Seattle, Washington - EmbarkSailing from Seattle’s Fishermen's Terminal, transit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and cruise along Seattle’s picturesque waterfront. Settle into the rhythm of the Salish Sea and begin your journey of discovery along the path of the Gold Rush.
Friday Harbor / Salish SeaKeep watch for the resident orca pods as the boat makes its way through the San Juan Islands. Explore the shops, galleries, and intriguing whale museum in charming Friday Harbor, once an important whaling center. Shaped and molded by the last ice age, forested islands dot the seascape of this yachter’s paradise.
Strait of Georgia / Johnstone StraitNestled between Vancouver Island and the mountainous mainland of British Columbia, the Strait of Georgia’s islands, fjords, and intricate waterways unfold before you. Sail north into Johnstone Strait—summer home to approximately 150 orca whales. Onboard Living History presentations unlock the storied-past of these wild shorelines.
Canada's Inside PassageQuiet reaches, whale watching, yoga on the deck, and engaging presentations fill your day in a landscape of glacially carved fjords and temperate rainforest. Pass by the Great Bear Rainforest and keep a watchful eye for the Kermode “spirit” bear, easily recognized by its white fur. Cruise past the ghost town of Butedale — founded in 1918 as a fishing, mining, and logging camp—before crossing the US/Canada border into Alaska.
Ketchikan, AlaskaTiming and tides deliver today’s scenic wonders before arriving in Ketchikan, “salmon capital of the world,” where it’s all ashore for a historic tour focused on Ketchikan’s local Tlingit culture. Discover the exceptional art forms of intricately carved totems, enjoy masterful storytelling with a local Tlingit guide, and don’t miss Dolly’s House in the red light district of Creek Street.
WrangellEstablished as a fur trading center by the Russians in the early 1800s, Wrangell is the only Alaskan town ever governed by four nations. During the 1800s, it held a strategic location for Gold Rush prospectors and served as the launch point for pioneering conservationist John Muir’s famous glacier expedition. Visit the Wrangell Museum to re-live the town's colorful past.
Petersburg / Frederick Sound / Chatham StraitTransit the Wrangell Narrows, a 22-mile winding, snake-like channel dubbed as “Christmas Tree Lane” for the abundant red and green navigational lights. Along the way, watch the shore for Sitka black-tailed deer, black bears, and seabirds. The “Town that Fish Built,” was founded over 100 years ago. Uncover the impact fishing had on Petersburg on a tour through town before getting underway for an afternoon of whale watching in Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait.
Sergius Narrows / SitkaAmidst the Tongass National Forest, you’ll navigate through Sergius Narrows, the “inside route” to Sitka—Southeast Alaska’s oldest non-Native settlement. A guided walk through Sitka National Historical Park—Alaska’s oldest federally designated park—and the Cathedral of St. Michael’s brings Sitka’s Russian American and Tlingit history to life.
Captians Choice / Chichagof Island / Icy StraitLeave it to your Captain to uncover the best opportunities for today’s wilderness adventure. As your ship cruises along the shore at Chichagof Island and through the northern whale waters of Icy Strait, keep watch for the gentle humpbacks. Feasting on krill. Breaching. Giving you the fluke.
Glacier Bay National ParkFirst established as a National Monument in 1925, Glacier Bay holds the status of National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. Glaciers unfold front and center today and there are many to choose from—Margerie, Grand Pacific, Johns Hopkins, or Lamplugh. Cruise by Marble Islands and witness Steller sea lions barking on the rocky haulout. Seabirds also flock to the area—murrelets, puffins, and black-legged kittiwakes are frequent residents. The 15,000-foot peaks of the Fairweather Range drape the skyline.
Haines / SkagwayThe area thrived for years as an integral trade center to the Chilkat band of Tlingit natives, famous for their intricately designed blankets woven with mountain goat hair and cedar bark. Haines is home to the world's largest autumnal congregation of bald eagles. Take a ride on the White Pass and Yukon rail and tour the town of Skagway in a signature 1920s-style bus. Wooden boardwalks line the outer edges of the town’s historic buildings where tales of betrayal, fortune, and mystery come alive.
Juneau, Alaska - DisembarkDisembark after breakfast for your transfer to the Juneau airport or to begin your add-on overnight stay or extended land tour.