Glaciers, Glaciers and More Glaciers, Plus Extraordinary Wildlife and Local Experiences
Crystal’s vice president of deployment, Claudius Docekal, is understandably getting excited for Crystal Endeavor’s debut next August. He and his team have been tirelessly trekking the globe to create Crystal Expedition Cruises’ itineraries that will leave you speechless. Today, Claudius takes us to Alaska. Not just the stunning and untamed sides of the Alaska travelers may have explored on Crystal’s Ocean cruises in the past, but an Alaska expedition as experienced on Crystal Endeavor. There’s a difference, as the expedition ship’s small size packs a big punch when it comes to up-close access to wonders like Hubbard Glacier, whose 300+ feet of height seem even more massive the closer you get.
Crystal Endeavor’s Alaska itineraries also stay overnight in places most larger cruise ships spend only a day, opening towns like Juneau and Ketchikan to Crystal guests to enjoy like the locals once most of the tourists leave. Other stops include those that are not typically featured on traditional Alaska itineraries at all – The Triplets, just off Kodiak Island, with lush terrain for the 60,000 Tufted Puffins that reside there; the Semidi Islands, another birder’s paradise, where more than 2.4 million seabirds nest; the Aleutian Islands of Unga, with its deserted Apollo Gold Mine town and local bald eagles, foxes, otters and Stellar sea lions; and Dutch Harbor, famed for the “Deadliest Catch” and set along the “Ring of Fire,” so called for the volcanic activity on the Pacific Rim.
For wildlife and nature lovers, itineraries through the Last Frontier are the choice for such adventures. Fjords frequented by whales, forests foraged by bears and shores chosen by seals for sunning line your journey. But don’t take our word for it, Claudius is the expert.