Faculty

Ernest (Ernie) Ern, Senior Vice President and Professor of Environmental Sciences Emeritus

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Starting at $3,995 per person, land & sea only. Prices are based on cabin selection.

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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. Le Soleal, 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. Le Soleal 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. Le Soleal 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

Ernest (Ernie) Ern, Senior Vice President and Professor of Environmental Sciences Emeritus

ph-ernest-ern Ernie and his wife, Petie, came to Charlottesville in 1962 and Ernie taught in the Department of Geology, later the Department of Environmental Sciences, for 39 years. Concurrently, he held administrative positions as Dean of Admissions, Vice President for Student Affairs and from 1993 to 2001, Senior Vice President of the University. From 1989 to 2001 the Erns lived on the Lawn in Pavilion X. His scholarly work includes analyses of geological conditions related to mining in the Appalachian region, as well as detailed analyses of rock formations in central Virginia and the Appalachian region. In 1998, Ern received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for excellence of character and service to humanity. (Greece ’07, Dalmatian Coast ’08, Italian Lakes & Swiss Alps ’10, America the Beautiful: National Parks ’11, Canadian Rockies ’12, Baltic Sea ’13)

Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday, July 9

Home City/Juneau, Alaska

Depart your home city for Juneau. Upon arrival, transfer to the Five-Star M.S. Le Soleal. Dinner is on board the ship.
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Day 2 - Sunday, July 10

Tracy Arm/Endicott 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. Explore Endicott Arm to view Dawes 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 11

Point Adolphus/Elfin Cove/Inian Islands

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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 to the Inian Islands to watch for whales in some of the richest whale waters of Southeast Alaska. Visit the sparsely populated fishing village of Elfin Cove. 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 12

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 13

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 14

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 15

Cruising the Inside Passage

Whale_compressedEnjoy special education sessions and talks by faculty as we 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 16

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. Le Soleal

State-of-the-Art Design
The highly acclaimed, exclusively chartered M.S. Le Soleal, launched in 2013, represents the newest generation of Five-Star small ships, featuring only 110 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 L’ Eclipse dining room in single, unassigned seatings; alfresco in the casual Pytheas Restaurant; or from 24-hour room service. Continental and buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, and a four-course dinner are served daily. Complimentary wine and beer are served with lunch and dinner.
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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
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Cat 8 $3,995 – superior stateroom, shower, large window (226 sq ft) bedding convertible, deck 3 forward

Cat 7 $5,195 – deluxe stateroom, shower, (200 sq ft), small window, door opens to partial wall balcony (43 sq ft), bedding convertible, deck 3 aft

Cat 6 $5,795 – deluxe stateroom, shower, (200 sq ft), small window, door opens to partial wall balcony (43 sq ft,) bedding convertible, deck 3 midship

Cat 5 $6,195 – prestige stateroom, shower, (200 sq ft), sliding glass door to partial wall balcony (43 sq ft), bedding convertible, deck 4 forward

Cat 4 $ 6,795 – prestige stateroom, shower, (200 sq ft), sliding glass door to private balcony (43 sq ft), bedding convertible, deck 4 midship

Cat 3 $7,195 – 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 $7,595 – prestige stateroom, shower, (200 sq ft), sliding glass door to private balcony (43 sq ft,) bedding varies, deck 5 midship

Cat 1 $7,795
– prestige stateroom, shower, (200 sq ft), sliding glass door to private balcony (43 sq ft), bedding varies, deck 6

Deluxe Suites $8,695 – shower, (290 sq ft), sliding glass door to private balcony (54 sq ft), sitting area with sofa, bedding convertible, deck 6

Prestige Suite II $9,695 – 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 $10,695
– 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 $12,695
– 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: Currently $440 PER PERSON AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE UNTIL BOOKING

A limited number of single cabins are available in Category 6 for $10.995 and Category 4 for $12,195.

Optional Fairbanks/Denali – Pre Cruise: $2,840 per person based on double occupancy; Single occupancy: $3,540

Optional Vancouver Post Cruise: $895 per person, double occupancy; single: $1,295

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.

FAIRBANKS AND DENALI NATIONAL PARK PRE-CRUISE OPTION

Alaska’s Inside Passage, where the water meets the wild, is only the gateway to terra incognita. Travel inland and deep into the pristine wilderness of America’s splendid six‑million-acre Denali National Park, home to alluring Mt. McKinley, North America’s tallest peak, then venture further up the rolling green tundra to the former frontier trading post, Fairbanks, for the perfect conclusion to your northern experience.
Spend two nights in a lodge located near the park’s entrance. Enjoy a discussion about the park’s ecosystem, and journey into the heart of Denali, where a park guide will help you look for Denali’s amazing wildlife––moose, bear, caribou, wolves, Dall sheep and raptors––in its protected natural habitat.
Travel aboard a domed train offering open‑air observation platforms and stunning 360-degree views of the majestic landscape––mountains, gorges and spruce forests—during the journey to Fairbanks.
Spend two nights in Fairbanks, where you can learn about daily frontier life a century ago, when gold was discovered in nearby creeks. Visit the award-winning galleries of the Museum of the North and view a portion of the incredible Trans‑Alaska pipeline. After exploring the park, continue to Anchorage for one night in “the City of Lights and Flowers.”
Join us for this comprehensive, five-night, specially arranged Pre-Cruise Option to further explore America’s amazing last frontier and interior wilderness.

Optional Vancouver – Post Cruise
$895 per person based on double occupancy
$1295 per person based on single occupancy

Vancouver/Vancouver Island Post-Cruise Option
Surrounded by water on three sides and nestled alongside the Coast Mountain Range, Vancouver’s spectacular setting combines a diverse ecosystem with a vibrant cosmopolitan environment rich in art and culture. Visit Vancouver Island and Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada that was once a private estate and today is one of the most beautiful gardens in North America. Tour elegant Victoria, a former British Empire port that still retains a charming English accent as well as wonderfully-restored 19th century architecture. In Vancouver, see historic Chinatown, famous Stanley Park, and the Gastown District. Explore the Public Market and native artisans’ studios at Granville Island. Accommodations for two nights are in the deluxe Westin Bayshore Hotel.

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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.

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