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WINGS Birding Tours – Itinerary

Vancouver to Alaska Seabird Cruises aboard Princess Cruises Vessels

Seabirding in Comfort

Tuesday 2 May to Wednesday 10 May 2023
with Skye Haas as leader
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Cruise Ship docked in Southeast Alaska Photo: Paul Lehman

2-10 May 2023 on Princess Cruises (Sapphire Princess) from Vancouver, Canada to Southeast Alaska and back to Vancouver: 

This 8-day Princess cruise, which goes from Vancouver to Juneau and Skagway, then loops through Glacier Bay National Park to Sitka and Ketchikan and returns non-stop to Vancouver spends two full days at sea, with plenty of additional time shipboard in the Inside Passage. When in deep offshore waters we’ll look for an excellent variety of pelagic species including Fork-tailed Storm-PetrelPink-footed Shearwater, Laysan Albatross and, if we are lucky, Short-tailed Albatross. While in the Inside Passage (the vast interconnected waterways between the islands of Southeast Alaska) we’ll likely encounter Ancient Murrelets and Cassin’s Auklets, Horned and Tufted Puffins among many others. The scenery is stunning, particularly when we arrive to Glacier Bay, where our primary target, Kittlitz’s Murrelet, may be feeding in the sediment-heavy meltwater that run off the tidewater and other glaciers that ring the bay. Mammals we might encounter include several species of whale such as Blue, Fin and  Humpback Whales. As we travel the inner passage, sightings of Orca, Sitka Black-tailed Deer, Brown Bear and Mountain Goat are all likely. A prospective bird list can be found at the link above. Shore outings will be arranged at Skagway and Ketchikan on a shared cost basis for those who wish.

This Princess cruise departs at 4 pm on 2 May from Vancouver’s docks and returns at 7 am on 10 May. Cost for WINGS leader time while on board the ship is $XXX. Your berth on the ship is a separate cost and  should be booked directly with the cruise company. This is likely to be an overall very popular cruise, so do not delay making your berth reservation with Princess. Non-birders traveling with you are exempt from the  WINGS charge. Berth prices for this cruise start at about $1030 plus tax, gratuity, port charges and optional land expenses. Details on booking a berth can be found here. Details on booking a berth can be found here.

Please note: In 2023 it’s possible to start with the leader in Los Angeles for a separate cruise to Vancouver before joining this Alaska cruise. Details on this additional cruise can be found here. Please note that it requires a change of ship and an overnight in Vancouver to make this work. 

Updated: 16 November 2021

Prices

  • 2023 Tour Price Not Yet Known

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Questions? Tour Manager: Kim Dean. Call 1-866-547-9868 (US or Canada) or (01) 520-320-9868 or click here to email.

* Tour invoices paid by check carry a 4% discount. Details here.

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