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Ultimate Alaskan Sojourn

Ultimate Alaskan Sojourn

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Duration: 11 Days/10 Nights

Coverage: Vancouver, BC, Canada to Seward/Anchorage, Alaska' Reverse

From: $3,999

Season: June - August

Activities: Wildlife viewing, Cultural tours

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On Seabourn, you’ll experience all the iconic wonders of Alaska: the towering virgin forests along the Inside Passage, the thunderous calving of glaciers and impressive humpback whales breaching in the Kenai Fjords.

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You’ll stroll the plank catwalks of Ketchikan’s quirky Creek Street and marvel at the colorful, Russian-costumed New Archangel Dancers in Sitka. But with Seabourn, you’ll also step ashore in tiny Klemtu, British Columbia, where the Kitasoo and Xai'xais townspeople greet you face to face, proudly display their ceremonial finery and familiarize you with a heritage thousands of years old. You’ll glide up close to Misty Fjords’ glittering waterfalls in a Zodiac, and paddle a kayak on a wildlife-spotting expedition in tranquil Tracy Arm. This is the Seabourn Difference, a uniquely human-scale experience that transforms your personal voyage into an unforgettable adventure in Seabourn’s Ultimate Alaska.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart Vancouver, B.C., CA - Transit the Seymour Narrows

Seabourn’s Alaska cruises begin or end in the handsome city of Vancouver, sailing under the graceful Lion’s Gate Bridge into the scenic harbor backed by snow-capped mountains. Vancouver’s well-maintained parks, attractive architecture, many fine museums and galleries, excellent hotels and a thriving restaurant and nightlife culture make it an appealing place to linger before or after your Alaskan cruise adventure.

Day 2 - Cruising the Queen Charlotte Sound

Day 3 - Ketchikan, Alaska, US

The southeastern-most town in Alaska is also arguably its most colorful. Ketchikan’s early history is forever tied to the rollicking brothels lining the raised wooden catwalks that snake along Creek Street. Here a pioneering population of enterprising women provided rest and recreation for the predominantly male workforce powering the timber and fishing industries of the Southeast. Founded in 1885, the town is the state’s oldest continuously governed municipality, having been incorporated in 1900. But Ketchikan also celebrates its earlier heritage. The city is a treasury of Native American culture, with the largest collection of Native totem poles in the world. The Totem Bight State Park, Potlatch Park, Saxman native village and the Totem Heritage Center display both originals and reproductions created over the years by carvers trained in the traditional symbolism and craft. A restored salmon cannery shows how the city became the Salmon Capital of the World, and a visit to a hatchery reveals contemporary efforts to ensure the continuation of this vital resource. Tours of the nearby Misty Fjords National Monument are available by air or sea, and sport fishing is also popular with visitors. A visit to the Native American village of Metlakatla on Annette Island provides an in-depth look at the local Tsimshian and Haida-Tlingit cultures both past and present.

Day 4 - Scenic cruising Misty Fjords

Misty Fjords National Monument, affectionately known locally as “The Mistys,” is a tract of over two million acres of spectacular wilderness located on the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska. Compared geologically to California’s Yosemite Valley by John Muir, it is serrated by numberless glacial fjords; steep valleys cut by flowing ice through the granite rock in ages past. Today these are flooded by the ocean waters into narrow canals up to a thousand feet deep, between peaks and walls towering 2000 to 3000 feet above the surface. Their slopes are densely covered by ancient rain forests of majestic hemlock, Sitka spruce and western red cedar trees. The cliffs are tinseled with innumerable silvery waterfalls plummeting from the heights to ripple the mirrored channel below. The area is abundantly populated with wildlife including grizzly and black bears, whales, mountain goats and deer. Your ship will slowly thread the 100-mile Behm Canal to scenic Rudyerd Bay, from where optional guided Zodiac excursions will be launched from the ship’s Marina, for viewing the scenery and wildlife up close from sea level. Throughout the day, the members of your expedition team will be on deck, offering Swarovski binoculars for viewing and pointing out highlights as they appear.

Day 5 - Wrangell, Alaska, US - Scenic cruising Sumner Strait - Transit Decision Passage

Likely the earliest European community on America’s northwest coast, the town was located on Wrangell Island in Alaska’s Inside Passage. Its location at the mouth of the Stikine River was important for millennia to the Tlingit people of the region for trade with the interior. The Russian Baron Ferdinand Wrangel built his Fort St. Dionysius adjacent to an existing Tlingit fortress in 1811, attracted by the abundant otter, seal and beaver populations. In 1839, the fort was leased to the British Hudson’s Bay Company, which renamed it Fort Stikine. Initial Tlingit resistance to the British appropriation of the Stikine River trade route was stifled by catastrophic smallpox epidemics among the natives. But within a decade the Company managed to decimate the fur resource. Fishing and timber remained important to the local economy, as they do today. But the fortunes of Wrangell were transformed by its strategic location on the routes of the Klondike Gold Rushes. The Stikine River was the earliest route of prospectors into the Klondike goldfields, and the town remained an important staging area for successive waves of miners en route northward. The whole history of the town is wonderfully presented in the small but impressive Wrangell Museum. Visitors are thrilled by close encounters with black and brown bears at the nearby Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory. They also are enchanted by the prehistoric artworks at Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park, and the colorful reproductions of Tlingit cultural icons at the Chief Shakes House and Totem Park.

Day 6 - Sitka, Alaska, US

Alaska’s first capital had been an active village of native Tlingit people for over 10,000 years when the Russian Alexander Baranov arrived by sea in 1799 and established his Fort Archangel Michael. His presumption as the Tsar-appointed Governor of Russian America evidently aggravated the Tlingits to the extent that in 1802 they stormed the fort and decimated the Russian population, taking a number captive and forcing the others to flee. Baranov returned two years later with a military force and re-established the community which he renamed New Archangel. It served as the capital of Russian America until the purchase of Alaska in 1867. The reminders of its Russian heritage are everywhere in Sitka, and the city contains 22 buildings that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Among the most recognizable are the copper-domed St. Michael’s Cathedral, the Pioneer Home and the Russian Bishop’s House. It was here that the contract of sale was signed that ended Russia’s American adventure and transferred the Alaska territory to the United States. Ironically, Sitka saw the first Native Alaska Brotherhood formed here in 1912 to oppose race discrimination against native people, and the Native Brotherhood Hall was built in 1914. Favorite sights for visitors include traditional Russian performances by the New Archangel Dancers and visits to the fascinating Alaska Raptor Center. Sport fishing for salmon and halibut are also popular, as are various activities in the nearby Tongass rainforest including fly-in hikes and jet-boat tours to view wildlife in the surrounding waters.

Day 7 - Scenic cruising Tracy Arm & Endicott Arm

Day 8 - Seduction Point - Haines, Alaska, US

The location of Haines was important to the Chilkat band of the Tlingit people because a pass allowed them to portage their canoes across the peninsula, saving 20 miles of paddling. The first European party, from the North West Trading Company, arrived in 1880. A year later a Christian mission was established, and in 1884 it was named the Haines mission in honor of its benefactor. The town, with its access to the Chilkat River trail into the Klondike interior, was a bustling staging area for the 1898-99 Gold Rush, until completion of the White Pass & Yukon Railway in neighboring Skagway in 1900 eclipsed its importance to the hordes of prospectors. Sites of interest to visitors at Haines include Fort William Seward, a National Historic Landmark and the only United States Army base in Alaska until World War II. The Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve also attracts visitors to view gatherings of these iconic predators during the season.

A short ferry ride away is Skagway, one of the most popular cruise ports in Alaska. Its historic downtown preserves many buildings from the colorful past, when the population swelled to as high as 30,000 as prospectors geared up to challenge the Chilkoot Trail or the White Pass Route to the Klondike goldfields, or returned to squander their earnings in the brothels, saloons and boarding houses of Skagway. A ride on the narrow gauge White Pass & Yukon scenic railway is a must for most visitors, and may be combined with gold-panning excursions to Dyea or Liarsville, trips on the town’s historic national parks motor coaches, hiking or biking adventures or a spell of rip-roaring revelry in the Red Onion Saloon. Other Alaska experiences such as helicopter flightseeing, dog-mushing, and fishing are also available, and shops offer crafts, clothing and artworks by local artisans.

Day 9 - Juneau, Alaska, US

Alaska’s capital is inaccessible by road, due to the rugged surrounding terrain. Set beside the deep Gastineau Channel in the state’s Southeastern panhandle, it was founded as a mining camp by Joe Juneau in 1880, and was the first Alaskan town officially established after the purchase of the territory by the United States. It was designated as the capital in 1906, after its important mining and fishing industries eclipsed the waning whaling and fur trades at the former capital Sitka. Today seasonal tourism is its second most important enterprise, after only government administration. The town receives visitors with colorful floral displays in summer, and offers an impressive range of options for experiencing its heritage and the bounty of natural attractions near by. In the mountains back of town, the huge Juneau Icefield spawns no fewer than 30 glaciers, including the mighty Mendenhall Glacier, the only glacier within a city’s limits. Juneau’s extensive limits enfold over 3,200 square miles, making the borough larger than the U.S. states of Rhode Island or Delaware. It is also the only state capital that shares a border with a foreign country (Canada). Popular adventures for visitors include flight tours by seaplane or helicopter, many including landing on glaciers; whale-watching and wildlife viewing excursions by boat; sport fishing for salmon or huge Alaskan halibut; dogsled mushing and panning for gold in sites such as Gold Creek. Hiking tours visit the Tongass National Forest, and there is also a breathtaking mountain tramway at Mt. Roberts.

Day 10 - Inian Islands - Icy Strait Point, Alaska, US

Icy Strait Point is a unique community on Chichagof Island near the entry to Glacier Bay National Park. It was created and is owned by a corporation of over 1300 Native Americans of various local Tlingit tribes, for the purpose of offering visitors an enjoyable, educational experience of Alaska’s native cultures, as well as the human and natural history of the region. Your tender will dock at the historic 1912 salmon canning facility, which today is a museum. The surrounding grounds offer cultural performances, Native American-owned shops and galleries, restaurants and a variety of tours and excursions for every interest from sport fishing to whale watching, guided nature walks and excursions to view bears and other wildlife, ATV tours and even a zipline adventure that is said to be the longest (over a mile) and highest (over 1330 feet of drop) in North America. The small village of Hoonah is just over a mile away, and can be reached either by walking or on a shuttle. It also has shops and eateries, as well as a totem-carving enterprise run by the corporation. The Huna Totem Corporation maintains complete control of the content and access to the community, which has won a number of prestigious awards for its sustainable approach to exploiting the natural and historical heritage of Alaska and its native peoples for their benefit.

Day 11 - At Sea

Day 12 - Seward (Anchorage), Alaska, US

At the head of Resurrection Bay, the small but important port town of Seward is the terminus for the Alaska Railway, and the start of the Seward Highway, both of which connect the port with the city of anchorage. By far the largest city in Alaska, Anchorage is spectacularly set on a peninsula between Knik Arm and Turnagain Arm at the head of the Cook Inlet. The city, which is home to fully 40 percent of the state’s population, is set against a backdrop of the snowcapped Chugach ranges. It is one of the only municipalities in Alaska that was never a mining or fishing town. It is also seasonally the staging area for the Alaska cruise industry and its auxiliary land-based tourism and hospitality businesses catering to visitors exploring the interior attractions of Alaska and Canada such as Denali National Park and the Klondike region by motor coach and rail.

Dates & Rates

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Jul 12, 2018 $4,499 $4,799 $4,499 $4,999 $5,599 $4,999 $5,599 $6,199 $6,799 $11,499
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Aug 31, 2018 $3,999 $4,299 $3,999 $4,499 $5,099 $4,499 $5,099 $5,699 $6,299 $8,499 $13,499 $21,999
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Seabourn Sojourn

Seabourn Sojourn

Seabourn Sojourn enchants her guests with an array of public areas scaled to encourage a relaxed sociability. One of the most unusual features of Seabourn Sojourn is Seabourn Square, an ingenious “living room” that replaces the traditional cruise ship lobby with a welcoming lounge filled with easy chairs, sofas and cocktail tables. An enclave in its center houses knowledgeable concierges discreetly seated at individual desks, ready to handle all sorts of business or give advice and information.

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