This is our favorite luxury small ship Alaska cruise featuring Glaciers and Fjords.
This 14-day cruise from Seward Anchorage arrives in Vancouver Canada with Ventures by Seabourn excursions and tours including whale watching, salmon fishing, cooking classes, kayaking, and Eagle and bear watching.
Sojourn enchants her guests with an array of public areas scaled to encourage a relaxed sociability.
One of the most unusual features of Seabourn Sojourn is Seabourn Square, an ingenious “living room” that replaces the traditional cruise ship lobby with a welcoming lounge filled with easy chairs, sofas, and cocktail tables.
An enclave in its center houses knowledgeable concierges discreetly seated at individual desks, ready to handle all sorts of business or give advice and information.
Luxury Small Ship
The ship’s shops are conveniently located just off the Square and it has its own open terrace aft.
The Spa at Seabourn is the largest on any ultra-luxury ship, 11,400 square feet encompassing indoor and outdoor space over two decks.
A variety of open terraces are scattered over seven decks, offering places to gather with a few friends or spend an isolated hour with a book. Seabourn Sojourn offers six whirlpools and two swimming pools, including the Pool Patio, with a pair of large whirlpool spas and a “beach” style pool, a casual Patio Grill and the Patio Bar.
On the sun deck above its Seabourn’s popular open-air Sky Bar. High atop Deck 11 is a Sun Terrace with 36 tiered double sun beds. Just aft of that is The Retreat, with shuffleboard courts and a nine-hole putting green. The panoramic Observation Bar on Deck 10 offers 270° forward views over the sea.
The Club is a lively spot for dancing before and after dinner, while the larger Grand Salon is used for dancing as well as lectures, production vocal shows, cabaret performances and classical recitals.
Seabourn Sojourn offers unparalleled choice in accommodations. Choose from 225 ocean view suites measuring 295 to 1,682 square feet, 90% with private verandas.
This includes five Owner’s Suites measuring up to 1,062 square feet (including the veranda) and four two-bedroom Grand Suites with up to 1,682 square feet of private living space.
You can also choose to stay in one of the 22 Penthouse Suites on the uppermost decks, each featuring up to 534 square feet of space.
Seward (Anchorage), Alaska
Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise & Transfer to Anchorage
Even by Alaskan standards, Kenai Fjords National Park is quite amazing — a place where natural wonders combine for breathtaking results.
The park showcases sensational seascapes, tidewater glaciers and a host of wildlife and perhaps the best way to experience it is on a day boat with the original tour operator of Kenai Fjords National Park. Commonly seen animals include humpback whales.
Scenic cruising Resurrection Bay
Scenic cruising Holgate Glacier
Scenic cruising Aialik Glacier
Scenic cruising Chiswell Islands
Scenic cruising Kenai Fjords
Watching the Northern Lights
Inian Islands, Alaska
Ventures by Seabourn: Inian Island Exploration by Catamaran
Explore an area of pristine, protected wilderness as we explore the waters along the remote Inian Islands.
Due to their location at the juncture of the Inside Passage and the Gulf of Alaska, these islands and the water that surrounds them, play host to an abundance of wildlife species.
Inian Islands Kayak Exploration
Cross Sound is one of the main gateways for migratory humpback whales entering the sheltered waters of Alaska. Kayaking in this environment allows you to get close to this wildlife-rich environment.
Watch for whale by all means, but take time to appreciate the Steller sea lions, horned and tufted puffins, sea otters, harbor seals, bald eagles and other bird life.
Icy Strait Point, Alaska
Cooking in Alaska’s Wildest Kitchen
Sample the best food that Alaska has to offer as an experienced chef demonstrates how to make delicious regional dishes — great fun for anyone who wants to learn more about the culinary habits of Alaskans.
This enjoyable tasting session is hosted by a friendly local chef, who specializes in the preparation of seafood and other local delicacies.
Icy Strait Stream Fishing
Icy Strait Point is a prime destination for freshwater stream fishing.
Today’s journey takes you through the town of Hoonah and ten miles out along scenic dirt roads to Game Creek for a memorable stream fishing experience.
You will be provided with instruction, hip boots and all the gear needed to spin cast (or fly fish for those with experience) along the banks of
Spasski River Valley Wildlife & Bear Search
Board a bus and travel through the Tlingit village of Hoonah en route to the remote bush of the Spasski River Valley.
Watch for bald eagles, woodpeckers, Sitka black-tail deer and Alaska coastal brown bears that could be anywhere along the road.
You’re here to explore the wilds in search of the spectacular wildlife that inhabits these forested lands.
Alaska’s Whales, Glacier & Rain Forest Trails
View Alaska’s humpback whales and the Mendenhall Glacier on a small-group excursion (capacity is limited to 20 travelers) tailored for sensational encounters with nature.
On a custom built safari vessel, you’ll seek out marine wildlife and step away from the crowds on a secluded rain forest trail.
Bear Watching & Wildlife Viewing Adventure
Join this unforgettable journey to view coastal brown bear and other Alaskan wildlife in a natural setting.
Your exploration begins with an Alaska bush pilot, who will transport you on a breathtaking scenic flight from the base in Juneau to a remote stream, providing unique access to brown bear territory.
Discover Alaska’s Whales
What a great way to put into practice your personal travel ethos and leave beautiful, memorable Alaska even better than you found it on this Cruise with Purpose adventure!
This small-group outing (maximum 20 privileged guests) will travel aboard a fully-permitted research vessel for a closer look into the habitat of humpback whales.
Dog Sledding on Mendenhall Glacier by Helicopter
When you visit Southeast Alaska and combine the thrill of a glacier helicopter tour with the oldest operating dog sled tour company, you end up with an unforgettable experience.
Listen to a safety briefing and gear up with glacier boots; then, fly over lush rain forest, deep blue crevasses and glacier-carved peaks as your pilot gives you a spectacular flightseeing tour.
Evening Whale Watching Quest
Enjoy a magical evening cruise that features great food, a relaxing ambiance, and guaranteed whale viewing.
A short motor coach ride brings you to scenic Auke Bay, where you’ll board a deluxe catamaran specially designed for wildlife viewing. Relax in the warm, spacious main cabin as you set out to explore Stephens Passage.
Five Glacier Seaplane Adventure
The grandeur of Alaska’s epic glaciers will thrill and delight you on Juneau’s only five-glacier flightseeing tour.
Seeing glaciers from the air is an Alaskan must do, and doing so by authentic Alaskan seaplane is the quintessential Alaskan experience.
Mendenhall Glacier & Alaska State Museum
This tour offers an excellent overview of the natural and man-made influences that have conspired to make Juneau the very special capital city that it is today.
Board a motor coach for a scenic trip through downtown Juneau en route to the newly-renovated Alaska State Museum.
Seduction Point, Alaska
Eagle Preserve Float Adventure
The world-famous Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve boasts the largest gathering of bald eagles anywhere.
It is also home to moose, bears, wolves, and a host of other animals. Your adventure begins with a spectacular drive up a National Scenic Byway, through the awe-inspiring Chilkat Valley to the heart of the preserve.
Glacial Fjord by Bicycle
Here’s your chance to cruise by bicycle along the shores of an ocean inlet and a salmon-filled river, and view a glacial lake.
A short, informative van ride takes you to the shore of Lutak Inlet where you begin your bike ride. Where the river meets the sea, you’ll cruise the flat paved road, watching for possible wildlife sightings including eagles and salmon.
Haines Wilderness Kayak Experience
Upon arrival in Haines, step ashore and meet your professional kayak guide for a truly memorable outing that features dramatic scenery and abundant Alaskan wildlife.
A two-person kayak awaits you on the beach, just a five-minute walk from the ferry pier. Gear up with a life vest, spray skirt and poncho and listen to a safety briefing.
Ventures by Seabourn: Moose Meadows Intercoastal Hike & Zodiac
This easy-to-moderate coastal hike takes you along the western side of the Chilkat Peninsula from Moose Meadows to Twin Coves.
Leave the ship and transfer by bus to Letnikof Cove. A Zodiac takes you over to Moose Bay for a hike over flat terrain. Hugging the coastline, the trail also ventures into the Alaskan temperate rain forest.
Scenic cruising Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm
All About Sitka: Russian & Tlingit Heritage Discovery
Charming Sitka offers an abundance of cultural delights, stemming from its 10,000-year history as the home of the Tlingit people, its colorful past as a Russian settlement and American pioneer town.
This rich cultural environment has led to an endearing heritage that you’ll discover today. Begin by boarding an air-conditioned motor coach for a brief ride to Sitka National Historical Park.
Explore the underwater world of Southeast Alaska and learn about the marine biology of the ocean floor that teems with life in the waters of Sitka Sound.
The advantages of using a dry suit are warmth, buoyancy, safety, comfort, and ease in changing, you simply wear your own street clothes under the dry suit.
Explore Sitka, Raptor Center & Native Tales
Explore an open bird habitat where eagles fly free, as well as stunning examples of Russian Colonial architecture, captivating native tales and the ancient rain forest of Alaska’s oldest National Park.
On this tour, Sitka’s Russian, Tlingit and American culture, past and present, comes alive.
Guided Fly Fishing
Enjoy a fly fishing trip in a scenic area that feels secluded even though it is close to town — meaning less travel time and more time on the river.
This trip is perfect for everyone, even beginners, wanting to get out in the water and do some fly-fishing without a lot of fuss. Begin by gearing up with waders, boots, rod, reel, and tools.
Tongass Rain Forest Nature Hike
Bus transportation takes you to the trailhead of the Starrigavin Muskeg Trail. Set out from there on foot with a guide who is well versed in the flora, fauna, and history of Sitka and the surrounding area.
Enjoy great mountain views (weather permitting) as your hike begins with a gradual ½-mile descent to Starrigavin Creek.
Wilderness Sea Kayaking Adventure
Embark on an exhilarating three-hour adventure along the ruggedly beautiful Alaska coastline.
Take a scenic cruise via motorized Seahawk craft to a floating kayak base camp tucked away in a picturesque cove.
Listen to some safety instructions; then, hop into your two-person kayak and cast off in a small group.
Transit Decision Passage
Scenic cruising Sumner Strait
Fishing the Inside Passage
World-class Pacific Ocean fishing takes place in the abundant waters of the famed Inside Passage of Alaska.
Experience spectacular scenery and calm waters while fishing for a multitude of sought-after species, including salmon and halibut.
It’s ‘captain’s choice’ for the best chance of a catch based on whatever news the Captain has been hearing and what is seasonal.
LeConte Glacier Discovery
LeConte Glacier is 21 miles long and is located in a stunningly beautiful fjord.
It is extremely active, with regular calving events, and is famous for its shooters (massive submarine icebergs dramatically rising to the surface).
The fjord, where the glacier terminates, is surrounded by steep snow-capped mountains adorned with waterfalls.
Shakes Glacier by Jet Boat
Located in the Stikine River Le Conte Wilderness area, Shakes Glacier, at the head of Shakes Lake, is a wide field of ice approachable by jet boat.
Your tour begins with your highly-skilled captain navigating the 29-foot state-of-the-art, covered and heated, shallow-draft, aluminum, twin-engine jet boat across the mouth of the Stikine River.
Stikine River & Wilderness Glacier by Jet-Boat
Immerse yourself in the pristine wilderness of the world’s largest temperate rain forest. The Stikine River is considered one of the last truly wild rivers in North America, running directly through the nearly ½-million acre Stikine LeConte Wilderness area.
Scenic cruising Behm Narrows
Scenic cruising Misty Fjords
Rudyerd Bay (Misty Fjords), Alaska
Misty Fjords National Monument by Seaplane
To fully appreciate the vastness of Misty Fjords National Monument, you must see it from the air, and this may be the ultimate way to do exactly that.
No need to fly from Ketchikan; instead, you’ll tender from your Seabourn ship to a floating dock in the middle of Rudyerd Bay in the very heart of the monument.
Ventures by Seabourn: Kayak Exploration of Misty Fjords
Early explorer John Muir compared Misty Fjords with Yosemite Valley for its similar geology and glacial morphology.
He declared it one of the most beautiful places he had ever seen. You decide whether he was right or wrong, as your Ventures kayaking adventure takes place at the very end of the fjord, in a place to which only a handful of Seabourn guests.
Ventures by Seabourn: Misty Fjords Explorer by Catamaran
Explore Misty Fjords, one of the nature’s most spectacular creations, while cruising in luxury aboard one of the fastest sightseeing vessels in Alaska.
You’ll stop to view a Tlingit Pictograph, and New Eddystone Rock; an immense volcanic spire rising from the emerald sea. Delight in the unhurried exploration of Rudyerd Bay.
Bering Sea Crab Fishermen’s Tour
Wildlife is everywhere in Alaska — crabs, eagles, whales, octopus, sea lions, porpoise, wolf eels, sharks, and seals are all frequently spotted on the Bering Sea Crab Fishermen tour.
Come aboard the Aleutian Ballad for the adventure of a lifetime. The Aleutian Ballad was made famous in Season Two of Discovery Channel’s award-winning TV series Deadliest Catch.
Exclusive Alaska Rain Forest Wildlife Sanctuary Experience
Join this exclusive, after-hours event at the Rain Forest Wildlife Sanctuary. Your experience begins with a narrated eight-mile panoramic coastal drive to the privately-owned reserve located at rustic Herring Cove.
Meet your guide at the trailhead and enjoy a leisurely guided nature walk along a combination of improved gravel trails and elevated boardwalks.
Hunting for Halibut
This is the experience many anglers dream of when planning an Alaskan vacation, fishing for the largest flatfish in the world, the Pacific Halibut.
Imagine catching your first wild halibut with your friends or family and the bragging rights that will come with sharing your experience back home.
Ketchikan Salmon Fishing
Enjoy a 25 to 30 minute guided bus tour along the Tongass Narrows on your way to the marina.
From there you will board a modern fishing boat, and head to the nearby salmon fishing grounds.
Keep an eye out for eagles, whales, seals, sea lions or other wildlife.
Neets Bay Bear Watch by Floatplane
This once-in-a-lifetime wildlife expedition with the wild black bears of Southeast Alaska is certain to charm everyone from nature-lover to photography enthusiast.
Depart via floatplane with all the amenities to make your trip a memorable experience — including digital CD audio systems and individual passenger headsets to Neets Bay.
Rain Forest Canopy & Zip-Line Expedition
Live the thrill of gliding through the top of a rich rain forest canopy along a series of eight dual cable zip-lines with three aerial bridges suspended between tall spruce, hemlock, and cedar trees, bordering the magnificent Tongass National Forest.
This major rain forest reserve embraces one of Alaska’s richest salmon spawning streams and a pristine water.
Sea Cycle Ocean Adventure
Experience Ketchikan’s beauty from a totally different perspective from the seat of a sea cycle water bike.
A two person sea cycle is a high-performance pontoon style pedal boat offering hands-free operation so can take photos, a fun way to immerse yourself in Ketchikan’s intriguing history, geography and scenic beauty.
The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show
Treat yourself to an action packed fun time at the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show.
Just a short walk from the pier, this is where the world’s best lumberjacks go head-to-head in more than a dozen exciting events such as chopping, sawing, relay races, ax throwing, log rolling and a 50-foot speed climb.
Wilderness Exploration & Crab Feast
This is a truly Alaskan experience. It features pulling Dungeness crab pots from a wilderness estuary and a crab feast held in a historic cannery building converted to an elegant oceanside lodge.
You will leave downtown Ketchikan and embark on a fully narrated drive following the scenic coastline past a cannery, an old sawmill, totems, and waterfalls.
At George Inlet Lodge
Wildlife Safari & Beach Bonfire
Step aboard the m/v Sea Lion, possibly the perfect wildlife viewing vessel with its waterjet-powered mono hull, heated inside seating areas, large, spacious windows, and an aisleway for viewing wildlife.
A 360-degree observation deck outside offer excellent photography opportunities and an unobstructed view of the wilderness.
Prince Rupert, British Columbia
Butze Rain Forest Nature Walk
Begin your journey with a brief ride aboard an air conditioned motor coach.
Along the way, your guide will offer insight into the history of Prince Rupert and the surrounding communities.
Upon arrival at a trailhead into the Butze Rain Forest, set off on a hike deep into the forest.
Canada’s Wilderness via Seaplane
Your journey begins with a short drive from the ship to the Seal Cove Seaplane Base.
Here, you will board a de Havilland Beaver floatplane for an adventure that takes you over some of the most mesmerizing sights in the Prince Rupert area.
You’ll also see some coastal mountain glaciers on the Canada/Alaska border.
Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Watch
Cruise to the wilds of the Khutzeymateen Valley, Canada’s only grizzly bear sanctuary, to watch these highly intelligent creatures in their natural habitat.
It’s a five-minute walk from the ship to the Atlin Dock, where you will board a state-of-the-art, 72-foot catamaran specifically designed for wildlife viewing.
North Coast Pioneer Industry Walk
Nature, culture and 127 years of North Coast life form a rich landscape that you will experience on this walking tour.
Knowledgeable heritage guides present engaging stories of those who fished the waters and worked at the canneries of BC’s North Coast.
Leave the pier with a panoramic drive through Prince Rupert.
Prince Rupert City Highlights & Museum
Board a coach at the pier and settle in to enjoy a fascinating and informative guided panoramic drive within the city of Prince Rupert.
Learn about the history, heritage, and culture of the city as you travel with a knowledgeable guide.
The city’s highlights are a reminder of the many peoples and cultures who founded Prince Rupert, including adventurers and entrepreneurs.
Quottoon Falls via Seaplane
Meet your guide on the pier and transfer to Seal Cove Seaplane Base. Hop aboard a de Havilland Beaver floatplane.
You’ll take off from Prince Rupert for a thrilling flight heading north over Work Channel to Quottoon Inlet.
Whales & Marine Life Discovery Cruise
Join this memorable excursion through the rich and pristine waters of scenic Chatham Sound, British Columbia.
A short, five-minute walk brings you to the Atlin dock, where you will board a modern boat, equipped with washrooms, snack bar, two glass-enclosed indoor seating cabins and four outdoor viewing decks.
Scenic cruising Grenville Channel
Scenic cruising Princess Royal Channel
Klemtu, British Columbia, Canada
Ventures by Seabourn: Klemtu Coastal Kayak Exploration
Kayaking in the waters of British Columbia offers an exhilarating way to see a wealth of scenery and wildlife.
Transfer by zodiac a mile south of Klemtu to a small archipelago. This sheltered area offers calm, protected waters ideal for kayaking.
Several streams wash out into the ocean nearby, so it’s a great location for observing bird life and possibly bears as well.
Ventures by Seabourn: Zodiac Exploration of Jackson Pass
Explore Jackson Pass by Seabourn Ventures zodiac, perhaps the ultimate immersive experience in an area that is unreachable by land.
This is a beautiful channel where you’ll be able to look at the scenic area around Klemtu.
Each Zodiac has a qualified zodiac driver/naturalist who skillfully offers insights and information.
Scenic cruising Bella Bella
Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada
Alert Bay Highlights
Begin your introduction to Alert Bay with a step back into the past. Just 40 yards from the pier, you will find the Chiefs’ Burial Grounds.
Your local guide will talk about the totems here, and the history of the First Nations peoples in this area. Take photos as you listen.
Then, hop on a local school bus and visit the U’mista Cultural Centre.
Ventures by Seabourn: Kayak Exploration of Cormorant Marine Park
One of the best places to encounter Western Canada’s prolific wildlife is in the Cormorant Marine Park.
Transfer by zodiac to the park, where your kayak adventure begins. Birdlife is plentiful here, and Cormorant Channel boasts the distinction of being core habitat for the northern resident population of orca (killer) whales.
Ventures by Seabourn: Zodiac Exploration of Cormorant Marine Park
Set out by Ventures Zodiac to explore British Columbia’s Cormorant Marine Park, where bird life is everywhere and orca (killer) whales live all year round.
This is a great place to see these amazing mammals sheltering their young, spy hopping to watch visitors watching them, and going about their feeding and resting rituals.
Scenic cruising Johnstone Strait
Transit the Seymour Narrows
Vancouver, B.C., CA
Northwest Exploration & Suspension Bridge with Airport Transfer
Vancouver is a culturally diverse, sophisticated city set against a spectacular backdrop of forests, snow-capped mountains and the sparkling Pacific Ocean.
It juxtaposes its exciting urban flair and varied architecture with natural scenic beauty and a host of cultural and historic highlights.