Alaska and British Columbia - Wilderness, Glaciers and Culture (Southbound) 2022
About North Vancouver, British Columbia
- Scenic bus ride from Anchorage to Seward with stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
- Explore Alaska’s wild landscapes, such as Misty Fjords, College Fjord, and Icy Bay
- Learn native and early settler history in frontier towns Wrangell, Sitka, and Alert Bay
- A chance to see Alaskan wildlife, such as the bald eagle and brown and black bears
- One night in Anchorage, including breakfast at the start of your voyage
- Transfer from hotel to Seward with a stop at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center including admission fee, English-speaking guide, and a packed lunch
- Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
- À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
- Complimentary tea and coffee
- Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
- Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations onboard
- English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities onboard and ashore
- Range of included excursions
- Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
- Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
- Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with live scientific research
- Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
- Use of the ship’s hot tubs, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
- Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come
- Escorted landings with small expedition boats
- Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
- Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
- Expedition photographers help with your camera settings before landings
- International flights
- Travel protection plan
- Luggage handling
- Optional shore excursions with our local partners
- Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
- Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area
- All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
- Excursions and activities are subject to change
- Please check visa requirements for the US and Canada
- No gratuities expected
Alaska’s Largest City - Anchorage
Arrive in Anchorage where you’ll spend the night at a hotel. This city is one of the only places in Alaska with all the modern fixtures of American life - numerous shopping malls, gourmet restaurants and art centers. Extend your stay with an optional Pre-Program.
Alaska Scenery and wildlife, Start of the Expedition - Seward, Alaska
In the morning, transfer through amazing scenery to Seward. Along the way visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Surrounded by mountains and glaciers, this sanctuary in Portage Valley is dedicated to preserving Alaska´s wildlife and rehabilitate orphaned or insured animals. You can view bears, bison, moose, caribou, elk, eagles, owls, musk oxen and a variety of birds.
Seward, largely a fishing town, welcomes visitors with a beautiful coastal setting. MS Roald Amundsen awaits your embarkation at the harbor.
Ivy League Glaciers - College Fjord
We spend the day in the northern sector of Prince William Sound exploring College Fjord surrounded by the snow-capped Chugach Mountains. The area is home to five magnificent tidewater glaciers and a dozen smaller ones, most named after famous Ivy League colleges.
Tidal Glaciers - Icy Bay
Icy Bay lives up to its name. Located in Prince William Sound, the spectacular scenery here has formed during the past 100 years with the retreat of three prominent glaciers, which still feed ice into the bay. Our aim is to explore Guyot Glacier. The day’s weather and glacier ice conditions will determine which areas we can visit.
Wilderness Exploration - William Henry Bay, Alaska
In the morning, the ship passes through Point Adolphus, a renowned whale watching area. We then head ashore with our expedition boats and explore this anchorage with local guides. Nestled against the Chilkat mountain range, the wilderness here features old growth forest, and is home to brown and black bears, wolves, moose, and Sitka black-tailed deer.
Art in the Wilderness - Haines, Alaska
Framed by mountains, Haines was the home of the Chilkat Tlingit people for centuries, before Europeans arrived in the late 19th century, followed by gold rush settlers. Known in modern times for its community of artists, Haines remains at heart a small Alaskan town on the edge of wilderness.
From Rainforests to Glaciers - Tracy / Endicott Arm Fjords, Alaska
True gems of Southeast Alaska, the Tracy and Endicott Arm fjords feature lush Alaskan greenery on towering cliff sides as well intricate icebergs in the water and rugged, radiant-blue glaciers at the end of the fjords. The region is also home to mountain goats and harbor seals. If sea conditions are right, we’ll explore the area aboard our small expedition boats or kayaks.
Sitka, Blended Cultures - Sitka, Alaska
Sitka enjoys views of the Sisters Mountains and of Mount Edgecumbe, a dormant volcano. The former capital of Alaska when it belonged to Russia, this historic town is now a blend of cultures. Wander around the Russian Orthodox St. Michael’s Cathedral, or visit nearby Stika National Historical Park, which has many ornate Tinglit totem poles on display.
Little Norway in Alaska - Petersburg, Alaska
Nicknamed “A little Norway,” rarely-visited Petersburg is a thriving fishing village with a strong Norwegian heritage, scenery that will take your breath away and an abundance of marine life all around. Proud of their Scandinavian roots, local residents even celebrate Norwegian holidays, and the heart of the community is the “Sons of Norway Hall.”
Soul of Alaska - Wrangell, Alaska
One of the oldest island towns in Alaska, Wrangell has been governed by four different nations – Tlingit, Russian, British and the United States. Numerous petroglyphs on the beach and moss-covered totem poles showcase the distant past of this area. Outside of the main cruise ship routes, Wrangell remains a simple fishing town.
Unspoiled Wilderness - Misty Fjords National Monument
Misty Fjords National Monument is a realm of thick evergreen rainforests, granite cliffs adorned by strings of waterfalls, mountain rivers and wetlands along the coast, often with milky fog filling the bays and coves.
Weather permitting, you will explore the area in our small expedition boats or kayaks.
Cruising the Canadian Inside Passage - BC Inside Passage
Sailing south, we journey through the Inside Passage, admiring places like Grenville Channel and Princess Royal Channel. Enjoy exceptional views of tranquil fjords and mountains covered in evergreen forests. Unlike other cruise ships that normally pass through the area at night, you’ll be able to see this sublime summer scenery during the day.
First Nations – Keepers of the Inside Passage - Alert Bay, British Colombia
Alert Bay´s Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations community is based in this scenic village at the northern tip of Vancouver Island. Enjoy the elaborate totem poles, paintings, carvings and ceremonial masks in the local museum. We will search for wildlife in the nearby islands.
Vibrant Vancouver - Vancouver
Our voyage ends in vibrant Vancouver, which boasts waterfront parks, nearby mountains, multitudes of cafés, shops, galleries, museums, and a diversity of cultural neighborhoods to explore. Add an optional extra night and join us on a full-day excursion to Whistler.