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.
Seward (Anchorage) to Vancouver - 12 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 - 16 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.
Yokohama (Tokyo) to Seward (Anchorage) - 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 Calgary - 16 Days
Combine an Inside Passage cruise stretching from Vancouver, British Columbia to Alaskan scenic fiords with a train and coach tour across British Columbia to the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Float among turquoise-tinged Alaskan ice floes in kayaks or Zodiacs with Windstar’s Signature Expedition guides, a team of highly skilled naturalists and wildness experts who assist and answer questions throughout the entire cruise. Sample Ketchikan’s tangy smoked salmon, rich Dungeness crab and frothy Alaska microbrews or wander among the largest collection of standing totem poles in the world. Shop for unique gifts and keepsakes in one-of-a-kind boutiques and modern galleries in Vancouver’s Gastown. Board the Rocky Mountaineer for a railway journey along the rushing Fraser River, verdant ranchlands, forgotten homesteads and precipitous canyons leading up and across North American’s Great Continental Divide. Soar skyward to the Sulphur Mountain summit and take in the panoramic splendors of Banff, sloping Mount Rundle, and distant jagged peaks. Strap in for a close-up tour of wilderness mountain peaks on a breathtaking helicopter tour. The journey eventually concludes after an overnight stay in Calgary, where you’ll find time to shop and ride to the top of Calgary Tower with countless sparkling city lights stretching from Alberta’s flat eastern prairies to rolling western foothills and peaks traced in sunset afterglow.
Vancouver to San Diego - 22 Days
Sail among the evergreen reaches of British Columbia’s unspoiled Inside Passage. Gaze awestruck as Alaskan glaciers rumble and calve beneath the glassy surface of Misty Fjords and Tracy Arm. Admire California’s rugged coastline as you indulge in flavorful alder-smoked salmon paired with aromatic Columbia Valley Rieslings or fresh oysters and tart, Los Carneros sparkling wines. Linger late among the Portland skyline, sampling strawberry and raspberry notes in Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs, and watch the evening fog roll into Sausalito over a plate of fresh crab. This deliciously detailed 22-day cruise offers ample time for wandering waterfronts, mingling in farmer’s markets and rediscovering Alaska’s wild frontier history.
Yokohama (Tokyo) to Vancouver - 28 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.
Vancouver to San Juan - 65 Days
Indulge in delicious meals, breathtaking scenery and unforgettable excursions during this epic 65-day cruise that explores Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, and many memorable Caribbean ports. From calving Alaska glaciers to steamy Colombian jungles, this grand journey covers more than 60 degrees of latitude, but Windstar touches like the Watersports Platform and daily complimentary laundry service keep you relaxed and ready for adventures. Explore Mayan ruins, taste California wines, transit the Panama Canal transit, sport fish in the Sea of Cortez, soar into Costa Rica’s lush rainforest, shop Mexico’s open markets and relax on white Caribbean beaches during this unique journey.