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Cruising Alaska's Glaciers and the Inside Passage

August 27 - September 3, 2010


Join Meera Ratnesar '01 and other Young Alumnae of Bryn Mawr College as you enjoy a magnificent cruise from Seward, Alaska, to Vancouver, British Columbia. Pass towering mountains and untouched coastlines, watch for whales and harbor seals, wolves and eagles, mountain goats and Dall sheep, all in their natural habitat; and listen for the loud cracking of ice as it calves into the sea. See Hubbard Glacier; call at the historic towns of Skagway, Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan; and sail the pristine waters of the Inside Passage.

These wondrous sights will unfold around you as you cruise aboard the Six-Star, All-Suite M.V. SILVER SHADOW of the Silversea fleet, voted "World's Best Small Ship Cruise Line 2008" by Travel & Leisure and Robb Report's Reader's Choice––"Favorite Cruise Line 2009." Complimentary features include: personal Butler Service, gourmet dining including wine with lunch and dinner and beverages throughout the cruise, and onboard gratuities. And, fly free from one of 22 gateways!

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Itinerary Map below...


(Subject to change)
itinerary map
Locations Visited: ANCHORAGE/SEWARD
Home to more than half of Alaska's residents, Anchorage is set on Knik Arm framed against the scenic Chugach Mountains. En route to Seward, travel the scenic Seward Highway, tracing the shores of spectacular Turnagain Arm and snaking around the towering snow-capped mountains of the beautiful Kenai Peninsula; watch for pods of orca or beluga whales hunting for salmon and waterfalls cascading to the valley floor.

HUBBARD GLACIER
See one of nature's ice-age wonders. View the awesome "galloping" Hubbard Glacier whose rapid advance—at times over 40 feet in one day—is the largest piedmont glacier (75 miles long and covering 1,350 square miles) in North America! Watch for icebergs calving from the face of this 300-foot-high glacier. In 1986, an unprecedented geological record was set when the glacier blocked Russell Fjord, creating a natural dam over 90 feet high.

SKAGWAY
During the great Klondike gold rush of 1896-1901, prospectors thronged to Skagway, the gateway to the Yukon Territory. Join an optional excursion aboard the historic landmark narrow-gauge White Pass and Yukon Route Railway steam train to follow 20 miles of the gold prospectors' route through some of Alaska's most spectacular scenery and forbidding territory.

JUNEAU
Alaska's picturesque state capital, located on the edge of scenic Gastineau Channel, boasts the largest land mass in North and South America (spread over 3,108 square miles) and the only American state capital not accessible by automobile. Gold was discovered here 20 years before the great Klondike gold rush. Join an optional excursion to the mighty Mendenhall Glacier. A mass of ice 12 miles long, one and a half miles wide and more than 100 feet high at its terminus, it is one of 38 glaciers that lead out of the vast Juneau Icefield. Or, choose to explore Juneau's urban attractions, including the Alaska State Museum, and stop at the Red Dog Saloon, Alaska's best-known frontier watering hole.

SITKA
A renowned, beautiful Inside Passage city-borough (self-governing community) built on Baranof Island, Sitka is laden with the art and history of its Russian, American and native Alaskan past. It was originally settled by the native Tlingit people, but by the late 1790s, Russian fur traders had become permanent settlers. An optional excursion provides an opportunity to explore the National Historical Park, filled with native artifacts, and St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral, housing an impressive collection of gold and silver icons. You can visit the Raptor Rehabilitation Center, Alaska's foremost bald eagle habitat where more than 100 injured eagles each year recuperate and are subsequently released back into the wild.

KETCHIKAN
The colorful fishing village of Ketchikan is also the "salmon capital of the world." Stroll the boardwalks of Creek Street and watch salmon swimming upstream in the middle of the village. Learn about the rich culture of southeast Alaska's Native people during an optional excursion to visit a living Tlingit village; view the impressive collection of cedar totem poles at the Totem Bight State Historical Park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places; and visit the Deer Mountain Tribal Hatchery, where King, Coho and Steelhead trout are raised. An alternate option is to cruise to breathtaking Misty Fjords National Monument, which teems with wildlife and spectacular mountain scenery.

THE INSIDE PASSAGE
Cruise the protected waters of the Inside Passage, one of the few pristine marine wilderness areas in the Western Hemisphere. Pass countless islands and evergreen forests that reach down to the water's edge. Watch for an ever-changing variety of birds, humpback whales, harbor seals, sea otters and brown bears.

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Detailed Preliminary Itinerary



DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND FAIRBANKS PRE-CRUISE OPTION

Explore Alaska's former frontier trading post, Fairbanks, and travel deep into the pristine wilderness of Denali National Park. Spend two nights in Fairbanks where you can learn about daily frontier life a century ago, when gold was discovered in nearby creeks. Visit a gold mine, travel through a permafrost tunnel and pan for gold; view a portion of the incredible Trans-Alaska pipeline; and cruise the fabled Chena and Tenana Rivers aboard an authentic sternwheeler. Travel aboard a domed train offering open-air observation platforms and stunning 360-degree views of the majestic wilderness–– mountains, gorges and spruce forests—during the journey to America's splendid six- million-acre Denali National Park. Spend two nights in a lodge located near the park's entrance. Enjoy a guided walk to Horseshoe Lake and discuss the park's ecosystem. Lunch is in the lodge's restaurant. Journey into the heart of Denali, where a park guide will help you spot Denali's amazing wildlife––moose, bear, caribou, wolves, Dall sheep and raptors––in its protected natural habitat. Enjoy a scenic transfer to Anchorage, "the City of Lights and Flowers," for an overnight before embarking the ship. Join us for this Pre-Cruise Option to further explore America's amazing last frontier and interior wilderness––an added dimension unlike any other. Glimpse seldom-seen wildlife in the shadow of Mt. McKinley, the centerpiece of Denali National Park and, rising 20,320 feet above sea level, the tallest mountain in North America

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Cruising Alaska's Glaciers and the Inside Passage
Itinerary: August 27 – September 3, 2010



August 27, 2010 - HOME CITY/ANCHORAGE/SEWARD/ EMBARK M.V. SILVER SHADOW

August 28, 2010 - CRUISE HUBBARD GLACIER
See one of nature's ice-age wonders. View the awesome "galloping" Hubbard Glacier whose rapid advance—at times over 40 feet in one day—is the largest piedmont glacier (75 miles long and covering 1,350 square miles) in North America! Watch for icebergs calving from the face of this 300-foot-high glacier. In 1986, an unprecedented geological record was set when the glacier blocked Russell Fjord, creating a natural dam over 90 feet high.

August 29, 2020 - SKAGWAY
During the great Klondike gold rush of 1896-1901, prospectors thronged to Skagway, the gateway to the Yukon Territory. Join an optional excursion aboard the historic landmark narrow-gauge White Pass and Yukon Route Railway steam train to follow 20 miles of the gold prospectors' route through some of Alaska's most spectacular scenery and forbidding territory.

August 30, 2010 – JUNEAU
Alaska's picturesque state capital, located on the edge of scenic Gastineau Channel, boasts the largest land mass in North and South America (spread over 3,108 square miles) and the only American state capital not accessible by automobile. Gold was discovered here 20 years before the great Klondike gold rush. Join an optional excursion to the mighty Mendenhall Glacier. A mass of ice 12 miles long, one and a half miles wide and more than 100 feet high at its terminus, it is one of 38 glaciers that lead out of the vast Juneau Icefield. Or, choose to explore Juneau's urban attractions, including the Alaska State Museum, and stop at the Red Dog Saloon, Alaska's best-known frontier watering hole.

August 31, 2010 – SITKA
A renowned, beautiful Inside Passage city-borough (self-governing community) built on Baranof Island, Sitka is laden with the art and history of its Russian, American and native Alaskan past. It was originally settled by the native Tlingit people, but by the late 1790s, Russian fur traders had become permanent settlers. An optional excursion provides an opportunity to explore the National Historical Park, filled with native artifacts, and St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral, housing an impressive collection of gold and silver icons. You can visit the Raptor Rehabilitation Center, Alaska's foremost bald eagle habitat where more than 100 injured eagles each year recuperate and are subsequently released back into the wild.

September 1, 2010 - KETCHIKAN
The colorful fishing village of Ketchikan is also the "salmon capital of the world." Stroll the boardwalks of Creek Street and watch salmon swimming upstream in the middle of the village. Learn about the rich culture of southeast Alaska's Native people during an optional excursion to visit a living Tlingit village; view the impressive collection of cedar totem poles at the Totem Bight State Historical Park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places; and visit the Deer Mountain Tribal Hatchery, where King, Coho and Steelhead trout are raised. An alternate option is to cruise to breathtaking Misty Fjords National Monument, which teems with wildlife and spectacular mountain scenery.

September 2, 2010 - CRUISE THE INSIDE PASSAGE
Cruise the protected waters of the Inside Passage, one of the few pristine marine wilderness areas in the Western Hemisphere. Pass countless islands and evergreen forests that reach down to the water's edge. Watch for an ever-changing variety of birds, humpback whales, harbor seals, sea otters and brown bears.

September 3, 2010 - VANCOUVER/DISEMBARK M.V. SILVER SHADOW


VANCOUVER
POST-CRUISE OPTION


Vancouver's spectacular setting between the Pacific Ocean and Rocky Mountains creates a diverse ecosystem and habitats for multitudes of wildlife species and provides a stunning backdrop for the city's cosmopolitan urban culture. Spend two nights in vibrant Vancouver to see the historic 19th-century Gastown District and visit the acclaimed University of British Columbia's Museum of Anthropology. You will have the opportunity to ferry to the B.C. Capital of Victoria and tour Vancouver Island's famous Butchart Gardens.

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COST & INCLUDED FEATURES:


Cabin Rate (double occupancy) from $2,995*

*INCLUDES FREE AIR FROM 22 MAJOR GATEWAY CITIES

  • Seven night cruise from Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with port calls at Skagway, Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan on board the six-star, all-suite M.V. Silver Shadow.
  • Capitan's welcome and farewell receptions.
  • All gourmet meals, served at single, unassigned seatings.
  • Beverages served throughout the cruise, including wine with lunch and dinner.
  • Spacious, deluxe, outside suite accommodations.
  • Onboard naturalist-historian to provide lectures on local nature and culture.
  • Six-star service, amenities and facilities aboard one of the most luxurious cruise ships sailing Alaska's coastline, including Butler service, in-suite dining, 24-hour room service, in-suite beverages, extensive daily entertainment and complimentary fitness classes.
  • All gratuities to shipboard staff.
  • All transfer and luggage handling aboard for all participants who have made air arrangements though Gohagan & Company and whose arrival/departure coincide with the scheduled group transfer.
  • A program of optional shore excursions is available at an additional cost is available in Skagway, Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan. Do as little or as much as you want to!!
  • Hospitality desk aboard the Ship.


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    M.V. SILVER SHADOW


    Small ship and refined luxury define the 382-passenger M.V. SILVER SHADOW, one of the premier Silversea's fleet voted "World's Best Small Ship Cruise Line 2008" by Travel & Leisure and Robb Report's Reader's Choice "Favorite Cruise Line 2009." M.V. SILVER SHADOW features the most expansive Suites of their class at sea, the finest personalized service and the ultimate in complimentary amenities, and its small size makes it intimate and enables it to cruise into small channels and ports inaccessible to larger ships. Quite simply, the M.V. SILVER SHADOW provides the quintessential Alaska cruise experience.

    YOUR DELUXE SUITE
    "Bon voyage" with complimentary champagne, fresh flowers and fruit. Silversea's suites offer the highest ratio of space per guest of any fleet. Your choice of Midship Veranda or Veranda Suite (345 square feet including veranda) features full-length glass doors that open to a teak wood alcony; or Vista Suites (285 square feet) provide a large picture window. All Suites have two twin beds convertible to one queen bed, deluxe hotel bedding, a sitting area, marble bathroom with double vanity, separate shower and full-size bath, and complimentary beverage cabinet replenished upon request.

    AT YOUR SERVICE
    A professional Butler, trained by the Leading Hotel Schools of the World, will be at your service in every Suite aboard the M.V. SILVER SHADOW, to provide polished service with finesse: to unpack, arrange, facilitate, refresh, serve, organize, prepare, assist and quite simply to pamper you with countless luxuries and delightful surprises. Also, enjoy personalized and attentive service throughout the ship by the professionally trained crew with an almost one-to-one guest-to-crew ratio.

    WITH COMPLIMENTS!
    Sure to make you smile is an extensive list of inclusive indulgences aboard the M.V. SILVER SHADOW: a selection of complimentary wines, spirits and nonalcoholic beverages served throughout the ship during the entire cruise; all onboard gratuities are included in your cruise fare; In-Suite Dining and 24-hour Room Service are simply at your request; In-Suite beverages are replenished upon request and ttentively delivered by your Butler; complimentary fitness classes are available; and your dedicated Butler is always at your service.

    RELAIS & CHÂTEAUX® SIGNATURE DINING
    Savor exclusive epicurean delights created by the prestigious international Relais & Châteaux® for Silversea. An open seating policy allows you to choose the venue, the time and with whom you wish to dine. Select international cuisine at The Restaurant; reserve panoramic dining in La Terrazza featuring authentic Italian cuisine; or choose Le Champagne, the only Relais & Châteaux® wine restaurant at sea.

    EDUCATIONAL ENRICHMENT
    Learn about Alaska's amazing geological history, wildlife, and indigenous culture from the onboard naturalist and guest faculty during a series of lectures throughout the voyage.

    REFINED LUXURY AT SEA
    Enjoy daily and nightly entertainment: see a full-scale production in the Show Lounge; watch a movie on deck; dance and listen to music in the Panorama Lounge or the Bar; enjoy a quiet retreat in the Observation Lounge or the Library; try your hand at the Casino; get connected in the Internet Café; shop in the designer Boutique; sample the Connoisseur's Corner; or take a refreshing walk around the pool or top deck.

    REFRESH THE BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT
    The Fitness Center offers complimentary group classes—aerobics, circuit training, Pilates, yoga and wellness seminars—led by professional trainers; state-of-the-art fitness equipment; saunas and steam rooms; pool and whirlpool; full-service spa and beauty salon (services at additional cost). "CruiseLite Di

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