Cunard Announces Shore Excursions For 2019 Alaska Voyages
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Cunard has announced new shore excursions for when the brand returns to Alaska with Queen Elizabeth’s 2019 voyages.
Queen Elizabeth will sail four 10-night Alaska voyages roundtrip from Vancouver, departing 21 & 31MAY, 10 & 20JUN, 2019, with port calls in Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Icy Strait Point and Victoria. Highlights include the Inside Passage, Tracy Arm Fjord, and Hubbard Glacier.
“As Cunard returns to Alaska, we’re thrilled to offer guests the most exciting ways to explore and enjoy the region’s epic landscapes and culture,” said Josh Leibowitz, SVP Cunard North America. “Our 10-day round-trip Vancouver itinerary offers guests more time and more ports with breathtaking shore excursions such as discovering the secrets to catching and cooking fresh Alaskan salmon or dog sledding across a massive glacier. We invite Cunard guests to experience Alaska in ways that speak to their individual interests and passions like never before.”
Cunard will offer more than 140 shore excursions in Alaska including:
Whale watching and Wildlife Quest: A specially designed catamaran will take guests through Stephens Passage, a world-renowned feeding ground for humpback whales. Other wildlife commonly seen here include Orca whales, sea lions, harbor seals, porpoises, bald eagles, Sitka Blacktail deer and bears;
Dogsled Adventure by Helicopter: This combination tour features a helicopter ride over the region followed by a dogsledding ride with professional mushers over Juneau's Mendenhall Glacier;
Taku Lodge Feast & Five-Glacier Seaplane Discovery: A floatplane takes guests to the remote Taku Glacier Lodge where they learn about historic hunters and trappers, and explore forest trails;
Sea Otter & Wildlife Quest: Guests embark on a deluxe catamaran in search of sea otters, whales, Steller sea lions, porpoise and harbor seals. This is followed by an expert-led tour through the Alaska Raptor Center, a bird of prey and education centre on the edge of Tongass National Forest. Guests also visit the Fortress of the Bear sanctuary, a rescue facility for orphaned brown bears;
Wilderness Sea Kayaking Adventure: This guided tour travels along the Alaskan coastline starting with a cruise via motorized Seahawk craft to a floating kayak base camp. Guests travel via two-person kayak and have the opportunity to see sea lions, eagles, brown bears, and whales;
Bering Sea Crab Fishermen’s Tour: On this tour, commercial fishing comes to life on the Aleutian Ballad, featured on the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch.” On the waters of the Inside Passage off the coast of Ketchikan, guests are invited to watch as 700-pound crab pots are hauled out of the sea to show how Alaska King crabs are caught;
Cooking in Alaska’s Wildest Kitchen: An award-inning wilderness chef and author demonstrates how to prepare wild, natural and sustainable Alaskan seafood in a hands-on tasting session, explaining what sets Alaskan seafood apart, including how to handle an alder-wood grill;
Scenic Mountain Ascent & World’s Largest ZipRider: On this tour, guests enjoy views of Icy Strait and Glacier Bay from a ZipRider cable ride that travels 91m/300’ above ground — the highest in the U.S. The ride begins on Hoonah Mountain, and travels for 1.5km at speeds of up to 100km/h, ending on the beach at Icy Strait Point.