Seattle, Washington / EmbarkArrive in Seattle this afternoon and embark the ship.
Gulf Islands, British ColumbiaSearch for orca whales and cruise around forested islands.
Alert Bay & Johnstone Strait, British ColumbiaAt the community of Alert Bay, visit the U’Mista Cultural Center, where you’ll watch traditional First Nations performances and learn from the Kwakwaka’wakw people. Visit Johnstone Strait, one of the foremost viewing areas for orcas in the Northern Hemisphere.
Inside Passage of British ColumbiaHead northward along the untouched coastline looking for whales, dolphins, bears, deer and other wildlife. Go ashore to explore or kayak the many bays and inlets.
With a shared respect for the natural world, explore the islands of Haida Gwaii. Two Haida Interpreters will you, first visiting the Haida Heritage Center at K’aay Linagaay to learn about the incredible history of the Haida people and the meaning behind their renowned artwork. In the ancestral town of Old Massett, join in a traditional dance performance and feast, and meet community members and Haida artists.
Over the next two days, explore the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site. See the ancient totems at SGang Gwaay (Ninstints) or K'una (Skedans). Kayak and take expedition landing craft around the incredibly biodiverse islands where black bears are the largest in the world and endemic species thrive.
Misty Fjords, AlaskaCruise past glacially-carved cliffs and kayak in the stillness of Misty Fiord’s forested backwaters.
Frederick Sound & PetersburgJoin naturalists on deck and search for orcas, humpback whales, and Steller sea lions. Go ashore for a walk along a quiet forest trail and in the fishing village of Petersburg, known as “Alaska’s Little Norway”. Explore with optional flightseeing or a bicycle ride. Enjoy a crab feast this evening.
Tracy Arm & Fords Terror WildernessVoyage into Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular fjords, with waterfalls cascading from glacially carved walls. See the soaring Dawes or South Sawyer Glacier up close and take an expedition landing craft cruise for an unbeatable view of sculpted icebergs.
JuneauVisit Mendenhall Glacier with your naturalists and observe the ever-changing, ice-carved valley up close.
Glacier Bay National ParkVia special park permit, spend the entire day among the enormous glaciers and expansive wilderness. Listen as the quiet stillness of the area is broken by the thunder of tons of ice calving into the sea. Search for Steller sea lions, puffins and mountain goats. A native Tlingit interpreter joins you to share the lore and legend of the area.
Southeast Alaska's Islands, Bays & FjordsKayak and hike among forested islands on our final exploration of southeast Alaska.
Sitka / DisembarkVisit Saint Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral with its picturesque spire and meet eagles up close at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center before transferring to the airport for your independent flights to Seattle.