Wonderful wilderness and a feeling of freedom: write your own tale of adventure on one of the most exciting ship passages in the world, with forests, glaciers, whales and bears.
Scheduled flight from Germany to Seattle
Overnight stay with breakfast
Scheduled flight to Anchorage
Journey to Seward/Alaska/USA
Seward/Alaska/USA, departure 20.00 hrs
Relaxation at sea
Kodiak/Alaska/USA, arrival 7.00 hrs
Alaska will satisfy your longing for great adventures in the vast wilderness. On Kodiak Island, explorers’ dreams come true in impressive fashion. The island is home to the bears of the same name – they weigh up to 700 kg (1,543 lb) and can be up to 3 m (9.8 ft) in height when standing up straight. Your ship will stay here for a day and a half so that you can explore at your own pace and take part in numerous shore activities. For example, take to the skies to go bear spotting by seaplane*. Keep a lookout for various species, whose characteristics the team of experts on board will be happy to explain. Experience the contrasts between bays, mountains, lakes and spruce forests on a seaplane flight over Kodiak Island*. Or follow in the footsteps of 19th-century trappers when you explore the beauty of Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park*.
Kodiak, departure 14.00 hrs
Prince William Sound
Cruising in Tsaa Fjord (Icy Bay) and at the Hubbard Glacier
Cruising on the Tsaa Fjord will reveal some of the most beautiful sides of picture-book Alaska: high alpine peaks, green forests, glaciers and ice. As the HANSEATIC nature nears the active Hubbard Glacier, the small expedition ship is in its element and will make its way through the ice floes towards the edge of the glacier if the conditions are right.
Alaska’s Inside Passage:
At Chichagof Island, in the settlement of Elfin Cove – whose population is around just 30 – you will see how people in this region live in harmony with nature. More wildlife sightings and fantastic scenery await as you cruise through the Icy Strait, a favourite summer resort of humpback whale families.
Cruising in Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm
A spectacular shipping route and a dream come true for passionate explorers lies before you: the Inside Passage. Now is the best time to discover the pristine soul of Alaska – with deep fjords and scattered islands. When you’re not engrossed by the animals, you can marvel at high rock faces and thundering waterfalls in Tracy Arm with an impressive glacier backdrop. The same goes for Endicott Arm where, with luck, you will see whales and sea lions.
Petersburg, from 7.00 to 17.00 hrs
Cruising through the Wrangell Narrows
Picturesque Petersburg is known as “Little Norway”. Painted flower garlands adorn its houses. This idyllic atmosphere will be enriched by a flight over the LeConte Glacier*, where you might also see mountain goats and black bears. The captain and crew will demonstrate their nautical expertise on the challenging passage through the Wrangell Narrows.
Wrangell, from 7.00 to 20.00 hrs
The picturesque city of Wrangell is one of Alaska’s oldest settlements. From here, go bear watching at Anan Creek*: this wild creek is visited by salmon during their spawning migration – and, with luck, by black and brown bears. Go on an excursion through the former gold-digging territory of the Stikine and enjoy an adventure on this large river*.
Ketchikan, from 7.00 to 18.00 hrs
Then, be enchanted by Native American culture in Ketchikan and take another opportunity to go on a bear watching tour*. Take a flight over the Misty Fjords* and marvel at deep inlets, green shores overlooked by mighty mountains and roaring waterfalls. A region that will touch your soul – as will a jeep and canoe trip on Revillagigedo Island*.
Cruising through British Columbia’s Inside Passage/Canada via Alert Bay
The HANSEATIC nature will then take its time to cruise through British Columbia’s Inside Passage with its many islands, wooded mountains and the small Native American settlements along the banks that will slowly glide past. Experience magnificent panoramas, perhaps enhanced by the sight of orcas and bald eagles. The history of the First Nations – Canada’s indigenous peoples – will also be a focus: Alert Bay, the territory of the Namgis, is home to a huge totem pole. A formidable sight – like the many other chapters you will write on this adventure story of a cruise.
Vancouver/Canada, arrival 7.00 hrs
Scheduled flight from Vancouver to Germany
Arrival in Germany
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.
The itinerary depends on official approval and the weather conditions. The natural experiences and wildlife sightings described are possibilities on this cruise and are not guaranteed. The use of on-board Zodiacs is currently not permitted in Alaska. When the ship is at anchor, the ship’s tender or local boats will be used.
The following programmes can be booked.
Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German and are charged additionally to the travel package. The prices and conditions for these programmes can be found on the German travel details page and are charged additionally to the travel package. For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.
The following programmes are offered in German:
Our popular pre- and post-cruise programmes include a broad spectrum of excursions and are usually accompanied by experienced Hapag-Lloyd Cruises tour guides. Recommended for guests who like to share their experiences with a group of like-minded travellers. Explore specially selected highlights of your holiday destination and enjoy the convenience of group travel – we will take care of the transfers, excursions and overnight stays.