NEW ALBARY — Victory Cruise Lines is making its expedition experience debut in 2022 with the new Ocean Victory.
Accommodating just 186 guests, the vessel will sail 12- and 13-day journeys between Vancouver and Sitka, Alaska, through lesser-travelled regions of Alaska’s Inside Passage. Ports of call include: a pre-cruise hotel stay in Vancouver, B.C.; Canadian Inside Passage; Fiordland (Kynoch Inlet); Ketchikan/Metlakatla; Misty Fjords National Monument; Wrangell/Stikine River Wilderness; Waterfall Coast/Baranof Wilderness; Petersburg/Le Conte Glacier; Tracy Arm/Endicott Glacier; Kake/Frederick Sound/Five Finger; and Sitka, Alaska.
Sailings are available in May, June, July, August and September 2022.
“My most memorable travel experiences have always been journeys of complete immersion, whether it’s in a culture, an ecosystem, region or simply being immersed with my family and fellow travellers,” said John Waggoner, chairman of Victory Cruise Lines. “Alaska is such an incredible destination and our Ocean Victory expedition sailings were created to deliver an unmatched level of immersion for guests to experience this singular region like never before.”
Ocean Victory’s inaugural Alaska season expedition program will include the following highlights:
- Anan Creek Bear and Wildlife Observatory: Guests will get the chance to travel by jet boat from Wrangel through the Eastern Passage to the Anan trailhead. Anan Creek is one of the largest salmon runs in Southeast Alaska, making it a prime location for the local bear population to feed.
- Five Finger Whale Lighthouse: This landmark is located at the confluence of Stephen’s Passage and Frederick Sound in Southeast Alaska. The island on which it sits and the surrounding waters are home to nesting seabirds, foraging songbirds, bald eagles, sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, harbor porpoise, transient killer whales and large numbers of humpback whales.
- Kake Tlingit Village: Guests will be welcomed by Tlingit residents and encouraged to participate in their longstanding traditions. Other highlights include a carving or weaving demonstration and the world’s largest one-tree totem.
- Petersburg: Here, the Ocean Victory will dock right beside Alaska’s largest home-based halibut-fishing fleet. With large cruise ships unable to access Petersburg, Ocean Victory’s smaller size will allow guests the unique opportunity to call on this authentic Alaskan village.
- Waterfall Coast: Guests will be challenged to keep track of the number of waterfalls encountered along Baranof Island’s eastern coast, also known as “waterfall coast.” This near-hidden shoreline is also prime for wildlife discovery, from seals and deer to tidepools.
Fares start at US$3,699 per guest, plus port fees, taxes and gratuities with FREEDOM savings available on select bookings through August 31, 2021 and can be accessed with the offer code: FREEDOM.
For more information on Victory Cruise Lines’ 2022 itineraries, sailing dates and to book a reservation, call 888-907-2636 or visit www.victorycruiselines.com.