Alaskan Splendors (12 Days)

Cruise Line: Windstar Cruises
Vancouver, BC, Canada to Seward, AK, United States
Dates: 24 Jul 2018 - 04 Aug 2018

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DAY
PORT
ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
24 Jul 2018
Vancouver, BC, Canada
5:00 PM
DAY 2
25 Jul 2018
Inside Passage (Cruising), AK, United States
DAY 3
26 Jul 2018
Ketchikan, AK, United States
2:00 PM 10:00 PM
DAY 4
27 Jul 2018
Misty Fjords National Monument, AK, United States
6:00 AM 7:00 PM
DAY 5
28 Jul 2018
Wrangell, AK, United States
8:00 AM 5:00 PM
DAY 6
29 Jul 2018
Sitka, AK, United States
8:00 AM 5:00 PM
DAY 7
30 Jul 2018
Tracy Arm, AK, United States
8:00 AM 8:00 PM
DAY 8
31 Jul 2018
Haines, AK, United States
6:00 AM 6:00 PM
DAY 9
01 Aug 2018
Juneau, AK, United States
7:00 AM 3:00 PM
DAY 10
02 Aug 2018
Day-at-Sea
DAY 11
03 Aug 2018
Kenai Fjords National Park, AK, United States
12:00 PM 8:00 PM
DAY 12
04 Aug 2018
Seward, AK, United States
7:00 AM
Alaskan Splendors map

Virtuoso Voyages Benefits

Virtuoso Voyages offer exclusive benefits and experiences you can only get by booking with a Virtuoso Advisor. Please review the benefits available to you below and let your Advisor know of your selection(s).

PASSENGER(S) MAY SELECT ONE BENEFIT FROM EACH SET OF DATES:

Please check with your Virtuoso Advisor for any restrictions that may apply to the third and fourth passengers in a cabin.

For 24 Jul 2018 - 04 Aug 2018
Your Onboard Host(s):
Linda S Smith, Terry Weinberg

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Highlights of Sitka with a Festive Lunch - Sitka - 2018 ( 6 Hours )
Sitka, AK, United States | 29 Jul 2018

  • Meals: Lunch
  • Recommended Ages: All Ages
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Experience(s): Food & Wine • Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing • Wildlife & Nature

We will begin our day with an introduction to Sitka along with a tour of the Alaska Raptor Center, a visit to the Sitka Sound Science Center, a Tlingit dance demonstration and a viewing of bears being cared for in captivity.

Depart the pier with our local driver-guide, who will provide commentary and point out sites of interest during our scenic transfer to Sitka's raptor hospital. Pass by the Russian Bishop's House, St. Peter's by the Sea Episcopal Church and a National Cemetery en route to a close-up encounter with Alaska's bald eagle. The Bald Eagle Center operates with bird care professionals assisted by volunteers to rescue birds, provide them with rehabilitative care and hopefully release them back into the wild. After our introduction to the center, a presentation with one of the Center's educational birds will take place. Time will be available to view the flight center, clinic window, outside deck habitat areas and gift shop.

Arriving at the Sitka Sound Science Center get up close and personal in the touch tanks; the best way to learn about the amazing undersea life of the Sitka Sound is to touch, see, and even smell them! The licensed facility also includes five in-wall mounted aquariums showcasing mini versions of many of the ecosystems important to marine life in Southeast Alaska. The lobby features an 800-gallon saltwater tank containing some of the fishes and invertebrates found around 60 feet down, including rockfish, sculpins, and the resident wolf eel, Wanda. The aquarium is also home to an adolescent killer whale skeleton. At the adjacent gift shop you will have the opportunity to purchase various souvenirs.

Next, depart to the Naa Kahidi hall for a Native dance performance. This authentic Native dance performance is educational and entertaining. All who attend are left with a lasting impression of the Tlingit people. Held in a traditional style Tlingit Clan House, the performance begins with the sound of a resonating box drum and the aroma of burning cedar as it fills the room. Tlingit dancers enter with beautiful regalia, mesmerizing the audience with ancient songs handed down through generations. Meet the dancers after the performance for an opportunity for additional photos and questions.

After the performance, we will take a short drive to the Channel Club restaurant and enjoy a lunch of local specialties.

Our final stop is a visit to the Fortress of the Bears, which allows you to get within 25 feet of Alaska’s brown bears in a naturalized setting. We will enjoy observing 3 populations of bears from a covered viewing platform and interact with an experienced naturalist. After the bear tour, you may disembark on the main street to shop or be returned directly to the pier.

Suggested Attire/Walking Notes: Layered clothing, light rain jacket and comfortable walking shoes. Moderate walking. Most walking surfaces are paved sidewalks except for the bear area which is hard packed dirt with an elevated boardwalk to view the bears. To access the platform you will need to climb 20 stairs or walk up a ramp way.

This itinerary is subject to change without notice due to local conditions or other considerations. This Virtuoso Voyages Event is not transferable and cannot be used in conjunction with another sailing. This Virtuoso Voyages Event has no cash value, cannot be redeemed or refunded for cash. Credit will not be issued for unused services. Ground operators and other suppliers are independently owned and operated and are not controlled by Virtuoso. Your participation in this event served as your acknowledgement that Virtuoso is not responsible for the acts or omissions of these third parties.

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What's Included

Included

  • • Ocean transportation in all-suite accommodations

    • All meals in all venues at all times, including 24-hour room service

    • All non-alcoholic beverages, including cappuccino, espresso, and other specialty non-alcoholic drinks

    • Welcome cocktails at reception

    • All onboard entertainment

    • Unlimited use of Fitness Center

    • Unlimited use of all water sports equipment

    • Informative port lectures and destination briefings

Not Included

  • Not included, however, are items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, laundry, transfers prior to or after cruise disembarkation or optional programs or activities. You’ll also be charged separately for shore excursions, and additional conveniences or conveyances not specified in the itinerary

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Late Booking Policy:

On bookings within 30 days of departure, Windstar Cruises requires final payment before the process of requesting air or hotel space. All bookings made 30 days of departure will be booked as cruise only. Bookings made within 30 days of departure will receive electronic documents. Paper documents will not be mailed out this close to the sailing date.

Singles:

Single occupancy of a stateroom is 175% of the published per-person stateroom cruise fare (200% of suites) and is subject to availability.

Change Fees:

Changing your itinerary after reservations have been made can result in loss of advantages gained by early planning. To cover administrative costs, a minimum charge of $50 per person will be assessed if you request a change in your travel arrangements. If such change involves a change of date of departure and occurs less than ninety (90) days prior to departure date, then the applicable cancellation fees for released cruise space will also be charged.

Cancellation Policy:

A full refund (except for the amounts paid for Cancellation Protection Plan and the $50 per person fee) will be made for written cancellations received by Windstar Cruises at least 121 days prior to the date on which you are to commence travel by any mode of transportation booked through Windstar Cruises (air, sea, or land).

Guests who cancel after that date for any reason, including medical or family reasons, are subject to the following cancellation schedule:

  • 120-90 days before commencing travel - 15% of gross fare (deposit);
  • 89-60 days before commencing travel - 35% of gross fare;
  • 59-30 days before commencing travel-50% of gross fare;
  • 29-0 days before commencing travel - 100% of gross fare.

Fees are due regardless of resale.

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