Join Sharon O’Connor on a Regent Seven Seas Cruise® to Alaska!
Sails from San Francisco to Vancouver May 6—17, 2018
We will enjoy a journey that’s filled with wonder and excitement! All details will be taken care of aboard the elegantly spacious and newly refurbished Seven Seas Mariner® — the most luxurious ship in Alaska.
We’re off to see the dramatic Inside Passage, the Hubbard Glacier, majestic whales, soaring eagles, a lush rainforest, and America’s largest park. We will visit the fascinating cities of Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, Kodiak, and Sitka. There are free unlimited shore excursions in every port, from cruising aboard a deluxe catamaran while viewing wildlife and the immense Mendenhall Glacier to an alfresco grilled King Salmon feast beside Gold Creek, a rainforest setting complete with a waterfall. There will also be a trip to a wilderness lodge, a chance to experience flying in a seaplane while viewing five glaciers in one day, and a Crab Fisherman’s Tour of the Bering Sea.
San Francisco, California—May 6
From the first Spanish Mission founded in 1776, to the rip-roaring days of the Barbary Coast and California Gold Rush, to rising phoenix-like after the great earthquake of 1906, San Francisco never ceases to please the eye, the heart, and the palate. With such iconic sites as Chinatown, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, the panoramic views from the Pacific Heights neighborhood, Union Square, colorful trolley cars, Muir Woods and the surrounding vineyards of Napa and Sonoma Valley, the “City by the Bay” is always a must-see on any visitor’s list to the West Coast.
Cruising the Pacific—May 7
Astoria, Oregon—May 8
Nestled along the mouth of the Columbia River, Astoria is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. Named for the early fur trader, John Jacob Astor, Astoria is known for its steep hills and beautiful Victorian homes. It offers the traveler Fort Clasop, the reconstructed winter quarters of the Lewis and Clark expedition, the elegant Victorian mansion of Captain Flavel, and excursions to breathtaking surroundings including Mount St. Helens.
Shore Excursions include: Panoramic Astoria, The Astoria Ale Trail, Flavel House Tea & Scones; Seaside, Cannon Beach and Shopping; The Coast of Northern Oregon
Cruising the Inside Passage, Alaska—May 9
Sitka, Alaska—May 10
Founded by Russian fur traders as New Archangel in 1799, Sitka was the historic center of Russia’s Alaskan empire. The Russian flag was replaced by the Stars and Stripes when the United States purchased the Alaska territory in 1867. Today, picturesque Sitka is known for its fishing industry, an annual summer classical music festival, and its many historic visitor attractions. On a clear day Sitka, the only city in southeast Alaska that fronts the Pacific Ocean, rivals Juneau for the sheer beauty of its surroundings.
Shore Excursions include: Sea Otters, Raptors, & Bears, Oh My!; Russian America and Raptor Center; Historic Sitka and Nature Walk; Salmon Sport Fishing
Cruising the Hubbard Glacier, Alaska—May 11
Skagway, Alaska—May 12
The city of Skagway is the northern terminus of the Alaska Marine Highway. Historically it was known to thousands of hopeful gold rushers as the gateway to the gold fields. With its false-front buildings, Skagway keeps the historic gold rush era alive, and at the Trail of ’98 Museum it celebrates the character of such colorful inhabitants as Soapy Smith “King of the Frontier Con Men. The museum has an outstanding collection of gold fever memorabilia.
Shore Excursions include: White Pass Scenic Railroad; Sitka by Streetcar; Klondike Explorer and Skagway Highlights; Glacier Discovery by Helicopter; Ice Field Flightseeing and DogsleddingThe city of Skagway is the northern terminus of the Alaska Marine Highway. Historically it was known to thousands of hopeful gold rushers as the gateway to the gold fields. With its false-front buildings, Skagway keeps the historic gold rush era alive, and at the Trail of ’98 Museum it celebrates the character of such colorful inhabitants as Soapy Smith “King of the Frontier Con Men. The museum has an outstanding collection of gold fever memorabilia.
Shore Excursions include: White Pass Scenic Railroad; Sitka by Streetcar; Klondike Explorer and Skagway Highlights; Glacier Discovery by Helicopter; Ice Field Flightseeing and Dogsledding
Juneau, Alaska—May 13 In 1880, Joe Juneau and Richard Harris were prospecting for gold with the help of Indian guides. Here they discovered nuggets “as large as beans” at the mouth of the aptly named Gold Creek. Out of their discovery came three of the largest gold digs in the world where more than $150 million in gold was mined. Juneau’s surrounding beauty and natural wonders have attracted cruise ship travelers for over a century, with steamship companies bringing tourists here since the early 1880’s.
Shore Excursions include: Mendenhall Glacier and Whale Quest; Taku Glacier Lodge Flight & Feast; Whale Watching & Wildlife Quest; Five Glaciers Seaplane Exploration; Gold Creek King Salmon Bake
Ketchikan, Alaska—May 14 The city of Ketchikan, on the southwest side of Revillagigedo Island, grew up around salmon canneries and sawmills. It is thought that the name Ketchikan comes from the native term "Katch Kanna", which is roughly translated as "spread wings of a thundering eagle." At one time Ketchikan was proclaimed the “Salmon Capital of the World.” An outstanding collection of totem poles makes a visit to Ketchikan essential for anyone interested in Alaskan art. Travelers flock to Ketchikan for their first look at the North Country, and they are rarely disappointed.
Shore Excursions Include: Misty Fjords and Wilderness Explorer; Cruise George Inlet & Crab Feast; Ketchikan Duck Tour; Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show; The Bering Sea—Crab Fisherman’s Tour
Cruising the Inside Passage, Alaska—May 15
Vancouver, Canada—May 16
“Gassy Jack” Deighton saw a chance to make money from the miners on their way to the Yukon, and the saloon he built became a central focus of the shanty town known as Gas Town. This area became the birthplace of modern Vancouver, Canada’s third largest city. The government persuaded the settlers to change the name of Gas Town to Vancouver in honor of Captain George Vancouver, who sailed the area’s waters in 1792. Today Vancouver offers travelers tram rides to the top of Grouse Mountain, the lovely Ming Dynasty Gardens, historic Gas Town, and the city’s beloved Stanley Park.
A Note from Sharon ~
I have enjoyed taking many wonderful groups on Regent Seven Seas Cruises®! Everyone is always amazed by the beauty of the ships, by the warmth of the gracious onboard staff, and by the excellence of the shore excursions. And as a judge for the James Beard Awards, I am also happy to say that I can give an “A” to the dining experiences onboard. For this Alaska cruise, our group has a special offer that is available through my travel agent, Annette Holt, who works with me on Regent Seven Seas Cruises®. If you need more information or Annette Holt’s phone number, please give me a call at (800) 444-9515. I hope you will come—we’re going to have a fantastic experience of a lifetime!
For reservations and information,
Menus and Music at (510) 658-9100
Fares from $5,799 per person. Includes FREE round-trip air or a savings of $400 per person when arranging your own flights and transfers. Sharon's group also receives a FREE Pendleton blanket and an autographed copy of her Dining at Great American Lodges volume.