silver explorer alaska luxury cruise

ALASKA EXPEDITION CRUISE: Anchorage to Vancouver

  • Overview

    From cruising the mighty Hubbard Glacier – a bucket list must for many – to strolling through the boardwalk community of Elfin Cove, embark on a very different Alaskan adventure. Wildlife watching reigns supreme here, so expect sighting of the emblematic Bald and Golden Eagles, the surprisingly bashful Brown bear and of course the mighty orca and humpback. SEWARD (ANCHORAGE), ALASKA TO VANCOUVER, CANADA Join us to sail from Seward, Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia to experience the dynamic culture and natural splendour this region has to offer. Cruise past the six mile-wide Hubbard Glacier and through the labyrinth of the incredible Misty Fjords. See the totem poles of Metlakatla and learn of the Tsimshian and Tlingit indigenous cultures. Tour the Tongass National Forest and seek out wildlife by land and sea. Nature lovers will delight not just in the sweeping mountain- and fjord- views, but also in sightings of Bald Eagles, brown and black bears, humpback and orca whales, and shy harbor seals. Throughout the voyage, learn about the geology, wildlife and botany of these locations from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.

    Duration: 12 days
    Passengers: 130 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Seward, Alaska
    Disembarkation Point: Vancouver, Canada
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Cruise only
    Single Supplement: 0.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Seward (Anchorage), Alaska: Embarkation Day

      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.

    • Day 2 - College Fjord, Columbia Glacier

      College Fjord in the northern sector of Prince William Sound, is considered one of the most scenic fjords in the world with spectacular glacier viewing. . There are over a dozen major glaciers in the fjord, all surrounded by rugged snow-capped mountains. It is possible from one point to see eight glaciers at once. College Fjord was discovered in 1899 during the Harriman Expedition. Edward Henry Herriman, a millionaire railroad tycoon, set sail with 125 other passengers and crew, including 23 of esteemed scientists from several Ivy League schools, to explore the fjords of Alaskan.

    • Day 3 - Cape ST. Elias, Kayak Island

      Cape St Elias is the southwest end of Kayak Island in the Gulf of Alaska. It is separated from the mainland by a channel 4 miles wide. The island, named by Lt. Sarichef of the Russian Navy in 1826 because its outline resembles the shape of an Eskimo skin canoe, is 20 miles long and only 2 miles wide and covered in dense rainforest. The cape itself was named by Russian explorer Vitus Bering on July 20, 1741 in honour of St. Elias, whose saint's day is July 20. The lighthouse, located at the southernmost tip, is a National Historic Landmark.

    • Day 4 - 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 5 - Elfin Cove

      Elfin Cove sits snugly on the southern shore of Cross Sound, which leads in eastwards to the Inside Passage. Northwards and across the Sound from the small community lies Glacier Bay National Park and the Fairweather Mountain range. Elfin Cove is a quaint little harbor clustered with attractive timber houses built into the wooded hillsides on stilts. The population swells to about 200 during the summer months, from a rather meager 6 or so during the snowy and isolated winters.

    • Day 6 - The Brothers Islands

      Located within Alaska’s Frederick Sound along the way to Stephens Passage, the Brothers are an archipelago made up of East Brother and West Brother Islands, named because they are twin islands nestled close together. These islands are a popular haul-out location for sea lions; depending on the season, visitors may see up to a hundred sea lions resting in the sun. The islands are lined with venerable fir trees that cast stunning reflections in the still waters, lending themselves well to beautiful nature photography.

    • Day 7 - Ketchikan

      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.

    • Day 8 - Walker Cove

      Walker Cove, located just 41.8 miles from Ketchikan, extends about 8.5 miles into the mainland. The scenery is stunning with towering rock walls on both side and hundreds of waterfalls plunging down into the fjord. There is always the possibility of seeing bears, Harbour Seals Bald Eagles along the shoreline. The British explorer George Vancouver noted this bay on his chart in 1793, although there was no mention of it in his log. It was named after Dr. William Walker, the physician on board the HMS Chatham.

    • Day 9 - Metlakatla

      Since the late 19th century, Metlakatla has been the major settlement of the Metlakatla Indian Community of the federally recognized Annette Islands Reserve, the only remaining reservation in Alaska. It is located on Annette Island, and in 2010 had 1,405 residents. Membership in the community is primarily by lineage and is comprised primarily of Tsimshian people. Metlakatla comes from a Tsimshian word meaning "Salt Water Passage.

    • Day 10 - Inside Passage

      Cruising the Inside Passage

    • Day 11 - Nanaimo, Canada

      Nanaimo is located on the east coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, about 70.2 miles (113 kilometres) northwest of Victoria and 34.1 miles (55 kilometres) west of Vancouver. The 'Harbour City' of Nanaimo is separated by the Strait of Georgia, and linked to Vancouver via the Horseshoe Bay BC Ferries terminal in West Vancouver. As the site of the main ferry terminal, Nanaimo is the gateway to many other destinations both on the northern part of the island, such as Tofino, Comox Valley, Parksville, Campbell River, Port Alberni, and Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park.

    • Day 12 - Vancouver, 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.

  • Highlights & Activities

    Alaskan Wildlife

    We will go in search of some of Alaska most iconic locals including;

    • Bald Eagle, Steller’s Jay, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Common Raven, Barn Swallow, Belted Kingfisher, Northwestern Crow, Great Blue Heron, Marbled Murrelet, Pigeon Guillemot; Common, Bonaparte’s, Mew and Glaucous-winged Gulls
    • Brown and black bears
    • Humpback whales, orcas, harbor seals

    Please Note: Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

    Alaskan Culture

    This voyage is not all nature and wildlife, our small expedition ship will allow us to visit a number of local communities and revel in the local cultures.

    • Visit Metlakatla, home of the indigenous Tsimshian people, famous for their emblematic Totem Poles.
    • Observe native cultural presentations and ceremonies.
    • Learn about the unique Coast Salish culture and values through a cultural presentation by the Snuneymuxw indigenous people in Nanaimo.

  • Inclusions

    Wifi

    100 minutes of Wifi access is provided for use on your personal devices free of charge.

    Complimentary Parka

    You voyages includes a complimentary Haglöfs expedition jacket.

    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - In-suite dining and room service
    - Beverages including select wines / premium spirits / coffee / soft drinks and your own tailored mini-bar
    - Butler service
    - On board Gratuities
    - Personalised service with a butler
    - All shore excursions and lectures in the itinerary

    Not included in your Expedition

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  • Vessel

    SILVER EXPLORER

    Purpose-built luxury Silver Explorer expedition cruise ship has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions. A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables the Silver Explorer Expedition Cruise Ship to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of Zodiac boats allows guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer luxury cruise adventure.

    Features & Facilities
    • Luxury Accommodation
    • Library
    • Beauty Salon
    • Fitness Centre
    • Observation Library
    • Internet Cafe
    • Panorama Lounge
    • Theatre
    • Spa
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 6
    Guests #: 130
    Crew #: 117
    Ice Class: 1A
    Speed: 14
    Refurbished:
    Technical Specs
    Year built:
    Length: 108m
    Width: 15
    Draft:
    Tonnage: 6130
    Registry: Bahamas
    Elec Outlets: 220V / 2 Round Pin
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01 Jul 2019 - 12 Jul 2019
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Owner's Suite

01 Jul 2019 - 12 Jul 2019
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Explorer Suite

01 Jul 2019 - 12 Jul 2019
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Veranda Suite

01 Jul 2019 - 12 Jul 2019
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Silver Suite

01 Jul 2019 - 12 Jul 2019
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Grande Suite

01 Jul 2019 - 12 Jul 2019
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