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Ultimate Last Frontier Exploration

Ultimate Last Frontier Exploration

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Duration: 12 Days/11 Nights

Coverage: Seward (Anchorage), Alaska to Vancouver, B.C., CA

From: $7,999

Season: June

Activities: Wildlife viewing, Cultural tours

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Immense forces of nature buffer Alaska from outside influences. It is a world where ravens, eagles, bears and salmon still exercise eminent domain. Where a mile-long glacier shimmers under a timeless sky. Rustic villages dot the landscape, providing you a chance to experience a world — and a culture — largely untouched by time. Venture further into this vast wilderness by cruising Tracy Arm in a Zodiac or paddling a kayak past old-growth forest in Misty Fjords.

When you cruise with Seabourn, we promise a voyage that is nothing short of magical.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Vancouver, B.C., CA

This Seabourn Alaska cruise begins in the handsome city of Vancouver, sailing under the graceful Lion’s Gate Bridge into the scenic harbor backed by snow-capped mountains. Vancouver is actually one of British Columbia’s newest cities. Its earliest beginnings date from the establishment of a sawmill in 1862. Gastown, the city’s colorful oldest section, was born when “Gassy” Jack Deighton placed a plank between two stumps next to a sawmill and started a saloon in 1867. The town was incorporated in 1886 upon the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway, and named for the early explorer George Vancouver who surveyed the region in 1792. Within months, a terrible fire razed the entire town, but it was quickly rebuilt. Today the Greater Vancouver Area is the third most populous metropolitan area in Canada, and the most densely populated. It is an extremely diverse city, where 52% of the people speak a first language other than English. About 30% of them are ethnic Chinese, a group which had long been established, but which burgeoned in the 1990s with the diaspora resulting from Hong Kong’s repatriation to China. Vancouver’s port is one of the busiest in the world, and the most diversified in North America. The city’s towering skyline is a result of strategic urban planning favoring high-rise, live/work infrastructure over sprawl. It is consistently ranked as one of the cleanest and most livable cities in the world. Its airport is also among the world’s busiest, and is the second most active gateway for international passengers on the west coast. It also remains a major rail hub, which extensive service from AmTrak and ViaRail, including the popular Rocky Mountaineer sightseeing route to the spectacular Banff and Lake Louise recreational areas. Vancouver’s well-maintained parks, attractive architecture, many fine museums and galleries, excellent hotels and a thriving restaurant and nightlife culture make it an appealing place to linger before or after your Alaskan cruise adventure.

Depart Vancouver and transit the Seymour Narrows.

Day 2 - Cruising the Queen Charlotte Sound

Day 3 - Ketchikan, Alaska, US

The southeastern-most town in Alaska is also arguably its most colorful. Ketchikan’s early history is forever tied to the rollicking brothels lining the raised wooden catwalks that snake along Creek Street. Here a pioneering population of enterprising women provided rest and recreation for the predominantly male workforce powering the timber and fishing industries of the Southeast. Founded in 1885, the town is the state’s oldest continuously governed municipality, having been incorporated in 1900. But Ketchikan also celebrates its earlier heritage. The city is a treasury of Native American culture, with the largest collection of Native totem poles in the world. The Totem Bight State Park, Potlatch Park, Saxman native village and the Totem Heritage Center display both originals and reproductions created over the years by carvers trained in the traditional symbolism and craft. A restored salmon cannery shows how the city became the Salmon Capital of the World, and a visit to a hatchery reveals contemporary efforts to ensure the continuation of this vital resource. Tours of the nearby Misty Fjords National Monument are available by air or sea, and sport fishing is also popular with visitors. A visit to the Native American village of Metlakatla on Annette Island provides an in-depth look at the local Tsimshian and Haida-Tlingit cultures both past and present.

Day 4 - Rudyerd Bay (Misty Fjords), AK - Scenic cruising Misty Fjords & Behm Narrows

Day 5 - Wrangell, Alaska - Scenic cruising Sumner Strait & Decision Passage

Likely the earliest European community on America’s northwest coast, the town was located on Wrangell Island in Alaska’s Inside Passage. Its location at the mouth of the Stikine River was important for millennia to the Tlingit people of the region for trade with the interior. The Russian Baron Ferdinand Wrangel built his Fort St. Dionysius adjacent to an existing Tlingit fortress in 1811, attracted by the abundant otter, seal and beaver populations. In 1839, the fort was leased to the British Hudson’s Bay Company, which renamed it Fort Stikine. Initial Tlingit resistance to the British appropriation of the Stikine River trade route was stifled by catastrophic smallpox epidemics among the natives. But within a decade the Company managed to decimate the fur resource. Fishing and timber remained important to the local economy, as they do today. But the fortunes of Wrangell were transformed by its strategic location on the routes of the Klondike Gold Rushes. The Stikine River was the earliest route of prospectors into the Klondike goldfields, and the town remained an important staging area for successive waves of miners en route northward. The whole history of the town is wonderfully presented in the small but impressive Wrangell Museum. Visitors are thrilled by close encounters with black and brown bears at the nearby Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory. They also are enchanted by the prehistoric artworks at Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park, and the colorful reproductions of Tlingit cultural icons at the Chief Shakes House and Totem Park.

Day 6 - Sitka, Alaska

Alaska’s first capital had been an active village of native Tlingit people for over 10,000 years when the Russian Alexander Baranov arrived by sea in 1799 and established his Fort Archangel Michael. His presumption as the Tsar-appointed Governor of Russian America evidently aggravated the Tlingits to the extent that in 1802 they stormed the fort and decimated the Russian population, taking a number captive and forcing the others to flee. Baranov returned two years later with a military force and re-established the community which he renamed New Archangel. It served as the capital of Russian America until the purchase of Alaska in 1867. The reminders of its Russian heritage are everywhere in Sitka, and the city contains 22 buildings that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Among the most recognizable are the copper-domed St. Michael’s Cathedral, the Pioneer Home and the Russian Bishop’s House. It was here that the contract of sale was signed that ended Russia’s American adventure and transferred the Alaska territory to the United States. Ironically, Sitka saw the first Native Alaska Brotherhood formed here in 1912 to oppose race discrimination against native people, and the Native Brotherhood Hall was built in 1914. Favorite sights for visitors include traditional Russian performances by the New Archangel Dancers and visits to the fascinating Alaska Raptor Center. Sport fishing for salmon and halibut are also popular, as are various activities in the nearby Tongass rainforest including fly-in hikes and jet-boat tours to view wildlife in the surrounding waters.

Day 7 - Scenic cruising Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm

Day 8 - Seduction Point, Alaska & Haines, Alaska

The location of Haines was important to the Chilkat band of the Tlingit people because a pass allowed them to portage their canoes across the peninsula, saving 20 miles of paddling. The first European party, from the North West Trading Company, arrived in 1880. A year later a Christian mission was established, and in 1884 it was named the Haines mission in honor of its benefactor. The town, with its access to the Chilkat River trail into the Klondike interior, was a bustling staging area for the 1898-99 Gold Rush, until completion of the White Pass & Yukon Railway in neighboring Skagway in 1900 eclipsed its importance to the hordes of prospectors. Sites of interest to visitors at Haines include Fort William Seward, a National Historic Landmark and the only United States Army base in Alaska until World War II. The Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve also attracts visitors to view gatherings of these iconic predators during the season.

A short ferry ride away is Skagway, one of the most popular cruise ports in Alaska. Its historic downtown preserves many buildings from the colorful past, when the population swelled to as high as 30,000 as prospectors geared up to challenge the Chilkoot Trail or the White Pass Route to the Klondike goldfields, or returned to squander their earnings in the brothels, saloons and boarding houses of Skagway. A ride on the narrow gauge White Pass & Yukon scenic railway is a must for most visitors, and may be combined with gold-panning excursions to Dyea or Liarsville, trips on the town’s historic national parks motor coaches, hiking or biking adventures or a spell of rip-roaring revelry in the Red Onion Saloon. Other Alaska experiences such as helicopter flightseeing, dog-mushing, and fishing are also available, and shops offer crafts, clothing and artworks by local artisans.

Day 9 - Juneau, Alaska

Alaska’s capital is inaccessible by road, due to the rugged surrounding terrain. Set beside the deep Gastineau Channel in the state’s Southeastern panhandle, it was founded as a mining camp by Joe Juneau in 1880, and was the first Alaskan town officially established after the purchase of the territory by the United States. It was designated as the capital in 1906, after its important mining and fishing industries eclipsed the waning whaling and fur trades at the former capital Sitka. Today seasonal tourism is its second most important enterprise, after only government administration. The town receives visitors with colorful floral displays in summer, and offers an impressive range of options for experiencing its heritage and the bounty of natural attractions near by. In the mountains back of town, the huge Juneau Icefield spawns no fewer than 30 glaciers, including the mighty Mendenhall Glacier, the only glacier within a city’s limits. Juneau’s extensive limits enfold over 3,200 square miles, making the borough larger than the U.S. states of Rhode Island or Delaware. It is also the only state capital that shares a border with a foreign country (Canada). Popular adventures for visitors include flight tours by seaplane or helicopter, many including landing on glaciers; whale-watching and wildlife viewing excursions by boat; sport fishing for salmon or huge Alaskan halibut; dogsled mushing and panning for gold in sites such as Gold Creek. Hiking tours visit the Tongass National Forest, and there is also a breathtaking mountain tramway at Mt. Roberts.

Day 10 - Inian Islands & Icy Strait Point, Alaska

Day 11 - At Sea

Day 12 - Scenic cruising College Fjord

Day 13 - Seward (Anchorage), Alaska

At the head of Resurrection Bay, the small but important port town of Seward is the terminus for the Alaska Railway, and the start of the Seward Highway, both of which connect the port with the city of anchorage. By far the largest city in Alaska, Anchorage is spectacularly set on a peninsula between Knik Arm and Turnagain Arm at the head of the Cook Inlet. The city, which is home to fully 40 percent of the state’s population, is set against a backdrop of the snowcapped Chugach ranges. It is one of the only municipalities in Alaska that was never a mining or fishing town. Its origin was as a base for the construction of the Alaska Railroad. Although Juneau is the state capital, Anchorage is actually home to over twice as many state employees. Its Ted Stevens International Airport, just six miles from downtown, is strategically located within nine and a half hours’ flying time from virtually 90 percent of the industrialized world, making it an important fueling and cargo hub for the airline and freight-forwarding industries. The most visible industry in Anchorage is petroleum extraction, with a number of prominent regional headquarters dominating the city’s skyline. It is also seasonally the staging area for the Alaska cruise industry and its auxiliary land-based tourism and hospitality businesses catering to visitors exploring the interior attractions of Alaska and Canada such as Denali National Park and the Klondike region by motor coach and rail.

Disembark here for transit to Anchorage and your travel home or to continue your exploration.

Dates & Rates

Dates Ocean View Suite Veranda Suite Penthouse Owners Suite
Jun 16, 2018 $7,999 $8,499 $15,999 $20,999

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Seabourn Sojourn enchants her guests with an array of public areas scaled to encourage a relaxed sociability. One of the most unusual features of Seabourn Sojourn is Seabourn Square, an ingenious “living room” that replaces the traditional cruise ship lobby with a welcoming lounge filled with easy chairs, sofas and cocktail tables. An enclave in its center houses knowledgeable concierges discreetly seated at individual desks, ready to handle all sorts of business or give advice and information.

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