ALEUTIANS & NORTH PACIFIC CROSSING

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  • 16 days
  • Yokohama (Tokyo) to Seward (Anchorage)
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Aleutians & North Pacific Crossing

  • Star Legend
  • 16 days
  • Yokohama (Tokyo) to Seward (Anchorage)
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From $ 1,799* pp, November One Week Sale

Miyako, Japan



3.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing
Miyako, Disaster Prevention Tour
Miyako is the only place with a local disaster prevention guide to show you what was really happening on March 11, 2011. You will hear about the terror of earthquake disaster, the importance of life during and after the situation where serious damage appeared. You will learn about the importance of refuge and drive to the seawall and learn about how it fared during the earthquake and following tsunami. You will go to the Taro Hotel and watch the video of the tsunami which can only be seen on this tour. Before going back to the port, you will make a photo stop at the lookout point for Sannoiwa Rocks. The giant rock that stands like a massive pillar is called Otoko Iwa (Man Rock) which is in the center of the Sannoiwa Rocks (Three Kings Rock). Onna Iwa (Woman Rock) and a Taiko Iwa (Drum Rock) are on its sides. You can see that since Otoko Iwa and Onna Iwa have parallel strata layers with the cliffs around them, the two rocks were once connected to the land and that they were eroded and carved by waves and winds. One the other hand, Taiko Iwa is considered to have rolled off from somewhere due to its different angles in its strata. This site is where visitors will be able to feel nature's dynamic powers up close. Enjoy the view from the lookout point.

Please note: Bring sunscreen, a jacket, and local currency and wear a hat and comfortable walking shoes. There are approximately 30 steps at the seawall and 70 steps at Taro Hotel. At the hotel you will be required to remove your shoes and sit on the floor to watch the video. Taro Hotel is kept as the remains of Great East Japan Earthquake and not opened as a hotel because of damage. There is no elevator at the Taro Hotel.


price $159
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2.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

beach
Miyako, Hand Rolled Sushi Lunch with View of Jodogahama
Your first stop will be at Jodogahama Beach, or “Pure Land Beach,” one of the most famous places for scenic beauty on the Rikuchu Coast. The vivid contrast of the sharp, white rocks, green pines, and deep blue sea has been compared to the Pure Land or Paradise by a Buddhist monk named Reikyo, hence the name “Jodogahama.” It is listed in Japan's 100 Best Beaches, 100 Best Beaches for Swimming, 100 Scents of Japan, to name a few. You will be able to spend about 45 minutes here before  you will be taken to one of the local venues to experience the making of hand-rolled sushi  as instructed by the owner of the restaurant, and enjoy local cuisine for your lunch.

Please note: Bring sunscreen, a jacket, and local currency and wear a hat and comfortable walking shoes. No gluten free and vegetarian options are available and you may be asked to remove your shoes at the lunch venue. The order of sites visited may vary.


price $199
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4 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

sightseeing

boating
Miyako, Scenic Miyako

The tour will start with a photo stop to Sannoiwa Rocks. The giant rock that stands like a massive pillar is called Otoko Iwa (Man Rock) which is in the center of the Sannoiwa Rocks (Three Kings Rock). Onna Iwa (Woman Rock) and a Taiko Iwa (Drum Rock) are on its sides. This site is where you will be able to feel nature's dynamic powers up close. Enjoy the view from the lookout point. Your next destination will be Jodogahama Beach, or “Pure Land Beach,” one of the most famous places of scenic beauty on the Rikuchu Coast. The vivid contrast of the sharp, white rocks, green pines, and deep blue sea has been compared to the Pure Land or Paradise by a Buddhist monk named Reikyo, hence the name “Jodogahama.”  Look out for crabs and small fish in the tide pools along the esplanade from the beach to the marine house! You will take 40-minute Jodogahama boat tour around the islands of Jodogahama. You can enjoy the view of the uniquely-shaped islands as well as the beautiful coastline; you can also feed black-tailed gulls which follow the boat. 

Please note: Bring sunscreen, a jacket, and local currency and wear a hat and comfortable walking shoes. The order of sites visited may vary.


price $169
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Hakodate, Japan



5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

culture

walking
Hakodate, Hakodate Highlights
This tour will take you to star-shaped Fort Goryokaku , a Western style citadel built in the last years of the Edo period for the defense of Hakodate against the imperialist threat posed by Western power. First, you will visit Goryokaku Tower which is 351 feet high to see the star shape of the fort from the observatory.  You will  then have some time to stroll inside the fort. Next stop will be at Bay Area consisting of many historical red-brick warehouses. You will have some free time to enjoy shopping or relaxing at the café, or strolling along the bay. Then you will be transferred to Mount Hakodate to enjoy the ropeway ride (5 minutes) to the observatory located on the top of Mount Hakodate.  Mount Hakodate is a 1,096 feet high, wooded mountain at the southern end of the peninsula. You will have a panoramic view of the town surrounded on three sides by the sea, and the views of the fan-shaped city are beautiful.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a light jacket, insect repellent and local currency.


price $169
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5 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Hakodate, Hakodate Morning Market & Goryokaku Fort
This tour will take you to famous Hakodate Morning Market “Asaichi” known as a haven of delectable fresh food. Having fresh seafood for your breakfast might be the best way to start your day in Hakodate. Next you will take a 30-minute drive to star-shaped Fort Goryokaku which is a Western style citadel built in the last years of the Edo period for the defense of Hakodate against the imperialist threat posed by Western power. You will visit Goryokaku Tower which is 351 feet high to see how Fort Goryokaku looks. After seeing the star shape of Fort Goryokaku from the observatory, you will have some time to stroll inside the fort. Then you will take the 30-minute drive and have some free time at Bay Area consisting of many historical red-brick warehouses. There are many shops to visit, you can relax at a café  or you might enjoy strolling through the lovely outdoor panorama.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a light jacket, insect repellent and local currency.

price $159
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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

walking

sightseeing
Hakodate, Onuma Quasi - National Park Nature Walk
You will board your motor coach for the 1-hour ride to Onuma Quasi-National Park, known for its picturesque island dotted lakes and majestic dormant volcano, Mount Komagatake. This park is at the foot of Mount Komagatake and includes Onuma, Konuma, Junsainuma and other lakes. Onuma is the largest lake and is 15 miles in circumference with a depth of 45 feet. A volcanic mudflow from Mount Komagatake once caused a natural dam that blocked a stream and thus led to the formation of Onuma. There are 126 islets in the lake and 18 bridges connecting a select few so travelers and locals alike can enjoy walking on the trails, cycling using rented bicycles, pleasure cruising, boating and canoeing. Mount Komagatake stands close to Onuma and is the main symbol of the park. It is an independent mountain with three peaks and three craters. One of the ‘tops' was blown away during a past eruption and is now rather steep. Mount Komagatake woke up in terms of volcanic activity in 1998 so mountain climbing is now prohibited.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a light jacket, insect repellent and local currency. This tour involves walking but guests can wait by the lake if they so choose.

price $129
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Aomori, Japan



4.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing
Aomori, Hirosaki Half Day
You will have about a 70-minute drive to Hirosaki Park where Hirosaki Castle still stands. Hirosaki Castle was originally 5 stories but it was burnt down in 1627. The current 3-story castle was rebuilt in 1810 and it is the only one in the Tohoku area that was not rebuilt in the modern era. Hirosaki Park is also famous for 2,600 cheery trees, usually blooming around the middle of May and thousands of tourists come during this period to see the cherry blossoms. Your next stop will be at Neputa Village and the museum focusing on the Hirosaki Neputa Festival held in August and exhibiting full-sized floats. You will be treated to a music performance of the festival with drums and flutes. After leaving Hirosaki, you will return to the ship.

Please note:  Bring local currency and a light jacket and wear comfortable shoes and clothes that are easy to walk with. The 50 steps of Hirosaki Castle are very steep. The date the cherry blossoms start blooming is changeable and the timing can only be confirmed a few days prior.


price $199
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4.75 HRS

Moderately
easy

watersports

dining

sightseeing
Aomori, Hot Spring Experience
Your first stop will be Neputa House Wa-Rasse (Museum). Neputa Festivals are held at several cities in Aomori Prefecture and are renowned for their long parade with a trailing big float. Neputa House Wa-Rasse is a unique museum where you can experience all the aspects of the Neputa Festival with a display of full sized floats. It attempts to capture the spirit of the festival and will give you a taste of its lively atmosphere, history and traditions.  Your next stop will be Asamushi  Onsen Hot Spring,  one of the ideal places to relax and enjoy good food in the north of Honshu Island, in a beautiful bay. This area was introduced to the public in 1190 and has been a popular destination since then.  You will visit one of the venues to enjoy a hot spring and local lunch. The hot spring is the best way to relax your body and get some energy!

Please note:  Bring local currency and a light jacket and wear comfortable shoes and clothes that are easy to walk with.  You must be naked to use the hot spring and swimsuits and tattoos are not allowed Lunch will be a Japanese-style menu and there is not a vegetarian option.


price $299
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3.25 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing
Aomori, Seiryuji Temple & Neputa Museum
Departing on coach, your first visit will be to  Seiryuji Temple which is renowned for Showa Daibutsu. Showa Daibutsu is the largest seated image of Buddha in Japan. The bronze statue is 21.35 meters (70 feet) tall and weighs 220 tons made in by bronze. You will also find a 5-storied pagoda nearby made by Aomori hiba wood entirely which is an evergreen tree known to grow up to 40 meters (131 feet). Your next stop will be Neputa House Wa-Rasse (Museum). Neputa Festivals are held at several cities in Aomori Prefecture and are renowned for their long parade with a trailing big float. Neputa House Wa-Rasse is a unique museum where you can experience all the aspects of the Neputa Festival with a display of full sized floats. It attempts to capture the spirit of the festival and will give you a taste of its lively atmosphere, history and traditions.

Please note:  Bring local currency and a light jacket and wear comfortable shoes and clothes that are easy to walk with.


price $149
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Kodiak, Alaska



3 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

wildlife

boating

concierge
Kodiak, Concierge Collection: Wildlife & Natural History Boat Tour
Enjoy and learn about Kodiak Wildlife and History from an experienced long-time charter captain and local tour guide. This tour will take you past Kodiak's harbors and fishing fleet through breathtaking scenery of the nearby islands in pursuit of sea otters, sea lions, harbor seals, a multitude of seabirds including puffins, gulls, oyster catchers, guillemots and cormorants, and a chance at spotting whales. Your onboard biologist will provide you with a wealth of information about Kodiak's marine wildlife, answer your questions, and unravel the story of how the sea otter has shaped Kodiak's history and ecology.  Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.   

Please note: Wear weather appropriate clothing, including rain gear. Bring your camera and binoculars. This tour has a 72-hour cancellation policy and is 100% non-refundable after that time.


price $379
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2.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

hiking

outdoors

wildlife
Kodiak, Fort Abercrombie State Park Nature Walk
Depart the pier for the short drive to the park. Upon arrival, your guide will lead you on a hike along well-maintained natural and gravel trails offering breathtaking views. A variety of seabirds inhabit the park’s coastline, and whale sightings are frequently reported in this area throughout the season.  The natural earth trails will lead you through forested areas, some with 10% to 20% inclines, as well as near ocean bluffs. Remnants of WWII bunkers are found throughout the park, and a stop at the Miller Point gun placements will provide sweeping ocean views. Your hike will conclude back at the main parking area, where you will re-board your bus for the return drive to the pier.

Please note: This tour involves hiking between 1.5 and 2.3 miles, depending on the group’s size and abilities. Whale sightings are not guaranteed. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair. Guests need to dress in layers and have proper footwear for outdoor hiking. This tour has a 48-hour cancellation policy and is 100% non-refundable after that time.


price $89
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1.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

wildlife

walking
Kodiak, Waterfront Walking Tour
Step into the rough-and-ready world of Alaska’s commercial fisheries during this 90-minute walking tour through one of the largest fishing ports in the United States. A knowledgeable guide will lead you through the Kodiak Small Boat Harbor where you will see working commercial fishermen, boats and fishing gear. Along the way, you will hear life and death stories of Kodiak’s commercial fishing fleet and have the chance to meet real Alaskan fishermen as they return from the sea and prepare their gear and boats for another commercial fishing trip. Learn about the different kinds of fishing vessels in Alaska and view the crab pots, nets and hooks used to catch the crabs and fish off Alaska’s coast. Visit a fish processing plant where, if the boats are unloading, you will see the catch being sorted, weighed, cleaned and processed. Examine a fisherman’s cold water immersion survival suit, which helps fishermen survive the cold waters of Alaska. Observe the human activity on the docks and keep an eye out for bald eagles, harbor seals and Steller sea lions, which often frequent the harbor. You’ll also hear about the Great Alaskan Earthquake and Tsunami of 1964 that destroyed much of the town of Kodiak and its fishing fleet. 

Please note: This walking tour begins at the ship and ends at the Harbormaster Building in downtown Kodiak. You are encouraged to explore Kodiak from there, including visits to other museums and shopping. This tour is entirely on foot and involves about 1.5 miles of total walking distance over city streets and harbor floats. Some parts of the tour cross rough unpaved surfaces and accessing the harbor floats requires descending and ascending a ramp which can sometimes be steep if the tide is low. Participants must be able to walk for 90 minutes and be physically fit. This tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. Minimum age is 10 years. Wear comfortable walking shoes and weather appropriate clothing.


price $159
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Homer, Alaska



4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

wildlife

dining

boating

concierge
Homer, Concierge Collection: Cooking School at Tutka Bay
Arrive at Tutka Bay Lodge, about 9 ocean miles from Homer, Alaska, after a 25-minute water taxi ride watching for water birds, sea otters, or even whales. The Lodge is located on an 11-acre property at the  entrance to a 7-mile fjord at the southern end of Kachemak Bay. Beautiful scenery includes coastlines, deep fjords, impressive mountains, quite forests, and unique tidal zones. Your cooking class will take place aboard the Widgeon II, a re-purposed crabbing boat which was once a World War II-era troop carrier. The cooking school offers rotating 3-course menus featuring local Alaska seafood, and locally grown, seasonal ingredients. You will have a hands-on cooking experience, with recipes and instruction provided. End your tour with another 25-minute water taxi ride back to Homer, while enjoying the spectacular Alaska scenery and watching for wildlife.

Please note:  Wear warm layered clothing and flat shoes. The Tutka Bay Cookbook is for sale and can be purchased after class (cash or credit card). Cancellations for refund must be made at least 7 days before the scheduled class date or are 100% non-refundable.


price $479
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3 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

wildlife

boating
Homer, Cruise the Artist Community of Halibut Cove
Enjoy a water taxi ride across Kachemak Bay while taking in the spectacular scenery and watching for local wildlife. Along the way, you'll see Gull Island, home to over 10,000 nesting birds, including puffins. Upon arriving in the quaint community of Halibut Cove, continue by boat through the unique region of artists while learning all about the area from your guide.

Please note: Bring lunch or a snack if you wish, a water bottle, sun hat, rain jacket, and pants sunglasses, sunscreen and your camera. It is suggested you wear layered clothes, fleece jacket, quick dry fleece pants, synthetic long underwear and warm socks. Cancellations for refund must be made at least 7 days before the scheduled class date or are 100% non-refundable.


price $199
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5 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

wildlife

walking
Homer, Highlights of Homer City
Take a harbor tour of the amazing intertidal life right under your feet at Homer Harbor Docks! This tour is the most educational fun you can have on the Homer spit!  A trained naturalist will guide you through an incredible exploration of invertebrate life living on and around the Homer Harbor Docks.  Next, you will visit the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, the headquarters for Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.  In the visitor center, naturalists offer information and tips on wildlife viewing, refuge information and points of interest. Your self-guided tour of the Center features sculpted re-creations of wildlife and settings, interactive stations and a simulated journey through the nation's most far reaching wildlife refuge. The indoor exhibits feature a Bering Sea bird rookery, dramatic re-creations and Aleutian artifacts, and a field camp where you can delve into the fascinating work of biologists. Many of the programs are outdoor experiences. You will be guided down to the Beluga Slough, just a short stroll down a slope, to explore the beach. The trail passes through a little wooded area, where it's not unusual to sight moose and other wildlife. The Center will also guide hikes down through the wetlands to Bishop's Beach to watch for sea life like whales, otters, sea lions and more. There is also a theater which features award-winning movies such as "Journey of the Tiglax." The Tiglax is a boat that cares for wildlife in the nature preserves.  Your next stop will include The Pratt Museum, which is a regional natural history museum with exhibits exploring life around Kachemak Bay in South Central Alaska. Indoor exhibits include early homesteading, Native Alaskan traditions, local contemporary art, and an exploration of the marine and terrestrial life around Kachemak Bay. Outdoor exhibits feature a historic cabin, botanical gardens and a nature trail.

Please note: Wear comfortable hiking or walking shoes (no open toed sandals, flats or high heels). Bring layered clothing and a light rain poncho.


price $109
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Seward (Anchorage), Alaska



7 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing
Seward, Highlights of Anchorage City Tour with Tranfer to Hotel
More than a simple transfer, this tour will offer a deeper insight into the local region. See the area with the assistance of the locals! Your narrated tour will start as soon as you get off the ship! Learn more about the local history, flora, and fauna as you travel north to Alaska's largest city, Anchorage. You will take a City Tour that includes both the history of Anchorage as well as life in this modern, American city. There will be time on your own for shopping and lunch in the downtown area. After lunch you will be transferred to the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. You will be at your leisure to explore this world-class facility. The tour ends with an included transfer to the Hospitality Suite Hotel (Hilton).

Please note: Bring layered clothing and a light rain poncho.  Wear close-toed, comfortable shoes. This tour is available for those who have flights at 5 p.m. or later and is wheelchair accessible.


price $179
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7 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing
Seward,Highlights of Anchorage City Tour with Tranfer to Airport
More than a simple transfer, this tour will offer a deeper insight into the local region. See the area with the assistance of the locals! Your narrated tour will start as soon as you get off the ship! Learn more about the local history, flora, and fauna as you travel north to Alaska's largest city, Anchorage. You will take a City Tour that includes both the history of Anchorage as well as life in this modern, American city. There will be time on your own for shopping and lunch in the downtown area. After lunch you will be transferred to the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. You will be at your leisure to explore this world-class facility. The tour ends with an included transfer to the Anchorage Airport.

Please note: Bring layered clothing and a light rain poncho.  Wear close-toed, comfortable shoes. This tour is available for those who have flights at 5 p.m. or later and is wheelchair accessible.


price $179
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