Windstar Cruises has announced its 2021 Alaska season will feature nine different journeys from June through September on four itineraries, including a new seven-day option from Vancouver to Juneau and the reverse. The program will feature coastal wilderness cruising along the Canadian Inside Passage, as well as time in Alaska’s Misty Fjords, Tracy or Endicott Arms, with stops in Ketchikan, Sitka, Skagway (a first-time port for Windstar), and Juneau.
Windstar also will offer Cruise Tours to complement its comprehensive Alaska experience combining coastal cruises with overland explorations to Denali and Fairbanks in 2021.
While Windstar’s popular 11 (and more)-day itineraries in Alaska allow plenty of time for scenic cruising and in-depth exploration, Windstar’s new seven-day cruise is in response to guest demand for shorter options to explore Alaska in an immersive way. Guests will see something spectacular every day, with no days spent ‘at sea,’ allowing them to get the most out of their Alaskan cruise in a shorter amount of time.
New shore excursions and experiences include an exclusive offerings as part of the line’s innovative Signature Expeditions program, where a team of six experts are on board sharing the history of the region, cultural tales, scientific discoveries, and insider knowledge.
New 2021 Signature Expeditions include Zodiac cruises and kayaking in Icy Bay, a remote fjord near Prince William Sound that’s part of the Wrangell-Saint Elias Wilderness. In Barry Arm, three glaciers flow from the Chugach Mountains into the fjord. The location is perfect for Zodiac cruises and kayaking with Windstar’s Expedition Team because the area is relatively free of ice with smooth waters.
New 2021 shore excursions include experiences like taking the vintage White Pass & Yukon narrow-gauge train from Skagway through a panorama of mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, tunnels, and historic sites, or embarking on a Glacier Point wilderness safari, including catamaran cruising along ice-scoured fjords, hiking through dense rainforest, and paddling a canoe on a mountain lake to the stunning face of an ice wall.
Guests onboard the sailings will also enjoy local fare from the land and sea, including seasonal huckleberries, reindeer and venison sausage, birch syrup, and seafood such as King and Sockeye Salmon, Pacific Ling Cod, and King Crab.
All 2021 Windstar Alaska sailings will take place aboard the reimagined 312-passenger Star Breeze, with 50 new suites, two new restaurants and an enhanced spa and fitness centre.