This is how you can explore the rarely seen wonders
Windstar Cruises is serving up intimate adventures and active enrichment with a luxurious twist announcing the launch of a new Signature Expeditions program. Windstar’s Signature Expeditions will offer extremely high touch experiences both onboard ship and in the marine and wildlife environments where the award-winning boutique line sails.
This new Signature Expeditions program kicks off in May of 2018 with Windstar’s greatly anticipated return to the Great Land of Alaska.
“We are offering travelers the chance to slow down and truly enjoy scenic immersion cruising amongst the glaciers and wildlife, and we have the perfect size ships for Alaska, period. With the addition of our brand-new Signature Expeditions, our comprehensive land tours, and exciting roster of shore excursions, each guest will get to experience the best of adventure, breathtaking nature, and completely personalized service in an incredibly immersive yet completely uncrowded cruise,” stated Windstar Cruises President John Delaney.
Windstar’s Signature Expeditions program is designed to provide guests with dual opportunities for immersive and instructive enrichment onboard. And Alaska offers the perfect waterways and rugged grounds to do so. First, all guests can partake in complimentary enrichment classes, one-to-one discussions and topical presentations with industry-leading outdoor experts; there will be an expedition team of five on every Alaskan cruise.
Second, guests can pair their learnings with optional off-the-ship, personalized small group excursions on the ship’s fleet of kayaks and zodiacs or on intimate small group hikes. All Signature Expeditions will be launched and led by those same expert biologists, glaciologists and more. This two-fold concept lets Windstar guests put their new knowledge of the region into immediate action with up-close explorations of Alaska’s magical realms like the Misty Fjords where few (mass-market) cruisers ever visit, let alone kayak the verdant and rugged natural coastline.
The big difference in Windstar’s Signature Expeditions will be the one characteristic that is unique to the luxury line itself – the experience all happens with just over 200 fellow guests aboard each sailing on a luxuriously intimate and truly small cruise ship. The 212-passenger Star Legend, arrives in Alaska after spending winter and early spring in Asia and will have recently completed an extensive dry-dock installation of the expedition hard-ware that will support the expedition team and new program.
+ Itinerary Highlights
- Look for wildlife during scenic cruising of the beautiful Inside Passage between Anchorage and Vancouver
- See the First Nations totems of Ketchikan, Petroglyph Beach in Wrangell and the jaw-dropping beauty of Tracy Arm
- Include the journey to Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau
- Take the biggest zipline in the U.S.
- Learn about the rich Russian heritage of Sitka and visit St. Michael's Cathedral
- Ask questions and hear insights and information from the Expedition Team on board the entire cruise
- Discover the only settlement of indigenous Tsimshians on Annette Island
Windstar Cruises will be combining the above insight through the below exploration:
- Misty Fjords Kayaking
- Kenai Zodiac Tour
- Wrangell Interpretive Walk
- Land Tours to Denali
- Kroschel Wildlife Sanctuary
- Taku Lodge Feast & 5 Glacier Seaplane
- Fishing the Inside Passage
Windstar’s rarely seen wonders details:
For more on Windstar’s Signature Expeditions and Alaska cruises, visit www.windstarcruises.com/destinations/alaska.
For additional information on private yacht-style cruising with Windstar, contact a travel professional or Windstar Cruises by phone at 877-958-7718, or visit www.windstarcruises.com.
Windstar is proud to have been recognized with top honors from some of the most respected leaders in the industry and year after year take home prestigious awards.
Windstar Cruises currently has a 4.5 star cruise critic review rating from over 90 reviews
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If there is one thing that I have learnt, it is the more I see, the more there is to see! My name is Tracy Burrows and I am the managing editor of Out There Global, a community driven travel platform for both cost effective and luxury travel ideas around the world. From Jan 2014 - Dec 2016 I managed the LatestSightings.com blog (a United Nations World Summit Award Winner: Culture & Tourism 2016 & National Geographic partner). I was also consulting editor at MOZambique Magazine, and contributor at Sawubona. Prior to my career I obtained a tourism marketing degree, and graduated from a 2 year 'Hospitality Management in Development Program' in California. Following this I acquired a journalism diploma and since it's been all about travel and writing! And my nourishment from all those who have impacted me: family; friends; and strangers alike. Thank you for joining our journey!