Regent Seven Seas Cruises to Alaska
Luxury ruggedness may appear a contradiction – a seemingly-oxymoronic phrase, until you realize what a Regent Seven Seas cruise to Alaska offers.
The cruise line of elegant, smaller ships focuses on the southeastern region, with several one-way itineraries that travel to popular ports. Cruisers are encouraged, once the vessel anchors, to explore each location’s unique natural wonders. With Alaska, this means excursions to vast national parks, tours of Klondike Gold Rush landmarks, and trips past expansive, changing-before-your-eyes glaciers.
RSSC’s Navigator ship makes 32 trips throughout the year that last anywhere from seven to more than 40 nights. Common itineraries include:
• Anchorage to Vancouver
• Vancouver to San Francisco
• Vancouver to Montreal
• Vancouver to New York
Anchorage and Seward: Seward originated in 1908 as an Alaska Railroad terminus. The character still remains through wood frame houses and cliffs by Resurrection Bay. As you spend time in these two adjacent ports, excursions give you an opportunity to view an active volcano, visit Mt. McKinley, explore Exit Glacier, and learn more about its Russian influences.
Tracy Arm: While the ship won’t stop to let passengers off, this 30 mile long area not far from Juneau displays a stunning landscape ripe for pictures with snow, rocks, and waterfalls. Be ready to see large tidewater glaciers, including the well-known Sawyer Glacier, and a wide range of wildlife.
Hubbard Glacier: This truly breathtaking natural wonder sits 300 to 400 feet from sea level and is ever advancing. You’ll notice it once you spot chunks of ice falling into the sea.
Icy Strait: Another former frontier town, this port touches on all of Alaska’s quintessential qualities – culture, wildlife, and landscape. Tlingit history bears a strong presence, particularly with large, elaborate totem poles in the town’s vicinity. RSSC further recommends trying the local seafood, which consists of crab, salmon, shrimp, and cod.
Juneau:Alaska’s capital comes replete with Gold Rush history. But beyond just looking at landmarks, observe it in action with a dog sled race. Beyond this, the area surrounding features the Mendenhall Glacier, great spots for whale watching, and excellent places for fishing.
Ketchikan: More than the Salmon Capital of the World, Ketchikan reflects the almost-contradictory facets of Alaska’s culture. See it by going from a lumberjack demonstration to walks through the rainforest and the Misty Fjords.
Sitka: Russian fur traders founded this Alaskan town that has since turned into a fishing industry center and state culture capital, with a classical music festival and art walks. Explore these facets, or venture off, by bike or foot, into the surrounding wilderness.
Skagway: False-front buildings around this town still display hints of the Gold Rush era. Once you step in port, the look literally transports you back into time.
Why choose between luxury and exploration? With Regent’s cruises to Alaska, the combination makes perfect sense. Choose an itinerary today and make reservations through Direct Line Cruises.
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