Vancouver to Seward (Anchorage) - 10 Days
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"As far as Alaskan expeditions go, this itinerary gives passengers more access to so many aspects of the state's culture than any competitor." - Conde Nast Traveler
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 your lovely all-suite ship, waters beyond the reach of larger Alaska cruise ships.
Fairbanks to Vancouver - 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.
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.
Seward (Anchorage) to Vancouver - 11 Days
Set sail on an Alaskan adventure of a lifetime. This 11-day cruise departs from Seward, and explores natural and remote settings throughout Prince William Sound inaccessible to larger cruise ships. It’s a journey optimized for small ship cruising, with stops in quaint and uncrowded small harbors like Valdez and Wrangell, along with isolated coastlines rich in waterfalls, lofty peaks, and roaming wildlife. Board a helicopter for coastal or inland flightseeing around Valdez. Cast a line for Chinook or sockeye salmon in the legendary Copper River. Master your ‘Gee’ and ‘Haw’ calls as you guide a dogsled team across the Mendelhall Glacier near Juneau. This journey explores Point Adolphus near Glacier Bay, one of the most highly regarded whale watching destinations on the planet, where you’ll observe humpback whales engaging in bubble-net feeding, a learned group behavior in which whales work as a team to hunt and trap schools of fish near the surface. In British Columbia’s Inside Passage, there will be countless opportunities to spot seals, whales, seabirds, and roving shoreline moose and bears before your memorable journey concludes at Vancouver’s cosmopolitan waterfront. Browse specialty shops and galleries in Gastown, take a walk along the breakwater trail surrounding Stanley Park, or if you’re not ready to return to your urban surroundings, escape on a gondola to the scenic alpine expanses surrounding nearby Grouse Mountain.
Vancouver to Fairbanks - 11 Days
Embark on an 11-day exploration of Alaskan coasts, glacial fjords, and majestic mountains on this inland tour and scenic cruise highlighting the “must-sees” of Alaska. Amble Fairbank’s Gold Rush streets and savor the sumptuous simplicity of Alaskan crab legs paired with locally crafted amber ales. Board a riverboat bound for a rustic Athabascan Indian village on the Chena River. Keep your camera and binoculars ready while you are on the lookout for caribou, Dall sheep and reclusive riverbank grizzly in Denali National Park, then ride ATVs, zip lines or horses into summer’s endless twilight. Board a train bound for Talkeetna, then sample artisan ice cream and gourmet coffees as you relax shoulder-to-shoulder with Denali wilderness expedition teams and seasoned mountaineering parties. Cycle remote Sitka coastal roads. Drift close to blue-hued glacial ice on a guided kayak excursion in Tongass National Forest. Scan the horizon for breaching humpback pods swimming through Stephens Passage. Lead a raucous team of friendly canines on a dogsled ride across Mendenhall Glacier’s alabaster expanses.
Fairbanks to Vancouver - 15 Days
Explore more of Alaska and Canada’s Inside Passage during this extended cruise combining Prince William Sound’s legendary fjords and glaciers with an inland tour and train ride to picturesque Denali National Park. Throughout your journey Windstar’s Signature Expedition guides offer insights on wildlife and lead kayak and nature photography expeditions directly from your ship. Test both luck and skills while fishing for Chinook or sockeye salmon among Copper River’s eddies and deep pools. Master dogsled team skills on the expansive Mendenhall Glacier. Float close to the turquoise-hued calving ice at the ends of the breathtaking Tracy or Endicott Arms. As you journey inland to Denali, you’ll see caribou, Dall sheep and foxes, with ample opportunities for spotting moose, grizzly, and roaming wolf packs. After time in the Denali wilderness, you’ll visit the rustic, frontier town of Talkeetna, a centuries-old gathering for Denali expeditions, and ride in domed observation cars on an Anchorage-bound train.
Vancouver to Juneau - 7 Days
Mist-shrouded evergreen forests, soaring eagles and whale pods abound on this 7-day cruise that features visits to Sitka, Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan. Fish for halibut, lingcod and rockfish on a guided fishing trip near the picturesque Tongass National Forest. Bicycle remote coastal roads and hike the soft trails of a mossy temperate rainforest outside Sitka, or try your hand stretching molten glass in a local artist studio. Take to the skies for glacier flightseeing, or venture across the ice on a guided glacier ATV tour based in Skagway. Experience the clamor and challenges of directing a dog team from a dogsled. Alaska’s pristine beauty remains the perfect accompaniment to baked salmon served on an aromatic cedar planks, decadent king crab legs and rustic clam chowder with Yukon potatoes, and this journey is rich in opportunities for sampling fresh-caught seafood and authentic local fare.
Vancouver to Osaka - 37 Days
Discover the pristine beauty and little-known history of Northern Pacific culture from the distinct perspective of small ship cruising during this 36-day Pacific Ocean crossing with excursions in Canada, Alaska, Japan and South Korea. Scan the horizon for breaching killer whale pods along the Canadian Inside Passage. Admire soaring eagles above Alaska’s Misty Fjords. Wander Wrangell’s streets, the only Alaskan town old enough to be governed by four nations. Seek out ancient native drawings on nearby Petroglyph Beach. Explore cracked World War II pillboxes and abandoned fortifications in and around Dutch Harbor. Look for iconic Japanese red-crown cranes near Kushiro, the “town of mist.” Gain insights into Korean traditions during a formal tea ceremony in Busan, South Korea. Wander amid Feudal Japan exhibits in the 5-story grandeur of Karatsu Castle, overlooking the sea. Venture to the storied pottery galleries of Arita Town, the birthplace of Japanese ceramic art, near Nagasaki.
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.
Seward (Anchorage) to Osaka - 26 Days
Here is a cruise that appeals to both your active lifestyle and lounging days. Spend 23 days cruising from Osaka to Seward and discover the rich heritage and distinct cuisines of places like Hiroshima, Kyoto, and Kagoshima as you walk through the shrines, gardens and castles. Fill your senses with the smell of the cherry blossoms and the majesty of Mount Fuji. Then rest your soul at sea, across the International Date Line, relaxing on deck and rejuvenating your spirit doing exactly as you please and treating your palate to delightful dishes created just for you. Rested and ready to go when you reach Seward, extend your Alaska stay with a post-cruise land tour to Denali.