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SEWARD (Anchorage, Alaska) To VANCOUVER

ALASKA expedition cruise Silver Explorer

From cruising the mighty Hubbard Glacier – a bucket list must for many – to strolling through the boardwalk community of Elfin Cove, embark on a very different Alaskan adventure. Wildlife watching reigns supreme here, so expect sighting of the emblematic Bald and Golden Eagles, the surprisingly bashful Brown bear and of course the mighty orca and humpback.
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Cruise itinerary

Our itineraries are second-to-none – below please find detailed information regarding ports of call, arrival and departure times, as well as supplemental information about the destinations you’ll visit
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It is hard to believe that a place as beautiful as Seward exists. Surrounded on all sides by Kenai Fjords National Park, Chugach National Forest, and Resurrection Bay, Seward offers all the quaint realities of a small railroad town with the bonus of jaw-dropping scenery. This little town of about 2,750 citizens was founded in 1903, when survey crews arrived at the ice-free port and began planning a railroad to the Interior. Since its inception, Seward has relied heavily on tourism and commercial fishing.

View 4 Land programme(s) in SEWARD (Anchorage, Alaska)

College Fjord in the northern sector of Prince William Sound, is considered one of the most scenic fjords in the world with spectacular glacier viewing. . There are over a dozen major glaciers in the fjord, all surrounded by rugged snow-capped mountains. It is possible from one point to see eight glaciers at once. College Fjord was discovered in 1899 during the Harriman Expedition. Edward Henry Herriman, a millionaire railroad tycoon, set sail with 125 other passengers and crew, including 23 of esteemed scientists from several Ivy League schools, to explore the fjords of Alaskan.
Cape St Elias is the southwest end of Kayak Island in the Gulf of Alaska. It is separated from the mainland by a channel 4 miles wide. The island, named by Lt. Sarichef of the Russian Navy in 1826 because its outline resembles the shape of an Eskimo skin canoe, is 20 miles long and only 2 miles wide and covered in dense rainforest. The cape itself was named by Russian explorer Vitus Bering on July 20, 1741 in honour of St. Elias, whose saint's day is July 20. The lighthouse, located at the southernmost tip, is a National Historic Landmark.
Hubbard Glacier, off the coast of Yakutat, Alaska, is the largest glacier in North America, with a calving front that is more than six miles wide. One of the main sources for Hubbard Glacier originates 76 mi inland. It has been a very active glacier, experiencing two major surges in the past 30 years. This glacier was named after Gardiner Greene Hubbard, a U.S. lawyer, financier, and philanthropist. He was the first president of the National Geographic Society.
This narrow passage is used by small vessels to traverse from the open Pacific Ocean to the Alaskan Inside Passage. It is notoriously difficult to navigate due to raging currents and whirlpools. All vessels wait until slack tide when the currents are at their slowest to start manoeuvring. The narrow passage, less than 100 meters wide in places, wanders through heavily forested steep hills of the Tongass National Forest.
Elfin Cove sits snugly on the southern shore of Cross Sound, which leads in eastwards to the Inside Passage. Northwards and across the Sound from the small community lies Glacier Bay National Park and the Fairweather Mountain range. Elfin Cove is a quaint little harbor clustered with attractive timber houses built into the wooded hillsides on stilts. The population swells to about 200 during the summer months, from a rather meager 6 or so during the snowy and isolated winters.
During the evening Silver Explorer will be near Point Adolphus, a well-known area for whale watching. Enjoy an aperitif while you are on the outer decks, looking for humpback whales as well as orcas, or simply enjoying the landscape.
It's hard not to like Sitka, with its eclectic blend of Alaska Native, Russian, and American history and its dramatic and beautiful open-ocean setting. This is one of the best Inside Passage towns to explore on foot, with such sights as St. Michael's Cathedral, Sheldon Jackson Museum, Castle Hill, Sitka National Historical Park, and the Alaska Raptor Center topping the town's must-see list.

Sail Island is one of the many small, narrow islands located in Frederick Sound, in the inside passage of Alaska. It is home to the largest of all sea lions, the Stellar Sea Lions, and they are often seen hauled out on the rocky shores, lazing around in the sun. The waters surrounding Sail Island are well known as a place where the magnificent humpback whales congregate to feed.
Endicott Arm is a long fjord branching off Stephen’s Passage, the major inner passage heading southeast from Juneau. The easternmost tip of Endicott Arm nearly reaches the Canadian border. Like all the fords in this region, it was carved by glaciers during the last Ice Age which ended about 11,000 years ago. One either side of the fjord the steep, nearly vertical walls, rise to a height of about 370 meters or 1,200 feet. Sitka spruce and western hemlock trees manage to cling onto the rock faces, adding to the breath-taking beauty of the landscape.
Petersburg lies on the northern end of Mitkof Island, in the Inside Passage, on the banks of Frederick Sound where it joins the Wrangell Narrows. It is halfway between Juneau, 120 mi to the north, and Ketchikan 110 mi to the south. Remnants of fish traps and ancient petroglyphs indicate that this area was used by the Tlingit people as a summer fish camp. For more than 1,000 years In 1897 Peter Buschmann, a Norwegian immigrant, settled here. The place was named Petersburg after him, and was incorporated as a town in 1910.
The Wrangell Narrows is one of the most scenic and well-known ‘Narrows’ in Alaska. It is a winding 22 mile (35 km) long channel between Mitlof Island and Kupreanof Island in Southeast Alaska. There are about 60 lights and buoys to mark it because of its navigation hazards. It was originally named in 1838 by G. Lindenberg to honour Admiral Baron Ferdinand Petrovich von Wrangell, a Baltic German explorer who was the chief manager of the Russian-American Company and governor of the Russian settlements in Alaska.
Since the late 19th century, Metlakatla has been the major settlement of the Metlakatla Indian Community of the federally recognized Annette Islands Reserve, the only remaining reservation in Alaska. It is located on Annette Island, and in 2010 had 1,405 residents. Membership in the community is primarily by lineage and is comprised primarily of Tsimshian people. Metlakatla comes from a Tsimshian word meaning "Salt Water Passage.
If it is drama that you are after, then you certainly need look no further that the dramatic beauty of the Inside Passage. With isolated communities nestling in shoreside villages, mountains rising from the tidal waters, seals basking on ice floes and massive glaciers calving with a thunderous snap in the distance, this stretch of water is quite unique. Named after early explorers who were looking for the Northwest Passage (found much further north), cruising the Inside Passage has become a must for any sailing aficionado.
Nanaimo is located on the east coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, about 70.2 miles (113 kilometres) northwest of Victoria and 34.1 miles (55 kilometres) west of Vancouver. The 'Harbour City' of Nanaimo is separated by the Strait of Georgia, and linked to Vancouver via the Horseshoe Bay BC Ferries terminal in West Vancouver. As the site of the main ferry terminal, Nanaimo is the gateway to many other destinations both on the northern part of the island, such as Tofino, Comox Valley, Parksville, Campbell River, Port Alberni, and Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park.

Vancouver is a delicious juxtaposition of urban sophistication and on-your-doorstep wilderness adventure. The mountains and seascape make the city an outdoor playground for hiking, skiing, kayaking, cycling, and sailing—and so much more—while the cuisine and arts scenes are equally diverse, reflecting the makeup of Vancouver's ethnic (predominantly Asian) mosaic. Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the world's most livable cities, and it's easy for visitors to see why. It's beautiful, it's outdoorsy, and there's a laidback West Coast vibe.

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Owner's Suite

728 ft² / 67m² including private balcony

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Grand Suite

618 ft² / 57m² including a private balcony

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Silver Suite

422 ft² / 39m² including 2 French balconies

From US$ 18,360 with early booking bonus
Medallion Suite

400 ft² / 37m² including a private balcony

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Veranda Suite

206-216 ft² / 19-20m² including a French balcony

From US$ 12,960 with early booking bonus
Vista Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with large picture window

From US$ 10,170 with early booking bonus
View Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with view window

From US$ 9,720 with early booking bonus
Explorer Suite

175-190 ft² / 16-18m² with view window

From US$ 8,910 with early booking bonus
Adventurer Suite

157-167 ft²/14-15 m² with 2 portholes

From US$ 8,460 with early booking bonus
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included in the cruise fare

  • Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer, and from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • Complimentary Parka
  • *Excluding All Full World Cruise and Grand Voyages
  • *If required by air connection. Free Transfers, Hotel are available only for guests utilizing Silversea air offer. In case Promotional Flights are not available or for guests not utilizing the promotional bundle offer, we are pleased to offer a $2,000 Air credit. Terms and conditions.

Silver Explorer

Silversea’s purpose-built luxury Silver Explorer expedition cruise ship has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions.  A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables the Silver Explorer Expedition Cruise Ship to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of 12 Zodiac boats allows Silversea Expedition guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer luxury cruise adventure. 

Suites

Silversea's oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Suites

Silversea's oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Owner's Suite

728 ft² / 67m² including private balcony

Waitlist
Grand Suite

618 ft² / 57m² including a private balcony

Waitlist
Silver Suite

422 ft² / 39m² including 2 French balconies

From US$ 18,360 with early booking bonus
Medallion Suite

400 ft² / 37m² including a private balcony

Waitlist
Veranda Suite

206-216 ft² / 19-20m² including a French balcony

From US$ 12,960 with early booking bonus
Vista Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with large picture window

From US$ 10,170 with early booking bonus
View Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with view window

From US$ 9,720 with early booking bonus
Explorer Suite

175-190 ft² / 16-18m² with view window

From US$ 8,910 with early booking bonus
Adventurer Suite

157-167 ft²/14-15 m² with 2 portholes

From US$ 8,460 with early booking bonus
Fares shown are per guest

Restaurants

Discover our collection of onboard venues where you'll enjoy spending time with like-minded travellers and of course, our personalized all-inclusive service.

Public Areas

Renowned for culinary excellence and innovative spirit, Silversea's luxury cruises offer a choice of open-seating dining options throughout the fleet, as well as several specialty venues aboard all non-expedition ships.

4 Land programmes and 2 Hotels

Our land programmes (multi-day mid-, pre- or post-cruise) provide additional opportunities to discover more of the highlights and hidden treasures of the lands you visit.

Your expedition will lead to one discovery after another. A complimentary programme of unique, small-group shore experiences, led by team of expert guides and lectures, allows you to fully experience the lands you'll visit.

voyage highlights

Join us to sail from Seward, Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia to experience the dynamic culture and natural splendour this region has to offer. Cruise past the six mile-wide Hubbard Glacier and through the labyrinth of incredible fjords. See the totem poles of Metlakatla and learn of the Tsimshian and Tlingit indigenous cultures. Tour the Tongass National Forest and seek out wildlife by land and sea. Nature lovers will delight not just in sweeping mountain- and fjord- views, but also in sightings of Bald Eagles, brown and black bears, humpback and orca whales, and shy harbor seals. Throughout the voyage, learn about the history, geology, wildlife and botany of these locations from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.

Voyage Highlights:

College Fjord, Alaska, US –
Cruise College Fjord in Alaska to visit glaciers named after Ivy League colleges. The frozen rivers of ice were named in 1899 by two professors from Harvard University and Amherst College after their Ivy League alma maters and sister schools. College Fjord offers idyllic views of snow-capped mountains and narrow waterways studded with blue-white icebergs.

Hubbard Glacier, Alaska, US –
Cruise along Hubbard Glacier, off the coast of Yakutat, Alaska, the largest glacier in North America, with a calving front that is more than six miles wide. This glacier has been very active, with two major surges forward in 1986 and again in 2002.

Petersburg, Alaska, US –
Known as “Little Norway” Petersburg is one of Alaska’s major fishing communities. Although the Tlingit and other indigenous groups had been in this area for centuries, the Norwegian Peter Buschmann started the first cannery and attracted more immigrants from Scandinavia so that a permanent town evolved. One can enjoy strolling through this community at leisure. Petersburg is also the starting point for an excursion by local boats heading for LeConte Bay and the LeConte Glacier, North America’s southernmost tidewater glacier. To reach the glacier one has to pass snow covered peaks that rise out of the fjord to heights of more than 4,000 feet. It is surrounded by the Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the US with 17 million acres of protected land. This massive reserve holds the largest Pacific temperate rainforest.

Metlakatla, Alaska, US –
The Tsimshian are the indigenous people of Metlakatla, a small ocean-front community in southern Alaska. The settlement holds at least a dozen ornate and emblematic Totem Poles for which the Tsimshian are famous. The people here respect and pay homage to their ancestors with traditional dance performances and ceremonies at their longhouse, the community’s heart and soul.

Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada –
Nanaimo on Vancouver Island is the territory of indigenous Snuneymuxw people. They are the keepers of an ancient culture dating back over 5,000 years. This region and people are part of the Coast Salish grouping of linguistically and ethnically related tribes of the Pacific Northwest. The dynamic Coast Salish culture reflects beliefs and values based upon the interconnectedness and spirit of all things.

Cultural Highlights:

• Visit Metlakatla, home of the indigenous Tsimshian people, famous for their emblematic Totem Poles.
• Observe native cultural presentations and ceremonies.
• Learn about the unique Coast Salish culture and values through a cultural presentation by the Snuneymuxw indigenous people in Nanaimo.

Wildlife Watch List:

• Bald Eagle, Steller’s Jay, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Common Raven, Barn Swallow, Belted Kingfisher, Northwestern Crow, Great Blue Heron, Marbled Murrelet, Pigeon Guillemot; Common, Bonaparte’s, Mew and Glaucous-winged Gulls
• Brown and black bears
• Humpback whales, orcas, harbor seals

Please note: Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

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