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 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 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.  

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 Alaska trips, small ship Alaska cruise options and Inside Passage cruise itineraries.



Itinerary

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

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.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

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

Cruise Rates & Dates

From late May through early June. Contact us for current rates and availability.

Accommodation

Learn About the Small Ship on Your Itinerary

Expedition Ship
Sylvia Earle

Due to sail in November 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.

Expert Review

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