Alaska Insider – 12 days Vancouver, BC to Sitka, AK

Alaska Insider – 12 days Vancouver, BC to Sitka, AK

USD $4199 starting price

Experience Alaska’s coastal secrets, stunning waterfalls, ancient glaciers, and hidden villages. Unlike the larger ships, the new 93-stateroom luxury expedition vessel Ocean Victory offers access to the hidden gems on the Pacific coast. 

Ship: Ocean Victory
Duration: 12 days

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Explore the stunning Waterfall Coast. Take guided Zodiac expeditions and participate in graduate level experiments. Listen to the language of gray whales, and be an honored guest in a Tlingit Tribal House.

Day 1

Overnight in Vancouver

Start your journey with an overnight in Vancouver before your expedition starts. Explore the European charm and Canadian warmth that Vancouver has to offer

Day 2

Embarkation in Vancouver

Board the brand new Ocean Victory and enjoy a five-course dinner as you embark upon this journey of exploration. Get to know your fellow travelers as you set your sights on Canada’s inside passage.

Day 3

Canadian Inside Passage

Explore a narrow maze of channels and passages and learn about how the first people to explore these picturesque waters did so in hand-carved cedar dugout canoes. Stay on the lookout for wildlife such as whales and dolphins in the Queen Charlotte Sound and bears along the shores.

Day 4

Fjordland (Kynoch Inlet)

This provincial park is a kayakers paradis, with inlets, bays, islands and fjords that host a network of waterfalls and glaciers.  Look for black bears and grizzlies among the old growth Sitka spruce and dense coastal western hemlock forests and rugged coastlines. Today you will likely see impressive granite cliffs over 3,000 feet high and cascading waterfalls into glacial inlets. Enjoy unique coastal marine life in an area only accessible by sea

Day 5

Ketchikan & Melakatla

Welcome to Alaska’s southernmost city. The totem poles of Ketchikan and Saxman stand tall and noble, each hand-carved pole tells a silent story. This afternoon in Metlakatla, the first thing you’ll notice are the smiles. They are wide, warm, and genuine – welcoming you to the only settlement of indigenous Tsimshian people in the United States.

Included Excursions:
Ketchikan City Highlights
Learn the history and culture of Ketchikan as you are entertained by a lively city tour via motorcoach along Ketchikan’s busy waterfront. You’ll pass by some of its most colorful landmarks through downtown Ketchikan and the Ward Cove area while viewing the bustling boat harbors, lush City Park and beautiful Ketchikan Creek. Next, you’ll have an opportunity to stretch your legs on a brief photo and shopping stop. Photograph majestic totems up close, and shop at the Saxman Village Store to purchase authentic Native-made items as well as curios. Finally, it is off to Creek Street – Ketchikan’s Historical “Red Light” District. Those who wish to will have an opportunity to explore Creek Street on your own. Your driver will offer you a return to the ship at that point or you may leisurely enjoy the many shops and eateries of the downtown area and make your own way back.

Walking Town Tour and Totem Pole Journey
Get an up-close, personalized view of these amazing, handcrafted cedar carvings located all around Metlakatla. The Totem Exploration Journey is a path that will guide you to 14 of the standing totem Poles in Metlakatla and featured along the path are several historical & cultural Points of Interest, including the William Duncan Memorial Church, the Metlakatla Indian Community Longhouse, and the Artist Village. End your time ashore at our community Long House where a presentation about the traditional building will take place along with a dance performance by a traditional Tsimshian dance group.

 

 

Day 6

Misty Fjords

Today you will encounter granite cliffs that are 50 to 70 million years old. Yes, million. Ancient glaciers scrubbed deep troughs through this wilderness, leaving a scenic geological wonder. New Eddystone Rock is a remnant of long ago volcanic activity that left the iconic basalt pillar as a testament to the power of this place. Humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, bears, wolves, moose, and hundreds of species of sea and shorebirds await as we spend most of today exploring the shoreline with our team of marine biologists from Cal Poly.

Day 7

Wrangell, AK

The beautiful town of Wrangell is the gateway to the Stikine River ,  which is perched at the very tip of rugged Wrangell Island. Here, we recommend you take the optional jet boat excursion down the river, referred to by the Tlingit people as “the Great River.” You are most welcome here, as native Alaskans whose ancestors have lived on this island for thousands of years open their tribal home, their culture, and their magnificent river for your exploration. Take home your own petroglyph rubbing to remember your time among more than 40 ancient petroglyphs on the 8,000-year-old site of Petroglyph Beach.

Included Shore Excursion: 

Island Heritage Discovery
Join your Alaska Native Guide to embark on a journey to learn the history of Wrangell. Begin your journey as invited guests at Chief Shakes Tribal House. Visit the Wrangell Museum to learn about Alaska’s third oldest city, Fort Wrangell. Discover ancient petroglyphs, learn their mysteries and beach comb on your visit to Petroglyph Beach.

Day 8

Waterfall Coast

Today’s challenge is trying to keep track of the number of waterfalls we’ll encounter as we glide along Baranof Island’s beautiful eastern coast, the little known “waterfall coast.” Some trickle, some thunder, some simply splash merrily to the sea. Exploration is the order of the day, and you choose your point of view – from any of Ocean Victory’s observation perspectives, or right at water level by kayak or Zodiac. This almost hidden shoreline is perfect for discovery. Watch for seals, deer, and tidepools ready to reveal their secret treasures.

Day 9

Petersburg, AK

Petersburg is home to Alaska’s largest home-based halibut fleet. These abundant waters and an endless supply of ice from nearby LeConte Glacier led Norwegian fisherman Peter Buschmann to build the region’s first cannery and invite his fishing countrymen to join him. Hence the town’s name and its strong Norwegian culture. Large cruise ships cannot come into Petersburg, so you’ll be among a privileged few to be in this charming, authentic Alaskan village.

Included Excursion:

Sons of Norway Experience
Visit our Sons of Norway Hall in downtown Petersburg and experience the culture and cuisine of Alaska’s Little Norway. Enjoy a snack of three Norwegian Pastries, coffee and tea. The Leikkaring Dancers will then perform a selection of Norwegian dances, Guest participation is encouraged, and photography is welcome.

Day 10

Tracy/Endicott Arm

Mother Nature will determine our route here. Northbound cruises will explore one of these spectacular fjords. Both are deep, narrow, and host to distinct marine environments we’ll explore with experts via a Zodiac or kayak. Southbound voyages will spend two days here, with the opportunity to explore both fjords with equal curiosity and expertise.

Day 11

Kake & Frederick Sound, AK

In Kake you will find a towering totem pole, the largest ever carved from a single tree, stands sentinel over this ancient village on the tip of Kupreanof Island. The Kake tribe of the Tlingit people still observe a subsistent lifestyle here, the harshness of its demands belied by the warmth of their welcome. In adjacent Frederick Sound, we’ll explore by Zodiac, led by our team of naturalists.

Included Shore Excursion: 

Kake Tlingit Cultural Tour:
Leisurely walk to community hall where carving or weaving demonstration will take place at the hall. A Dance Performance with songs with local dancers (Guests are encouraged to join in!) A stop at the world’s largest one tree totem, where guests will hear some history and a Tlingit legend from the pole. Guests can walk or be shuttled around this authentic native community, visit the hatchery where bears often congregate, and also have a chance to see and acquire handcrafted native art directly from craftsman.

Day 12

Sitka, AK

Sadly, your excursion comes to an end. Head home with a wealth of new memories or extend your stay to explore what Sitka has to offer!

Your Ship: Ocean Victory

The 2021-built luxury expedition vessel Ocean Victory has a total of 93 comfortable staterooms (90% with their own balcony), several restaurants, a wellness area, a bar, an open deck dining facility, a modern lecture lounge. The vessel is designed to be both environmentally-friendly and luxurious for guests.

Premium Suite

Premium Suite

  • Premium Suite with Private Balcony
  • Private bath with spacious shower and beautiful finishes
  • Complimentary designer amenities
  • Large storage spaces for luggage, clothing, and personal items
  • Hair dryer
  • Mini refrigerator
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • In room safe
  • Onboard laundry service
  • Your personal water bottle for use at refillable stations throughout the ship
  • Panoramic view

Category B - Private Balcony Suite

Category B - Private Balcony Suite

  • Private Balcony Suite
  • Private bath with spacious shower and beautiful finishes
  • Complimentary designer amenities
  • Large storage spaces for luggage, clothing, and personal items
  • Hair dryer
  • Mini refrigerator
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • In room safe
  • Onboard laundry service
  • Your personal water bottle for use at refillable stations throughout the ship
  • Panoramic view

Category C - Deluxe with Private Balcony

Category C - Deluxe with Private Balcony

  • Deluxe Stateroom with Private Balcony
  • Private bath with spacious shower and beautiful finishes
  • Complimentary designer amenities
  • Large storage spaces for luggage, clothing, and personal items
  • Hair dryer
  • Mini refrigerator
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • In room safe
  • Onboard laundry service
  • Your personal water bottle for use at refillable stations throughout the ship
  • Panoramic view

Category E - Stateroom with Private Balcony

Category E - Stateroom with Private Balcony

  • Stateroom with Private Balcony
  • Private bath with spacious shower and beautiful finishes
  • Complimentary designer amenities
  • Large storage spaces for luggage, clothing, and personal items
  • Hair dryer
  • Mini refrigerator
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • In room safe
  • Onboard laundry service
  • Your personal water bottle for use at refillable stations throughout the ship
  • Panoramic view

Category A Junior Suite

Category A Junior Suite

  • Deluxe Suite with Private Balcony
  • Private bath with spacious shower and beautiful finishes
  • Complimentary designer amenities
  • Large storage spaces for luggage, clothing, and personal items
  • Hair dryer
  • Mini refrigerator
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • In room safe
  • Onboard laundry service
  • Your personal water bottle for use at refillable stations throughout the ship
  • Panoramic view

Category BB - Private Balcony Suite

Category BB - Private Balcony Suite

  • Private Balcony Suite
  • Private bath with spacious shower and beautiful finishes
  • Complimentary designer amenities
  • Large storage spaces for luggage, clothing, and personal items
  • Hair dryer
  • Mini refrigerator
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • In room safe
  • Onboard laundry service
  • Your personal water bottle for use at refillable stations throughout the ship
  • Panoramic view

Category D - Porthole

Category D - Porthole

  • Private bath with spacious shower and beautiful finishes
  • Complimentary designer amenities
  • Large storage spaces for luggage, clothing, and personal items
  • Hair dryer
  • Mini refrigerator
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • In room safe
  • Onboard laundry service
  • Your personal water bottle for use at refillable stations throughout the ship
  • Panoramic view

Category F - Stateroom with French Balcony

Category F - Stateroom with French Balcony

  • Stateroom with French Balcony
  • Private bath with spacious shower and beautiful finishes
  • Complimentary designer amenities
  • Large storage spaces for luggage, clothing, and personal items
  • Hair dryer
  • Mini refrigerator
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • In room safe
  • Onboard laundry service
  • Your personal water bottle for use at refillable stations throughout the ship
  • Panoramic view

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ALASKA INSIDER – 12 DAYS VANCOUVER, BC TO SITKA, AK

Risk Free Booking Policy

Book now and save big on adventurous itineraries aboard the Ocean Victory.  Book early and save up to $1,400 per stateroom* when you pay in full by September 30, 2020. You can change or cancel your voyage up to 121 days before departure – and receive a full 100% refund. Plan your voyage Risk Free.

EBD1 Terms & Conditions:

Save $1,400 per stateroom ($700 per person) on the following 2021 voyages: Victory I Cabin Categories OS, AA, A, B, C, D, E: 5/8, 5/19, 7/2, 7/16, 10/14, 10/21; Ocean Victory: 7/12, 8/2, 8/23. Save $1,200 per stateroom ($600 per person) on the following 2021 voyages: Ocean Victory: 5/1, 5/31, 6/21, 7/2, 7/23, 8/13, 9/13, 10/9. Save $1,000 per stateroom ($500 per person) on the following 2021 voyages: Victory I Cabin Categories OS, AA, A, B, C, D, E: 7/27, 8/7, 8/18, 8/29, 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/30, 10/7; Victory II Cabin Categories OS, AA, A, B, C, D, E: 4/6, 4/24, 7/29, 8/7, 10/18, 10/29; Ocean Victory: 6/11, 9/3. Save $900 per stateroom ($450 per person) on the following 2021 voyages: Ocean Victory: 5/21, 9/24. Save $600 per stateroom ($300 per person) on the following 2021 voyages: Victory I Cabin Categories OS, AA, A, B, C, D, E: 5/27, 6/5, 6/14, 6/23; Victory II Cabin Categories OS, AA, A, B, C, D, E: 5/5, 5/14, 5/23, 6/1, 6/10, 6/19, 6/28, 7/9, 7/20, 8/16, 8/25, 9/3, 9/12, 9/21, 9/30, 10/9.

2021 EBD1 expires 9/30/20. Offer is valid only on new bookings. Payment in full is due at the time of booking to redeem this offer. Offer is open to U.S. and Canada residents only. Offer is based on cabin availability, and only while inventory lasts. Not valid on existing group bookings or existing reservations; cannot be combined with other promotions or discounts. Promotional fares and amenities are capacity-controlled, may vary by sailing and may be withdrawn or modified at any time without notice. Itineraries are subject to change. Cruise fares quoted are in U.S. dollars, are per person and do not include government taxes and fees, port charges, airfare, insurance, personal expenditures or transportation costs incurred while traveling to and from embarkation ports. Gratuities not included in cruise fares. Not responsible for errors or omissions. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Call for details and mention Offer Code 2021 EBD1

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