Virtuoso Traveler 2018 June Cruise: Alaska on the Seabourn Sojourn

Cruise: Alaska on the Seabourn Sojourn

<em>Seabourn Sojourn</em> sails Alaska’s Aialik Bay.
Seabourn Sojourn sails Alaska’s Aialik Bay.
Photo by Seabourn
It’s hard to get your head around Alaska. Its 586,000-square-mile immensity, coupled with the reduced navigational abilities of megaton cruise ships, means that many lines stick to popular ports that provide a broad outline, but blur the details – an intimate encounter with an orca, the crack of a close-by calving glacier – that truly define the state. Going small can provide a more complete picture, as Vancouver, B.C.-based Virtuoso travel advisors and life partners Sue and Bob Bradley learned on a summer cruise aboard the 458-passenger Seabourn Sojourn. “Larger ships just can’t go to the same places,” say the Bradleys, “particularly when cruising up the fjords to view the glaciers.” Here, the couple fills us in on the finer points of their adventure.
Kayaking in the Endicott Arm fjord.
Kayaking in the Endicott Arm fjord.
Photo by Seabourn

First Impressions

“The Sojourn definitely has some of the nicest cruise ship accommodations we’ve ever encountered: Our first ‘wow’ moment was when we saw the bathroom in our suite – it was bigger than our bathroom at home! The amenities are stellar as well; for example, a recent refurbishment updated the already outstanding spa area to accommodate wellness offerings from Dr. Andrew Weil.”

Comfortable Elegance

“The ambience was a pleasant surprise – casual and upscale at the same time, without any sense of pretentiousness. It was matched by attentive yet unobtrusive service: On a particularly cold and rainy day, we returned to our cabin from a shore excursion to find that our steward had drawn a bath for us. She timed it exactly so the water was still piping hot when we got back.”

Close Encounters 

“A glacier was calving when we were kayaking in the Endicott Arm fjord. The experience is impressive on its own, but when you’re down in the water among the massive ice floes, it officially qualifies as a lifetime memory. On our last day, we were treated to a humpback whale show for several hours courtesy of Mother Nature. The captain delayed our departure so we could watch as long as possible.”

Keeping Things Real

“We stopped at the First Nations village of Klemtu to see a presentation of traditional music and dance – what an authentic experience! The Sojourn also held a salmon cookout on deck that was particularly memorable. We sipped Alaskan craft beer while looking out on the Pacific waters where those fish came from.”

Extended Outlook 

“We’ve surveyed many cruisers, and the number-one regret of those who have traveled to Alaska is that they didn’t stay longer and explore it by land. For this reason, we highly recommend an optional Seabourn Journey extension to Denali National Park and Preserve.”

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