On board MS HANSEATIC from Vancouver to Vancouver
Expedition to Alaska (Inside Passage) - Wild, Wide World
Follow the pioneering spirit that took legendary explorers into the harsh and pristine landscape of Alaska. Cruising in what is possibly the most beautiful shipping passage in the world, the HANSEATIC, experienced in expeditions, and her manoeuvrable Zodiacs will take you into a world characterised by mighty glaciers, craggy fjords and a unique animal kingdom.
| Sun, 13.07.2014 |
Scheduled flight Germany – Vancouver
| Mon, 14.07.2014 |
- Tue, 15.07.2014
Cruising through British Columbia’s Inside Passage
Fossilised myth of the Inside Passage
| Wed, 16.07.2014 |
- Sat, 19.07.2014
Alaska’s Inside Passage/USA (Cruising in the Misty Fjords,Ketchikan, Wrangell, Juneau)
You can also look forward to experiencing a masterpiece of nature’s making when the HANSEATIC cruises through the Misty Fjords. Deeply carved fjords, mighty glaciers and rushing waterfalls are home to a unique animal kingdom. This is the start of Alaska’s Inside Passage, one of the most spectacular shipping routes in the world. One fascinating panorama gives place to another, and as the HANSEATIC wends her way through this narrow, twisting waterway, it can make the most of its advantages as a small and easily manoeuvrable expeditionary vessel. Starting from Ketchikan, the centre of Alaska’s Native American culture, seize the opportunity to Observe Bears in the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary* or take a Flight over the Misty Fjords* to experience one of America’s greatest natural treasures from a breathtaking bird’s-eye perspective. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the Nature Adventure in Tongass National Park* and familiarise yourself with the ecosystem of a rainforest of the temperate latitudes. Unforgettable experiences are also offered by the picturesquely situated city of Wrangell: for example, when you set off to Observe Bears on Anan Creek*, where with a bit of luck you may spot black and brown bears in their natural habitat. Or when you take a Flight over the LeConte Glacier* and enjoy fantastic views of the gigantic Stikine Ice Field. After passing through the Wrangell Narrows with their beautiful panoramas of islands and mountains, the HANSEATIC steers for Juneau, the only state capital in the USA which cannot be reached by road and so is only approachable by boat or by plane. A Helicopter and Dog Sled Tour* gives you the chance to explore the fascinating Mendenhall Glacier at the gates of the city. A Boat Trip* will immerse you in quite a different kind of world when, with the help of an underwater microphone, you listen to whales singing.
| Sun, 20.07.2014 |
Cruising off Point Adolphus
Whales and Bears ahoy
| Mon, 21.07.2014 |
- Tue, 22.07.2014
Cruising by the Hubbard Glacier and the Chenega Glacier
By way of the beautiful scenery of the Inian Pass, the HANSEATIC sets course for the mighty, calving Hubbard Glacier. In the pack ice at the glacier’s cut-off point, you will observe the bizarre formations of shimmering ice at close quarters. No less impressive is the majestic Chenega Glacier. If the weather permits, you will be able to take in this overwhelming backdrop from the Zodiacs while you watch the fascinating antics of the seals. In the days that follow, you will have the opportunity of meeting the biggest land predators in the world on fabulous excursions and Zodiac trips.
| Wed, 23.07.2014 |
Setting out from Kodiak, for example, you can fly to the interior of the island to take part in a Bear Safari* where, with a little luck and patience, you just might discover the mighty Kodiak bears, which can reach a height of 2.8 metres
| Thu, 24.07.2014 |
Kukak and Amalik Bay
You may also be fortunate enough to meet brown bears in Kukak Bay and the many waterways of Amalik Bay. Here the Zodiacs give you excellent chances of seeing the animals in their natural habitat.
| Fri, 25.07.2014 |
Cruising off Unga Island
When the HANSEATIC cruises the waters off Unga Island, you may well hear the cry of “There she blows!” Take this opportunity once again to observe these fascinating giants of the sea before turning your sights in Dutch Harbor towards the blue sky and the majestic bald eagles circling overhead.
| Sat, 26.07.2014 |
Dutch Harbor/Unalaska Island/Aleutian Islands
| Sun, 27.07.2014 |
St Paul/Pribilof Islands
You can also look forward to exciting glimpses of the animal kingdom off St Paul in the Pribilof Islands where the calls of fur seals, three-toed gulls and guillemots will stay with you for some considerable time.
| Mon, 28.07.2014 |
Relaxation at sea
| Tue, 29.07.2014 |
Nome/Alaska/USA, arrival 7.00 hrs
| Wed, 30.07.2014 |
Scheduled flight Vancouver – Germany
| Thu, 31.07.2014 |
Arrival in Germany
During this expedition to Alaska, the Zodiac landings are subject to official approval and a change in itinerary may become necessary. The captain will decide on the best possible alternatives depending on the weather and the local conditions.
* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes.
= at anchor
Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.
Following programmes we offer in German:
PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: ROCKY MOUNTAINS
POST-CRUISE POGRAMME A: VANCOUVER – PEARL OF THE PACIFIC
Voyages for Young Discoverers
If you want to become a great explorer, it pays to start early. That
is why our crew is offering special age-related packages on this voyage,
aimed at ten- to seventeen-year-olds. With a varied and entertaining
programme, they will communicate their knowledge and stimulate curiosity
and the spirit of research in the young people taking part.
Young people up to 17 years of age travel in the cabin of their parents (or grandparents) for € 60 per night.
A specialist in biology amongst the team of experts
After studying biological oceanography, zoology and marine chemistry, Dr Katrin Knickmeier
has made it her work to improve the teaching of natural science in
schools. As coordinator of the Kids’ and Students’ University in
Kiel/Germany, she knows how to inspire people with her expert knowledge
of the diversity of species found in Alaska.