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Seward to Vancouver

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From Seward, Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia, experience the dynamic culture and natural splendor this region has to offer. Cruise past the six-mile-wide Hubbard Glacier and through the labyrinth of the incredible Misty Fjords. See the totem poles of Metlakatla and learn of the Tsimshian and Tlingit indigenous cultures. Tour the Tongass National Forest and seek out wildlife by land and sea. Nature lovers will delight not just in the sweeping mountain- and fjord- views, but also in sightings of Bald Eagles, brown and black bears, humpback and orca whales, and shy harbor seals. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Seward, Alaska | Embark
Day 2 : College Fjord, Alaska
Day 3 : Cape St. Elias, Alaska
Day 4 : Hubbard Glacier, Alaska
Day 5 : Elfin Cove | Idaho Inlet, Alaska
Day 6 : The Brother Islands | Little Pybus Bay, Alaska
Day 7 : Ketchikan, Alaska
Day 8 : Walker Cove | Rudyerd Bay, Alaska
Day 9 : Metlakatla, Alaska
Day 10 : Cruise the Inside Passage
Day 11 : Nanaimo, Canada
Day 12 : Vancouver, Canada | Disembark

Highlights

  • Cruise along Hubbard Glacier the largest glacier in North America
  • Discover Ketchikan, one of the larger towns in the region
  • Visit theTsimshian people, famous for their emblematic Totem Poles
  • Observe native cultural presentations and ceremonies

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Silver Explorer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A bald eagle rests off the shore Glacier streams wind across the Alaskan landscape Alaskan totem poles Dad and son on a beach Explore the magnificent blue hues of an Alaskan glacier

Day 1 Seward, Alaska | Embark

It is hard to believe that a place as beautiful as Seward exists. Surrounded on all sides by Kenai Fjords National Park, Chugach National Forest, and Resurrection Bay, Seward offers all the quaint realities of a small railroad town with the bonus of jaw-dropping scenery. This little town of about 2,750 citizens was founded in 1903 when survey crews arrived at the ice-free port and began planning a railroad to the Interior. Since its inception, Seward has relied heavily on tourism and commercial fishing. 

Day 2 College Fjord, Alaska

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
College Fjord in the northern sector of Prince William Sound is considered one of the most scenic fjords in the world with spectacular glacier viewing. There are over a dozen major glaciers in the fjord, all surrounded by rugged snow-capped mountains. It is possible from one point to see eight glaciers at once. College Fjord was discovered in 1899 during the Harriman Expedition. Edward Henry Herriman, a millionaire railroad tycoon, set sail with 125 other passengers and crew, including 23 of esteemed scientists from several Ivy League schools, to explore the fjords of Alaskan.

Day 3 Cape St. Elias, Alaska

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cape St Elias is the southwest end of Kayak Island in the Gulf of Alaska. It is separated from the mainland by a channel 4 miles wide. The island, named by Lt. Sarichef of the Russian Navy in 1826 because its outline resembles the shape of an Eskimo skin canoe, is 20 miles long and only 2 miles wide and covered in dense rainforest. The cape itself was named by Russian explorer Vitus Bering on July 20, 1741, in honor of St. Elias, whose saint's day is July 20. 

Day 4 Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Hubbard Glacier, off the coast of Yakutat, Alaska, is the largest glacier in North America, with a calving front that is more than six miles wide. One of the main sources for Hubbard Glacier originates 76 mi inland. It has been a very active glacier, experiencing two major surges in the past 30 years. This glacier was named after Gardiner Greene Hubbard, a U.S. lawyer, financier, and philanthropist. He was the first president of the National Geographic Society.

Day 5 Elfin Cove | Idaho Inlet, Alaska

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Elfin Cove sits snugly on the southern shore of Cross Sound, which leads in eastwards to the Inside Passage. Northwards and across the Sound from the small community lies Glacier Bay National Park and the Fairweather Mountain range. Elfin Cove is a quaint little harbor clustered with attractive timber houses built into the wooded hillsides on stilts. The population swells to about 200 during the summer months, from a rather meager 6 or so during the snowy and isolated winters. 

Just to the east of the Elfin Cove along the Bay of Alaska, Idaho Inlet is a deep bay that extends 12 miles south from South Passage. The inlet is nestled amidst dramatic tree-topped mountains and is full of wildlife visible on land or from a small watercraft. From the water, nature lovers may spot sea otters, Sitka black-tailed deer, and even a brown bear along the shores of this inlet. The area is appreciated in the summer by local people and wildlife alike for its ample salmonberries, blueberries, and huckleberries.

Day 6 The Brother Islands | Little Pybus Bay, Alaska

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located within Alaska’s Frederick Sound along the way to Stephens Passage, the Brothers are an archipelago made up of East Brother and West Brother Islands, named because they are twin islands nestled close together. These islands are a popular haul-out location for sea lions; depending on the season, visitors may see up to a hundred sea lions resting in the sun. The islands are lined with venerable fir trees that cast stunning reflections in the still waters, lending themselves well to beautiful nature photography. 

Little Pybus Bay is located just 47 miles from Sitka, near Hood Bay, Alaska. Pybus Bay holds a protected cove, the shoreline of which is surrounded by thick temperate rainforest of old-growth spruce and hemlock trees, ferns, shrubs, and grasses. There is ample wildlife to be found in this area, including Sitka black-tailed deer, brown bears, shorebirds and migratory waterfowl. Pybus Bay is quiet and remote and therefore a fisher’s paradise. This area is also an ideal place for humpback whale sightings.

Day 7 Ketchikan, Alaska

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ketchikan is famous for its colorful totem poles, rainy skies, steep–as–San Francisco streets, and lush island setting. Some 13,500 people call Ketchikan home, and, in the summer, cruise ships crowd the shoreline, floatplanes depart noisily for Misty Fiords National Monument, and salmon-laden commercial fishing boats motor through Tongass Narrows. In the last decade Ketchikan's rowdy, blue-collar heritage of logging and fishing has been softened by the loss of many timber-industry jobs and the dramatic rise of cruise-ship tourism. 

Day 8 Walker Cove | Rudyerd Bay, Alaska

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Walker Cove, located just 41.8 miles from Ketchikan, extends about 8.5 miles into the mainland. The scenery is stunning with towering rock walls on both side and hundreds of waterfalls plunging down into the fjord. There is always the possibility of seeing bears, harbor seals, and bald eagles along the shoreline. The British explorer George Vancouver noted this bay on his chart in 1793, although there was no mention of it in his log. It was named after Dr. William Walker, the physician on board the HMS Chatham. 

Rudyerd Bay is one of the highlights of the Misty Fiords, 40 miles east of Ketchikan, along the Inside Passage. This fjord cuts through steep-sided mountainous terrain and extends far into the mainland. The scenery is stunning, with dramatic thousand-foot waterfalls plunging down rainforest covered cliffs to the water below.

Day 9 Metlakatla, Alaska

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Since the late 19th century, Metlakatla has been the major settlement of the Metlakatla Indian Community of the federally recognized Annette Islands Reserve, the only remaining reservation in Alaska. It is located on Annette Island, and in 2010 had 1,405 residents. Membership in the community is primarily by lineage and is comprised primarily of Tsimshian people.

Day 10 Cruise the Inside Passage

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend a day on the ship while you sail through the Inside Passage, you might attend a workshop by your Photographer to edit the many photos taken so far, or join one of the experts for final lectures regarding Alaska and British Columbia. Perhaps a wine-tasting seminar is more to your liking. Make sure you get some exercise, either on the outer decks or in the Fitness Centre. Or simply relax on the Sun Deck and enjoy being at sea.

Day 11 Nanaimo, Canada

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nanaimo is located on the east coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, about 70.2 miles (113 kilometers) northwest of Victoria and 34.1 miles (55 kilometers) west of Vancouver. The 'Harbor City' of Nanaimo is separated by the Strait of Georgia and linked to Vancouver via the Horseshoe Bay BC Ferries terminal in West Vancouver. As the site of the main ferry terminal, Nanaimo is the gateway to many other destinations both on the northern part of the island, such as Tofino, Comox Valley, Parksville, Campbell River, Port Alberni, and Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. 

Day 12 Vancouver, Canada | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in Vancouver and continue your adventure on your own or head home. Vancouver is a delightful juxtaposition of urban sophistication and on-your-doorstep wilderness adventure. The mountains and seascape make the city an outdoor playground for hiking, skiing, kayaking, cycling, and sailing—and so much more—while the cuisine and arts scenes are equally diverse, reflecting the makeup of Vancouver's ethnic (predominantly Asian) mosaic. Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the world's most livable cities, and it's easy for visitors to see why.

Silver Explorer

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Adventurer Class
6 cabins on Deck 3, 180 sq. feet, Twin or Queen beds, 2 portholes.
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Explorer Class
4 cabins on Deck 4, Twin or Queen beds, 180 sq. feet with view window.
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View Suite
12 suites on Deck 3, 230 sq. feet with view window, Twin or Queen beds.
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Vista Suite
16 suites on Deck 4, 194 - 230 sq. feet with large window, Twin or Queen beds.
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Veranda Suite
8 suites on Deck 5, 215 sq. feet with French balcony, Twin or Queen beds.
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Medallion Suite
2 suites on Deck 7, 358 sq. feet with private veranda, Twin or Queen beds.
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Silver Suite
6 suites on Deck 5, 430 sq. feet with 2 French balconies, Twin or Queen beds.
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Grand Suite
2 suites on Deck 7, 650 sq. feet with large private veranda, Twin or Queen beds.
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Owner
2 suites on Deck 7, 540 sq. feet with large private veranda, Twin or Queen beds.

Notes

Please note: Fares are capacity controlled, and subject to change at any time without notice. All prices are in US dollars, cruise-only per person based on double occupancy.

- The supplement for single occupancy in a Vista, Veranda or Midship Veranda Suite ranges from 25% – 100% above the double occupancy fare, depending upon the sailing and suite selected. Single supplement for a Silver or Medallion Suite (Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper), Owner’s, Grand or Royal Suites are 100% above of the double occupancy fare. Suites for single and third guests are capacity controlled.

Included in your cruise fare:
  • Personalized service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • One hour free Wifi per day for all guests. Unlimited free Wifi for guests sailing on select suite categories
  • Complimentary Parka
Not included in your cruise fare:
  • Airfare
  • Optional hotel accommodation,
  • Transfers and luggage handling,
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Optional shore excursions 
  • Meals ashore
  • Accommodation while ashore
  • Security surcharges 
  • Any item or service of a personal nature such as casino gaming, laundry or valet services, purchases from the ship boutiques, childcare services aboard ship, massages, spa treatments, private fitness instruction, hair styling and manicures.
  • Some champagne, premium wine and spirit selections, caviar, cigarettes and cigars are not included in your fare.
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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