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Kenai Fjords, Alaska - Optional Expedition Day

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2.5 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

wildlife

boating
Kenai Fjords, Windstar Signature Expedition – Kenai Kayak Tour
Windstar Signature Expeditions are operated by Windstar Cruises directly from the ship. Windstar Cruises has partnered with expert Expedition Voyage Consultants to provide insight, education and commentary on the stunning scenery of the Alaskan Wilderness. Kayaking around Kenai Fjords National Park area provides the opportunity to kayak by tidewater glaciers that flow from the Harding Ice Field, possibly seeing a glacier calving and kayaking among ice that has calved. Taking in the spectacular scenery of the area you may see harbor seals, black bears on the beach, bald eagles and puffins.

Please note: You can conveniently change in your suite. Dress according to the prevailing weather condition; you will be provided with a life jacket. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed and tour operation is weather dependent. Expedition Voyage Consultants may include geologists, marine biologists, botanists, and glaciologists. You will have about 2 hours of paddling.
The departure times for the Signature Expedition tours are subject to change due to the nature of these excursions. Destination Services will notify you about your tour departure time.
All kayaks used for the Signature Expedition tours are 2-person tandem kayaks. 

price $209
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1 hour

Moderately
easy

outdoors

wildlife

boating
Kenai Fjords, Windstar Signature Expedition – Kenai Zodiac Tour
Windstar Signature Expeditions are operated by Windstar Cruises directly from the ship. Windstar Cruises has partnered with expert Expedition Voyage Consultants who will operate the Zodiac boats while also providing insight, education and commentary on the stunning scenery of the Alaskan Wilderness. On your Zodiac tour around Kenai Fjords National Park area you will ride by tidewater glaciers that flow from the Harding Ice Field, possibly seeing a glacier calving and riding among ice that has calved. Taking in the spectacular scenery of the area you may see harbor seals, black bears on the beach, bald eagles and puffins.

Please note: You can conveniently change in your suite. Dress according to the prevailing weather conditions; you will be provided with a life jacket. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed and tour operation is weather dependent. Expedition Voyage Consultants may include geologists, marine biologists, botanists, and glaciologists. 
The departure times for the Signature Expedition tours are subject to change due to the nature of these excursions. Destination Services will notify you about your tour departure time.
Please inform the Destination Services team if you are travelling in a group of 4-6 people and booked on the same expedition as the zodiac boat tours can only accommodate 6 guests at a time.

price $219
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Sitka, Alaska



2.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

sightseeing
Sitka, Artist Walk - Twisted Hot Glass
Explore ~Stretch ~ Twist ~ and pull your very own colorful Venetian glass cane, ~ one of the oldest methods of working in glass!  After your hands-on experience in the glass studio, you will explore a beautiful part of the Sitka Community that most do not get to see – local art and traditions. Local glass artist Michelle Barker will welcome you into her studio.  Although she works in many methods of glass, she has a love for the unique history and techniques developed centuries ago in Italy.  On this tour you will watch as these beautiful glass canes are made, and have the opportunity to gently stretch, twist, and pull your own vibrant cane. Sitka has a long history of cultivating the fine arts.  In the early 1800’s Sitka was home to the first opera house, first performing arts theater, and had the first piano on the west coast. With many famous artists such as E.W. Merrill – a well-known glass plate photographer who lived in Sitka from 1819 through the 1840’s – to present day artists, your guide will explore all Sitka has to offer for art enthusiasts. Walk the city, the galleries, and see local artwork such as silver and wood carving, ceramics, regalia beading, kiln formed glass, ceramics, and pulling Venetian glass canes … maybe even try your hand at one. This tour will include a number of galleries and a hands-on art demonstration. You will meet several local artists and have the opportunity to visit with each of them, receive a wealth of information on the many different forms traditional and local artwork.  Learn why this unique city in Southeast Alaska has grown into the beautiful artist community that it is today. You will have opportunity to purchase locally made and custom made art pieces on this tour as well as make something beautiful of your own!

Please note: All guests will be provided with safety glasses, leather aprons, and gloves while in the glass studio. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.


price $95
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3.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

wildlife

walking
Sitka, Best of Sitka: Fortress of the Bears, Raptor Center, National Park
This unique Alaska excursion explores the historical highlights of this former "Russian" capital city and includes a wildlife tour through the Alaska Raptor Center. The Bald Eagle Center operates with bird care professionals assisted by volunteers to rescue birds, provide them with rehabilitative care and hopefully release them back into the wild. After your introduction to the center, a presentation with one of the Center's educational birds will take place. Time will be available to view the flight center, clinic window, outside deck habitat areas and gift shop. Next, you'll visit the Sitka National Historical Park, where the 1804 "Battle of Alaska," was fought. The park hosts totem-lined trails, cultural exhibits and carving rooms where native Alaskan artisans demonstrate their totemic art form. Walk the nature trail, view cultural exhibits and video presentations, or talk with local native artists about their cultural art form. The final stop will be visiting the Fortress of the Bears, which will allow you to get within 25 feet of Alaska’s brown and black bears in a naturalized setting. You will enjoy observing the bears from a covered viewing platform and interact with an experienced naturalist. 

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes, layered clothing and bring a light rain jacket, ID,you’re your camera. The order of sites visited may be reversed.


price $105
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3 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

biking

hiking

outdoors
Sitka, Bike & Hike
For guests who love the outdoors and are looking for a little exercise, join the Sitka Bike & Hike.  Ride along the coastal road and hike in the temperate rainforest while visiting with local guides who are well versed in the local environment and cultural traditions. This guided tour of the south end of the Sitka road system will be geared for those who want to get outside, see a part of Sitka that visitors rarely experience, get some exercise, and enjoy the fresh clean air. The tour will focus on the local history, lore, and fauna. The route will pass closely by the Pacific Ocean and will overlook stunning Silver Bay. You will also hike to Thimbleberry Lake, crossing an impressive waterfall and enjoy Whale Park (via steep stairways). Expect a gently rolling 4-mile ride and 2 miles of hiking. Tour operates rain or shine.

Please note: All riders will be required to wear a provided helmet. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Storage is provided for items not needed for the tour. Rain gear, pants and jackets are provided when needed and the tour operates rain or shine. Minimum height is 4'10" and minimum age is 10 years.

price $119
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3 HRS

Easy

wildlife

refreshments

boating
Sitka, Sea Otter & Wildlife Quest
Discover Alaska's abundant natural beauty and wildlife during this award-winning cruise through Sitka Sound, one of the world's most beautiful coastal environments. Search for local marine life on this half-day, scenic excursion. Depart the pier in your waterjet-driven tour vessel which has been specially designed to navigate Southeast Alaska's narrow island passages and bays, permitting spectacular wildlife viewing at close range. The vessel features a warm and comfortable cabin with indoor seating, large windows, a snack bar and restrooms. Or you may opt to visit the upper observation deck for unparalleled photo opportunities, and to experience the surroundings. Be on the lookout for sea otters, whales, sea lions, porpoise, harbor seals, black-tailed deer, bald eagles, and a variety of wildlife species during this jet-boat excursion. Observe and photograph sea otters as you learn about their recovery following near extinction at the hands of Russian fur hunters in the 1800s. Your onboard naturalist guide will offer commentary about this remarkable ecosystem throughout the tour.  Your captain will vary the route to find the best wildlife viewing opportunities and guarantees you will see an otter, a whale, or a bear on the sea portion of your excursion. If not, you will receive $100 cash refund at the end of the voyage.

Please note:  Dress in layers, waterproof jacket (if guests would like to go outside), camera, warm hat, gloves.


price $149
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4 HRS

Strenuous

watersports

outdoors

wildlife

boating
Sitka, Sportfishing
Discover why Sitka is one of Southeast Alaska’s best places for salmon fishing during this memorable fishing experience. Upon your arrival, you will take a short walk to board your fishing boat and proceed to Sitka Sound and its adjacent waters to fish for king, silver, chum, and pink salmon, depending on the month. Salmon fishing is performed via “trolling,” or “mooching.” When trolling two or four lines are fishing off downriggers while the boat is underway and hooked fish are played on a rotational basis. When mooching you will hold a rod and work the bait while the boat is anchored. Your captain will decide which method he feels is the most effective given the conditions of the day. Your fishing boat will be a cabin cruiser style sport fishing boat that averages 24-30 feet in length and 4-6 guests will be assigned to each boat. After approximately 3 hours of fishing, your boat will return back to the pier. If you wish, meet with local fish processors to have your catch sent to your home (within the continental U.S.A.). 

Please note: Bring your sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, and a light jacket.  Wear close-toed, comfortable shoes. A $40 fishing license must be purchased at time of excursion, paid with cash only. Bring your photo ID as well.


price $309
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3.5 HRS

Easy

wildlife

boating

dining

essentials
Sitka, Wildlife Quest & Fin Island
The ultimate Alaska experience begins as soon as you board our Alaskan-built expedition vessel in Sitka. While you settle into the comfortable cabin, your knowledgeable captain and crew will provide a safety briefing and orientation. Once underway, feel free to move about the vessel, including the spacious outside viewing deck. An onboard naturalist will provide narration regarding the remarkable ecosystem of the area and point out places of interest and wildlife throughout the voyage. Sea otters, whales, harbor seals, brown bears, Sitka black-tailed deer, bald eagles, and a variety of marine birds are all commonly seen in the tour area. Your captain has the local knowledge and experience to deliver the best possible viewing experience on any given day throughout the season. At Fin Island Lodge, you’ll have the opportunity to indulge in a delicious Alaska feast! Alaska king crab, wild salmon, prime rib, homemade side dishes, and dessert are all-inclusive with the tour. In addition, coffee, tea, cocoa, lemonade, and water are complimentary. Soft drinks are available for purchase. A breakfast twist on our signature Fin Island feast is featured for guests arriving before 10 a.m. Vegan and gluten free options are available, regardless of tour time. After the meal, you may beachcomb, explore the beautiful grounds of the exclusive island, or relax next to the cozy beach fire. When the adventure concludes, your vessel will await to provide the short cruise back to Sitka.

Please note: Dress in layers, wear a waterproof jacket (if you would like to go outside), good walking shoes, and bring your camera, warm hat, and gloves.


price $229
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Haines, Alaska



3.75 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

wildlife

dining

sightseeing
Haines, ATV Adventure
Your knowledgeable guide will meet you at the dock in Haines. A scenic 26-mile drive along the National Scenic Byway and through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve will bring you to a remote staging area. At the staging area, you’ll receive an orientation and safety briefing on the Arctic Cat and Kawasaki side-by-side ATVs from your guides. Guests wishing to drive must be at least 21 years old and bring a valid driver's license. There are a combination of 2-person and 4-person machines to accommodate varying group sizes and families. There will be several spots along the tour where you can swap drivers to give everyone some time at the wheel. The ATVs are automatic transmission and drive similar to a car for ease of operation. These high performance ATVs are fun to drive and a great way to explore the Alaska wilderness. Over the next 12 miles of gravel road, your guide will lead you through a series of remote areas, and you’ll explore the wilds of Alaska! As you drive along beaver ponds and mountain meadows you may spot swans, salmon, eagles, bears or moose along the way. You’ll cross over Little Salmon Creek and ascend to a series of viewpoints overlooking the Klehini, Tsirku and Chilkat River Valleys. From your high point, you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch while you bask in the surrounding mountain views. After lunch, descend the mountain and make your way back to the private staging area before returning by bus back to Haines.

Please note:  Dress in warm, dry layers and wear closed-toed shoes. You will be provided with a helmet, goggles and a rain poncho.


price $149
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4 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife

boating
Haines, Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Float Trip
Treat yourself to a private rafting and scenic drive through the famous Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Begin with a riverside drive along the Haines Highway. The drive is incredibly scenic: glacier-clad mountains thrust to the sky, colorful wildflowers line the road, green riverside channels provide habitat for moose, bear and trumpeter swans. The highway was declared a National Scenic Byway in 2009. You will arrive at the river in the heart of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, approximately 40 minutes away. Board your raft and enjoy a scenic float down the Chilkat River through the famous Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. You will be immersed in the Alaskan wilderness, floating the silent river. Paddling is not required, as your expert guide will push the raft along, leaving your hands free for your binoculars or camera. Along the way, your guide will interpret the natural history of the area, and share some exciting stories of life in the Alaskan wilderness. You will learn to spot bald eagles and gain an appreciation for the challenges that bald eagles face to survive. Early in the summer, resident eagles are often seen coming and going from their nest to feed their young. As the summer continues and the river fills with salmon, more and more eagles arrive to feed.

Please note: Wear comfortable shoes and layered clothing appropriate for the weather. Bring your camera and/or binoculars. You will be provided with a life jacket, rubber boots and a rain poncho if needed.


price $169
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3 HRS

Easy

outdoors

wildlife

sightseeing

concierge
Haines, Concierge Collection: Chilkoot Lake Nature & Wildlife
Meet your naturalist guide for a small-group driving tour to scenic and wildlife-rich Chilkoot Lake State Park. This park has it all: a turquoise lake surrounded by snowy mountain peaks, a salmon-filled river flowing into the sea, and important Tlingit cultural sights. Bald eagles, harbor seals, and brown bears are often seen here. As you drive through the park, your guide knows the best places to stop for scenery and the possibility of wildlife spotting. Supplied with extra binoculars and a powerful spotting scope to bring the wildlife in close, your guide will explain how the animals fit into the Chilkoot's complex ecosystem. May, June, and July feature an explosion of wildflowers with bald eagles nesting along the lush river. Beginning in August pink salmon—the smallest and most abundant of the Pacific salmon varieties—begin their run up the Chilkoot River to spawn. This is the best opportunity to see brown bear as they are often witnessed feeding along the banks of the river. Make sure to bring your camera to take advantage of the numerous photo opportunities.

Please note:  Dress in warm, dry layers and wear closed-toed shoes. 


price $129
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4 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife

walking

concierge
Haines, Concierge Collection: Guides Choice Photography Discovery
Photograph the stunning scenery of the Chilkat Valley. Cradled at the base of the Chilkat Peninsula, flanked by the Lynn Fjord and Chilkat River, Haines is filled with natural wonders. Your expert photography guide will assist you in capturing the best of the Chilkat Valley's unique attractions and will select his/her favorite locations and provide you with ample time to set up to get the best shots. Depending on the lighting and weather, different locations in the Chilkat Valley boast specific photographic highlights. May, June, and July feature wildflowers and bald eagles. Beginning in August, pink salmon begin their run up the Chilkoot River to spawn. This will be the best opportunity to see brown bears as they are often witnessed feeding along the banks of the river. When bears are present, every effort will be made to give you safe bear viewing and photography. The theme is flexibility, fun and learning rather than adherence to a rigid schedule. Even a simple point-and-shoot camera or iPhone will work. Bring all your photo gear; there will be room in the vehicle. Tripods will be supplied. 

Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking; however, guests must be able to embark/disembark the vehicles via steps. It is not recommended for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Dress in layers, wear comfortable walking shoes, bring rain gear and your camera equipment. Observing bear and other wildlife is the goal but cannot be guaranteed. This tour includes a copy of Where Eagles Gather: The Story of The Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, Haines, Alaska.


price $229
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2 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

walking

sightseeing
Haines, Historical Haines Walking Tour
Stretch your legs while you learn about the history, Native culture, and present-day lifestyle of the residents of this isolated Alaskan town. Your local guide will show you the highlights of historic Fort William H. Seward, founded in the early 20th century to anchor America's border claims during the turbulent Gold Rush era. Sights include the old barracks buildings, the parade grounds, Soap Suds Alley, and "Officers Row." These buildings overlook the 9-acre parade grounds, Lynn Canal and the Chilkoot Mountains. Your guide will bring you up-to-date on the happenings in Haines and the “Fort.” Continue along the “back trails” to downtown Haines, where you will visit the Hammer Museum. Meet the curator and find out why small, remote Haines is the home of this quirky museum dedicated to man’s first tool. The museum spans history from the Egyptian pyramids to the Space Age. There is something for everyone and you’ll be sure to leave with a smile on your face. Next, you will stop at the Sheldon Museum, which features two galleries full of exhibits on native and non-native settlement of Haines and the Chilkat Valley area, as well as a rotating display of local artwork. Exhibits cover local Tlingit’s exquisitely woven and highly-prized Chilkat Blankets, finely detailed spruce root basketry, and intricate beadwork. Early European exhibits cover the salmon cannery period, and the Gold Rush including the Dalton Trail to the Klondike Gold Fields and the Porcupine Gold Rush.

Please note: Wear comfortable shoes and layered clothing appropriate for the weather. You will walk just about a mile.


price $69
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3.15 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife

walking
Haines, Kroschel Wildlife Refuge
This wildlife sanctuary sprawls over 60 acres and will provide you an opportunity for some great photos of orphaned Alaskan animals in a natural setting. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see wild animals as they live out the rest of their lives in their natural habitat.  Steve is their caregiver and talks to the animals like a real Alaskan Dr. Doolittle. Steve was born and raised on a farm in Northern Minnesota and worked with wild, orphaned animals since he was a toddler. From grade school on, he did animal presentations for the public and later, on national television. As an adult, Steve started working with wild animals in the motion picture industry and his first filmwork was with wolves on Walt Disney's Never Cry Wolf in 1981.  Later he started making his own wildlife movies and works on documentaries for National Geographic, and many others which continue to this day.

Please note: Wildlife sightings are guaranteed. This tour is NOT recommended for guests with walking issues or who have trouble walking up steep inclines. No collapsible wheelchairs and no electric scooters.  Okay to bring your camera or video equipment. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a jacket, and wear layered clothing.


price $159
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6 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

boating
Haines, White Pass Railroad Excursion
The White Pass Railroad offers a unique 40-mile vintage train ride that climbs from Skagway to the summit of White Pass with an elevation of 2,865 feet. You will begin your journey with a 30-45 minute boat ride via fast ferry from Haines to Skagway.  Once in Skagway you’ll begin your experience onboard one of the yellow 1927 sightseeing buses belonging to the “oldest sightseeing company in Alaska.” Founded in 1923 by former Klondike stampeder, Martin Itjen, your costumed conductor passes on a century of Skagway history, behind the scenes tales, and stories of life in small town Alaska. You’ll explore the waterfront, National Park Historic District and Skagway’s residential area, famous for its flower gardens. Arriving at the railway depot, you’ll board a vintage railcar for your trip aboard the world famous White Pass & Yukon Railroad, retracing the original route of the Klondike Stampeders while enjoying a breathtaking panorama of mountains, glaciers, and waterfalls. This narrow-gauge railroad is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. It shares this honor with the Panama Canal, the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty, and is truly a world wonder. Upon arrival at Fraser, B.C., you’ll travel back to Skagway via the Klondike Highway by mini-bus. There will be plenty of photo stops along the way. 

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your original passport, camera, and binoculars.Duration of the entire tour is approximately 6 hours – this includes the transfer time on the fast ferry, which is approximately 30-45 minutes. Tour may run in reverse order. On July 25 the  tour will be on the train round trip.


price $329
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3.15 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

wildlife

dining

walking

boating
Haines, Wilderness Odyssey By Jet Boat
Enjoy the peace and quiet of the true Alaskan Wilderness as you travel about 25 miles of the Chilkat River System, exploring the different channels that this unique, braided river system offers.  Watch for wildlife as they are frequently sighted during the river tour.  The flat bottom river boats are designed specifically to traverse the narrow and sometimes shallow, channels, which is the only way to explore this road-less portion of the Bald Eagle Preserve.  This tour is well known for moose and bear sightings, although not a guarantee, wildlife sightings are quite frequent.  The tour will take off from private property, so all the amenities are available for you to feel comfortable and right at home while the friendly staff will prepare your meal.  Sit around the crackling fire and enjoy the clean fresh air and beauty that surrounds you.  You will come away with a greater appreciation of the wilderness and the people who call this "last frontier" their home.  Your tour will begin at the pier where your ship is docked, with a 30-minute bus ride into the heart of the Bald Eagle Preserve on the Haines Scenic Byway.  Where the road ends, your adventure begins.

Please note: Wear comfortable hiking shoes and layered clothing appropriate for the weather. Bring your camera and/or binoculars. Life jackets will be provided. The boats are open air so ponchos and waterproof blankets will be provided.


price $159
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Ketchikan, Alaska



3.15 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

wildlife

culture

walking

essentials
Ketchikan, Bear Country & Wildlife Expedition
Join this unique bear viewing opportunity, which is accessible by road. You’ll begin with a narrated 8-mile coastal drive to the forested area of Herring Cove located within the Alaska Rain Forest Sanctuary. Meet your guide and set out on a walking expedition to locate some of the wild black bears that call this forest home. You will pass through tall stands of hemlock, spruce and cedar as you explore the sanctuary. An elevated boardwalk will lead you to viewing platforms overlooking Eagle Creek, where bears often come to fish for salmon in the stream. The stream is home to 4 different species of Pacific Salmon. Typically, large numbers of black bears gather here to feed on these huge runs of salmon that are returning to spawn. Bald eagles perch in the trees, waiting patiently for scraps left by the bears. Mink, marten, and deer also frequent the area while seals can usually be seen near the mouth of the stream feeding on the bountiful fish runs. You will have ample time to observe the wildlife activity. At the conclusion of the mile-long trail walk you will go through the historic Herring Bay Lumber Company sawmill established by legendary pioneer Ben Fleenor. See birds of prey up close at Alaska Raptor Center Exhibit and view the Tsimshian totem pole park, home to an impressive 40-foot totem and many other poles, all created by one master carver. Transportation to and from the sanctuary will be by motor coach.          

Please note: To minimize resource impacts and maximize wildlife viewing opportunities, this tour will be available only to small groups and on a limited basis and operates rain or shine. No umbrellas please. Rain ponchos will be provided when needed and storage for your personal items.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and warm clothing. Bring your camera, binoculars, cash / credit card and sun protection. Minimum age is 12 years. The elevated boardwalk can be as high as 15 feet off the ground.  Avoid bringing food and other scented items.  



price $245
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6 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

dining

boating

concierge
Ketchikan, Concierge Collection: Fishing & Wilderness Dining
Cooking your Catch allows you to indulge in the unparalleled flavor of freshly caught Alaskan seafood featuring fish and shellfish that you will catch in the wilderness of the Tongass National Forest. Your fishing and culinary journey will begin at a private marina in downtown Ketchikan, where you’ll be completely outfitted in quality raingear, boots, socks, and hats and board your 30-foot Cabin Cruiser. The fishing part of your day will be spent in the protected waters of the pristine wilderness. You will enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Tongass National Forest where whales, bald eagles and numerous Alaskan seabirds are often seen. An experienced Alaskan fishing guide will take you to his favorite fishing destinations. You’ll have the opportunity to reel in Pacific halibut, rockfish, lingcod, Pacific cod, and salmon if during the salmon runs. The fishing goal for the day will be to catch as many different species as possible to make your meal interesting and enjoyable. You will have a light lunch featuring smoked salmon. After a few hours of fishing, you will cruise back to the private marina where you can take a classic Alaskan picture next to your day's catch. You will meet the Baranof fish monger and the Alaska Fish House Chef as you identify the different species and their importance to Ketchikan, decide which fish you’ll dine on and discuss your chef's cooking recommendations. At the Alaska Fish House, you will have an intimate, chef-hosted dinner featuring your catch of the day. This is a uniquely hands-on dinner featuring flavors and ingredients from the day’s fishing exploration. There’s no fresher seafood than the fish you catch yourself.   

Please note: Guests must bring currency ($25 per person for fishing license and $15 per person for optional King Salmon stamp) and are encouraged to carry credit cards to purchase extras, such as souvenirs or snacks. For safety reasons, this excursion is not available to expectant mothers, guests with back or neck injuries or those who have undergone recent surgeries. The weather can change rapidly, forcing the vessel to navigate through some sea swell. Wheelchairs need to be standard size and collapsible; no electric wheelchairs/scooters will be permitted. Guests must be able to board and disembark the motor coach and vessel on their own. Each Guest fishes with a provided Penn rod and reel. Guests do the fishing, not the guides. Dress warmly in layers. Sunscreen is also recommended for sunny days. You should never feel that gratuities are expected, but it is customary to leave a tip in recognition of exceptional service in restaurants, taxis and for excursion guides and drivers. It is always up to you to determine the amount.


price $399
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1.5 HRS

Easy

culture
Ketchikan, Great Alaska Lumberjack Show
Treat yourself to an action packed rowdy good time at The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show. Southeast Alaska’s rich logging history comes to life in this thrilling display of woodsmen skills. The world’s best lumberjacks go head to head in more than a dozen exciting events such as chopping, sawing, relay races, axe throwing, log rolling and of course the 50-foot speed climb. Your colorful host will not only introduce the events, but will also offer a historic view of the Alaskan timber industry which has shaped this rugged land. Located a short walk from your cruise ship pier, this celebration of a bygone era is a rip roaring good time and quality entertainment for all ages. A must-do in Ketchikan! Covered, heated and cushioned grandstands make this a great choice on rainy days. Videotaping is not permitted but guests can participate in our annual photo contest. 

Please note: Dress in layers. Concessions are available inside the arena. Shopping is available before and after the show. This show operates rain or shine in heated and covered grandstands.  The show site is just a short walk from your ship and is suitable for guests using a wheelchair or scooter.  Video recording is not permitted but still photos are encouraged!


price $39
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2 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

culture

walking

sightseeing
Ketchikan, Joe Williams City Walk & Narration
Gain a unique understanding of Ketchikan and its Tlingit culture on this guided walking tour of Alaska’s “First City.” Your guide will be of Tlingit descent and will share personal knowledge of the many changes Ketchikan has experienced over the years. The significance of totem poles within Native culture will be explained as you encounter them on your journey.  You will walk up infamous Creek Street, the former red light district, and learn of its important economic roll in Ketchikan’s early history.  See the historic “Married Man’s Trail” and hear how it received its name. Discover the amazing journey salmon must endure as they head to their spawning ground when you visit a salmon ladder. Trees, shrubbery and flowers are plentiful along the route and your guide will share their importance to the Tlingit’s food gathering practices. Your guide will return you to the downtown shopping area near the cruise ship pier after this easy walk of approximately nine blocks. Questions are encouraged, as your hosts want you to leave Ketchikan with a better understanding of the community and its Native culture.

Please note: Dress according to the prevailing weather conditions and wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $59
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3.5 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

wildlife

essentials
Ketchikan, Rainforest Canopy & Zipline Expedition
This eco-adventure will explore the rainforest canopy with a flight across 7 ziplines, 3 aerial bridges and down a rappel element. A 4x4 Unimog will transport you to the mountaintop outfitting shelter where you will be fitted with safety equipment and taught the basics of ziplining. From 135 feet above the forest floor, you'll traverse zip lines ranging from 175 feet to the 850-foot pulse-pounding "Ben's Revenge." Treetop platforms and 3 hanging sky bridges will offer breathtaking views of the forest and frequent wildlife sightings, especially wild black bears.  After completing the zipline course, end your adventure by rappelling to the ground. Time permitting you will be invited to tour the historic Fleenor Sawmill, explore a garden of completed totem poles and visiting the Alaska Raptor Center's Ketchikan Exhibit to see their amazing birds of prey up close.

Please note: Minimum weight is 90 lbs. maximum weight is 250 lbs. Minimum height is 5 ft. Children under 18 years old must be accompanied by a guardian.  Pregnant women and guests with medical conditions should consult with their doctor prior to participating.  All guests will be required to complete a medical waiver form. Closed-toe shoes are required; long pants recommended. Zipline equipment (helmet, gloves, seat harness, chest harness), rain jacket, and storage for your personal items will be provided. Bring your camera, cash / credit card and sun protection.


price $219
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2.45 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

hiking

wildlife

culture

essentials
Ketchikan, Rainforest, Bird Sanctuary & Totems
This eco-exploration will include a guided nature walk, bald eagles, a Native Totem Park and a historic sawmill at an exclusive reserve located in the forested mountains at rustic Herring Cove. A pristine natural environment, it is home to bald eagles, black bears, seals and a variety of birds and other species attracted by the major salmon runs in the abundant marine estuary. A professional naturalist will guide you along an improved trail through the heart of the dense forest, among tall stands of hemlock, spruce and cedar, stopping at strategically located viewing areas. At a protected, open estuary, you’ll follow Eagle Creek along an elevated wooden boardwalk overlooking grassy wetlands. Major runs of salmon return to spawn here. Listen to the symphony of bird activity in this spectacular setting. Seasonal ecosystem changes result in varying levels of wildlife activity. After a half-mile trail walk you will have a chance to see the historic Herring Bay Lumber Company sawmill, visit birds of prey up close at the Alaska Raptor Center Exhibit, and visit a Tsimshian totem park that includes a 40-foot totem and many other poles, all created by one master carver. Shop for unique gifts at the General Store. Transportation to and from the sanctuary will be by motor coach.      

Please note: Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. This tour will operate in all weather conditions. Rain ponchos and storage for your personal items will be provided. Wear comfortable walking shoes and warm clothing. Bring your camera, binoculars, cash / credit card and sun protection. Avoid bringing food and other scented items.  


price $119
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

dining

walking

boating
Ketchikan, Wilderness Exploration and Crab Feast
Discover Ketchikan’s breathtaking natural sights and tasty flavors at the historic George Inlet Lodge. Begin your tour with a scenic drive to the lodge and encounter canneries, an old sawmill, and decorative totem poles along the way.  Upon your arrival, board a fully enclosed, heated vessel for a narrated 7-mile cruise through George Inlet and the Tongass National Forest. You will see snow-capped mountains and waterfalls, and learn about the area’s crabbing history. You will even pull crab pots and check out the catch. Next, relax at the charming George Inlet Lodge, a historic cannery building converted into this elegant ocean-side lodge. Enjoy a mouthwatering feast of all-you-can-eat Dungeness crab, romaine salad with Asian vinaigrette, steamed baby red potatoes and blueberry cheesecake.

Please note:  There is a restroom available on board the vessel. There are 79 steps down the hill from the parking lot to the lodge and a complimentary shuttle available for those guests who need assistance down the hill and back up. One Beer or wine is included in the price. Alternative menu items include grilled, cajun, or lemon-peppered chicken and pasta with pesto sauce. Bring your camera and your appetite!

price $225
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Vancouver, BC, Canada



4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing
Vancouver, Best Of Vancouver’s City Highlight’s with Airport Transfer
You will board your motor coach at port to see the exciting sights of Vancouver, a sophisticated, fun-loving city that celebrates the great outdoors, cherishes its history and diverse cultures, and was home to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Vancouver boasts one of North America’s oldest and largest Chinatowns and your tour will take you through its colorful streets. Through the "Millennium Gate" you’ll find a world that is still steeped in tradition and Chinese culture. Asian architecture can be seen around every corner and the alleys teem with restaurants, import shops and exotic delights. Continue on to Vancouver’s Gastown District, a refreshing mix of old and new with cobbled streets, quaint courtyards and Victorian-style buildings. No tour of Vancouver would be complete without viewing world-famous Stanley Park. One of the largest urban parks in Canada, this spectacular spot in the heart of the city is actually a rainforest, teeming with wildlife, magnificent trees and fragrant blossoms.  Within the Park are West Coast Native Totem Poles, elaborately decorated with symbolic images and faces. Your knowledgeable guide will explain the legend and history of these magnificent works of art. From the Prospect Point Lookout, Stanley Park's highest point, you will see spectacular panoramic views of the North Shore Mountains, the Lions Gate Bridge and the Burrard Inlet.  You will discover the popular English Bay Beach, the area’s premier waterfront destination on your way to the airport.

Please note: Have your camera ready, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring bottled water.


price $79
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing
Vancouver, Best Of Vancouver’s City Highlight’s with Hotel Transfer
You will board your motor coach at port to see the exciting sights of Vancouver, a sophisticated, fun-loving city that celebrates the great outdoors, cherishes its history and diverse cultures, and was home to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Vancouver boasts one of North America’s oldest and largest Chinatowns and your tour will take you through its colorful streets. Through the "Millennium Gate" you’ll find a world that is still steeped in tradition and Chinese culture. Asian architecture can be seen around every corner and the alleys teem with restaurants, import shops and exotic delights. Continue on to Vancouver’s Gastown District, a refreshing mix of old and new with cobbled streets, quaint courtyards and Victorian-style buildings. No tour of Vancouver would be complete without viewing world-famous Stanley Park. One of the largest urban parks in Canada, this spectacular spot in the heart of the city is actually a rainforest, teeming with wildlife, magnificent trees and fragrant blossoms.  Within the Park are West Coast Native Totem Poles, elaborately decorated with symbolic images and faces. Your knowledgeable guide will explain the legend and history of these magnificent works of art. From the Prospect Point Lookout, Stanley Park's highest point, you will see spectacular panoramic views of the North Shore Mountains, the Lions Gate Bridge and the Burrard Inlet.  You will discover the popular English Bay Beach, the area’s premier waterfront destination on your way to the Sheraton Wall Center.

Please note: Have your camera ready, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring bottled water.


price $79
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing
Vancouver, Vancouver Gondola Experience with Airport Transfer
Photographers, nature enthusiasts and adventurers alike will thrill to this exploration of Vancouver’s picture postcard scenery. The excitement will begin as you board your air-conditioned coach at the pier and head north out of Vancouver and up along the famed Sea to Sky Highway. Sit back and relax as mile after scenic mile passes by your window. A dramatic landscape of old-growth forest, coastal mountains and ocean will greet you as you steadily climb from sea level to over 2,290 feet. Then, you’ll disembark and step inside the gondola cabin, which travels up to a viewpoint 2,903 feet above sea level. The 8-minute ride to the summit provides sweeping views of Howe Sound, the majestic coastal forest and surrounding mountains. You will have about 2-2.5 hours of free time to enjoy all outdoor adventures such as hiking and interpretive walks. Or if you’re feeling even more daring be sure to check out the “Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge,” at 328 feet long, the bridge offers amazing views. You can stroll over to the Summit Lodge and relax and soak up the views from the viewing deck, a sprawling 5,000-square-foot deck that offers breathtaking views of the famous Co-Pilot and Sky Pilot mountain peaks. Or, you can end your perfect day with an enjoyable self-serve dinner inside the lodge at your own expense. This tour will end at the airport.

Please note: Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and don’t forget the camera - this outing will provide camera buffs with one jaw-dropping photo opportunity after another.


price $149
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4.5

Moderate

sightseeing
Vancouver, Vancouver Gondola Experience with Hotel Transfer
Photographers, nature enthusiasts and adventurers alike will thrill to this exploration of Vancouver’s picture postcard scenery. The excitement will begin as you board your air-conditioned coach at the pier and head north out of Vancouver and up along the famed Sea to Sky Highway. Sit back and relax as mile after scenic mile passes by your window. A dramatic landscape of old-growth forest, coastal mountains and ocean will greet you as you steadily climb from sea level to over 2,290 feet. Then, you’ll disembark and step inside the gondola cabin, which travels up to a viewpoint 2,903 feet above sea level. The 8-minute ride to the summit provides sweeping views of Howe Sound, the majestic coastal forest and surrounding mountains. You will have about 3 hours of free time to enjoy all outdoor adventures such as hiking and interpretive walks. Or if you’re feeling even more daring be sure to check out the “Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge,” at 328 feet long, the bridge offers amazing views. You can stroll over to the Summit Lodge and relax and soak up the views from the viewing deck, a sprawling 5,000-square-foot deck that offers breathtaking views of the famous Co-Pilot and Sky Pilot mountain peaks. Or, you can end your perfect day with an enjoyable self-serve dinner inside the lodge at your own expense. This tour will end at the Sheraton Wall Center.

Please note: Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and don’t forget the camera - this outing will provide camera buffs with one jaw-dropping photo opportunity after another.


price $149
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