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Gold Rush Legacy

History comes alive on this 11-night cruise in Alaska's Inside Passage


  • View stunning glaciers and endemic wildlife in Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Tlingit culture at Chief Shakes Tribal House and totems in Wrangell
  • Sitka’s Russian heritage with tours to Castle Hill, St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and Sitka National Historic Park
  • Visit the Alaska Raptor Center, Fort William Seward, and Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center
  • Petersburg’s Scandinavian heritage on a walking tour of “Little Norway”
  • Ride in a 1920s-era street car and White Pass & Yukon Route railway
  • A Ketchikan walking tour reveals the roots of its livelihood: logging, fishing, and the infamous “Creek Street”
  • Enjoy quaint Friday Harbor and a tour at The Whale Museum
  • Cruise Canada’s and Alaska’s Inside Passage and port-to-port through scenic waterways
  • Living History presentations from your onboard heritage guides and guest experts


11 nights / 12 days


Juneau, Alaska – Embarkation
Welcome aboard! Meet your crew and get acquainted with your new companions. In the spirit of the Klondike Gold Rush, set sail northward toward the Lynn Canal, North America’s deepest fjord.
Haines / Skagway

Haines—home to the world's largest autumnal congregation of bald eagles—thrived for years as an integral trade center to the Chilkat band of Tlingit natives, famous for their intricately designed blankets woven with mountain goat hair and cedar bark. A tour at Fort William H. Seward and Sheldon Museum & Cultural Center shares the history and significance of this notable landmark. In Skagway, gateway to the Chilkoot Trail and one of the original routes of the Klondike Gold Rush, wooden boardwalks line the outer edges of the town’s historic buildings where tales of betrayal, fortune, and mystery come alive. An included White Pass and Yukon Route narrow gauge railway tour carries you 3,000 feet up and around cliff-hanging turns for a stunning panorama of glaciers, mountains, and gorges, and waterfalls.

Glacier Bay National Park
First established as a National Monument in 1925, Glacier Bay holds the status of National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. Glaciers unfold front and center today and there are many to choose from—Margerie, Grand Pacific, Johns Hopkins, or Lamplugh. Cruise by Marble Islands and witness Steller sea lions barking on the rocky haulout. Seabirds also flock to the area—murrelets, puffins, and black-legged kittiwakes are frequent residents. The 15,000-foot peaks of the Fairweather Range drape the skyline.
Captain’s Choice / Chichagof Island / Icy Strait
Leave it to your Captain to uncover the best opportunities for today’s wilderness adventure. Cruise the shores of Chichagof Island and through the northern whale waters of Icy Strait. Take in the spectacular scenery and keep watch for lounging sea lions and gentle humpbacks. Feasting on krill. Breaching. Giving you the fluke.
Sitka / Sergius Narrows
Russian American and Tlingit history come to life in Sitka—Southeast Alaska’s oldest non-Native settlement. Uncover its past and present on an included tour to the Alaska Raptor Center, historic Castle Hill, St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and Sitka National Historical Park—Alaska’s oldest federally designated park. Back onboard, navigate your way through Sergius Narrows. This “inside route” to the whale waters of Chatham Strait was once plied by Russian sea otter hunters.
Frederick Sound / Chatham Strait / Petersburg
Whale watching in the nutrient-rich waters of Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait highlight the day before your arrival into Petersburg—founded over 100 years ago and nicknamed “Little Norway” due to its large Scandinavian population. An included city tour reveals the impact fishing had on Petersburg. After your included tour, enjoy time on your own exploring this tiny Alaskan village.
Transit the once treacherous (in the pre-technology age) Wrangell Narrows, a 22-mile winding, snake-like channel—dubbed “Christmas Tree Lane” for its abundant red and green navigational lights. Along the way, watch the shore for Sitka black-tailed deer, black bears, and seabirds. Wrangell, the only Alaskan town ever governed by four nations, was established as a fur trading center by the Russians in the early 1800s. It later held a strategic location for Gold Rush prospectors and served as the launch point for pioneering conservationist John Muir’s famous glacier expedition. Tour the newly renovated Chief Shakes Clan House before departing to explore the island-studded Zimovia and Clarence Straits. 
Ketchikan, Alaska
Timing and tides deliver today’s scenic wonders before arriving in Ketchikan, “salmon capital of the world,” where it’s all ashore for a historic tour focused on Ketchikan’s local Tlingit culture. Discover the exceptional art forms of intricately carved totems, enjoy masterful storytelling with a local Tlingit guide, and don’t miss Dolly’s House in the former red light district of Creek Street.
Canada’s Inside Passage
Shortly after crossing the Alaska border into Canada, cruise past the ghost town of Butedale, founded in 1918 as a fishing, mining, and logging camp. Quiet reaches, whale watching, yoga on the deck, and engaging presentations fill your day in a landscape of glacially carved fjords and temperate rainforest. Passing by the Great Bear Rainforest, keep a watchful eye for the Kermode “spirit” bear, easily recognized by its white fur.
Johnstone Strait / Strait of Georgia
Sail south into Johnstone Strait—summer home to approximately 150 orca whales. Nestled between Vancouver Island and the mountainous mainland of British Columbia, the Strait of Georgia’s islands, fjords, and intricate waterways unfold before you. Onboard Living History presentations unlock the storied-past of these wild shorelines.
Salish Sea / Friday Harbor
The Salish Sea is a playground to resident orca pods. Explore the shops, galleries, and intriguing whale museum in the San Juan Island’s charming Friday Harbor. Shaped and molded by the last ice age, forested islands dot the seascape of this yachter’s paradise. Join the Captain for a toast at tonight’s Farewell Dinner and relive your journey with a memorable presentation by your Legacy Leader.

Seattle – Disembark
Transit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks into Fishermen's Terminal and disembark the boat after breakfast. Transfer directly to to the Seattle airport or begin your add-on overnight stay.


A passport is required on this itinerary. Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

Rates & Dates

11 nights / 12 days


Juneau, Alaska to Seattle, Washington (JNU-SEA)

Fares are per person double occupancy, in USD. Any stateroom (except Single) is available at 175% of double occupancy rate. Triple accommodations are available in the Admiral Staterooms 101 & 102; triple and quadruple accommodations available in the Owner's Suite. Inquire for pricing details. Charter up to 88 guests.


Jun 11

Aug 17

FARES INCLUDE – All onboard meals; premium spirits, fine wine, microbrews; non-alcoholic beverages; exclusive roundtrip transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; port fees and taxes; interpretive shore excursions and onboard presentations; entry fees to national parks, museums, and other historical venues; wellness program: hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage; and an introductory annual membership to Alaska Geographic+

+ Requires registration

FEES: Port fees and taxes are additional, per person, and should be added to cruise fare unless indicated as included (incl).

Ports & Places

Chatham Strait

Located in the Alexander Archipelago, Chatham Strait is a narrow passage that sits between Chichagof Island and Baranof Island to the west and Admiralty Island and Kuiu Island to the east. This 150-mile long strait connects the open sea with the Lynn Canal and the Icy Strait.> Read More

Chichagof Island

Chichagof Island is the 5th largest island in the United States and one of the ABC islands of Alaska. It sits at the northern end of the Alexander Archipelago.

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Frederick Sound

Frederick Sound is a body of water approximately 45 miles wide in the central part of Southeast Alaska, at the confluence of Portage Bay (West), lower Stephens Passage (North), and Chatham Strait between the communities of Juneau (North) and Petersburg (South). Frederick Sound is only accessible by boat or air. > Read More

Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands, Washington

Friday Harbor is located on the eastern side of San Juan Island, the second largest island in the San Juan Islands group. It fronts a natural, protected harbor and is now one of the main commercial centers for the islands. > Read More

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

Glacier Bay Park and Preserve is reportedly the most sought after park to visit in the United States and it is no wonder. Where else will you find a 25 mile-long river of ice still carving the land just as it has for the past several thousand years? > Read More


Haines lies at the base of the mighty Chilkat mountain range, with glaciers seemingly flowing down to the edge of town, and at the northern part of the Alaska Panhandle.> Read More

Icy Strait

Icy Strait is a body of water in Southeast Alaska that is located between Chichagof Island and the mainland, and extends 40 miles northwest from Chatham Strait to Glacier Bay and Cross Sound.> Read More

Juneau, Alaska

Surrounded by the rich, green Tongass National Forest, and located on beautiful Gastineau Channel, Juneau is an important port and a popular tourist destination. Unique because it is the only state capital in the United States that is inaccessible by road, Juneau sits at sea level below the steep mountains that are home to the Juneau Icefield and the Mendenhall Glacier.> Read More

Ketchikan, Alaska

Known as the “Salmon Capital of the World”, Ketchikan has a rich and diverse history—all of which you can see elements of today. In the late 1800s it built a fish saltery, which was soon followed by a salmon cannery and general store—salmon still spawn in the Ketchikan Creek that runs through the middle of town.> Read More

Petersburg, Alaska

Visiting Petersburg is like visiting a little bit of Scandinavia. In 1890, Norwegian immigrant Peter Buschmann arrived and saw that he could use the ice from the nearby LeConte Glacier to build a mill and fish-packing plant at the head of Wrangle Narrows on Mitkoff Island. He chose this location because it reminded him of his beloved homeland.> Read More

Salish Sea

Located between the south-western tip of British Columbia, and the north-western tip of Washington State, the Salish Sea is made up of the Strait of Georgia, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Puget Sound. This intricate network of waterways is protected from Pacific Ocean storms by Vancouver Island and the Olympic Peninsula. 

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San Juan Islands, Washington

Formed by tectonic activity, glacial sculpting, and the forces of erosion, approximately 450 islands dot the Salish Sea between southeastern Vancouver Island and northern Washington. Accessible only by air and sea, the views are astounding—on a clear day, you can turn in a circle and see the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges, Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, and Vancouver Island.> Read More

Seattle, Washington

For thousands of years, the coastal First Peoples lived in abundance along the shorelines that now surround Elliott Bay and the city of Seattle. The city is named for Chief Sealth, a respected local elder who befriended the first non-native settlers of the Denny party who landed in 1851.> Read More

Sitka, Alaska

The city and borough of Sitka are situated on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago and was originally settled by the native Tlingit people. Old Sitka was founded in 1799 by Alexandr Baranov, then governor of Russian America, when he arrived and set up a colonial trading company chartered by Tsar Paul I. > Read More


As you sail into Skagway, you are immediately transported back to 1898. Gaze from the bow of the Safari Legacy and imagine the bustling streets, teeming with Stampeders buying last-minute supplies from the multitude of false-fronted businesses that line the boardwalk.> Read More

Strait of Georgia, British Columbia

Widely known as a premier scuba diving and whale watching location, the Strait of Georgia is a 150-mile strait between Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the mainland of British Columbia.> Read More

Wrangell, Alaska

Located on the northern corner of Wrangell Island—part of the Alexander Archipelago—the city of Wrangell is seven miles from the mouth and delta of the Stikine River, a very important freshwater contribution to the Inside Passage. The natural setting of the area is the temperate rainforest, complete with abundant wildlife, and the complex estuarine system at the mouth of the Stikine.> Read More

Extend Your Cruise

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The Seattle Marriott Waterfront hotel is located in the heart of downtown Seattle, Washington's most popular waterfront district near Pike Place Market making it an ideal place.> Read More

HOTEL STOPOVER: Juneau - Westmark Baranof Hotel

The historic Westmark Baranof Hotel is centrally located in downtown Juneau within walking distance of the waterfront, cruise ship docks, shopping and restaurants.

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LAND PACKAGE: Alaska Railroad & Denali National Park Adventure

Experience Denali National Park and Preserve with a 6-day, 5-night adventure. Enjoy breathtaking views of interior Alaska by luxury dome train and chartered flight.> Read More

LAND PACKAGE: Winterlake Lodge

Experience Alaska’s interior on a 4-night custom land extension that features the remote fly-in wilderness Winterlake Lodge.

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S.S. Legacy

Refurbished in 2013, the ambience aboard the 88-guest S.S. Legacy emulates an early steamer with carved wooden cabinetry, and a Grand Salon complete with a full bar and old-world charm. A luxurious Owner's Suite occupies three rooms on the top deck, including a living room, king-sized bed and a full bathtub.

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