28-day Alaska Arctic Circle Solstice
Sun Jun 9th 2024
Onboard Westerdam
Itinerary Summary
Seattle, Ketchikan, Sitka, Valdez, Seward, Dutch Harbor, Nome, Kodiak, Anchorage (Overnight), Homer, Glacier Bay, Haines, Juneau, Prince Rupert, Seattle
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Itinerary

Day 1 : Seattle

-- - 3:00 pm

Located in the midst of mountains and water, Seattle's scenery is truly a sight to see. Along with the alluring appearance of Seattle it also entails plenty of entertainment and attractions. If you're a sports fanatic, Seattle offers games by the Seattle Seahawks, Sonics, Angels or the Rainier's. If you acquire more of an artsy taste, Seattle also provides museums such as the Bellevue Art Museum, Frye Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum, and the Henry Art Gallery. For those of you who are more into Science and History, you'll be more interested in the Burke Museum, Museum of Flight, Museum of History and Industry, Pacific Science Center, Seattle Aquarium, etc. No matter what your preference includes, Seattle accommodates all.

Day 2 : At Sea

Day 3 : Ketchikan

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Ketchikan is the salmon capital of the world. The canneries are busy, and the stream below Creek Street's rustic boardwalk bustles with life. Visit the ancient grove of Totem Bight, the largest collection of authentic totem poles anywhere. Make a flight to nearby Misty Fjords--a breathtaking vista of Alaska's unspoiled wilderness and America's newest national monument, or, try a little salmon fishing.

Day 4 : Sitka

10:00 am - 6:00 pm

When Alaska belonged to Russia, Sitka was the capital and center for its fur trading empire. Today, Sitka's Russian heritage and magnificent setting make it an enchanting destination. The city features a harbor studded with islands, a backdrop of mountains, and spectacular Mt. Edgecumbe, a volcano often compared to Japan's Mt. Fuji. Sitka displays its past in such attractions as St. Michael's Cathedral with its striking onion-shaped dome, the Russian Blockhouse, and world famous New Archangel Dancers. Visit the Historic Park, with a ruined Indian fort where Tlingit Indians battled Russian settlers in 1804.

Day 5 : At Sea

Day 6 : At Sea

Day 6 : Valdez

12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Valdez is known as the "Switzerland of Alaska," a tribute to the splendid snow-capped mountains that surround this prosperous port. Once the gateway to the gold country, Valdez is now the southern terminus of the famous Alaskan Pipeline that carries "black gold" from the Arctic Ocean to an oil-thirsty world.

Day 7 : At Sea

Day 7 : At Sea

Day 8 : Seward

7:00 am - 3:00 pm

The city of Seward is located in southern coast Alaska in Kenai Peninsula Borough at the top of the Resurrection Bay. The city of Seward was founded back in 1902 as the end of the Alaska Rail Road which was built 1915-1923. The name of Seward was derived by Abraham Lincoln's secretary of state, who arbitrated the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867. The city of Seward suffered from 90% of the waterfront industry due to an earthquake in 1964. Due to this earthquake, six feet of the shoreline dropped along with the harbor and fuel docks.

Day 9 : At Sea

Day 10 : Dutch Harbor

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Day 11 : At Sea

Day 12 : At Sea

Day 12 : At Sea

Day 13 : Nome

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

In the county of Nome.

Day 14 : At Sea

Day 15 : At Sea

Day 16 : At Sea

Day 17 : Kodiak

7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Day 18 : Anchorage

7:00 am - --

Cosmopolitan Anchorage is a city that has its own symphony and ballet yet offers rugged wilderness only minutes away. Art enthusiasts will enjoy the Anchorage Museum of History and Art and the many galleries. Shoppers will discover excellent native Alaskan arts and crafts.

Day 19 : Anchorage

-- - 6:00 pm

Cosmopolitan Anchorage is a city that has its own symphony and ballet yet offers rugged wilderness only minutes away. Art enthusiasts will enjoy the Anchorage Museum of History and Art and the many galleries. Shoppers will discover excellent native Alaskan arts and crafts.

Day 20 : Homer

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Day 21 : At Sea

Day 22 : Glacier Bay

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Preserved as a National Monument, Glacier Bay is an extraordinary collection of glaciers in a contained region. Only two ships per day are permitted to enter the bay during the summer months, when whales come here to feed. The ice in Glacier Bay fell as snow, hundreds of years ago, on the icefields in the mountains above. Compressed by its own tremendous weight, it slowly flows through valleys to the sea, where in some cases, it breaks off in great chunks called calves, to float free as icebergs and "bergy bits."

Day 23 : Haines

7:00 am - 9:00 pm

Alaska's heritage comes alive in the handcrafted artistry of the Tlingit (pronounced "Klink-it") Indians and in the lively performances of the Chilkat Dancers, with their brightly painted tribal masks. Take a walking tour of Haines and get a glimpse of the town's gold-rush history in local museums. You can visit the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve-Haines boasts the world's largest concentration of the magnificent birds, drawn to the area by the salmon-rich waters. Other shore excursions include a boat trip on Lake Chilkoot and a glacier country flightseeing trip.

Day 24 : Juneau

7:00 am - 11:00 pm

Alaska's capital can't be reached by road. You fly or sail here to enjoy its greeting of dockside flags and flowers. It is surprisingly urban and cultured for being so remote. Visit the museum for insights into Inuit culture and crafts. Drive up to Mendenhall, the only glacier inside city limits! Or get an aerial view from a helicopter. Fish for silver salmon, or just enjoy some off the grill--then kick back at the Red Dog Saloon.

Day 25 : At Sea

Day 26 : Wrangell

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The city of Wrangell is located at the most southeastern point of Alaska surrounded by the Eastern Passage, Sumner Strait, Zimovia Strait, and the Stikine Strait. The city has had an elaborate history since the beginning of its days. Wrangell is the only city in the U.S. to be governed by both Russians and British. The city has maintained its rough atmosphere from being a fur-trading point for the Russians and now the city acquires an old-fashioned look with saloons and salmon and shrimp processing plants.

Day 27 : Prince Rupert

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Day 28 : At Sea

Day 29 : Seattle

7:00 am - --

Located in the midst of mountains and water, Seattle's scenery is truly a sight to see. Along with the alluring appearance of Seattle it also entails plenty of entertainment and attractions. If you're a sports fanatic, Seattle offers games by the Seattle Seahawks, Sonics, Angels or the Rainier's. If you acquire more of an artsy taste, Seattle also provides museums such as the Bellevue Art Museum, Frye Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum, and the Henry Art Gallery. For those of you who are more into Science and History, you'll be more interested in the Burke Museum, Museum of Flight, Museum of History and Industry, Pacific Science Center, Seattle Aquarium, etc. No matter what your preference includes, Seattle accommodates all.