See the grandeur of Alaska by daylight yacht tour aboard Cruise West's fastest vessel, Sheltered Seas. Experience the rugged, untamed wilderness of ice-blue glaciers, snow-capped mountain peaks and watching whales from the deck of the Sheltered Seas ship! Then climb ashore to sleep in a comfortable waterfront hotel or wilderness lodge. This kind of Sheltered Seas Cruise allows for more time at port like a land-based vacation but also provides the ultimate up-close viewing experience for seeing whales, glaciers and other wildlife not to be found in the village.
The Sheltered Seas ship also offers 4 and 5 night Alaska cruises between Ketchikan and Juneau from May to September. This speedy, sleek little ship carries 70 guests at a time. At 90 feet in length, her spacious outside decks and inside lounges are all geared toward optimum viewing so nothing is to be missed no matter where you are on the Sheltered Seas ship. A Sheltered Seas cruise offers both bow and stern outdoor viewing areas as well as inside viewing lounges on two levels, a bar and a dining area.
Sheltered Seas - Onboard Activities
Sheltered Seas is the perfect stage for your Inside Passage adventure to play itself out. Join fellow shipmates in the very bow of the Sheltered Seas as she breezes north into Frederick Sound. Watch for the spouts of whales or enjoy the view as the captain maneuvers delicately up to a waterfall in Tracy Arm. Admire the glacial blues in iceberg-filled LeConte Bay.
A Sheltered Seas cruise allows whale watchers to get up-close and personal with orcas and humpbacks. The Sheltered Seas ship is designed for comfortable viewing and photography whether you are inside or out and shares all the amenities of other ships with the exception of sleeping cabins. At the end of the day, step ashore at Ketchikan, Juneau or Petersburg and stay the night in a charming waterfront hotel or cozy wilderness lodge within easy walking distance of downtown shops and attractions.
With an Exploration Leader onboard Sheltered Seas, go 'gunkholing' in wildlife-rich Wrangell Narrows. See the majestic twin Sawyer Glaciers at the end of Tracy Arm. Discover beautiful Misty Fjords National Monument. During your Sheltered Seas Cruise within earshot of sea lion colonies sprawling on the rocks and playing in the water. Stop in the Norwegian fishing village of Petersburg for the night. Enjoy the local hospitality and a performance by the Norwegian Leikarring Dancers. Not only can you enjoy the beauty of Alaska during your Sheltered Seas Cruise but also you can mingle with the natives and gain an appreciation of their culture.
Cruising on the small Sheltered Seas Ship affords you the opportunity to edge close enough to cliffside nooks where murrelets, puffins and other seabirds nest. Watch bald eagles fishing right before your eyes. Depending on what season you visit, you may even be able to catch the bears fishing at fish creek! A Sheltered Seas Cruise allows you to have an amazing experience with nature and culture when you go ashore to a port city.
Sheltered Seas - Dining
The Dining Lounge onboard Sheltered Seas serves cuisine in a very relaxed atmosphere. However, being that the onboard features while beautiful and comfortable are sparse, you may find yourself eating dinner at the ports of call at which you stop. However, during the day, the restaurant provides guests with breakfast and lunch. Open seating allows for guests to feel completely comfortable.
Sheltered Seas - Destinations
Sheltered Seas ship takes guests to Alaska on Inside Passage Daylight Yachting tours, and allows you to see Alaska in a way that no large cruise line can provide. During your Sheltered Seas Cruise, you'll spend time at ports of call in Ketchikan, Petersburg, Juneau, and Wrangell, while during the day you'll go whale watching in Fredrick Sound and travel through Tracy Arm and the Sawyer Glaciers. Taking a cruise on the Sheltered Seas ship is like nothing you will ever experience with any other cruise line.
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