Seabourn has its sights on setting sail into another year in Alaska & British Columbia in 2020 with new offerings for guests exploring the beauty, culture, and history of The Great Land.
Looking back on Seabourn Sojourn’s successes through the 2017 and 2018 seasons, and anticipating even more in 2019, the line is curating a similar schedule for the vessel in 2020, including seven-day cruises heading both north and south; optional for-charge Ventures by Seabourn guided kayak, Zodiac and hiking tours as well as an exciting array of shore excursions; and two pre- and post-cruise Seabourn Journeys. Itineraries for the 2020 season are open for booking now, with the first voyage set to set sail from Vancouver on June 12, 2020.
Seven Days Northbound and Southbound
Seabourn has scheduled 10 new seven-day cruises designed to complement Seabourn’s lineup of 10-, 11- and 12-day voyages in Alaska & British Columbia. Heading northbound and southbound between Vancouver and Juneau, each seven-day cruise can be combined to create a 14-day roundtrip cruise with no repeat ports of call either way. In addition, should 14 days be too much or seven days too little, the remaining 10-, 11- and 12-day voyages between Vancouver and Seward or Vancouver and Los Angeles are offered.
Alaska & British Columbia Up Close
The Ventures by Seabourn program will offer experiences with adventurous activities available in the destinations in Alaska & British Columbia in 2020. Planned, operated, and escorted by expert teams of guides including scientists and local guides intimately familiar with the land, the optional kayak, Zodiac, catamaran, and hiking tours play off the modest size of Seabourn Sojourn by offering close-up touring opportunities that larger cruise ships cannot access.
Also part of the Seabourn Conversations program, the expedition team members regularly interact with guests throughout each sailing, sharing insight and knowledge about the history, ecology, and culture of the region. Their insights are offered both in complimentary formal presentations on a variety of topics and in more casual conversations over meals or at leisure.
Ventures by Seabourn will be offered in select destinations scheduled to visit during the 2020 season in Alaska & British Columbia, including:
- Alert Bay – A kayak exploration of Cormorant Marine Park with double sea-kayaks paddled through forest-sheltered, scenic water and land alive with seals, whales, and eagles.
- Inian Islands – Join naturalist guides onboard Zodiacs to explore shorelines teeming with sea lions, otters, and seabirds, as well as whales drawn by rich sea-life just offshore.
- Rudyerd Bay (Misty Fjords) – Paddle by kayak into the furthest reaches of Misty Fjords, with untouched wilderness and wildlife at every turn and the freedom to explore.
- College Fjord – Board a Zodiac and prepare to be surrounded on all sides by 10 tidewater and large valley glaciers.
- Tracy Arm/Endicott Arm – Paddle by kayak past icebergs, waterfalls and wildlife amid backdrops of towering mountains en route to North Sawyer or Dawes Glacier.
Scheduled shore excursions for the 2020 season include:
- Juneau: Taku Glacier Lodge, Glacier Seaplane Discovery & Yoga: A Mindful Living Tour – An extension of onboard programming of Spa & Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil, this Mindful Living Tour includes a flight in a classic de Havilland seaplane over five glaciers to Taku Glacier Lodge along the Taku River across from Alaska’s largest and one of the world’s few remaining advancing glaciers. Feast on grilled wild Alaska salmon, join a certified yoga instructor for a session, and enjoy a guided interpretive nature walk.
- Haines: Burro Creek Retreat & Crab Boil: A Mindful Living Tour – Another extension of Spa & Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil, this tour unfolds at Burrow Creek Waterfall Lodge, a 120-acre resort set just outside of Skagway along the coastline of Lynn Canal – America’s longest, deepest fjord. Take in viewpoints, discover how the Lodge harnesses energy from the waterfall, and enjoy an off-the-grid dining experience led by a Dungeness crab-and-shrimp boil.
- Ketchikan: Wildlife Safari Cruise & Beach Bonfire – Step aboard the m/v Sea Lion for a wildlife viewing tour likely to see humpback and orca whales, Dall’s porpoise, harbor seals, and bears, with excellent photography opportunities from a 360-degree observation deck. A leisurely break will be waiting on a remote island with an Alaska-style beach bonfire and local fare before touring Tongass Narrows, home to the world’s largest collection of totems.
- Sitka: Half-Day Salmon Fishing – Fall hook, line, and sinker into Southeast Alaska, with sport fishing for king, silver, chum, and pink salmon in Sitka Sound. With views and opportunities to see other marine wildlife, this is an all-around exciting excursion for fishers of all skill levels.
Escorted by knowledgeable guides and offering hotel accommodations as part of the package, the Seabourn Journeys to be offered for 2020 include:
- UNESCO Banff National Park & Rocky Mountaineer – Head inland by rail from Calgary on this seven-day pre-cruise Seabourn Journey to experience the majesty and grandeur of the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park, and Lake Louise, with scenery and Gold Leaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer all the way.
- The Denali Experience – Truly a peak experience in Alaska, the line’s four- and five-day, pre- and post-cruise Seabourn Journey options travel by road, rail, and air to the highest mountain in North America, with the natural splendors and experiences centered around the looming, snowcapped eminence of this mountain and national park.
Seabourn’s 2020 cruise season in Alaska & British Columbia launches June 12 with Glaciers & Alaska Inside Passage from Vancouver to Juneau, and finishes with an October 2 departure for Fjords & America’s Gold Coast from Vancouver to Los Angeles.