Scheduled flight from Germany to Vancouver
Vancouver/Canada, departure 18.00 hrs
Cruising through British Columbia’s
Alaska’s Inside Passage/USA:
Pioneers once came here in search of gold, but today Alaska’s treasure is its wild beauty. Just like the novels of Jack London, one of the world’s most spectacular shipping passages will satisfy your longing for exploration. Guided by the same feeling of great freedom experienced by the early settlers, your adventure begins with a two-day cruise through British Columbia’s Inside Passage. From the spirit Walk, enjoy views of myriad islands, thickly wooded mountains and small settlements slowly passing by on the shore. You might catch your first glimpse of bald eagles flying through the air, and maybe even whales.
Ketchikan, from 6.00 to 18.00 hrs
Ketchikan, centre of Native American culture, provides fascinating insights into Alaska’s soul. From here, take the opportunity to go bear watching at Anan Creek* where, with luck, you will spot black and brown bears. Take a flight over the Misty Fjords* to see the deep inlets, snow-covered mountains and roaring waterfalls. A jeep and canoe trip on Revillagigedo Island* allows you to experience this idyll “off-road”.
Wrangell, from 7.00 to 17.00 hrs
Petersburg, from 8.00 to 19.00 hrs
The captain and crew will demonstrate their nautical skills on the challenging cruise through the Wrangell Narrows. Picturesque Petersburg is known as “Little Norway”. Painted flower garlands adorn its houses. A flight over the LeConte Glacier* will present a natural panorama from a very special perspective, perhaps even with mountain goats and black bears.
Discover the home of the Tlingit people on Kupreanof Island. Visible from afar, the world’s largest totem pole carved from a single tree trunk symbolises their culture – your experts will explain its meaning during an independent shore visit.
Cruising in Endicott Arm and Tracy Arm
The small settlement of Elfin Cove on Chichagof Island is one of approximately 1,100 islands off the coast of Alaska. A favourite summer resort of humpback whale families, it is situated in the Icy Strait. The fishing village has around 30 residents and reveals how the people in this region live in harmony with their wild surroundings.
Cruising on Hubbard Glacier and in Tsaa Fjord (Icy Bay)
The HANSEATIC spirit will be in its element once again as you approach the active Hubbard Glacier. If the conditions are right, your small expedition ship will make its way through the ice floes towards the edge of the glacier, allowing you to experience its majesty up close. Picture-book Alaska also reveals itself on the Tsaa Fjord with high alpine peaks, green forests, glaciers and ice.
Prince William Sound
Kodiak, from 12.30 to 18.00 h
Alaska satisfies your longing for great adventures in vast wilderness. The stuff that explorers' dreams are made of will show itself to you in impressive form on this unforgettable journey. On Kodiak Island, individual explorations or shore excursions with our experts become your personal prologue: get glimpses of the time when Kodiak City was the second largest settlement in Russian America. Or hike through Fort Abercrombie State Park in the footsteps of 19th century trappers.
Homer, from 6.00 to 22.00 hrs
In Homer, the starting point for exciting tours, you will be able to observe bears in spectacular natural surroundings*: A seaplane will take you on a panoramic flight to Katmai National Park, where you may be lucky enough to observe brown bears fishing for salmon in a protected area at Brooks Falls. Or you fly to Lake Clark National Park - during a hike with a ranger you can also experience brown bears in their natural environment. Actively enjoy the beautiful landscape on a coastal hike* or a kayak trip*.
Cruising at the Aialik Glacier
The best views are also presented to you when cruising at the Aialik Glacier - a true play of contrasts in blue and white.
Seward/Alaska/USA, arrival 6.00 hrs
Journey to Anchorage
Scheduled flight to Seattle
Overnight stay with breakfast
Scheduled flight from Seattle 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.
Our travel concierge would be happy to put together travel arrangements tailored to your very own preferences. Whether you’re interested in boutique hotels, luxurious beach resorts, theatre-ticket reservations or restaurant recommendations in the most exciting cities, you can find exclusive tips here and by visiting www.hl-cruises.com/travel-concierge. Our travel concierge will be at your service before the cruise and when on board, of course.