Explora Journeys Announces Inaugural Alaskan Journey for Spring 2024
Geneva, Switzerland, June 16, 2022 – Explora Journeys today announced that Alaska will feature as a new addition to EXPLORA I’s unique journeys collection. The luxury lifestyle travel brand has revealed three incredible new journeys departing from Vancouver, Canada, that will provide a rare opportunity for guests to explore untouched Alaskan wilderness from a unique perspective. In doing so, each journey will achieve the brand’s aim in allowing guests to embrace enticing destinations and create lifelong memories, all done with minimal impact on the natural environments for which Alaska is best known.
The Remote Wrangell and Spectacular Sitka Inaugural Alaskan Journey will depart Vancouver on May 6, 2024 and this 11-night journey will sail the Inside Passage, Wrangell, Tracy Arm Fjord, Juneau, Sitka, Skagway, Ketchikan, Misty Fjord, Victoria and back to Vancouver on May 17, 2024.
Sailing the Whale’s Highway is an 11-night journey that includes, Icy Strait Point (Hoonah and the Hubbard Glacier whilst Journey of the Glaciers is a 10-night journey that will visit coastlines sculpted by rivers of jagged ice; navigating islands scattered like jigsaw pieces across cobalt bays. Mendenhall Glacier, Misty and Tracy Arm Fjords — ephemeral landmarks will leave a lasting impression and memories.
These journeys will highlight the visceral power of Alaska and a world of new adventures. Guests will be able to connect with the native cultures and experience landscapes that cannot be seen or experienced anywhere else on earth.
Michael Ungerer, the Chief Executive Officer of Explora Journeys, comments, “Explora Journeys’ Alaskan experience will inspire and excite in equal measure, especially for those who are curious for remarkable exploration. Blending luxury and adventure from soaring mountains, Arctic tundra, giant rivers, fjords, and glaciers, to deep, frozen oceans and vibrant wildlife, Explora Journeys will ensure a one-of-a kind experience. These journeys will also offer guests the opportunity to unlock our unique philosophy, the Ocean State of Mind, an elevated state of mind inspired by the sea, as elusive as it is sought after.”
Each unique journey will have its own personality and opportunity for adventure from experiencing the crack and gurgle of the Mendenhall Glacier – a remnant of the last ice age, flying over the sweeping wilderness or observing nature at its most powerful with the sights of brown bears, hunting salmon or humpback whales breaching calm, ice-cold waters. For those looking to take things at a slower pace, there will be plentiful options, all of which will revolve around a state where ecotourism sits at the very forefront – allowing guests to feel enriched from their connection with nature and the wilderness.
Both on board and ashore, guests will have ample of opportunity to explore the cuisine that Alaska has to offer. While exploring, restaurants and eateries will serve up a wonderful array of locally sourced seafood, game, and the absolute freshest produce, introducing guests to a new dimension of provenance and seasonality in their culinary experience. Local favorites such as Coho salmon or Dungeness crab, all complimented with a refreshing beer or cider from one of the numerous renowned Alaskan microbreweries.
A seamless and efficient booking process is available for guests either by their preferred travel advisor via the digital booking suite www.explorajourneys.com/traveladvisors, by contacting the Explora Experience Centre Ambassadors on 0800 014 8486 or through the Explora Journeys website www.explorajourneys.com.
Explora Journeys’ Alaskan Journey will run from May 6, 2024 to August 28, 2024.
Remote Wrangell and Spectacular Sitka – 11 nights
Sail where mountains have no names, paved roads are few, and vast wildernesses are gateways beyond the knowable realm. Venture to remote Wrangell; step lightly in Sitka; and forge Tracy Arm and Misty Fjords. Experience thrills that go beyond: flight-seeing Mount Edgecumbe; kayak Sitka Sound; hike former WWII installations; step inside the Fortress of Bears; and find peace in the blue-domed St. Michael’s Cathedral.
Dates of Sailing: May 6, 2024 – May 17, 2024
Ports of call: Vancouver, Sailing the Inside Passage, Wrangell, Tracy Arm Fjord, Juneau, Sitka, Skagway, Ketchikan, Misty Fjord, Victoria, Vancouver
Sailing the Whale’s Highway – 11 nights
Dates of Sailing:
06/07/2024 – 06/18/2024
06/28/2024 – 07/09/2024
07/19/2024 – 07/30/2024
08/09/2024 – 08/20/2024
Ports of call: Vancouver, Sailing the Inside Passage, Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Sailing the Hubbard Glacier, Valdez, Juneau, Sitka, Victoria, Vancouver
Journey of the Glaciers – 10 nights
Sailing into the mystic and explore the full breadth of the Inside Passage. Experience coastlines sculpted by rivers of jagged ice; navigating islands scattered like jigsaw pieces across cobalt bays. Mendenhall Glacier, Misty and Tracy Arm Fjords — ephemeral landmarks will leave a lasting impression and memories. Hike, bike, paddle, trek wildlife, or board a seaplane to soar across the Tongass National Forest.
Dates of Sailing: from
05/28/2024 – 06/07/2024
06/18/2024 – 06/28/2024
07/30/2024 – 08/09/2024
Ports of call: Vancouver, Sailing the Inside Passage, Wrangell, Juneau, Sitka, Skagway, Tracy Arm Fjord, Ketchikan, Sailing the Misty Fjord, Victoria, Vancouver
About Explora Journeys
Explora Journeys is the privately-owned luxury lifestyle brand of the MSC Group, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, created at the heart of Swiss luxury hospitality. The brand stems from the long-held vision of the Aponte-Vago family to redefine the ocean experience for a new generation of discerning luxury travellers, drawing on the Aponte family`s 300 years of maritime heritage. The brand’s aspiration is to create a unique ‘Ocean State of Mind’ by connecting guests with the sea, with themselves, and like-minded people, while remarkable itineraries will blend renowned destinations with lesser-travelled ports, for a journey that inspires discovery in all its forms.
A fleet of four ships, two of which are under construction, will be launched from 2023 to 2026. Equipped with the latest environmental and marine technologies, Explora Journeys will introduce a modern style of transformative ocean travel. EXPLORA I offers 461 oceanfront suites, penthouses and residences designed to be ‘Homes at Sea’ for our guests, all with sweeping ocean views, private terrace, a choice of ten distinct culinary experiences, ten indoor and outdoor bars and lounges, four swimming pools, extensive outdoor decks with private cabanas, wellness facilities, and refined entertainment. Inspired by the company`s European heritage, Explora Journeys will provide guests with an immersive ocean experience respectful and intuitive hospitality.
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