Recapping our Ultimate Alaskan Sojourn with Seabourn
Thursday, July 6, 2017
All good things must come to an end. That’s the case here aboard Seabourn’s 450-guest Seabourn Sojourn, as the luxury ship makes her way along the Pacific Ocean up to Seward, Alaska at the conclusion of her third-ever cruise through this part of the world.
Seabourn hasn’t offered cruises in Alaska for 15 years. Now, the luxury line is back, and it’s brought it’s A-game. With a season that stretches from June to September, prospective guests can choose between three separate itineraries: the 11-day Ultimate Alaskan Sojourn from Vancouver to Seward; the 12-night Ultimate Alaska & Inside Passage operating roundtrip from Vancouver; or the 14-night Ultimate Glacier & Fjord Adventure, which also offers extended calls on three ports in British Columbia: Prince Rupert, Alert Bay, and the Tsimshian First Nations village of Klemtu, nestled within the heart of BC’s Great Bear Rainforest.
Our full day-by-day Voyage Report:
Seabourn Sojourn – Ultimate Alaskan Sojourn
|Monday, June 26, 2017||Vancouver, British Columbia||Embark Seabourn Sojourn||1700|
|Tuesday, June 27||Cruise the Inside Passage; Seymour Narrows; Queen Charlotte Sound|
|Wednesday, June 28||Ketchikan, Alaska||0800||2300|
|Thursday, June 29||Scenic cruising Misty Fjords|
|Friday, June 30||Wrangell, Alaska||0700||1600|
|Saturday, July 1||Scenic cruising Glacier Bay National Park||1000||2000|
|Sunday, July 2||Cruising Tracy Arm and/or Endicott Arm|
|Monday, July 3||Haines, Alaska||0700||2000|
|Tuesday, July 4||Juneau, Alaska||0800||1700|
|Wednesday, July 5||Sitka, Alaska||1000||1900|
|Thursday, July 6||At Sea|
|Friday, July 7, 2017||Seward (Anchorage), Alaska||0700||Disembark|
This voyage concludes my 10th journey to Alaska. I’ve sailed here on big ships, small ships, and other luxury vessels. What I’ve found Seabourn truly excels at is providing guests with the best qualities of each of those styles of cruising: Seabourn Sojourn offers big ship amenities, like spacious lounges and nightly production shows. But it offers the intimacy and adventurous shore excursion options of a small pocket-style ship that only holds 60 guests, while still providing a true luxury experience – one where drinks are complimentary, dining is always included, and tipping is never required.
Seabourn isn’t the only luxury player in Alaska, but its Ventures by Seabourn excursions set it apart from its contemporaries. Originally developed for the line’s expedition cruises to Antarctica, Ventures by Seabourn proved to be so popular among the line’s guests that Seabourn made the decision early-on to add it to its Alaskan itineraries. And while these tours aren’t inclusive (and indeed, can be quite costly), they are a welcome and important addition to Seabourn’s stellar itineraries here.
Along with Seabourn’s adventurous hiking, kayaking and in-depth Ventures excursions, Seabourn still offers a wide array of “classic” Alaskan experiences ashore, from salmon bakes to trips up Skagway’s White Pass & Yukon Route railroad. Like any good luxury cruise, the choice really is yours. If you want to take every Ventures by Seabourn hike that’s offered, you can do that. If you don’t want to do anything and would just rather wander the ports of call independently, well, you can do that too.
But one of the biggest advantages Seabourn