SEATTLE, March 20, 2018 – Following a very successful
2017 season Seabourn, the world's finest
ultra-luxury cruise line, is headed back to Alaska and British Columbia in 2018
with an exciting lineup of guided Ventures by Seabourn optional,
for-charge shore excursions. The new excursions for 2018 invite guests to
explore the extraordinary natural beauty and wildlife of The Last Frontier and
Canada's Inside Passage via double sea kayak, Zodiac, catamaran and hikes.
The 11-, 12- and 14-day sailings planned in the region aboard Seabourn
Sojourn will feature multiple opportunities for guests to enjoy
up-close exploration that is enjoyable, approachable and eye-opening. Guests
opting to take a Ventures by Seabourn experience will enjoy adventurous
activities that are professionally planned and operated, and escorted by expert
guides. The line has released a new video showcasing a captivating look at the luxuries, excitement and
expertise that combine to create the Seabourn experience and Ventures by
Seabourn in Alaska and British Columbia.
"Ventures by Seabourn is a great way for our guests to experience
the beauty and history of Alaska and British Columbia intimately, right at
sea-level or on winding trails in the company of qualified guides," said Richard
Meadows, president of Seabourn. "Seabourn has always focused on providing
enrichment for guests. This year's Ventures by Seabourn offerings will do that
and more, presenting authentic views and experiences with excitement around
Ventures by Seabourn distinguishes Seabourn from other cruise
lines in the region, blending the worlds of ultra-luxury and expedition-style
travel into one. Since its introduction in 2015, the program has become an
enormously popular option for guests to enhance their travel experiences in a
number of ports around the world. The program also offers informative
complimentary lectures by knowledgeable and articulate teams of scientists,
scholars, naturalists and more. Meanwhile, the modest size of Seabourn ships
and the length of their itineraries afford opportunities for guests to explore
many sites, scenes and destinations many other cruise ships can't reach.
Featured Ventures by Seabourn excursions are available on select
itineraries and ports, and include:
of Aialik Glacier by Kayak or Zodiac – Expect a depthless experience
on pristine water that spreads like a mirror before the prow, with quality time
in a habitat brimming with diverse wildlife and surrounded by waterfalls, ice
and glaciers. Not uncommon is an opportunity to see a glacier calving during
the exploration, sending "bergy bits" crashing into the sea.
of Holgate Glacier by Kayak or Zodiac – Get acquainted with local
wildlife while exploring Holgate Fjord, Holgate Glacier, and surrounding
waterfalls. This is a one-off chance for a thoroughly immersive experience of
perusing a remote destination in detail.
of College Fjord by Kayak or Zodiac – Available only on the June 16
voyage of Seabourn Sojourn, this adventure explores an area rarely
visited by cruise ships. Located in the northern sector of Prince William
Sound, the fjord contains five tidewater glaciers, five large valley glaciers,
and dozens of smaller glaciers, most named for East Coast colleges.
Islands Exploration by Kayak or Zodiac (Inian Islands) – Cross
Sound is one of the main gateways for migratory humpback whales entering the
sheltered waters of Alaska, and also where a variety of wildlife make the
islands their home. Guests on board will have an opportunity to hopefully see
them in their natural habitat, including the Steller sea lions, Horned and
Tufted puffins, Sea otters, Harbor seals, Bald eagles and other bird species.
Glacier Adventure Hike (Juneau) – Immerse with a local guide and
the Seabourn Sojourn Ventures team to witness an incredible variety of
fauna and flora en route to the base of Mendenhall in Juneau. Then don a helmet
and, ice conditions permitting, step into the spectacular ice caves of the
Trail Hike (Juneau) – Here is a moderate to strenuous foray through the Alaskan
temperate rain forest near Juneau that's not to be missed. Learn about local
fauna and flora, as well as Alaskan and Native history, including entertaining
stories of Juneau's past and the influential Gold Rush era.
Glacier Hike & Zodiac (Haines) – Take a Zodiac ride to Glacier
Point just outside of Haines and, after a "wet landing," switch from rubber to
hiking or mountaineering boots and follow a local guide through the temperate
rain forest. Upon reaching the base of Davidson Glacier, gear up for an
exhilarating glacier walk covering more than six miles and rising 180 feet. The
final approach traverses boulder-strewn, loose-rock glacier moraine.
Meadows Intercoastal Hike & Zodiac (Haines) – This
adventure includes a Zodiac ride over Moose Bay in Haines followed by a coastal
hike with a local guide along the western side of Chilkat Peninsula that
proceeds from Moose Meadows to Twin Coves. The undulating terrain is surrounded
by magnificent mountain and glacial scenery.
of Sawyer Glacier/Endicott Arm by Kayak or Zodiac –
Legendary scenery, abundant wildlife, waterfalls and boundless beauty wait via
Zodiac through Tracy Arm/ Sawyer Glacier. The Zodiacs will allow guests to get
close to view the face of the glacier and to hopefully see wildlife, including
birdlife, Mountain goats, Sea lions and Harbor seals.
Exploration by Catamaran – See the best of Tracy Arm/Endicott Arm
fjords including close-up examination of the majestic Sawyer or Dawes Glaciers,
ice conditions permitting, from the comfort of a deluxe, water jet-powered
catamaran that is uniquely designed to provide the best-possible views. There
will be frequent stops on the jade-colored sea to view wildlife such as Harbor
seals, Mountain goats and Bald eagles.
Falls Adventure Hike (Wrangell) – This moderate-to-strenuous hike on Wrangell
Island heads into Alaska's temperate rain forest over the Rainbow Trail, a
manmade boardwalk that winds through incredible forest scenery en route to
magnificent Rainbow Falls. The local guide will share details of natural and
human history along the way.
Falls Adventure Hike - Up & Over! (Wrangell) – All of the
above and more, including going over the top of the mountain to explore the
other side of Wrangell Island. The hike covers 7.5 miles, with interpretation
of natural and human history throughout.
Creek - Bear Viewing & Photography (Wrangell) – A bear
expert and photography specialist will team up for this ultimate bear-viewing
experience – arguably the best Alaska has to offer. Anan Creek is an ancient
Tlingit Native fishing site on the south end of Wrangell Island, with the
largest pink salmon run in Southeast Alaska attracting significant numbers of
black and brown bears. The observation platform and photography blind overlook
cascading falls with bears standing by to catch jumping fish. Available on
of Misty Fjords by Kayak or Zodiac (Rudyerd Bay) – Explore
the most remote part of Misty Fjords National Monument, a territory explorer
John Muir classed as among the most beautiful places he had ever seen. The
narrow far end is not accessible by ship – but it is by Zodiac or kayak. Only a
privileged few can claim to have seen the marvelous tribute to the majesty of
Fjords Explorer by Catamaran (Rudyerd Bay) – Cruise in
luxury aboard one of the fastest sightseeing vessels in Alaska while learning
about the natural and human history of this remote and remarkably beautiful
wilderness. Highlights include New Eddystone Rock, Rudyerd Bay, "God's Pocket"
and "Owl Cliffs," as well as a visit to a rookery amid the mist of glistening
of Finlayson Channel by Zodiac (Klemtu, B.C.) – The ultimate immersive
experience in an area unreachable by land. Stay on the lookout for birdlife,
Steller sea lions and possibly Humpback whales while soaking up the magnificent
scenery all around.
of Klemtu Coast by Kayak (Klemtu, B.C.) – Paddle the waters of
British Columbia amidst a wealth of scenery and wildlife. A sheltered area
south of Klemtu offers great opportunities to view birdlife and possibly
of Cormorant Marine Park by Kayak or Zodiac (Alert Bay) - Explore
one of the best places to encounter Western Canada's prolific wildlife.
Navigate the waters and keep an eye out for seals, whales, eagles and more
Seabourn Sojourn's 2018 season in Alaska and British
Columbia combines ultra-luxury comforts with onboard programs such as Seabourn
Conversations and wildlife watching on deck. The unique voyages combine
Alaska's most popular ports with rarely visited hidden gems of the Inside
Passage and British Columbia.
In addition, Seabourn is offering the Denali Experience, an exclusive and optional
Seabourn Journey available before or after all Seabourn Alaska voyages. The
five-day Denali Experience is a fully escorted, custom-designed overland
adventure promising awe-inspiring wonder with luxury accommodations and
culinary options. Venturing into the Great Land, Seabourn guests will soar high
above glaciers during a sightseeing flight, as well as head deep into the
protected wilderness of Denali National Park with a guide to spot grizzly and
black bears, wolves, moose, caribou and more.
reservations or more details, please contact a professional travel advisor;
call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit www.seabourn.com. A dedicated shore excursion call
center is available for guests at 1-800-984-3225.
For more Information:
(206) 626-9158 or BBadura@seabourn.com
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