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

Early booking SAVINGS up to $3,600 per Cabin if reserved by November 15!

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.

EXTENSIONS

Pre‑Program Option – Vancouver
July 11 to 13, 2023
Start your adventure in Vancouver with a three-day prelude that includes a walking tour of historic Vancouver—rich in art and culture gleaned from the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. See Chinatown, Gastown, and Stanley Park—featuring a photo stop at the Totem Poles. Visit the tranquil, 55-acre VanDusen Gardens with leisure time at Queen Elizabeth Park, featuring 360-degree views of the city center. Accommodations
are in the deluxe Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
Price per person, based on double occupancy: $895
Price per person, based on single occupancy: $1,195

Post‑Program Option
Fairbanks and Denali -July 20 to 25, 2023
Join us on this exclusive, specially arranged and comprehensive postlude to discover more of Alaska’s natural wonders and its unfathomable scale. Our four-day tour extension includes a stop in Anchorage, where you visit the headquarters of the famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, before traveling from Talkeetna on the deluxe Dome Rail Car to the pristine wilderness of Denali National Park. Spend one night at the deluxe Marriott Anchorage, two nights at the Grand Denali Lodge, and one night at Pike’s Waterfront.
Price per person, based on double occupancy: $2,895
Price per person, based on single occupancy: $3,495
Further details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

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.

BEFORE YOU GO FAQs/HEALTH

Click here for answers to commonly asked questions pertaining to our travel programs. If you need further information, please contact National Trust Tours at 888.484.8785 or Gohagan Travel at 800.922.3088.

The safety and well-being of our travelers remains our highest priority. Cruise lines and some other providers of services (as well as, potentially, some countries) require all passengers traveling on our programs to present confirmation of a full COVID-19 vaccination, and, as well, passengers may have to produce evidence of a recent negative COVID test. All our staff are committed to adhering to all health and safety protocols from the start of your trip to the end as directed by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overseas health officials as well as those protocols mandated by your cruise company (if applicable) and other suppliers of services. Detailed protocol information tailored to your travel program will be mailed to you along with additional pre-departure information.

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

    Arrive in dynamic Vancouver, originally built as a small 19th-century timber milling settlement and today the cultural and financial heart of Canada’s Pacific Northwest. Embark the Star Breeze.

  • day 2

    Cruising the Inside Passage

    Experience the Inside Passage, one of the most scenic waterways in the world, from our small ship. Cruise amidst countless islands, thickly blanketed forests, hidden bays, and coves, sandy beaches, and lofty waterfalls. 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. Attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception this evening.

  • day 3

    Ketchikan, Alaska

    The fishing city of Ketchikan is known as the “salmon capital of the world.” Stroll the Gold-Rush-era boardwalks of Creek Street and watch spawning salmon swimming upstream along the well‑known “Salmon Ladder.” See the art of Potlatch Totem Park, where a master craftsperson demonstrates the ancient technique of hand carving a totem pole.

  • day 4

    Wrangell

    Walk through Wrangell’s quaint downtown to Kiks.ádi Totem Park and discover the history of these intricately carved totem poles. Transfer to Petroglyph Beach, a state historic beach home to rock carvings created 8,000 years ago. Later, visit the Wrangell Museum, where more than 5,000 artifacts and exhibits display the local trades in Alaska—fishing, mining, and logging. An optional excursion for viewing brown and black bears at the Anan Wildlife Observatory is available at an additional cost; be sure to sign up in advance as space is limited.

  • day 5

    Sitka

    In Sitka, visit the Alaska Raptor Center, Alaska’s foremost bald eagle habitat where more than 100 injured eagles are rehabilitated and released each year. Explore Sitka National Historical Park, where artists demonstrate their totemic art forms, and enjoy opportunities to walk the forest trails or converse with native artists. Visit St. Michael’s Cathedral, North America’s first Russian Orthodox church.

  • day 6

    Elfin Cove Point/Adolphus Point

    Go ashore to explore pristine Chichagof Island and visit the small fishing community of Elfin Cove. Situated across from Glacier Bay National Park with a population of only 20 permanent residents, this hamlet flourishes in summer with fishing enthusiasts. 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 drawn by the abundance of salmon.

  • day 7

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

    Cruise into the deep and narrow fjord of Tracy Arm, where waterfalls cascade from bluffs, forests fade to sheer rock, and icebergs glint in the sunlight. In Endicott Arm Fjord, look for harbor seals hauled out on ice platforms, inquisitive whales, and bears hunting for fish. At the remote end of Tracy Arm, listen to ice calving off the soaring South Sawyer Glacier. Venture to the edge of Dawes Glacier. Attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception on board the ship this evening.

  • day 8

    Juneau/Disembark ship/Return to home city

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