Departure : June 15, July 20 and August 17
Regent Seven Seas Cruises, the most inclusive luxury line, ships 700 passengers in suite, all balconies sailor of the seven seas for eight-day sailings between Seward and Vancouver from May to September. We found three sails available highlighting popular ports like Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan. Take advantage of the many included excursions – it’s the only way to see the real Alaska, beyond the shops and touristy bars of the main street. In Juneau, raft the Mendenhall River and visit an authentic Tlingit clan house; in Ketchikan, paddle a native-style canoe on a mountain lake; pedal through a wildflower-covered rainforest in the once boomtown of Dyea, Alaska, now a bizarre ghost town near Skagway. (Note that the more exciting adventures, such as icefield viewing and dog sledding, cost extra.) sailor of the seven seas offers free meals at seven restaurants; The modern French Chartreuse and Prime 7 steakhouse are standouts. Stay in shape on board by playing paddle tennis, spinning and jogging. The Serene Spa & Wellness center makes every effort to pamper and rejuvenate you. Back in your suite, which can range in size from 301 to 2,000 square feet, find every comfort, from king-size beds with silky linens and marble-accented soaking tubs, fluffy bathrobes and slippers, walk-in closets and 24 hour room service.
Adventures without a cruise
Itinerary: “Wild, Wooly and Wow”, which includes Chichagof Island and the hinterland of Glacier Bay National Park
Departure: May 28; June 4, 11, 18 and 25; July 2 and 9
This new route, sailing eight days round-trip from Juneau on the 86-passenger Wild Legacy, embraces the exploration of wilderness in all its untouched backcountry splendour. Book this trip if it ignites a passion and avoid traditional cruise ship itineraries and onboard amenities. Consider this sailing Uncruise Adventures’ most active, with day outings like morning birdwatching, picnics, kayaking, and evening campfires ashore. Hike Thomas Bay listening to the thundering sounds of the Baird Glacier calving ice into the lake. Board skiffs at dusk, just to listen to the sounds of wildlife. Only UnCruise has the permits to guide passengers through Chichagof Island, where humans are rare and brown bears abundant. Hike, bike and meet a family who shares what it’s like to live in this isolated place. Venture deep into Glacier Bay National Park, rarely explored by visitors. Look for humpback whales in the whale-rich waters of Frederick Sound. On board, find a beautiful ship awash in beautiful carved woods, with whirlpool tubs, an open deck, and spacious and decent viewing decks. Savor delicious plated meals in a cozy, carpeted dining room.
Itinerary: Inside Passage and Fjords of Alaska
Departure : August 26
This 11-day round trip to Vancouver sails on the 458-passenger luxury vessel Seabourn’s Odyssey captures so much of Alaska’s beauty. Unlike most luxury ships, Seabourn’s Odyssey board an expedition team and Zodiacs for expedition ship-style outings. Take a six- to eight-hour hike near the Indian River where salmon spawn; cruise by Zodiac amid glistening ice from the still-growing Hubbard Glacier and explore Cross Sound, a primary gateway for humpback whales also living with puffins, bald eagles and sea lions. Ketchikan, head to town to see the world’s largest collection of standing Native American totem poles, learn to throw an ax at a lumberjack show, or join a chef’s table for a six-course tasting menu featuring featuring the best local seafood. On board, savor the chic ship’s many amenities, like a fitness center with free yoga, Pilates, and tai chi classes. Sip afternoon tea at the observation bar; as night falls, head to the Club for live music and dancing. Complimentary fine dining includes the Grill by Thomas Keller, the world-renowned chef’s onboard restaurant in collaboration with Seabourn. Anywhere, anytime, celebrate adventure with bubbles and caviar, both included in the cruise fee.