For fans of ultra-luxury line Seabourn, it’s been a long time coming: beginning in 2017, the line will return once again to sail the pristine waters of Alaska after an absence of 15 years from the region.

Seabourn is sending the sleek Seabourn Sojourn to Alaska in 2017; the company’s first sailings to the region in 15 years. Photo courtesy of Seabourn

Starting in June of 2017, Seabourn is sending the 450-guest Seabourn Sojourn on a series of 11, 12 and 14-day sailings that depart from the iconic Canadian city of Vancouver, British Columbia; or from Seward, the gateway to Anchorage, Alaska. For luxury cruise lovers and Seabourn’s loyal past passenger base, the return is a welcome one.

“Seabourn’s return to Alaska has been a long time coming and highly anticipated,” said John Delaney, Seabourn’s senior vice president, global marketing and sales. “We’re looking forward to sharing with our guests the highlights of Alaska, from the mountains and glaciers to the picturesque frontier towns and amazing wildlife. But they’ll also see an uncommon Alaska, a side that few visitors ever get to see. No other line can show them in such ultra-luxury Seabourn style.”

Vancouver, British Columbia will serve as the primary homeport for Seabourn Sojourn in 2017. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Vancouver, British Columbia will serve as the primary homeport for Seabourn Sojourn in 2017. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

That style is one that is remarkably inclusive. In fact, the entire Seabourn mantra is all about getting more value than you’d expect from your cruise vacation while compromising on nothing. To that end, the line prides itself on six defining characteristics:

  • Intimate ships with no more than 300 suites
  • Unique itineraries visiting must-see cities and hidden gems where larger ships cannot follow
  • Intuitive, gracious service provided by a staff passionate about pleasing our guests
  • Spacious all-suite accommodations with sweeping ocean views – many with verandas
  • Gourmet dining experiences as fine as the best restaurants anywhere
  • Open bars throughout the ship and fine wines poured with lunch and dinner

So how is Seabourn going to differentiate their first Alaskan offerings in nearly two decades? As it turns out, the line is rolling out a whole host of new features, activities and incentives for cruisers to sail aboard the Seabourn Sojourn to Alaska in 2017 – and it looks like they’re going to pay off handsomely for the Seattle-based cruise line.

Off-The-Beaten-Path Itineraries

Leaving our bikes on the main road, we walked in to the last remains of the town of Dyea, Alaska. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Seabourn wants to show you a side of Alaska and British Columbia that is rarely explored by other cruise lines. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Make no mistake about it: these aren’t your average Alaska itineraries. That’s a good thing, too, because the average Seabourn passenger is well-travelled and discerning. He or she has probably been to Ketchikan before – but perhaps not to Alert Bay, British Columbia. A small village of roughly 1,500 people, nearly half of the population of Alert Bay are First Nations peoples. It’s not a big town, but it is an authentic town – and therein lies the difference. Skagway, Alaska is a lot of fun – but it exists predominantly for the pleasure of cruise tourists. In Alert Bay, the centuries-long First Nations traditions are preserved in this working town nestled in some of British Columbia’s most breathtaking natural scenery.

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