Crystal to return to Alaska in 2022 after 3 year hiatus

Peak season sailings of the Inside Passage aboard Crystal Serenity

Crystal Cruises marks its return to Alaska after three years with a series of 7- to 11-night voyages in summer 2022 aboard Crystal Serenity.

Round-trip and one-way voyages will operate from Anchorage (Whittier), Alaska; and Vancouver, Canada.

“A Crystal Alaska cruise is like no other, offering the only seagoing vacation that combines up close and personal looks at awe-inspiring scenery and wildlife with the incredible six-star service and an array of onboard amenities that have earned us a reputation as the leader in luxury cruising,” said Jack Anderson, Crystal president.

Anderson noted that Crystal’s Alaska sailings will be exclusive to 2022 as the line does not have any voyages to the region scheduled beyond next year.

Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska | Image supplied/AdobeStock

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Nearly 100 different Destination Discoveries ashore will provide guests the ultimate way to experience and explore the serene beauty of the Last Frontier.

Crystal Serenity’s 2022 Alaska program is designed to maximise guests’ enjoyment of the region, with intimate experiences that allow for more in-depth encounters ashore, and varied cruise durations that take place in the optimal late June to August season which offers the longest daylight hours for scenic cruising.

Guest lecturers include Kurt Dunbar, a longtime Alaska resident who has shared his vast knowledge for the past 20 years both to cruise guests as well as university students. Sample lectures will include “Fire and Ice: The Geology of Alaska,” focusing primarily on glaciers; “Fur and Feathers” highlighting native land mammals and birds; “Warm Blood in the Cold Seas,” a look at the region’s fascinating whale population; and “The First Alaskans,” an overview of the native cultures of the Northland.

A favourite guest on Crystal’s popular “Storytellers” podcast series, Rob Caskie will share his personal Alaska experiences with memorable conversations such as “The Renowned Alaska/Canada Highway,” an epic tale of human endeavor linking the continental US with Alaska and Russia across the Bering Strait; “Native People of the Bering Region and Bering Sea History,” an examination at the first people’s fascinating history and the sea they call home; and “Emblematic Wildlife,” detailing the region’s magnificent and varied creatures. Caskie’s “Storytellers” podcast is available here.

Glacier Bay National Park | Image supplied/AdobeStock

Crystal Serenity’s 2022 Alaska season encompasses a series of five high-season voyages of 7- or 11-nights that run from 23 June to 1 August, including:

  • 23-30 June 2022 (7-night Vancouver to Anchorage): “Alaskan Wonders” voyage featuring the Inside Passage, Seymour Narrows, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Hoonah, and Hubbard Glacier
  • 30 June-7 July 2022 (7-night Anchorage to Vancouver): “Gold and Glaciers” voyage visiting Hubbard Glacier, Sitka, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Cruising the Inside Passage, and Sailing Seymour Narrows
  • 7-18 July 2022 (11-night round-trip Vancouver): “Fascinating Frontiers” sailing featuring cruising the Inside Passage, Seymour Narrows, Ketchikan, Juneau, Hoonah, cruising Hubbard Glacier, Sitka, Prince Rupert (British Colombia), cruising the Outside Passage
  • 18-25 July 2022 (7-night round-trip Vancouver): “Treetops & Totems” cruise featuring Seymour Narrows, cruising Queen Charlotte Sound, Juneau, Sitka, cruising Tracy Arm/Endicott Arm, Ketchikan and cruising the Inside Passage
  • July 25-August 1, 2022 (7-night from Vancouver to Anchorage): “Glacial Grandeur” voyage featuring cruising Hubbard Glacier, Sitka, Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and cruising the Inside Passage
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