STAR COLLECTOR: ALASKA & JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION WEST COAST ADVENTURE

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Star Collector: Alaska & James Beard Foundation West Coast Adventure

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Sep 12 Thu
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Sep 13 Fri
12:00 AM
12:00 AM
 
Sep 14 Sat
1:00 PM
9:00 PM
 
Sep 15 Sun
7:00 AM
4:00 PM
 
Sep 16 Mon
8:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
Sep 17 Tue
6:30 AM
12:00 PM
 
Sep 17 Tue
3:00 PM
8:00 PM
 
Sep 18 Wed
7:00 AM
10:00 PM
 
Sep 19 Thu
At Sea
Sep 20 Fri
7:30 AM
6:00 PM
 
Sep 21 Sat
7:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
Sep 22 Sun
6:00 AM
2:00 PM
 
Sep 23 Mon
12:00 AM
12:00 AM
 
Sep 24 Tue
8:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
Sep 25 Wed
8:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
Sep 26 Thu
At Sea
Sep 27 Fri
7:00 AM
11:59 PM
 
Sep 28 Sat
12:01 AM
6:00 AM
 
Sep 29 Sun
At Sea
Sep 30 Mon
11:30 AM
11:59 PM
 
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12:01 AM
10:00 PM
 
Oct 2 Wed
8:00 AM
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Oct 3 Thu
At Sea
THU SEP 12
TO 5:00 PM Vancouver

day 1 Vancouver, BC, Canada


Vancouver’s location at the mouth of the Fraser River and on the waterways of the Strait of Georgia, Howe Sound, Burrard Inlet and all their tributaries makes this busy seaport an easy place for meeting. It is one of Canada’s most populated, most ethnically diverse cities that is a popular filming location. Visit the interesting neighborhoods of Gastown, Granville Island and Chinatown. Walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge and stroll through Stanley Park. See the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Museum of Anthropology. There is an amazing variety of things to see and do here.
FRI SEP 13
12:00 AM TO 12:00 AM Canadian Inside Passage

day 2 Scenic Cruising Canadian Inside Passage


Today we cruise the fjords of Canada’s Inside Passage boasting centuries-old coastal rainforests, beaches, waterfalls and mountains. Over 25,000 miles of rugged coastline lie in Canada’s Inside Passage, joining Alaska’s 15,000 miles of inside waters and provides a safe and sheltered West Coast waterway transit.  In this isolated wilderness look for coastal First Nations longhouses fronted with proud totems and a variety of marine life, from orcas and porpoises to some of the largest populations of bald eagles in the world.
SAT SEP 14
1:00 PM TO 9:00 PM Metlakatla

day 3 Metlakatla, Alaska


Located on Annette Island, 15 miles southwest of Ketchikan, and midway in the Inside Passage 600 miles from Seattle, Washington and 600 miles from Skagway, Alaska, Metlakatla is the only settlement of the indigenous Tsimshian people in the U.S.  Membership in this community is by lineage, primarily Tsimshian people, but may also include other Alaska Native tribes who wish to join. Visitors to the community can take in the dance and song shows in the longhouse performed by local dancers dressed in full Tsimshian regalia.
SUN SEP 15
7:00 AM TO 4:00 PM Wrangell

day 4 Wrangell, Alaska


One of the oldest towns in Alaska, Wrangell is located near the mouth of the Stikine River. Much of its history can be seen in the impressive collection of totems scattered throughout the town. Highlights here are the amazing Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park where you can find primitive rock carvings and just 30 miles away is the Anan Wildlife Observatory with the largest pink salmon runs in the Inside Passage, and a platform from which you can look for eagles, harbor seals and black bears.
MON SEP 16
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Tracy Arm / Endicott Arm

day 5 Scenic Cruising Tracy Arm / Endicott Arm, Alaska


Stunningly beautiful Tracy Arm is a fjord 45 miles south of Juneau that actually consists of two deep and narrow fjords – Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm. Both fjords are over 30 miles long. At the end of Tracy Arm are the impressive twin Sawyer Glaciers. Wildlife in the area includes black and brown bears, deer, wolves, harbor seals and a variety of birds. What you'll be able to see today and how far we can travel up Tracy Arm is weather and ice dependent.
TUE SEP 17
6:30 AM TO 12:00 PM Inian Islands / Icy Strait Point

day 6 Scenic Cruising Inian Islands / Icy Strait Point


Managed by the Forest Service, these scenic Inian Islands are located in Icy Strait near the entrance to Glacier Bay. Several small pieces of land make up these islands, with dense tree growth that provides a restful home to deer. This has become a popular area for sea kayaking. Privately owned Icy Strait Point is a tourist destination and the only privately owned cruise destination in Alaska. It is the property of 1,350 Alaskan natives with aboriginal ties to Hoonah and the Glacier Bay area. Visitors here enjoy an educational experience learning about Alaska's native cultures, and the natural history of the region. There is much to do here including a brown bear search, tram excursion, flightseeing over Glacier Bay and the biggest zipline in the United States.
TUE SEP 17
3:00 PM TO 8:00 PM Icy Strait Point (Hoonah)

day 6 Icy Strait Point, (Hoonah) Alaska


Totem Pole icy strait
Privately owned Icy Strait Point is a tourist destination and the only privately owned cruise destination in Alaska. It is the property of 1,350 Alaskan natives with aboriginal ties to Hoonah and the Glacier Bay area. Visitors here enjoy an educational experience learning about Alaska's native cultures, and the natural history of the region. There is much to do here including a brown bear search, tram excursion, flightseeing over Glacier Bay and the biggest zipline in the United States.
WED SEP 18
7:00 AM TO 10:00 PM Juneau

day 7 Juneau, Alaska


Located on the Gastineau Channel in the Alaskan panhandle, Juneau sits at sea level below steep mountains between 3,500-4,000 feet high. Atop these mountains is the Juneau Icefield, a large ice mass from which about 30 glaciers flow, and two of them – Mendenhall Glacier and Lemon Creek Glacier are visible from the local road. A unique feature of Juneau is that it is the only U.S. capital that has no roads connecting it to the rest of the state.
FRI SEP 20
7:30 AM TO 6:00 PM Misty Fjords

day 9 Misty Fjords, Alaska - Optional Expedition Day


Misty Fjords, with its gorgeous views of natural formations is a national monument and wilderness area with steep valleys formed by glaciers and lava flows. It is part of the Tongass National Forest and is about 40 miles east of Ketchikan along the Inside Passage. With its icy blue lakes, waterfalls, snowcapped peaks and glacial valleys literally everywhere you point your camera you will get a postcard picture, depending on the weather of course. For a more up-close opportunity in this beautiful scenic sanctuary optional expeditions excursions will be available.

SAT SEP 21
7:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Ketchikan

day 10 Ketchikan, Alaska


Dubbed the Salmon Capital of the World, Ketchikan is the southeastern-most town in Alaska and is home to the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles that are found throughout the city and at four major locations: Saxman Totem Park, Totem Bight State Park, Potlatch Park, and the Totem Heritage Center. Other attractions of Ketchikan are Creek Street, a boardwalk road built on pilings over Ketchikan Creek and the Waterfront Promenade that skirts the bustling shoreline with inviting whale-tail benches to take in the view.
SUN SEP 22
6:00 AM TO 2:00 PM Prince Rupert

day 11 Prince Rupert, BC, Canada


brown bears alaska
Picturesque Prince Rupert, located on Kaien Island, just north of the mouth of the Skeena River is rich in culture and heritage. Prince Rupert was founded in 1910 on a site that has been inhabited by First Nations people for over 10,000 years. The area is rich with wildlife like whales, eagles, salmon and grizzly bears. 
MON SEP 23
12:00 AM TO 12:00 AM Canadian Inside Passage

day 12 Scenic Cruising Canadian Inside Passage


Today we cruise the fjords of Canada’s Inside Passage boasting centuries-old coastal rainforests, beaches, waterfalls and mountains. Over 25,000 miles of rugged coastline lie in Canada’s Inside Passage, joining Alaska’s 15,000 miles of inside waters and provides a safe and sheltered West Coast waterway transit.  In this isolated wilderness look for coastal First Nations longhouses fronted with proud totems and a variety of marine life, from orcas and porpoises to some of the largest populations of bald eagles in the world.
TUE SEP 24
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Vancouver

day 13 Vancouver, BC, Canada


Vancouver’s location at the mouth of the Fraser River and on the waterways of the Strait of Georgia, Howe Sound, Burrard Inlet and all their tributaries makes this busy seaport an easy place for meeting. It is one of Canada’s most populated, most ethnically diverse cities that is a popular filming location. Visit the interesting neighborhoods of Gastown, Granville Island and Chinatown. Walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge and stroll through Stanley Park. See the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Museum of Anthropology. There is an amazing variety of things to see and do here.
WED SEP 25
8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Seattle

day 14 Seattle, Washington


Seattle, Washington
As the 4th busiest port in the United States, evergreen Seattle is surrounded by mountains, forests and water. Home to Microsoft, Starbuck’s and Amazon, Seattle’s most recognizable icon is the Space Needle.  Northwest  cuisine with Asian infusion includes apples, salmon, Dungeness crab, razor clams paired with fresh microbrews and Washington wines. Among the sights to see are Pike Place Market, Chihuly Gardens, Boeing Museum of Flight, Pioneer Square, and the Ballard Locks.
FRI SEP 27
7:00 AM TO 11:59 PM Portland

day 16 Portland, Oregon


Portland, Oregon
Sitting at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette rivers, and watched over by Mount Hood, Portland is known for its eco-friendliness, bicycle paths, versatile transportation options, bridges, parks, eclectic neighborhoods, hipster vibes and craft microbreweries. There is a variety of things to do for all types of interests including Washington Park with a formal Japanese Garden and zoo, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Hollywood District and the Pearl District, and inviting coffeehouses everywhere.
SAT SEP 28
12:01 AM TO 6:00 AM Portland

day 17 Portland, Oregon


Portland, Oregon
Sitting at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette rivers, and watched over by Mount Hood, Portland is known for its eco-friendliness, bicycle paths, versatile transportation options, bridges, parks, eclectic neighborhoods, hipster vibes and craft microbreweries. There is a variety of things to do for all types of interests including Washington Park with a formal Japanese Garden and zoo, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Hollywood District and the Pearl District, and inviting coffeehouses everywhere.
MON SEP 30
11:30 AM TO 11:59 PM San Francisco

day 19 San Francisco, California


San Francisco, California
Hilly, foggy San Francisco is a bastion of food and culture. Iconic sights of San Francisco include the Golden Gate Bridge, the Transamerica Pyramid, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Alcatraz.  A cable car ride is a must-do past elegant Victorian houses, exhilarating views from Russian and Nob Hills and amazing panoramas found at Coit Tower and Twin Peaks. Then find the chaos of Chinatown and the dizzy drive down Lombard Street, sample the sourdough bread, fresh crab and shrimp together with crisp California wines.
TUE OCT 1
12:01 AM TO 10:00 PM San Francisco

day 20 San Francisco, California


San Francisco, California
Hilly, foggy San Francisco is a bastion of food and culture. Iconic sights of San Francisco include the Golden Gate Bridge, the Transamerica Pyramid, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Alcatraz.  A cable car ride is a must-do past elegant Victorian houses, exhilarating views from Russian and Nob Hills and amazing panoramas found at Coit Tower and Twin Peaks. Then find the chaos of Chinatown and the dizzy drive down Lombard Street, sample the sourdough bread, fresh crab and shrimp together with crisp California wines.
WED OCT 2
8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Monterey

day 21 Monterey, California – Fisherman’s Wharf


Monterey, California – Fisherman’s Wharf
Considered one of California’s most beautiful coastal cities, Monterey was the setting for several John Steinbeck novels including Cannery Row and Tortilla Flat. Cannery Row, the one-time sardine-packing center is now a delightful strip of restaurants, bars and gift shops. Equally as interesting is Alvarado Street, the main street of Monterey, also full of excellent restaurants, bars and unique stores. Monterey also boasts the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium with its thousands of marine plants and animals on display in both underwater and interactive exhibits.
FRI OCT 4
8:00 AM TO San Diego

day 23 San Diego, California – Balboa Park


San Diego, California – Balboa Park
Sometimes referred to as “America’s Finest City,” San Diego is home to lovely beaches and parks, a large naval fleet, including the USS Midway, numerous microbreweries and enormous Balboa Park, the site of the famous San Diego Zoo. This favorite travel destination is full of things to do on or off the water. Brave souls can take a ride on the Giant Dipper of Belmont Park, a historic wooden roller coaster on the coastal boardwalk, or spend some time at Legoland and Knott’s Soak City. Fantastic shopping and sightseeing can be found at Old Town or Seaport Village and kayaking and surfing opportunities are everywhere.

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