STAR COLLECTOR: ALASKA & WEST COAST ADVENTURE

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Star Collector: Alaska & West Coast Adventure

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port
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depart
Sep 11 Sat
5:00 PM
 
Sep 12 Sun
3:36 AM
11:59 PM
 
Sep 13 Mon
12:00 PM
10:00 PM
 
Sep 14 Tue
7:00 AM
3:00 PM
 
Sep 15 Wed
7:00 AM
7:00 PM
 
Sep 16 Thu
8:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
Sep 17 Fri
6:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
Sep 18 Sat
6:30 AM
12:00 PM
 
Sep 18 Sat
3:00 PM
8:00 PM
 
Sep 19 Sun
At Sea
Sep 20 Mon
7:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
Sep 21 Tue
7:00 AM
2:00 PM
 
Sep 22 Wed
7:05 PM
11:59 PM
 
Sep 23 Thu
8:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
Sep 24 Fri
8:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
Sep 25 Sat
At Sea
Sep 26 Sun
7:00 AM
11:59 PM
 
Sep 27 Mon
12:01 AM
1:00 PM
 
Sep 27 Mon
At Sea
Sep 28 Tue
At Sea
Sep 29 Wed
6:30 PM
11:59 PM
 
Sep 30 Thu
12:01 AM
6:00 PM
 
Oct 1 Fri
8:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
Oct 2 Sat
At Sea
SAT SEP 11
TO 5:00 PM Vancouver

day 1 Vancouver, BC, Canada


This gem of a Canadian city is where the Pacific Ocean shares its views with distant snow-covered peaks. The green-space pride of the city is Stanley Park, largest urban park in Canada with 1,000 acres of rose gardens, Native totem poles, and wooded rainforest trails. Ride a bike or walk along the waterfront to the park’s beaches.Time your stay to include dim sum in one of North America’s largest and oldest Chinatowns. While in the historic neighborhood, escape to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, with its exquisite architecture, plantings, and koi ponds.Visit the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada it is renowned for its displays of world arts and cultures, in particular works by First Nation band governments of the Pacific Northwest. MOA houses 38,000 ethnographic objects as well as 535,000 archaeological objects in its building alone.

SUN SEP 12
3:36 AM TO 11:59 PM Canadian Inside Passage

day 2 Scenic Cruising Canadian Inside Passage


Canadian Inside Passage
Your cruise will explore parts of the Inside Passage, which is not just in Alaska – it runs from Washington state into Canada. The protected Canadian portion of the famous archipelago is between Port Hardy on Vancouver Island and Prince Rupert Sound, near the Alaska border. Your Windstar cruise takes you through the Inside Passage past the rugged, spectacular scenery of coastal British Columbia. Views include towering snow-capped mountains, tall waterfalls, and deep green forest. Your ship maneuvers through a maze of channels, impressively narrow at times. You’ll want to be on deck to take in remote fishing villages and beaches where grizzly bears may linger – keep your binoculars at the ready! Look up to spot eagles and a variety of seabirds, and watch, too, for orca and humpback whales.
MON SEP 13
12:00 PM TO 10:00 PM Ketchikan

day 3 Ketchikan, Alaska


Ketchikan, at the southern tip of Alaska’s Inside Passage, claims status as a capital of salmon fishing. Guests who want to try their hand will find fishing and outdoor dining excursions as well as historic walking tours, zipline expeditions and much more.  And reserve time to take a photo of the colorful buildings built on pilings on Creek Street – once the town’s red-light district – located along a creek where salmon swim upstream in spawning season. Ketchikan is a strong center of the Tlingit, Tsimshian and Haida cultures and one of the best places in the world to learn about totem poles. These carved beauties hang out everywhere, in parks, building lobbies, and on the town’s streets. Totem poles are best viewed with an interpreter who can read the stories they tell. Some may surprise you. In nearby Saxman Native Village, young people lead tours of the village’s collection. Ketchikan, at the southern tip of Alaska’s Inside Passage, claims status as a capital of salmon fishing. Guests who want to try their hand will find fishing and outdoor dining excursions as well as historic walking tours, zipline expeditions and much more. 
TUE SEP 14
7:00 AM TO 3:00 PM Wrangell

day 4 Wrangell, Alaska


Accessible only by small ship, Wrangell is a charming small town and one of the oldest communities in Alaska. Conversion comes easy, whether you are wandering the one main street, admiring the totem poles around town, or walking down to Petroglyph Beach to see the largest collection of ancient primitive rock carvings in Alaska. Pristine wilderness is right next door. Wrangell is at the mouth of the wild, glacier-fed Stikine River, the fastest-flowing navigable river in North America – it runs from British Columbia and empties into a rainforest delta outside of Wrangell. Jet boat tours explore wilderness with thundering waterfalls, glaciers and even hot springs. About 30 miles away, and also accessible by boat, is Anan Wildlife Observatory, one of the best places in Alaska to observe black and brown (grizzly) bears.
WED SEP 15
7:00 AM TO 7:00 PM Tracy Arm / Endicott Arm

day 5 Scenic Cruising Tracy Arm / Endicott Arm, Alaska


A cruise to the Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm fjord brings views of tree-covered wilderness, snow-covered mountains, and, once you enter the fjord, sheer granite cliffs as high as 4,000 feet with cascading waterfalls. The big treat is that each arm has a glacier at its head – where you will experience what’s known as “white thunder” when the glacier sheds ice into the sea. Your Windstar captain will gently guide the ship around dozens of icebergs, some of which may be dotted with seals and their pups, halting in front of the massive Sawyer Glacier and South Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Fjord or the Dawes Glacier in Endicott. A Signature Windstar kayaking or Zodiac experience lets you get as close as is safely possible to the tidewater glaciers.
THU SEP 16
8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Juneau

day 6 Juneau, Alaska


Juneau is the only state capital you can’t drive to. While the city is not on an island, it is cut off from the rest of Alaska, and Canada to the east, by impenetrable forest and the enormous Juneau Icefield. Ice is a major attraction, whether you head out to see the Mendenhall Glacier, only a dozen miles from town, fly over glaciers on a floatplane, or land on the ice via helicopter for such experiences as putting on crampons and hiking or dogsledding with a team of huskies. In town, check out the state capitol building or make a beeline to Tracy’s King Crab Shack, where the giant boiled crab legs and crab bisque have gained such fame the restaurant was featured on the TV show “Top Chef.” Food and brewery tours hit local hotspots. For exercise  with views take the Mount Roberts Trail (two miles up to the timberline) and then head back down on the harbor-view Goldbelt Tram.
FRI SEP 17
6:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Haines

day 7 Haines, Alaska


Bald Eagle Alaska
With its gorgeous location between mountains and sea and its small-town vibe, Haines may remind you of the old TV show “Northern Exposure,” complete with quirky characters – how else to explain a museum dedicated to hammers? Haines has modern-day gold seekers too, as featured on the reality show “Gold Rush Alaska.” Some tours from here head to Skagway to see the restored period buildings of the Klondike Gold Rush Historical Park or to take a ride on the narrow-gauge White Pass & Yukon Route train alongside the treacherous route that stampeders took to the Yukon. Stick to Haines to partake in adventure experiences such as hiking, jet boat adventures or rafting in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, where you have a very good chance of seeing aerial wildlife. Or walk around the parade grounds and restored buildings of Fort Seward (also known as the Chilkoot Barracks), decommissioned after World War II and 42 years of service. Take a respite at the Port Chilkoot Distillery, known for its award-winning gin.
SAT SEP 18
6:30 AM TO 12:00 PM Inian Islands / Icy Strait Point

day 8 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.
SAT SEP 18
3:00 PM TO 8:00 PM Icy Strait Point (Hoonah)

day 8 Icy Strait Point, (Hoonah) Alaska


Totem Pole icy strait
Icy Strait Point is an Alaska Native-owned cruise destination on Chichagof Island, close to the small Huna Tlingit city of Hoonah. Surrounded by rainforest and water rich with sea life, it’s a prime destination for both wildlife and native cultural experiences. Icy Straight Point is also home to one of the largest zipline rides in the world (no experience required!). The tourist side of Icy Strait Point centers on the historic Hoonah Packing Company cannery, with a museum, restaurants and shops. Anglers boat off to reel in the big one. Other excursions lead to spotting marine life or wilderness residents such as grizzly bears deep into the Tongass National Forest. Visit Hoonah to learn about subsistence living, view totem poles, and watch enthralling tribal dance performances. The ZipRider is taller than the Empire State Building and more than a mile long. Doing the harnessed vertical drop is a bragworthy thrill with views.
MON SEP 20
7:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Misty Fjords

day 10 Misty Fjords, Alaska - Optional Expedition Day


On your Windstar Alaska cruise you have the rare treat of experiencing Alaska’s Misty Fjords National Monument, 2.1 million acres of wilderness within the Tongass National Forest and only accessible by small ships, boats, and floatplanes. The name is appropriate to the climate. A mist often lingers, providing an eerie envelope to blue fjords topped by towering cliffs, cascading waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, and a dense temperate rainforest. You may further immerse yourself into the environment of protected coves on Signature kayak and Zodiac excursions. Keep your eye out for the resident killer whales, Dall’s porpoises and brown and black bears, plus all five types of Pacific salmon.

TUE SEP 21
7:00 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. 
WED SEP 22
7:05 PM TO 11:59 PM Canadian Inside Passage

day 12 Scenic Cruising Canadian Inside Passage


Canadian Inside Passage
Your cruise will explore parts of the Inside Passage, which is not just in Alaska – it runs from Washington state into Canada. The protected Canadian portion of the famous archipelago is between Port Hardy on Vancouver Island and Prince Rupert Sound, near the Alaska border. Your Windstar cruise takes you through the Inside Passage past the rugged, spectacular scenery of coastal British Columbia. Views include towering snow-capped mountains, tall waterfalls, and deep green forest. Your ship maneuvers through a maze of channels, impressively narrow at times. You’ll want to be on deck to take in remote fishing villages and beaches where grizzly bears may linger – keep your binoculars at the ready! Look up to spot eagles and a variety of seabirds, and watch, too, for orca and humpback whales.
THU SEP 23
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Vancouver

day 13 Vancouver, BC, Canada


This gem of a Canadian city is where the Pacific Ocean shares its views with distant snow-covered peaks. The green-space pride of the city is Stanley Park, largest urban park in Canada with 1,000 acres of rose gardens, Native totem poles, and wooded rainforest trails. Ride a bike or walk along the waterfront to the park’s beaches.Time your stay to include dim sum in one of North America’s largest and oldest Chinatowns. While in the historic neighborhood, escape to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, with its exquisite architecture, plantings, and koi ponds.Visit the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada it is renowned for its displays of world arts and cultures, in particular works by First Nation band governments of the Pacific Northwest. MOA houses 38,000 ethnographic objects as well as 535,000 archaeological objects in its building alone.

FRI SEP 24
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.
SUN SEP 26
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.
MON SEP 27
12:01 AM TO 1:00 PM 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.
WED SEP 29
6:30 PM 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.
THU SEP 30
12:01 AM TO 6:00 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.
FRI OCT 1
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.
SUN OCT 3
7:00 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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