In the early afternoon, we will board the Holland America Cruise Ship. The voyage will start through the Puget Sound.
Jour 2 - CRUISING THE INSIDE PASSAGE
Spend the entire day cruising the Inside Passage, one of the worlds’ famous waterways.
Jour 3 - STEPHENS PASSAGE
Stephens Passage is a long stretch of dark water filling the gap between mountain ranges in Southeast Alaska. The water is deadly cold and rich with sea life. Fog and low clouds usually hang in the Passage, which is an arm of the Pacific. Fjords with emerald rivers pour in and it is lined with conifers, blue stone and rocky hollows. It is indescribably beautiful. On a chilly day, with low-hanging fog, you can see pods of Orca knifing through brackish inlets; humpback whales, their flukes high, plunging towards the ocean floor; clear water gushing from crevasses; brown bears with cubs scouring thebeaches for salmon remains; bald eagles; hundreds of birds, their calls filling the air. The wilderness almost inviolate.
In the morning we'll arrive at Alaska’s scenic capital city, Juneau. We will explore the city and the Capitol Building. Auke Lake. View the Mendenhall Glacier, a river of ice with rugged crevasses and a distinctive blue color, and we will learn about the lifecycle of salmon and hatchery operations.
Jour 4 - HUBBARD GLACIER
Stretching over 90 miles long and covering over 1,350 square miles in area, Hubbard Glacier is the largest tidewater glacier in North America. It is also one of the most impressive, a 300-foot wall of ice rising sheer and jagged from the ocean. You may hear the rumble and see the monumental splash as the glacier severs into great ice chunks, known as "calves."
Jour 5 -SITKA
One look at lovely Sitka and you'll know why Alexander Baranof, governor of the Russian American Company, decided to build his "castle" here. With views of island-studded waters and stately spruce forests reaching to the water's edge, Sitka is considered Alaska's most beautiful seaside town. Sitka's past is a unique blend of Tlingit culture and Russian history. The historic and scenic community is situated on Baranof Island, nestled between forested mountains and the great Pacific Ocean, on the outer waters of Alaska's Inside Passage. Sitka offers a combination of Native culture, Russian history, and Alaskan wilderness which will provide a diverse and unequaled experience. Sitka lies at the heart of the largest temperate rain forest in the world, the Tongass National Forest. Enjoy the fresh outdoors on well-marked mountain trails. Take to the water for a picturesque boat trip or kayaking adventure among nearby islands or charter a boat to nearby
Jour 6 - KETCHIKAN
We'll arrive at Ketchikan, the salmon capital. The town is built along a steep hillside, part built on pilings over the water where bald eagles watch from waterside perches. An outstanding collection of totem poles makes the town an essential stop for anyone interested in native art..
Jour 7 - SHABBAT AND VICTORIA
Shabbat morning is a day of relaxation as the cruise sails back towards Seattle. Take advantage of the ship’s many outstanding facilities, or simply relax on deck with a drink and watch unmatched scenery glide by. In the evening (after Shabbos) we will stop in Victoria/Canada - This intimate, sophisticated seaside City is the vacation capital of Canada and the premiere tourist spot in the Pacific Northwest. Victoria is situated on the southern tip of Vancouver Island and sparkles in one of Canada's mildest climates. This area is the sunniest spot in the province and the gentlest in the country in terms of climate, environment, and lifestyle. Victoria's unique character is deeply rooted in its 150-year history -- a history full of colorful people and fascinating tales. The city's British colonial heritage is still very much in evidence, but contemporary Victoria has a distinctly Pacific northwest flavor. Today, Victoria is best known as the capital city of British Columbia, and as a world-renowned tourism destination. One of the most visitor-friendly cities anywhere, Victoria is also one of Canada's favorite places to call home. Greater Victoria and its outlying areas now have a population of 300,000, and the one-time colonial outpost is alive with cosmopolitan dining, superb shopping, a colorful nightlife and a full complement of cultural offerings.
Jour 8 - Arriving in Seattle
Arriving in Seattle in the morning 7:00.