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Alaska's Golden History

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Alaska's Golden History
Alaska's Golden History is an inclusive 8-day cruise in Alaska's Inside Passage aboard a replica coastal steamer, the 88-guest S.S. Legacy. Cruise port-to-port through scenic waterways, highlighted by Living History presentations from onboard legacy guides and guest experts.

On this Southeast Alaska history cruise, you'll view glaciers and wildlife in Glacier Bay National Park,
a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, and take a Petersburg walking tour to explore its Scandinavian heritage. Discover Tlingit culture at Chief Shakes Tribal House and hand-carved totems in Wrangell. Embrace Sitka’s Russian heritage with guided tours to Castle Hill, St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral and Sitka National Historic Park, and visit the Alaska Raptor Center. Ride in a 1920s-era street car and the White Pass & Yukon Route railway in Skagway, and tour Haines’ Fort William Seward and the Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center. read more Alaska's Golden History is an inclusive 8-day cruise in Alaska's Inside Passage aboard a replica coastal steamer, the 88-guest S.S. Legacy. Cruise port-to-port through scenic waterways, highlighted by Living History presentations from onboard legacy guides and guest experts.

On this Southeast Alaska history cruise, you'll view glaciers and wildlife in Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, and take a Petersburg walking tour to explore its Scandinavian heritage. Discover Tlingit culture at Chief Shakes Tribal House and hand-carved totems in Wrangell. Embrace Sitka’s Russian heritage with guided tours to Castle Hill, St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral and Sitka National Historic Park, and visit the Alaska Raptor Center. Ride in a 1920s-era street car and the White Pass & Yukon Route railway in Skagway, and tour Haines’ Fort William Seward and the Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center.
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Day 1 - Embark Ketchikan, Alaska

Day 2 - Wrangell

Day 3 - Petersburg, Frederick Sound & Chatham Strait

Day 4 - Sergius Narrows & Sitka

Day 5 - Captain’s Choice, Chichagof Island & Icy Strait

Day 6 - Glacier Bay National Park

Day 7 - Haines & Skagway

Day 8 - Disembark Juneau, Alaska


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Day 1 - Embark Ketchikan, Alaska

Welcome aboard! Meet your crew and get acquainted with your new companions as you set sail northward through the Tongass National Forest.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
S.S. Legacy
MEALS:
dinner

Day 2 - Wrangell

The only Alaskan town ever governed by four nations, Wrangell was established as a fur trading center by the Russians in the early 1800s. It later held a strategic location for Gold Rush prospectors and served as the launch point for pioneering conservationist John Muir’s famous glacier expedition. An included tour features the newly renovated Chief Shakes Clan House. This afternoon, transit the once treacherous (in the pre-technology age) Wrangell Narrows, a 22-mile winding, snake-like channel—dubbed “Christmas Tree Lane” for its abundant red and green navigational lights. Along the way, watch the shore for Sitka black-tailed deer, black bears and seabirds.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
S.S. Legacy
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - Petersburg, Frederick Sound & Chatham Strait

Founded over 100 years ago, Petersburg was nicknamed “Little Norway” due to its large Scandinavian population. An included city tour reveals the impact fishing had on this tiny Alaskan village, and afterwards, you’ll have time on your own. Whale watching in the nutrient-rich waters of Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait highlight your afternoon. Seals and sea lions frequent the shores around Turnabout and the Brothers Islands and the Five Fingers Lighthouse.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
S.S. Legacy
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Sergius Narrows & Sitka

Navigate your way through Sergius Narrows, an “inside route” once plied by Russian sea otter hunters. Russian American and Tlingit history come to life in Sitka—Southeast Alaska’s oldest non-Native settlement. Uncover its past and present on an included tour to the Alaska Raptor Center, historic Castle Hill, St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral and Sitka National Historical Park—Alaska’s oldest federally designated park.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
S.S. Legacy
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - Captain’s Choice, Chichagof Island & Icy Strait

Leave it to your Captain to uncover the best opportunities for today’s wilderness adventure. Cruise the shores of Chichagof Island and through the northern whale waters of Icy Strait. Take in the spectacular scenery and keep watch for lounging sea lions and gentle humpbacks, feasting on krill and breaching.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
S.S. Legacy
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - Glacier Bay National Park

First established as a National Monument in 1925, Glacier Bay holds the status of National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. Glaciers unfold front and center today and there are many to choose from: Margerie, Grand Pacific, Johns Hopkins or Lamplugh. Cruise by Marble Islands and witness Steller sea lions barking on the rocky haulout. Seabirds also flock to the area; murrelets, puffins, and black-legged kittiwakes are frequent residents. The 15,000-foot peaks of the Fairweather Range drape the skyline. This evening, set sail toward the Lynn Canal, North America’s deepest fjord.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
S.S. Legacy
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - Haines & Skagway

Haines, home to the world's largest autumnal congregation of bald eagles, thrived for years as an integral trade center to the Chilkat band of Tlingit natives, famous for their intricately designed blankets woven with mountain goat hair and cedar bark. A tour at Fort William H. Seward and Sheldon Museum & Cultural Center shares the history and significance of this notable landmark. In Skagway, gateway to the Chilkoot Trail and one of the original routes of the Klondike Gold Rush, wooden boardwalks line the outer edges of the town’s historic buildings where tales of betrayal, fortune and mystery come alive. An included White Pass and Yukon Route narrow gauge railway tour carries you 3,000 feet up and around cliff-hanging turns for a stunning panorama of glaciers, mountains, gorges and waterfalls. Join the Captain for a toast at tonight’s Farewell Dinner and relive your journey with a memorable presentation by your Legacy Leader.

Please note for 2015 departures, the entire day will be devoted to exploring Skagway.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
S.S. Legacy
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - Disembark Juneau, Alaska

Bid adieu to your newfound friends and crew. Disembark after breakfast for your transfer to the Juneau airport or begin your extended hotel stay or land tour.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Itinerary Notes

Alaska Inside Passage cruises may occasionally alter itineraries slightly for safety, or to take advantage of weather, wildlife and unplanned discoveries. This ability to be spontaneous makes the small ship style of cruising unique.

Arrival & Departure

This cruise begins and ends in either Ketchikan or Juneau, Alaska depending on the date. Plan to arrive at the Ketchikan or Juneau airport no later than 2:30pm on Day 1. On Day 8, the final day of the cruise, please do not schedule return flights until after 11:30am in Juneau or Ketchikan.
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Start/End DateShipPrice per Person
1  Alternate Itinerary Available  Aug 03 - Aug 10, 2014S.S. Legacy$5495 - $13995View Details
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Reverse

  This departure runs in reverse, from Juneau to Ketchikan.
Master

Master - $5495

103-104; 319-320 Fixed double bed; view window; private bath with shower.
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Commander

Commander - $5995

105-112; 204; 206-210; 303-308; 311-318 Queen, double or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower.
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Captain

Captain - $6495

211-214 Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower.
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Master Single

Master Single - $7395


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Admiral

Admiral - $7495

101-102; 201-202; 309-310 Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath and shower (trundle bed for triple).
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Jr. Commodore Suite

Jr. Commodore Suite - $7995

301-302 Queen or twin beds, refrigerator; wrap around windows; private bath with shower.
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Owner's Suite

Owner's Suite - $13995

300 square foot entertainment/sitting area with wet bar, refrigerator and media center, in addition to the 300 square foot master bedroom with king bed, view windows, private bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower (sofa bed for triple/quad).
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2       Aug 10 - Aug 17, 2014S.S. Legacy$5495 - $13995View Details
Master

Master - $5495

103-104; 319-320 Fixed double bed; view window; private bath with shower.
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Commander

Commander - $5995

105-112; 204; 206-210; 303-308; 311-318 Queen, double or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower.
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Captain

Captain - $6495

211-214 Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower.
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Master Single

Master Single - $7395


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Admiral

Admiral - $7495

101-102; 201-202; 309-310 Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath and shower (trundle bed for triple).
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Jr. Commodore Suite

Jr. Commodore Suite - $7995

301-302 Queen or twin beds, refrigerator; wrap around windows; private bath with shower.
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Owner's Suite

Owner's Suite - $13995

300 square foot entertainment/sitting area with wet bar, refrigerator and media center, in addition to the 300 square foot master bedroom with king bed, view windows, private bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower (sofa bed for triple/quad).
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3  Alternate Itinerary Available  Aug 17 - Aug 24, 2014S.S. Legacy$5195 - $13495View Details
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Reverse

  This departure runs in reverse, from Juneau to Ketchikan.
Master

Master - $5195

103-104; 319-320 Fixed double bed; view window; private bath with shower.
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Commander

Commander - $5645

105-112; 204; 206-210; 303-308; 311-318 Queen, double or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower.
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Captain

Captain - $5995

211-214 Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower.
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Master Single

Master Single - $6995


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Admiral

Admiral - $6995

101-102; 201-202; 309-310 Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath and shower (trundle bed for triple).
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Jr. Commodore Suite

Jr. Commodore Suite - $7595

301-302 Queen or twin beds, refrigerator; wrap around windows; private bath with shower.
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Owner's Suite

Owner's Suite - $13495

300 square foot entertainment/sitting area with wet bar, refrigerator and media center, in addition to the 300 square foot master bedroom with king bed, view windows, private bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower (sofa bed for triple/quad).
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Included

All onboard meals, tastefully prepared with locally sourced ingredients where possible; fine wine, premium spirits and microbrews; exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airports/boat; port taxes and fees; entry fees to national parks/preserves; hot tub, sauna, yoga classes and a complimentary massage.

Exclusions

Airfare to and from your home city; discretionary gratuities to vessel’s crew, typically 5-10% of the cruise fare; travel insurance; optional excursions and land tours.

Room Configuration

Any stateroom (except designated Single) may be booked as a single for 175% of the double occupancy rate. Triple accommodations are available in the Admiral Staterooms 101 and 102. Triple and quadruple accommodations are available in the Owner's Suite; inquire for pricing details.

Families & Children

Due to the nature and itinerary of this history cruise, the S.S. Legacy requires children passengers to be over 12 years of age.

Payment & Cancellation

A deposit of $750 per traveler is required to secure a reservation. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
91 days or more - 50% of initial deposit
90 to 61 days - Forfeiture of full deposit
60 to 46 days - 50% of gross fare
45 to 31 days - 75% of gross fare
30 to 0 days - 100% of gross fare

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

Travel Insurance

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• Group Special Aboard S.S. Legacy to Alaska: 9th Berth Free
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