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"As far as Alaskan expeditions go, this itinerary gives passengers more access to so many aspects of the state's culture than any competitor." - Conde Nast Traveler
Immerse yourself in nature on a Windstar Alaska cruise as you visit the vast unspoiled wilderness areas of national parks accessible by sea. Grizzlies, whales, eagles, and glaciers arouse the senses: spot a giant bear lounging on a beach, pods of humpback whales breaching in the sea, eagles flying overhead. Witness glacier calving as ice slips from the glacier’s blue-tinged edge and feel the majesty of nature at work.
Windstar assures you a front row seat, a breezy stand at the deck’s rail. In places such as Kenai Fjords National Park. Look up to walls of blue-tinged ice and enjoy the experience with no other people around, because larger ships can’t sail deep into the park.
Enjoy close-up views at sea level from Signature Expeditions on kayaks and Zodiacs, launching directly from your yacht. Signature Expedition guides lead these one-of-a-kind experiences and stay on board for the duration of your cruise, offering insights and first-hand knowledge of nature’s attractions. They’ll answer all your questions and make sure that you don’t miss any sights. On an Alaska cruise with Windstar, you’ll feel lucky and humbled to be a witness so close to the action. It’s Alaska the way you yearn to experience it.
In ports of call such as Ketchikan, Juneau, Haines, and Sitka, learn about life in the last frontier. Discover the Alaska Native culture and rich stories told in intricately carved totem poles. Learn about the Gold Rush and the tenacity of gold-seekers who put their lives on the line in search of treasure. Explore the history of Russian Alaska. And see the only state capital you can’t reach by road. On Windstar’s Alaskan Splendors, as on all other Alaska itineraries, a leisurely pace and many hours of daylight under the Midnight Sun allow time to eat Alaskan crab, drink Alaskan craft beer, and otherwise immerse yourself in the local scene.