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14-Day Alaska Glaciers, Fjords & Inside Passage

 
 
14-Day Alaska Glaciers, Fjords & Inside Passage
Starting from $7,299*

Vancouver, B.C., CA to Vancouver, B.C., CA


Ship: Seabourn Sojourn


Departure Date :

Jun 12 2020 | Jul 17 2020 | Jul 31 2020 | Aug 14 2020 | Sep 18 2020

Optional tours are available from most ports for an additional charge.

 

Itinerary

 
Day Vancouver, BC, Canada
Departs 05:00 PM
Vancouver’s location at the mouth of the Fraser River and on the waterways of the Strait of Georgia, Howe Sound, Burrard Inlet and all their tributaries makes this busy seaport an easy place for meeting. It is one of Canada’s most populated, most ethnically diverse cities that is a popular filming location. Visit the interesting neighborhoods of Gastown, Granville Island and Chinatown. Walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge and stroll through Stanley Park. See the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Museum of Anthropology. There is an amazing variety of things to see and do here.
Vancouver, BC, Canada
 
 
Day Cruising the Queen Charlotte Sound
Cruising Only
Cruising the Queen Charlotte Sound
 
 
Day Ketchikan, Alaska, US / Transit Snow Pass / Transit Decision Passage
Arrives 07:00 AM Departs 03:00 PM / Cruising / Cruising
Ketchikan is a picturesque coastal town with a colorful frontier history, standing at the southern entrance to Alaska's famed Inside Passage. It began as a salmon cannery in 1885, built by company employee Mike Martin at the mouth of Ketchikan Creek. Once dubbed the 'Canned Salmon Capital of the World,’ today government, commercial fishing, and tourism are its main industries. The renowned Creek Street, perched on stilts along the mouth of the creek, would bring lasting infamy to the area for the red-light district that burgeoned there during the Gold Rush.

Transit Snow Pass

In the passage between Sumner Strait and Clarence Strait in Southeast Alaska’s Alexander Archipelago, midway between Price of Wales Island on the west and Zarembo Island on the east, is a small cluster of islands with a picturesque passageway between them called Snow Pass. It makes a scenic up-close route for your Seabourn ship during the transit.

Transit Decision Passage

Decision Passage is the western end of the Sumner Strait, which runs through the Alexander Archipelago into the Pacific Ocean in Southeastern Alaska, bounded on the north by Kuiu Island and Cape Decision, the location of a 1932 lighthouse. This is the route your ship takes when coming from or going to the colorful historic community of Sitka on the west coast of Baranof Island, which was originally the Russian fortress town of New Archangel.
Ketchikan, Alaska, US / Transit Snow Pass / Transit Decision Passage
 
 
Day Sitka, Alaska
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM
Sitka is one of the oldest and most culturally significant communities in Alaska, filled with rich Tlingit, Russian, and early American settler history. Sitka is famous for its spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, the copper-domed St. Michael’s Cathedral, the Pioneer Home and the Russian Bishop’s House. It contains 22 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is where the contract of sale was signed transferring Alaska from Russia to the United States.
Sitka, Alaska
 
 
Day Cruising Yakutat Bay / Hubbard Glacier
Cruising / Arrives 10:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM
Yakutat Bay is 18 miles wide at its entry, and cuts from the Gulf of Alaska into Disenchantment Bay, the entryway to the huge Hubbard Glacier, North America’s largest tidewater glacier. As the bay narrows and the shorelines draw closer, the 400-foot face of the glacier exerts a luminous, ghostly presence, often from as much as 30 miles away. More and more floating ice dimples the surface of the water, and seals bob up and disappear again. The chilled air from the glacier flows in a downdraft of cold that gives rise to mists and gray clouds, through which the vivid blue of the ice wall shimmers. It is an impressive sight of nature’s immense raw workplace, shaping the earth itself as part of an endless cycle of water from the sea evaporating to the sky, falling as snow on the heights and inching over centuries back again to the sea.

Hubbard Glacier

The Hubbard Glacier is the largest, and one of the most spectacular tidewater glaciers in North America. Its ice cliffs, some 400’ (121 m) tall, calve icebergs into the fjord, which may frequently be larger than a five-story building. The glacier’s surface is creased and contorted, resembling the wrinkled skin of a giant elephant. Records show it has been growing in thickness and advancing since 1895. This stands in stark contrast to other glaciers around the world, most of which have been receding during the past century. In 2002, the glacier blocked Russell Fjord for two and a half months, raising water levels 61’ (18 m) and threatening local communities with flooding.
Cruising Yakutat Bay / Hubbard Glacier
 
 
Day Inian Islands, Alaska, US / Icy Strait Point, Alaska, US
Arrives 04:30 AM Departs 10:30 AM / Arrives 02:00 PM Departs 08:00 PM
Managed by the Forest Service, these scenic Inian Islands are located in Icy Strait near the entrance to Glacier Bay. Several small pieces of land make up these islands, with dense tree growth that provides a restful home to deer. This has become a popular area for sea kayaking. Privately owned Icy Strait Point is a tourist destination and the only privately owned cruise destination in Alaska. It is the property of 1,350 Alaskan natives with aboriginal ties to Hoonah and the Glacier Bay area. Visitors here enjoy an educational experience learning about Alaska's native cultures, and the natural history of the region. There is much to do here including a brown bear search, tram excursion, flightseeing over Glacier Bay and the biggest zipline in the United States.

Icy Strait Point, Alaska, US

Privately owned Icy Strait Point is a tourist destination and the only privately owned cruise destination in Alaska. It is the property of 1,350 Alaskan natives with aboriginal ties to Hoonah and the Glacier Bay area. Visitors here enjoy an educational experience learning about Alaska's native cultures, and the natural history of the region. There is much to do here including a brown bear search, tram excursion, flightseeing over Glacier Bay and the biggest zipline in the United States.
Inian Islands, Alaska, US / Icy Strait Point, Alaska, US
 
 
Day Haines, Alaska, US / Cruising Lynn Canal
Arrives 07:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM / Cruising
Tucked in along the shores of the longest fjord in North America and surrounded by breathtaking scenery, Haines is an authentic Alaskan experience. It is an eclectic community and a truly hidden gem. Its rich culture shines brightly during the annual state fair that draws people from all over Alaska. Haines is home to the largest concentration of bald eagles on earth, and grizzly bears gorge themselves on spawning salmon in its rivers. It was originally named Dteshuh, which means 'end of the trail' in the language of the Chilkat natives, who used to portage across the peninsula to Chilkat Inlet as a shortcut to their trade route to the interior.

Cruising Lynn Canal

Lynn Canal is a 90-mile long inlet into Alaska’s coast running from the Chilkat River in the north to the Chatham Strait and Stephens Passage in the south. Because it connects the towns of Skagway and Haines to Juneau and the rest of the Inside Passage, it is an important shipping lane for ferries, cargo and cruise ships, and was a crucial passageway to the Klondike gold fields during the Gold Rush. It was discovered by Joseph Whidbey in 1794 and named by George Vancouver after his birthplace, King’s Lynn in Norfolk, England. More than 2,000 feet in depth, it is one of the deepest and longest fjords in the world, and the deepest in North America outside Greenland.
Haines, Alaska, US / Cruising Lynn Canal
 
 
Day Juneau, Alaska
Arrives 07:00 AM Departs 09:00 PM
"Juneau, Alaska may well be the most remote, most beautiful and strangest state capital in the United States. Surrounded by water, forest and mountain sights, visitors seeking things to do in Juneau indoors and outdoors can hike a glacier, eat fresh-caught fish on a seaside patio and tour a grand capitol building all in one day. The city itself is pleasant, but the real highlight of a visit to Juneau is tracking down some wildlife. You can hike up Mount Roberts to chance upon wild deer and bald eagles. Most sightseeing and whale-watching tours head north to Auke Bay—bring a good pair of binoculars to get the best view of these majestic and surprisingly graceful creatures. If you prefer land mammals, catch a floatplane to a nearby wildlife reserve such as Chichagof or Admiralty Island to spy some bears lolling around. The sleepy, misty city of around 32,000—mostly fishermen and small-business owners—has a frontier town vibe, but welcomes more than a million visitors each summer to its natural attractions, cementing Juneau as Alaska’s number-one tourist destination. "
Juneau, Alaska
 
 
Day Scenic cruising Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm / Cruising Stephens Passage
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM / Cruising
Stunningly beautiful Tracy Arm is a fjord 45 miles south of Juneau that actually consists of two deep and narrow fjords – Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm. Both fjords are over 30 miles long. At the end of Tracy Arm are the impressive twin Sawyer Glaciers. Wildlife in the area includes black and brown bears, deer, wolves, harbor seals and a variety of birds. What you'll be able to see today and how far we can travel up Tracy Arm is weather and ice dependent.

Cruising Stephens Passage

One of the straightest stretches of the Inside Passage is the Stephens Passage just south of Juneau, a 105-mile channel between 5,000-foot peaks that cuts through the Alexander Archipelago between Admiralty Island on the west and the mainland and Douglas Island on the east. It is a good place to be on deck, because Admiralty boasts more bears than people, and the spruce and hemlock forests come right down to the water. The Passage is generally considered some of the best whale-watching water in Alaska, and also holds plentiful populations of huge Steller sea lions, as well as flocks of gulls and guillemots that clatter aloft as the ship passes. The passage was named by George Vancouver in 1794 after being charted by Joseph Whidbey.
Scenic cruising Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm / Cruising Stephens Passage
 
 
Day Transit Decision Passage / Wrangell, Alaska, US / Cruising Stikine Strait
Cruising / Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM / Cruising
Decision Passage is the western end of the Sumner Strait, which runs through the Alexander Archipelago into the Pacific Ocean in Southeastern Alaska, bounded on the north by Kuiu Island and Cape Decision, the location of a 1932 lighthouse. This is the route your ship takes when coming from or going to the colorful historic community of Sitka on the west coast of Baranof Island, which was originally the Russian fortress town of New Archangel.

Wrangell, Alaska, US

One of the thousands of islands of the Alexander Archipelago, Wrangell Island sits at the heart of the Tongass National Rain Forest and receives approximately 80” (203 cm) of rain per year. The city of Wrangell, a true Alaskan frontier town, sits at the northern end of the island, a short distance from the mouth of the mighty Stikine River. The history of Wrangell is deeply rooted in the Tlingit people, the fur trade and the gold rush. The Stikine River trade route brought the Tlingit people here thousands of years ago, evidenced by some forty petroglyphs at Petroglyph Beach State Historic Site and Totem Park.

Cruising Stikine Strait
Transit Decision Passage / Wrangell, Alaska, US / Cruising Stikine Strait
 
 
Day Cruising Behm Canal / Rudyerd Bay (Misty Fjords) Ventures by Seabourn Only / Scenic cruising Misty Fjords
Cruising / Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM / Cruising
The 108-mile Behm Canal runs from the Clarence Strait through the Alexander Archipelago of Southeast Alaska, and into the channel separating Revillagigedo Island from the mainland. It forms part Inside Passage on the route between Ketchikan and the Misty Fjords National Monument. The canal was named by George Vancouver during his surveying expedition in 1793, in honor of Magnus von Behm, who had been governor of Kamchatka in the Russian Far East when Vancouver called at Petropavlovsk with Captain Cook’s expedition following the Cook’s murder in Hawaii.

Rudyerd Bay (Misty Fjords)

Misty Fjords, with its gorgeous views of natural formations is a national monument and wilderness area with steep valleys formed by glaciers and lava flows. It is part of the Tongass National Forest and is about 40 miles east of Ketchikan along the Inside Passage. With its icy blue lakes, waterfalls, snowcapped peaks and glacial valleys literally everywhere you point your camera you will get a postcard picture, depending on the weather of course.

Scenic cruising Misty Fjords
Cruising Behm Canal / Rudyerd Bay (Misty Fjords) Ventures by Seabourn Only / Scenic cruising Misty Fjords
 
 
Day Prince Rupert, BC, Canada
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 11:00 PM
Picturesque Prince Rupert, located on Kaien Island, just north of the mouth of the Skeena River is rich in culture and heritage. Prince Rupert was founded in 1910 on a site that has been inhabited by First Nations people for over 10,000 years. The area is rich with wildlife like whales, eagles, salmon and grizzly bears. The Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary features one of the densest remaining bear populations in North America.
Prince Rupert, BC, Canada
 
 
Day Scenic cruising Grenville Channel / Scenic cruising Whale Channel / Scenic cruising Princess Royal Channel
Cruising / Arrives 10:00 AM Departs 02:00 PM / Cruising
Mountains of 1,500 to 3,500 feet surround Grenville Channel, the most spectacular channel along the Inside Passage located between Pitt Island and the mainland south of Prince Rupert. The narrowest portion is a mere 1,400 feet wide, but depths of up to 1,620 feet allow vessels to travel close to the shore. Relax and enjoy the scenic 43 miles of this waterway, and be on the lookout for the wildlife living here.

Scenic cruising Whale Channel

Scenic cruising Princess Royal Channel
Scenic cruising Grenville Channel / Scenic cruising Whale Channel /  Scenic cruising Princess Royal Channel
 
 
Day Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada / Scenic cruising Johnstone Strait / Transit the Seymour Narrows
Arrives 06:00 AM Departs 04:00 PM / Cruising / Cruising
Begin your introduction to Alert Bay with a step back into the past. Just 40 yards from the pier, you will find the Chiefs' Burial Grounds. Your local guide will talk about the totems here, and the history of the First Nations peoples in this area. Take photos as you listen.

Then, hop on a local school bus and visit the U'mista Cultural Centre. A docent explains the historic Potlatch Collection and the ceremonies behind the masks that are on display, while an audiovisual presentation offers some more in-depth information. This really beautiful collection of regalia and masks was confiscated by the government in 1922, and was returned to its rightful owners in 1980. View the other galleries and visit the weavers, carvers and storytellers outdoors, by the waterfront. Scenic cruising Johnstone Strait

Transit the Seymour Narrows
Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada / Scenic cruising Johnstone Strait / Transit the Seymour Narrows
 
 
Day Vancouver, BC, Canada
Arrives 07:00 AM
Vancouver’s location at the mouth of the Fraser River and on the waterways of the Strait of Georgia, Howe Sound, Burrard Inlet and all their tributaries makes this busy seaport an easy place for meeting. It is one of Canada’s most populated, most ethnically diverse cities that is a popular filming location. Visit the interesting neighborhoods of Gastown, Granville Island and Chinatown. Walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge and stroll through Stanley Park. See the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Museum of Anthropology. There is an amazing variety of things to see and do here.
Vancouver, BC, Canada