Oceania Cruises has announced new and improved Alaska itineraries that offer more ports, experiences and longer stays.
Sailing from San Francisco, Seattle, Seward and Vancouver, travelers can sail for seven, 10, 11, 12 or 14 days on itineraries round trip from Seattle or Vancouver or between Vancouver and Seward, Seattle and Vancouver, San Francisco and Vancouver, or Vancouver and Los Angeles. Itineraries also visit a number of ports that larger ships cannot access, such as Haines, Kodiak, Prince Rupert, Wrangell and Nanaimo.
As part of a $100 million program of enhancements known as OceaniaNEXT, Oceania Cruises’ Regatta will accommodate 684 guests and feature 324 new suites and staterooms, along with re-fashioned public spaces. Onboard amenities will also include restaurants, a fitness center and spa, eight lounges and bars and a Monte Carlo-style casino.
In most ports, Regatta will arrive early in the morning and depart at 6 pm or as late as 11 pm. Voyages include up to nine ports of call with almost all departures calling on Hubbard Glacier, and with six 2020 departures visiting both Hubbard Glacier and College Fjord.
A sample of the experiences available is an exploration of a glacier, on foot and by helicopter, just outside of Juneau. Travelers will board a five- to six-passenger helicopter and soar over crevasses and rock sentinels, such as Mendenhall Towers. The hike will also be steered by a guide providing information on glacial formation, life cycles and the impact of glaciers on the landscape. Another experience, Jetboat Glacial Lakes and Rivers, features a jet boat ride through the surrounding 500,000-acre Stikine-LeConte Wilderness. Travelers will be able to view distant mountain peaks and waterfalls, with an interlude for wine and cheese.
Additionally, for 2019 Regatta's highlights will include Glaciers & Gardens, a 10-day voyage starting June 19 from Seattle to Vancouver. On July 26, Wildlife & Frontier, an 11-day itinerary, will sail from Settle to Vancouver, featuring Hubbard Glacier, Icy Strait Point, and Prince Rupert. In 2020, one highlighted itinerary is Scenic Northwest, which runs 12 days from San Francisco to Vancouver.