Alaska’s Glaciers and the Inside Passage

Alaska’s Glaciers and the Inside Passage

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DETAILS

Join this one-of-a-kind, exploration-style cruise through the Inside Passage from Vancouver to Juneau during the long days of summer aboard the exclusively chartered Five-Star, all‑Suite, small ship Star Breeze. Navigate isolated inlets inaccessible to larger vessels for superior views of Alaska’s spectacular scenery. During naturalist-led excursions and from the comfort of your own spacious, ocean‑view Suite, see Arctic-blue glaciers, rarely observed marine life, untouched coastlines and abundant wildlife. Call at the historic towns of Sitka, Wrangell and Ketchikan, where you will step back into the gold rush era.

Pricing from
$4,995 Approx

Early booking SAVINGS up to $3,600 per Cabin!

Trip Type
Closer to Home, Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
Departure Dates
Jul 13, 2023 - Jul 20, 2023

SHIP

The exclusively chartered, Five Star, all-Suite Star Breeze offers the ultimate cruising lifestyle. Enjoy the small ship experience of docking in ports inaccessible to larger vessels and tucking into delightful tiny harbors and hidden coves that others can’t reach. Celebrate traditional “sail aways” on deck and experience small group island landings with Zodiac excursions that are led by expert naturalists. Newly renovated in 2021, each of the 156 Five-Star Suites features one queen bed (many convertible to two twin beds), a private
bathroom with granite-accented countertops, shower and the amenities of a fine hotel—including luxurious Egyptian cotton linens, L’Occitane bath products, individual climate
control and flat-screen satellite television with DVD. Every Suite also offers a minibar, safe, hair dryers, dressing table, plush robes and slippers.
Ideal for private viewing of coastal sites are the Classic and Owner’s Suites, each with a private, furnished veranda. The French Balcony Suites feature a floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door and railing, and the Ocean-View Suites have one picture window. Complimentary welcome flowers and fruit are provided in every Suite upon arrival.
Enjoy contemporary international cuisine in the elegant Amphora dining room and two new dining venues—Cuadro 44 by Anthony Sasso and Star Grill by Steven Raichlen. The stylish Veranda restaurant features indoor and outdoor dining for breakfast or lunch, or you can reserve a table at the more intimate restaurant, Candles, for al fresco evening dining. The Yacht Club features complimentary specialty coffees and light snacks in between meals and room service is available 24 hours for your convenience. For your leisure time on board, there are two bars, a comfortable library, computer center with internet access, spa, fitness center, boutique, casino, infinity pool and a watersports marina featuring complimentary paddle boarding, kayaking and snorkeling equipment. Enjoy enriching lectures and other gatherings in the inviting and tastefully appointed lounge. The ship has two elevators and there is a physician on board, along with a medical facility.
With ocean-views and over 277 square feet of comfort, Star Breeze is the perfect ship to watch magnificent landscapes drift by from the serenity of your Suite.

READING LIST

EDUCATIONAL EXPERTS

  • David J. Brown

    David J. Brown

    Few names over the past twenty-plus years have been as synonymous with the National Trust for Historic Preservation as David J. Brown. David served as EVP and the organization’s founding Chief Preservation Officer, where he led the Trust’s advocacy, educational, field work, research, and historic sites programs. A national leader, speaker, and author with a four-decade record of achievement in saving historic places and supporting thriving communities, David is the founder of Bearden Brown LLC, which works to build nonprofit leadership and grow organizational impact. An affiliate fellow at the American Academy in Rome and a founding board member of the International National Trusts Organisation, David brings an international perspective to his discussions of preservation, history, and architecture.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

CANCELLATION FEES: Final payment due at least 96 days prior to departure. Cancellation fees and penalties apply as follows:

PRIOR TO DEPARTURE

96 days or more prior*

95-61 days prior

60-45 days prior

44-0 days prior

FEE

Full refund

50% of program price

75% of program price

100% of program price

*In the event of a cancellation between 45 and 95 days prior to departure, the refund will be by credit, usable on a future Gohagan & Company trip which commences on or before December 31, 2023. In addition, for all bookings, any applicable airline cancellation fees, optional excursion cancellation fees and administrative fees may apply. Click here for more information.

TOUR MAP

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ITINERARY

  • day 1

    Depart home city/Arrive Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada/Embark Star Breeze

    Dynamic Vancouver, British Columbia’s largest city, is the cultural and financial heart of Canada’s Pacific Northwest.

  • day 2

    Cruising the Inside Passage

    Aboard our Five-Star all-Suite ship, experience the Inside Passage, one of the most scenic waterways in the world, cruising amid countless islands, thickly blanketed forests, hidden bays and coves, sandy beaches and lofty waterfalls flowing from mountain cliffs. Be on deck to watch for cavorting sea lions and breaching orcas in the deep waters and look for Sitka black‑tailed deer, mink and river otters roaming the shores and mountainsides. If weather permits, you may enjoy the rare opportunity to cruise the glacier‑sculpted inlets of Misty Fjords, an American treasure harboring utterly awe‑inspiring scenery and wildlife, on your way to Ketchikan.

  • day 3

    Misty Fjords National Monument/Ketchikan, Alaska, U.S.

    Backed by the forested slopes of Deer Mountain, the fishing town of Ketchikan is the “salmon capital of the world.” Stroll the Gold Rush‑era boardwalks of Creek Street and watch spawning salmon swimming upstream through the middle of town along the well‑known “Salmon Ladder.” A rich profusion of Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian arts harmonize the town’s cultural facets. See the art of Potlatch Totem Park, where a master craftsman demonstrates the ancient technique of hand‑carving a totem pole.

  • day 4

    Wrangell

    Seldom-visited Wrangell, known as the “Gateway to the Stikine River,” is the only Alaskan town to have flown the flag of three nations—Russia, Great Britain and the United States. A Tlingit stronghold for thousands of years, Wrangell was established as a fur-trading post by the Russians in 1843, making it one of Alaska’s oldest non-native settlements. Famed naturalist John Muir used Wrangell as a base for his exploration of southeast Alaska, and lawman Wyatt Earp briefly served as its marshal during the Klondike Gold Rush. Tlingit culture abounds in this charming fishing village, which is today home to more than a dozen colorful totem poles.

  • day 5

    Sitka

    Nestled on the edge of Baranof Island, Sitka penetrates one of Alaska’s most stunning regions and proudly displays its indigenous and Russian history. The town flourished as a Russian fur trading hub until its 1867 transfer to the United States. Visit the Alaska Raptor Center, Alaska’s foremost bald eagle habitat, where more than 100 injured eagles are rehabilitated and released each year. Explore the Tlingit culture while conversing with local artisans in Sitka National Historical Park, where trails are lined with totem poles—a lasting tribute to the ancient artform. Marvel at the collection of icons in St. Michael’s Cathedral, North America’s first Russian Orthodox church.

  • day 6

    Elfin Cove Point/Adolphus Point

    From the observation deck, search for humpback whales and orcas feeding in the nutrient‑rich waters of Point Adolphus while cruising through Icy Strait, where tidal waters teem with marine life. Watch for sea lions and bald eagles who frequent these waters, baited by the salmon swimming in abundance. Go ashore to explore pristine Chichagof Island and visit the small fishing community of Elfin Cove. Situated across from Glacier Bay National Park and with only 20 permanent residents, this hamlet comes alive in summer, attracting fishing enthusiasts.

  • day 7

    Endicott Arm/Dawes Glacier/Tracy Arm Fjord/Sawyer Glacier

    Cruise between near-vertical rock walls into the deep and narrow fjord of Tracy Arm, where waterfalls cascade from bluffs, forests fade to sheer rock and icebergs glint in the glistening summer sunlight. At the remote end of Tracy Arm, listen to ice calving off the soaring South Sawyer Glacier. Venture to the edge of Dawes Glacier aboard Zodiacs in the Endicott Arm Fjord.

  • day 8

    Juneau/Disembark ship/Return to home city

    Only accessible by air or sea, the Alaskan state capital, Juneau, is where The Call of the Wild author Jack London set forth to join the Klondike Gold Rush in 1897.

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