Snowcapped, rocky peaks sit above glassy water that reflects blue sky & green woods along the shoreline during the Alaska Odyssey.
2 yellow tandem kayaks sit in calm water as paddlers watch a whale surface above the water on a cloudy day during the Alaska Odyssey.
Calm water sits beside tall green fir trees & snow-covered peaks in the background, in Prince William Sound, Alaska.
Close up of large brown grizzly bear with blurry green background, seen during the Alaska Odyssey small ship cruise.
Pod of whales breach above the water, bubblenet feeding, as birds fly above on a cloudy day during the Alaska Odyssey cruise.
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North America Alaska Cruise

Alaska Odyssey

The 13- or 14-day Alaska Odyssey aboard expedition ship Sylvia Earle offers cruise options incorporating Canada’s Inside Passage, Alaska’s Inside Passage and even Prince William Sound. Cruise between Vancouver and Sitka or sail all the way from Vancouver to Anchorage.

In wilderness areas including Misty Fjords and Tracy Arm-Fords Terror, Zodiac-cruise and kayak amongst glittering icebergs keeping cameras at the ready for encounters with whales, harbor seals, mountain goats, bears and bald eagles. Experience some of Alaska’s most iconic glaciers. Pull into quiet coves to view marine wildlife without the worry of crowds. Marvel at the towering trees of old-growth forests. Along the shoreline, keep watch for brown bears and their cubs while whales patrol the waters. Hike in the world’s largest temperate rainforest listening for songbirds or take a small boat and sit under the imposing edifice of one of Alaska’s many tidewater glaciers.  

The complete 14-day Vancouver to Anchorage Alaska Odyssey itinerary features time spent exploring Prince William Sound. The 13-day Alaska Adventure itinerary uniquely features a day in the adventure capital of Alaska—Haines. And the 13-day Alaska Adventure & Haida Gwaii itinerary specially visits the Canadian island of Haida Gwaii, where Haida residents share stories about their history and culture. All three itineraries experience Alaska’s iconic glaciers, superb wildlife viewing around Icy Strait and the Metlakatla Indian Community—the only Indian community in Alaska.

Cruise in comfort aboard the Sylvia Earle expedition ship, with an average of 132 guests. This ship offers state-of-the-art design and technology, plus excursion-minded preparation rooms and multiple boarding platforms for efficient embarkation and disembarkation. Enjoy access to a variety of adventure gear, to ensure your Canada to Alaska experience is like no other.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s small ship Alaska cruises and Alaska trips.



Itinerary

Alaska Adventure Itinerary

The Alaska Adventure cruise heads northbound, embarking in Vancouver, Canada, and disembarking in Sitka, Alaska. Enjoy 2 days in British Columbia’s Inside Passage before cruising Alaska’s famed Inside Passage.

Route map of Alaska Adventure cruise, operating from Vancouver, Canada, to Sitka, Alaska, with visits along Canada's & Alaska's Inside Passages.
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Day 1
Arrive Vancouver, British Columbia

Arrive in Vancouver and transfer to the group hotel. Upon check-in, be provided with ship cabin tags to fill out with your name and cabin number. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet fellow expeditioners at the voyage briefing this evening.

Accommodations

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Explore Vancouver & Embark

On a sightseeing tour, get a glimpse into Vancouver’s main highlights, including Stanley Park, Granville Island, Prospect Point and Gastown, before transferring to the pier for embarkation. After boarding, there’s time to settle in before learning important safety briefings. This evening, meet the expedition team and crew at the captain’s welcome dinner.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 4
British Columbia's Inside Passage

Sail the southern stretches of British Columbia’s Inside Passage, navigating through narrow straits and channels that are inhabited by vast pods of orca, while admiring views of cascading waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, temperate forests and the abundant marine life.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Metlakatla & Misty Fjords National Monument, Alaska

On Annette Island, experience the extraordinary history, art and cultural traditions of the Tsimshian tribe of Metlakatla Indian Community, the only Indian Reserve in Alaska.

Shore Excursions (choose one of the following):

Yellow Hill Hike (3.5 hours)

Enjoy a 5-mile hike to Yellow Hill, a challenging walk with rewarding panoramic views of Metlakatla and Annette Bay. Walking mostly on timber board walk, stairs and moderately steep terrain, the hike is suitable for individuals without mobility issues.

Walking Town Tour & Totem Pole Journey (3.5 hours)

The Totem Exploration Journey is a path guides to the Totems & points of interest of Metlakatla. On a guided walk, get a close-up view of the fascinating, handcrafted cedar carvings scattered throughout Metlakatla. During the excursion, discover the 14 totem poles standing in Metlakatla, all carved by local artists; visit several historical and cultural points of interest, including the William Duncan Memorial Church, the Metlakatla Indian Community Longhouse and the Artist Village.

Skater’s Lake Trail Walk & Totem Journey (3.5 hours)

On this scenic timber boardwalk, experience the lush scenery at Skater’s Lake.

For all options, afterwards, visit the community Long House to learn about the building’s history and traditions, and enjoy a dance performance from a local Tsimshian dance group followed by a Q & A with the dancers. Afterwards, visit the Artist Village nextdoor to see handicrafts made by local artists, which are available for purchase.

Later, sail in Misty Fjords National Monument, a wilderness area characterised by towering granite cliffs shrouded in mist, and glacial valleys. The area is a haven for wildlife, and by Zodiac or kayak, we explore the area searching for grizzly and black bears, whales, mountain goats and deer.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Wrangell, Thomas Bay & Baird Glacier

Disembark in historic Wrangell, an important town that was founded by Russians in 1834, and which once thrived on fur and gold trading. Enjoy Wrangell’s main highlights, including a visit to Petroglyph Beach to see ancient rock carvings, and a visit to the city museum to learn about Wrangell’s colorful history. In the afternoon, anchor in Thomas Bay, a wilderness location shrouded in the mysterious local legends, for an exploration around Baird Glacier.

Shore Excursions (choose one of the following):

Highlights of Wrangell (2.5 hours)

Learn about Wrangell’s most significant landmarks while driving through town. Hear the Tlingit tribe members interpret the meaning of their totem poles. See ancient rock carvings at Petroglyph Beach and delve deeply into the history of Wrangell at the city museum.

Tongass Botanical Forest Walk (2 hours)

Explore Tongass Rainforest on a guided walk through the coastal temperate rainforest on the Wrangell Nature Trail. Learn about the interconnectedness between tidal, muskeg, alpine and deep forest ecosystems, and discover a variety of edible and medicinal uses of local flora. Walk through Wrangell’s Historic Sites on the way to the Nature Trailhead.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Frederick Sound, Endicott Arm & Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness Area

Glide through Endicott Arm, enjoying views of snow-covered mountains and spotting seals resting on bergy bits that have calved from Dawes Glacier. Tides permitting, explore the narrow passage of Ford’s Terror. Later, as the ship enters into Frederick Sound, keep eyes peeled and cameras ready for orca, feeding Steller’s sea lions and humpback whales; famous for their acrobatic behavior such as tail lobbing, pectoral slapping, breaching and picturesque dives that showcase their massive flukes.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness Area

In Tracy Arm, glide along the steep-walled fjords of a watery Wilderness area that has been likened to Yosemite and enjoy views of snow-covered mountains. Zodiac-cruise or kayak in search of wildlife at the back of the Tracy Arm, home to the twin Sawyer Glaciers. Spot for harbor seals resting on bergy bits which calve regularly from the active tidewater glaciers.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Haines

Nestled between two river valleys and beneath the craggy mountain peaks of the Chilkat Range lies Haines, the adventure capital of Southeast Alaska and one of the best places in Alaska to hike, view wildlife and investigate the gold rush era history at Fort William H. Seward.

Shore Excursions (choose one of the following):

Haines Highlights (3.5 hours)

Learn about Haine’s local culture and history while enjoying the stunning natural beauty of the surrounding areas. Along the way stop for a delicious beachside snack of locally caught and smoked salmon. Visit historic Fort William H. Seward, a National Historic Landmark and one of the first military outposts in Alaska. At the American Bald Eagle Foundation’s Raptor Center, meet naturalists and expert bird handlers who have trained with these impressive birds for many years, and who are eager to share their knowledge and experience with you. Afterwards, drive along the Chilkat Peninsula and enjoy views of surrounding mountains, glaciers and rivers. At the Haines Packing Companythe oldest working cannery in Alaskalearn how salmon, crab, shrimp and halibut are processed. Visit the smokehouse, explore the nets and the traps on the loading dock and perhaps view the day’s catch. Returning to town, make a stop at a private beachside location to enjoy a snack of local smoked salmon, cream cheese, cookies and hot beverages.

Chilkat Rainforest Nature Walk (3.5 hours)

Walk through forest filled with towering spruce and hemlock trees, moss, ferns, wildflowers, moose, bear and bald eagles. Enjoy panoramic views of Tayia and Chilkoot Fjords framed by the glacially carved coastal mountains.

Valley of the Eagles Nature Tour (3.5 hours)

The fertile Chilkoot Valley provides an abundance of potential wildlife sightings including brown bears, bald eagles, mountain goats, salmon, harbor seals and migratory birdlife. At a picturesque lake, join the guides for a refreshing forest walk beneath old-growth trees and into a muskeg (bog or swampland).

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 10 - 11
Expedition Days

Enjoy the next two days exploring the narrow straits and small islands around Chichagof Island, searching for wildlife and admiring the superb scenery from hiking trails. The islands along Icy Straitsuch as Inian Island, Point Adolphus, Elfin Cove and George Islandoffer some of the best opportunities for Zodiac-cruising and kayaking experiences. Home to an abundance of all-star Alaskan wildlife, keep a look out for whales, Steller sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals, bald eagles and brown bears. Attempt to navigate Peril Strait, which leads from Chatham Strait to Sitka on the North Pacific coast; a navigation that if successful, rewards with stunning scenery, genuine adventure and ultimately, bragging rights.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Sitka Sound & Saint Lazaria National Wildlife Refuge

Along the Gulf of Alaska, explore around Kruzof Island where brown bears are abundant and Mount Edgecumbe volcano looms in the horizon. Saint Lazaria National Wildlife Refuge is home to 500,000 nesting seabirds and is excellent for Zodiac-cruising and kayaking when the weather is favorable. Alternatively, protected Sitka Sound offers abundant marine wildlife viewing opportunities.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Disembark Sitka, Alaska

Disembark in Sitka and transfer to the airport to continue your journey.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Transfer from airport to hotel on Day 1; one night’s hotel accommodation on Day 1, breakfast included (Day 2); sightseeing tour and transfer to the vessel on Day 2; group transfer from ship to airport on final day; onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service; all meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage; beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner; all shore excursions; educational lectures and guiding services from the expedition team; complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult); a 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket; complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage; comprehensive pre-departure information; port surcharges, permits and landing fees; gratuities for ship crew.

Exclusions

International or domestic flights; transfers not mentioned in the itinerary; airport arrival or departure taxes; passport, visa and vaccination charges; travel insurance, emergency evacuation charges or insurance of any kind; hotels and meals not included in itinerary; optional excursions not included in the itinerary; optional activity surcharges; all items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, WiFi, email or phone charges.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $2,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
91 days or more – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

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 Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Alaska Adventure cruise begins in Vancouver, British Columbia (YVR), and ends in Sitka, Alaska (SIT). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Vancouver any time ahead of the 5:00pm pre-voyage briefing. An arrival transfer from the airport to the group hotel is included, regardless of flight arrival time. Plan flights to depart Sitka no earlier than 12:00pm Noon on disembarkation day. A direct transfer from the pier to the airport is included following an 8:00-9:00am disembarkation. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, photography, whale watching, birding and wildlife observation. Added-cost activities of sea kayaking ($870 per person in 2022), scuba diving ($940 per person in 2022), snorkeling ($580 per person in 2022) or stand-up paddleboarding ($400 per person in 2022) may be available; please contact AdventureSmith for availability and to reserve space with your booking.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 50% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Solo travelers willing to share may be matched with a person of the same gender. If the other cabin berth goes unsold, you will only pay the standard single occupancy rate. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found.

Families & Children

Kids 8 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Children between 8-17 years of age must pay the adult price of the expedition.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers, signed by their doctor, is required for every departure. Comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum required coverage of $250,000 USD per person, covering medical, accident and repatriation/emergency evacuation, as well as baggage loss and cancellation or curtailment of holiday. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Alaska Adventure & Haida Gwaii Itinerary

The Alaska Adventure & Haida Gwaii cruise heads southbound, embarking in Sitka, Alaska, and disembarking in Vancouver, Canada. Cruise Alaska’s famed Inside Passage, connect with locals in British Columbia’s offshore island of Haida Gwaii and finish with 2 more days in British Columbia’s Inside Passage.

Route map of Alaska Adventure & Haida Gwaii cruise, operating from Sitka, Alaska, to Vancouver, Canada, with visits along Alaska's & Canada's Inside Passages.
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Day 1
Arrive Sitka, Alaska

Arrive in Sitka and transfer to the hotel. Upon check-in, be provided with ship cabin tags to fill out with your name and cabin number. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet fellow expeditioners at the voyage briefing this evening.

Accommodations

Westmark Hotel

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Explore Sitka & Embark

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Sitka before transferring to the pier to embark the ship. After boarding, there’s time to settle in before learning important safety briefings. This evening, meet the expedition team and crew at the captain’s welcome dinner.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Elfin Cove, Icy Strait & Inian Islands

The islands along Icy Strait, such as Inian Island, Point Adolphus, Elfin Cove and George Island, offer some of the best Zodiac-cruising and kayaking experiences. The expedition leader will draw on his or her experience to decide the best places to encounter iconic Alaskan wildlife, especially whales, Steller sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals, bald eagles and brown bears.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Juneau & Mendenhall Glacier

Nestled at the base of towering mountains overlooking the Gastineau Channel, Juneau’s rich culture and history is reflected throughout the town and its beautiful attractions. In Alaska’s scenic capital, visit nearby Mendenhall Glacier, one of Alaska’s most famous glaciers. The glacier is 1.5 miles wide and is fed by the Juneau Icefield; it ranks as the largest, most rugged glacier that is accessible by road in Alaska. Hike the trails near the glacier to enjoy panoramic views. Back in town, enjoy free time to explore and learn about Juneau’s local history and art with a visit to the newly-built Alaska State Museum.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness

Explore Tracy Arm, featuring spectacular glaciers and wildlife-viewing opportunities. Flanked by colossal granite cliffs with snow-capped mountains in the distance, Zodiac-cruise or kayak among icebergs of tidewater glaciers in search of wildlife. At the end of the waterway are the main attractions: the twin Sawyer Glaciers, which calve regularly to create the icebergs floating in the fjord.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Misty Fjords & Metlakatla

In Misty Fjords National Monument, affectionately called The Yosemite of the North, sail along fjords flanked by towering granite cliffs where bald eagles soar, brown bears and black bears prowl the shoreline fishing for salmon, and abundant marine mammals frolic and patrol the waters. Visit Walker Cove or Rudyerd Bay, soaking in the familiar scenery that Alaska is famous for, and perhaps Zodiac to shore for a hike or a paddle in the bay.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Metlakatla, Alaska & Prince Rupert Island, British Columbia

On Annette Island, experience the extraordinary history, art and cultural traditions of the Tsimshian tribe of Metlakatla Indian Community, the only Indian Reserve in Alaska.

Shore Excursions (choose one of the following):

Yellow Hill Hike (3.5 hours)

Enjoy a 5-mile hike to Yellow Hill, a challenging walk with rewarding panoramic views of Metlakatla and Annette Bay. Walking mostly on timber board walk, stairs and moderately steep terrain, the hike is suitable for individuals without mobility issues.

Walking Town Tour & Totem Pole Journey (3.5 hours)

The Totem Exploration Journey is a path guides to the Totems & points of interest of Metlakatla. On a guided walk, get a close-up view of the fascinating, handcrafted cedar carvings scattered throughout Metlakatla. During the excursion, discover the 14 totem poles standing in Metlakatla, all carved by local artists; visit several historical and cultural points of interest, including the William Duncan Memorial Church, the Metlakatla Indian Community Longhouse and the Artist Village.

Skater’s Lake Trail Walk & Totem Journey (3.5 hours)

On this scenic timber boardwalk, experience the lush scenery at Skater’s Lake.

For all options, afterwards, visit the community Long House to learn about the building’s history and traditions, and enjoy a dance performance from a local Tsimshian dance group followed by a Q & A with the dancers. Afterwards, visit the Artist Village nextdoor to see handicrafts made by local artists, which are available for purchase.

Later, at Prince Rupert, clear U.S customs for entry into Canada.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 8 - 10
Haida Gwaii

Sii.ngaay ’laa! Greetings and welcome! Over 3 days, this time in Haida Gwaii will be tailor-made by Haida locals who know the area like no one else can. Mixing culture and history through storytelling, local Haida guides share their unique experiences on village walks, nature hikes, dance performances and wildlife-viewing excursions. At Naikoon Provincial Park, explore North Beach and hike Tow Hill. Visit the Haida Heritage Centre at Ḵay Llnagaay, an award-winning Inuit cultural center that celebrates the living culture of the Haida people with exhibits on history, wildlife and culture.

Protected by Parks Canada and the Haida people who draw cultural inspiration from their ancestors, hope to enjoy an optional excursion to Gwaii Haanas Natural Park Reserve, where cedar and Sitka spruce forests tower above the Haida people’s ancient carved poles and fallen longhouses. Here, bald eagles soar overhead, bears scavenge salmon on wild beaches and the ocean teems with whales, porpoises and sea lions. Bring an expeditioner’s sense of adventure. Be prepared to explore forests and cruise the coast searching for whales, bears and sea lions. Visit traditional long-house villages and learn of the Haida’s struggle for independence.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Dean River Channel, Kimsquit

Explore the estuaries and tide flats along the Dean River Channel, where some of highest numbers of grizzly bears are known to gather. In a wilderness area rarely visited by cruise ships, enjoy a grizzly bear-viewing excursion by Zodiac. This is an exclusive bear-viewing experience not to be missed!

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
British Columbia's Inside Passage

Sail British Columbia’s Inside Passage, navigating through straits and channels that are home to vast pods of orca. Enjoy splendid scenery featuring cascading waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, temperate forests and abundant marine life.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Disembark Vancouver, British Columbia

Disembark in Vancouver and transfer to the airport to continue your journey.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Transfer from airport to hotel on Day 1; one night’s hotel accommodation on Day 1, breakfast included (Day 2); sightseeing tour and transfer to the vessel on Day 2; group transfer from ship to airport on final day; onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service; all meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage; beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner; all shore excursions; educational lectures and guiding services from the expedition team; complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult); a 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket; complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage; comprehensive pre-departure information; port surcharges, permits and landing fees; gratuities for ship crew.

Exclusions

International or domestic flights; transfers not mentioned in the itinerary; airport arrival or departure taxes; passport, visa and vaccination charges; travel insurance, emergency evacuation charges or insurance of any kind; hotels and meals not included in itinerary; optional excursions not included in the itinerary; optional activity surcharges; all items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, WiFi, email or phone charges.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $2,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
91 days or more – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

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 Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Alaska Adventure & Haida Gwaii cruise begins in Sitka, Alaska (SIT), and ends in Vancouver, British Columbia (YVR). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Sitka any time ahead of the 5:00pm pre-voyage briefing. An arrival transfer from the airport to the group hotel is included, regardless of flight arrival time. Plan flights to depart Vancouver no earlier than 12:00pm Noon on disembarkation day. A direct transfer from the pier to the airport is included following an 8:00-9:00am disembarkation. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, photography, whale watching, birding and wildlife observation. Added-cost activities of sea kayaking ($870 per person in 2022), scuba diving ($940 per person in 2022), snorkeling ($580 per person in 2022) or stand-up paddleboarding ($400 per person in 2022) may be available; please contact AdventureSmith for availability and to reserve space with your booking.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 50% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Solo travelers willing to share may be matched with a person of the same gender. If the other cabin berth goes unsold, you will only pay the standard single occupancy rate. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found.

Families & Children

Kids 8 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Children between 8-17 years of age must pay the adult price of the expedition.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers, signed by their doctor, is required for every departure. Comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum required coverage of $250,000 USD per person, covering medical, accident and repatriation/emergency evacuation, as well as baggage loss and cancellation or curtailment of holiday. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Alaska Odyssey Itinerary

The Alaska Odyssey cruise heads northbound, embarking in Vancouver, Canada, and disembarking in Seward, Alaska. Enjoy 2 days in British Columbia’s Inside Passage before cruising Alaska’s famed Inside Passage, then continue along the Gulf of Alaska to unique visitor sites, ending with 2 days in Prince William Sound.

Route map of Alaska Odyssey cruise, operating from Vancouver, Canada, to Seward, Alaska, with visits along Canada's & Alaska's Inside Passages, the Gulf of AK & Prince William Sound.
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Day 1
Arrive Vancouver, British Columbia

Arrive in Vancouver and transfer to the group hotel. Upon check-in, be provided with ship cabin tags to fill out with your name and cabin number. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet fellow expeditioners at the voyage briefing this evening.

Accommodations

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Explore Vancouver & Embark

On a sightseeing tour, get a glimpse into Vancouver’s main highlights, including Stanley Park, Granville Island, Prospect Point and Gastown, before transferring to the pier for embarkation. After boarding, there’s time to settle in before learning important safety briefings. This evening, meet the expedition team and crew at the captain’s welcome dinner.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 4
British Columbia's Inside Passage

Sail the southern stretches of British Columbia’s Inside Passage, navigating through narrow straits and channels that are inhabited by vast pods of orca, while admiring views of cascading waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, temperate forests and the abundant marine life.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Metlakatla & Misty Fjords, Alaska

On Annette Island, experience the extraordinary history, art and cultural traditions of the Tsimshian tribe of Metlakatla Indian Community, the only Indian Reserve in Alaska.

Shore Excursions (choose one of the following):

Yellow Hill Hike (3.5 hours)

Enjoy a 5-mile hike to Yellow Hill, a challenging walk with rewarding panoramic views of Metlakatla and Annette Bay. Walking mostly on timber board walk, stairs and moderately steep terrain, the hike is suitable for individuals without mobility issues.

Walking Town Tour & Totem Pole Journey (3.5 hours)

The Totem Exploration Journey is a path guides to the Totems & points of interest of Metlakatla. On a guided walk, get a close-up view of the fascinating, handcrafted cedar carvings scattered throughout Metlakatla. During the excursion, discover the 14 totem poles standing in Metlakatla, all carved by local artists; visit several historical and cultural points of interest, including the William Duncan Memorial Church, the Metlakatla Indian Community Longhouse and the Artist Village.

Skater’s Lake Trail Walk & Totem Journey (3.5 hours)

On this scenic timber boardwalk, experience the lush scenery at Skater’s Lake.

For all options, afterwards, visit the community Long House to learn about the building’s history and traditions, and enjoy a dance performance from a local Tsimshian dance group followed by a Q & A with the dancers. Afterwards, visit the Artist Village nextdoor to see handicrafts made by local artists, which are available for purchase.

Later, sail in Misty Fjords National Monument, a wilderness area characterised by towering granite cliffs shrouded in mist, and glacial valleys. The area is a haven for wildlife, and by Zodiac or kayak, we explore the area searching for grizzly and black bears, whales, mountain goats and deer.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Wrangel, Thomas Bay & Baird Glacier

Disembark in historic Wrangell, an important town that was founded by Russians in 1834, and which once thrived on fur and gold trading. Enjoy Wrangell’s main highlights, including a visit to Petroglyph Beach to see ancient rock carvings, and a visit to the city museum to learn about Wrangell’s colorful history. In the afternoon, anchor in Thomas Bay, a wilderness location shrouded in the mysterious local legends, for an exploration around Baird Glacier.

Shore Excursions (choose one of the following):

Highlights of Wrangell (2.5 hours)

Learn about Wrangell’s most significant landmarks while driving through town. Hear the Tlingit tribe members interpret the meaning of their totem poles. See ancient rock carvings at Petroglyph Beach and delve deeply into the history of Wrangell at the city museum.

Tongass Botanical Forest Walk (2 hours)

Explore Tongass Rainforest on a guided walk through the coastal temperate rainforest on the Wrangell Nature Trail. Learn about the interconnectedness between tidal, muskeg, alpine and deep forest ecosystems, and discover a variety of edible and medicinal uses of local flora. Walk through Wrangell’s Historic Sites on the way to the Nature Trailhead.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Frederick Sound & Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness

Frederick Sound is a summer feeding ground for the northern hemisphere’s largest concentration of humpback whales. Keep watch for humpbacks, orca and Steller sea lions. In Tracy Arm, glide along the steep-walled fjords of a watery wilderness area that has been likened to Yosemite and enjoy views of snow-covered mountains. Zodiac-cruise or kayak in search of wildlife at the back of the Tracy Arm, home to the twin Sawyer Glaciers. Spot for harbor seals resting on bergy bits which calve regularly from the active tidewater glaciers.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Juneau & Mendenhall Glacier

Nestled at the base of towering mountains overlooking the Gastineau Channel, Juneau’s rich culture and history is reflected throughout the town and its beautiful attractions. In Alaska’s scenic capital, visit nearby Mendenhall Glacier, one of Alaska’s most famous glaciers. The glacier is 1.5 miles wide and is fed by the Juneau Icefield; it ranks as the largest, most rugged glacier that is accessible by road in Alaska. Hike the trails near the glacier to enjoy panoramic views. Back in town, enjoy free time to explore and learn about Juneau’s local history and art with a visit to the newly-built Alaska State Museum.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Icy Strait, Inian Islands & Elfin Cove

The area around Icy Strait features the Inian Islands, George Island, Point Adolphus and Elfin Cove, and offers some of the best opportunities for Zodiac-cruising and kayaking. Here, find an abundance of iconic Alaskan wildlife, including whales, Steller sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals, bald eagles and brown bears.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Hubbard Glacier

As the ship sails west across the Gulf of Alaska, the expert team will entertain with talks on wildlife, glaciers and the rich history of Alaskafrom indigenous settlement through to the Russian fur trade and the European rush for gold. In the afternoon, arrive in Disenchantment Bayhome to Hubbard Glacier, North America’s largest tidewater Glacierand search Kittlitz’s murrelet, Aleutian terns and brown bears hunting salmon along the shore.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Kayak Island

Kayak Island is the remote, uninhabited spot where in 1741, zoologist and botanist Georg Wilhelm Steller became one of the first Europeans to set foot on Alaskan soil. Serving as naturalist on Vitus Bering’s voyage to explore a sea route from Russia to North America, Steller recorded the first evidence of Alaskan Inuit and catalogued an array of flora and fauna, many of which now bear his name. Weather-depending, explore Cape Saint Elias and its lighthouse by Zodiac or kayak.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 12 - 13
Prince William Sound

Framed by the impressive Chugach Mountains, spend 2 days exploring Prince William Sound, an area of rugged coastline that is home to more tidewater glaciers than anywhere else on Earth. Zodiac-cruise among icebergs and forest-covered islands rich in wildlife including puffins, sea lions and seals. Glacier Island at the opening of Columbia Bay offers great wildlife encounters, vast amounts of sea ice, diverse geological formations and sea caves. Columbia and Meares Glaciers are both extremely active and produce vast quantities of ice where seals haul out on icebergs in front of them. Granite Bay features steep cliff walls where the northernmost stand of yellow cedars is found, and where mountain goats can be seen clinging to the cliff face. Kayak in College Fjord, with several glaciers named after Ivy League universities such as Harvard and Yale, which funded the 1899 exploration and discovery of the fjord.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
Disembark Seward, Transfer to Anchorage, Alaska & Depart

Disembark in Seward and transfer to Anchorage, where you continue your journey.

Accommodations

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Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Transfer from airport to hotel on Day 1; one night’s hotel accommodation on Day 1, breakfast included (Day 2); sightseeing tour and transfer to the vessel on Day 2; group transfer from ship to airport on final day; onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service; all meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage; beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner; all shore excursions; educational lectures and guiding services from the expedition team; complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult); a 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket; complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage; comprehensive pre-departure information; port surcharges, permits and landing fees; gratuities for ship crew.

Exclusions

International or domestic flights; transfers not mentioned in the itinerary; airport arrival or departure taxes; passport, visa and vaccination charges; travel insurance, emergency evacuation charges or insurance of any kind; hotels and meals not included in itinerary; optional excursions not included in the itinerary; optional activity surcharges; all items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, WiFi, email or phone charges.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $2,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
91 days or more – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

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 Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Alaska Odyssey cruise begins in Vancouver, British Columbia (YVR), and ends in Seward, Alaska, with an overland transfer to Anchorage, Alaska (ANC). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Vancouver any time ahead of the 5:00pm pre-voyage briefing. An arrival transfer from the airport to the group hotel is included, regardless of flight arrival time. Plan flights to depart Anchorage no earlier than 12:00pm Noon on disembarkation day. A direct transfer from the pier to the Anchorage airport is included following an 8:00-9:00am disembarkation. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, photography, whale watching, birding and wildlife observation. Added-cost activities of sea kayaking ($870 per person in 2022), scuba diving ($940 per person in 2022), snorkeling ($580 per person in 2022) or stand-up paddleboarding ($400 per person in 2022) may be available; please contact AdventureSmith for availability and to reserve space with your booking.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 50% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Solo travelers willing to share may be matched with a person of the same gender. If the other cabin berth goes unsold, you will only pay the standard single occupancy rate. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found.

Families & Children

Kids 8 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Children between 8-17 years of age must pay the adult price of the expedition.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers, signed by their doctor, is required for every departure. Comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum required coverage of $250,000 USD per person, covering medical, accident and repatriation/emergency evacuation, as well as baggage loss and cancellation or curtailment of holiday. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

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May 19 - May 31, 2022
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Jun 10 - Jun 23, 2022
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Expedition Ship
Sylvia Earle

Due to sail in April 2022, Sylvia Earle offers a robust menu of adventure activities from kayaking and polar diving to mountaineering and backcountry skiing and snowboarding. Cruise responsibly knowing this brand new icebreaker polar expedition ship was built with cutting edge nautical technology including one of the lowest polluting marine engines in the world.

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Alaska Grand Adventure

Designed to complement any coastal cruise or make the most of your Alaska vacation, the 9- or 11-day Alaska Grand Adventure is a once-in-a-lifetime experience exploring the Kenai Peninsula, Mt. Denali and Kantishna by raft, hike, kayak, fishing and flightseeing.

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Board the 12-guest classic yacht Sea Star for an unforgettable 5-day Kenai Fjords National Park cruise. Travel round-trip from Anchorage to embark and disembark the ship via the renowned Alaska Railroad. Crackling ice, pristine air, vivid blues and grays, and ancient carved glacial rocks all tantalize the senses in this constantly changing environment.

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