Sojourn, An Ultimate Glacier & Fjord Adventure ex Seward to Vancouver
14 Night cruise departing Seward to Vancouver onboard Seabourn Sojourn.
Seabourn Sojourn, was also built at T. Mariotti yard in Genoa. Her debut was on June 6, 2010 in the middle of the River Thames in London. Seabourn Sojourn’s godmother was the English fashion icon and actress Twiggy. Like her sisters, Seabourn Sojourn enchants her guests with an array of public areas scaled to encourage a relaxed sociability. One of the most unusual features of Seabourn Sojourn and her sisters is Seabourn Square, an ingenious “living room” that replaces the traditional cruise ship lobby with a welcoming lounge filled with easy chairs, sofas and cocktail tables. An enclave in its center houses knowledgeable concierges discreetly seated at individual desks, ready to handle all sorts of business or give advice and information. The ship’s shops are conveniently located just off the Square and it has its own open terrace aft.
The Spa at Seabourn is the largest on any ultra-luxury ship, 11,400 square feet encompassing indoor and outdoor space over two decks. A variety of open terraces are scattered over seven decks, offering places to gather with a few friends or spend an isolated hour with a book. Seabourn Sojourn offers six whirlpools and two swimming pools, including the Pool Patio, with a pair of large whirlpool spas and a “beach” style pool, a casual Patio Grill and the Patio Bar. On the sun deck above sits Seabourn’s popular open-air Sky Bar. High atop Deck 11 is a Sun Terrace with 36 tiered double sun beds. Just aft of that is The Retreat, with shuffleboard courts and a nine-hole putting green. The panoramic Observation Bar on Deck 10 offers 270° forward views over the sea. The Club is a lively spot for dancing before and after dinner, while the larger Grand Salon is used for dancing as well as lectures, production vocal shows, cabaret performances and classical recitals.
Highlights of this cruise:
SEWARD (ANCHORAGE), ALASKA, US
At the head of Resurrection Bay, the small but important port town of Seward is the terminus for the Alaska Railway, and the start of the Seward Highway, both of which connect the port with the city of anchorage. By far the largest city in Alaska, Anchorage is spectacularly set on a peninsula between Knik Arm and Turnagain Arm at the head of the Cook Inlet. The city, which is home to fully 40 percent of the state’s population, is set against a backdrop of the snowcapped Chugach ranges. It is one of the only municipalities in Alaska that was never a mining or fishing town. Its origin was as a base for the construction of the Alaska Railroad. Although Juneau is the state capital, Anchorage is actually home to over twice as many state employees. Its Ted Stevens International Airport, just six miles from downtown, is strategically located within nine and a half hours’ flying time from virtually 90 percent of the industrialized world, making it an important fueling and cargo hub for the airline and freight-forwarding industries. The most visible industry in Anchorage is petroleum extraction, with a number of prominent regional headquarters dominating the city’s skyline. It is also seasonally the staging area for the Alaska cruise industry and its auxiliary land-based tourism and hospitality businesses catering to visitors exploring the interior attractions of Alaska and Canada such as Denali National Park and the Klondike region by motor coach and rail.
INIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA, US
The Inian Islands are a half-dozen small, rocky islands situated at the Pacific Ocean end of the Icy Strait between Chichagof Island and the Glacier Bay National Park. They are a part of the 23,151-acre Pleasant/Lemesurier/Inian Islands Wilderness, preserving the pristine natural splendors within Icy Strait. Physically, the islands are characterized by their rugged, rocky shorelines and the distinctive, wind-formed forests that cling to them. Their western coasts are subject to the effects of Pacific weather and waves, and the narrow channels between them funnel the oceanic tides into and out of the Lynn Canal and other inland waterways. This creates high-velocity Venturi-effect currents giving rise to nicknames such as “The Laundry Chute” for some passages during tidal changes. It also provides a continual bath of nutrient rich water to the islands, supporting a plentiful density of marine life including whales, seals and sea lions, otters, and sea birds. The islands also support populations of brown bears, Sitka blacktailed deer, land otters, mink, squirrels and land birds. Access to the wilderness is only by float plane, and motor or human-powered boats. Our fleet of Zodiac inflatable boats and sea kayaks will provide up-close access to Seabourn guests during Ventures by Seabourn excursions guided by our expert expedition staff.
ICY STRAIT POINT, ALASKA, US
Icy Strait Point is a unique community on Chichagof Island near the entry to Glacier Bay National Park. It was created and is owned by a corporation of over 1300 Native Americans of various local Tlingit tribes, for the purpose of offering visitors an enjoyable, educational experience of Alaska’s native cultures, as well as the human and natural history of the region. Your tender will dock at the historic 1912 salmon canning facility, which today is a museum. The surrounding grounds offer cultural performances, Native American-owned shops and galleries, restaurants and a variety of tours and excursions for every interest from sport fishing to whale watching, guided nature walks and excursions to view bears and other wildlife, ATV tours and even a zipline adventure that is said to be the longest (over a mile) and highest (over 1330 feet of drop) in North America. The small village of Hoonah is just over a mile away, and can be reached either by walking or on a shuttle. It also has shops and eateries, as well as a totem-carving enterprise run by the corporation. The Huna Totem Corporation maintains complete control of the content and access to the community, which has won a number of prestigious awards for its sustainable approach to exploiting the natural and historical heritage of Alaska and its native peoples for their benefit.
SEDUCTION POINT, ALASKA, US
Seduction Point is a cape at the southern end of the Chilkat Peninsula in Upper Lynn Canal near the town of Haines. It is the end-point of a spectacular seven-mile hiking trail, with magnificent views back down the canal to Juneau and the Chilkat Islands. The peninsula is bright with wildflowers during the first half of the summer, with stands of giant Sitka spruce, cottonwood and birch interrupted by bogs of skunk cabbage, thickets of thimbleberry, salmonberry and open meadows. Pebble beaches line the shore, where bears and river otters are frequently seen, along with nesting eagles in the trees. The shoreline gives breathtaking views of Davidson Glacier and the hanging Rainbow Glacier. Humpback whales, orcas and seals are often seen offshore of the point.
HAINES, ALASKA, US
The location of Haines was important to the Chilkat band of the Tlingit people because a pass allowed them to portage their canoes across the peninsula, saving 20 miles of paddling. The first European party, from the North West Trading Company, arrived in 1880. A year later a Christian mission was established, and in 1884 it was named the Haines mission in honor of its benefactor. The town, with its access to the Chilkat River trail into the Klondike interior, was a bustling staging area for the 1898-99 Gold Rush, until completion of the White Pass & Yukon Railway in neighboring Skagway in 1900 eclipsed its importance to the hordes of prospectors. Sites of interest to visitors at Haines include Fort William Seward, a National Historic Landmark and the only United States Army base in Alaska until World War II. The Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve also attracts visitors to view gatherings of these iconic predators during the season.
JUNEAU, ALASKA, US
Alaska’s capital is inaccessible by road, due to the rugged surrounding terrain. Set beside the deep Gastineau Channel in the state’s Southeastern panhandle, it was founded as a mining camp by Joe Juneau in 1880, and was the first Alaskan town officially established after the purchase of the territory by the United States. It was designated as the capital in 1906, after its important mining and fishing industries eclipsed the waning whaling and fur trades at the former capital Sitka. Today seasonal tourism is its second most important enterprise, after only government administration. The town receives visitors with colorful floral displays in summer, and offers an impressive range of options for experiencing its heritage and the bounty of natural attractions near by. In the mountains back of town, the huge Juneau Icefield spawns no fewer than 30 glaciers, including the mighty Mendenhall Glacier, the only glacier within a city’s limits. Juneau’s extensive limits enfold over 3,200 square miles, making the borough larger than the U.S. states of Rhode Island or Delaware. It is also the only state capital that shares a border with a foreign country (Canada). Popular adventures for visitors include flight tours by seaplane or helicopter, many including landing on glaciers; whale-watching and wildlife viewing excursions by boat; sport fishing for salmon or huge Alaskan halibut; dogsled mushing and panning for gold in sites such as Gold Creek. Hiking tours visit the Tongass National Forest, and there is also a breathtaking mountain tramway at Mt. Roberts.
SITKA, ALASKA, US
Alaska’s first capital had been an active village of native Tlingit people for over 10,000 years when the Russian Alexander Baranov arrived by sea in 1799 and established his Fort Archangel Michael. His presumption as the Tsar-appointed Governor of Russian America evidently aggravated the Tlingits to the extent that in 1802 they stormed the fort and decimated the Russian population, taking a number captive and forcing the others to flee. Baranov returned two years later with a military force and re-established the community which he renamed New Archangel. It served as the capital of Russian America until the purchase of Alaska in 1867. The reminders of its Russian heritage are everywhere in Sitka, and the city contains 22 buildings that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Among the most recognizable are the copper-domed St. Michael’s Cathedral, the Pioneer Home and the Russian Bishop’s House. It was here that the contract of sale was signed that ended Russia’s American adventure and transferred the Alaska territory to the United States. Ironically, Sitka saw the first Native Alaska Brotherhood formed here in 1912 to oppose race discrimination against native people, and the Native Brotherhood Hall was built in 1914. Favorite sights for visitors include traditional Russian performances by the New Archangel Dancers and visits to the fascinating Alaska Raptor Center. Sport fishing for salmon and halibut are also popular, as are various activities in the nearby Tongass rainforest including fly-in hikes and jet-boat tours to view wildlife in the surrounding waters.
WRANGELL, ALASKA, US
Likely the earliest European community on America’s northwest coast, the town was located on Wrangell Island in Alaska’s Inside Passage. Its location at the mouth of the Stikine River was important for millennia to the Tlingit people of the region for trade with the interior. The Russian Baron Ferdinand Wrangel built his Fort St. Dionysius adjacent to an existing Tlingit fortress in 1811, attracted by the abundant otter, seal and beaver populations. In 1839, the fort was leased to the British Hudson’s Bay Company, which renamed it Fort Stikine. Initial Tlingit resistance to the British appropriation of the Stikine River trade route was stifled by catastrophic smallpox epidemics among the natives. But within a decade the Company managed to decimate the fur resource. Fishing and timber remained important to the local economy, as they do today. But the fortunes of Wrangell were transformed by its strategic location on the routes of the Klondike Gold Rushes. The Stikine River was the earliest route of prospectors into the Klondike goldfields, and the town remained an important staging area for successive waves of miners en route northward. The whole history of the town is wonderfully presented in the small but impressive Wrangell Museum. Visitors are thrilled by close encounters with black and brown bears at the nearby Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory. They also are enchanted by the prehistoric artworks at Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park, and the colorful reproductions of Tlingit cultural icons at the Chief Shakes House and Totem Park.
KETCHIKAN, ALASKA, US
The southeastern-most town in Alaska is also arguably its most colorful. Ketchikan’s early history is forever tied to the rollicking brothels lining the raised wooden catwalks that snake along Creek Street. Here a pioneering population of enterprising women provided rest and recreation for the predominantly male workforce powering the timber and fishing industries of the Southeast. Founded in 1885, the town is the state’s oldest continuously governed municipality, having been incorporated in 1900. But Ketchikan also celebrates its earlier heritage. The city is a treasury of Native American culture, with the largest collection of Native totem poles in the world. The Totem Bight State Park, Potlatch Park, Saxman native village and the Totem Heritage Center display both originals and reproductions created over the years by carvers trained in the traditional symbolism and craft. A restored salmon cannery shows how the city became the Salmon Capital of the World, and a visit to a hatchery reveals contemporary efforts to ensure the continuation of this vital resource. Tours of the nearby Misty Fjords National Monument are available by air or sea, and sport fishing is also popular with visitors. A visit to the Native American village of Metlakatla on Annette Island provides an in-depth look at the local Tsimshian and Haida-Tlingit cultures both past and present.
RUDYERD BAY (MISTY FJORDS), ALASKA, UNITED STATES
Misty Fjords National Monument, affectionately known locally as “The Mistys,” is a tract of over two million acres of spectacular wilderness located on the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska. Compared geologically to California’s Yosemite Valley by John Muir, it is serrated by numberless glacial fjords; steep valleys cut by flowing ice through the granite rock in ages past. Today these are flooded by the ocean waters into narrow canals up to a thousand feet deep, between peaks and walls towering 2000 to 3000 feet above the surface. Their slopes are densely covered by ancient rain forests of majestic hemlock, Sitka spruce and western red cedar trees. The cliffs are tinseled with innumerable silvery waterfalls plummeting from the heights to ripple the mirrored channel below. The area is abundantly populated with wildlife including grizzly and black bears, whales, mountain goats and deer. Your ship will slowly thread the 100-mile Behm Canal to scenic Rudyerd Bay, from where optional guided Zodiac excursions will be launched from the ship’s Marina, for viewing the scenery and wildlife up close from sea level. Throughout the day, the members of your expedition team will be on deck, offering Swarovski binoculars for viewing and pointing out highlights as they appear.
PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Like many towns on the Pacific coast of North America, Prince Rupert was founded on the site of First Nations communities that had thrived for millennia. The town was founded in 1910 and named for Prince Rupert of the Rhine, the 17th century Duke of Cumberland and governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company. The vision of the current city was that of Charles Hays, president of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, who recognized its deep, ice-free harbor as the natural northwestern terminus of the North American railway network. He traveled to Europe to solicit development funds for his dream, but perished during his return on the ill-fated liner Titanic. Prince Rupert is today the closest year-round rail terminal to the vast markets of Asia. It is also an important center for tourism, being a hub for ferry, cruise and rail traffic between Canada, Alaska and the lower forty-eight U.S. states. The town itself offers visitors sites of interest such as the attractive sunken gardens located behind its City Hall. The Museum of Northern British Columbia and its Totem Carving Shed illustrate the First Nations and later historic development of the town. The North Pacific Cannery Museum reflects the importance of fishing as a local industry, and the Kwinitsa Station Railway Museum preserves one of the few remaining stations of the Grand Trunk system. Many visitors are drawn by the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, which features one of the densest populations of these magnificent creatures anywhere. Hikes at the Butze Rapids Park and Trail and along the elevated catwalks and suspension bridges at the Metlakatla Wilderness Trail provide more direct access to the area’s lush coastal rain forest.
KLEMTU, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
On Swindle Island in the fjords of the British Columbia coast, Klemtu is a town of fewer than 500 people belonging to the Kitasoo Native Band. No one really knows how long the Kitasoo and the Xais-Xais groups occupied the site, but there were permanent villages here long before Europeans arrived. In the 1920s, the China Hat Cannery was established, which is now owned by the Band and is the main employer. Another source of income is the expert interpretive guiding of visitors to the region and performances of traditional dances. The town has a Big House as well as a gallery and museum. The town is located adjacent to the Great Bear Rainforest, a preserve dedicated to the protection of the native populations of grizzly, black and Kermode bears. The Kermode bears, sometimes called Spirit Bears, are an indigenous race of bears that seasonally change from white to light gold or tan in color, and have long been considered sacred to the Kitasoos. They are a separate race, and not albinos, having black eyes and noses. Visitors are attracted by the exceptional opportunity to see a Kermode bear in the wild.
ALERT BAY, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
This tiny Namgis First Nations community on Cormorant Island welcomes its few visitors with rare insights into the region’s aboriginal cultures. Aside from the town, the rest of the island comprises two Indian Reserves. Totem poles can be viewed from the road at the island Burial Grounds, and the town boasts the world’s tallest totem. In the early 20th century, the Canadian government attempted to quash the traditional potlatch wealth distribution rituals of the First Nations people by confiscating the masks, baskets, copper plates and other regalia that were used in the ceremonies. After persistent negotiations, the Namgis have had their artifacts restored, and these rarities are displayed at the U’mista Cultural Centre. A traditional Namgis Big House is also located at Alert Bay, and traditional rituals are sometimes performed there. In the nearby forest, it is possible to view old-growth cedar trees which have been uniquely scarred by generations of Namgis artisans stripping their bark for use in creating clothing, baskets and for other traditional uses.
Seabourn’s Alaska cruises begin or end in the handsome city of Vancouver, sailing under the graceful Lion’s Gate Bridge into the scenic harbor backed by snow-capped mountains. Vancouver is actually one of British Columbia’s newest cities. Its earliest beginnings date from the establishment of a sawmill in 1862. Gastown, the city’s colorful oldest section, was born when “Gassy” Jack Deighton placed a plank between two stumps next to a sawmill and started a saloon in 1867. The town was incorporated in 1886 upon the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway, and named for the early explorer George Vancouver who surveyed the region in 1792. Within months, a terrible fire razed the entire town, but it was quickly rebuilt. Today the Greater Vancouver Area is the third most populous metropolitan area in Canada, and the most densely populated. It is an extremely diverse city, where 52% of the people speak a first language other than English. About 30% of them are ethnic Chinese, a group which had long been established, but which burgeoned in the 1990s with the diaspora resulting from Hong Kong’s repatriation to China. Vancouver’s port is one of the busiest in the world, and the most diversified in North America. The city’s towering skyline is a result of strategic urban planning favoring high-rise, live/work infrastructure over sprawl. It is consistently ranked as one of the cleanest and most livable cities in the world. Its airport is also among the world’s busiest, and is the second most active gateway for international passengers on the west coast. It also remains a major rail hub, which extensive service from AmTrak and ViaRail, including the popular Rocky Mountaineer sightseeing route to the spectacular Banff and Lake Louise recreational areas. Vancouver’s well-maintained parks, attractive architecture, many fine museums and galleries, excellent hotels and a thriving restaurant and nightlife culture make it an appealing place to linger before or after your Alaskan cruise adventure.
|25/07/19||Seward, Alaska||06:00 PM|
|26/07/19||Holgate Glacier, Alaska||06:00 AM||11:00 AM|
|26/07/19||Chiswell Islands, Kenai Fjords, Alaska|
|28/07/19||Inian Islands, Alaska||04:30 AM||10:30 AM|
|28/07/19||Icy Strait Point, Alaska||02:00 PM||08:00 PM|
|29/07/19||Haines, Alaska||08:00 AM||06:00 PM|
|30/07/19||Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska||08:00 AM|
|30/07/19||Endicott Arm, Alaska||06:00 PM|
|31/07/19||Juneau, Alaska||07:00 AM||05:00 PM|
|01/08/19||Sitka, Alaska||10:00 AM||06:00 PM|
|02/08/19||Wrangell, Alaska||08:00 AM||06:00 PM|
|03/08/19||Ketchikan, Alaska||08:00 AM||11:00 PM|
|04/08/19||Misty Fjords, Alaska|
|05/08/19||Prince Rupert, BC. Canada||08:00 AM||06:00 PM|
|06/08/19||Klemtu, BC, Canada||08:00 AM||05:00 PM|
|08/08/19||Vancouver, BC. Canada||07:00 AM|