Cruise through the Inside Passage from Juneau to Vancouver aboard the exclusively chartered Five-Star, all-Suite, small ship M.V. STAR LEGEND. During naturalist-led Zodiac excursions and from the comfort of your own spacious, ocean-view Suite, enjoy superior views of Alaska’s spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife. Call at Sitka, Wrangell and Ketchikan
Day 1 Depart home city/Juneau, Alaska, U.S.
Arrive in picturesque Juneau and embark the Five-Star M.V. STAR LEGEND. (D)
Day 2 Inside Passage/Tracy Arm Fjord/Sawyer Glacier/Endicott Arm/Dawes Glacier
Experience the natural wonders of the fabled Inside Passage, one of the most scenic waterways in the world, cruising amidst countless islands, lush forests, secluded bays and coves, sandy beaches and lofty waterfalls cascading from mountain cliffs inaccessible to larger ships. Watch for cavorting sea lions and breaching orcas in the deep waters and brown bears, Sitka black-tailed deer, mountain goats, beavers, mink, foxes and river otters roaming the shores and mountain sides.
Cruise into the deep and narrow fjord of Tracy Arm, where waterfalls cascade from dramatic cliffs, lush forest fades to spectacular sheer rock and icebergs glint in the sunlight. At the remote end of Tracy Arm, approach South Sawyer Glacier and watch and listen as it calves chunks of ice that become floating platforms for harbor seals. On a Zodiac outing in the pristine, seldom-visited Endicott Arm, venture to the arctic-blue toes of the majestic tidewater Dawes Glacier and look for Arctic terns, pigeon guillemots and even mountain goats.
Attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)
Day 3 Point Adolphus/Inian Islands/Elfin Cove
Your small ship allows you to look for humpback whales feeding in the nutrient‑rich waters surrounding Point Adolphus. Cruise through Icy Strait to the wild Inian Islands, around which flow unspoiled tidal waters teeming with marine life. From aboard a Zodiac, watch for hunting sea lions and swooping bald eagles, along with other predators, drawn by the abundance of salmon and
other prey. Cruise to pristine Chichagof Island, where you will tender ashore to visit remote Elfin Cove. Walk the boardwalks of this tiny fishing community (year-round population: 20), surrounded by the majestic conifers of the Tongass National Forest. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Sitka
Nestled on the edge of Baranof Island and well known for its stunning beauty, Sitka is laden with the art and history of its aboriginal and Russian past. First settled by the Kiksádi clan of the Tlingit, the “capital of Russian America” flourished as a Russian fur-trading hub until its 1867 transfer to the United States. Marvel at the priceless collection of icons in the onion-domed St. Michael’s Cathedral, the first Russian Orthodox church built in North America.
Visit the impressive Alaska Raptor Center, Alaska’s foremost bald eagle habitat, where more than 100 injured eagles are rehabilitated and released back into the wild each year. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Wrangell
Seldom-visited Wrangell, known as the “Gateway to the Stikine River,” is the only Alaskan town to have flown the flag of three nations—Russia, Great Britain and the United States. A Tlingit stronghold for thousands of years, Wrangell was established as a fur-trading post by the Russians in 1843, making it one of Alaska’s oldest non-native settlements. Famed naturalist John Muir used Wrangell as a base for his exploration of southeast Alaska, and lawman Wyatt Earp briefly served as its marshal during the Klondike Gold Rush. Tlingit culture abounds in this charming fishing village, which is today home to more than a dozen colorful totem poles. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Ketchikan
In the colorful fishing town of Ketchikan—“salmon capital of the world”—stroll the historic boardwalks of Creek Street and watch salmon swimming upstream through the middle of town along the well-known “Salmon Ladder.” See the fascinating native art of Potlatch Totem Park, where a master craftsman demonstrates the ancient technique of hand-carving a totem pole. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Cruising the Pacific Ocean
Enjoy a day at leisure on board as the ship cruises south from the storied Alaskan Panhandle to the wild Pacific coast of Canada.
Attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)
Day 8 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada/Return to home city
Disembark in dynamic Vancouver and continue on the Vancouver and Victoria Post-Cruise Option or transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)