Each day is filled with discovery, learning, meaning & more

Extraordinary adventure is a guarantee. Your expedition is crafted to offer you the most in-depth experience possible. Our trademark flexibility means you’ll never be denied a spontaneous wildlife sighting because of schedule demands; we’ll stop, linger, or even change the day’s plan to take advantage of watching a pod of feeding humback whales off the ship’s bow; watch a brown bear mother and cub in a stream; or to pause in the spirit-filled atmosphere among the towering totems in a Haida village. Peak moments will occur—seemingly by magic, but artfully arranged, thanks to deep knowledge of the region.


Embark: Seattle

Disembark: Sitka

Select departures travel from Seattle to Sitka.


  • DAY 1: Seattle/Embark

    Arrive in Seattle this afternoon and embark the ship. (D)

  • DAY 2: Gulf Islands, British Columbia

    Search for orca whales and cruise around forested islands. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 3: Johnstone Strait and Alert Bay, British Columbia

    At the community of Alert Bay, visit the U’mista Cultural Centre, where we’ll watch traditional First Nations performances and learn from the Kwakwaka'wakw people. Visit Johnstone Strait, one of the foremost viewing areas for orcas in the Northern Hemisphere. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4-5: Inside Passage of British Columbia

    Head northward along the untouched coastline looking for whales, dolphins, bears, deer and other wildlife. Go ashore to explore or kayak the many bays and inlets. (B,L,D daily)

  • DAY 6-8: Haida Gwaii

    With a shared respect for the natural world, explore the islands of Haida Gwaii. A Haida Interpreter will join us as we visit the Haida Heritage Center at K’aay Llnagaay to learn about the incredible history of the Haida people and the meaning behind their renowned artwork. In the ancestral town of Old Massett, join in a traditional dance performance and feast, and meet community members and local artistans. Explore Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site. See the ancient totems at SGang Gwaay (Ninstints) or K'una (Skedans). Kayak and take expedition landing craft around the incredibly biodiverse islands where black bears are the largest in the world and endemic species thrive. (B,L,D daily)

  • DAY 9: Misty Fiords, Alaska

    Cruise past glacially-carved cliffs and kayak in the stillness of Misty Fiord’s forested backwaters. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 10: Frederick Sound and Petersburg

    Join naturalists on deck and search for orcas, humpback whales, and Steller sea lions. Go ashore for a walk along a quiet forest trail and in the fishing village of Petersburg, known as “Alaska’s Little Norway.” Explore with optional flightseeing or a bicycle ride. Enjoy a crab feast this evening. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 11: Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness

    Voyage into Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular fjords, with waterfalls cascading from glacially carved walls. See the soaring Dawes or South Sawyer Glacier up close and take a cruise on an expedition landing craft for an unbeatable view of sculpted icebergs. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 12: Glacier Bay National Park

    Spend the entire day among the enormous glaciers and expansive wilderness. Listen as the quiet stillness of the area is broken by the thunder of tons of ice calving into the sea. Search for Stellar sea lions, puffins and mountain goats. A native Tlingit interpreter joins us to share the lore and legend of the area. A National Park Service Ranger will join us as well. (B,L,D).

  • DAY 13: Icy Strait and the Inian Islands

    Cruise among the Inian Islands, where an abundance of Steller sea lions reside. Hike nearby islands, kayak, and search for whales in rich waters of Icy Strait. Conditions permitting, we'll lower the ship's hydrophone to listen in on the whales' communication. (B,L,D)

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

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