Alaska's Gold Rush Legacy

Alaska Cruise

  • S.S. Legacy
  • Scenic Exploration
  • 88 Capacity
  • 12 Days
  • 2014 View Departure>
    • 2014
    • Jun 11 Wed Offer
    • Aug 17 Sun Offer
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  • $6,095

Summary : View glaciers and wildlife in Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. Discover Tlingit culture at Chief Shakes Tribal House and hand-carved totems in Wrangell. Embrace Sitka’s Russian heritage with guided tours to Castle Hill, St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and Sitka National Historic Park, and visit the Alaska Raptor Center. Enjoy a Petersburg walking tour exploring its Scandinavian heritage. Ride in a 1920s-era street car and the White Pass & Yukon Route railway in Skagway. Witness history unveiled at Haines’ Fort William Seward and Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center. Immerse yourself in Living History presentations from your onboard legacy guides and guest experts while you cruise port-to-port through scenic waterways aboard a replica turn-of-the-century coastal steamer.

Activities : Birding, Culture

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Itinerary
Day 1
Seattle, Washington

Sailing from Seattle’s Fishermen's Terminal, transit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and cruise along Seattle’s picturesque waterfront. Settle into the rhythm of the Salish Sea and begin your journey of discovery along the path of the Gold Rush.

Day 2
Friday Harbor, Washington

Enjoy idyllic Friday Harbor with its maritime history, art galleries, and a fascinating Whale Museum. Stop by the local ice-cream shop and indulge while you watch the ferries come and go. Listen to live music in the park while float planes take off and land in the harbor.

Day 3
Strait of Georgia / Johnstone Strait

Nestled between Vancouver Island and the mountainous mainland of British Columbia, the Strait of Georgia’s islands, fjords, and intricate waterways unfold before you. Sail north into Johnstone Strait—summer home to approximately 150 orca whales. Onboard Living History presentations unlock the storied-past of these wild shorelines.

Day 4
Canada’s Inside Passage

Quiet reaches, whale watching, yoga on the deck, and engaging presentations fill your day in a landscape of glacially carved fjords and temperate rainforest. Pass by the Great Bear Rainforest and keep a watchful eye for the Kermode “spirit” bear, easily recognized by its white fur. Cruise past the ghost town of Butedale—founded in 1918 as a fishing, mining, and logging camp—before crossing the US/Canada border into Alaska.

Day 5
Ketchikan, Alaska

Timing and tides deliver today’s scenic wonders before arriving in Ketchikan, “salmon capital of the world,” where it’s all ashore for a historic tour focused on Ketchikan’s local Tlingit culture. Discover the exceptional art forms of intricately carved totems, enjoy masterful storytelling with a local Tlingit guide, and don’t miss Dolly’s House in the former red light district of Creek Street.

Day 6
Wrangell, Alaska

Established as a fur trading center by the Russians in the early 1800s, Wrangell is the only Alaskan town ever governed by four nations. During the 1800s, it held a strategic location for Gold Rush prospectors and served as the launch point for pioneering conservationist John Muir’s famous glacier expedition. An included tour features the newly renovated Chief Shakes Clan House. This afternoon, transit the once treacherous (in the pre-technology age) Wrangell Narrows, a 22-mile winding, snake-like channel—dubbed “Christmas Tree Lane” for its abundant red and green navigational lights. Along the way, watch the shore for Sitka black-tailed deer, black bears, and seabirds.

Day 7
Petersburg / Frederick Sound / Chatham Strait

Founded over 100 years ago, Petersburg was nicknamed “Little Norway” due to its large Scandinavian population. An included city tour reveals the impact fishing had on this tiny Alaskan village, and afterwards, you’ll have time on your own. Whale watching in the nutrient-rich waters of Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait highlight your afternoon. Seals and sea lions frequent the shores around Turnabout and The Brothers Islands and the Five Fingers Lighthouse.

Day 8
Sergius Narrows / Sitka

Amidst the Tongass National Forest, you’ll navigate through Sergius Narrows, the “inside route”—once plied by Russian sea otter hunters—to Sitka. Russian American and Tlingit history come to life in Sitka—Southeast Alaska’s oldest non-Native settlement. Uncover its past and present on an included tour to the Alaska Raptor Center, historic Castle Hill, St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and Sitka National Historical Park—Alaska’s oldest federally designated park.

Day 9
Chichagof Island / Icy Strait

Leave it to your Captain to uncover the best opportunities for today’s wilderness adventure. As your ship cruises along the shore at Chichagof Island and through the northern whale waters of Icy Strait, keep watch for the gentle humpbacks. Feasting on krill. Breaching. Giving you the fluke.

Day 10
Glacier Bay National Park

First established as a National Monument in 1925, Glacier Bay holds the status of National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. Glaciers unfold front and center today and there are many to choose from—Margerie, Grand Pacific, Johns Hopkins, or Lamplugh. Cruise by Marble Islands and witness Steller sea lions barking on the rocky haulout. Seabirds also flock to the area—murrelets, puffins, and black-legged kittiwakes are frequent residents. The 15,000-foot peaks of the Fairweather Range drape the skyline. This evening, set sail toward the Lynn Canal, North America’s deepest fjord.

Day 11
Haines / Skagway

Haines—home to the world's largest autumnal congregation of bald eagles—thrived for years as an integral trade center to the Chilkat band of Tlingit natives, famous for their intricately designed blankets woven with mountain goat hair and cedar bark. A tour at Fort William H. Seward and Sheldon Museum & Cultural Center shares the history and significance of this notable landmark. In Skagway, gateway to the Chilkoot Trail and one of the original routes of the Klondike Gold Rush, wooden boardwalks line the outer edges of the town’s historic buildings where tales of betrayal, fortune, and mystery come alive. An included White Pass and Yukon Route narrow gauge railway tour carries you 3,000 feet up and around cliff-hanging turns for a stunning panorama of glaciers, mountains, and gorges, and waterfalls. Join the Captain for a toast at tonight’s Farewell Dinner and relive your journey with a memorable presentation by your Legacy Leader.

Day 12
Juneau, Alaska

Bid adieu to your newfound friends and crew. Disembark after breakfast for your transfer to the Juneau airport.

Notes

Due to the nature of explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

Reverse Itinerary: 8/17/2014 (Juneau to Seattle)

Included:
Exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airports/boat; all meals aboard the yacht; fine wine, premium spirits and microbrews; one complimentary massage; yoga classes and sauna; port taxes and fees; entry fees to national parks/preserves.

Not Included:
Airfare to and from your home city; super-premium alcohol; discretionary gratuities to vessel's crew, typically 5-10% of fare; travel insurance; personal expenses; optional excursions and land tours; fuel surcharge may apply.