Date: August 11 - August 21, 2016
Cruise Destination: Seattle to Seattle
On this journey between the ecofriendly vibe of Seattle and cosmopolitan personality of Vancouver, you will appreciate glaciers, gardens, gold rush camps and glorious views. While the towering old-growth forest of Prince Rupert’s Butze Rainforest might be the most impressive display of nature you will see, you’ll be equally enchanted by the blooming wildflowers along fabled Creek Street in Ketchikan and the untamed flora and fauna discovered on a wildlife hike on Mount Dewey outside Wrangell. Listen for the telltale cracking sounds piercing the air as pieces of Hubbard Glacier calve into the pristine waters below. Near Icy Strait Point, watch humpback whales and other creatures cavorting in the nutrient-rich waters at Point Adolphus. Then discuss the day’s adventures over a culinary masterpiece aboard Regatta with newfound friends. For guests who travel with children, our Alaska Explorer Youth Program offers the opportunity for everyone to experience the excitement of exploring the Northwest Coast and Alaska in a meaningful, enriching way. Designed for age groups between 5 and 12, the program is supervised by experienced and enthusiastic youth counselors and include games, activities and Alaska-inspired special events.
Day 1: Seattle, United States
Day 2: Cruising the Inside Passage
Day 3: Ketchikan, Alaska
Day 4: Icy Straight Point (Hoonah), Alaska
Day 5: Skagway, Alaska
Day 6: Cruising Hubbard Glacier
Day 7: Sitka, Alaska
Called "Shee Atika" by the Tlingit Indians, then "New Archangel" by the Russians who ousted them, Sitka boasts a multicultural heritage. Two dozen of its attractions are on the National Register of Historic Places, including Castle Hill and Building 29, a structure built by the Russians in 1835. The Sheldon Jackson Museum exhibits one of Alaska's oldest native culture collections.
Day 8: Wrangell, Alaska
Once a Tlingit Indian stronghold, then a Russian outpost, and finally an American settlement in 1867, Wrangell has endured dramatic change and honors it. See a preserved tribal house on Chief Shakes Island. Learn about the three gold rushes that transformed the area in the Wrangell Museum. Behold the ancient petroglyphs carved into the rocks on the nearby beaches.
Day 9: Prince Rupert, Canada
British Columbia's most northern coastal city, Prince Rupert sits on the very edge of the wilderness. The majority of its attractions revolve around the outdoors, such as sport fishing or a walking tour of the bonsai-like forest at Oliver Lake. Wildlife abounds, including bears, mountain goats and a variety of migrating whales.
Day 10: Cruising the Outside Passage
At Sea, International Waters
Day 11: Vancouver, Canada
By far the largest port on Regatta's Alaska cruises, Vancouver offers every imaginable big-city attraction. Explore the Museum of Anthropology and the Vancouver Art Museum for culture. History flourishes in the Gastown district, which borders vibrant Chinatown. Or enjoy a break from the bustle in Stanley Park, one of North America's largest urban parks.