Drink in the splendor of the Alaskan wilderness as you sip cappuccino from your private veranda. Bears, bald eagles, and hump back whales break the surf. From breathtaking sights to the pioneering spirit of Juneau, marvel at God’s creation as you sail through the beautiful ports of Alaska.
|Sat, September 2||Seattle, Washington||–||4:00PM|
|Sat, September 2||Puget Sound||–||–|
|Sun, September 3||At Sea||–||–|
|Mon, September 4||Tracy Arm, Alaska||–||–|
|Tues, September 5||Juneau, Alaska||7:00AM||6:00PM|
|Wed, September 6||Sitka, Alaska||8:000AM||4:00PM|
|Thu, September 7||Ketchikan, Alaska||7:00AM||1:00P|
|Fri, September 8||Victoria, British Columbia||7:00PM||11:59PM|
|Sat, September 9||Seattle, WA||7:00AM||–|
The Emerald City of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is known for its stunning waterfront. “Catch” a salmon at Pike Place Market, ride to the top of the Space Needle, sample a local microbrew in funky Fremont, or down a cup of java in the coffee capital of the world.
This narrow, 26-mile-long fjord is another of Alaska’s most dramatic glacier settings. The lush rain forest recedes to reveal a stunning canyon of bare rock. The panorama of 7,000-foot mountain peaks and nearly vertical rock cliffs is astounding. Waterfalls appear at every turn. Icebergs make their way to the sea in all sorts of wondrous shapes. And tucked away at the end of this remarkable waterway are two very active reminders of the Ice Age – the twin Sawyer Glaciers, calving icebergs into the jade-colored inland sea. Kittiwakes, mountain goats and seals are a common sight. Whales and bears may even make an appearance in this magical place.
Juneau, the capital of Alaska, was founded during a gold rush in 1880. Today, the former gold-mining town counts among its riches some of Alaska’s most spectacular scenery. Nestled at the foot of Mt. Juneau in the Alaska Panhandle, it faces the water from the mainland side of Gastineau Channel. Several magnificent fjords are located along the channel coast, and the majestic Mendenhall Glacier, a favorite of visitors, is nearby.
The onion domes of St. Michael’s Cathedral are your first clue that Sitka was once a Russian settlement – the colonial headquarters of Count Baranof, no less. Discover the echoes of its heyday at a performance by the New Archangel Dancers. Be greeted by Tlingit native people, then stand on the spot where the United States took possession of Alaska in 1867 for $7.2 million, less than two cents per acre. The dramatic setting in the shadow of Mt. Edgecumbe is one of the lovliest in the Great Land. Take a stroll through old growth forest in Sitka National Historical Park, shop the downtown district, and poke around the Sheldon Jackson Museum for a close-up look at some of the city’s most prized arts, crafts and Russian relics.
Ketchikan originated as an Indian fish saltery, but the town’s major growth began when it became a supply base and entry port for miners during the 1898 Gold Rush to the Klondike. Much of the town’s colorful past is still in evidence, especially in the nearby Indian villages, where you’ll see colorfully carved totem poles and hear the fascinating legends that surround them.
A touch of England awaits: afternoon tea, double-decker buses, the famed Butchart Gardens – a brilliant tapestry of color spread across 50 blooming acres. Sample shore excursions: A Taste of Victoria: City Lights with Wine & Chocolate; Ale Trail & Pub Tour.