Every year I swear I’m not going back to Alaska – and every year I find an itinerary that makes me want to go again. This time around, it’s Norwegian Cruise Line’s fabulous voyage from Vancouver that departs on Friday, May 8, 2015 aboard the 1,936-guest Norwegian Sun.
Sailing roundtrip from Vancouver’s Canada Place Cruise Terminal, this 10-night, one-off voyage is a refreshing change of pace for those who are tired of the usual weeklong runs to Alaska.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sun approaches the dock in Ketchikan, Alaska. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

From Vancouver, Norwegian Sun sails the spectacular Inside Passage before arriving in Sitka, Alaska – a destination not often visited on sailings from Vancouver. Also on the menu is Icy Strait Point, followed by calls on the “big three” Alaskan ports of Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan. A full day of scenic cruising in Glacier Bay National Park rounds out the mix, along with a call on Victoria, British Columbia before arrival back in Vancouver on May 18, 2015.
The full itinerary (note that port times are particularly good, too):

The itinerary for Norwegian Cruise Line's 10 Day Alaskan Adventure aboard Norwegian Sun. Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

The itinerary for Norwegian Cruise Line’s 10 Day Alaskan Adventure aboard Norwegian Sun, departing May 8, 2015. Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

Built in 2001, the Norwegian Sun isn’t as new or as flashy as the much-larger Norwegian Breakaway, but she’s ideal for sailing the waters of Alaska. Her soaring atrium features overheight windows that look out onto the promenade deck and the scenery of the Pacific Northwest, and the forward-facing Observation Lounge is a great feature in Alaska’s frequently-inclement weather.

The railroad was a critical lifeline for the Gold Rush town of Skagway, Alaska. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

The railroad was a critical lifeline for the Gold Rush town of Skagway, Alaska. Ph

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