Vancouver to Fairbanks - 15 Days
Awaken and inspire your sense of adventure as you sail north through Canada’s Inside Passage to Alaska along the same waterway frequented by prospectors and fortune-seekers more than a century ago. Your first stop is Ketchikan, a former last-stop mining supply outpost to Skagway-bound adventurers. Wander among the world’s largest totem pole collection and ponder contemporary dilemmas, like whether you want your Chinook salmon served sizzling on an aromatic cedar plank or cured next to an open alder wood fire. Whatever you decide, pair it with a side of sourdough bread and raise a glass of microbrew to the memory of the Klondike stampede. Admire the glaciated slopes and ice floes of Alaska’s Misty Fjords, Tracy and Endicott Arms and Kenai Fjords, but keep a weather eye on the horizon for the telltale spray and black fins of orca pods. Disembark in Seward and ride inland to Fairbanks and scenic Denali National Park. Caribou, foxes and Dall sheep observations are nearly certain, but even the locals grow excited about grizzly and wolf pack sightings. A detailed float along the Chena River provides additional opportunities for ursine encounters prior to your transfer to Fairbanks Airport and your reentry into the predictabilities of a less-adventurous modern civilization.
Fairbanks to Vancouver - 18 Days
Alaska has always been a home for adventure. Pioneers and optimistic prospectors might have settled the scenic Tanana River Valley near Fairbanks, but recent archeological evidence suggests that humans roamed this basin for more than 11,000 years eventually inhabiting the rest of North America. As you search for caribou, Dall sheep, roaming wolf packs and elusive grizzly bears in Denali National Park, consider the humble but adventurous group of miners and missionaries who made the first successful summit attempt of Denali in 1913. In Seward you’ll board Star Legend and set sail for the calving glaciers and frozen floes in the Kenai, Misty Fjords, and the Tracy and Endicott Arms. Observe firsthand the importance of fishing and canneries in tiny coastal communities like Haines, Wrangell, Ketchikan and Metlakatla. Snack on poutine in Prince Rupert—fries topped with a mixture of cheese curds and brown gravy—paired perfectly with a pint-glass of Canadian Caesar cocktail. Cruise among the evergreen forests and rocky coastlines of British Columbia’s Inside Passage until you slip beneath the towering Lions Gate Bridge and into the shining city streets of Vancouver. There’s still time for whale watching or even a waterfront kayak tour, but one of the best ways to see the city requires a gondola ride to Grouse Mountain’s ski slopes. When you’re ready to share memories, sit back and sample the exceptional international cuisine available from high-profile chefs who have established restaurants throughout Gastown and Downtown.
Fairbanks to Tokyo - 20 Days
Moose mingle in the forest and tall underbrush throughout Alaska’s Denali National Park, but locals will tell you that spotting wolves and bears is the crowning achievement during any park excursion. Keep an eye on the riverbanks as you glide along the Chena River and you might glimpse brown, grizzly or black bears foraging for tart berries. The Alaskan interior is a majestic setting where 4-legged wildlife encounters are frequent and memorable. Sail from Seward and explore remote fishing villages few outsiders experience beyond travel documentaries. Hike to the grassy crest of Pillar Mountain above Kodiak and watch air taxis and commercial floatplanes slip into berths, depositing game hunters and backcountry thrill seekers from all over the world. Wander between stacked crab pots, concrete bunkers and Dutch Harbor’s countless rusting artifacts left by thousands of enlisted men after World War II. Cross the International Date Line and merge with streams of shoppers and vendors in Kushiro’s thriving Fisherman’s Wharf. Watch ivory-winged endangered cranes pick among the reeds in Hokkaido’s wetlands. The pulsating street noise and neon of Tokyo await, enticing you with countless curios and tiny shops, performances featuring whirling dancers and thumping drums, and deliciously distinct dishes destined to challenge the most adventurous epicureans.
Seward (Anchorage) to Vancouver - 14 Days
This is the Alaska you came to see: Frontier towns filled with Gold Rush history and Tlingit totem poles. Glaciers calving into majestic fjords. Brown bears, bald eagles, and whales feasting on salmon under the summer sun. On your 14-day Alaska cruise you also feast on adventures from dogsledding to flightseeing, and more ports and scenic cruising than most other Alaska cruises. And while guests on larger ships transfer to tour boats to cruise Misty Fjords and Kenai Fjords, you enjoy a front-row seat with all the comforts of your elegant all-suite ship.
Vancouver to Vancouver - 12 Days
Pass beneath the exquisite Lion’s Gate Bridge not once, but twice, with a panoply of splendid discoveries in between. The acclaimed Inside Passage with its forest-covered islands and wildlife. Tracy Arm and Misty Fjords, where you cruise surrounded by the familiar comforts of Star Legend while large Alaska cruise ship passengers board a smaller excursion boat. Ports like Ketchikan, Juneau, and Wrangell that dazzle you with the cultures, history, and outdoor adventures Alaska is known for.
Vancouver to Seward (Anchorage) - 11 Days
Witness the grandeur of Alaska’s premier glaciers: Mendenhall in Juneau, Kenai Fjords’ Harding Icefield, Tracy Arm’s twin Sawyer Glaciers. Discover Alaskan Native villages, Russian cathedrals, and Gold Rush history. Thrill as you watch a wild brown bear snatch a struggling salmon from a stream or a humpback whale breech off the bow. Cruise Misty Fjords and Kenai Fjords on the lovely Star Legend, waters beyond the reach of larger Alaska cruise ships.
Seward (Anchorage) to Tokyo - 16 Days
Retrace the route of the Russian-American fur trade as you island-hop along the Aleutian archipelago, and cross the Pacific as guest lecturers enthrall you with tales of the Japanese islands ahead. Gain insights into fascinating cultures from Aleuts to Ainu, and rest your eyes on thrilling landscapes from ice-shrouded Kenai Fjords to the wild cliff- and cave-studded coastline of Miyako. Go beyond the tourist mainstream as you kayak the remote wildlife-rich waters off Sand Point and view World War II’s forgotten relics in Dutch Harbor. From Kodiak’s legendary brown bears to the quirky bohemian atmosphere of Homer, Kushiro’s rare Japanese cranes to Tokyo’s Michelin-starred restaurants, each day is a new and life-enriching adventure.
Vancouver to Tokyo - 27 Days
Spend 27 exhilarating days on both sides of the International Date Line among North American wildlife like bears, moose and caribou, calving glaciers in the Tracy and Endicott Arms, and stunning Japanese parks including the crater lake in Akan National Park in Kushiro. Your memorable Pacific port stops include Vancouver, Canada, 11 visits throughout Alaska and the Aleutians, and the final three stops on the other side of the international date line in Kushiro, Miyako, and Tokyo, Japan.