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Ocean Victory - Ocean Discoverer

Sitka to Vancouver (14 nights/15 days)

Day 1 - Arrive in Sitka, Alaska

Fly from London to Sitka. 

Private transfer to your Premium hotel for your two night stay.

Day 2 - Hotel Stay in Sitka, Alaska

Sitka is a place of many traditions. You’ll immediately recognise the distinctive Russian domes of the churches, and may assume this city has Russian origins. You’d be right, of course, it was formally founded by the Russian-American Company in 1799. But the heart of Sitka is much deeper. The downtown area of Sitka was settled by the Tlingit people more than 10,000 years ago. For even longer, it has been home to the wild creatures who make Alaska a place unlike any other. Listen to the chattering of eagles and drink in the scent of the eponymous Sitka spruce as you experience the joy of this place, once called the “Paris of the Pacific.”

Take the day and evening to explore at leisure. Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving premium experiences. 

Day 3 - Embark in Sitka, Alaska

After spending your day enjoying your included premium highlights tour you will be taken to the port to board your ship.

Day 4 - Kake & Frederick Sound Whale Watching

The towering totem pole, the largest ever carved from a single tree, stands sentinel over this ancient village on the tip of Kupreanof Island. The Kake tribe of the Tlingit people still observe a subsistent lifestyle here, the harshness of its demands belied by the warmth of their welcome. In adjacent Frederick Sound, we’ll explore by Zodiac, led by our team of naturalists.

Day 5 - Endicott Arm & Ford's Terror, Alaska

We will spend the night in these splendid surroundings. Our ship is uniquely equipped to stop here, in a secluded cove of the captain’s choice, without disturbing the serenity with mechanical sounds or interruptions. Stand on deck and experience the stillness. Hear the sounds of the waters and wilderness around you. Be fully aware of where you are, who you are, and how you are in this matchless environment. We'll explore these fjords by zodiacs and kayaks lead by our team of naturalists.

Day 6 - Tracy Arm, Alaska

Nature will dictate our route here, as we explore one of these spectacular fjords. Both are deep, narrow, and host to distinct marine environments we’ll explore with experts via a Zodiac or kayak.

Day 7 - Petersburg, Alaska

We’ll anchor right beside Alaska’s largest home-based halibut fleet, who call this shallow, protected harbour home. These abundant waters and an endless supply of ice from nearby Le Conte Glacier led Norwegian fisherman Peter Buschmann to build the region’s first cannery and invite his fishing countrymen to join him. Hence the town’s name and its strong Norwegian culture. Large cruise ships cannot come into Petersburg, so you’ll be among a privileged few to be in this charming, authentic Alaskan village for a full day of exploration.

Day 8 - Waterfall Coast, Alaska

Today’s challenge is trying to keep track of the number of waterfalls we’ll encounter as we glide along Baranof Island’s beautiful eastern coast, the little known “waterfall coast.” Some trickle, some thunder, some simply splash merrily to the sea. Exploration is the order of the day, and you choose your point of view – from any of Ocean Victory’s observation perspectives, or right at water level by kayak or Zodiac. This almost hidden shoreline is perfect for discovery. Watch for seals, deer, and tidepools ready to reveal their secret treasures.

Day 9 - Wrangell, Alaska

Wrangell is the perfect spot for an optional jet boat excursion to explore the dramatic Stikine River – what the Tlingit people call “the Great River.” The picturesque town of Wrangell is the gateway to the river, perched at the very tip of rugged Wrangell Island. You are most welcome here, as native Alaskans whose ancestors have lived on this island for thousands of years open their tribal home, their culture, and their magnificent river for your exploration. Take home your own petroglyph rubbing to remember your time among more than 40 ancient petroglyphs on the 8,000-year-old site of Petroglyph Beach.

Day 10 - Misty Fjords, Alaska

The soaring granite cliffs that greet us this morning are 50 to 70 million years old. Yes, million. Ancient glaciers scrubbed deep troughs through this wilderness, leaving a scenic geological wonder. New Eddystone Rock is a remnant of long ago volcanic activity that left the iconic basalt pillar as a testament to the power of this place. Humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, bears, wolves, moose, and hundreds of species of sea and shorebirds await as we spend most of today exploring the shoreline with our team of marine biologists from Cal Poly.

Day 11 - Ketchikan & Metlakatla, Alaska

The totem poles of Ketchikan and Saxman welcome you this morning to Alaska’s southernmost city. Standing tall and noble, each hand-carved pole tells a silent story. This afternoon in Metlakatla, the first thing you’ll notice are the smiles. They are wide, warm, and genuine – welcoming you to the only settlement of indigenous Tsimshian people in the United States.

Day 12 - Fiordland, Alaska

In the spectacular setting of this provincial park, you’ll discover a kayaker’s paradise, with inlets, bays, islands, and fjords that reveal an intricate network of waterfalls and glaciers. Old-growth Sitka spruce and dense coastal western hemlock forests shelter black bears and grizzlies along the rugged coastline. This is a day that will stretch all your senses. Granite cliffs over 3,000 feet high drop straight into seemingly bottomless water – and waterfalls cascade from dizzying heights into glacial inlets. You’ll explore unique coastal marine life in an area accessible only by sea.

Day 13 - Canadian Inside Passage

The first people to explore these picturesque waters did it in hand-carved cedar dugout canoes. You will enjoy an intimate connection to this place as Ocean Victory takes you through a narrow maze of channels, passages, and reaches from Vancouver Island to the northern edge of British Columbia. Whether you’re in the expansive Observation Lounge, on deck or on the one-of-a-kind viewing platform, keep your eye out for whales and dolphins in Queen Charlotte Sound – and watch for bears as we glide along pristine island shorelines.

Day 14 - Disembark in Vancouver, Canada

As your journey concludes, there are opportunities for you to explore the city. From the shopping delights of Robson Street to the lively energy of Granville Island Public Market, Vancouver brings a unique European flair to Canada’s western coast. Its setting alone will take your breath away, especially from the 450-foot Vancouver Lookout atop Harbour Centre – a 360-degree view from ocean to mountains. Enjoy at your leisure or consider a post-cruise premium experience with airport transfer.

Why not extend your stay with a five night Canadian Rockies Rail Adventure to experience a luxury train ride through North America's most scenic landscapes, featuring table service and an outdoor viewing platform. Read More......

Day 15 - Arrive London, UK

Flight from Vancouver arrives London, UK

Inclusive Pricing - What's Included

Guide Prices are per person based on 2 persons sharing a cabin include:

  • Return scheduled flights (Economy Class) from London
  • Two nights pre-cruise stay at a premium hotel including breakfast
  • Ten nights luxury cruise including all meals
  • Unlimited drinks including house wine, beers, non-premium spirits, soft drinks, tea, coffee and filtered water
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi
  • Live daily onboard entertainment and enrichment
  • Entertainment each evening 
  • Kayak/Zodiac expeditions and shore excursions in most ports of call
  • Private transfers to and from overseas airports and shared transfer from hotel to vessel
  • Gratuities
  • All Port Charges
  • Full ATOL financial protection

Additional Charges

  • Additional Premium shore excursions
  • City Stay packages & Canadian Rockies Rail Adventure
  • Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature

Ocean Victory / Ocean Discoverer

2022

15 May07 August
05 June28 August
26 June18 September
17 July



Cat D
View Stateroom
From £6195pp
Cat C Deluxe Stateroom
with Private Balcony
From £7645pp

2023

14 May06 August
04 June11 August
09 June27 August
25 June01 September
30 June17 September
16 July22 September
21 July

Cat E Stateroom
with Private Balcony
From £7145pp
Cat BB Suite 
with Private Balcony
From £8095pp

Other cabin categories are available. Above pricing is per person based on two people sharing a cabin. Pricing may be subject to change based on flight availability. All itineraries can be tailor-made to your specification with cruise only, additional hotel nights, flight upgrades and UK regional airport departures (subject to availability). Single cabin grades available on selected ships and cabins for sole occupancy are available (single supplement applies).

AQV Health and Safety Protocols

Your health and safety are our top priorities. We have implemented multiple processes to identify and combat the risk of Covid-19 on our vessels and are committed to refining and updating as needed.

For more information call: 01223 568904 or email: sales@lightbluetravel.co.uk

 

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