Destinations: Alaska

In 2011 we will cruise aboard the Wanderbird in South East Alaska along the famous Inside Passage in the beautiful Tongass National Forest. We have both dreamed of doing this since we were kids and we feel that the time is right to make it happen. The Wanderbird is the perfect vessel for such a cruise and we feel that she is as anxious to go as we are! We will leave Maine in October of 2010 and make the trip around in charterable stages. These stages will be available to the more adventurous of you who would like to join us as we reposition the vessel almost 5000 nautical miles. There will be more to follow on these repositioning legs with stages such as Maine to Bermuda, Bermuda to the US Virgin Islands, The San Blas Islands, a transit of the Panama Canal and more! Our 2011 schedule in SE Alaska will find us cruising the inside passage on seven day expeditions between Petersburg, Sitka and Juneau Alaska.

Northern Lights
 
Northern lights is the common name of the light phenomenon often seen in northern regions. The scientific name “Aurora Borealis” refers to this celestial phenomenon of rays or curtains of colored light that appear in the sky predominantly in the polar regions of the earth. As particles hit the upper atmosphere of the earth in what is called an auroral sub-storm, it causes rays of light to appear to be cast down from the celestial heavens, forming a band of curtains which move and spread across the sky and horizon. Last summer we saw Northern Lights while in Labrador that moved like translucent curtains gently blowing in the wind and as faint green and white flames.

Our Alaskan Ports-of Call:

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.

Petersburg:

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.
More info - Petersburg website - Getting there

SitkaSitka:

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.
More info - Sitka website - Getting there

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.
More info - Juneau website - Getting there

See our cruise schedule for dates