From Seward to Vancouver: Hubbard Glacier, Misty Fjords and Elfin Cove
Join us to sail from Seward, Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia to experience the dynamic culture and natural splendour this region has to offer. Cruise past the six mile-wide Hubbard Glacier and through the labyrinth of the incredible Misty Fjords. See the totem poles of Metlakatla and learn of the Tsimshian and Tlingit indigenous cultures. Tour the Tongass National Forest and seek out wildlife by land and sea. Nature lovers will delight not just in sweeping mountain- and fjord- views, but also in sightings of Bald Eagles, brown and black bears, humpback and orca whales, and shy harbor seals. Throughout the voyage, learn about the geology, wildlife and botany of these locations from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable on board Expedition Team.
From Seward to Vancouver: Hubbard Glacier, Misty Fjords and Elfin Cove itinerary:
From Seward to Vancouver: Hubbard Glacier, Misty Fjords and Elfin Cove reverse itinerary:
Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition
Length: 108 metres
Passenger Capacity: 132
Built / refurbished: 1989 / 2008
The purpose-built Silver Explorer expedition ship (formerly the Prince Albert II) has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions. A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables Silver Explorer to safely push through ice floes with ease.
A fleet of Zodiac boats allows guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer cruise adventure.
• Hubbard Glacier, Alaska, US – Cruise along Hubbard Glacier, off the coast of Yakutat, Alaska, the largest glacier in North America, with a calving front that is more than six miles wide. This glacier has been very active, with two major surges forward in 1986 and again in 2002.
• Ketchikan, Alaska, US – Ketchikan is one of the larger towns in the region and has much on offer including a quaint historic center of wooden sided buildings linked together by boardwalk, a plethora of shops and restaurants, and all with an active salmon stream running right through the downtown. It is surrounded by the Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the US with 17 million acres of protected land. This massive reserve holds the largest Pacific temperate rainforest and the iconic Misty Fjords.
• Metlakatla, Alaska, US – The Tsimshian are the indigenous people of Metlakatla, a small ocean-front community in southern Alaska. The settlement holds at least a dozen ornate and emblematic Totem Poles for which the Tsimshian are famous. The people here respect and pay homage to their ancestors with traditional dance performances and ceremonies at their longhouse, the community’s heart and soul.
• Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada – Nanaimo on Vancouver Island is the territory of indigenous Snuneymuxw people. They are the keepers of an ancient culture dating back over 5,000 years. This region and people are part of the Coast Salish grouping of linguistically and ethnically related tribes of the Pacific Northwest. The dynamic Coast Salish culture reflects beliefs and values based upon the interconnectedness and spirit of all things.
• Visit Metlakatla, home of the indigenous Tsimshian people, famous for their emblematic Totem Poles.
• Observe native cultural presentations and ceremonies.
• Learn about the unique Coast Salish culture and values through a cultural presentation by the Snuneymuxw indigenous people in Nanaimo.
• Wildlife Watch List: Bald Eagle, Steller’s Jay, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Common Raven, Barn Swallow, Belted Kingfisher, Northwestern Crow, Great Blue Heron, Marbled Murrelet, Pigeon Guillemot; Common, Bonaparte’s, Mew and Glaucous-winged Gulls. Brown and black bears. Humpback whales, orcas, harbor seals