Inside Passage Discovery: Vancouver to Seward

M15VANSWD07MAY22/10
Dates
05/07/22 to 05/17/22
Ship
SH Minerva
Duration
11 Days
Guests
2 Guest
Price From
$ 9,507
Per Person
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Trip Details

Follow in the footsteps of Captain George Vancouver as you make this intrepid journey from Vancouver to Seward. Cruise through other-worldly fjords and passages, immerse yourself in the Gold-Rush-era history, come face to face with imposing glaciers and become acquainted with the area’s rich indigenous history. You will also have plentiful opportunities to spot wildlife including bears, whales, harbour seals and porpoises. Our on-board expedition team will be on hand to ensure that you don’t miss a wildlife spotting opportunity. Enjoy this authentic wilderness from the comfort of your boutique cruise ship, with sublime scenery waiting for you every day.

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Trip Highlights
Encounter the gargantuan Hubbard Glacier and witness its three-story icebergs crashing into the surrounding waters
Cruise through the tranquil Endicott Arm, one of the largest breeding grounds for harbour seals in the world
Visit the rarely accessed fishing town of Petersburg and learn about its Nordic heritage
Learn about remote coastal living as you cruise through island communities of Clover Pass
Explore the remote bays of Misty Fjords on the lookout for sea otters, harbour seals, orca and bears
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Itinerary
Vancouver Day 1

Set in between stunning mountain scenery and the waters of the Burrard Inlet, Vancouver is both naturally beautiful and a lively cosmopolitan hub. Before you board your boutique Alaskan cruise, you may wish to take a bike ride around Stanley Park’s 10km seawall or perhaps set off on a scenic seaplane trip from the harbour. If you’d prefer a more relaxed pace, explore Vancouver’s world-class culinary scene, or take in the city’s renowned art galleries and fascinating museums.

Seymour Narrows & Johnstone Strait Day 2

Departing Vancouver, we will make our way along the passages and past the islets that sit between Vancouver and Vancouver Island. As the waterway here tapers, we will arrive in Seymour Narrows. The narrows were once notorious for their difficult passage due to the hidden rocks and strong currents. In 1955 the most dangerous rocks were blown up, making the passage much safer. We’ll continue onto Johnson Straight further up the coast, another narrow passage and home to a large pod of seasonally resident orca as well as the world-famous orca rubbing beach. Take in this extraordinary wilderness from the deck of your boutique ship as you search for orca in the waters below.

Metlakatla Day 3

As we leave Canadian waters today and enter the USA, we continue along the Inside Passage to the community of Metlakatla, located south of Ketchikan in Annette Island. Metlakatla is home to the indigenous Tsimshian people and the only Indian Reservation in Alaska. Discover the Tsimshian way of life as we tour the community art centre, totem poles and traditional longhouses. Enjoy a traditional dance performance in full regalia before visiting the Artist Village to peruse and purchase local handicrafts.

Misty Fjords Day 4

In Misty Fjords National Monument, often referred to as ‘The Yosemite of the North’, we’ll cruise through deep fjords flanked by imposing granite cliffs. Here we will be on the lookout for brown and black bears hunting for muscles on the shoreline below. We may also spot soaring bald eagles, whales and dolphins. We’ll arrive in Misty Fjords early in the morning, allowing you time to enjoy a pool deck or balcony breakfast under the evergreen forests and majestic snow-capped peaks. Later we will explore the local bays from our zodiac boats. This will be a wonderful opportunity to search for mountain goats, brown bears, black bears and moose as they feed along the shoreline. In the water, we’ll be hoping to spot sea otters, sea lions, harbour seals, orca and Dall’s porpoises.

Clover Pass Day 5

Experience rural coastal living first-hand as we explore the small community of Clover Pass. We will cruise the islands and waterways of this authentic wilderness by boat. Along the way, we’ll see the historical remains of an ancient native burial island and view the homes of the Alaskans who live as the original pioneers once did. We’ll also be on the lookout for nesting eagles, whales, deer, and bears.

Wrangell Narrows, Petersburg & Sail Island Day 6

The little fishing town of Petersburg is located at the north end of Mitkof Island, where the Wrangell Narrows meets Frederick Sound. Although the local harbour here is packed with fishing boats and seaplanes, it’s not deep enough for larger cruise ships. Wander through the quiet streets lined with wooden houses, many of which are decorated with traditional Norwegian rosemaling. Learn about the town’s Nordic origins at the Sons of Norway Hall, constructed in 1912. Symbolic of the area’s Nordic heritage, there is also a locally constructed replica Viking ship, the Valhalla.

Endicott Arm Day 7

Endicott Arm is one of Alaska’s lesser-known fjords due to its inaccessibility to larger vessels. The waters here are very calm, offering a beautiful reflection of the surrounding sky and mountains. The fjord is also home to a calving glacier, pushing fresh icebergs out into the tranquil waters. Endicott Arm is also one of the largest breeding grounds for harbour seals in the world, and you’ll be sure to spot a few relaxing on the floating ice as you pass by. Exploring the area from our zodiac boats and kayaks, we’ll be on the lookout for whales, mountain goats, moose and other wildlife along the shoreline as we cruise the tranquil waters.

Tenakee Springs & Point Adolphus Day 8

Located on Chichagof Island, Tenakee Springs is a small town with a permanent population of only 80 people. Early prospectors, just like modern-day visitors, were attracted to the area by the promise of being able to bathe in the town’s famous hot springs. Wander around the small settlement, taking in the historic frontier buildings. Some of these original buildings are still in operation including Snyder’s Mercantile, founded in 1899. We’ll continue to Point Adolphus, located between the northern tip of Chichagof Island and the southern side of Icy Strait. This a wonderful spot for watching humpback whales feed and play in the abundant waters. From here we can also observe bears fishing for salmon in a local stream. Our expedition team will be on hand to explain why these waters offer such a fantastic feeding ground for the marine life that gather here every summer.

Hubbard Glacier Day 9

The largest tidal glacier in North America, the sheer size of this gargantuan natural creation can only really be appreciated from the proximity of the waters below. Unlike most of the world’s glaciers, the Hubbard Glacier is advancing at an impressive pace of two meters per day, earning itself the moniker, ‘the Galloping Glacier’. It’s not only the size of this giant that’s impressive. The calving three-story icebergs crumbling from the glacier wall are also a spectacular sight, and sound, to behold. The glacier has an impressive display of hues, from a striking deep blue on a sunny day to a shimmering silver when the clouds come in. With no civilisation, roads or technology in this unspoilt part of the world, this is a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in true wilderness. You may wish to look out for sea lions lazing on the glacier’s surface, keeping an eye out for orca in the waters below. Or simply enjoy front line views of this natural wonder over breakfast from your private balcony.

At sea Day 10

As we cruise towards our final destination, spend your day at sea exploring and enjoying the ship’s facilities. You can also spend some time learning a little more about the things you have seen from our knowledgeable onboard experts. Attend an informative lecture, indulge in a relaxing spa treatment, or get in a workout at the onboard gym.

Seward Day 11

Lively Seward will be where you leave us on this incredible Alaskan adventure. Founded in 1903, the port city of Seward was named after William H. Seward, the Secretary of State who negotiated the USA’s purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1687. If you plan on spending additional time here before you travel home, the vast Kenai Fjords National Park is definitely worth exploring. The birthplace of the Klondike Gold Rush, the town is also steeped in pioneer history.

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Rates Include
One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5* hotel or onboard
All transfers between the hotel, port and airport
Onboard accommodation
All meals onboard including room service 24 hours a day
Coffee, tea, soft drinks & select alcoholic beverages 24 hours a day
Lecture programmes by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
Shore excursion programme led by our expert expedition team
Standard WIFI inclusion
Onboard gratuities & port taxes
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