Overview

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Cruise for seven nights from Juneau, Alaska, through the magnificent, pristine waters of the Inside Passage to Vancouver, British Columbia, aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship M.S. L’AUSTRAL, with spacious, 100% ocean-view Stateroom and Suite accommodations. Discover an up-close perspective of southeastern Alaska’s natural beauty aboard this small ship capable of cruising into remote, scenic bays and inlets inaccessible to larger vessels—see towering mountains and untouched coastlines and watch for marine life and wildlife, including whales, harbor seals, porpoises, sea lions, sea otters and eagles in their diverse natural habitats. An onboard team of naturalists will provide a series of lectures about the local wildlife and landscapes. View magnificent glaciers and call at the historic and inviting fishing towns of Sitka, Petersburg and Ketchikan, where you will step back into the gold rush era and discover the living heritage of the Tlingit people, an indigenous tribe of the Pacific Northwest coast. A five-night Pre-Cruise Option to Fairbanks and the heart of the great Denali National Park and a Post-Cruise Option to Vancouver are offered.

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Program Highlights

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  • Deluxe small ship experience featuring a seven – night cruise aboard the Five-Star M.S. L’AUSTRAL from Juneau to Vancouver.
  • Last of the great American frontiers—blue glaciers, rarely observed marine life, towering mountains, untouched coastlines and abundant wildlife.
  • Inclusive of all meals and wine and beer with dinner
  • The small ship M.S. L’AUSTRAL can cruise into the small ports along Alaska’s coastline inaccessible to larger vessels.
  • Zodiac excursions led by expert naturalist guides
  • Denali National Park and Fairbanks Pre-Cruise Option
  • Vancouver Post-Cruise Option

Faculty

Howard (Howie) E. Epstein, Professor of Environmental Sciences

Howard (Howie) E. Epstein is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and has been at U.Va. since 1998. His research expertise is in the area of plant and soil ecology for dry grassland-shrubland ecosystems and cold arctic tundra ecosystems. Epstein has spent part of each of the past six summers doing research in the Arctic of Alaska, Canada and Russia. Before coming to U.Va., he worked as a Research Associate for the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado in Boulder and has published over 50 journal articles and book chapters on these topics. He received his Bachelors from Cornell, and an M.S. in Rangeland Ecosystem Science and Ph.D. in Ecology from Colorado State University.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday, July 18

Home City/Juneau, Alaska

Depart your home city for Juneau. Upon arrival, transfer to the Five-Star M.S. L’Austral. Dinner is on board the ship.
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Day 2 - Sunday, July 19

Tracy Arm

Cruise into Tracy Arm Fjord’s spectacular channels, where enormous cliffs rise thousands of feet from the sea, for astonishing views of the South Sawyer Glacier. From a Zodiac, watch as vivid blue icebergs break off the face of the glacier and plummet into the waters, revealing a surprising range of colors from pale aqua to deep cobalt. The cliffs lining the fjord are laced with dramatic waterfalls and provide sanctuary for bald eagles, Dall sheep and mountain goats, while harbor seals ride the floating ice platforms and bears hunt for fish on nearby banks.

This evening, join the Captain for a special Welcome Reception and dinner on board.
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Day 3 - Monday, July 20

Point Adolphus/Bartlett Cove/Glacier Bay Inlet/Dundas Bay/Idaho Inlet

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Spend the day marveling at the natural beauty and wildlife of Alaska’s waterways and diverse landscapes from a Zodiac excursion vessel. Cruise past Point Adolphus, a prime feeding ground for humpback whales, harbor porpoise, harbor seals, sea lions and sea otters; look for otters, bear, deer moose and wolves as you continue into Dundas Bay, part of Glacier Bay National Park; and in Idaho Inlet, watch for whales in some of the richest whale waters of Southeast Alaska. Be on deck as the ship slowly plies sparkling waters in search of close-up whale and marine life watching.
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Day 4 - Tuesday, July 21

Sitka

A renowned, beautiful Inside Passage city-borough (self-governing community) built on Baranof Island, Sitka is laden with the art and history of its Russian, American and native Alaskan past. It was originally settled by the native Tlingit people, but by the late 1790s, Russian fur traders had become permanent settlers. Tour the Alaska Raptor Center, where volunteers help rehabilitate wild bald eagles. Explore Sitka National Historical Park where traditional totem poles line the serene, wooded trails. Then, visit St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, a treasured reminder of the Tsarist capital in North America renowned for its priceless, impressive collection of gold and silver icons.
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Day 5 - Wednesday, July 22

LeConte Bay/Petersburg

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A morning cruise through a slurry of ice into impressive LeConte Bay affords a close-up look at Alaska’s most active tidewater glacier, where building-size blocks of ice calve from the glacier at frequent intervals to form icebergs. In LeConte Bay, a breeding, birthing and rearing ground for harbor seals, be on deck to look for mothers and pups sunning themselves on icebergs.

Your exploration of Alaska’s rich cultural heritage continues in charming Petersburg this afternoon. Originally settled by Norwegians, today it is a vibrant fishing village whose Old World heritage, reflected in buildings decorated with intricate Scandinavian rosemaling designs and numerous Norwegian customs still observed, has earned it the name “Little Norway.” You will have time on your own to explore the Clausen Museum, which exhibits early commercial fishing and processing techniques, as well as native Alaskan artifacts.
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Day 6 - Thursday, July 23

Ketchikan/Misty Fjords

This morning, call at the colorful fishing village of Ketchikan, perched on Revillagigedo Island at the base of rugged Deer Mountain. Established in 1887 as an Indian fishing camp, Ketchikan is now the salmon capital of the world. See Potlatch Totem Park and discover the cultural and historical significance of its impressive collection of native artwork. Visit the carving studio for an exclusive demonstration by the current carver in residence and learn about their ancient technique.

This afternoon, cruise through the aptly named glacier-sculpted inlets of Misty Fjords National Monument, where wildlife is abundant and spectacular near-vertical cliffs rise from the water. In Punchbowl Cove, where sheer granite faces tower 3000 feet above the ship, admire some of the Alaskan Panhandle’s most spectacular scenery and collection of wildlife—Misty Fjords offers the special opportunity to look for brown and black bears, wolves, mountain goats, beavers, mink, foxes and river otters.
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Day 7 - Friday, July 24

Cruising the Inside Passage

Cruise the protected waters of the Inside Passage, one of the few pristine marine wilderness areas in the Western Hemisphere. Pass countless islands and evergreen forests that reach down to the water’s edge. Watch for an everchanging variety of birds, humpback whales, harbor seals and sea otters.

Join the Captain for a Farewell Reception this evening.
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Day 8 - Saturday, July 25

Vancouver, British Columbia/Home City

Disembark the ship in Vancouver and continue on the Post-Cruise Option, or depart for your home city.
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Pre- and Post-Cruise Options are available at additional cost. Details will be included with your reservation confirmation. All program features are contingent upon final brochure pricing.

Accommodations

Five Star Small Ship M.S. L’austral

State-of-the-Art Design
The highly acclaimed, exclusively chartered M.S. L’AUSTRAL, launched in 2011, represents the newest generation of Five-Star small ships, featuring only 120 Ocean-View Suites and Staterooms and distinctive French sophistication. Each air-conditioned deluxe Stateroom and Suite (200 to 484 square feet) features a private bathroom with shower and luxurious Five-Star hotel amenities. Most accommodations have two twin beds that convert to one queen bed, individual climate control, satellite flat-screen television, wireless Internet access, safe, minibar, full-length closet, writing desk/dressing table, plush robes and slippers.

Chic and Casual Dining
International and regional cuisine is served in the stylish, spacious Le Coromandel dining room in single, unassigned seatings; alfresco in the casual indoor-outdoor Le Rodrigues Restaurant; or from 24-hour room service. Continental and buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and a four-course dinner are served daily. Complimentary beer is served with lunch; complimentary wine and beer are served with dinner.

Meals

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Program Fees

Prices are per person, double occupancy, land and sea only based on cabin selection. A limited number of single cabins are available in category 6 and 4 for at additional cost.

Cat 8 $3995 – superior stateroom, shower, large window (226 sq ft) beddingconvertible, deck 3 forward

Cat 7 $5195 – deluxe stateroom, shower, (200 sq ft), small window, door opens to partial wall balcony (43 sq ft), bedding convertible, deck 3 aft

Cat 6 $5795 – deluxe stateroom, shower, (200 sq ft), small window, door opens to partial wall balcony (43 sq ft,) bedding convertible, deck 3 midship

Cat 5 $6195 – prestige stateroom, shower, (200 sq ft), sliding glass door to partial wall balcony (43 sq ft), bedding convertible, deck 4 forward

Cat 4 $6795 – prestige stateroom, shower, (200 sq ft), sliding glass door to private balcony (43 sq ft), bedding convertible, deck 4 midship

Cat 3 $7195 – prestige stateroom, shower, (200 sq ft), sliding glass door to partial wall balcony(listed as private balcony in brochure) (43 sq ft) bedding convertible, deck 5 forward

Cat 2 $7595 – prestige stateroom, shower, (200 sq ft), sliding glass door to private balcony (43 sq ft,) bedding varies, deck 5 midship

Cat 1 $7795
– prestige stateroom, shower, (200 sq ft), sliding glass door to private balcony (43 sq ft), bedding varies, deck 6

Deluxe Suites $8695 – shower, (290 sq ft), sliding glass door to private balcony (54 sq ft), sitting area with sofa, bedding convertible, deck 6

Prestige Suite II $9695 – two bathrooms (both with shower), one side with convertible bedding, other side with sitting area and sofa (398 sq ft), sliding glass doors to private balcony (86 sq ft), deck 5

Prestige Suite I $10695
– two bathrooms (both with shower), one side with convertible bedding, other side with sitting area with sofa (398 sq ft), sliding glass doors to private balcony (86 sq ft), deck 6

Owners Suite $12695
– 1 suite, extra large suite, one bathroom with large bathtub and shower, (484 sq ft), sliding glass door to private balcony, (97 sq ft), deck 6

Taxes: $495 PER PERSON AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Optional Fairbanks/Denali – Pre Cruise: $2495 per person based on double occupancy

Does not include: Taxes; passport, visas and associated fees; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls and Internet access; accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance; gratuities to ship and hotel personnel; optional sightseeing excursions; baggage charges on aircraft; local departure air/airport tax(es); airfare and associated local taxes, airport facility and security taxes and federal inspection fees not listed as included in the travel program; transfers and baggage handling to/from airport/hotel/ship on day(s) of arrival and/or departure if you are arriving earlier or later than and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s); any overnight on land due to flight schedule(s); meals, alcoholic or other beverages and all other services not specifically mentioned as included in the travel program.

General Terms & Conditions

RESPONSIBILITY: Thomas P. Gohagan & Company, the sponsoring associations/organizations, and its and their employees, shareholders, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors or trustees, successors, and assigns (collectively “Gohagan”), do not own or operate any entity which is to or does provide goods or services for your trip including, for example, lodging facilities, airline, vessel, or other transportation companies, guides or guide services, local ground operators, providers or organizers of optional excursions, food service or entertainment providers, etc. All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result, Gohagan is not liable for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any such person or entity or of any other third party.
In addition and without limitation, Gohagan is not responsible for any injury, loss, death, inconvenience, delay, or damage to person or property in connection with the provision of any goods or services whether resulting from, but not limited to, acts of God or force majeure, acts of government, acts of war or civil unrest, insurrection or revolt, bites from or attacks by animals, insects or pests, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind or the threat thereof, sickness, illness, epidemics or the threat thereof, the lack of availability of or access to medical attention or the quality thereof, overbooking or downgrading of accommodations, mechanical or other failure of airplanes, vessels or other means of transportation, or for any failure of any transportation mechanism to arrive or depart timely or safely.
If due to weather, flight schedules or other uncontrollable factors, you are required to spend an additional night(s), you will be responsible for your own hotel, transfers and meal costs. Baggage is entirely at owner’s risk. The right is reserved to decline to accept as a trip participant, or remove from a trip, without refund, any person Gohagan judges to be incapable of meeting the rigors and requirements of participating in the activities, or who is abusive to other trip participants, leaders or third parties, or who Gohagan determines to detract from the enjoyment of the trip by others. Specific room/cabin assignments are within the sole discretion of the hotel or cruise line.
Gohagan reserves the right to change the itinerary or trip features at any time and for any reason, with or without notice, and Gohagan shall not be liable for any loss of any kind as a result of any such changes. Ship schedules, port calls, hours of arrival and departure, sightseeing events, special programs and guest lecture series (if applicable), are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Gohagan is not responsible therefor and is not required to compensate passengers under these circumstances. Gohagan may cancel a trip (or an option) for any reason whatsoever; if so, its sole responsibility is to refund monies paid by the participant to it. Gohagan is not required to cancel any trip for any reason including without limitation, United States Department of State, World Health Organization or other Warnings or Advisories of any kind. Gohagan is not responsible for penalties assessed by air carriers resulting from operational and/or itinerary changes, even if Gohagan makes the flight arrangements or cancels the trip. Gohagan reserves the right to substitute vessels, hotels or attractions of a similar category for those listed in this brochure.

NOT INCLUDED: Taxes; passport, visas and associated fees; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls and Internet access; accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance; gratuities to ship and hotel personnel; optional sightseeing excursions; baggage charges on aircraft; local departure air/airport tax(es); airfare and associated local taxes, airport facility and security taxes and federal inspection fees not listed as included in the travel program; transfers and baggage handling to/from airport/hotel/ship on day(s) of arrival and/or departure if you are arriving earlier or later than and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s); any overnight on land due to flight schedule(s); meals, alcoholic or other beverages and all other services not specifically mentioned as included in the travel program.

AIRFARE: Airfare is subject to change and availability and, depending on the fare basis, likely is nonrefundable. Your airline ticket constitutes a contract between you and the airline, even if purchased through Gohagan.

LUGGAGE: Luggage allowance policies are set by the airlines and may change without prior notice. Please contact your airline(s) for the most current luggage allowance policy.

PHYSICAL ACCESSIBILITY: All programs require physical independence and mobility. Any physical or mental condition that may require special medical attention or physical assistance (for example, the need for a wheelchair) must be reported in writing when you make your reservation. Travelers must be able to embark or disembark motorcoaches alone or with minimal assistance from your traveling companion and climb stairs and step over raised thresholds without assistance. Travelers requiring assistance must travel with a companion who will be responsible for handling equipment.

CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations for all or any part of the trip including Pre/Post Program(s) reservation(s) will not be effective until received in writing in the offices of Gohagan. Should you have to cancel, the following terms will apply: reservation cancellation(s) are subject to a $200 ($50 Pre/Post Program(s)) per person administrative fee from the time of booking through 120 days prior to departure; from 95 through 119 days prior to departure, $600 ($200 Pre/Post Program(s)) per person; from 60 through 94 days prior to departure, 50% of the published full regular tariffs; cancellations 59 days or less prior to departure, a no-show, or early return from the trip will result in forfeiture of 100% of the published full regular tariffs. In addition, any applicable airline cancellation fees, optional excursion cancellation fees and administrative fees may apply.

TRIP INSURANCE: Because our cancellation policies are strictly enforced, we strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. In the event that you must cancel your participation in a travel program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement. Trip cancellation insurance is available through Gohagan and others for comprehensive coverage of such expenses in conjunction with cancellation due to illness or accident, and damaged or lost luggage. We will send you an application upon receipt of your reservation.

RATES: Prices quoted are based on fares in effect at the time of printing and are subject to change at any time. On land and/or cruise programs, even after full payment, Gohagan reserves the right to increase the tour price in the event of cost increases due to changes in supplier costs, currency fluctuations or fuel or energy surcharges and all such increases are to be paid to Gohagan upon notice to the tour participant of such increases. On programs which include Gohagan purchased interstate or international air (which originates or returns to the United States), no increased costs will be passed on after final payment except for subsequently imposed governmental tax increases.

REGISTRATION: CST#: 2031868-40, WST#: 601 767 666,
OST#: TA 0905.

BINDING ARBITRATION: Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating in any way to this Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Binding Arbitration Agreement, the brochure, or any other information relating in any way to the trip, or to the trip itself, shall be settled solely and exclusively by binding arbitration in Chicago, Illinois, in accordance with the commercial rules of the American Arbitration Association then existent. In any such proceeding, the substantive, but not procedural law of Illinois will apply. The arbitrator and not any federal, state, or local court or agency shall have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability, conscionability, or formation of this contract, including but not limited to any claim that all or any part of this contract is void or voidable.

ACCEPTANCE OF CONTRACT: By forwarding of deposit, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical or other condition of disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants and accepts the terms contained in this Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Binding Arbitration Agreement.

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS BY: Thomas P. Gohagan & Company.