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Mendenhall Glacier with field of Fireweed in Juneau, Alaska

Alaska Odyssey : Vancouver to Anchorage

Vancouver to Anchorage - Example 14 Day Cruise aboard Sylvia Earle
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Enjoy a small ship Alaska cruise expedition aboard the Sylvia Earle, which provides more flexibility for wildlife encounters and access to tiny coves and inlets. Along the British Inside Passage, visit small communities such as the Metlakatla Indian Community on Annette Island. In wilderness areas including Misty Fjords and Tracy Arm-Fords Terror, Zodiac-cruise and kayak amongst glittering icebergs, keep your camera ready for encounters with whales, harbor seals, and mountain goats, bears, and bald eagles. Explore Cape Saint Elias and its lighthouse by Zodiac. Experience some of Alaska’s most iconic glaciers, including Mendenhall, South Sawyer, Hubbard, and the calving tidewater glaciers in the enormous Prince William Sound. Your cruise ends in the remote fishing port of Seward, where you depart for Anchorage. 
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Highlights
  • Experience the Tsimshian indigenous culture in Metlakatla
  • Explore spectacular Prince William Sound with its countless fjords
  • Experience Alaska’s iconic glaciers, including South Sawyer, Baird and more
  • Enjoy the islands around Icy Strait with wildlife viewing
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  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Vancouver, Canada

Arrive in Vancouver and transfer to your group hotel. Upon check-in, the reception staff provides you with cabin tags. Please fill out the luggage tags clearly, showing your name and cabin number to allow us to deliver your luggage to your cabin. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet fellow expeditioners at our voyage briefing this evening.

Day 2: Vancouver, Canada | Embark

On a sightseeing tour, get a glimpse into Vancouver’s main highlights, including Stanley Park, Granville Island, Prospect Point and Gastown, before transferring to the pier for embarkation. After boarding, there’s time to settle into your cabin before learning important safety briefings. This evening, meet your expedition team and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Dinner.

Day 3-4: British Columbia’s Inside Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Sail the southern stretches of British Columbia’s Inside Passage, navigating through narrow straits and channels that are inhabited by vast pods of orca, while admiring views of cascading waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, temperate forests and the abundant marine life.

Day 5: Metlakatla | Misty Fjords

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On Annette Island, experience the extraordinary history, art, and cultural traditions of the Tsimshian tribe of Metlakatla Indian Community, the only Indian Reserve in Alaska.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Yellow Hill Hike , Walking Town Tour & Totem Pole Journey, Skater’s Lake Trail Walk & Totem Journey.
 

Day 6: Wrangel | Thomas Bay | Baird Glacier

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Disembark in historic Wrangell, an important town that was founded by Russians in 1834, and which once thrived on fur and gold trading. Enjoy Wrangell’s main highlights, including a visit to Petroglyph Beach to see ancient rock carvings, and a visit to the city museum to learn about Wrangell’s colorful history. In the afternoon, anchor in Thomas Bay, a wilderness location shrouded in the mysterious local legends, for an exploration around Baird Glacier.

Day 7: Frederick Sound | Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Frederick Sound is a summer feeding ground for the northern hemisphere’s largest concentration of humpback whales. Keep watch for humpbacks, orca, and Steller sea lions. In Tracy Arm, glide along the steep walled fjords of a watery wilderness area that has been likened to Yosemite and enjoy views of snow-covered mountains. Zodiac-cruise or kayak in search of wildlife at the back of the Tracy Arm, home to the twin Sawyer Glaciers. Spot for harbor seals resting on ‘bergy bits’ which calve regularly from the active tidewater glaciers.

Day 8: Juneau | Mendenhall Glacier

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nestled at the base of towering mountains overlooking the Gastineau Channel, Juneau’s rich culture, and history is reflected throughout the town and its beautiful attractions. In Alaska’s scenic capital, we visit nearby Mendenhall Glacier, one of Alaska’s most famous glaciers. The glacier is 2.4 km / 1.5 miles wide and is fed by the Juneau Icefield, and ranks as the largest, most rugged glacier that is accessible by road in Alaska. Hike the trails near the glacier to enjoy panoramic views. Back in town, enjoy free time to explore and learn about Juneau’s local history with a visit to the newly-built Alaska State Museum.

Day 9: Icy Strait | Inian Islands | Elfin Cove

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The area around Icy Strait features the Inian Islands, George Island, Point Adolphus and Elfin Cove and offers some of the best opportunities for Zodiac-cruising and kayaking. Here you can find an abundance of iconic Alaskan wildlife, including whales, Steller sea lions, sea otters, harbour seals, bald eagles and brown bears.

Day 10: Hubbard Glacier

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you sail west across the Gulf of Alaska, the expert team entertains you with talks on wildlife, glaciers, and the rich history of Alaska – from indigenous settlement through to the Russian fur trade and the European rush for gold. In the afternoon, arrive in Disenchantment Bay, home to Hubbard Glacier, North America’s largest tidewater Glacier, search Kittlitz’s murrelet, Aleutian terns and brown bears hunting salmon along the shore.

Day 11: Kayak Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Kayak Island is the remote, uninhabited spot where in 1741, zoologist and botanist Georg Wilhelm Steller became one of the first Europeans to set foot on Alaskan soil. Serving as naturalist on Vitus Bering’s voyage to explore a sea route from Russia to North America, Steller recorded the first evidence of Alaskan Inuit and cataloged an array of flora and fauna, many of which now bear his name. Weather-dependent, explore Cape Saint Elias and its lighthouse by Zodiac or kayak.

 

Day 12-13: Prince William Sound

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Framed by the impressive Chugach Mountains, spend two days exploring Prince William Sound, an area of rugged coastline that is home to more tidewater glaciers than anywhere else on Earth. Zodiac-cruise among icebergs, and forest-covered islands rich in wildlife including puffins, sea lions and seals. Glacier Island at the opening of Columbia Bay offers great wildlife encounters, vast amounts of sea ice, diverse geological formations and sea caves. Columbia and Meares Glaciers are both extremely active, produce vast quantities of ice where seals haul out on icebergs in front of them. Granite Bay features steep cliff walls where the northernmost stand of yellow cedars is found, and where mountain goats can be seen clinging to the cliff face. Kayak in College Fjord, with several glaciers named after Ivy League universities such as Harvard and Yale, which funded the 1899 exploration and discovery of the fjord.

Day 14: Seward | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in Seward and transfer to Anchorage, where you continue your journey.

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215.27 ft2 - There are two Aurora Stateroom Twin cabins featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms, perfect for adventurers who are looking for a comfortable base that's close to the action. May be converted into a Triple Share cabin with additional bed on request.
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Aurora Stateroom Superior
194.82 ft2 - Located on Deck 7, the Staterooms feature french balconies, floor to ceiling windows, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area. Perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear.
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Balcony Stateroom C
180.83 ft² - 301.38 ft2 - 11 Balcony Stateroom C cabins - most economical, fitted with all the necessities and comfortable for up to 2 people. These cabins are scattered throughout Deck 6.
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Balcony Stateroom B
180.83 ft² - 301.38 ft2 - 17 Balcony Stateroom B Cabins - standard cabin, many fitted with interconnecting features making them great for families or groups. These cabins are located at the fore and aft of Deck 4 and 6.
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Balcony Stateroom A
80.83 ft² - 301.38 ft² - 23 Balcony Stateroom A cabins - premium cabin, and the most abundant on board. These cabins are located in preferred positions on Deck 4 and 6 which provides easy access between Decks via the internal stairs or elevator.
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Balcony Stateroom Superior
284.16 ft2 - 335.83 ft2 - Located on Deck 4 and 6, the Staterooms feature floor to ceiling windows, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area. Some of these rooms are equipped with wheelchair accessible bathrooms.
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420.76 ft - 4 Junior Suites take in some impressive scenery from their vantage points on Deck 7. When you aren't enjoying a landing, you can relax in the suites' separate lounge area, or just watch the world float by from the private balcony.
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437.01 ft2 - Captain's Suite - the largest of all our rooms, will take you to the polar regions in ultimate style and comfort. Complete with large lounge area, balcony, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite, you'll need to get in early to secure this suite.

Notes

Note: The itinerary outlined is intended to be used as a guide. Although we plan to visit as many of the places mentioned in the itinerary as possible, tides, timing, local regulations and weather conditions may determine where we land and the precise order in which we operate the itinerary.
Inclusions
  • Transfer from airport to hotel on day 1 
  • One night’s hotel accommodation on day 1, breakfast included 
  • Sightseeing tour and transfer to vessel on day 2 
  • Group transfer from Seward pier to hotel in Anchorage on day 14 
  • On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service 
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage 
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner 
  • All shore excursions  
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team 
  • Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult) 
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket 
  • Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage 
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information 
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees  
  • Gratuities for ship crew
Exclusions
  • International or domestic flights, unless specified 
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary 
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes 
  • Passport, visa, and vaccination charges 
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges 
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary 
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary 
  • Optional activity surcharges 
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges

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