Vancouver to Sitka - 13 Days

Includes The Inside Passage

Vancouver to Sitka Cruise Summary

Discover the innermost secrets of Alaska on guided kayak groups and zodiacs as you cruise between Vancouver and Sitka to isolated indigenous villages and pristine wilderness.

Led by our onboard expedition experts and researchers from the California Polytechnic State University Centre for Coastal & Marine Sciences, you will be able to gain a unique level of understanding and behind-the-scenes access to the most innovative scientific outposts in North America.

Explore the majestic Stikine River, where Tlingit totems stand silent sentry over the waters. Take a jet boat ride through the dramatic ice fields surrounding the LeConte Glacier. Look out for whales, orcas, sea lions, bears, wolves, moose and hundreds of species of sea and shorebirds in the company of our expert marine biologists.

When evening comes, relax and sip a cocktail as you take in the scenery from the observation lounge of our sleek, modern ship, Ocean Victory, where the wraparound windows and 360-degree swivel chairs are carefully designed to capture the best views from every angle.

 

Highlights

  • Enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes visit to the Sitka Sound Science Centre
  • Visit the Sons of Norway Hall in downtown Petersburg to experience the culture and cuisine of Alaska’s Little Norway
  • Access to unique hydrophone technology to listen out for the sounds of humpback whales engaging in bubble-net feeding

 

 

2024 All-inclusive fares from £8,999 pp

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day-by-day itinerary

 

Day 1: Hotel Stay in Vancouver

Arrive in Vancouver for you 2-night pre-cruise hotel stay.

 
 

Day 2: Hotel Stay in Vancouver

Enjoy your time in Vancouver at your leisure. Representatives from American Queen Voyages and our local port/city partner will be available to provide you with dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximise your time here.

 
 

Day 3: Embark in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver is the third-biggest city in Canada and the largest city in the western province of British Columbia. From the shopping delights of Robson Street to the lively energy of Granville Island Public Market, this city brings a unique European flair to Canada’s western coast. Survey it all from atop the 553-foot Vancouver Lookout – which offers a 360-degree view or Gastown, Coal Harbour, North Vancouver and the downtown Vancouver skyline. Vancouver’s natural and urban highlights start in the West End. From Robson Street work your way through vibrant neighbourhoods heading downtown. You’ll pass Canada Place, with its white sail-like roof, built to celebrate Vancouver’s centennial in 1986, en route to Stanley Park at the tip of the peninsula. The largest park in the city, mostly covered in dense forests, boasts a 14-mile seawall. 

 

 

Day 4: Scenic Ocean Cruising

Ah, another day on the Ocean – a day to rise with the sun and meet with friends in the restaurant of your choosing over breakfast…or sleep in and order room service. Gather in the Compass Lounge for snacks and games…or take in the view from deck with your favourite cocktail in hand. This day is yours to craft as you desire.

 

Day 5: Canadian Inside Passage

The Inside Passage is one of the world’s most beautiful cruising routes, with marine life including humpback, fin and killer whales, dolphins, porpoises, sea lions and all five species of salmon. The salmon rich waters provide nutrients to the lush coastal rainforest, which is habitat for the coastal brown bear, the black bear and if we are lucky enough to spot one, the spirit or Kermode bear.

 

 

Day 6: Ketchikan, Alaska

Start the day surrounded by the beauty of Ketchikan, Alaska. Stroll through the southernmost city of Alaska’s downtown and explore totem row, where the Klinkett and Tlingit culture is alive and well. Embark on a city tour where you will see colourful landmarks in Ward Cove as your guide tells you age-old tales about the city. Indulge in fresh and native Dungeness crab at a crab brunch feast complete with smoked salmon dip, fresh fruit, cheese, and delicious mimosas. Then head back to the ship for your next adventure to the Native American tribal village of Metlakatla, Alaska.

 

 

 

Day 7: Misty Fjords National Monument

Bigger isn’t always better. The large cruise ships that visit Alaska typically offer this as an extra-cost Tongass National Forest excursion from the port of Ketchikan, two hours each way by small boat. Your experience will be markedly different as Ocean Victory can deftly navigate the Revillagigedo Channel, transporting you directly to Misty Fjords National Monument Wilderness in great comfort. Thank you, Mr. President; in 1978, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed over 2,200,000 acres as the Misty Fjords National Monument. In 1980, this acreage got reduced slightly to 2,142,243 acres but was now congressionally designated as Misty Fjords National Monument Wilderness and still remains the largest wilderness area of the Tongass National Forest. 

 

 

Day 8: Wrangell, Alaska

Spend a full day in picturesque Wrangell as you are welcomed by Alaskans whose ancestors have lived on this island for thousands of years. On your included tour, discover the history and how the Tlingit culture continues to thrive here. Enter the Chief Shakes Tribal House, where you are invited guests. Here, each wooden plank was carved by traditional Tlingit methods. Then, at the Wrangell Museum, learn the events that led to the late 19th century boom at the onset of the Gold Rush. Uncover mysteries at the 8,000-year-old site of Petroglyph Beach, home to more than 40 ancient petroglyphs (rock carvings). Take home your own petroglyph to remember your time combing through the sand.

 

 

Day 9: Chatham Strait, Alaska

Chatham Strait, is a narrow passage of the Alexander Archipelago in the southeastern region of Alaska. It is 150 miles and extends southward from the junction of Icy Strait and Lynn Canal to the open sea. The strait is deep and only 3 to 10 miles wide, making humpback whale spotting from the outer decks a fun activity. It separates Baranof and Kuiu Islands, both wildly beautiful and remote wilderness areas. If the conditions allow, our cruising area might be along Baranof Island’s eastern coast which is also known as the “Waterfall Coast” due to the large number of waterfalls cascading down from the high mountain peaks. Or, it could be along Kuiu Island’s remote shoreline where sea otters and black bears are abundant. 

Expedition is the order of the day. You can select from both indoor and on-deck observation perspectives aboard Ocean Victory, or if you prefer to be up-close, at the water level, you can jump in a kayak or aboard a Zodiac. We will find a well sheltered bay where its waters are fed by freshwater streams. In all instances, you will never be far from the learned narration of our Expedition Team. Keep your eyes trained along the lush temperate rain forest of the coast as it could reveal its secret treasures at any moment. Potential wildlife on our expedition day could include river and sea otters, deer, moose mink, and bald eagles. 

 

 

 

Day 10: Petersburg, Alaska

Large cruise ships cannot come into the shallow, protected harbour of Petersburg, home to Alaska’s largest home-based halibut fleet. American Queen Voyages guests are among the privileged few to be in this authentic Alaskan village for a full day of exploration. The charming town was incorporated April 20, 1910. These abundant waters and an endless supply of ice from nearby LeConte Glacier led Norwegian fisherman Peter Buschmann to build the region’s first cannery and invite his fishing countrymen to join him. Hence the town’s name and strong Norwegian culture. Aspects of both Norwegian and Tlingit cultures still figure prominently in community activities. The population has remained stable with fishing still the main source of income.

 

 

Day 11: Tracy Arm Fjords Terror Wilderness, Alaska

Tracy Fjord is situated approximately 45 miles south of Juneau and is only accessed via boat or float plane, making “getting there” part of the adventure. But it’s well worth the effort as Tracy is oft-considered the most majestic of all of the Alaskan fjords. The term “fjord” means a long, narrow deep-water inlet surrounded by towering cliffs and the Tracy Arm Fjord is a stunning example. You’ll also be privy to one-of-kind, 1,000-foot waterfalls, marine and terrestrial wildlife, snow-topped mountains, and floating glaciers. A glacier is a body of dense ice that is constantly moving under its own weight. Currently, this part of Alaska is experiencing a 10-year warming cycle. Since ship emissions contribute pollutants to the warming, take comfort in knowing that Ocean Victory is powered by the most environmentally friendly diesel engines that exist today and an innovative X-bow design, proven to increase fuel economy as the hull slices through the waves to help reduce slamming and vibration. 

Nature will dictate our route as we explore this spectacular fjord via a Zodiac or kayak led by our team of expert marine biologists. While the Mendenhall Glacier might be recognised as the more popular tourist attraction near Juneau, Tracy Arm Fjord is by far the superior hidden gem. Its narrow, deep passages with steep cliffs carved by glaciers are said to be breathtaking. When it comes to extreme tourism, a visit to Tracy Arm checks off all the boxes due to its size, remote location, and undisturbed scenery. 

 

 

Day 12: Kake & Frederick Sound, Alaska

Immerse yourself in the Last Frontier with a journey to Kake and Frederick Sound. These two remote destinations offer the raw and hard-to-reach Alaska that those on an expedition voyage are yearning for. In Kake, Alaska, hop on land to a warm welcome in the form of carved structures and totem poles, each representing a piece of Alaskan history and culture. Keep your eyes open for bears as you head to the small town’s Community Hall, where a carving and weaving demonstration takes place. Watch local dancers perform in sync with traditional songs. Then stretch your legs and prepare to join them on the dance floor.

 

 

Day 13: Sitka, Alaska

As your American Queen Voyages journey concludes, there are other opportunities for you to take in the town — whether it’s an optional premier post-cruise experience or a quick transfer to the airport for your final trip home — your AQV team can pre-arrange everything for you.

 

always all-inclusive

Return scheduled flights from London

2-night Pre-cruise Hotel Stay+

Premium City Highlights Tour (Embarkation Day)+

Transfers

Unlimited Included Guided Tours

Acclaimed Cuisine in Multiple Venues

In-room Dining Available

Unlimited WiFi

Bicycles* and Hiking Sticks

Live, Daily Onboard
Entertainment & Enrichment

Pre-Paid Gratuities

Open Bars & Lounges

Port Taxes & Fees

Unlimited Beverages

*River Cruises Only

+1-night on Minneapolis -New Orleans and Snake & Columbia itineraries/No City Highlights Tour

 

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2024  

02, 23 May

13 June

04, 25 July

15 Aug

05 Sept

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Terms and Conditions

Lead in fares shown are to be used as a guide only, based on the lowest cabin category for two people sharing. Pricing may be subject to change based on flight pricing & availability. Other cabin categories are available. Single cabin grades are available on selected vessels and cabins for sole occupancy are available at a single supplement. All itineraries can be tailor-made to your specification with cruise only, additional hotel nights, flight upgrades and UK regional airport departures (subject to availability).  Additional pre-voyage and post-voyage city stay packages (2 nights) may be purchased for an additional charge. Guests are required to present a credit card upon hotel check-in to cover their incidental charges. In lieu of an included pre-voyage hotel night on any voyage, a $50 per person onboard credit is available upon request and dependent upon voyage date. On a back-to-back voyage, two included hotel nights or a combination of one included hotel night plus a $50 per person onboard credit will be granted in lieu of taking a second included hotel night. All fares, itineraries, hotels, entertainment, shore excursions and other voyage attributes are subject to change, and we are not responsible for errors or omissions therein. American Queen Voyages is represented in the UK & Europe by Light Blue Travel (ABTA D6183 & V9324 ATOL 5489). Full Booking Conditions.

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