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|Vancouver, B.C., CA
|Departs 5:00 PM
|Cruising The Queen Charlotte Sound
|Cruising all Day
|Rudyerd Bay(Misty Fjords)
|Arrives 7:00 AM – Departs 05:00 PM
|Arrives 7:00 AM – Departs 04:00 PM
|Transit Snow Pass
|Arrives 10:00 AM – Departs 11:00 PM
|Inian Islands, Alaska
|Arrives 8:00 AM – Departs 03:00 PM
|Arrives 7:00 AM – Departs 03:00 PM
|Arrives 8:00 AM – Departs 05:00 PM
|Transit Decision Passage & Sumner Strait
|Arrives 10:00 AM – Departs 9:00 PM
|Prince Rupert BC, CA
|Arrives 8:00 AM – Departs 06:00 PM
|Scenic Cruising Johnston Strait
|Transit Seymour Narrows
|Vancouver, BC, CA
|Arrives 7:00 AM
Seabourn Odyssey Owned by Carnival Cruise Lines
By the Numbers:
- 650 feet long
- 84 feet wide
- 225 suites serving up to 450 guests
- 330 crew members
- 2019 – underwent extensive design and technology upgrades
Understated luxury though the ship common areas and suites include:
- Seabourn Square
- Card room
- Upgrade gym and spa areas
- Seabourn Club
- Observation Bar
- The Restaurant
- The Grill by Keller Williams
- Sushi Restaurant
- Earth and Ocean – Fine Outdoor Dinning
- The Colonade
- The Patio – Poolside Dinning
Entertainment & Enrichment
- Daily enrichment programs help to provide guests with the ability to learn more about the area they are visiting making each days activities more meaningful. These programs are almost always fascinating and fun to attend.
- Day and nighttime entertainment is available on the pool deck and in the theater at night. We have found each ships entertainers to be versatile and entertaining providing different shows each evening after dinner.
- There is never a dull moment aboard any cruise ship. Smaller ships such as Seabourn pride themselves in adult oriented high quality and enriching experiences.
When I think about discovering Alaska, I think about discovering Alaska’s history, the glory of what it is now, and the worry that it may soon melt away and be changed forever. Yet, its promise is larger than life, and its natural beauty can be experienced nowhere else.
When I think about going to Alaska, I think of being immersed in one of nature’s most glorious and pristine environments. I think about unspoiled lands, whales breaching, otters, dog sleds, glaciers, snow covered mountains, navigating through icebergs, and hiking through forests among tall whispering trees.
I think about mother nature and all the incredible natural wonders to explore. I think about breathing cold crisp air, survival and the precarious balance of life. I think about being away from daily life and allowed to enjoy, appreciate and bathe in nature as it was meant to be.
Exploring a few Alaska’s 664 glaciers is a dream come true. Navigating around icebergs in kayaks and watching whales will be an awe-inspiring bucket list experience. Learning about the ecosystems will be an added bonus.
Discovering Alaska with friends aboard a luxury cruise ship:
Discovering Alaska aboard a luxury cruise ship has long been on our bucket list. We are thrilled to be taking this trip with our very close friends, Gary and Mary. They make us laugh, and help us find more joy in life through their sheer presence and positive outlook on life. When they asked us to share this experience, it took us less than 10 seconds to say yes.
Bob wants to fish. Gary and I want to go zip lining and kayaking. Mary wants to learn about native cultures. We all want to eat great fresh food while being pampered and spoiled aboard Seabourn’s Odessey.
Which cruise line makes the most sense for us:
When we considered what cruise line to go on for the best experience, our choices were few. We wanted understated luxury, no giant cruise ships with thousands of people, no extra charges, and most of all, we wanted our friends to have a fantastic time. Three small luxury cruise lines service Alaska. We have sailed aboard all of them in other parts of the world and have had wonderful experiences aboard all three.
We compared itineraries, costs, ship amenities, excursions, dining experiences, and service. We left it up to our friends to decide, but we were thrilled with their decision to choose the Seabourn Odyssey.
Seabourn’s attention to detail and excellent staff always exceed expectations. With 450 passengers aboard, this small ship can navigate smaller bays and ports. Disembarking for excursions takes minutes instead of hours. Discovering Alaska will be our third cruise aboard Seabourn, and we can’t wait.
Each of our expectations, dreams and hopes are a little different. We have chosen to do some of the same things, and go off on our own at times to experience something we each consider fun and amazing. In looking at the excursion list, I want to do them all, and was frustrated that I had to make choices.
I’ll do my best to give you the best representation of our journey as experienced as a group and individually. I hope you enjoy our stories and pictures. Please reach out and ask us questions or comment. We would love to hear from you as we discover Alaska this June.
I’ll add a new blog post focusing on each day’s journey and activities and link them together so you can follow along naturally or skip to the information you are most interested in. I hope you enjoy!
Facts About Alaska
Sourced from: https://alaska.gov/kids/learn/facts.htm
Of the 20 highest peaks in the United States, 17 are in Alaska. Denali, the highest peak in North America, is 20,320 ft. above sea level. Denali, the Native Alaskan name for the peak, means “The Great One.” Denali was renamed to its original name in 2015 by the Obama admistration. It had been called Mt. Mckinley since 1896, which was named by a gold prospector. In 1915 it was named back to its original native american name by the secretary of interior after many decades or lobbying by the Athabaskan tribe who did not believe in naming anything after people.
The Yukon River, almost 2,000 miles long, is the third longest river in the U.S. There are more than 3,000 rivers in Alaska and over 3 million lakes. The largest, Lake Iliamna, encompasses over 1,000 square miles.
Alaska has an estimated 100,000 glaciers, ranging from tiny cirque glaciers to huge valley glaciers. There are more active glaciers and ice fields in Alaska than in the rest of the inhabited world. The largest glacier is the Malaspina at 850 square miles. Five percent of the state, or 29,000 square miles, is covered by glaciers.
Alaska boasts the northernmost (Point Barrow), the easternmost (Pochnoi Point on Semisopochnoi Island in the Aleutians), and the westernmost (Amatignak Island in the Aleutians) points in the United States.”
Alaska has 6,640 miles of coastline and, including islands, has 33,904 miles of shoreline.
There are more than 70 potentially active volcanoes in Alaska. Several have erupted in recent times. The most violent volcanic eruption of the century took place in 1912 when Novarupta Volcano erupted, creating the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes which is now part of Katmai National Park.
On March 27, 1964, North America’s strongest recorded earthquake, with a moment magnitude of 9.2, rocked central Alaska. Each year Alaska has approximately 5,000 earthquakes, including 1,000 that measure above 3.5 on the Richter scale. Of the ten strongest earthquakes ever recorded in the world, three have occurred in Alaska.
Common Misconceptions About Alaska
Most visitors have pleasant surprises in store when they come to Alaska. Three common misconceptions concerning Alaska are weather, road conditions, and prices.
Over a third of all vacation/pleasure visitors found the weather better than expected. During the summer, average daytime temperatures throughout the state range from the 60s to the 90s.
Bad Road Conditions
Almost the entire length of the Alaska Highway is asphalt-surfaced, and approximately half of the roads in the state’s highway system are paved.
Contrary to popular belief, prices throughout Alaska are generally quite reasonable. To help illustrate the cost of a vacation, the following chart provides high and low prices for a few of the basics. More specific pricing may be obtained in the Official State Vacation Planner.
I’ll add content throughout our cruise once it begins.