ALEUTIANS & NORTH PACIFIC CROSSING

  • Star Breeze
  • 16 days
  • Seward (Anchorage) to Yokohama (Tokyo)
From $ 2,199 pp
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Aleutians & North Pacific Crossing

  • Star Breeze
  • 16 days
  • Seward (Anchorage) to Yokohama (Tokyo)
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From $ 2,199* pp

Homer, Alaska

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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 $175
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Kodiak, Alaska



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 $95
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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 $65
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Dutch Harbor, Alaska



2 HRS

Moderate

hiking

sightseeing
Dutch Harbor, Bunker Hill Hike
This is a 2-hour guided hike to the top of Bunker Hill. This is a moderate climb along an old WWII-era gravel road and is approx. 1 mile with a 400-foot rise. The route passes a prehistoric site as well as numerous WWII ruins, and has the potential for viewing marine life, birds and bald eagles. There are several beautiful vistas along the hike with a total of 360 degree views of the Dutch Harbor and Captains Bay area. On the top of the hill is a large concrete bunker which was used as a battery command station during WWII. There are also the remains on the top of four circular panama mounts for 155mm guns. The hike will be guided by a local with extensive knowledge of the fishing industry, local history and prehistory, flora and fauna. There will be rest stops on the way up that offer great photo opportunities. 

Please note: Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring raingear and binoculars if you have them. This hike is weather-dependent and may be canceled due to excessive wind, fog, or rain. It will not be canceled for light rain if there is good visibility. The hike will depart from a parking spot near the base of the hill. 


price $35
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Hakodate, Japan



5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

culture

walking

essentials
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

essentials
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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4.5 HRS

Strenuous

sightseeing

boating

essentials
Hakodate, Onuma National Park & Hot Spring
Your motor coach will take you 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 (24 km) in circumference with a depth of 47 feet (13.6 meters). 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, cycle using rented bicycles, pleasure cruise, go 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. You will enjoy the scenery from the boat, and then have a true Japanese experience "Hot spring" or "Onsen" to relax your body! 

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a light jacket, insect repellent and local currency. Do not to bring jewelry as the color may be changed by the hot spring water. Guests are required to be naked at the hot spring. Tattoos and swim suits are not acceptable.


price $199
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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

walking

sightseeing

essentials
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 $139
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Ofunato, Japan



3.5 HRS

Easy

walking

sightseeing

essentials
Ofuanto, Panoramic Sanriku
In March of 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred off the Pacific coast with a magnitude of 9.0-9.1 which caused the region to be swept by a great Tsunami. This tour will first offer an educational visit to the Iwate Tsunami Memorial to learn about the history of this region as well as to witness first-hand about what occurred during the 2011 disaster. Afterward, the tour will visit the Lanboya Observatory located on the Goishi Coast which is a great spot for photos and visit to Ofunatio City Museum to learn more about the history behind this city. This area has been nationally designated as a 'Place of Scenic Beauty & Natural Monument'. In addition, the Goishi Beach which is also nearby, affords the chance for a scenic stroll along the coast while listening to the rocks 'singing' due to the movement of the coastal waves. Afterward, return to the coach for a scenic ride back to your ship.

Please note: Bring your hat, sunscreen, and local currency. Wear comfortable walking shoes. the order of sites visited may vary.


price $1000000
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

essentials
Ofuanto, Sanriku Local Train
This tour will begin with a transfer to Kamaishi Station via coach and rail.  The Sanriku Railway runs through the Pacific Coast area of Iwate Prefecture which has been fully restored after sustaining heavy damage from the Great East Japan Earthquake. The first destination of this tour will be the Kamaishi Daikannon statue - a white statue of Kannon, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy.  Included as part of this tour is admission to enter inside this 159-foot (48.5-meter) statue.  Leaving the statue, you will board the coach bound for the next destination with a rest stop at Michinoeki Rest Area. Here you will be able to enjoy local soft Persimmon ice cream. Afterward, the tour will introduce an iconic Courageous Poplar Tree which commemorates those who lost their lives and the damage done from the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Please note: Bring your hat, sunscreen, and local currency. Wear comfortable walking shoes. There are approximately 100 steps from the parking to Sanriku Tetsudo station. All guests will be required to walk this way to get on the train. Order of sites visited may vary.


price $1000000
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3.25 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

essentials
Ofuanto, Sanriku Prevention Tour
In March of 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred off the Pacific coast with a magnitude of 9.0-9.1 which caused the region to be swept by a great Tsunami. This will be an educational tour which offers its devastating story starting at the Iwate Tsunami Memorial the first stop.  Afterward, you will walk to the region that highly felt the disaster which is marked by the lone pine tree that remained standing through its aftermath. Feel first-hand the city that experienced such a massive disaster and witness its road to its restoration that continues to this day. To conclude, the tour will visit Kesen Carpentry Museum which showcases various traditional methods used in carpentry within this region which have been carried over through generations. Enjoy a relaxing coach ride back to the ship.

Please note: Bring your hat, sunscreen, rain gear and local currency. Wear comfortable walking shoes. The order of sites visited may vary.


price $1000000
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

essentials
Ofunato, Goishi Coast & Ofunato Hot Springs
After a short drive aboard the coach, you will arrive to the Goishi Coast, a 4-mile (6-km)-wide rocky beach and cliffs located in the southern part of Iwate Prefecture. You will have the chance to visit an observatory to take a panoramic photo of the rocky coast and learn about the history behind this city.  Afterward, the tour will visit the Ofunato Onsen and you will have time to relax in the hot springs while taking in the panoramic view. A pleasant meal tops off your relaxing day before returning to the ship.

Please note: Swimwear and tattoos are not allowed at the hot springs - guests must be naked to use the hot springs. Towels will be given upon entrance and are allowed for use inside the hot springs. Bring your hat, sunscreen, hat rain gear and local currency. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Please do not wear jewelry or accessories as the color may be changed by hot spring water. Please minimize to bring valuable items.The order of the sites visited may vary.


price $1000000
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Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan



4 HRS

Moderate

walking

sightseeing
Yokohama, Tokyo Half Day Tour with Transfer to Haneda Airport
Visit of one of the most important sites in Japan "Imperial Place Plaza" and Hamarikyu Garden (Edo period Japanese style garden).  You will depart from the pier for the 60-minute drive to Hamarikyu Garden surrounded by the Shiodome district’s futuristic skyscrapers, a great example of how Japan is the land of contrasts. The garden was originally built as a feudal lord's Tokyo residence and duck hunting grounds during the Edo Period, but later served as a strolling garden and as an imperial detached palace before eventually being opened to the public in its current form.  Next you will see the Imperial Palace located on the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo, and the residence of Japan's Imperial Family. Although the Palace is not open to the public, from Kokyo Gaien, the large plaza in front of the Imperial Palace, you can view the Nijubashi, two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. The stone bridge in front is called Meganebashi (Eyeglass Bridge) because of its appearance. Then the coach will take you to Haneda Airport.

Please note: Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes, sunscreen, and a hat. Bring local currency.


price $199
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4 HRS

Moderate

walking

sightseeing
Yokohama, Tokyo Half Day Tour with Transfer to Hotel
Visit of one of the most important sites in Japan "Imperial Place Plaza" and Hamarikyu Garden (Edo period Japanese style garden).  You will depart from the pier for the 60-minute drive to Hamarikyu Garden surrounded by the Shiodome district’s futuristic skyscrapers, a great example of how Japan is the land of contrasts. The garden was originally built as a feudal lord's Tokyo residence and duck hunting grounds during the Edo Period, but later served as a strolling garden and as an imperial detached palace before eventually being opened to the public in its current form.  Next you will see the Imperial Palace located on the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo, and the residence of Japan's Imperial Family. Although the Palace is not open to the public, from Kokyo Gaien, the large plaza in front of the Imperial Palace, you can view the Nijubashi, two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. The stone bridge in front is called Meganebashi (Eyeglass Bridge) because of its appearance. Then the coach will take you to your Tokyo Hotel.

Please note: Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes, sunscreen, and a hat. Bring local currency.


price $229
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4 HRS

Moderate

walking

sightseeing
Yokohama, Tokyo Half Day Tour with Transfer to Narita Airport
Visit of one of the most important sites in Japan "Imperial Place Plaza" and Hamarikyu Garden (Edo period Japanese style garden).  You will depart from the pier for the 60-minute drive to Hamarikyu Garden surrounded by the Shiodome district’s futuristic skyscrapers, a great example of how Japan is the land of contrasts. The garden was originally built as a feudal lord's Tokyo residence and duck hunting grounds during the Edo Period, but later served as a strolling garden and as an imperial detached palace before eventually being opened to the public in its current form.  Next you will see the Imperial Palace located on the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo, and the residence of Japan's Imperial Family. Although the Palace is not open to the public, from Kokyo Gaien, the large plaza in front of the Imperial Palace, you can view the Nijubashi, two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. The stone bridge in front is called Meganebashi (Eyeglass Bridge) because of its appearance. Then the coach will take you to Narita Airport.

Please note: Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes, sunscreen, and a hat. Bring local currency.


price $229
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