Silversea Luxury Cruises To KODIAK ISLAND (Alaska)

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The domain of grizzlies, brown and black bears, Kodiak Island is a raw, wild, and utterly authentic Alaskan wilderness. The Emerald Isle is the USA's second-largest island, and with a wilderness stretching out over 3,670 square miles, it's a thrilling voyage into the Alaskan unknown. The weather may get a little cloudy at times, but the locals actively welcome a covering of cloud – perhaps partly because the clouds and fog are said to have deterred Japanese attacks during World War II's hostilities. View more

Be sure to bring your camera with you; it's nigh on impossible to take a bad photo of these irresistible vistas - and you'll quickly see why Kodiak Island is the destination of choice for wildlife documentary producers. Cinematic setpieces regularly play out, as eagles soar over expansive sweeps of fir-tree forested mountains and still lakes, releasing occasional piercing calls. Some of the animal kingdom's most feared and revered creatures call Kodiak Island home, and your first sight of a bear reaching a massive paw into the water, or treading through a gently burbling stream, will live with you forever. Soar in a seaplane to track the bears with an expert guide. Masters of disguise, it often takes a trained eye to spot the bears in their natural habitats. Brush up on the skills you'll need in advance, with a read of our bear watching blog. [Insert blog: 7 tips for bear watching in Alaska]. The waters of Kodiak Island are also home to some of the world's most productive fishing. Try out your own skills, or accompany a seafaring fishing vessel, to witness life on the waves first-hand, as they plunder the depths of the ocean.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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SEWARD (Anchorage, Alaska) To TOKYO
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    Aug 29 2021
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    26 Days
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    Silver Muse
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TOKYO To SEWARD (Anchorage, Alaska)
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    May 06 2022
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    14 Days
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    Silver Muse
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YOKOHAMA (Tokyo) To SEWARD (Anchorage, Alaska)
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    May 24 2022
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    17 Days
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    Silver Shadow
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YOKOHAMA (Tokyo) To VANCOUVER
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    May 24 2022
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VANCOUVER To OSAKA
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    Sep 01 2022
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SEWARD (Anchorage, Alaska) To OSAKA
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    Sep 08 2022
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    Silver Muse
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VANCOUVER To TOKYO
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    Sep 08 2022
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VANCOUVER To TOKYO
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    Sep 08 2022
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KOBE To SEWARD (Anchorage, Alaska)
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    Apr 12 2023
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TOKYO To SEWARD (Anchorage, Alaska)
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    Apr 19 2023
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    30 Days
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    Silver Whisper
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Excursions in KODIAK ISLAND (Alaska)

Bear Viewing by Seaplane

Explore the diverse wildlife and rugged natural beauty of Alaska during this panoramic, half-day, bear-viewing excursion via floatplane.

Kodiak Island, Flight-Seeing Tour, Bear- and Wildlife-Viewing

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to the floatplane base. Upon arrival, receive your safety and flight instructions, and get outfitted with hip-boots. Afterward, board your floatplane and fly to the bear-viewing location. Bear-viewing is one of the most popular activities on Kodiak Island. The best time to see a Kodiak bear is during July, August and September, but they can be spotted as early as May/June, depending on the season and weather. Your bear-viewing experience lasts approximately four hours, including a scenic, approximately 50-minute floatplane ride in search of coastal brown bears on either Kodiak Island or the Katmai Coast.


Native Villages, Commercial Fishing Operations, Bears, Elks, Goats, Deer, Wildlife, Marine Life

During the flight, you are fitted with voice-activated headsets to enable communication with your experienced Alaskan bush pilot. Along the way, see native villages, commercial fishing operations, a variety of wildlife and marine life, and the ruggedly beautiful scenery for which Alaska is renowned. A professional wilderness guide accompanies you along the way. In addition to bears, other commonly-seen wildlife in this vicinity includes elks, goats and deer. Snacks and beverages are provided. Following your bear-viewing experience, re-board your floatplane and head back to the floatplane base. Upon arrival, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.

Bird Watching

Explore the bird life on scenic Kodiak Island, where 240 species of birds can be found. Departing the pier drive 15 minutes to Fort Abercrombie and enjoy sweeping views from this historic defense installation for the North Pacific during World War II. Discover what bird life can be seen at Fort Abercrombie before transferring to two other bird hotspots on the island, Buskin River and Bells Flats.


Keep your binoculars and camera handy on these prime bird viewing grounds that lie in the immediate vicinity of Kodiak town. Look for Pine Grosbeaks, Red-necked Grebes, and Black Oystercatchers that are just a few of the birds spotted regularly apart from Herring, Mew and Glaucous-winged Gulls, as well as Black-legged Kittiwakes, ducks and small passerines.

Bird Watching Activity

Explore the bird life on scenic Kodiak Island, where 240 species of birds can be found. Departing the pier drive 15 minutes to Fort Abercrombie and enjoy sweeping views from this historic defense installation for the North Pacific during World War II. Discover what bird life can be seen at Fort Abercrombie before transferring to two other bird hotspots on the island, Buskin River and Bells Flats.


Keep your binoculars and camera handy on these prime bird viewing grounds that lie in the immediate vicinity of Kodiak town. Look for Pine Grosbeaks, Red-necked Grebes, and Black Oystercatchers that are just a few of the birds spotted regularly apart from Herring, Mew and Glaucous-winged Gulls, as well as Black-legged Kittiwakes, ducks and small passerines.

Deep-Sea Fishing

Join on this excursion for an unique deep-sea fishing experience off of Kodiak Island. The waters surrounding Kodiak are recognized around the world for the incredible game available for sport fishing. Experienced sport fishers from all parts of the globe travel to the Kodiak Archipelago for the chance to hook the famous fish dwelling here, including salmon, halibut, sea bass, ling cod and Pacific cod.

Kodiak Island Charters, your host for the day is the longest-running charter fishing operation in on the island. Walk from the ship (200 meters) and take a 10-minute bus ride to your boat for the day. Before leaving the harbor on the fishing vessel, verify your fishing license and receive a safety briefing.

Then it is time to depart the harbor and take a six-hour tour with an experienced captain and crew, who are present to assure your safety and comfort and share their knowledge of the Kodiak waters and the fish present here. The target fish for the day are salmon, halibut, ling cod, Pacific cod and sea bass. Any fish that you catch are bled and slush-iced at sea, then professionally processed ashore and boxed for shipping.

Take down time aboard your fishing vessel in the heated cabins and enjoy the roomy deck of this boat, which is well-suited for fishing. At the end of your productive day, make the return trip to the harbor and transfer to the ship.

Fort Abercrombie State Park Nature Walk

Explore Kodiak's spectacular beauty and wartime history during this scenic hike through a portion of 183-acre Ft. Abercrombie State Park. Depart the pier for the 15-minute drive to the park. Upon arrival, your guide leads you on a hike along well-maintained natural and gravel trails offering breathtaking views. A variety of seabirds inhabit the park's coastline, and whale sightings are frequently reported in this area throughout the season.

The natural earth trails lead you through forested areas, some with 10% to 20% inclines, as well as near ocean bluffs. Enjoy sweeping views from Fort Abercrombie, a historic defense installation for the North Pacific during World War II. The site offers a bunker museum of wartime memorabilia as well as beautiful views of both land and sea.


Remnants of WWII bunkers and gun placements are throughout the park, and a stop at Miller Point provides panoramic ocean views. Your hike will concludes back at the main parking area, where you will re-board your bus for the return drive to the pier.

Kodiak - Alaska's Emerald Isle

Discover the natural and magnificent beauty that is Kodiak during this 2.5 hour long boat ride along its waterfront and barrier islands. You will be accompanied by a local naturalist guide and accomplished photographer / instructor along with her husband; a retired Harbourmaster, at the helm.


Depart the pier for the short ride to the location of the boat dock. Upon arrival guests will walk approximately 50 yards (46 metres) to board the vessel and commence the tour.


The classic 42-foot vessel boasts large picture windows and 360-degree views which provide guests with perfect viewing and excellent picture-taking opportunities of seabird rookeries, sea lion haul-outs, puffins, playful sea otters, the blue-domed Russian Orthodox Church, and activities along one of the country's busiest and most colourful fishing ports.


As Captain Marty navigates along the coastline sprinkled with spruce trees and wildflowers, you'll see why Kodiak is called Alaska's Emerald Isle. Many of Marion's award-winning photographs were taken along this route and she delights in helping guests take photos along the way. This unique and close-up boating experience also includes fishing vessels made famous by the Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" show.

Kodiak Highlights

Admire the scenic beauty of Kodiak Island as you embark on an in-depth tour of the many points of interest in and around the city of Kodiak, the first Russian settlement in Alaska.

View cannery row and the boat harbor on your drive into the city. Photo opportunities abound as you explore the area, influenced by Native American and Russian ancestry.


Stop at the Baranov Museum, offering a mixture of Native, Russian and American history. Then visit the Alutiiq Museum to gain a more in depth look at Alaska Native culture. A stop at the Fisheries Research Touch Tank and Aquarium provides an up close and personal look at a variety of local sea life, from sea stars to halibut to crab. The touch tank is a favorite of visitors young and old; giving all the opportunity to "meet" a wide array of creatures.


After a short drive north, enjoy sweeping views from Fort Abercrombie, a historic defense installation for the North Pacific during World War II. The site offers a bunker museum of wartime memorabilia as well as beautiful views of both land and sea.

Kodiak Island Flightseeing Tour

The Kodiak Archipelago is 177 miles long, comprising of at least 26 different islands, the largest of which is Kodiak. Kodiak Island, known as the Emerald Island for its verdant mountains and lush vegetation stands apart from most of Alaska.

The city of Kodiak, population 13,000, is located on the northeast side Kodiak Island. There are only 40 miles of road to drive once you make it to Kodiak, but several million acres of wilderness that you can only see from the air.


The island undergoes a dramatic change in vegetation from its northern end to its southern end. ​

Kodiak hosts a variety of fascinating geographic features: glaciers, waterfalls cascading into the ocean, silvery granite ridges, pristine blue alpine lakes and massive cliff faces meeting the ocean. Two bodies of water, the Shelikof Strait to the west and the Gulf of Alaska to the east border the Kodiak Archipelago.


During the flight, you are fitted with voice-activated headsets to enable communication with your experienced Alaskan bush pilot. Flying over the island, you might see fin whales and humpback whales feeding, orcas, sea lions, and massive flocks of sea birds as they feed on migrating fish. While flying overland, you might see mountain goats, bears, Sitka black-tail deer, otters and eagles.​


Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to the floatplane base. Upon arrival, receive your safety and flight instructions, and get outfitted with hip-boots. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour.

Kodiak Scenic Flight Tour (1 Hour)

Explore the diverse wildlife and rugged natural beauty of Alaska during this panoramic, half-day, bear-viewing excursion via floatplane.

Kodiak Island, Flight-Seeing Tour, Bear- and Wildlife-Viewing

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to the floatplane base. Upon arrival, receive your safety and flight instructions, and get outfitted with hip-boots. Afterward, board your floatplane and fly to the bear-viewing location. Bear-viewing is one of the most popular activities on Kodiak Island. The best time to see a Kodiak bear is during July, August and September, but they can be spotted as early as May/June, depending on the season and weather. Your bear-viewing experience lasts approximately four hours, including a scenic, approximately 50-minute floatplane ride in search of coastal brown bears on either Kodiak Island or the Katmai Coast.


Native Villages, Commercial Fishing Operations, Bears, Elks, Goats, Deer, Wildlife, Marine Life

During the flight, you are fitted with voice-activated headsets to enable communication with your experienced Alaskan bush pilot. Along the way, see native villages, commercial fishing operations, a variety of wildlife and marine life, and the ruggedly beautiful scenery for which Alaska is renowned. A professional wilderness guide accompanies you along the way. In addition to bears, other commonly-seen wildlife in this vicinity includes elks, goats and deer. Snacks and beverages are provided. Following your bear-viewing experience, re-board your floatplane and head back to the floatplane base. Upon arrival, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.

Kodiak Sightseeing & Wildlife Cruise

Go on a truly Alaskan adventure, exploring the wildlife of the waters surrounding the Kodiak Archipelago, a grouping of 25 islands off Alaska's southern coast. Board a high-speed boat and have your camera ready to capture the incredible wildlife that awaits you in the water and along the shore, from sea birds to sea lions, whales and more.


Your guide is an Alaskan native with more than 30 years of experience and extensive knowledge of local history and the regional industry of commercial fishing. Receive a guided, 3-hour tour on your sightseeing vessel that includes a heated cabin for comfort as well as outside seating for optimal wildlife viewing. Get a tour of the harbor (where many of the famous king crab boats from the "Deadliest Catch" moor for the summer) before heading out to the Bering Sea.


Motoring out of the harbor on your boat visit the nearby bird rookeries abundant with birdlife, including two varieties of puffins (tufted and horned) as well as kittiwakes, all nesting on the steep-faced cliffs of the surrounding islands. As you gaze upwards you may spot one of the impressive bald eagles that call the Sitka spruce trees home.


As you voyage into deeper waters keep your eyes peeled for the active and ample marine life that can be spotted, including several species of whale like orca, minke and humpback. You may also spot sea lions, sea otters lounging ashore.


There is also history to be seen on this tour, including World War II gunneries perched atop the cliffs of some of the smaller islands your boat passes. With his deep knowledge, your guide has a great deal of information to share about all that you pass by - so just ask!


Return to the port with a full camera roll, feeling refreshed and inspired by all the beauty you have seen.

Kodiak Waterfront Walking Tour

Cannery Row, Kodiak boat harbor, Downtown Kodiak

Begin your 90 minute walking tour at your ship and proceed down Cannery Row, past the seafood processing plants which are the lifeblood of Kodiak's economy. Learn about the 1912 Katmai volcanic eruption, the 1964 Great Alaskan Earthquake and Tsunami, and the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.


Harbor sites, Alaskan fishermen

Get up close to fishing boats and learn about the catches, the storms and the men and boats lost at sea in the most dangerous occupation in the United States. Examine foul weather gear, survival equipment, and hooks, nets, and crab pots, while real Alaskan fishermen work nearby. Walk through the Kodiak boat harbor and end at the Fishermen's Memorial in front of the Harbormaster Building in downtown Kodiak. From here, proceed back by bus to the ship or explore Kodiak's downtown on your own. The tour route is approximately one mile long.

Kodiak’s History & Wildlife Cruise

Explore the rugged beauty and history of Kodiak from a unique perspective during this scenic and informative wildlife cruise.


Depart the pier for the brief transfer to a small boat harbour. Upon arrival, walk from the harbour ramp to the boat stall. After receiving your boating and safety instructions, embark your boat with your naturalist guide and commence the 2.5-hour, approximately eight-mile (about 13-kilometre) cruise from Kodiak to Long Island. En route, cruise down Kodiak's main channel, and pass by fish canneries and fishing boats.


Upon arrival at Long Island, view several World War II bunkers and gun mounts. Afterward, a photo stop is made to observe Stellar sea lions. As you circle the island your guide points out seabirds and other mammals including; harbour seals, sea otters and whales along with interesting commentary about your surroundings.


The heated, 43-foot (13-metre) vessel U-Rascal is ideal for viewing wildlife, either from the warm, comfortable cabin with easily-accessible restroom or the 360-degree walk-around Observation Deck.


Your tour concludes with a sightseeing cruise around Neal Island and Woody Island before returning to the boat harbour. Upon arrival, disembark your boat and transfer back to the pier.

Marine Wildlife Sightseeing

Kodiak, Sightseeing Cruise, Archipelago, Marine Wildlife, Seabirds, Fish, Whales, Seals

Depart the pier aboard a comfortable, approximately 40-foot-long (about 12 metre-long) boat with a heated cabin and full, walk-around deck, then begin your approximately two-hour marine wildlife sightseeing tour around the surrounding archipelago. During your search of Kodiak's abundant marine wildlife, look for bald eagles, Arctic terns, puffins, sea otters, Steller sea lions, harbour seals, and a large variety of seabirds. The waters surrounding Kodiak Island are also home to Alaskan halibut weighing more than 400 pounds, five species of salmon, huge ling cod, a vast array of other rockfish, and several different whale species, including humpbacks and an occasional orca. The vessel provides a safe platform from which to view and photograph Kodiak's wildlife.


Fisheries, World War II Bunkers and Placements

Kodiak is also home to a thriving fishing industry; its many fisheries, along with several historical bunkers and placements from World War II, are easily visible from the water. In addition, learn about Kodiak's cultural and historical facets, and take in the breath-taking natural beauty that surrounds you in this wild island archipelago. Refreshments and snacks are served on board. Your tour concludes back at the pier.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.