7-Night Alaska & British Columbia Inside Passage Wilderness Expedition, Vancouver to Juneau
June 24, 2020
Sail aboard the MS Roald Amundsen round trip from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Ketchikan, Alaska; Sitka, Alaska; Icy Strait Point, Alaska; Haines, Alaska; Tracy Arm/Endicott Arm Fjords (scenic cruising); and Junea, Alaska
From $4,667(1)(2) per person, based on double occupancy and Polar Outside stateroom (cruise only)
Explore the rugged Pacific frontier of North America as you call on native villages full of totem poles and quaint fishing villages. This expedition-style cruise takes you through the protected waterways and beautiful forested islands of the Inside Passage. Discover the northernmost rainforest in the world, watch for whales from the deck of your ship and scan the coasts for bears, sea otters, seals and sea lions. Your expedition ship is the MS Roald Amundsen, new in 2019. Named after the first man to cross Antarctica and reach the South Pole, MS Roald Amundsen is leading the cruise industry towards a more sustainable way of travelling. This state-of-the-art vessel features environmentally friendly hybrid technology to reduce fuel consumption, demonstrating that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible. The ship is specially constructed for voyages in polar waters and serves as a comfortable base camp at sea, bringing adventurers to the most spectacular destinations in the world. You won’t find a casino, water park or production show on an expedition-style cruise. But you will become thoroughly immersed in the destinations you visit through onboard scientific lectures, port presentations and the guidance of your professional expedition team.
Everything you need for adventure is included on a Hurtigruten cruise:
- Professional, English-speaking expedition team
- Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket
- Boots, trekking poles and other equipment available on loan
- Onboard lectures on science, history, geography or cultures of the destinations
- Port presentations providing destination insight
- All meals, including beer, wine, sodas and mineral water
- Gym, outdoor hot tubs, infinity pool, running track and sauna
- Free WiFi
Day 1 – Vancouver, British Columbia
Embark on your journey in vibrant Vancouver. This city boasts waterfront parks; nearby mountains with summer hiking trails; multitudes of cafes, shops, galleries and museums; and diverse cultural neighborhoods to explore.
Day 2 – at sea
Sail north to Alaska through the narrow, weaving channels and straits of Canada’s Inside Passage. Be on the lookout for the dolphins, porpoises, orcas and whales that frequent these protected inland waters. Join the expedition team for fascinating lectures and spend time onboard relaxing or meeting your fellow travelers.
Day 3 – Ketchikan, Alaska
Ketchikan is known as the “Salmon Capital of the World.” A true frontier town, it is surrounded by towering mountains and features colorful Gold Rush-era houses along the river banks. The town also has strong ties to Tlingit culture and is home to one of the largest collections of standing totem poles. Explore the town on your own or book an optional excursion.
Day 4 – Sitka, Alaska
Scenic Sitka has snowcapped mountains, small islands, abundant wildlife and even a visible volcano. Once the capital of Russian Alaska, the town has historic streets and features a Russian Orthodox cathedral and ornately carved totem poles.
Included Activity: Alaska Raptor Centre
Visit this conservation and research center, which provides medical treatment to around 200 injured birds each year. While they strive to heal, rehabilitate and release all injured birds after they recover, some are injured too severely to fully recover and survive in the wild. Non-releasable birds may join the Raptors-in-Residence team that teaches the public about the wonders of raptor natural history and the habitats in which they live.
Day 5 – Icy Strait Point, Alaska
Icy Strait Point offers a glimpse into the life of a native settlement. Houses are adorned with intricate carvings, totem poles display stories of the clans and there are enjoyable cafes, shops and museum displays.
Included Activity: Cannery Experience
Enjoy a nature walk through a second-growth forest and a historical tour of the Hoonah Packing Company Cannery. Your guide will tell you about the area’s fishing industry, local flora and fauna, and the native Tlingit culture. See a canning line in operation and take home your own can with a special treat inside.
Day 6 – Haines, Alaska
Framed by mountains, Haines was home to the Chilkat Tlingit people for centuries before Europeans arrived in the late 1800s, followed by Gold Rush settlers. Now known for its artist community, Haines remains a small Alaskan town full of colorful stories and hidden surprises.
Included Activity: Fort Seward & Town Package
Discover Fort Seward and the town of Haines at your leisure. Guides will be stationed at strategic points to present you with the history and culture. Wander around with a map of the fort that highlights such interesting sites as the old barracks building, salmon smokehouse, Alaska Indian Arts, the old hospital building, Officers Row and the fire station.
Day 7 – Tracy Arm Fjord & Endicott Arms Fjord (scenic cruising)
True gems of Southeast Alaska, the Tracy and Endicott Arm fjords feature lush greenery and steep valleys as well as intricately shaped icebergs bobbing in the water, calved from the radiant blue glaciers at the end of the fjords. These fjords are also home to mountain goats and harbor seals.
Day 8 – Juneau, Alaska
The voyage ends in the remote capital city of Juneau, the only state capital that can only be reached by plane or boat. Take your time to explore this Gold Rush town before heading home.
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