Alaska & The Inside Passage – Viking Oceans Cruise

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Alaska & The Inside Passage – Viking Oceans Cruise

See the wilds of a great frontier

Immerse yourself in a world of Tlingit heritage and experience the outpost atmosphere that prevails in charming, mountain-ringed seaside towns. As you cruise this pristine wilderness of misty fjords, lush forests and gleaming walls of ice, pan for gold like prospectors of old, meet local Tlingit who have fished these waters for centuries, and hear tales both tall and true of a region where a Wild West spirit still feels very much alive.

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*Expires 31st May 2024

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

Day 1: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Embark your ship and settle into your stateroom. Vancouver is one of Canada’s most diverse cities and the influence of its multi-ethnic society is reflected in the city’s multitude of restaurants and public settings, such as the tranquil Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden at the heart of Chinatown. The city’s cultural treasures reflect its indigenous community and embody the influence of European and Asian settlers. Its vibrant institutions run the gamut, from bustling markets to museums that chronicle the region’s anthropology and rich art heritage.

Stretching some 500 miles along the Alaska Panhandle, the Inside Passage is a pristine wilderness of fjord-like channels. It winds its way through a vast maze of islands laden with emerald-green forests and strewn with glistening glaciers. Nature is at her most magnificent here, tranquil and hushed. Unspoiled waterways weave their way past tiny coastal villages and a breathtaking array of snowcapped mountains and pine-covered hills. Sea lions and otters reside in these waters, and moose and brown bears are often spotted as they wade along the coast.

Discover Alaska’s “first city,” as it is known to travelers coming by ship from the south. Ketchikan was home to the Tlingit long before the arrival of white settlers, as you will see in the many old and new totem poles that grace the town. Learn about Alaska’s native legacy and discover the legends behind their designs during your included tour. If you would like to venture beyond the town, perhaps visit the Misty Fjords National Monument or Tongass National Forest, where seaplanes and 4x4 vehicles take you beyond the beaten path.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

POTLATCH TOTEM PARK & KETCHIKAN HIGHLIGHTS (INCLUDED)
ALASKA’S NATIVE LEGACY
Discover the coastal community of Ketchikan and learn about the ancient native craft of totem pole carving. Potlatch Totem Park is a modern recreation of a 19th-century native village, located on historic Tlingit fishing grounds on the shores of the Tongass Narrows. Here, you can see numerous houses, totem poles and panels, and hear the legends behind the designs. Visit the carving studio to learn about their ancient technique. After enjoying a light snack at the Alaska Totem Trading Company, you will embark on a scenic city drive through the southeasternmost city in Alaska. Travel past the lively waterfront to the historic downtown area of Ketchikan, where your guide will point out highlights such as City Park, Nathan Jackson’s Thundering Wings—a totem statue in the shape of a bald eagle—and the Dolly’s House Museum, located in the famous red-light district, before returning to your ship.

MISTY FJORDS OF KETCHIKAN
A BREATHTAKING FLIGHT INTO A MAGICAL WILDERNESS
Fly deep into Alaska’s pristine wilderness and witness some of its most spectacular scenery from the air. Meet your pilot guide as you climb on board your bush plane, receive a briefing and soar into the sky. From your window seat, appreciate the dramatic landscape below you, crafted by nature’s hand over tens of thousands of years. Through your headset, your pilot will describe the sights as you fly over them. Your destination is the majestic Misty Fjords National Monument, often called the “Yosemite of the North” for its similar geology. Glaciers carved this light-colored granite into deep U-shaped troughs that filled with sea water. Their walls are nearly vertical and often rise 2,000 to 3,000 feet. From above, keep your eyes peeled for sightings of wildlife in their natural habitat. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour. Maximum weight limit is 250 lbs.

SAXMAN NATIVE VILLAGE
THE ART AND CULTURE OF ALASKA’S NATIVE PEOPLE
Experience Native American culture through song, dance and stories during a visit to the Saxman Native Village. Here, you will experience the rich living culture of its residents, including the legends behind the figures adorning their majestic totem poles. You will be traditionally welcomed by Tlingit village elders with an elaborate greeting ceremony and savor an Alaskan snack. Admire their glorious folkloric regalia, adorned with hand-beaded designs of animal motifs that represent their clan. After enjoying this time-honored tradition, visit one of the largest collections of totem poles in the world and see craftsmen passing on their skills to eager apprentices at the Village Carving Center. Stop by the Beaver Clan House and watch history come alive as you enjoy a song-and-dance performance, and listen as your hosts regale you with heartfelt tribal stories of their traditions and ancestry.

FLIGHTSEEING & CRAB FEAST
ALASKA FROM THE AIR AND TRADITIONAL ALASKAN FARE
Take flight on an exhilarating journey over spectacular Alaskan scenery and enjoy a traditional feast. Meet your pilot at the floatplane base, receive a briefing and soar into the skies above the wilds. During your 20-minute narrated flight, your pilot will guide you through some of nature’s most pristine sights. Witness majestic fjords, cascading waterfalls and crystal clear lakes. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife along the way; you may spot a black bear, a bald eagle or even a whale. As your flight descends toward George Inlet Lodge, your host will be waiting to welcome you. Sit and enjoy a feast of Dungeness crab with an array of deliciously prepared accompaniments. As you dine, your host will share stories of Alaska, its customs and its traditions before you return to your ship by motor coach. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour.

FOREST TRAIL BY 4X4
DRIVE THROUGH TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST
Enjoy an adrenaline-fueled ride along mountain trails in a 4x4 through the remote Alaskan backcountry. At the Adventure Kart base camp in the Tongass National Forest, strap yourself into your ATV and hit the accelerator, following your expert leader along several miles of terrain. Your custom-designed Tomcar will transport you across the Alaskan wilderness at a comfortable pace, weaving through corners and steep curves and climbing to spots that offer unparalleled views. Keep watch for wildlife along the way as you take in the beauty of your surroundings. Enjoy refreshments at the halfway point, then switch drivers as your partner takes the lead on the return journey. Please note: minimum requirements; weight 40 lbs, height 4'2". Maximum requirements; weight 300 lbs. Guests with neck or back problems should not participate in this tour and a liability waiver must be signed. Pregnant women cannot participate. Drivers must present a valid license.

BEAR COUNTRY & WILDLIFE EXPEDITION
VIEW ALASKAN BEARS AND WILDLIFE IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT
Witness some of Alaska’s famed wildlife as you journey to Herring Cove in the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary. Begin your tour by motor coach as you embark on a scenic drive through spectacular scenery. Then, meet your guide and begin your expedition. Set out on the trail of the wild black bears that call this forest home. An elevated boardwalk overlooking Eagle Creek allows you to keep watch for the arrival of bears who come here to fish for salmon. Shoals of fish return to the creek to spawn, which attracts the bears; you may spot other wildlife as they lie in wait, including bald eagles, mink deer and seals. Cap your hike with a walk through the Herring Bay Lumber Company sawmill; then, see birds of prey at the Alaska Raptor Center and meet a native master totem carver and view his collection of works.

ZIP LINE ABOVE THE RAIN FOREST CANOPY
A THRILLING ALASKAN WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE
Explore the canopy of the rain forest as you traverse along zip lines, aerial bridges and a rappel element. Transfer to the top of the mountain by ATV, where you will don your safety gear and see a demonstration on effective zip-lining. Scale heights of up to 850 feet as you tackle “Ben’s Revenge”—a pulse-pounding zip line offering breathtaking views of the forest and its wildlife. After completing the course, enjoy a high-adrenaline experience as you descend and are rewarded with a medal in recognition of your achievement. Time permitting, you may tour the historic Fleenor sawmill and observe a master totem carver as you admire examples of his work. Or visit the Alaska Raptor Center and witness magnificent birds of prey. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour. Guests with neck or back problems and pregnant women should not participate.

A DAY IN THE LIVES OF ALASKAN FISHERMEN
SAIL WITH BERING SEA FISHERMEN IN SEARCH OF CRAB AND MARINE LIFE
Delve into the lives of Alaskan fishermen as you sail on board a genuine crab-fishing vessel. Your ship is the star of the Discovery Channel’s popular Deadliest Catch, now redesigned to accommodate guests who want to discover more about the lives of Alaskan fishermen. During your adventure on calm, protected waters, you will meet men who brave the ocean daily and hear their tales of survival at sea and the lively camaraderie that develops among the crew. See and touch the fishing gear they use as they search for creatures that lurk within the ocean’s depths; octopus, prawn, halibut and crab frequently appear in their hauls. Guests will have the opportunity to handle some of the creatures before they are returned to the sea. From above, witness soaring eagles as they dive for their prey within yards of your vessel. Be sure to have your camera at the ready to capture these incredible moments.

CRUISE THE MISTY FJORDS THROUGH THE ALASKAN WILDERNESS
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN SPECTACULAR SURROUNDINGS
Cruise the Alaskan waters as you immerse yourself in stunning nature and magnificent wildlife. Meet your crew on board your catamaran, then sit back, relax and enjoy the informative narration. Admire the rugged coastline, keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife as you sail the Revillagigedo Channel into the Behm Canal. The pristine beauty of the surrounding Misty Fjords is a breathtaking sight. Stop to observe a bald eagle nest and a Tlingit pictograph, and see the impressive New Eddystone Rock—a volcanic spire rising from the emerald sea. As you cruise the Misty Fjords National Monument, witness the ice-carved masterpiece that is Rudyerd Bay. Listen for the call of nesting seabirds and feel the mist of the waterfalls cascading over 3,000-foot-high glacier cliffs. Enjoy a selection of snacks as you keep watch for whales, seals and other marine life on the return journey to your ship.

NEETS BAY BEAR WATCH BY FLOATPLANE
VIEW BLACK BEARS IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT
Get a bird’s-eye view of the stunning Alaskan landscape on a flightseeing excursion. Your destination is Neets Bay, which offers one of the finest bear-viewing opportunities in southeastern Alaska. Upon arrival, meet your naturalist guide and embark on a short hike through Tongass National Forest. Along the way, learn more about the behavior and habitat of the black bear and the life cycle of the Alaskan salmon. Enjoy a guided tour of the Neets Bay Salmon Hatchery as you learn about the conservation efforts of the Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association, whose mission is supporting the sustainability of salmon. See bears feeding in their natural habitat and keep watch for other wildlife; eagles, Sitka black-tailed deer, mink, marten and seals all populate this area. Return to your ship by floatplane. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour. Guests with mobility issues should not participate.

ALASKAN LODGE & SEAFOOD
VISIT AN ALASKAN FISHING RESORT AND ENJOY A HEARTY FEAST
Visit one of the oldest fishing resorts in Alaska, embark on a thrilling jet boat ride and savor a seafood feast. Head to Clover Pass Resort, where you will meet your captain and board your vessel. Then, set off on an adrenaline-fueled wildlife adventure, witnessing soaring eagles, porpoises and seals as well as other marine life. Your captain will steer your boat to the Silverking Lodge, where you will enjoy an array of waterside activities. Peek through the underwater dock camera and observe anglers bringing back their catch. Or, stroll along the elevated boardwalk through Tongass National Forest, where you will find the largest red cedar tree known to these parts. Venture back to the lodge for a hearty seafood feast. After your meal, enjoy free time to browse the gift shop for the perfect memento before returning to your ship.

WILDS OF ALASKA BY HOVERCRAFT
JOURNEY TO TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST IN AN ECO-FRIENDLY VEHICLE
Enjoy an exhilarating ride in an environmentally friendly hovercraft en route to exploring a remote Alaskan beach. Meet your captain and board your Blackbird hovercraft, then settle in to its fully-enclosed and climate-controlled cabin before setting off along the jagged coastline toward the Tongass National Forest. Learn about Alaska’s “off-the-grid” lifestyle as you cruise 20-inches above the water. Your guide will explain how the air cushion that the hovercraft rides on reduces friction, allowing it to transition smoothly over different surfaces; its lack of a propeller contributes to the hovercraft’s minimal impact on marine life. Delight as your pilot maneuvers the hovercraft directly onto the beach. Relish time to explore the shoreline of this secluded habitat and see why Alaska is nicknamed “The Last Frontier.” Afterward, board your hovercraft and embark on a search for the area’s famed wildlife and photographic opportunities before returning to your awaiting ship.

ALASKA FISHING & WILDERNESS DINING
ANGLE FOR A FRESH CATCH AND ENJOY A CAMPSITE COOKOUT
Cast a line into the bountiful waters of the Inside Passage and savor an outdoor culinary experience. At the marina, meet your guides and get outfitted with the necessary fishing gear. Then, board your open air boat and cruise into the striking wilderness; you will bypass the busy charter fishing areas and venture to a more secluded location that is better for wildlife viewing and angling. Wielding a light tackle, you and your fellow guests will take turns trying to reel in a bottom fish or a salmon. Later, travel to a campsite, where a roaring fire awaits you. Settle in as the cook blends homemade fish broth and seasoned potatoes with the day’s catch to create a mouthwatering meal, accompanied by sourdough rolls and desert. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour. Additional fees to cover fishing licenses must be paid in cash before commencing your tour.

THE ART OF SALMON FISHING
CAST A LINE FOR ALASKA’S SIGNATURE FISH
Learn the best techniques for catching wild salmon, then head out into the cold Alaskan waters to test your skill. Depending on the time of year, your quarry will be either king, coho or pink salmon. Your captain will choose the best fishing grounds in which to drop your line. Upon arrival, you and your fellow guests will take turns casting a line into the water in an effort to attract a prize salmon. With any luck, you will return to the pier with not only a good story, but a worthy catch. Once back on shore, you can arrange for your fish to be professionally processed—flash-frozen—and shipped to your home address (within the continental US) for an additional charge. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour. Additional fees to cover fishing licenses must be paid in cash before commencing your tour. Before June 15, any salmon caught must be released due to fishing regulations. Any halibut, cod or rockfish may be retained.

ALASKAN CRAB & CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE OUTDOORS WHILE TRAPPING TASTY DUNGENESS CRAB
Learn the best techniques for catching wild salmon, then head out into the cold Alaskan waters to test your skill. Depending on the time of year, your quarry will be either king, coho or pink salmon. Your captain will choose the best fishing grounds in which to drop your line. Upon arrival, you and your fellow guests will take turns casting a line into the water in an effort to attract a prize salmon. With any luck, you will return to the pier with not only a good story, but a worthy catch. Once back on shore, you can arrange for your fish to be professionally processed—flash-frozen—and shipped to your home address (within the continental US) for an additional charge. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour. Additional fees to cover fishing licenses must be paid in cash before commencing your tour.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Glimpse the Russian influence in Sitka, once the capital of Russian Alaska. Enjoy an enlightening panoramic tour of the city, learning more about the fur trade that first brought the Russians to its shores. Marvel at the beauty of Mt. Edgecumbe, a volcano that has lain dormant for millennia, and the verdant islands of Sitka Sound peppered prettily along the water. Admire Sitka’s fascinating totem poles and immerse yourself in its heritage during your time in this scenic city.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

SCENIC SITKA & THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE (INCLUDED)
A PANORAMIC TOUR OF SITKA’S SIGHTS AND ENERGETIC SHOW
Enjoy Sitka and its stunning setting on the Gulf of Alaska as you discover its fascinating landmarks. Board your motor coach and join a local guide, who will regale you with the legends and lore of this small city first settled by Russians in 1799. See historic Castle Hill, where the territory of Alaska was officially transferred from Russia to the US in 1867, and the cratered peak of looming Mt. Edgecumbe, a nearby dormant volcano. Your panoramic tour will also take you past Sitka Sound, where you can gaze out at the many small, forested islands dotting the water. At Centennial Hall, witness a theatrical performance by the Alaska Story Teller Dancers. Marvel at the energy, grace and talent of these dancers who strive to keep Alaska’s rich Russian and indigenous histories alive. Afterward, you may choose to enjoy free time, returning to your ship via shuttle.

HISTORY & NATIVE ANIMALS OF SITKA
TLINGIT CULTURE, RUSSIAN HISTORY AND WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Gain fascinating insight into Sitka’s past and visit local sanctuaries that care for injured or orphaned animals. The Alaska Raptor Center is a haven for nursing injured birds back to health, rescuing and rehabilitating them for rerelease into the wild. Enjoy a presentation by an avian care specialist and learn about the raptors in residence. Continue to Sitka National Historical Park, the site of the 1804 Battle of Sitka. See the colorful Tlingit and Haida totem poles that line the scenic coastal trail and learn about Sitka’s colonial-era legacy. Enjoy a delicious lunch of local fare, then view historic Castle Hill, before visiting the Fortress of the Bear sanctuary. In this spacious natural setting, enjoy a close encounter with these incredible creatures from a viewing platform. Afterward, you may choose to explore Sitka’s main street and browse the shops or return to your ship.

SCENIC SITKA ON FOOT
DISCOVER SITKA’S HERITAGE ON A WALKING TOUR
Explore Sitka's Native American and Russian legacy, local wildlife and rainforest ecosystem on a scenic walk. Board your motor coach and drive to the Alaska Raptor Center. Enjoy a stroll through nature as your guide describes Alaska's native bird and plant species. Witness stunning birds of prey and hear more about the wonderful work done by the center's volunteers to rehabilitate injured birds during informative and interactive presentations. Continue on to Sitka National Historical Park. Enjoy a hike through the park and see the colorful totem poles lining the trails. Learn about their importance in Tlingit culture as well as the history of Sitka from your guide while you stroll. Walk along the harbor and visit St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Admire the Victorian-style homes and ornate churches that line the water's edge. Afterward, you may choose to explore more of Sitka on your own or return to your ship.

ALASKAN CULTURAL DISCOVERY
JOURNEY INTO SITKA’S CULTURAL PAST AND CELEBRATE ITS RUSSIAN HERITAGE
Immerse yourself in Russia’s colonial legacy as you enjoy a folkloric performance. Embark on a short, narrated drive to experience a colorful stage show of Sitka’s heritage; along the way, learn about the 1804 Battle of Sitka, in which the Russians defeated the Tlingit to establish a permanent settlement in Alaska. At the venue, witness a performance by the New Archangel Dancers as they passionately recreate traditional Russian songs and folk dances that were popular among colonists in Sitka during the 18th and 19th centuries. Afterward, Tlingit dancers bedecked in stunning regalia will take the stage to mesmerize you as they perform ancient songs handed down through the generations. Marvel at the energy, grace and talent of these dancers who strive to keep Alaska's rich Russian and indigenous histories alive. Afterward, enjoy free time to explore Sitka independently, returning to your ship via shuttle.

WILDLIFE CRUISE & FIN ISLAND LODGE
SCENIC VOYAGE ON SITKA SOUND WITH ALASKAN FEAST
Cruise the waters around Sitka in search of local wildlife en route to a delicious Alaskan feast. At the pier, meet your knowledgeable captain and crew, and settle in to the cozy cabin of your Alaskan-built expedition vessel. As you set sail on the Sitka Sound, your onboard naturalist will provide information on the remarkable ecosystem that thrives here, and point out places of interest and nearby wildlife. Keep watch for sea otters, whales, seals, brown bears and more as you head for Fin Island Lodge. Upon arrival, witness a fish fillet demonstration, then indulge in a hearty lunch of Alaskan king crab, wild salmon, prime rib and homemade sides; if you arrive before 10:00 AM, your chef will add a scrumptious breakfast twist to the menu. Finish your satisfying meal, then explore the island’s picturesque grounds or relax next to a crackling beach fire. Afterward, you will return to your ship.

RIB EXCURSION & FIN ISLAND LODGE
PICTURESQUE STRAITS OF SITKA SOUND AND DELICIOUS ALASKAN FEAST
Skim Sitka's straits on board a rigid inflatable boat, or RIB, en route to a mouthwatering Alaskan feast. Meet your knowledgeable captain and don your necessary waterproof gear, then travel across the glassy waters of the straits. Keep watch for possible sightings of the many animals that live among the reefs and rocky outcroppings, such as sea otters, whales and sea lions. Upon arrival at Fin Island Lodge, indulge in a hearty lunch of Alaskan king crab, wild salmon, prime rib and homemade sides, accompanied by a complimentary glass of beer or wine; if you arrive before 10:00 AM, your chef will add a scrumptious breakfast twist to the menu. Your appetite sated, head out to explore the island's picturesque grounds or take a seat and relax next to a crackling beach fire before boarding your RIB for the cruise back to your ship.

KAYAK AROUND SIGINAKA ISLAND
REMOTE ALASKAN WILDERNESS UP CLOSE
Experience Alaska’s wild coastal environment on a kayaking tour to the remote island of Siginaka. Take a power boat ride to your kayaking destination for your private guided trip to see some of Alaska’s marine life up close. After a short safety briefing, don your life jacket and with your partner, climb into your two-person sea kayak before setting off to experience a magical labyrinth of tiny islands. As you paddle through narrow passages that wind between small islets, view the colorful array of marine life that is visible in the crystal-clear waters below you. Your knowledgeable guide will point out the different species as you glide above this spectacular underwater world. Keep your eyes peeled for curious harbor seals, sea otters and other species of wildlife that reside around these islands. Afterward, enjoy a well-earned refreshment and snack. Please note: guests must sign a liability waiver to participate in this tour.

ORPHANED BEARS & ALASKAN LIFE
VISIT A BEAR REHABILITATION CENTER AND A RURAL HOMESTEAD
Set sail on an expedition cruise in search of wildlife and learn about rural life at a homestead. Journey to the Fortress of the Bear and observe firsthand how the center takes care of the cubs and nurses them back to health. Continue your tour with an expedition cruise in search of wildlife along the Sitka Channel. Keep watch for marine mammals as your skipper navigates the strait, passing fishermen and Coast Guard sailors at work, and a series of beautiful islets. Back on shore, you will visit the McGraw homestead that has been owned by the family for generations. After a warm welcome, your host will introduce you to the way of life here and regale you with stories of the past and present. Enjoy refreshments by the campfire, then at Sawmill Creek, board a motor coach for a panoramic drive back to Sitka.

NATURE WALK & EAGLE’S NEST
NATURAL BEAUTY AND BIODIVERSITY OF BARANOF ISLAND
Enjoy a scenic stroll through Baranof Island’s coastal temperate rainforest en route to a bald eagle nesting area. Leave Sitka behind as you travel into the majestic Tongass National Forest. Upon arrival at Shee Atika Point, meet your knowledgeable guide and set off on a 1-mile hike through a forest full of Sitka spruce, western hemlock and yellow cedar. Along the way, your guide will offer insight into the local flora and fauna and how this fragile ecosystem maintains its balance amid constantly changing conditions. A suspension bridge will lead you to the viewing platform, where you will have an opportunity to observe a bald eagle’s nest; once an endangered species, these striking birds have made a remarkable comeback thanks to extensive conservation efforts. Afterward, learn the importance of the intertidal zone at a nearby beach, then begin the transfer back to your ship.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Call on Alaska’s capital of Juneau on the Gastineau Channel. Named for an early prospector, it is the only US capital inaccessible by road, and so all goods and visitors must arrive via sea or air. Marvel at its fjord-like, dramatic setting between mountains and sea as you take a drive to pan for gold in the spirit of the city’s early days. If you wish, enjoy spectacular views of the Alaskan state capital from the Mount Roberts Tramway or embark a small boat to the Mendenhall Glacier, spotting porpoises and whales along the way.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

GLACIER GARDENS RAIN FOREST & ALASKA STATE MUSEUM
STUNNING LANDSCAPES AND RICH ALASKAN HERITAGE
Discover Southeast Alaska’s premier rain forest garden and visit Juneau’s newly renovated Alaska State Museum. Travel to the mighty Tongass National Forest to embark on your Glacier Gardens rain forest excursion. Board a covered shuttle with your knowledgeable guide, who will help you understand the temperate rain forest’s fascinating ecosystem and diverse plant and animal life. Learn the history behind the garden’s bizarre upside-down trees. Long daylight hours make for stunning forest displays, and you will marvel at the breathtaking panoramic views of the Mendenhall Valley, Chilkat Range and Gastineau Channel as you wind your way to an elevation of 580 feet above sea level. Afterward, you will head to downtown Juneau to visit the Alaska State Museum. The striking new Alaska State Library, Archives and Museum (SLAM) building houses these three formerly separate Juneau institutions and their collections. Here, peruse artifacts, photographs, documents and exhibitions detailing Alaska’s rich history.

MENDENHALL GLACIER & WHALE WATCHING
SCENIC DRIVE TO GLACIER FOLLOWED BY A CATAMARAN CRUISE
Experience two of Alaska’s premier attractions—a visit to Mendenhall Glacier and a whale-watching cruise. Embark on a scenic journey by motor coach to the glacier, a landscape of compressed blue ice and snow that stretches more than 13 miles. Stop for photographs, then continue on to the visitor’s center, where you will have an opportunity to talk with Forest Service Rangers and learn about the glacier through interactive exhibits. Afterward, journey through the picturesque Mendenhall Valley to Auke Bay. Board your waterjet-powered catamaran and head out into the bay in search of marine wildlife. Relax in the spacious cabin surrounded by windows that have been specifically designed for wildlife viewing as you cruise against a majestic backdrop of snowcapped peaks and glaciers. Keep watch for humpback whales, orcas, sea lions and more as your onboard naturalist describes the area’s complex ecosystem. At the end of your tour, you will return to your ship.

SCIENTIFIC CRUISE FOR ALASKA’S WHALES
COLLECT SAMPLES TO FURTHER KNOWLEDGE OF ECOSYSTEMS
Contribute to the scientific knowledge of southeast Alaska during a unique cruise on board a custom-built vessel. You will play a significant role in providing ongoing documentation and data collection for local university and regional science programs. Head to the harbor, where you will meet your onboard naturalist guide and the vessel’s crew. As you sail, you may observe your scenic surroundings at the open bow or through the large windows of your cozy cabin as your guide describes the local ecosystem in detail. Your hands-on experience may include collecting water samples, monitoring invasive species or observing humpback whales and other marine life. Your observations and data-logging will improve scientists’ understanding of the food chain and other variables that affect the local marine population. At the conclusion of your cruise, you will return to shore and your awaiting ship.

WHALE WATCHING & MENDENHALL GLACIER PHOTO SAFARI
PROFESSIONAL TIPS AND TECHNIQUES FOR NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY
Take your camera and head into Alaska’s great outdoors on a professionally guided photography excursion. Whether you use a professional camera or a mobile phone, your excursion aims to leave you with memorable photos. Meet your guide, a nature photographer, who will lead you to scenic hidden locales while sharing tips and techniques to help enhance your images. Enjoy an instructional slide show en route to Mendenhall Glacier. Upon arrival, stroll along a forest path, stopping for photos along the way, before reaching the glacier. After time to find the perfect shots, continue on to the second leg of your unforgettable journey—a boat ride on the waterways of Stephens Passage. Your custom-built vessel is designed specifically for wildlife photography, giving you ample opportunity to snap timeless photos of the wildlife you might encounter, such as humpback whales, orcas and marine birdlife.

TAKU GLACIER LODGE FEAST & FIVE-GLACIER SEAPLANE DISCOVERY
PANORAMIC FLIGHT OVER JUNEAU ICEFIELD EN ROUTE TO SALMON LUNCH
Savor a sumptuous Alaskan feast after a scenic flight in a seaplane over five different glaciers. Board your classic de Havilland Otter seaplane and settle in to your window seat. Take to the air for panoramic views of the Juneau Icefield—1,500 square miles of jagged peaks and seemingly endless ice sheets, deep crevasses and crystal blue meltwater pools. You will land on the Taku River in front of the charming Taku Glacier Lodge. Here, enjoy a delicious meal of wild Alaskan salmon accompanied by homemade side dishes and refreshing beverages while your hosts regale you with tales of the lodge’s colorful past. Keep watch for black bears—the aroma of grilled salmon is known to attract them. After lunch, relax next to a crackling fire or take a guided walk through the forest trails before returning to your ship. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour.

FIVE-GLACIER FLIGHTSEEING
BIRD’S-EYE VIEWS OF TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST AND JUNEAU ICEFIELD
Soar high above the rugged Alaskan wilderness during a scenic flightseeing excursion over five different glaciers. Board your seaplane and settle in to your window seat. Gently take to the air from the historic downtown waterfront, heading into the sky above Juneau. Revel in your bird’s-eye view of the verdant Tongass National Forest en route to the immense Juneau Icefield—1,500 square miles of jagged peaks and seemingly endless ice sheets and snow. Glide over the deep crevasses and crystal blue meltwater pools of Norris, Hole-in-the-Wall, and East and West Twin Glaciers. Fly over the famous Taku Glacier as you listen to an audio presentation about the glaciers on your headset as you fly. At the conclusion of your flight, return to Juneau for a soft landing along the waterfront before returning to your ship. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour.

ALASKAN SALMON EXPEDITION
CAST YOUR LINE IN PURSUIT OF FAMOUS GAME FISH
Grab your rod and reel and set out for a true Alaskan experience—fishing for wild salmon. There is a reason why Alaska is famous for its salmon: Each summer, millions of these determined fish swim up the state’s rivers and streams to spawn. Your captain will take you to the top spots to give you the best chance of landing one of the five salmon types—king, silver, sockeye, pink or chum. Cast your line and sip on a complimentary beverage as you patiently wait. Afterward, they will clean your prized catch, and your captain can arrange for it to be professionally processed—that is, flash-frozen, smoked or canned—and shipped to your home address for an additional charge. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour. Additional fees to cover fishing licenses must be paid in cash, prior to boarding the vessel.

IN SEARCH OF PACIFIC HALIBUT
OPPORTUNITY TO HOOK A PRIZED CATCH
Cruise the waters off the coast of Alaska in search of the world’s largest flatfish—the Pacific halibut. Capable of reaching lengths of eight feet and weighing up to 500 pounds, these strong fighting fish are a prized catch among anglers. Enjoy a scenic cruise as your captain navigates your boat to the fishing grounds; keep watch for glaciers, whales and other marine mammals that also call these waters home. Upon arrival, cast your line and use your skills to try and hook a halibut. Afterward, the crew will clean your prized catch, and your captain can arrange for it to be professionally processed—that is, flash-frozen, smoked or canned—and shipped to your home address for an additional charge. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour. Additional fees to cover fishing licenses must be paid in cash, prior to boarding the vessel.

FLIGHTSEEING & MENDENHALL GLACIER BY FOOT
SCENIC HELICOPTER RIDE AND GUIDED WALK ON A FAMOUS GLACIER
Enjoy a scenic helicopter ride over the wilds of Alaska and walk the famous Mendenhall Glacier. At the heliport, meet your pilot and guides and receive your gear. Once airborne, your experienced pilot will safely transport you over the spectacular Alaskan landscape. Admire the verdant rainforests of the Tongass National Forest, snowy alpine ridges and glacial valleys below you as you make your way to the glacier. Before touching down, enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the vast blue glacier ice, deep crevasses, spectacular ice falls and jagged peaks of the Mendenhall Towers. Upon landing, follow your guides on a 25-minute walk over this rugged and fascinating terrain. Explore meltwater pools and learn how glaciers are created. At the end of your stroll, board your helicopter and return to your ship. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour. Maximum weight limit is 250 lbs.

DOGSLEDDING ON MENDENHALL GLACIER
RIDE WITH A TEAM OF DOGS ACROSS AN ICY LANDSCAPE
Join man’s best friend on an invigorating sled ride across the icy expanse of the renowned Mendenhall Glacier. At the heliport, meet your pilot and guides and receive your gear. Once airborne, you will soar over the spectacular Alaskan landscape. Admire the verdant rainforests of the Tongass National Forest, snowy alpine ridges and glacial valleys below en route to the glacier. Enjoy sweeping views of the vast blue glacier ice, deep crevasses and spectacular ice falls that comprise this spectacular site. Land near an authentic dog mushing camp and meet your professional mushers and their lively Alaskan husky companions. Then, join your musher and his team as they take you across this rugged terrain on a bracing sledding experience. After your ride, spend time playing with the dogs before returning to your ship. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour. Maximum weight limit is 250 lbs.

PILOT’S CHOICE GLACIER EXPLORER
STEP OUT ONTO TWO JUNEAU ICEFIELD GLACIERS
Discover the stunning beauty of the Alaskan wilderness during a helicopter ride to two Juneau Icefield glaciers. This vast ice field covers 1,500 square miles and is home to more than 40 large and 100 smaller glaciers. Head to the airfield, where you will meet your experienced pilot and guide before receiving a short safety briefing, boarding your helicopter and taking off. Your pilot will choose two different glaciers upon which to land. As you fly to your destinations, enjoy sweeping views of steep alpine ridges, verdant rainforests and seemingly endless glaciers. After touchdown, appreciate these ancient landscapes up close as your pilot guides you on a short walk over the ice- and snow-covered terrain. After time at your second destination, board your helicopter for your return flight to your awaiting ship. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour. Maximum weight limit is 250 lbs.

HELICOPTER GLACIER TREK
SCENIC FLIGHT OVER ALASKA’S WILDERNESS AND NATURE HIKE
Explore the expansive flows of the vast Juneau Icefield by helicopter and on foot. The ice field covers 1,500 square miles and is home to more than 40 large and 100 smaller glaciers. Meet your helicopter pilot and guide, and receive your boots and mountaineering equipment as well as a short safety briefing. Then, take off, soaring over the Tongass National Forest and dramatic mountain ranges and glaciers. Touch down at your secluded base camp, nestled between giant ice walls and the Coast Mountain range. Grab your gear and ice axe before following your guide on a physically demanding two-hour trek across the steep and uneven terrain, hiking past crystal-blue meltwater pools, deep crevasses and more. Learn about the glacier’s geological, historical and scientific significance while admiring the breathtaking views that will make this excursion unforgettable. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour. Maximum weight limit is 250 lbs.

TAKU GLACIER BY HELICOPTER & AIRBOAT
SWEEPING AERIAL VIEWS AND AN UP-CLOSE LOOK AT A GLACIER
Venture into the heart of the Alaskan wilderness by helicopter and airboat en route to the scenic Taku Glacier. Meet your helicopter pilot and guide, then take off for an aerial exploration of the expansive snow-swept environment of the Juneau Icefield and surrounding Tongass National Forest. Marvel at the panoramic views from above before touching down and boarding an airboat for the second leg of your excursion. Get an up-close look at this immense glacier—stretching more than 36 miles—as you cruise its five-mile-long terminus along the Taku River. Cap your journey with an invigorating hike across the glacier. Admire its jagged peaks, and observe glacial calving—nature permitting—and the many deep crevasses dotting the expanse while keeping watch for wildlife. Afterward, you will return to the harbor and your awaiting ship. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour. Maximum weight limit is 250 lbs.

MENDENHALL GLACIER & BROTHERHOOD BRIDGE
VIEW SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA'S LARGEST GLACIER ACCESSIBLE BY ROAD
Experience Alaska's majestic Mendenhall Glacier and pause for photos at Brotherhood Bridge. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach from downtown Juneau, admiring the views of the Gastineau Channel as you learn about the city's 19th-century gold rush from your knowledgeable guide. Upon arriving at the monumental glacier's terminus, enjoy an hour of independent exploration. A meandering river of compressed blue ice, this vast ice field is the largest glacier accessible by road in southeastern Alaska. Admire sweeping views of the seemingly endless ice, snowcapped peaks, deep crevasses and spectacular ice falls before you. Survey meltwater pools as you walk the trails and learn how glaciers are created at the Visitor Center. Enroute back to your ship, enjoy a photo stop at Brotherhood Bridge, where the waters of the Mendenhall River rush by full of glacial silt.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Visit Skagway, named for a mythical woman who turned herself to stone at Skagway’s bay. Gateway for prospectors arriving to reap the benefits of the Klondike gold rush in the Canadian Yukon, the town today evokes an Old West spirit. Enjoy a brief tour before taking a scenic drive up to White Pass like the gold diggers of old, pausing at the Canadian border for photos. You may choose instead to make the journey aboard the fabled White Pass Railroad, or visit a sled dog camp to learn about a generations-old tradition.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

HISTORIC SKAGWAY & WHITE PASS SUMMIT (INCLUDED)
LEGENDARY FIGURES AND TALL TALES FROM THE GOLD RUSH ERA
Discover Skagway’s colorful past during a scenic drive through town and up to the famous White Pass summit. Begin your tour in the historic downtown area, with its picturesque wooden boardwalks and vibrant false-fronted buildings. Your guide will regale you with tales of Skagway during its late 19th-century gold rush. Then, follow in the footsteps of thousands of Klondike stampeders as you ascend to the majestic 3,290-foot-high White Pass summit. Hear tales of the hardships faced by these fortune seekers as you pass historic landmarks, such as the old Brackett Wagon Road and Dead Horse Gulch. Depending on weather conditions, you may also see breathtaking glaciers and snowcapped peaks. Stop at the Gold Rush Cemetery—the final resting place of many of Skagway’s most notorious characters. Hear the legend of “Soapy” Smith and his rival, Frank Reid, by their gravesites. Please note: due to border regulations, guests must carry a passport.

SCENIC YUKON BY ROAD & RAIL
TRAVEL THE FAMOUS WHITE PASS SUMMIT
Delight in stunning mountain scenery as you journey across the White Pass summit and into the Yukon. Enjoy a vintage train ride among breathtaking vistas as you relive the adventures of gold seekers on this fascinating historic tour. Climb to 3,290 feet as your guide shares legendary stories of the Klondike gold rush. The 1898 construction of the narrow-gauge railroad was considered an impossible task because of harsh climate and challenging geography. However, some nine months after work began, the first train made its journey to White Pass. At Fraser, British Columbia, board your motor coach to Tutshi River Canyon, where you can walk across the pedestrian cable-suspension bridge stretching over the Tutshi River and enjoy a delicious bowl of bison chili before returning to your ship. Please note: due to border regulations, guests must carry a passport and if required, a valid visa for entry into Canada.

WHITE PASS SUMMIT BY VINTAGE RAIL CAR
FOLLOW THE STEPS OF THE YUKON’S EARLY GOLD SEEKERS
Retrace the steps of the Yukon’s fortune seekers in their 19th-century quest for gold. Begin your exhilarating journey by vintage rail car. Marvel at scenic mountain vistas as you climb to more than 3,000 feet along Alaska’s White Pass summit. Enjoy the thrill of cliff-hanging turns and marvel at this narrow-gauge railroad, constructed more than 100 years ago. Arrive at the summit and witness the unparalleled beauty of an Alaskan landscape comprised of mountains, glaciers, gorges, waterfalls and more. See the original Klondike Trail of 1898 worn into the rocks, a reminder of those who traversed this route in search of gold. Hear tales of the extraordinary lengths to which gold seekers went more than a century ago, and the severe hardships they suffered in the unforgiving northern wilderness. Upon arrival in Skagway, you may explore the town at your leisure or return to your ship.

WHITE PASS SUMMIT BY LUXURY RAIL CAR
SCENIC TRAIN RIDE AND SKAGWAY’S COLORFUL PAST
Board a luxury rail car for a journey back in time to Skagway’s late 19th-century gold rush. Board your exclusive car on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, originally built as a means by which to reach the Klondike goldfields. Relax in your plush leather seat and marvel at the scenic mountain vistas as you climb to more than 3,000 feet along Alaska’s White Pass summit. Enjoy cliff-hanging turns and marvel at this more than 100-year-old narrow-gauge railroad. Arrive at the summit and witness the unparalleled beauty of the Alaskan scenery. See the original Klondike Trail of 1898 worn into the rocks, a reminder of those who traversed this route. Nibble on snacks while hearing tales of the lengths to which gold seekers went, and the severe hardships they suffered in the unforgiving northern wilderness. Upon arrival in Skagway, you may explore the town at your leisure or return to your ship.

SKAGWAY BY STREET CAR
A COSTUMED GUIDE SHARES TALES OF SKAGWAY’S COLORFUL PAST ON A TOUR OF ITS HISTORIC SIGHTS
Step into the world of Martin Itjen as you board a restored 1920s bus for an entertaining tour of Skagway. Itjen came to the town in 1898, hoping to make his fortune in the Klondike gold rush; instead, he turned his efforts to preserving and promoting Skagway’s colorful history and running sightseeing excursions out of a converted coal truck. During your Skagway by Street Car experience, your costumed guide will share tales from the town’s past and present. Your route will take you through interesting town locales en route to a scenic overlook, where you will learn more about the region’s geography while enjoying sweeping views of the mountains and harbor. You will also make a short stop at Gold Rush Cemetery, the final resting place of many of Skagway’s most notorious characters. At the end of your tour, you may return to your ship or use your free time to explore the town.

KLUKWAN CULTURAL EXPERIENCE
VISIT CHILKAT VILLAGE AND BALD EAGLE PRESERVE
Immerse yourself in the indigenous culture of Chilkat Valley and the Tlingit people during a visit to Klukwan. Board a high-speed catamaran for a scenic cruise to Haines along the Lynn Canal, North America’s longest and deepest fjord. Then, embark on a picturesque drive to the native village of Klukwan; nestled between mountain slopes and the shores of the Chilkat River, it is home to the Chilkat community of the Tlingit people. Learn about their rich culture during a guided tour of the Knowledge Camp and Heritage Center. Explore exhibits, listen to stories and witness performances of traditional songs and dances that highlight the tribe’s heritage. You will enjoy a delicious picnic lunch beside the river before departing for the return journey to your ship. Your tour will also include a drive past historic Fort Seward and the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, a refuge for several hundred of these magnificent birds.

WILDS OF ALASKA BY ATV
GO OFF ROAD THROUGH THE FOREST TO PANORAMIC MOUNTAIN VIEWPOINTS
Explore the backroads of Alaska during an exhilarating off-road ATV excursion through the Chilkat Peninsula. Board a high-speed catamaran for a scenic cruise to Haines along the Lynn Canal. Upon arrival, meet your guide for a safety briefing before you set out in automatic, side-by-side ATVs equipped with either two or four seats. Journey through a series of remote areas along beaver ponds and mountain meadows; keep watch for swans, salmon, eagles, bears or moose along the way. Cross over Little Salmon Creek and ascend to a series of viewpoints overlooking several idyllic river valleys. Stop to enjoy a picnic, then descend down the mountain to the staging area before returning to your ship. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour. Guests with neck or back problems and pregnant women should not participate. Drivers must be over 21 years old and present a valid license.

HAINES WILDLIFE SAFARI
CHILKOOT VALLEY DRIVE IN SEARCH OF NATIVE ANIMALS
Discover magnificent wildlife and inspiring natural views during an excursion through the Chilkoot Valley. After a high-speed catamaran cruise to Haines along the Lynn Canal, board a motor coach for a narrated drive through historic Fort Seward before leaving for the Chilkoot Valley. Nestled between glaciated peaks and alpine meadows, this valley is home to numerous brown bears, mountain goats, salmon and otters. The area is a bird-watcher’s paradise, given its abundance of both local and migratory birds. Stop along the eponymous river to observe the native fauna; the season and time of day will determine what you may see. This region is also a habitat for innumerable nesting bald eagles. Admire your majestic surroundings and enjoy a delicious riverside lunch. Afterward, head to the mouth of the Chilkat River for more eagle sightseeing before returning to Haines and taking the ferry to your ship. Please note: Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

WILDERNESS KAYAKING EXPERIENCE
BREATHTAKING SCENERY AND WILDLIFE AT CHILKOOT LAKE
Paddle around picturesque Chilkoot Lake in a kayak during this idyllic excursion into the wilds of Alaska. Nestled in the foothills of the Takshanuk Mountains, the lake is surrounded by stunning natural beauty. Board a high-speed catamaran for a scenic cruise to Haines. Then, drive up the coast to the placid waters of Chilkoot Lake. Upon arrival, receive a safety briefing, then take a seat in your kayak. Paddle with your guide into the lake, where you will enjoy the next 90 minutes amid the breathtaking scenery for which Alaska is famous. Admire jagged mountain peaks, blue-tinged glaciers and verdant Sitka spruce trees as you keep watch for otters, eagles, bears and more. Stop to enjoy a delicious picnic lunch, then return to the staging area. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour. Maximum height is 6'6", maximum weight limit is 300 lbs.

CHILKAT BALD EAGLE PRESERVE BY RAFT
BEAUTIFUL ALASKAN LANDSCAPES AND WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS
Raft down the Chilkat River while experiencing the incredible beauty of the Alaskan wilderness. Board a catamaran for a scenic cruise, then transfer to a motor coach for a panoramic drive up the National Scenic Byway to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. This state park is a refuge for several hundred of these magnificent birds. Meet your experienced guides and embark on a leisurely float down the river on an 18-foot inflatable raft. Keep watch for the local wildlife that frequents the riverbanks due to the abundance of salmon inhabiting the waters; you may see eagles, bears and wolves roaming the shores. You will also pass the village of Klukwan, home to the Tlingit for centuries. Return to your staging area and enjoy a riverside picnic lunch before returning to your ship. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour. Maximum weight limit is 350 lbs.

NINE HOLES AT THE VALLEY OF THE EAGLES GOLF CLUB
PLAY A ROUND OF GOLF AT ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST SCENIC LINKS COURSES
Enjoy a leisurely round of golf at the Valley of the Eagles Golf Club, located on the banks of the Chilkat River. This stunning links course, designed by Nicklaus Design, is renowned for its majestic scenery and welcomes golfers of all levels. Take a catamaran from Skagway to Haines, then drive past Fort Seward. Arrive at the golf club, where you will collect your gear: clubs, pull carts, golf balls and overboots, if required (due to wet weather). You may then set off to enjoy a leisurely nine-hole round with ample opportunity to stop and admire the scenery and wildlife during your game. The course has been designed to fully integrate with its surroundings, which include salmon streams, wetlands and vegetation that is home to bald eagles, moose, waterfowl, mink and otters. Viewing stations around the course are equipped with binoculars to maximize your opportunity to appreciate this stunning course.

CHILKOOT TRAIL HIKE, RIVER RAFT & SUMMIT DRIVE
RETRACE THE STEPS OF THE GOLD RUSH ERA
Follow the gold rush trail of a bygone era, winding your way through its tranquil beauty. A century ago, this serene locale was a hive of activity, leading gold-hungry stampeders on their quest for riches. Begin your hike along the Chilkoot Trail and immerse yourself in nature as you pass through lush rain forest while your guide regales you with stories of the gold rush days. At the banks of the Taiya River, board your raft for a leisurely float. Marvel at your surroundings as the forest gives way to fields of wild iris, steep granite cliff faces and snowcapped mountains. Enjoy a riverside snack before continuing on to the White Pass summit for a panoramic drive. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour. Due to border regulations, guests must carry a passport and if required, a valid visa for entry into Canada.

ROCK CLIMBING & RAPPELLING
OUTDOOR CLIMB WITH SCENIC WILDERNESS VIEWS
Scale the smooth granite walls of White Pass during a rock climbing and rappelling excursion in the Alaskan wilds. Drive through the historic town of Skagway and up the Klondike Highway. A short hike will lead you to the base of majestic granite cliffs whose faces have been smoothed by retreating glaciers. Put on your climbing shoes, helmet and harness, then receive an introduction to climbing before you ascend the rock face. There are dozens of routes from which to choose; your guide will help you pick the best one for you. Each climb offers inspired views of the Skagway River, the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad and the surrounding Sitka spruce forest. Try a couple of different routes, rappelling down the wall back to the base between runs. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour. Guests with mobility issues should not participate.

ALPINE LAKE BY CANOE
ENJOY A LEISURELY PADDLE THROUGH PRISTINE TURQUOISE WATERS
Paddle through the waters of Summit Lake and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this pristine setting. Journey through the historic town of Skagway to the shores of Summit Lake for a short safety briefing before climbing on board your 31-foot motor-assisted canoe. Follow the lead of your experienced guide as you launch onto the water; take time to marvel at the majestic scenery around you as you paddle. Navigate rocky coves and islets as you explore narrow channels, stopping at a remote spot to admire your surroundings. Your power assisted canoe is similar in design to those paddled during the gold-rush era, and will glide along its way with minimal effort. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour. Maximum weight limit is 300 lbs. Due to border regulations, guests must carry a passport and if required, a valid visa for entry into Canada.

THE ART OF GLASSBLOWING & MARKET GARDEN VISIT
VISIT JEWELL GARDENS AND TASTE ITS RENOWNED PRODUCE
Discover why Skagway is famed for its farming on this informative garden tour and see a glassblowing demonstration. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach to Jewell Gardens—the only organic show garden in southeastern Alaska. When the gold rush brought tens of thousands of new residents to the region, fresh produce was hard to come by. In the late 19th century, a handful of entrepreneurs tried their luck at farming, including Henry D. Clark. Explore the farm founded by Clark and learn about his early success in cultivating the land; his resulting fame as the “Rhubarb King” spread far and wide. Visit Jewell Gardens’ glass studio established by Charlotte Jewell, one of Skagway’s highly acclaimed gardeners. Watch an elaborate glassblowing demonstration and enjoy a delicious rhubarb mimosa accompanied by sweet hors d’oeuvres. After your informative presentation, savor a delicious lunch prepared with seasonal vegetables from the garden.

FLIGHTSEEING & GLACIER WALK
BIRD’S-EYE VIEW OF THE ALASKAN LANDSCAPE AND GLACIER WALK
Soar high above the wilderness as you take to the skies on a helicopter flightseeing tour. Meet your pilot at Skagway’s historic waterfront and climb on board. After a safety briefing, prepare for liftoff as you leave civilization behind and discover one of Alaska’s dramatic glaciers. Fly above a rugged landscape of sheer mountain drops and jagged glacial peaks. You may witness the Chilkat Glacier and the cascading waterfalls of the Ferebee Glacier. Or, the Meade Glacier and the “River of Ice” that flows beneath. Touch down to explore a glacier on foot; your pilot will choose his landing spot so you can fully appreciate one of Mother Nature’s greatest sights up close. An experienced naturalist will take you on a walk across its icy terrain and describe nature’s forces at work. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour. Maximum weight limit is 250 lbs.

DOGSLEDDING & GLACIER FLIGHTSEEING
TRAVERSE ICY TERRAIN ACROSS THE DENVER GLACIER
Fly to the Denver Glacier to join man’s best friend and try your hand at Alaska’s favorite sport—dogsledding. Climb on board your helicopter and, after a safety briefing, take to the skies for a bird’s-eye view over the Alaskan landscape. Touch down on the Denver Glacier, where your experienced guides will greet you and introduce you to your new furry friends. Then, put your newfound dogsledding skills to the test as you take to the snow. Join your musher on an adventure across the fascinating terrain; you may choose to drive the team or sit back and relax as you take in the scenery around you. After your invigorating experience, spend time playing with the dogs before bidding your hosts farewell and boarding your helicopter for the scenic return flight. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour. Maximum weight limit is 250 lbs.

BURRO CREEK LODGE & CRAB FEAST
DINNER IN A STUNNING REMOTE LOCATION
Visit remote Burro Creek Lodge and enjoy an off-the-grid dining experience in the Alaskan wilderness. Transfer across the Lynn Canal by boat, and enjoy a champagne reception upon your arrival at Burro Creek Lodge before taking a leisurely stroll to the creek to witness the stunning falls. Cross the wooden footbridge for magnificent panoramas of the fjord and surrounding snowcapped mountains. Your guide will describe the sustainable measures that the lodge has taken to use the energy generated by the falls to supply its own electricity. Before your meal, you may choose to enjoy a hike with the on-site naturalist or relax by the campfire. When the meal bell rings, take your seat and prepare for a delicious meal of Dungeness crab and shrimp boil, accompanied by andouille sausage, sweet corn, potatoes and freshly baked bread. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Discover the old canning station at Icy Strait Point today. Fully restored by the Native American Tlingit community from nearby Hoonah, it is an exquisite time capsule revealing how locals once earned a living from the rich fishing grounds. Celebrate the Tlingit culture during a cultural presentation by locals in traditional ceremonial dress. You might also join a whale-watching excursion to spot some of the many creatures that flock to these food-rich waters.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

ICY STRAIT POINT ON YOUR OWN (INCLUDED)
HISTORY AND TRADITIONS OF THE TLINGIT
Explore the small community of Hoonah on your own with a one-day gondola pass and enjoy a Tlingit cultural show. Your gondola pass will grant you access to the transportation network covering the waterfront district—with its many restaurants, cafés and shops—and to the mountaintop, where you can admire spectacular views from the summit. A lively fishing hamlet, the growth of the town began thanks to a booming canning industry and it is today home to Alaska’s largest Tlingit community. At the Heritage Center Native Theater, you may enjoy a Tribal Dance and Cultural Legends performance by locals that provides insight into tribal traditions. Wearing authentic, vibrant regalia, Huna Tlingit performers will share their history and culture through song, dance and storytelling. After your independent exploration, make your way back to your ship.

SPASSKI RIVER VALLEY WILDLIFE & BEAR SEARCH
DISCOVER ALASKA’S WILDLIFE BY COACH AND ON FOOT
Journey into the wilds of Chichagof Island as you explore the Spasski River Valley in search of local wildlife. Journey into the wilds of Chichagof Island as you explore the Spasski River Valley in search of local wildlife. The Spasski River Valley is famous for having one of the highest densities of coastal brown bears per square mile in the world. Explore Alaska’s natural beauty and keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles and Sitka black-tailed deer as your guide shows you where to look, and explains more about the animals’ habitat. Stop for stunning photos at the various viewing points and enjoy the feeling of being immersed in the wild. Your guide will describe the surroundings and the delicate rain forest ecological system that supports the island’s Sitka brown bear population and other native flora and fauna.

WHALE & WILDLIFE CRUISE
NAVIGATE THE INSIDE PASSAGE IN SEARCH OF HUMPBACK WHALES AND MORE
Journey in a power catamaran in search of the diverse marine life that lives in the waters around Chichagof Island. Journey in a power catamaran in search of the diverse marine life that lives in the waters around Chichagof Island. Relax in the warm main cabin and cruise past the island’s temperate rain forests while your onboard naturalist describes the diverse marine life that calls these nutrient-rich waters home during the summer months. Search for sea lions, harbor seals, orcas and the enormous humpback whales that make their way from more temperate waters to feed on abundant plankton and krill. Head to the outdoor observation deck to scan the sea for these majestic creatures, which routinely reach 50 feet in length. If you are lucky, you will be able to see them frolicking in the water, and perhaps they will treat you to a playful fluke slap against the surface or an impressive display of breaching.

CHICHAGOF ISLAND ATV EXPEDITION
PANORAMIC DRIVE THROUGH MAJESTIC ALASKAN WILDERNESS
Explore the Alaskan wilderness in an off-road vehicle during a panoramic tour of Chichagof Island. Explore the Alaskan wilderness in an off-road vehicle during a panoramic tour of Chichagof Island. Travel along the coast and through Hoonah, the largest native Tlingit community in Alaska. Upon arrival in the foothills of the Hoonah Mountains, receive a short orientation before climbing into your off-road vehicle. Follow a trail into a temperate rain forest full of fragrant Sitka spruce, Douglas fir and red cedar trees. Pass by deep valleys and admire the stunning panoramas of mountains and the Icy Strait as you traverse your path. Stop along the way to switch drivers so that both riders have time to appreciate nature, as well as time for photographs. After your trek, you will return to your ship. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour. Drivers must be over 18 years old and present a valid license. Pregnant women cannot participate.

ZIPRIDER DOWN HOONAH MOUNTAIN
SCENIC MOUNTAIN DESCENT AT 60 MILES PER HOUR
Enjoy sweeping views of scenic Chichagof Island as you soar 300 feet above the rain forest during a zip-line ride. At the summit of Hoonah Mountain, located 1,330 feet above sea level, the six-cable ZipRider allows six riders to race to the bottom simultaneously. Have a seat in your harness, then take off, accelerating to 60 miles per hour as the land drops away and you “fly” toward the beach. Enjoy the panoramic views of Port Frederick, the Icy Strait and your ship as you descend. Your exhilarating ride will end with a gentle touchdown at the water’s edge. After your adrenaline dissipates, you will return to your awaiting ship. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour. Minimum weight is 75 lbs, maximum weight limit is 275 lbs. Minimum height is 4'4", maximum height is 6'8". Pregnant women cannot participate in this tour.

ICY STRAIT BY KAYAK
TRAVERSE TRANQUIL WATERS AND KEEP WATCH FOR LOCAL WILDLIFE
Paddle the protected waters around Hoonah and Pitt Island in search of local wildlife. Sitting low in the water, your kayak offers you the opportunity to experience this natural setting up close. Take a walk to the kayak center, where you will receive a short safety briefing. As you glide along the tranquil waters in your two-person kayak, your guide will teach you about the indigenous Tlingit culture. Depending on the time of year, you may see gigantic humpback whales breaching or pods of orcas patrolling the waters. Frolicking seals and sea lions are also common, as well as bald eagles. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour. Minimum requirements: weight 50 lbs, height 4'10". Maximum requirements: weight 250 lbs, height 6'6". Guests with neck or back problems and pregnant women should not participate in this tour.

WHALES, WILDLIFE & BROWN BEAR SEARCH
JOURNEY TO ICY STRAIT AND SPASSKI RIVER VALLEY
Set out in search of local wildlife on this excursion to the majestic Icy Strait and the Spasski River Valley. Set out in search of local wildlife on this excursion to the majestic Icy Strait and the Spasski River Valley. Framed by rugged coastlines and snowcapped mountains, this area is home to a diverse number of marine species. From your power catamaran, keep watch for enormous humpback whales, orcas and playful sea lions and porpoises as you cruise. Back on land, learn about the indigenous Tlingit people from your guide as you journey by motor coach through the interior forests of Tongass National Forest, home to Sitka black-tailed deer, bald eagles and coastal brown bears. Upon arrival at your destination, stroll the trails and boardwalks over muskeg on your way to three viewing platforms overlooking the Spasski River. If you are lucky, you will be able to observe some local bears feeding at the river.

THE CUISINE OF ALASKA
LEARN TO MAKE TASTY LOCAL DELICACIES
Savor the rich culture and fresh cuisine of Alaska during a tasting session with a knowledgeable local chef. Savor the rich culture and fresh cuisine of Alaska during a tasting session with a knowledgeable local chef. Alaska is famous for its cold-water seafood, such as salmon and Alaskan king crab, and big game, such as elk, moose and bear. Head to the site of your culinary experience and meet your friendly chef, who specializes in the preparation of seafood and other local delicacies. See the entire cooking process before gathering around a large grill to learn tips and techniques. Watch as the catch of the day is filleted, then get hands-on experience as you prepare and cook the fish under the watchful eye of the chef. Sample your delicious creation and be sure to gather the recipe cards to take back home with you. Afterward, enjoy time to explore Icy Strait Point at your leisure.

CHICHAGOF ISLAND JEEP EXPEDITION
OFF-ROAD TREK THROUGH BEAUTIFUL ALASKAN WILDERNESS
Take the road less traveled into the forests of Chichagof Island during an off-road drive in a 4x4 Jeep Wrangler. The remnants of the bustling timber industry from the 1980’s las left more than 150 miles of back roads through the pristine wilderness. After a short safety briefing at the Adventure Center, travel through Hoonah, the largest Tlingit community in Alaska, and learn about the rich culture and vast history of the indigenous people. As you head into the second-growth forests and muskegs that dominate the island, keep watch for wildlife, such as bald eagles, Sitka black-tailed deer and coastal brown bears. Marvel at the panoramic views at the “Vortex” and discover how glacial advances created the valleys and mountains millennia ago. A perfect opportunity to discover the rugged, natural beauty of the largest National Forest in the United States. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour. Drivers must be over 25 years old and present a valid license.

MOUNTAINTOP FOREST EXPLORATION
ENJOY PANORAMIC VIEWS FROM ATOP HOONAH MOUNTAIN
Take a ride in a gondola to the summit of Hoonah Mountain and journey through the forest by tram. Meet your guide and board your state-of-the-art gondola with your all-access pass, then enjoy the panoramic views from the floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Ascend to more than 1,500 feet, where you will board an open-air tram for a round trip ride in the fresh mountain air. Journey through old-growth forest, admiring the Sitka spruce, western hemlock and wildflowers that line the road. Marvel at the views over a mountain lake as your guide describes the region’s flora and fauna and explains how the island’s Tlingit people are connected to the wonderful nature of this rich landscape. Pause for photos at the viewpoint and capture the snowcapped mountains as you gaze down at the city of Hoonah and the port below. After your tour, return to your awaiting ship.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Surrounded by glacier-carved mountains and fed by the enormous Hubbard Glacier, Yakutat Bay spreads some 18 miles across at its widest point. On calm days, snow-covered slopes are reflected in the mirror-like bay, casting the entire scene in a soft, icy azure glow. Disenchantment Bay extends farther inland like a finger; at its farthest point, Hubbard Glacier creeps seaward from its source five miles away. The ice at the water’s edge began its journey from near Mt. Walsh more than 400 years ago in the early 1600s.

Valdez enjoys a breathtaking setting at the tip of a deep-cut fjord in Prince William Sound. The glacial Chugach Mountains rise up all around the city, adding to its scenic allure. In its early days, the promise of gold attracted explorers and seekers of wealth, but the land proved barren. The town finally experienced its economic boom as North America’s northernmost ice-free port. Today, it is the southern terminus of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline that carries oil south from Prudhoe Bay on the Arctic coast.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

VALDEZ ON YOUR OWN (INCLUDED)
A CHARMING TOWN IN A STUNNING SETTING
Explore this small fishing town’s rich past at your leisure, following your own interests. From your berth, begin your self-guided exploration by taking a free shuttle bus to any of three stops: the Valdez Museum, the Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum or a city center exhibit at which a 35-minute video detailing the history of Valdez plays continually throughout the day. The remote frontier town of Valdez, surrounded by soaring peaks, was named for the Spanish secretary of the navy in 1790. It grew after settlers lured gold seekers here from the Klondike gold rush trail with the promise of riches. The gold was never found, but the town grew nonetheless. Today, picturesque Valdez thrives on fishing and oil; colorful boats line the harbor alongside the Trans-Alaska Pipeline terminal. As you explore, perhaps you will visit the Whitney Museum, a fascinating collection of native art and artifacts, and stop by a charming café for lunch.

ALASKAN GLACIERS BY HELICOPTER
BIRD’S-EYE VIEW OF ARCTIC LANDSCAPE
Be captivated by the Arctic landscape from the sky and explore the imposing face of a glacier. Board your helicopter and take off over the rocky fjords. As you soar above, gaze down at the largest protected tidewater glacier in Prince William Sound. With more than 150 glaciers and 17 tidewater glaciers, catch a glimpse of nature at its best; you may even see a shelf of ice as it crashes down into the sound below. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as you touch down and experience a 30-minute walk on a glacier, and take a sip of the ice-cold glacier waters. Back in the helicopter, fly over mountain lakes witnessing spectacular waterfalls and stunning scenery of the Chugach Mountains. This aerial tour is the best way to experience Alaska’s icy wonderland. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour. Maximum weight limit is 250 lbs.

COLUMBIA GLACIER CRUISE
MARVEL AT NATURE ON A SCENIC CRUISE THROUGH PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND
Set off on a scenic journey through Prince William Sound on this cruise to the Columbia Glacier. Embark your boat and witness one of the most rapidly changing glaciers in the world today. This tidewater glacier is retreating at a rate so rapid that it has moved more than 12 miles over the last 30 years. Global warming has contributed to the shrinking of this glacier; however, once it reaches the shoreline and creates a more stable surface, its retreat is likely to slow down enough to make it possible for the glacier to reform. Enjoy a light lunch on board as you cruise past fjords and stunning ice walls. Your vessel’s ability to get close to the glacier will be dependent upon the ice and water conditions at Prince William Sound. At the end of your cruise, you will return to port and your awaiting ship.

VALDEZ GLACIER BY KAYAK
EXPLORE THE FROZEN SCENERY OF A GLACIER LAKE
Enjoy the spectacular scenery from the water as you paddle your kayak between exquisite icebergs. After a short kayaking lesson and safety talk, your local guides will lead you on an exhilarating three-hour excursion on a lake at Valdez Glacier that is suitable for kayakers of all experience levels. Glide leisurely over the smooth waters, and marvel as you look straight up at the immense icy peaks rising from the surface. Your knowledgeable guides will describe how, over time, the Valdez Glacier was formed and is changing, and share tales of the determined gold miners who traversed this rugged terrain during the gold rush of 1889. Take a break along the lake’s gravelly shore to enjoy a delicious hot beverage before returning to your kayak and paddling back to base. Upon arrival, you will return to your awaiting ship.

OLD TOWN MODEL & EARTHQUAKE TALK
LEARN ABOUT THE DEVASTATING GOOD FRIDAY EARTHQUAKE OF 1964
Listen to a firsthand account of Valdez’s darkest day during an exclusive visit to the Old Town model. On the late afternoon of March 27, 1964, the second-largest earthquake ever recorded struck Valdez. Lasting more than five minutes and registering 9.2 on the Richter scale, the “Good Friday Earthquake” caused a section of the town’s shoreline to slide into the sea, created a 30-foot-high tsunami, ripped apart streets and leveled buildings while claiming 31 lives. The damage was so extensive, and the ground bedrock considered so unstable, that the town was moved four miles to its current location. At the museum, explore the meticulously detailed 1:20 scale model of what the Old Town looked like prior to the quake. Hear stories about that tragic day, and partake in the opportunity to ask questions and engage with a local who survived the ordeal. Afterward, you will return to your ship.

FLIGHTSEEING OVER CHUGACH MOUNTAINS
AERIAL PERSPECTIVE OF SPECTACULAR ALASKAN WILDERNESS
Soar above the alpine tundra for spectacular views of the Alaskan wilderness during a scenic helicopter flight. Take a short drive to the heliport, where you will meet your experienced pilot and board your helicopter for a 60-minute excursion. Within minutes of being airborne, the splendor of this northern landscape will reveal itself as you head toward the stunning Chugach Mountain range. From your bird’s-eye perspective, you will gain a greater appreciation of the mountain range’s scale, stretching more than 250 miles. Listen to your pilot’s narration as you fly over rugged peaks, cascading waterfalls and seemingly endless glaciers. Do not forget to bring your camera to take photos of these magnificent natural wonders. At the end of your aerial tour, return to the heliport, then continue on to your awaiting ship. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour. Maximum weight limit is 250 lbs.

HIGHLIGHTS OF VALDEZ
SCENIC JOURNEY THROUGH A RUGGED ALASKAN LANDSCAPE
Discover the rugged beauty of Alaska's wilderness during a scenic trip to Thompson Pass and around Valdez. Embark on a panoramic drive by motor coach through Valdez, learning about the town’s gold-rush era and visiting Old Town Valdez. Arrive at Keystone Canyon, where you will find numerous waterfalls nestled within its steep rock face. Stop for photos at Horsetail and Bridal Veil Falls, their snow and icy meltwaters cascading over towering canyon walls from hundreds of feet above. Your coach will climb to 2,805 feet above sea level as you wind your way through Thompson Pass—the snowiest place in Alaska. Stop at the Worthington Glacier State Recreation Site, where you can see a typical valley glacier up close. En route back to your ship, stop at the Solomon Gulch Fish Hatchery to learn about one of Alaska’s most abundant resources, salmon.

BIRD’S-EYE VIEW OF A GLACIER
OFF-ROAD NATURE TRAILS OF VALDEZ
Explore glaciers and search for wildlife during an exhilarating helicopter ride over the Alaskan wilderness. At the heliport, meet your pilot and after a short safety briefing, climb on board. Once airborne, your knowledgeable pilot will explain about the history of the area and stories of the early gold miners who came here to seek their fortunes. Have your camera at the ready to capture the magnificent sights of the glaciers below as you keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. Your helicopter will touch down, giving you the opportunity to walk along this rugged and fascinating icy terrain. Learn how glaciers are created and take a drink of ice-cold water straight from the source. After your glacier trek, board your helicopter for the return flight to your awaiting ship. Please note: maximum weight is 250 lbs and guests must sign a liability waiver to participate in the tour. Guests must wear sturdy footwear.

GLACIAL RIVER WHITE-WATER RAFTING
EXHILARATING DOWNSTREAM JOURNEY ON AN INFLATABLE RAFT
Raft down the Lowe River through the Chugach Mountains during a thrilling whitewater rafting experience. Begin your journey by motor coach and admire the unforgettable scenery of the Thompson Pass as you head toward the Keystone canyon. Meet your guide where you will be outfitted with dry suits, rubber shoes, life jackets and a helmet. After receiving a short safety briefing, you will then climb on board your raft with your paddle and set out on an adventure as you head back down stream. Navigate the channels of the Lowe river and follow your guide’s expert tuition as you steer through a series of churning twists and turns. As the rushing waters subside and tranquility resumes, make a pit stop to witness the thundering Bridal Veil Falls. After your exhilarating journey, return to shore. Please note: this tour is physically demanding and guests must sign a liability waiver to participate in this tour.

MINERAL CREEK CANYON BY ATV
OFF-ROAD NATURE TRAILS OF VALDEZ
Journey into the scenic Chugach Mountains on an ATV adventure to the Mineral Creek Canyon. Take your seat next to your driver guide before setting out off the beaten path to view some of Alaska’s stunning nature trails. Along the route to Mineral Creek Canyon, you will stop for photo opportunities; see a picturesque creek, take a short stroll from your ATV to view a spectacular waterfall and immerse yourself in the beautiful nature and tranquility of your surroundings. The Mineral Creek Canyon is home to the W. L. Smith Stamp Mill, and remains as a tribute to the early gold miners of Valdez. During your ride, you can also keep watch for local wildlife; bears and mountain goats are commonly sighted. After your exhilarating tour, return to your awaiting ship. Please note: guests must sign a liability waiver to participate in this tour.

WILDLIFE OF PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND
WITNESS MARINE LIFE AMID STUNNING SCENERY
View the diverse wildlife of Prince William Sound during a leisurely cruise. Meet your guide at the pier and board your vessel, then sit back and relax as you set sail. Your boat will trace the shores of the sound, past cascading waterfalls and into picturesque bays, until you reach the rocky headland of Point Bull Head. Along the way, your guide will explain the local landscape, geological features and point out places of interest, and share stories about early explorers and the region’s gold mining heritage. As you sail, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife sightings; you may see sea otters, who are frequently spotted in these parts, as well as porpoise, orca and even humpback whales. On land, bald eagles are plentiful, nesting in treetops or perched along the shore. After your tour, return to your awaiting ship.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Seward enjoys a magnificent setting between snowcapped peaks and Resurrection Bay, a pristine harbor ringed by mountains. The Alaskan city was named after Abraham Lincoln’s secretary of state who defied public opinion to pursue the purchase of Alaska from Russia. Seward is steeped in marine culture, from its busy fishing port to the excellent exhibits and preservation efforts of the Alaska SeaLife Center. It is also the famed starting point of the Iditarod Trail, the dogsled race route originally laid to link Seward to inland Alaska.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

ALASKA SEALIFE CENTER (INCLUDED)
COASTAL ALASKA’S MARINE INSTITUTE
Head to Seward’s renowned Alaska SeaLife Center for independent exploration, compliments of Viking. As you disembark your ship, receive an overview of the varied venues throughout Seward, beautifully set on a mountain-ringed bay. Shuttles will operate between our berth and the marine center, so you may depart and return at your leisure and explore more of Seward if you wish. At the fascinating Alaska SeaLife Center, dedicated to putting visitors in close contact with cutting-edge marine research, admire the species in the public aquarium and learn about the research animals in the exhibit tanks. North Pacific mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates are profiled in the center’s comprehensive displays. Here, you will discover how both injured wild animals and resident animals requiring medical treatment are nursed back to health. Experience the center as long as you wish and return to the pier via our shuttles.

SLED DOGS OF THE IDITAROD
EXPERIENCE THE THRILL OF ALASKA’S WILDERNESS BY SLED
Immerse yourself in the world of Iditarod mushers before taking to the trails on the back of a dogsled. Visit the dog kennel of the Seavey family; combined, father Mitch and son Dallas have won an impressive seven Iditarods. Learn about the art of mushing and meet the dogs—Alaskan huskies. As is the case with other breeds of dog used for sledding, these canines have an amazing physiology that allows them to run for long periods of time without experiencing fatigue. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how mushers and dogs train for the Iditarod; known as the “Last Great Race,” this annual long-distance dogsledding competition runs nearly 1,000 miles from Anchorage to Nome. Then, take to the trails on a dogsled that has been equipped with wheels for the summer conditions. Mush through the Alaskan wilderness and experience the power and enthusiasm of the fastest long-distance runners in the world.

HELICOPTER SIGHTSEEING & GLACIER LANDING FOR DOG MUSHING
THE RUGGED BEAUTY OF SPECTACULAR GLACIERS FROM ABOVE AND ON THE GROUND
Take to the air for a bird’s-eye view of the Fourth of July Glacier and explore it by dogsled. Take off in a helicopter and fly over scenic Resurrection Valley, admiring the verdant forests that line its shores, icy glaciers and jagged mountain peaks. Land on the Fourth of July Glacier, where you will meet your dog mushers. Learn about how the dogs are bred and their amazing physiology that allows them to run for long periods of time. See how they are trained and receive instruction on how to help drive the team, then head out onto the rugged glacier for a 20-minute sled ride and enjoy spectacular views as the dogs pull you. At the end of your sled ride, you will board your helicopter for the scenic return trip. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour. Maximum weight limit is 290 lbs.

KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK BY BOAT
ENJOY ALASKA’S ABUNDANT WILDLIFE AND GLACIAL WONDERLAND UP CLOSE
Unwind during a scenic boat tour and enjoy pristine nature and plentiful animal life from the boat. Be captivated by the rich marine wildlife; these glacial waters are home to sea otters, porpoises, sea lions and a variety of whale species, including the killer whales that also reside in the waters of Kenai Fjords National Park. Discover some of the 191 species of bird that have been documented so far. A national park since 1980, Kenai preserves the fjord and rain forest ecosystems and wildlife while conserving the area’s historic and archaeological remains. Dip into sizable fjords and cruise beneath awe-inspiring mountains exceeding 6,000 feet in height. Admire the park’s many glaciers, and get an up-close view of the looming face of one of these icy giants. The seemingly harsh terrain of the Kenai Peninsula is also home to many terrestrial animals that can be spotted from the boat’s deck.

EXIT GLACIER HIKE
PANORAMIC VIEWS OF AN ICE FIELD FROM A SCENIC OVERLOOK
Discover the jewel of the Resurrection River Valley on a guided hike to a viewpoint along the scenic Exit Glacier. Covering an area of approximately 2½ miles, this easily accessible valley glacier descends the mountainside from the Harding Icefield to the Resurrection River in a massive wall of blue-tinged ice. After a short drive to the trailhead, disembark your motor coach and follow your naturalist guide along the path on an invigorating hike toward the picturesque viewpoint. Along the way, your guide will provide insightful narration about the topography, vegetation and natural habitats of this glacial environment. Learn how rising global temperatures are affecting the glacier and take note of the markers along the trail that indicate its aggressive retreat. At the overlook, enjoy panoramic views of the expanse of ice and snow stretching out before you. Afterward, you will return down the trail and head back to your ship.

ALYESKA RESORT EXCURSION
MOUNTAIN RETREAT WITH PICTURESQUE VISTAS OF ALASKAN WILDERNESS
Admire spectacular views of the Alaskan wilderness during a day of independent exploration at an alpine resort. Embark on a scenic journey by motor coach through Kenai Fjords National Park to the resort community of Girdwood, nestled in the foothills of the Chugach Mountains along the Turnagain Arm waterway. Upon arrival, board a cable car for a gentle ascent to the Alyeska Resort, where you will enjoy a deli-style lunch before heading out. Depending on the weather conditions and time of year, you may choose to stroll along one of the surrounding forest's nearby walking trails toward various picturesque viewpoints. Gaze across the rugged landscape, marveling at its jagged snowcapped peaks and stunning hanging glaciers. Return down the mountain, then head to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center for an opportunity to see local wildlife up close. Afterward, you will return to your awaiting ship.

ANIMAL ENCOUNTER AT THE ALASKA SEALIFE CENTER
EXCLUSIVE ENCOUNTER WITH THE INSTITUTE’S RESEARCHERS AND WILDLIFE
Tour Seward’s renowned Alaska SeaLife Center during an exclusive behind-the-scenes excursion. This fascinating center is dedicated to putting visitors in close contact with cutting-edge marine research; it features a public aquarium with exhibit tanks for displaying research animals as well as other northern Pacific mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates. Your interactive tour will allow you to meet aquatic scientists and learn about their research while getting an up-close look at the animals to observe their behavior. Start with a puffin encounter, during which you will speak with a member of the avian staff to learn more about this unique seabird. Later, chat with an aquarist and learn about the octopus. Finally, go behind the scenes and hear about the facility’s wildlife response team, ongoing research projects and full veterinary suite. After your informative experience, you will return to your awaiting ship.

SCENIC TRAIN & RAFTING
AWE-INSPIRING LANDSCAPES FROM TWO DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES
Embark on a scenic train ride through the Alaskan wilderness and raft among the icebergs of Spencer Glacier. Embark on a scenic train ride through the Alaskan wilderness and raft among the icebergs of Spencer Glacier. Take a scenic drive by motor coach to Portage Station, where you will board your train car on the Alaska Railroad. Gaze out of your car’s large windows as you wind your way along the Placer River Valley and Spencer Glacier, an Ice Age setting of soaring peaks and steep valley slopes. Enjoy a box lunch while you travel though this awe-inspiring landscape. After reaching your starting point, meet your knowledgeable guides and set out among the icebergs of Spencer Lake in a raft. Marvel at panoramic views of the hanging glaciers and surrounding mountains as you paddle between icebergs, then down the pristine Placer River. Stop along the riverbank, where the train will pick you up and transport you back to Portage Station. After your tour, you will return to your ship.

RESURRECTION BAY WILDLIFE CRUISE
IN SEARCH OF ALASKA’S DIVERSE MARINE AND TERRESTRIAL WILDLIFE
Explore the protected waters and rugged coast of Resurrection Bay on board an exclusive Viking-chartered vessel. Nicknamed the “Gateway to the Kenai Fjords,” the bay’s calm waters are home to an abundance of marine and terrestrial wildlife. Board your ship and head out for an opportunity to experience up-close encounters with wildlife as you cruise along massive bird rookeries and past sea lion colonies. Along the way, you will stop to view any passing whale pods or frolicking sea otters. Enjoy a delicious deli-style meal as you admire the alpine glaciers nestled in the surrounding mountain ranges of Chugach and Kenai. Gaze at the blue-tinged ice of Bear Glacier, a 13-mile-long expanse of ice and snow. At the end of your cruise, you will return to the pier and your awaiting ship.

HELICOPTER FLIGHTSEEING
STUNNING AERIAL VIEWS OF KENAI PENINSULA
Soar high above the glaciers, forests and rugged peaks of the Kenai Peninsula during a thrilling helicopter ride. Travel to the nearby airstrip, where you will meet your experienced pilot. Receive a short safety briefing, then board your helicopter and take off for your 30-minute flight. Your pilot will choose the best route, depending on weather conditions. Your flight could take you to Resurrection Bay, where you can gaze at the blue-tinged ice of Bear Glacier, a 13-mile-long expanse of ice and snow that is the largest of the 38 glaciers that comprise the Harding Icefield. Or, pass over remote Chugach National Forest, much of which is untouched by roads or trails. Keep watch for the abundance of marine and terrestrial wildlife that call this region home. Please note: a liability waiver must be signed to participate in this tour. Maximum weight limit is 260 lbs per person.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Disembark your ship this morning and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Or stay on in Seward to explore more of Alaska’s pristine wilderness and charming cities.

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May-07

Vancouver, British Columbia to Seward, Alaska FROM
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AU$8,495
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MORE FEATURES, SERVICES AND EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:

  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Ground transfers with Viking Air purchase
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites
  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • Access to The Nordic Spa & state-of-the-art fitness center
  • Self-service launderettes
  • Alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge
  • 24-hour room service

YOUR STATEROOMS INCLUDE:

  • King-size Viking Explorer Bed with luxury linen
  • 42″ flat-screen LCD TV with intuitive remote & complimentary Movies On Demand
  • Large private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated floor, anti-fog mirror & hair dryer
  • Premium Freyja toiletries
  • Direct-dial satellite phone and cell service
  • Security safe
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • Ample USB ports

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