Alaska's Glaciers and the Inside Passage June 28-July 5, 2018
Dear W&L Alumni, Parents, and Friends,
To sail among the Southeast Islands of Alaska in high summer is a truly magical experience. The lingering glow of the season's longest days lends a special aura to landscapes and seascapes alike. In the immense panorama of the Northwest Passage, we'll behold arctic‐blue glaciers, the deep green of pristine forested islands, and the glassy surface of the sea reflecting the colors of the sky. Below that surface linger whales and orcas; eagles soar from their nests high in the pines; and from their dens deep in the woods, brown bears venture with their cubs to frolic on the flats near the shore. Our voyage from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Juneau, Alaska — surely one of the loveliest and most fascinating cruise itineraries in the world — will realize the full promise of these memorable days.
Along the way, we'll call at the historic towns of Sitka, a cultural fusion of Tlingit and Russian heritage; Wrangell, one of the oldest settlements in Alaska; and Ketchikan, rich in Alaskan art and tradition. We'll glide through the serene Inside Passage and into remote inlets in search of whales, porpoises, sea lions, sea otters and puffins in their natural habitat. We'll cruise the scenic Tracy Arm Fjord, where we'll survey myriad waterfalls misting against cliffs below snowcapped peaks, to the face of the majestic Dawes and South Sawyer Glaciers. Amidst that spectacular silence, a sharp report will signal the shearing of another mass of ice as it calves into the sea.
Our home for this journey is the five‐star Star Legend, an elegant small ship that will make cruising the picturesque inlets and coves of our itinerary as well as the unfolding grandeur of the Northwest Passage an experience in luxury and comfort. Our ship offers an exceptional wildlife‐viewing experience — from sheltered observation decks, during Zodiac excursions (weather permitting), and from the comfort of ocean‐view suites, most with private balconies.
"Alaska's Glaciers and the Inside Passage" will also introduce W&L alumni, parents, and friends to Will Dudley, President of Washington and Lee. This will be President Dudley's inaugural W&L Traveller adventure and his first visit to Alaska. A lecture program staffed by faculty from select universities will help to enhance our understanding of the history and natural history of the region. Optional extensions (Fairbanks/Denali and Vancouver) are available.
If you wish to cruise and explore one of North America's most beautiful and unspoiled regions in extraordinary style, we invite you join fellow W&L travelers on this unforgettable journey.
We look forward to traveling with you,
Rob Fure, Director W&L Traveller
Exploring the Inside Passage
Shaped by the Ice Age and sheltered from the Pacific Ocean by one thousand miles of islands along the Pacific coast of North America, the Inside Passage embodies snowcapped mountains, arctic‐blue glaciers and a wilderness more beautiful than you could imagine. Stand on the deck of your Five‐Star small ship, surrounded by stunning scenery, as you cruise the secluded coves and inlets of these protected waters. Watch for bald eagles, humpback whales, harbor seals and brown bears. Listen to the thunderous calving of the Dawes and South Sawyer Glaciers. Venture into the heart of narrow Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm, and explore the Inside Passage's hidden treasures, including the secluded Inian Islands and seldom‐visited Elfin Cove. Along the way, encounter the indigenous culture of the Tlingit, onion‐domed churches built by Russian fur traders, hearty shing villages, historic trading outposts settled by American pioneers and gold rush settlements built over a century ago.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Originally built as a small 19th-century timber milling settlement, today dynamic Vancouver is the cultural and nancial heart of Canada's Pacific Northwest.
Please note that the ship's cruising pattern and positionings are dependent on weather, ice and water conditions and are subject to change.
Cruising the Inside Passage
Aboard our Five-Star ship, experience up close the natural wonders of the fabled Inside Passage, one of the most scenic waterways in the world, cruising amidst countless islands, lush forests, secluded bays and coves, sandy beaches and lofty waterfalls cascading from mountain cliffs inaccessible to larger ships. While cruising the Inside Passage's placid waters, watch from the ship's spacious decks, private balconies and the observation lounge for cavorting sea lions and breaching orcas in the deep waters and brown bears, Sitka black-tailed deer, mountain goats, beavers, mink, foxes and river otters roaming the shores and mountainsides.
In the colorful shing town of Ketchikan — "salmon capital of the world" — stroll the historic boardwalks of Creek Street and watch salmon swimming upstream through the middle of town along the well-known "Salmon Ladder." Visit a typical Tlingit village and see the fascinating art of Potlatch Totem Park, where a master craftsman demonstrates the ancient technique of hand-carving a totem pole.
One of the oldest towns in Alaska, picturesque Wrangell is the only Alaskan town to have flown the flag of three nations — Russia, Great Britain and the United States. Walk through its quaint downtown to Kik-setti Totem Park and hear a compelling interpretive narration of the history of these intricately carved totem poles.
Admire traditional historic churches dotting the landscape en route to Petroglyph Beach, designated a state historic beach and home to rock carvings created 8000 years ago.
Visit the Wrangell Museum displaying over 5000 historic photos, artifacts, petroglyphs and exhibits displaying the local trades in Alaska — fishing, mining and logging.
Nestled on the edge of Baranof Island and well known for its stunning beauty, Sitka is laden with the art and history of its aboriginal and Russian past. First settled by the Kik-setti clan of the Tlingit, the "capital of Russian America" flourished as a Russian fur trading hub until its 1867 transfer to the United States. Visit the impressive Alaska Raptor Center, Alaska's foremost bald eagle habitat, where more than 100 injured eagles are rehabilitated and released back into the wild each year.
Explore the rich Tlingit culture while conversing with local artisans in Sitka National Historical Park, whose trails are lined with towering totem poles, a lasting memorial to an ancient heritage. Marvel at the priceless collection of icons in the onion-domed St. Michael's Cathedral, the first Russian Orthodox church built in North America.
Point Adolphus/Inian Islands/Elfin Cove
Your small ship allows you to look for humpback whales feeding in the nutrient-rich waters surrounding Point Adolphus. Cruise through Icy Strait to the wild Inian Islands, around which flow unspoiled tidal waters teeming with marine life. From aboard a Zodiac, watch for hunting sea lions and swooping bald eagles, along with other predators, drawn by the abundance of salmon and other prey. Cruise to pristine Chichagof Island, where you will tender ashore to visit remote Elfin Cove. Walk the boardwalks of this tiny fishing community (year-round population: 20), surrounded by the majestic conifers of the Tongass National Forest.
Tracy Arm Fjord/South Sawyer Glacier/Endicott Arm/Dawes Glacier
Cruise into the deep and narrow fjord of Tracy Arm, where waterfalls cascade from dramatic cliffs, lush forest fades to spectacular sheer rock and icebergs glint in the sunlight. At the remote end of Tracy Arm, approach South Sawyer Glacier and watch and listen as it calves chunks of ice that become floating platforms for hundreds of harbor seals. On a Zodiac outing in the pristine, seldom-visited Endicott Arm, see Dawes Glacier and look or Arctic terns, pigeon guillemots and even mountain goats.
The sole American state capital accessible only by air or sea, picturesque Juneau is where The Call of the Wild author Jack London set forth to join the Klondike Gold Rush in 1897.
Pre-Cruise Option: Vancouver/Victoria
Surrounded by water on three sides, Vancouver is a coastal jewel of the Pacific Northwest. Its ideal setting combines a diverse ecosystem and a vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere, rich in art and culture culled from the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, to form a spectacular city. Visit Vancouver Island and Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada that was once a private estate and today is one of the most beautiful gardens in North America. Tour elegant Victoria, a former British Empire port that still retains a charming English accent as well as wonderfully restored 19th-century architecture. In Vancouver, see historic Chinatown, famous Stanley Park and the 19th-century Gastown District and explore the Public Market and native artisans’ studios at Granville Island. Accommodations for two nights are in the deluxe Westin BayShore hotel.
The Pre-Cruise Option is available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.
Post-Cruise Option: Denality National Park/Fairbanks
Travel deep into Alaska’s Interior for the perfect conclusion to your Inside Passage voyage. Experience fully what Alaska has to offer at the best time of year, when summer days are long and a dreamlike dusk extends past midnight.
In Juneau, visit the mighty Mendenhall Glacier, one of 38 glaciers leading to the Juneau Icefield. Then, fly to Anchorage for one night in a city that balances urban comforts with the call of the wild.
Visit the Iditarod Trail Headquarters and enjoy the scenery en route to the pristine wilderness of Denali National Park, home to North America’s tallest peak at over 20,000 feet high. Spend two nights in a comfortable lodge just outside this splendid and unspoiled six‐million‐acre national park. Learn about Denali’s ecosystem and journey into its heart, where an expert from the Murie Science and Learning Center will guide and assist you in spotting and identifying the amazing wildlife — moose, bears, caribou, wolves, Dall sheep and raptors — in their protected natural habitat.
Traverse through rolling green tundra aboard a domed train offering stunning 360‐degree views of the majestic landscape — mountains, gorges and spruce forests — to the “Golden Heart” city of Fairbanks. Spend two nights in this frontier city, founded upon the outbreak of gold‐rush fever at the turn of the 20th century. Cruise the fabled Chena and Tanana Rivers aboard a traditional sternwheeler, see the incredible Trans‐Alaska Pipeline and visit the galleries of the renowned Museum of the North.
Join us for this exclusive, specially arranged and comprehensive five‐night opportunity to further explore America’s amazing last frontier.
The Post-Cruise Option is available at additional cost. Details will be provided in your reservation confirmation.
|*||Vancouver/Victoria (Pre-Cruise Option)|
|1||Depart home city/Arrive Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada/Embark Star Legend|
|2||Cruising the Inside Passage|
|3||Ketchikan, Alaska, US|
|6||Point Adolphus/Inian Islands/Elfin Cove|
|7||Endicott Arm/Dawes Glacier/Tracy Arm Fjord/Sawyer Glacier|
|8||Juneau/Disembark ship/Return to home city|
|*||Denali National Park/Fairbanks (Post-Cruise Option)|
The Ship: Star Legend
Exclusively chartered, Five-Star
- Five-Star, All-Suite, Small Ship
Enjoy intimate, Five-Star cruising at its finest aboard the Star Legend, renovated and relaunched in 2015. Among Travel + Leisure magazine’s “World’s Best Cruise Lines,” this small ship can dock in ports inaccessible to larger vessels and celebrates traditional “sail aways” on deck.
- With Our Compliments
A host of complimentary indulgences awaits you — flowers and fruit in your Suite to welcome you aboard, all alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the cruise and in your Suite minibar, specialty coffees and light snacks in the Yacht Club, and 24-hour room service. And, shipboard gratuities are included.
- World-Class Dining
The elegant dining room serves contemporary international cuisine and accommodates all guests in a single seating. You may enjoy breakfast and lunch in the indoor-outdoor restaurant or reserve a table for alfresco evening dining.
- Only 106 Spacious Luxury Suites
Ideal for private viewing of passing landscapes are the Classic Suites, each with a private, furnished veranda, and the French Balcony Suites, with an expansive sliding glass door andwoodenrailing. Ocean-View Suites have one picture window. Each of the Five-Star Suites features individual climate control, one queen bed or two twin beds, a private bathroom with shower (most with full bathtub), sitting area and luxurious amenities, including flat-screen television, Wi-Fi access, safe, walk-in closet, plush robes and slippers.
- Life On Board
Offering educational presentations, panoramic views, nightly entertainment and quiet retreat, the ship’s tastefully appointed public areas include a large lounge, two bars, library with computers, spa, fitness center, casino and outdoor whirlpool and counter-current pool. The ship has two elevators.
- Award-Winning Service
With a ratio of one crew member for every 1.5 guests, you will enjoy personal and attentive service. There is a physician and medical facility on board.
On board the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, All-Suite, Small Ship Star Legend:
- Seven-night voyage from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to Juneau, Alaska, U.S., through the magnificent Inside Passage, featuring Ketchikan, Wrangell, Sitka, Elfin Cove, Inian Islands, Point Adolphus, Tracy Arm Fjord, South Sawyer Glacier, Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier.
- Spacious, Five-Star, ocean-view Suite, with a private bathroom and individual climate control.
- Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions.
- All meals—breakfast, lunch and dinner—featuring fine international cuisine, served at single, unassigned seatings.
- Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are available throughout the cruise.
- Six days cruising the protected and rarely traveled waters of the British Columbian and Alaskan Inside Passage, one of the most spectacular coastal waterways in the world.
- Onboard naturalist guides to help identify the natural wonders and incredible wildlife of the Inside Passage.
- Visit Potlatch Totem Park in Ketchikan to experience indigenous Alaskan Tlingit culture.
- Tour of historic Ketchikan, “salmon capital of the world,” and its famous gold rush-era Creek Street.
- Walking tour of Wrangell, a 19th-century trading town, including the Kik-setti Totem Park, Petroglyph Beach and the Wrangell Museum.
- Visit to picturesque Sitka, once the “capital of Russian America,” to see St. Michael’s Cathedral and its priceless Russian Orthodox icons and to tour the Alaska Raptor Center.
- Humpback whale watching near Point Adolphus.
- Zodiac excursion through the marine-life-rich waters of the captivating Inian Islands.
- Visit to the remote fishing village of Elfin Cove on pristine Chichagof Island, with time at leisure.
- Scenic cruise into stunning Tracy Arm Fjord featuring the South Sawyer Glacier.
- Zodiac excursion to the tidal Dawes Glacier and harbor seal watching in the seldom-visited Endicott Arm Fjord.
Enhanced Travel Services
- Transfers and luggage handling abroad for participants whose arrival(s)/departure(s) coincide with the scheduled group transfer(s).
- All excursions and visits, as outlined above, with experienced local guides.
- Gratuities to ship personnel, local guides, drivers and naturalist on included excursions and transfers.
- The services of experienced Gohagan & Company Travel Directors throughout the program.
- Hospitality desk aboard ship.
- Travel document wallet, name badge and pre-departure information.
- Automatic $250,000 flight insurance policy for each participant ticketed on flights by Gohagan & Company.
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy and exclude taxes (additional $305 per per person and subject to change).
Singles are available in Category 5 at $10,595, Category 4 at $11,695, and in Category 2 at $14,295 on or before Jan. 5, 2018. Add $1,000 for reservations made after Jan. 5, 2018.
|Suite Category||Room Description||Tariff Through 1/5/18||Tariff After 1/5/18|
|7||One picture window. Deck 4, forward. (limited availability)||$4,395||$5,395|
|6||One picture window. Deck 4, forward. (limited availability)||$5,495||$6,495|
|5||One picture window. Deck 4, midship.||$6,095||$7,095|
|4||One picture window. Deck 5, forward (limited availability) and midship.||$6,595||$7,595|
|3||One picture window. Deck 6, forward (limited availability) and midship.||$6,995||$7,995|
|2||French-style private balcony (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door and wooden railing). Deck 5, midship.||$7,795||$8,795|
|1||French-style private balcony (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door and wooden railing). Deck 6, midship.||$8,395||$9,395|
|Classic Suite II||Large Suite with French-style glass doors and private furnished veranda, two obstructed-view picture windows and living/dining room. Deck 6, midship. (limited availability)||$8,995||$9,995|
|Classic Suite II||Larger Suite with French-style glass doors and private furnished veranda, full wall of front-view picture windows and living/dining room. Deck 5, forward. (limited availability)||$9,395||$10,395|
|Owner's Suite||Larger Suite with glass door onto private furnished veranda, full wall of front-view picture windows, additional private powder room, larger living/dining room. Deck 6, forward. (limited availability)||$9,795||$10,795|
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- any overnight on land due to flight schedule(s);
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Luggage allowance policies are set by the airlines and may change without notice.
All programs require physical independence and mobility. Any physical or mental condition that may require special medical attention or physical assistance (for example, the need for a wheelchair) must be reported in writing when you make your reservation. Travelers must be able to embark or disembark motorcoaches alone or with minimal assistance from your traveling companion and climb stairs and step over raised thresholds without assistance. Travelers requiring assistance must travel with a companion who will be responsible for handling equipment. DISCOUNTED RESERVATIONS: Discounts apply only to those reservations received in the of ces of Gohagan in writing, accompanied by the required deposit, by January 5, 2018. In the event a “discounted” reservation must be cancelled, no “replacement” reservation can be substituted at the discounted rate. A “replacement” reservation is a new reservation and can be substituted only at the full‐fare tariff. Cancellation penalties may apply.
Cancellations for all or any part of the trip including Pre/Post Program(s) reservation(s) will not be effective until received in writing in the offices of Gohagan. Should you have to cancel, the following terms will apply:
- reservation cancellation(s) are subject to a $200 ($50 Pre/Post Program(s)) per person administrative fee from the time of booking through 120 days prior to departure;
- from 95 through 119 days prior to departure, $600 ($200 Pre/Post Program(s)) per person;
- from 60 through 94 days prior to departure, 50% of the published full regular tariffs;
- cancellations 59 days or less prior to departure, a no‐show, or early return from the trip will result in forfeiture of 100% of the published full regular tariffs.
In addition, any applicable airline cancellation fees, optional excursion cancellation fees and administrative fees may apply.
We strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. In the event that you must cancel your participation in a travel program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement. Trip cancellation insurance is available for comprehensive coverage of such expenses in conjunction with cancellation due to illness or accident, and damaged or lost luggage. We will send you an application upon receipt of your reservation. RATES: Prices quoted are based on fares in effect at the time of printing and are subject to change at any time. On land and/or cruise programs, even after full payment, Gohagan reserves the right to increase the tour price in the event of cost increases due to changes in supplier costs, currency fluctuations or fuel or energy surcharges and all such increases are to be paid to Gohagan upon notice to the tour participant of such increases. On programs which include Gohagan purchased interstate or international air (which originates or returns to the United States), no increased costs will be passed on after final payment except for subsequently imposed governmental tax increases.
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