Cruises: Alaska

Our 2011 schedule in SE Alaska will find us cruising the inside passage on seven day expeditions between Petersburg, Sitka and Juneau Alaska.

The Tongass National Forest, the nation's largest national forest, covers most of Southeast Alaska, surrounding the famous Inside Passage. It offers unique chances to view eagles, bears, spawning salmon, and the breath-taking vistas of "wild" Alaska.

We are pleased to visit this vibrant fishing community with a strong Norwegian heritage. Located in protected waters filled with islands and bays and harbors, the area and waterways are rich with wildlife just waiting to be explored. Here we find friendly people, lush forests, glaciers, whale watching and birding. The ocean waters around Petersburg, AK are the summer home to over 500 humpback whales.

With views of island-studded waters and stately spruce forests reaching to the water’s edge, Sitka is considered Alaska’s most beautiful seaside town. Yet Sitka’s hallmark is its tenure and devotion to a culturally diverse past.

Ancestral home of the Tlingit Indians, captured by the Russians, sold to the Americans – Sitka carries the legacy of each. While this fascinating heritage is well documented in local museums, Sitka’s ancestry isn’t found only in shelved archives and artifacts. Rather it is all around.

Sitka is home to 24 attractions listed on the National Register of Historic Places, seven of which are National Historical Landmarks. Visitors won’t find a lack of explanation for the incredible sites, whether embarking on one of several walking or vehicle tours, or chatting with a long-time resident. Sitkans are rightfully proud and simply eager to share the folklore.

Haida TotemJuneau:
Juneau, Alaska's capital city is the third largest city in the state. Like Alaska, Juneau is full of contrasts, a sophisticated cosmopolitan city in the heart of the Tongass National Forest. Nestled at the base of towering mountains overlooking the Gastineau Channel, the community's rich culture and history is displayed throughout the town. Juneau has a vibrant urban feel with great dining, shopping and lodging, while being surrounded by jaw-dropping scenic vistas. A visit to Juneau delivers tastes that delight the senses. From Alaska salmon, halibut and crab to sourdough bagels, homemade fudge, and award-winning coffee and beer, Juneau can satisfy even the most discriminating palate. As we take to the water and cruise past the area's beautiful glacial landscapes, we will often see sea lions and graceful humpback whales.

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