Windstar Cruises Small-Ship Cruising In Alaska For 2018
Windstar Cruises has announced plans to sail to Alaska in spring/summer 2018, bringing the Windstar way of small ship cruising to one of the world’s most popular cruise destinations.
With voyages starting at 11 days in duration, there is ample time for scenic cruising in both Canada’s and Alaska’s famed inside passages – where guests can look for orcas, bears, and bald eagles from the comfort of Star Legend. Guests can enjoy a cup of cocoa on deck as they sail through Misty Fjords National Monument and Kenai Fjords National Park, experiences usually booked via a shore excursion because the “big ships” just don’t go there.
Each Windstar Alaska itinerary includes sailing through Tracy Arm Fjord – so close that noise of the ice breaking and falling into the water during glacier calving will surprise you. Enthusiastic park rangers, scientists, glaciologists, geologists, and other experts will be aboard each sailing to provide education, perspective, one-on-one discussions, and ample opportunities for individual discovery in America’s “last frontier.”
Highlights of Windstar Cruises inaugural Alaska season include:
• Every cruise features Tracy Arm and Misty Fjords.
• Optional up-close and personal kayaking and scenic cruising by Zodiac directly from the ship.
• Full destination immersion with 7 to 8 Southeast Alaska and British Columbia ports each cruise.
• Due to the small size of the ship, Star Legend will sail right into Misty Fjords and Kenai Fjords.
• Multiple glacier experiences on northbound/southbound sailings featuring Mendenhall Glacier, Tracy Arm, and Kenai Fjords.
• Naturalist/Expedition Leaders on all voyages who will customize the experience for guests along with speakers from Native American tribes.
Star Legend will embark on three new itineraries in Alaska with eight sailing dates, departing May to August, including a 14-day Seward to Vancouver option; 12-day Vancouver round trip itinerary, and 11- or 12-day Vancouver to Seward voyages.
New Alaska Itineraries Sail Longer, Slower, Closer to Shore, and Deeper into Fjords
Wonders of Alaska & Canada – These 14-day voyages from Seward to Vancouver are offered three times, allowing guests a full two weeks of jaw-dropping scenery and history. British Columbia’s Prince Rupert, located on Kaien Island just north of the mouth of the Skeena River, is a highlight – a picturesque port rich in culture and heritage. Teeming with wildlife, guests can expect whale, eagle, salmon, and grizzly bear sightings.
Alaskan Splendors – Multiple journeys between Vancouver and Seward over 11- or 12-days offers a tour de force of top Alaskan destinations. From the wildlife and glaciers of the Inside Passage to the First Nations totems of Ketchikan; hiking in Haines or sampling its cultural offerings like the Alaska Indian Arts Center, where traditional craftsmen offer demonstrations of their work; to the biggest zipline in the United States in Icy Strait Point … it’s all offered.
Islands & Inlets of the Inside Passage – Offering two 12-day sailings, this itinerary cruises roundtrip from Vancouver, passing under the famed Lions Gate Bridge twice, both en-route to the rugged coastline and on the return. A hidden gem at the midway point of the Inside Passage sits Metlakatla, Alaska on verdant Annette Island. This locale is the only U.S. settlement of the indigenous Tsimshian people, where guests get to visit a traditional longhouse and experience the full regalia of Native American song and dance shows.
For more information on Windstar Cruises Alaska sailings, please call one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677.