Faculty

David E. Smith, Professor of Environmental Science

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Pricing

Starting at $4,395 per person, double occupancy, land/cruise only and based on cabin selection.
A limited number of single rooms are available from $10,595.

Pre-Program and Post-Program Options are available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

*Taxes are currently an additional $305 per person and are subject to change.

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Overview

Join us on this seven-night, exploration-style cruise through the Inside Passage from Juneau, Alaska, to Vancouver, British Columbia, during the long days of summer. The exclusively chartered, Five-Star, all-Suite, small ship M.V. STAR LEGEND navigates isolated inlets and coves inaccessible to larger vessels. The small ship experience offers a superior viewing experience and bringing you up close to the most spectacular scenery of southeastern Alaska and Canada. During naturalist-led Zodiac excursions and from the comfort of your own spacious, ocean-view Suite, see Arctic-blue glaciers, rarely observed marine life, towering mountains, untouched coastlines and abundant wildlife—whales, harbor seals, porpoises, sea lions, sea otters and eagles in their natural habitat. Call at the historic and inviting fishing towns of Sitka, Wrangell 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. An onboard team of naturalists provides a series of lectures focused on the local wildlife and landscapes. Fairbanks and Denali National Park Pre-Cruise Option and Vancouver and Victoria Post-Cruise Option.

Program Highlights

• Only 106 Five-Star, 100% ocean-view Suites
• Small ship cruises into ports inaccessible to larger vessels
• Unique, custom-designed itinerary
• A shore excursion included in each port
• Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages available throughout the cruise
• Expert-guided Zodiac excursions
• Certified “green” clean ship

Faculty

David E. Smith, Professor of Environmental Science

Professor Dave SmithDave Smith is the Associate Chair of the department. Dave is an expert in biological oceanography, marine ecology and invertebrate zoology. He teaches about everything from the biology of coastal communities and coral reefs to the science of predator-prey relationships. Every summer, Dave takes U.Va. students to a research island in the Bahamas to study coral reefs and most years he takes a group to Belize to study the jungle and marshes. During the journey, he will speak on topics including the great migration and will teach about the organisms to be seen on the trip. Dave earned his Ph.D. at Texas A&M and has led U.Va. alumni trips to Costa Rica, the Galápagos and Around the World by Private Jet.

Itinerary

Day 1 - July 5, 2018

Depart home city/Juneau, Alaska, U.S.

Arrive in picturesque Juneau and embark the Five-Star M.V. STAR LEGEND. Dinner (D)

Day 2 - July 6, 2018

Inside Passage/Tracy Arm Fjord/Sawyer Glacier/Endicott Arm/Dawes Glacier

Experience the natural wonders of the fabled Inside Passage, one of the most scenic waterways in the world, cruising amidst countless islands, lush forests, secluded bays and coves, sandy beaches and lofty waterfalls cascading from mountain cliffs inaccessible to larger ships. Watch for cavorting sea lions and breaching orcas in the deep waters and brown bears, Sitka black-tailed deer, mountain goats, beavers, mink, foxes and river otters roaming the shores and mountain sides. Cruise into the deep and narrow fjord of Tracy Arm, where waterfalls cascade from dramatic cliffs, lush forest fades to spectacular sheer rock and icebergs glint in the sunlight. At the remote end of Tracy Arm, approach South Sawyer Glacier and watch and listen as it calves chunks of ice that become floating platforms for harbor seals. On a Zodiac outing in the pristine, seldom-visited Endicott Arm, venture to the arctic-blue toes of the majestic tidewater Dawes Glacier and look for Arctic terns, pigeon guillemots and even mountain goats. Attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 3 - July 7, 2018

Point Adolphus/Inian Islands/Elfin Cove

Glaciers and WhalesYour small ship allows you to look for humpback whales feeding in the nutrient‑rich waters surrounding Point Adolphus. Cruise through Icy Strait to the wild Inian Islands, around which flow unspoiled tidal waters teeming with marine life. From aboard a Zodiac, watch for hunting sea lions and swooping bald eagles, along with other predators, drawn by the abundance of salmon and
other prey. Cruise to pristine Chichagof Island, where you will tender ashore to visit remote Elfin Cove. Walk the boardwalks of this tiny fishing community (year-round population: 20), surrounded by the majestic conifers of the Tongass National Forest. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - July 8, 2018

Sitka

Nestled on the edge of Baranof Island and well known for its stunning beauty, Sitka is laden with the art and history of its aboriginal and Russian past. First settled by the Kiksádi clan of the Tlingit, the “capital of Russian America” flourished as a Russian fur-trading hub until its 1867 transfer to the United States. Marvel at the priceless collection of icons in the onion-domed St. Michael’s Cathedral, the first Russian Orthodox church built in North America. Visit the impressive Alaska Raptor Center, Alaska’s foremost bald eagle habitat, where more than 100 injured eagles are rehabilitated and released back into the wild each year. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - July 9, 2018

Wrangell

Seldom-visited Wrangell, known as the “Gateway to the Stikine River,” is the only Alaskan town to have flown the flag of three nations—Russia, Great Britain and the United States. A Tlingit stronghold for thousands of years, Wrangell was established as a fur-trading post by the Russians in 1843, making it one of Alaska’s oldest non-native settlements. Famed naturalist John Muir used Wrangell as a base for his exploration of southeast Alaska, and lawman Wyatt Earp briefly served as its marshal during the Klondike Gold Rush. Tlingit culture abounds in this charming fishing village, which is today home to more than a dozen colorful totem poles. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - July 10, 2018

Ketchikan

Alaskan Potlatch Totem
Potlach Totem

In the colorful fishing town of Ketchikan—“salmon capital of the world”—stroll the historic boardwalks of Creek Street and watch salmon swimming upstream through the middle of town along the well-known “Salmon Ladder.” See the fascinating native art of Potlatch Totem Park, where a master craftsman demonstrates the ancient technique of hand-carving a totem pole. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - July 11, 2018

Cruising the Pacific Ocean

Enjoy a day at leisure on board as the ship cruises south from the storied Alaskan Panhandle to the wild Pacific coast of Canada.
Attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 8 - July 12, 2018

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada/Return to home city

Disembark in dynamic Vancouver and continue on the Vancouver and Victoria Post-Cruise Option or transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

FAIRBANKS AND DENALI NATIONAL PARK PRE-CRUISE OPTION
Join this exclusive, specially arranged and comprehensive four-night opportunity to further explore America’s amazing last frontier. Travel deep into Alaska’s interior for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fully experience all that Alaska has to offer, when days are long and a dreamlike dusk lingers after sunset. Encounter the frontier city of Fairbanks and the pristine wilderness of Denali National Park, home to North America’s tallest mountain at over 20,000 feet. Spend two nights in lively Fairbanks, founded upon the outbreak of the American gold-rush fever at the turn of the 20th century. Cruise the fabled Chena and Tanana Rivers aboard a traditional sternwheeler, see the incredible Trans-Alaska Pipeline and visit the galleries of the renowned Museum of the North. Then, travel through rolling green landscapes aboard a domed train offering stunning 360-degree views of the majestic terrain—mountains, gorges and spruce forests––to America’s splendid and unspoiled six-million-acre Denali National Park. Learn about Denali’s ecosystem and journey into its heart, where an expert naturalist will guide you in spotting and identifying the incredible wildlife––moose, bears, caribou, wolves, Dall sheep and raptors––in their protected natural habitat. Spend two nights in a comfortable lodge just outside the park. During a scenic transfer to Anchorage, stop at the Iditarod Trail Headquarters to learn about the Last Great Race. Spend one night in an ideally located hotel in Anchorage, a city that balances urban comforts with the call of the wild.
Pre-program fee:
$2895 per person based on double occupancy
$3695 per person based on single occupancy
Flight from Anchorage to Juneau is an additional $325 per person and subject to change

VANCOUVER AND VICTORIA POST-CRUISE OPTION
Surrounded by water on three sides, Vancouver is a coastal jewel of the Pacific Northwest. Its ideal setting combines a diverse ecosystem and a vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere—rich in art and culture gleaned from the native people of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska—that forms a spectacular city. 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 19th-century Gastown District and explore the Public Market and native artisans’ studios at Granville Island. Accommodations for two nights are in the deluxe WESTIN BAYSHORE HOTEL.

Post-cruise program fee:
$1040 per person based on double occupancy
$1490 per person based on single occupancy

Accommodations

FIVE-STAR, ALL-SUITE, SMALL SHIP M.V. STAR LEGEND
The exclusively chartered, Five-Star, M.V. STAR LEGEND, relaunched in 2015 following multimillion-dollar refurbishments, offers intimate cruising at its finest and ranks high among Travel + Leisure magazine’s “World’s Best Cruise Lines.” This small ship can dock in ports inaccessible to larger vessels and celebrate traditional “sail aways” on deck. The Zodiacs carry small groups on island landings and excursions that are led by expert naturalists.
Ideal for private viewing of passing landscapes and coastal sites are the six Classic and Owner’s Suites, each with a private, furnished veranda. The 36 French Balcony Suites have a floor to ceiling sliding glass door and wooden railing, and the Ocean View Suites have one picture window. Each Five-Star Suite features one queen bed (most convertible to two twin beds), a private bathroom with shower (most with full bathtub), luxurious European linens and amenities, individual climate control, flat screen satellite television, Wi Fi access, safe, minibar, dressing table, hair dryer, plush robes and slippers. Complimentary welcome flowers and fruit are provided in each Suite upon arrival.
The inviting and spacious public areas are tastefully appointed and include a large lounge, where a program of enriching lectures is held, two bars, a comfortable library, computer center with Internet access, spa, fitness center, boutique, casino, outdoor whirlpool and counter current pool. The ship has two elevators, and there is a physician on board and a medical facility.
With a ratio of one crew member for every 1.5 guests, the English-speaking, award winning crew provides personal and attentive service.

Meals

Include 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners The elegant AmphorA dining room accommodates all guests at a single, unassigned seating, and an attentive staff serves fine contemporary international cuisine. Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are available throughout the cruise. Guests may enjoy indoor or outdoor dining in the Veranda restaurant for breakfast and lunch or reserve a table at Candles for alfresco evening dining. The Yacht Club offers complimentary specialty coffees and light snacks in between meals. Room service is also available 24 hours a day.

Program Fees

All prices are per person, double occupancy, cruise/land only and do not include taxes or port fees.

*Taxes are currently an additional $305 per person and are subject to change.

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Deckplan- Click for larger version

Category 7 – $4,395 (limited availability)
One picture window. Deck 4, forward.

Category 6 – $5,495 (limited availability)
One picture window. Deck 4, forward.

Category 5 – $6,095
One picture window. Deck 4, midship.

Category 4 – $6,595
One picture window. Deck 5, forward and midship.

Category 3 – $6,995
One picture window. Deck 6, forward and midship.

Category 2 – $7,795
French-style private balcony (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door and wooden railing).
Deck 5, midship.

Category 1 – $8,395
French-style private balcony (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door and wooden railing)
Deck 6, midship

Classic Suite II – $8,995 (limited availability)
Large Suite with French-style glass doors and private furnished veranda,
two obstructed-view picture windows and living/dining room. Deck 6, midship.

Classic Suite I – $9,395 (limited availability)
Larger Suite with French-style glass doors and private furnished veranda,
full wall of front-view picture windows and living/dining room. Deck 5, forward.
(limited availability)

Owner’s Suite – $9,795 (limited availability)
Larger Suite with glass door onto private furnished veranda, full wall of front-view
picture windows, additional private powder room, larger living/dining room.
Deck 6, forward. (limited availability)

Note: Singles are available in category 5 at $10,595,* in category 4 at $11,995* and in category 2 at $14,295*.

*Taxes are an additional $305 per person and are subject to change.

Pre-program fee:
$2895 per person based on double occupancy
$3695 per person based on single occupancy
Flight from Anchorage to Juneau is an additional $325 per person and subject to change. It is best to bundle this flight in with your airfare from your home airport.

Post-cruise program fee:
$1040 per person based on double occupancy
$1490 per person based on single occupancy

Price Includes:
• Seven-night voyage from Juneau, Alaska, U.S., to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, through the magnificent Inside Passage
• Spacious, Five-Star, ocean-view Suite, with a private bathroom and individual climate control.
• Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
• All meals—breakfast, lunch and dinner—featuring fine international cuisine, served at single, unassigned seatings
• Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are available throughout the cruise
• Six days cruising the protected and rarely traveled waters of the Alaskan and British Columbian Inside Passage, one of the most spectacular coastal waterways in the world
• Onboard naturalist guides to help identify the natural wonders and incredible wildlife of the Inside Passage
• Zodiac excursions
• Transfers and luggage handling abroad for participants whose arrival(s)/departure(s) coincide with the scheduled group transfer(s)
• All excursions and visits, as outlined above, with experienced local guides.
• Gratuities to ship personnel, local guides, drivers and naturalist on included excursions and transfers

How to Register

Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs.

A $600 deposit per person secures your spot on the main program and $200 for the post-cruise extension. Final invoicing will be done approximately 4 months prior to departure. Final payment is due 95 days prior to departure.

Deposits can be made via Mastercard, Visa, check or wire transfer.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

Please call us at 866-765-2646. Or, e-mail cavaliertravels@virginia.edu with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

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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: 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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OST#: TA 0905.

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