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Price: From $8,295USD Guest 1 & $4,769USD Guest 2
(Price based on double occupancy, cabin category: Polar Outside, category: RR)
Departure Date: May 14, 2023
Return Date: May 28, 2023
Video: Explore Alaska on an expedition cruise
- A long and fascinating history. Uncover the incredible heritage of Alaska, from moss-covered totem poles telling the story of the Tlingit people, to petroglyph carvings dating back thousands of years. Learn more about Wrangell's British and Russian heritage, and the legacy left by indigenous people.
- Rich, diverse cultures. From the friendly and welcoming fisherpeople of Cordova, to the burgeoning art scene of Haines and delicious cuisine of Anchorage, Alaska is full of contrasts. And we begin our adventure in bustling Vancouver, brimming with fantastic food and incredible sights.
- One night in Vancouver, including breakfast, before your expedition cruise
- One night in Anchorage, including breakfast, at the end of your expedition cruise
- Transfer from hotel to pier in Vancouver, including city tour excursion
- Transfer from pier in Seward to hotel in Anchorage with a stop at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, including admission fee, English-speaking guide, and a packed lunch
- A stay in a cabin of your choice
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
- À la carte dining in restaurant Lindstrøm for suite guests
- Complimentary tea and coffee
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board (Please note there is very limited Wi-Fi and phone signal in the remote areas we travel to and streaming is not supported.)
- Complimentary reusable water bottle
- English-speaking Expedition Team leading activities on board and ashore
- Range of included activities
- In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team
- Full use of our Science Center, extensive library, and advanced biological and geological equipment
- Citizen Science program where you can assist with live scientific research
- Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer
- Use of the ship’s hot tubs, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
- Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings
- Escorted landings with small expedition boats
- Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
- Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
- Expedition photographers on hand to assist you
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Luggage handling
- Optional shore excursions with our local partners
- Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
- Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area
Photo: Map of the itinerary
Day 1: Overnight in Vancouver
Enjoy British Columbia’s largest city. Your adventure begins in the beautiful city of Vancouver at the foot of the Rockies, where you'll spend the night before your expedition cruise. Vancouver has a flavor all its own–and so does its global cuisine. Chinatown, Punjabi Market and Little Italy are all waiting to tempt your taste buds. Visit Gastown, the city's oldest neighborhood, and climb Vancouver Lookout for a citywide panorama overlooking neon-lit Granville Street, West End beaches and the towering cedars of Stanley Park.
Day 2: Vancouver city sights
Enjoy the incredible highlights of this fantastic city. After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, you’ll get your adventure under way with a fun tour taking in the highlights of this fantastic and vibrant city. Even if you've seen some already, they're always worth seeing again. We’ll give you a taste of the sights and sounds that make Vancouver so unique and who knows? We may even inspire your next adventure. Our first excursion ends at the pier where we meet your beautiful hybrid-powered home for the next 12 days, MS Roald Amundsen. It’s time to begin your unforgettable expedition cruise.
Day 3: Cruising through British Columbia
Up close to nature as we explore islands and channels. On our smaller expedition ships, you'll get an unrivaled intimate experience of the protected North American Pacific Fjordland. As we navigate the lesser-traveled channels, you’ll get close to the beautiful and fascinating scenery. Keep your binoculars close at hand. As always, there’s plenty to see and learn in the Science Center, with insightful lectures from your Expedition Team, and opportunities to swap memories of your adventures. This is also a great time to wind down, with a little pampering in the spa or sitting up on deck with your fellow explorers as the stunning scenery slips by.
Photo: Science Center, MS Roald Amundsen, Photo Credit: Agurtxane Concellon
Day 4: Beautiful Misty Fjords
Alaskan wilderness where wildlife thrives all around. Part of the Tongass National Forest, Misty Fjords is a pristine wilderness of evergreens, waterfalls and snow-capped peaks. Influential mountaineer John Muir described it as one of the most beautiful places he’d ever seen. Weather permitting, you'll join the Expedition Team to tour Misty Fjords on small expedition boats or take kayaks out for an optional excursion. Look out for mountain goats, bears and moose. In the water, you'll find Pacific salmon, along with otters, sea lions, harbor seals, orcas and Dall porpoises. And look skywards for hummingbirds, herons and Bald Eagles.
Day 5: Wrangell's petroglyphs
Visit one of Alaska’s oldest harbor towns. Our cruise of the Alaskan islands takes us to Wrangell. A mile out of town you’ll find the ancient rock carvings of Petroglyph Beach. Bring paper and take some stone rubbings as a unique souvenir. Learn more about Wrangell's fascinating past in the local museum. Now part of the US, it’s been governed by Britain, Russia and the Tlingit people. On Shakes Island, the Chief Shakes Tribal House and totem poles tell the Tlingit story. Your visit includes a trip on the waters in our small expedition boats. On land, hikers will enjoy the nature trails from Stikine River and Mount Dewey to the rainforest.
Photo: Totem Pole, Alaska, Photo Credit: Ashton Ray Hansen
Day 6: Holkham Bay fjords
Icebergs and wildlife in idyllic twin fjords. Holkham Bay has two arms – Tracy and Endicott – beautiful fjords that are out of reach for larger cruise ships. Your captain will decide which offers better exploration options on the day, but don't worry, both are equally special.
At the end of each fjord, fresh icebergs calve from the glaciers against a stunning backdrop of forested cliffs. Endicott Arm is a breeding ground for harbor seals, often seen on the floating ice. You might also see whales, bears, mountain goats and moose. Get wildlife tips from our onboard photographer before we head out on expedition boats to get closer to these unique sights.
Day 7: Alaska's Little Norway
Humpback whales and the Devil's Thumb. We continue to cruise north to Petersburg, perched at the edge of stunning Frederick Sound. Settled by a Norwegian in the 1800s – and fondly known as 'Little Norway' – its shallow, bustling harbor houses Alaska's largest home-based halibut fishing fleet. Our ships are small enough to enter, and our shared Norwegian heritage makes for a great talking point with the local community as we explore this charming town. Don't miss the views from the waterfront. You can watch icebergs float down the sound, look across to North America’s biggest rockface, the Devil’s Thumb, and in summer, the waters attract feeding humpback whales.
Day 8: Native art in Haines
Artist community in the 'Valley of the Eagles'. The frontier town of Haines was originally home to the Chilkat Tlingit people, renowned for their weaving skills. You’ll see amazing examples of their work, with mountain goat fur and cedar bark woven into intricate designs, at the Haines Sheldon Museum. Haines has a flourishing art scene, with galleries and workshops filled with Totem carvings, silverwork and sculptures. Investing in Alaskan art is a great way to support local artists. You can practice your photography skills on the incredible landscapes and wildlife. Known as ‘Valley of the Eagles’, Haines has a thriving Bald Eagle population. The valley ecosystem supports bears and moose too.
Photo: MS Roald Amundsen, Alaska, Photo Credit: Hurtigruten
Day 9: William Henry Bay
Ancient forests, wildlife and whales. At William Henry Bay on the edge of the Chilkat mountain range local guides will lead you through the old-growth forest. They’ll keep you safe as you watch for brown and black bears, black-tailed deer and moose. You’ll see evidence of copper and gold mines here, although the US government’s mid-20th century rush for uranium proved unsuccessful. Recent surveys suggest there might still be gold to find, so keep those eyes open. In the evening, we pass Point Adolphus on Chichagof Island. Overlooking Glacier Bay National Park, it’s considered one of the best whale watching spots in North America.
Day 10: Sitka's blended cultures
Stunning scenery and a unique mix of cultures. Surrounded by Tongass National Forest, Sitka is only accessible by sea and air. Get out on deck for stunning views of the Sisters Mountains and Mount Edgecumbe Volcano. Discover Sitka's fascinating history with our Expedition Team. Inhabited by the Tlingit for 10,000 years, it was occupied by Russia in 1804, before being sold to America after the Crimean War. Today, Sitka blends all three cultures. Visit the Russian Orthodox cathedral and Russian Bishop's House. Sitka National Historic Park is a real highlight, where you'll see ornate Haida and Tlingit totem poles. Or enjoy a walking trail through the forest to the ocean.
Day 11: The glaciers of Icy Bay
Wildlife watching in glacier-fed waters. You'll experience an amazing expedition day in Icy Bay today. Three glaciers–Guyot, Yahtse and Tyndall–regularly calf into the bay. If conditions allow, the Expedition Team will take you ashore on the 34-mile-long, 8-mile-wide Guyot Glacier or you can explore in kayaks on an optional excursion. Wildlife abounds in the Gulf of Alaska, offering unrivaled photography opportunities. Humpback whales, orcas, Stellar sea lions, sea otters and harbor seals lazing on floating chunks of ice, can be seen in these waters. Our onboard photographer is ready with expert tips on how to get the best from your camera.
Photo: Kayaking, Alaska, Photo Credit: Ashton Ray Hansen
Day 12: Edge of the Copper River
Cordova's successful environmental recovery. Sitting in the Chugach National Forest and only accessible by boat or plane, remote Cordova has retained its tradition small-town authenticity, and its friendly residents will welcome you as you explore the salmon fishing town. You'll be in awe of its spectacular setting between Orca Inlet, Hawkins Island, Mount Eccles, Eyak Lake and the Copper River Delta. In 1989, Cordova was probably best known for the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Today, after major clean up efforts, its coastline has mostly recovered, and you'll be able to see wildlife like sea otters, eagles, tundra swans, beavers, moose and bears.
Day 13: Ivy League glaciers
Elemental nature and whimsical names. Your lecture today may well be related to glaciology. We visit College Fjord, which holds five tidewater glaciers, five valley glaciers and a dozen others. The 1899 Harriman Expedition team, which charted the fjord, named the glaciers after their alma maters, which include Vassar, Harvard and Yale. Princeton is missing, apparently a deliberate snub. We’ll get as close to the glaciers as we can, taking our small expedition boats on the fjord if possible, or in kayaks as an optional excursion. From the water, you might glimpse humpback whales, Bald Eagles, otters and sea lions who inhabit this icy wilderness.
Photo: Photography, Alaska, Photo Credit: Jonathan Tramontana
Day 14: Scenic drive from Seward
Traveling inland through spectacular landscapes. Your cruise ends in Seward, the only deep water, ice-free port with road, rail and air connections to Alaska’s interior. And while this is where you leave the seas, there’s still plenty more to experience. Seward is surrounded by vast mountains, magnificent glaciers and incredible wildlife. You’ll enjoy a scenic drive across the spectacular backcountry of the Kenai Fjords National Park. Look out for impressive Dall sheep often seen along the route. You’ll stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and learn about their work with orphaned or injured animals, from eagles and owls to bison, bears and musk oxen. In Anchorage, you'll check into your hotel and have the evening free to explore.
Day 15: Adventures in Anchorage
Discover Alaska's capital. Your Alaska expedition cruise ends in Anchorage, a city packed with places to explore and enjoy, from restaurants and galleries to sports venues and shops.