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Four Cruise Lines Prepare New Alaskan Adventures

TravelPulse logo TravelPulse 2/13/2018 Jason Leppert

Alaskan Dream Cruises

Small-ship operator Alaskan Dream Cruises has unveiled its 2019 itineraries in preparation for what will be its ninth season, and reservations are already available.

—Alaska’s Glacier Bay & Island Adventure, the line’s signature weeklong route aboard the Chichagof Dream and Admiralty Dream, will include an entire day in Glacier Bay National Park plus the Tlingit village of Kake.

—Alaska’s Inside Passage Sojourn will be a slightly longer eight-night trip on the Alaskan Dream to Southeast Alaska to discover the native Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures.

—Alaska’s Southeast Explorer will tack on another two days and three ports to Alaska’s Inside Passage Sojourn again aboard the Alaskan Dream. Extra experiences will encompass the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad in Skagway, as well as Haines and Petersburg.

—Alaska’s Islands, Whales & Glaciers seven-night itinerary will be particularly intimate on the 10-guest Misty Fjord heading to remote regions on a flexible route determined by wildlife migrations, passenger preferences, and weather.

Windstar Cruises' Star Legend: PHOTO: Windstar Cruises' Star Legend. (photo courtesy of Windstar Cruises) © Windstar Cruises PHOTO: Windstar Cruises' Star Legend. (photo courtesy of Windstar Cruises)

—Become a True Alaskan family voyages will be seven-night multi-generational journeys with an onboard Youth Expedition Leader. Featured along the way will be an overnight visit to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

—Alaska’s Spring Wilderness & Wildlife Safari will be a shorter five-night sailing in Southeast Alaska showcasing humpback whales, eagles, sea otters, Stellar sea lions and more.

Offshore Outpost Expeditions

Offshore Outpost Expeditions will take its 160-foot Pacific Provider to Alaska on weeklong itineraries beginning May 27, 2018, through mid-September. The vessel will alternate from Whittier and Cordova to Prince William Sound.

Remote access will allow for kayaking coves and viewing otters, humpback whales, and orcas, as well as tendering near and hiking to glaciers. Onboard, guests will be treated to fine dining courtesy of salmon, rockfish and lingcod fishing and prawn catching opportunities. Bringing it all together will be the talents of Chef Dave Long to prepare dishes with regional ingredients. Plus, washing it all down will be nightcaps poured over glacial ice.

UnCruise Adventures

Heading ashore as part of a new collaboration with Alaska Alpine Adventures, UnCruise Adventures will offer seven fresh land-based packages for sailings starting April 2018. The pre- and post-cruise escorted options extend cruises by four or five nights to discover Anchorage, Girdwood, Seward and the Kenai Fjords National Park.

Bonus activities are set to showcase a train ride and river float via the Chugach Mountains, interactive dogsled adventure with Iditarod mushers and canines, guided ice field hikes, wildlife viewing, wilderness hiking, mountain biking and more.

—Kenai Alpine Adventure: A four-night pre-cruise land tour for guests aboard the Safari Quest between May 20 and August 30, 2018, roundtrip from Anchorage, Alaska.

—Kenai Alpine Endeavour: A four-night post-cruise land tour for guests aboard the Safari Endeavour on September 2, 9 or 16, 2018 roundtrip from Anchorage, Alaska.

—Kenai Alpine Explorer: A five-night pre-cruise land tour for guests aboard the Safari Explorer between May 27 and September 3, 2018, from Anchorage to Juneau, Alaska.

—Kenai Alpine Wilderness: A five-night post-cruise land tour for guests aboard the Wilderness Adventurer or Wilderness Explorer on September 8 or 15, 2018 roundtrip from Anchorage, Alaska.

—Chugach Mountains & River Quest: A four-night mountain and coastal wilderness adventure for guests aboard the Safari Quest on May 20, 2018, roundtrip from Anchorage, Alaska.

—Chugach Mountains & Rivers Adventure: A four-night post-cruise mountain and coastal wilderness adventure for guests aboard the S.S. Legacy on April 29, May 6 and 13, 2018 roundtrip from Anchorage, Alaska.

—Chugach Mountains & Rivers Wilderness: A five-night post-cruise mountain and coastal wilderness adventure for guests aboard the Wilderness Adventurer or Wilderness Explorer on April 21 and 28, May 5 and 12, 2018 roundtrip from Anchorage, Alaska.

Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises is returning to Alaska in 2018, after a 20-year-plus absence. Not only is the Star Legend set to feature Signature Expeditions, but also four new cruise tours, extending journeys inland for up to 20 days total.

—Denali & Alaskan Wilderness Cruise Tour – Fairbanks to Vancouver (18 days): A four-day shoreside segment will feature downtown Fairbanks before Chena River access and a drive to Denali National Park. Talkeetna is then traveled to via scenic domed train. Other highlights will include Kenai Fjords National Park, Icy Strait Point, Haines, Prince Rupert, British Columbia and Vancouver.

—Alaskan Explorations & Denali Cruise Tour – Vancouver to Fairbanks (15 or 16 days): Another four-day land portion will incorporate Seward and a drive to Anchorage with vistas of Turnagain Arm, as well as a domed train trip from Talkeetna to Denali and a river cruise in Fairbanks. Guests will also explore the Kenai Fjords National Park, the Canadian Inside Passage, Ketchikan, Misty Fjords, Wrangell, Icy Strait Point, Juneau, Haines and the Sawyer Glaciers in Tracy Arm Fjord.

—Pacific Crossing & Denali Cruise Tour – Tokyo (Yokohama) to Fairbanks (17 days): This repositioning voyage will offer guests the chance to explore Tokyo, Kushiro, and Miyako in addition to four days of inland Alaskan touring. A drive will take guests to Talkeetna to embark a domed railcar for Denali National Park, where an extensive seven to eight-hour tour awaits to spot caribou, moose and grizzly bears. A Chena River cruise will be featured in Fairbanks, pointing out history and sled dogs.

—Denali & Aleutians Cruise Tour – Fairbanks to Tokyo (20 days): Another repositioning journey will similarly include four days ashore in Alaska in addition to Japan. In Fairbanks, a three-hour riverboat discovery cruise will highlight an Athabascan village and Denali National Park will welcome guests with all-you-can-eat salmon and barbecue ribs. Additionally featured along the full voyage will be Homer, Kodiak, Sand Point and Dutch Harbor, as well as Kushiro, Miyako, and Tokyo.

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