Seabourn is preparing to embark on its 2019 season in Alaska & British Columbia with Seabourn Sojourn headed north to “The Great Land.” Only 10 departures are scheduled for the 2019 season.
The 2019 season runs from June to October offering a selection of 11-, 12- and 14-day Ultimate Alaska cruises with itineraries including wilderness destinations such as Harriman Fjord and College Fjord; marquee ports from Ketchikan and Juneau; and the First Nation villages of Alert Bay and Klemtu, a town of fewer than 500 belonging to the Kitasoo Native Band where guests will enjoy an exclusive cultural experience within Inside Passage of British Columbia.
Every cruise of Seabourn’s 2019 season in Alaska and British Columbia will include complimentary Seabourn all-weather jackets; inspiring onboard guest speakers from Seabourn Conversations program; opportunities for frequent wildlife sightings from the ship and shore; and a “Caviar on the Ice” deck party and other special deck events.
Adventure seekers can take part in the Ventures by Seabourn tours to discover select destinations via hike, kayak, Zodiac, and catamaran. Each optional excursion exposes guests to up-close exploration of natural and/or cultural wonders, with guidance, insight and lectures from the line’s expedition team staffed by accomplished naturalists, marine biologists, wildlife researchers, photographers, videographers, guides, and more.
The team is also part of the Seabourn Conversations program, providing in-depth insights into the history, ecology and culture of the places they visit. Throughout the voyage, their insights are offered both in complimentary formal presentations on a variety of topics and in more casual conversations over meals or at leisure. In addition, the team chronicles their adventures with stories and photos via Seabourn’s Ventures Tracker.
A few notable optional Ventures by Seabourn tours scheduled this season include:
- Inian Islands Zodiac Exploration – Join a naturalist and explore shorelines teeming with Steller sea lions, otters, and seabirds. Whales hungry for the rich sea life are also a common sight. Seabourn provides travelers an up-close look and access to these remote islands.
- Kayak Exploration of Misty Fjords – Settle into a double kayak and paddle a path into the furthest regions of Alaska’s Misty Fjords, where wildlife and wilderness remain untouched. There will be a guide and a safety kayak along for the ride.
- Tracy Arm/Endicott Arm Via Kayak – Paddling through Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm is will provide guests panoramic views of icebergs, waterfalls, wildlife, and backdrops of towering mountains at every turn en route to North Sawyer or Dawes Glacier.
There will be a variety of additional shore excursions including:
- Taku Glacier Lodge, Feast & Five Glaciers: A Mindful Living Tour – Depart from Juneau aboard a classic floatplane to “flightsee” five glaciers on the way to a glacier-view seafood feast at Alaska’s fly-in Taku Glacier Lodge. A serene yoga session and guided nature walk in sublime surroundings will also be offered to enjoy before return.
- Stikine River & Wilderness Glacier by Jet-Boat – A jet-boat ride on one of North America’s last truly wild rivers leads to views of distant peaks, wildlife, and spawning salmon, as well as the roar of thundering waterfalls before arrival at iceberg-dotted Shakes Lake and, conditions permitting, a view of Shakes Glacier.
- Wildlife Safari Cruise & Beach Bonfire – Embark on a wildlife boat safari from Ketchikan to view the wildlife in the region that may include humpback and orca whales, Dall’s porpoise, harbor seals and bears. With a 360-degree observation deck, the tour offers excellent photography opportunities and an unobstructed view of the wilderness.
For the traveler who wants to delve deeper, Seabourn is also offering a pair of exclusive Seabourn Journeys for guests to explore Alaska and British Columbia in-depth before or after their cruise.
One by plane, the other by rail, both are as magnificent as the region itself:
- Denali Experience – Venturing into Alaska, guests will soar high above glaciers in a flightseeing plane, and head deep into the protected wilderness of Denali National Park with a guide to spot grizzly and black bears, wolves, moose, caribou, and more.
- UNESCO Banff National Park & the Rocky Mountaineer – This seven-day, pre-cruise journey travels deep inland with a scenic drive by premium motor coach through the Canadian Rockies to Banff. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Banff and Yogo National Parks, with destinations including Takakkaw Falls, Spiral Tunnels in Kicking Horse Pass, and Emerald Lake, the largest of Yoho’s 61 lakes and ponds. After a day on one’s own, ride the Rocky Mountaineer for two days into the heart of the Canadian Rockies with comfortable seating and GoldLeaf service assured in a bi-level, glass-domed rail car.