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Alaska's Inside Passage and Glaciers

Alaska's Inside Passage and Glaciers

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Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights

Coverage: Vancouver, BC, Canada to Seward/Anchorage, Alaska'

From: $3,960

Season: June - August

Activities: Wildlife viewing, Cultural tours

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Silversea's Alaska cruises are simply phenomenal. These are journeys of breathtaking encounters with the natural world - after all, Alaska's great spectacles need little introduction.

Silversea's luxury cruise ships to Alaska provide a feast for the senses, both onboard and off-shore. A glacier calving with the roar of a thousand canons. A personal butler. Diamond-blue icebergs floating on a glassy bay. Superb service on board a intimate ship. A humpback breaching in a spectacular display ... Silversea's Alaskan cruise offer “open jaw” itineraries, allowing you to spend more time in each port. Or explore a more remote, untouched Alaska on an expedition that takes you further inside the Inside Passage. Renew your spirit in the timeless sensations of nature in Silversea’s Alaskan cruises. You will not be disappointed.

Whether you choose to marvel at the horizons topped by the snowy heights from your raft on the Chilkat River or to hold your breath at the stupendous beauty of the Hubbard Glacier, the frozen landscape will overwhelm and astonish as you cruise through the gulf of Alaska. This is a journey of breathtaking encounters with the natural world.

Enjoy watching pods of Humpback Whales feeding on Herring and strolling along the beach for a salmon barbeque, this is a voyage to delight both the eyes and tastebuds. Savour the Russian influenced town of Sitka before cruising the Hubbard Glacier and finally disembarking in beautiful Seward, home of Alaska’s oldest community.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Embark in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver is a delicious juxtaposition of urban sophistication and on-your-doorstep wilderness adventure. The mountains and seascape make the city an outdoor playground for hiking, skiing, kayaking, cycling, and sailing—and so much more—while the cuisine and arts scenes are equally diverse, reflecting the makeup of Vancouver's ethnic (predominantly Asian) mosaic. Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the world's most livable cities, and it's easy for visitors to see why. It's beautiful, it's outdoorsy, and there's a laidback West Coast vibe.

Day 2 - Cruise the Inside Passage

Navigate through the intricate outlays of some of Alaska’s most staggering winter scenery, threading a needle between craggy, snow-dusted islands, and slipping glacial giants. To cruise this 500-mile stretch of Alaskan beauty is to sail through a living work of natural art - with perfectly sculpted mountains soaring from the shoreline, and clutches of islands scattered across the dark waters with delicate attention to detail. A common sailing route due to its calm sheltered waters, gorgeous natural set pieces constantly play out here - whether it’s killer whales accompanying you through the breathtaking icy passages, harbour seals catching a break on floating hunks of ice, or wisps of cloud clinging to distant mountain peaks.

Day 3 - Cruise Inside Passage - Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan is famous for its colorful totem poles, rainy skies, steep–as–San Francisco streets, and lush island setting. Some 13,500 people call the town home, and, in the summer, cruise ships crowd the shoreline, floatplanes depart noisily for Misty Fiords National Monument, and salmon-laden commercial fishing boats motor through Tongass Narrows. In the last decade Ketchikan's rowdy, blue-collar heritage of logging and fishing has been softened by the loss of many timber-industry jobs and the dramatic rise of cruise-ship tourism. With some effort, though, visitors can still glimpse the rugged frontier spirit that once permeated this hardscrabble cannery town. Art lovers should make a beeline for Ketchikan: the arts community here is very active. Travelers in search of the perfect piece of Alaska art will find an incredible range of pieces to choose from.

Day 4 - Juneau, Alaska

Juneau, Alaska's capital and third-largest city, is on the North American mainland but can't be reached by road. The city owes its origins to two colorful sourdoughs (Alaskan pioneers)—Joe Juneau and Richard Harris—and to a Tlingit chief named Kowee, who led the two men to rich reserves of gold at Snow Slide Gulch, the drainage of Gold Creek around which the town was eventually built. That was in 1880, and shortly thereafter a modest stampede resulted in the formation of a mining camp, which quickly grew to become the Alaska district government capital in 1906. The city may well have continued under its original appellation—Harrisburg, after Richard Harris—were it not for Joe Juneau's political jockeying at a miner's meeting in 1881. For some 60 years after Juneau's founding gold was the mainstay of the economy. In its heyday the AJ (for Alaska Juneau) Gold Mine was the biggest low-grade ore mine in the world.

Day 5 - Skagway, Alaska

Located at the northern terminus of the Inside Passage, Skagway is a one-hour ferry ride from Haines. By road, however, the distance is 359 miles, as you have to take the Haines Highway up to Haines Junction, Yukon, then take the Alaska Highway 100 miles south to Whitehorse, and then drive a final 100 miles south on the Klondike Highway to Skagway. North-country folk call this sightseeing route the Golden Horseshoe or Golden Circle tour, because it passes a lot of gold-rush country in addition to spectacular lake, forest, and mountain scenery.The town is an amazingly preserved artifact from North America's biggest, most-storied gold rush. Most of the downtown district forms part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, a unit of the National Park System dedicated to commemorating and interpreting the frenzied stampede of 1897 that extended to Dawson City in Canada's Yukon.

Day 6 - Sitka, Alaska

It's hard not to like Sitka, with its eclectic blend of Alaska Native, Russian, and American history and its dramatic and beautiful open-ocean setting. This is one of the best Inside Passage towns to explore on foot, with such sights as St. Michael's Cathedral, Sheldon Jackson Museum, Castle Hill, Sitka National Historical Park, and the Alaska Raptor Center topping the town's must-see list. Sitka was home to the Kiksádi clan of the Tlingit people for centuries prior to the 18th-century arrival of the Russians under the direction of territorial governor Alexander Baranof, who believed the region was ideal for the fur trade. The governor also coveted the Sitka site for its beauty, mild climate, and economic potential; in the island's massive timber forests he saw raw materials for shipbuilding. Its location offered trading routes as far west as Asia and as far south as California and Hawaii.

Day 7 - Cruising Hubbard Glacier

Hubbard Glacier, off the coast of Yakutat, Alaska, is the largest glacier in North America, with a calving front that is more than six miles wide. One of the main sources for Hubbard Glacier originates 76 mi inland. It has been a very active glacier, experiencing two major surges in the past 30 years. This glacier was named after Gardiner Greene Hubbard, a U.S. lawyer, financier, and philanthropist. He was the first president of the National Geographic Society.

Day 8 - Disembark Seward (Anchorage), Alaska

It is hard to believe that a place as beautiful as Seward exists. Surrounded on all sides by Kenai Fjords National Park, Chugach National Forest, and Resurrection Bay, Seward offers all the quaint realities of a small railroad town with the bonus of jaw-dropping scenery. This little town of about 2,750 citizens was founded in 1903, when survey crews arrived at the ice-free port and began planning a railroad to the Interior. Since its inception, Seward has relied heavily on tourism and commercial fishing.

Alaska Inside Passage Itinerary Map

Dates & Rates

Dates Direction Vista Suite Panorama Suite Classic Veranda Suite Superior Veranda Suite Deluxe Veranda Suite Silver Suite Royal Suite Grand Suite Owner's Suite
May 28, 2020 Vancouver to Seward $3,960 $4,410 $4,950 $5,220 $5,490 $8,640 Waitlist Waitlist $12,960
Jun 4, 2020 Seward to Vancouver $3,960 $4,410 $4,950 $5,220 $5,490 $8,640 $10,170 $11,160 $12,960
Jun 11, 2020 Vancouver to Seward $4,770 $4,950 $5,760 $6,030 $6,300 $9,000 $10,800 $11,970 $13,680
Jun 18, 2020 Seward to Vancouver $4,410 $4,770 $5,490 $5,760 $6,030 $8,550 $10,260 $11,250 $13,590
Jun 25, 2020 Vancouver to Seward $4,410 $4,770 $5,490 $5,760 $6,030 $8,550 $10,260 $11,250 $13,590
Jul 2, 2020 Seward to Vancouver $4,770 $4,950 $5,760 $6,030 $6,300 $9,000 $10,800 $11,970 $13,680
Jul 9, 2020 Vancouver to Seward $4,770 $4,950 $5,760 $6,030 $6,300 $9,000 $10,800 $11,970 $13,680
Jul 16, 2020 Seward to Vancouver $4,770 $4,950 $5,760 $6,030 $6,300 $9,000 $10,800 $11,970 $13,680
Jul 23, 2020 Vancouver to Seward $4,770 $4,950 $5,760 $6,030 $6,300 $9,000 $10,800 $11,970 $13,680
Jul 30, 2020 Seward to Vancouver $4,770 $4,950 $5,760 $6,030 $6,300 $9,000 $10,800 $11,970 $13,680
Aug 6, 2020 Vancouver to Seward $4,770 $4,950 $5,760 $6,030 $6,300 $9,000 $10,800 $11,970 $13,680
Aug 13, 2020 Seward to Vancouver $4,770 $4,950 $5,760 $6,030 $6,300 $9,000 $10,800 $11,970 $13,680
Aug 20, 2020 Vancouver to Seward $4,770 $4,950 $5,760 $6,030 $6,300 $9,000 $10,800 $11,970 $13,680
Aug 27, 2020 Seward to Vancouver $4,410 $4,770 $5,490 $5,760 $6,030 $8,550 $10,260 $11,250 $13,590
Sep 3, 2020 Vancouver to Seward $4,410 $4,770 $5,490 $5,760 $6,030 $8,550 $10,260 $11,250 $13,590

Note: on southbound voyages, Skagway and Cruising Tracy Arm are reversed.
Port charges and Handling Fees of $184 per person are in addition to the cruise fares and are not subject to savings program. All prices are in US Dollars, Cruise-Only per person based on double occupancy.

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Silver Shadow

Silver Shadow

The Silver Shadow maintains Silversea's award winning, all-suite luxury and trademark intimate ambience. Silver Shadow guests enjoy fully refreshed onboard decor as they cruise to the extraordinary coast off Alaska.

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