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Wildlife and Forests of Alaska

Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Le Soleal
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Journey to the heart of wild and unspoiled natural environments aboard Le Soleal. Visit  Prince William Sound, in the Gulf of Alaska, and surrender to the beauty of the icy décor all around you. During your Zodiac outings, exploring the meanders of stunning fjords lead you to impressive glacier fronts like that of the Hubbard Glacier. During the first part of your cruise, clear a path through the Interior Passage and draw closer to the temperate rainforest on Canada’s west coast. This primary forest is a biodiversity hotspot where you can observe numerous species such as bald eagles, black bears, grizzlies, sea otters, humpback whales and orcas. Here find a concentration of life in an enchanting setting of mountains and conifers that is typical of these wild regions.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Seward, Alaska | Embark
Day 2 : Barry Arm Fjord | College Fjord
Day 3 : Cordova
Day 4 : Hubbard Glacier
Day 5 : Elfin Cove | Inian Island
Day 6 : Red Bluff Bay | Rowan Bay
Day 7 : The Brothers | Kake
Day 8 : Endicott
Day 9 : Petersburg | Wragell Narrows
Day 10 : Rudyerd Bay | Twin Island
Day 11 : Pine Island
Day 12 : Seymour Narrows
Day 13 : Vancouver | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit College Fjord to admire its outstandingly rich glacier scenery
  • Sail along the Interior Passage for an amazing journey to British Columbia
  • Discover the magnificent primary rainforest along the east coast of Alaska
  • Explore the authentic heart of the Tongass National forest

Ship

Le Soleal

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Seward, Alaska | Embark

Board your ship in Seward, located on the Kenai Peninsula, south of Anchorage. This bustling port, built for the fishing and shipbuilding industries, shows you just how vibrant it is, with its shops and galleries.

Day 2 Barry Arm Fjord | College Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A secret inlet in a hewn-out bay on the southern coast of Alaska, College Fjord features outstandingly rich glacier scenery. Come and admire the five tidewater glaciers and high-altitude glaciers. These glaciers were named after the prestigious US East Coast schools attended by the professors who first laid eyes on them at the end of the 19th century. The setting is awe-inspiring, but don’t forget to listen out for the thunderous crack as great pillars of ice break off from the glaciers… Or would you rather be charmed by the song of the seals?

Day 3 Cordova

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 4 Hubbard Glacier

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located in Yakutat Bay, Disenchantment Bay is a feast for the eyes. Happy explorers of this sublime wilderness may perhaps surprise a seal, or an otter. Into this fjord flows Hubbard glacier, the largest North American tidewater glacier. Its front dates from about 400 years ago. This was the time it took for the first ice to cross the 122 kilometers separating it from the sea. Sometimes, chunks of this ice wall break off and fall into the water: a vision that leaves you utterly speechless!

Day 5 Elfin Cove | Inian Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the tip of an island in the Alexander Archipelago, not far from the Canadian border, peaceful Elfin Cove shelters a fishing community that’s only linked to the rest of the world by the sea. There are just a dozen wooden houses, a long wooden pontoon, and a tiny port surrounded by crystalline waters… it doesn’t get any quainter than this. Choose from a network of hiking paths that weave through a pristine forest to lead you to secret beaches where silence reigns. The wonders of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, accessible by a short boat trip, are many.

Day 6 Red Bluff Bay | Rowan Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
When you arrive in Red Bluff Bay, you are sure to be overwhelmed by its beauty and natural surroundings. Here, summits etch the sky, and the waterfalls cascade through luxuriant forest. Yet this haven of peace owes its name to its red cliffs, on which practically nothing grows. The contrast of greens and reds in this pristine land of southeast of Alaska where nature reigns is striking. You may spot a shoal of salmon, a few brown bears lumbering nonchalantly along the water’s edge, or hear the cries of mergansers.

Day 7 The Brothers | Kake

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 8 Endicott

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 9 Petersburg | Wragell Narrows

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Picture this: all around you, translucent waters. In the distance - snow-capped mountains. This is the vision that greets you on disembarking in Petersburg, one of Alaska’s largest commercial fishing towns. The heart of the Tongass National Forest is for people who yearn for a lungful of the great outdoors. There are some fauna here including no less than 240 species of birds, seals, sea lions, and humpback whales. Another special feature of this very lively town is its penchant for art. On its pavements and facades you can admire several murals, totems, and sculptures.

Day 10 Rudyerd Bay | Twin Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 11 Pine Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 12 Seymour Narrows

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your ship sails along Discovery Passage, between Vancouver Island and Quadra Island. As the channel tapers, arrive at Seymour Narrows, a narrow, 5-km-long passage which, in the past, posed a significant challenge for sailors. Between 1850 and 1950, some one hundred ships hit the rocks hidden under the water, and the outcome was often fatal. At the time, due to the strong currents that run through Seymour Narrows, it was considered to be one of the most dangerous waterways in British Columbia. But in 1955, the decision was made to blow up Ripple Rock, two submerged rocks responsible for most of the shipwrecks. This historic explosion made access to this passage much safer.

Day 13 Vancouver | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Verdant and cosmopolitan, Vancouver is one of Canada's most multicultural cities. Located in British Columbia on Canada's west coast, it's surrounded by mountains and outdoor activities are popular. In the city, you can immerse yourself in the Asian atmosphere of bustling Chinatown, shop for pashminas and silk saris at the Punjabi Market Indian district, and explore the historic area of Gastown. Disembark after breakfast and start your journey back home. 

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The Owner's suite is situated on Deck 6 with a capacity up to 2 passengers per cabin. With a king-sized bed, it has been decorated by French interior designers and provides you with a breathtaking panoramic sea view.

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Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and are subject to change without notice.

Discounts are available for children sharing a cabin with two adults and third adult passengers in select cabin categories. Please contact us for details.

Single travelers can opt for a solo cabin - supplements start at 50%.

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h Room service (special selection)
  • English-speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Complimentary boot rental on select cruises
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).​​​
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
 Cruise, Flights & Transfers program rates are per person and also include:
  • Flights Seattle/Anchorage in economy class, on European airlines
  • Meet and Greet by representatives at the destination airport
  • Transfers to the ship and other services before and after the cruise according to detailed programs available upon request 10 months prior departure
* Flights are being studied and are subject to change until the flight plan is confirmed and this up to 3 months prior to each cruise

Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned in each “Cruise, Flights & Transfers” package and for which details are available upon request
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
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