Arrive in Vancouver and embark your ship between 3 and 4 PM this afternoon. Settle in to your cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship and her crew.
On your first day at sea, spend time getting to know your new "home." Perhaps take advantage of the ship's luxurious amenities or enjoy the sea air while you look for marine and bird-life on deck.
Ketchikan is the Southeastern-most city in Alaska. It is located on Revillagigedo Island, and is surrounded by the lands of the Tongass National Forest. With a population of roughly 8,500, Ketchikan is the most densely populated city in Alaska. It also has the largest collection of standing totem poles in the world. These are found throughout the city and pay homage to the history of the Tlingit peoples who have long inhabited these lands. Today, choose from several optional excursions. Explore the coastline and Anette Island and visit a community of Tsmimshian people. Learn about this native culture's heritage through a museum visit. You can also choose to take a coach tour to the region's rainforest sanctuary and to the Alaska Raptor Center, where you can see native birds, including the enchanting bald eagle, up close. Stop at the Totem Heritage Center and Creek Street before returning to your ship. Alternatively, experience an authentic fishing excursion in the unspoiled wilderness of Alaska’s coastline. Led by a professional guide aboard stable, custom-built skiffs, hone your skills before enjoying a gourmet meal of your own freshly-caught fish.
Your morning is spent sailing through the 6-mile-long LeConte Bay, nestled on the east portion of Frederick Sound. Be sure to get a spot on deck to enjoy views of the bay's steep fjords, home to a seal rookery, and the incredible LeConte Glacier. This afternoon, call in Petersburg, located where Frederick Bay meets the Wrangell Narrows. Optional excursions in this port city are still being finalized.
No stops are scheduled today to allow for an all-day cruise through the Tracy Arm fjord. Located at the heart of the Tongass National Forest, the fjord is over 30 miles long and is filled with active glaciers. Details about your tour in this region are forthcoming and may depend on weather.
Haines is in the Northern part of the Alaska Panhandle, near Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. The area around present-day Haines was called “Dtehshuh” or “end of the trail” by the Chilkat group of Tlingit. You have a variety of adventures to choose from in Haines. Join a guided nature hike surrounded by amazing mountain and ocean views. You may also choose to embark a coach for an exploration of Haines' Native cultures, fascinating history, and magnificent views. The adventurous can join a kayaking tour of Chilkoot Lake. join a wildlife wilderness river cruise, or take an expedition to view Davidson Glacier at the remote Glacier Point Beach.
Skagway is located in a narrow glaciated valley at the head of the Taiya Inlet, at the north end of the Lynn Canal, which is the most northern fjord on the Inside Passage in the Alaska panhandle. The area around present-day Skagway was inhabited by Tlingit people from prehistoric times. They fished and hunted in the waters and forests of the area and prospered though trade with coastal and interior groups. Explore the city aboard a historical streetcar tour to major points of interest on an optional excursion. Alternatively, hike the historic Chillkoot Trail, the centerpiece of Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, which ends in a scenic float. You can also choose a tour that takes you by mini-bus along the Klondike Highway and to a railcar ride on the world-famous White Pass Railroad.
Following breakfast, disembark in Juneau. Transfer to the airport for your independent flights home.
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|* Itinerary operates in reverse.|