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Ultimate Alaska & Inside Passage

Alaska Cruise Information

Summary : Embark on a luxury expedition through the abundant wildlife areas and glacial fjords of Southeast Alaska. From towering virgin forests to the thunderous calving of glaciers and the impressive breach of humpback whales, Alaska's wild and rugged beauty is nature at its finest. Stroll the plank catwalks of Ketchikan’s quirky Creek Street and marvel at the colorful, Russian-costumed New Archangel Dancers in Sitka. 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. Glide up close to Misty Fjords’ glittering waterfalls in a Zodiac, and paddle a kayak on a wildlife-spotting expedition in tranquil Tracy Arm.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography

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Itinerary
Day 1
Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Your journey starts in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Depart Vancouver in the early evening at 5 p.m.

Day 2
Queen Charlotte Sound

This morning you will sail through Queen Charlotte Sound on your way to Alaska. Queen Charlotte Sound separates Vancouver Island in the south and Haida Gwaii in the north.

Day 3
Ketchikan, Alaska

This morning you will call in Ketchikan, Alaska. Enjoy the day in this authentic Alaskan city. Stroll the plank catwalks of quirky Creek Street and experience native Alaskan culture – Ketchikan boosts the world's largest collection of totem poles!

Board the ship again at 3 p.m. for your cruise through Clarence Strait. 126 miles long, Clarence Strait separates Prince of Wales Island, on the west side, from Revillagigedo Island and Annette Island, to the east.

Day 4
Sitka, Alaska

Today you will call in Sitka, Alaska. Located on Baranof Island and the south half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean, Sitka offers a wealth of outdoor opportunities, and is a base for Tongass National Forest exploration.

Day 5
Inian Islands, Alaska

This morning you will visit the Inian Islands. Explore the islands by kayak or Zodiac. Please Note: Excursions are available at an additional cost. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Spend the afternoon at Icy Strait Point. Icy Strait offers pretty woodland walks, an insight into Tlingit history and culture, a wide range of back-to-nature adventures and high-quality restaurants. Upmarket craft shops feature artisan crafts and locally made goods.

Day 6
Juneau, Alaska

Today you will call in Juneau, Alaska. Take advantage of optional activities including a hike to Mendenhall Glacier or on Perseverance Trail with a guide well-versed in Alaskan history. Or opt to join a whale watching and photography expedition.

Day 7
Tracy Arm & Endicott Arm, Alaska

Today you will experience the breathtaking beauty of Tracy and Endicott Arms. Tracy Arm is home to the twin Sawyer Glaciers. Wildlife in the area includes brown bears, deer, wolves, harbor seals, and a variety of birds like Arctic terns. Visit Endicott Arm to behold Dawes Glacier.

Day 8
Wrangell, Alaska

Today you will call in Wrangell, Alaska. Optional excursions include: Anan Creek Exclusive Bear Viewing and Photography, Rainbow Falls Adventure Hike, Kayak Exploration of Crittenden Creek, or Rainbow Falls Zodiac and Hike.

Day 9
Misty Fjords, Alaska

Cruise onward through the Behm Narrows and Misty Fjords, before arriving in Rudyerd Bay, Alaska. The most remote part of Misty Fjords National Monument awaits you. This is the territory that explorer John Muir classed among the most beautiful places he had ever seen. Enjoy optional excursions including a kayaking tour of Misty Fjords, or a flightseeing and Zodiac exploration of the area.

Day 10
Prince Rupert, B.C., Canada

Spend the day in Prince Rupert, B.C. Prince Rupert is a central point on the Inside Passage. The port city is a starting point for many wildlife viewing trips including whales, eagles, salmon and grizzly bears.

Day 11
Klemtu, B.C., Canada

Today you will arrive in Klemtu, Alaska. Enjoy optional excursions including a coastal kayak exploration, searching for Canada's elusive 'spirit bear' with a certified bear specialist and photography expert, or a Zodiac tour of Jackson Pass.

Day 12
Alert Bay, Canada

Today you will call in Alert Bay, British Columbia. Enjoy optional excursions to Commorant Marine Park by kayak or Zodiac. Commorant Marine Park boasts the distinction of being core habitat for the northern resident population of Orca whales. It is one of the best places in the world to see these magnificent creatures in their natural environment.

Day 13
Vancouver, B.C., Canada

This morning you will arrive in Vancouver, B.C., where you will disembark at 7 a.m.

Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions, and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Shore Excursions:
Excursions including hiking, kayaking, photography, and Zodiac cruising are available at most ports. Excursions have limited availability and pre-booking is recommended when possible. Suggested rates are per person, per excursion and are subject to change without notice. Additional excursions may be booked once onboard the ship. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Included:
Cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; in-suite bar and refrigerator stocked with your preferences; complimentary fine wines at lunch and dinner; open bars throughout the ship; gratuities (neither required nor expected); onboard meals at all dining venues; onboard entertainment; fine wines and spirits (bar expenses for select vintage wine and spirits are additional). Penthouse Spa Suites (PS) include complimentary full-day access to onboard spa; in-suite spa amenities, spa concierge service, spacious bath with full tub and shower; second in-suite bar stocked with water, juices, and healthy snacks; option of in-suite dining served course by course; and soap by Hermès, L’Occitane, Baudelaire and Salvatore Ferragamo. Premium suites (OW - GR) include an invitation from the Master for a bridge visit when the ship is in port; a personal visit from the Hotel Manager; fresh orchids or potpourri in suite; a large basket of succulent tropical fruit; complimentary WiFi/Internet service; a large bouquet of fresh flowers; an in-suite espresso machine with a variety of coffee; complimentary private car transfers between airport and ship; and an exercise kit containing workout gear (available upon request). Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; passport and visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable; airport taxes; any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned; telephone and Internet charges; medical services; spa charges; beverages other than those mentioned; laundry services, hair salon; personal expenses, onboard medical consultations and drug prescriptions; cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s); gratuities for local shore excursions; fuel surcharge may apply. Optional shore excursions – please inquire with ExpeditionTrips for booking information.

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