Windstar Cruises announced its 2021 Alaska season today: Nine journeys from June through September on four itineraries, including a new seven-day option from Vancouver to Juneau and the reverse.
The new itinerary, Scenic Alaska, will travel the Canadian Inside Passage and will spend time in Alaska’s Misty Fjords, plus Tracy or Endicott Arms, with stops in Ketchikan, Sitka, Skagway (a first-time port for Windstar) and Juneau. Windstar says the seven-day cruise is in response to guest demand for shorter options to explore Alaska with no days “at sea.”
In addition, Windstar will offer Cruise Tours, combining coastal cruises with overland explorations to Denali and Fairbanks in 2021. The cruise line will also offer new shore excursions and experiences, including exclusive offerings as part of the line’s Signature Expeditions program, where a team of six experts onboard share the history of the region, cultural tales, scientific discoveries and insider knowledge.
New 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. New shore excursions include experiences like taking the vintage White Pass and 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 face of an ice wall.
All 2021 Windstar Alaska sailings will take place aboard the reimagined 312-passenger Star Breeze, with 50 new suites, two new restaurants, an enhanced spa and fitness center and more.