- National Geographic
Sea Lion/Sea Bird
- Expedition Ship
- 62 Capacity
- 15 Days
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Summary : Embark on a 15-day adventure between Sitka, Alaska and Seattle, Washington exploring three of the most appealing wild regions in the Pacific Northwest: Alaska’s Inside Passage, coastal British Columbia, and Haida Gwaii. Sail into mist-shrouded fjords and past crashing glaciers, see brown bears stalking shores, and eagles flying. And in Haida Gwaii you’ll meet artisans and experience the resonance of their cultural heritage and artwork. With special access to Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site, you’ll see ancient village sites, and the endemic species that make Haida Gwaii the “Canadian Galápagos.”
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography
$9,990 to $12,650
Arrive in Seattle this afternoon and board your ship.
Search for orca whales and other wildlife as you kayak around forested islands and enjoy the beauty of the Gulf Islands.
At the community of Alert Bay, visit the U’Mista Cultural Center, where you’ll watch traditional First Nations performances and learn from the Kwakwaka’wakw people. Visit Johnstone Strait, one of the foremost viewing areas for orcas in the Northern Hemisphere.
Head southward along the untouched coastline looking for whales, dolphins, bears, deer and other wildlife. Go ashore to explore or kayak the many bays and inlets.
With a shared respect for the natural world, explore the islands of Haida Gwaii. Two Haida Interpreters will join you, first visiting the Haida Heritage Center at K’aay Linagaay to learn about the incredible history of the Haida people and the meaning behind their renowned artwork. In the ancestral town of Old Massett, join in a traditional dance performance and feast, and meet community members and Haida artists. Over the next two days, explore the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site. See the ancient totems at SGang Gwaay (Ninstints) or K'una (Skedans). Kayak and take Zodiacs around the incredibly biodiverse islands where black bears are the largest in the world and endemic species thrive.
Cruise past glacially-carved cliffs and kayak in the stillness of Misty Fiord’s forested backwaters.
Join naturalists on deck and search for orcas, humpback whales, and Steller sea lions. Go ashore for a walk along a quiet forest trail and in the fishing village of Petersburg, known as “Alaska’s Little Norway”. Explore with optional flightseeing or a bicycle ride. Enjoy a crab feast this evening.
Voyage into Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular fjords, with waterfalls cascading from glacially carved walls. See the soaring Dawes or South Sawyer Glacier up close and take a Zodiac cruise for an unbeatable view of sculpted icebergs.
Visit Mendenhall Glacier with your naturalists and observe the ever-changing, ice-carved valley up close.
Via special park permit, spend the entire day among the enormous glaciers and expansive wilderness. Listen as the quiet stillness of the area is broken by the thunder of tons of ice calving into the sea. Search for Steller sea lions, puffins and mountain goats. A native Tlingit interpreter joins you to share the lore and legend of the area.
Kayak and hike among forested islands on your final exploration of southeast Alaska
Visit Saint Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral with its picturesque spire and meet eagles up close at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center before transferring to the airport for flights to Seattle.
This cruise may also operate on the Sea Lion, sister ship to the Sea Bird.
Reverse Itinerary (Sitka to Seattle): 9/6/2014, 9/7/2014
Photo Expeditions: 9/6/2014, 9/7/2014
These departures are Photo Expeditions, with a National Geographic photographer on board providing the opportunity to shoot with and learn from the best.
9/6/2014: Flip Nicklin
9/7/2014: Michael Melford
Nation Geographic Experts On Board:
5/4/2014: Join conservationist and expert on indigenous communities of the Pacific Northwest Jon Waterhouse.
Accommodations aboard ship; all meals; all shore excursions and sightseeing; use of kayaking equipment; entrance fees; group transfers as indicated in itinerary; gratuities (except to ship’s crew), taxes and service charges; services of natural history staff.
Airfare; optional extensions; individual transfers; baggage/accident/cancellation insurance; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, emails, etc.; gratuities to ship’s crew at your discretion; fuel surcharge may apply.