ALASKA AND BRITISH COLUMBIA (NORTHBOUND)
This voyage takes you on a journey from Vancouver to Alaska’s Misty Fjords and Icy Bay, and the mixed heritage towns of Wrangell and Sitka.
Day 1 Vancouver, Canada
Your expedition starts with an overnight in Vancvouer. From the boutiques on Main Street to the coffee shops of Commercial Drive, the steam clock in Gastown or the heritage-house beachfronts of Kitsilano, you’ll quickly find out why this coastal metropolis is consistently voted one of the world´s most livable cities. Add an optional Pre-Program train ride aboard the famous Rocky Mountaineer.
Day 2 At sea
Sailing south into the open ocean, we spend a few hours journeying through the Inside Passage, admiring places such as Grenville Channel, Princess Royal Channel or Johnstone Strait. Enjoy exceptional views of tranquil fjords and mountains covered in evergreen forests. Unlike other cruise ships that normally pass through the area at night, you’ll be able to see this sublime summer scenery during the day.
Day 3 Misty Fjords National Monument
Misty Fjords National Monument is a realm of thick evergreen rainforests, mountain rivers, granite cliffs adorned by strips of waterfalls, and wetlands along the coast, often with milky fog filling the bays and coves. Weather permitting, you will explore the area in our small expedition boats or kayaks.
Day 4 Wrangell Alaska
One of the oldest island towns in Alaska, Wrangell has been governed by four different nations – Tlingit, Russian, British and United States. Numerous petroglyphs on the beach and moss-covered totem poles depict the distant past of this area. Outside of the main cruise ship routes, Wrangell remains a simple fishing town.
Day 5 Sitka Alaska
Sitka enjoys views of the Sisters Mountains and of Mount Edgecumbe, a dormant volcano. The former capital of Alaska when it belonged to Russia, this historic town is now a blend of cultures. Wander around the Russian Orthodox St. Michael’s Cathedral, or visit nearby Stika National Historical Park, which has many ornate Tlingit totem poles on display.
Day 6 Icy Bay
Icy Bay lives up to its name. Located in Prince William Sound, the spectacular scenery here has formed during the past 100 years with the retreat of three prominent glaciers that still feed ice into the bay. Our goal is to explore Guyot Glacier. The day’s weather and glacier ice conditions will determine which areas we can visit.
Day 7 At Sea
Enjoy a day at sea. Our Expedition Team continues its lecture program, sharing its extensive knowledge and experience, as well as summarizing the voyage so far and presenting plans for the exciting days ahead
Day 8 Kodiak Alaska
The bustling city of Kodiak sits on Alaska’s largest island, surrounded by verdant forest. Take a walk in Fort Abercrombie State Historic Park, home to bunkers from WWII as well as ocean and forest wildlife. Also make sure to visit Baranov Museum, the oldest standing building in Alaska, which chronicles Kodiak’s diverse history.
Day 9 Geographic Harbor / Kukak Bay / Kinak Bay
Katmai National Park´s Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes is a dramatic volcanic landscape, with mountains rising to almost 3,000 feet. Here we hope to find brown bears as they forage along the shore for clams, and lunch on berries or fish in the clear running waters of the mountain streams.
Day 10 Chignik
In the small village of Chignik Bay, red salmon fishing has been at the core of the community’s economy for over a century. Stop in at the fish factory, meet the welcoming locals, or explore the salmon streams in the scenic surroundings. Scan the shores to spot the 20 or so waterfowl species, and the skies for bald eagles.
Day 11 Unga Village, Alaska
Unga Village is a picturesque but abandoned town on the southern end of uninhabited Unga Island in the remote Aleutian Islands. Settled by Aleuts in 1833, subsistence fishing proved insufficient to support the community, which later moved in 1969. Today, a collection of wooden buildings is all that remains, surrounded by a carpet of pink louseworts.
Day 12 Dutch Harbor / Unalaska
As we sail towards Unalaska, better known as Dutch Harbor, you will see Mount Makushin, a steaming volcano almost 6,000-feet high. The popular TV show “Deadliest Catch” is based here, featuring local fishing crews. Stop in at the Museum of the Aleutians, view the Russian Orthodox Church, or spot some of the more-than-600 bald eagles around town.
Day 13 At sea
MS Roald Amundsen continues north from the Aleutian Islands through the Bering Sea and towards our next stop at St. Paul. The Expedition Team prepares you for our upcoming destinations and continues its lecture series.
Day 14 St. Paul, Alaska
The island of St. Paul is an ideal resting point for migrating birds, attracting some 300 species, including horned and tufted puffins, red-legged kittiwakes, and Pribilof sandpipers. About half of the world’s northern fur seal population lives in the waters here. They will be busy nursing new-borns when you visit in mid-July.
Day 15 St. Matthew Island, Alaska
Coming ashore on the black sand beaches of isolated St. Matthew Island, we will be the only humans here. The island lies more than 200 miles from the nearest village, home only to nesting seabirds like murres and cormorants, the native St. Matthew Island vole and the Arctic fox.
Day 16 At sea
Spend your last day at sea spotting whales on deck, chatting with new friends, recapping your voyage with the Expedition Team in the Science Center, or just watching the world sail by. During the day, we will also cross the international date line – heading into tomorrow for a short while, before sailing back into today!
Day 17 Nome, Alaska
Set at the tip of the Seward Peninsula, overlooking the Bering Sea, Nome is perhaps the most famous gold rush town in Alaskan history. There are artefacts of the gold rush era to be seen everywhere, including abandoned dredges, turn-of-the-century steam engines, and old railroad tracks. Transfer to the airport and fly to Vancouver for an overnight stay.
Day 18 Vancouver, Canada
Your expedition cruise ends in Vancouver. Extend your holiday with an optional Post-Program to spend some extra time in this vibrant city. Make the most of the summer weather and cycle around Stanley Park, or enjoy the scenic views from the Sea-to-Sky Gondola. Richmond Night Market boasts endless food stalls while Granville Island is the artsy hub.
MS ROALD AMUNDSEN
In 2019, Hurtigruten added a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. The state of the art vessel features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.
MS Roald Amundsen is the first of two hybrid ships Hurtigruten will add to its fleet over the next few years, cutting emissions by sailing with electrical propulsion. Hybrid technology, combined with the advanced construction of the hull and effective use of electricity on board will reduce fuel consumption and CO2-emissions on the ships by 20 percent. The build of these two ships represents the largest single investment in the history of Hurtigruten.
The future of shipping will be silent and emission free. MS Roald Amundsen will lead the way towards an even more sustainable way of traveling. Sailing on electrical power is not only a great benefit for the environment, but it will also enhance the impact of experiencing nature for the guests. The ship will be specially constructed for voyages in polar waters and serve as a comfortable basecamp at sea – bringing adventurers from all over the world to the most spectacular destinations in the most sustainable way.
Year of construction: 2019
Ship yard: Kleven Yards
Passenger capacity: 500
Gross tonnage: 20 889 T