Enjoying a Bottle of Wine
LIGHTS OUT NIGHTS OUT
Vintages Friends Toasting with Wine
Vintages, lifestyle, celebration asian European caucasian women, Food and Beverage, fleetwide, Bars, Lounges, Hot Spots, Vintages Wine Bar, Adults, Girls having a toast,

Vintages

Whether you favor a bold Cab or the subtle nuance of Pinot Noir, Vintages has the perfect glass. From France to California, Chardonnay to Shiraz, the wide world of wine is well represented through extensive partnerships with top winemakers. This is the perfect setting for indulging your passion for wine, or igniting it. Vintages also offers a small bites menu.
Bionic Bar
Bionic Bar - Deck 5 Starboard Midship (Royal Promenade) Harmony of the Seas - Royla Caribbean International

Bionic Bar®

Meet two robotic bartenders who know how to shake up your night. At Bionic Bar® they can mix, muddle, and stir it up too.
Solarium Bar
Solarium Bar and cafe on the OA, Oasis of the Seas

Solarium Bar

Does sitting in the whirlpool make you thirsty? Grab a drink at the nearby Solarium Bar.

Day 12: Skagway, Alaska

Day 12
Skagway
Alaska
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Skagway Alaska Mountains Ice Snow Glaciers
Breathtaking view of the Skagway Alaska ice snow glaciers.
Things to do in
Skagway
From 7:00 AM - 8:30 PM
The tiny town of Skagway still looks like it did during the Klondike Gold Rush over 100 years ago— and today it remains an outpost for thrilling Alaskan adventure. An old-time street car ride along bustling Broadway Street reveals well-preserved buildings, including the state’s oldest hotel. You can see engraved walrus tusks at the Corrington Museum, or get lost in riveting historical reenactments around town. If outdoor adventure is more your thing, there are plenty of ways to amp up the adrenaline, from sledding with Alaskan Huskies on Laughton Glacier to rafting Lynn Canal, the longest fjord in North America.
Skagway Alaska Vintage Rail Car White Pass Yukon Route Bridal Veil Falls
Blown away Skagway Alaska scenery with a vintage car rail along with snow mountains and beautiful purple flowers.

ON THE RIGHT TRACK

Prepare to be blown away by breathtaking Alaskan scenery while riding in a vintage rail car along the White Pass and Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway. See Bridal Veil Falls, Dead Horse Gulch and Glacier Gorge unfold before you while climbing the 2,885-foot incline of White Pass.
Insider tip
For $5 you can ride the S.M.A.R.T. Bus around town all day long.
Skagway Alaska Chilkoot Trail Hiking Trail
Skagway Alaska trail hiking mountain view.

TAKE A HIKE

Known as “the world’s longest outdoor museum”, Chilkoot Trail encompasses 33 miles of hiking trails. Follow in the footsteps of Klondike stampeders as you trek through dense rainforest, enjoy incredible scenery, and discover the Gold Rush ghost town of Dyea. This is the ultimate Alaskan outdoor challenge.
Insider tip
National Park Service rangers lead free walking tours of the historic district five times daily.
Skagway Alaska Klondlike Gold Rush Museum
Skagway Alaska historic museum.

GO FOR GOLD

Step back in time at the museums of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Relive the good old Gold Rush days through interactive exhibits at its Visitor Center, housed in the restored 19th-century Railroad Depot. You can also watch a captivating documentary film detailing the rush for gold in Alaska.
Skagway Alaska Cuisine Crab Legs Seafood Shellfish
The best place for a banquet of king crab legs is in Skagway Alaska.

LOCAL CUISINE

Skagway is one of the best places to feast on king crab legs. Hit Skagway Brewing Company for sockeye salmon sandwiches paired with a Blonde Ale made from hand picked Sitka spruce tree tips. Enjoy Mendenhall Mudd or Klondike Walnut fudge at the Alaska Fudge Company— and then sip a nightcap at Red Onion Saloon, the oldest watering hole in town.
Skagway Alaska Shopping Gold Rush Souvenir Shops Galleries Local Artisan
Welcome to Skagway Alaska and our local shopping downtown.

SHOPPING

Skagway’s downtown historic corridor has its fair share of Gold Rush-era facades that now house souvenir shops. Sprinkled among them are galleries selling local artisan paintings, carvings, pottery, woodworks and jewelry. You’ll know it’s authentic if it has the “Made in Skagway” logo.

Day 13: Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier, Alaska

Day 13
Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier
Alaska
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Things to do in
Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier
Sightseeing from 6:00 AM - 10:00 AM
One of Alaska’s lesser-known gems, Endicott Arm Fjord marks the southern edge of Fords Terror Wilderness area. As you drift through its 30-mile-long stretch, you can’t help but be awed by the surrounding granite cliffs, mountain valleys and dozens of gushing waterfalls. Drifting icebergs, deep blue waters and a spectacular tidewater glacier only add to this natural spectacle’s appeal.

WILD WONDERS

Endicott Arm is one of the largest breeding grounds for harbor seals on the planet. Keep your eyes peeled for these creatures splashing in icy waters near the ship. Along the shore you might also glimpse brown bears, bald eagles, sea ducks, deer, moose and wolves.
Insider tip
Dress in wind-resistant layers when viewing the scenery outside on deck.

GRAND FINALE

Your journey through scenic Endicott Arm Fjord ends with a front-row view of Dawes Glacier. Standing over 600 feet tall and a half-mile wide, this very active icecap is known for its spectacular calving displays which produce huge, chunky icebergs that float in area waters.

Day 14: Cruising

Day 14
Cruising
At Sea
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North Star Pool Deck Aerial
North Star Raised Above Rear of the Ship
CAN'T MISS FAVORITES
North Star Pool Deck Aerial
North Star Raised Above Rear of the Ship

North Star®

It’s time to raise the bar on adventure — with 360-degree views of the world from 300 feet above sea level in the North Star® observation capsule — winner of the Guinness World Record for tallest viewing deck on a cruise ship.
iFly by Ripcord Little Girl Flying
iFly by Ripcord Little Girl Flying

RipCord® by iFLY®

There’s no rush in the world like skydiving — and on the RipCord® by iFLY® simulator you can feel the freedom of freefall without even leaving the deck.
SeaPlex Arcade
Xbox One Consoles at the SeaPlex Arcade

SeaPlex®

The largest indoor active space at sea is only on Royal Caribbean®. Basketball and bumper cars — it's the first time you'll ever play like this on a cruise.  

Day 15: Seattle, Washington

Day 15
Seattle
Washington
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Seattle, Washington Buildings Near Pioneer Square
View of buildings near Pioneer Square in Seattle, Washington
Things to do in
Seattle
Arrives at 6:00 AM
Seattle is a young city, but it's short history is part of the landscape and charm. Cruise to Seattle and check out the Hiram Chittenden Locks in the Ballard neighborhood — this impressive feat of engineering passed its first ship through in 1916, and today, it's one of the busiest lock systems in the U.S. Then, stroll through the nearby Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Gardens, an English-style landscape garden with over 1,500 varieties of plants. Or head to Gas Works Park, on the grounds of the former Seattle Gas Light Company: This former business is now a prime vantage point to view the Seattle skyline. And don't miss the famous Space Needle: From the top, you can take in clear views of the bay, the Cascade Mountains and Mount Rainier.
Seattle, Washington Space Needle
View of the Space Needle from below in Seattle, Washington

Seek Out the Center

The Seattle Center was home of the 1962 World's Fair, which portrayed a mid-century view of the Land of Tomorrow. Since the fair, this 74-acre park has remained a cultural hub within the city. Get a good look at Seattle with a 360-degree view from the observation deck of the Space Needle, or check out the Museum of Pop Culture, which has exhibits on popular music as well as science fiction and fantasy in film and television.
Insider tip
There are many hills in Seattle, including the downtown area. Take this into consideration when planning your day and allow extra time for walking up hills.
Seattle Washington The Needle City Views
A view of the needle amongst the skyscraper building in Seattle Washington

Waterfront Wonders

The Seattle Center complex encompasses an assortment of impressive attractions. View colorful masterpieces by glassblower Dale Chihuly at the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum. Explore the Pacific Science Center or the Museum of Pop Culture. Then take in sweeping city views from the top of the 605-foot-tall Space Needle.
Seattle, Washington Underground
Tour of Seattle's underground level in Washington

Relive the Gold Rush

The Seattle Underground tour takes you under the city to the Gold Rush-era streets of Seattle, before the city was rebuilt on top of itself. Then, head to Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Pioneer Square, where you can get even more info on the Gold Rush and how it shaped the city.
Seattle, Washington Crab Legs
Assorted Dungeness crab legs with butter mustard sauce and fresh lemons in Seattle, Washington

Local Cuisine

Seafood is king in Seattle. Geoduck clams, Penn Cove mussels and Dungeness crab are some of the most sought-after local specialties. At Pike Place, pick up curried beef bao, a Chinese-style dumpling best eaten by hand. For a snack or breakfast, head to Coyle's Bakeshop and pick up a cretzel, a pretzel-croissant combo that's all the rage among locals.
Seattle, Washington Marketplace
Kiosk selling jewelry in a markeplace in Seattle, Washington

Shopping

Shopping in Seattle means a visit to Pike Place Market — first opened in 1907, the historic marketplace is the go-to spot not only for fresh produce but also for artisan crafts ranging from handmade jewelry to ceramics and beauty products. During your Seattle cruise vacation, head to Ballard Avenue NW for hip boutiques, and shop for big brands downtown.

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