Hapag-Lloyd Offers Alaska Expeditions for Summer 2012 and 2013

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is rolling out two Alaska expedition trips in summer 2012 and 2013 onboard the MS Hanseatic and MS Bremen.

Summer 2012: Starting in July 2012, the MS Hanseatic will sail through the Inside Passage, where guests can experience the following optional excursions: a glacier flight, a dogsled trip, a boat trip and hike in the rainforest, a helicopter flight over the glaciers and a ride with the historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railway. Guests will also visit the Tracy Arms fjord and travel through the Kingdom of Bears and Bald Eagles, which also boasts opportunities for encountering whales and sea lions. Finally, guests can travel through the Tongass National Park, the largest national park in the U.S.

Details: July 14-20, 2012, traveling from Seward, Alaska to Vancouver, Canada. Rates start from $8060 per person.

Summer 2013: In June 2013 the MS Bremen will sail a shorter trip through the Inside Passage, focusing more on the Alaskan islands. Guests will be able to observe fur seals, kittiwakes and guillemots, as well as the occasional bald eagle. An optional excursion visits Dutch Harbor, which boasts the oldest Russian Orthodox church in North America. In Amalik and Kukak Bays travelers can see brown bears hunting for food, and the still-active Hubbard Glacier and Inian Pass offer the opportunity for ice-watching and whale-spotting. This voyage finishes with two days through British Columbia’s Inside Passage.

Details: June 19-July 7, 2013, traveling from Nome/Alaska to Vancouver/Canada. Rates from $8,790 per person/based on double occupancy for an outside cabin.

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