Hank Shugart, W.W. Corcoran Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Department of Biology

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Starting from $4,295 per person, double occupancy, cruise/land only.
(plus $420 per person taxes)

A limited number of single rooms are available.

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Explore cobalt-blue glaciers, towering mountains, untouched coastlines and abundant wildlife as they unfold around you in an immense panorama on this exceptional Five-Star cruise of Alaska’s glaciers and the Inside Passage – the last of the great American frontiers. This specially designed itinerary uniquely combines Five Star accommodations with exploration style travel as you cruise from Juneau, Alaska, to Vancouver, British Columbia, under the lingering glow of the long days of summer.

Experience the unforgettable scenery of southeastern Alaska and Northwestern Pacific Canada and thrilling wildlife up-close – from observation decks, during Zodiac excursions and from the comfort of elegantly appointed Suites and Staterooms, most with a private balcony. Call at archetypal Alaskan towns, including historic Sitka, a cultural fusion of Tlingit and Russian heritage; off-the-beaten-path Petersburg, the region’s “Little Norway”; and colorful Ketchikan, rich in Alaskan art and tradition. Glide through the serene Inside Passage and into remote inlets in search of harbor seals, porpoises, sea lions, sea otters and eagles. Cruise the majestic Misty Fjords and Tracy Arm Fjord, a seascape of plunging waterfalls and serrated peaks, to the face of the monumental Dawes and South Sawyer Glaciers

Program Highlights

  • Six days cruising the protected 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.
  • Scenic cruise into stunning Tracy Arm Fjord featuring the South Sawyer Glacier.
  • Zodiac excursion to the tidal Dawes Glacier and seal watching in Endicott Arm Fjord.
  • Humpback whale watching near Point Adolphus.
  • Zodiac excursion through the marine‑life‑rich waters of captivating, Inian Island.
  • Visit to the remote fishing village of Elfin Cove on pristine Chichagof Island, with time at leisure.
  • Visit to picturesque Sitka, once the “capital of Russian America,” to see St. Michael’s Cathedral and its priceless Russian Orthodox icons and to tour the Alaska Raptor.
  • Naturalist-guided Zodiac excursion into LeConte Bay for a spectacular cruise among icebergs.
  • Visit to the vibrant fishing village of Petersburg, Alaska’s “Little Norway.”
  • Tour of historic Ketchikan, “salmon capital of the world,” and famous gold rush-era Creek Street.
  • Visit to Potlatch Totem Park in Ketchikan to experience indigenous Alaskan Tlingit culture.
  • Cruise through dramatic Misty Fjords National Monument. (Weather and sea conditions permitting.)


Hank Shugart, W.W. Corcoran Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Department of Biology

Hank ShugartHank has been teaching ecology classes since 1971. His research and teaching interests combine: global ecology, forest ecology, conservation science and interactions between human cultures and their environment. Hank’s co-teaching includes classes with faculty from the Law, Commerce and Architecture Schools as well as with colleagues in the College from History and Anthropology. Over fifty doctoral students have graduated from his research program. They have helped him has conduct research in Australia, Eurasia, Africa and North America. Hank has written over 450 scientific publications, including three books on conservation and global change that can be read by normal folks. He was proud to receive the inaugural “Distinguished Scientist” award from UVA as well as a Mentoring Award for his work with students. Hank is the author of several books including recently How the Earthquake Bird got Its Name and Other Tales of an Unbalanced Nature, Global Change and the Terrestrial Biosphere: Achievements and Challenges and Foundations of the Earth: Global Ecological Change and The Book of Job.” He has enjoyed a lifetime of sharing his love for nature with others and looks forward to seeing you on a Cavalier trip.


Day 1 - Saturday, July 6, 2019

Depart home city/Arrive Juneau, Alaska, U.S./Embark Le Soléal

The Alaskan state capital, accessible only by air or sea, picturesque Juneau is where The Call of the Wild author Jack London set forth to join the Klondike Gold Rush in 1897.
Dinner (D)

DAY 2 - Sunday, July 7, 2019

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

Cruise into the deep, narrow fjord of Tracy Arm, where waterfalls cascade from dramatic bluffs, spruce and hemlock forests fade to grooved sheer rock and icebergs glint in the sunlight. At the remote end of Tracy Arm, listen to ice calving off South Sawyer Glacier and watch as the ice becomes floating platforms for hundreds of harbor seals. Venture to the colbalt-blue edge of Dawes Glacier aboard Zodiacs in the pristine Endicott Arm Fjord, and look for Arctic terns, pigeon guillemots and mountain goats.
Breakfast, Lunch, Reception, Dinner (B,L,R,D)

Day 3 - Monday, July 8, 2019

Point Adolphus/Inian Island/Elfin Cove

Glaciers and WhalesFrom the vantage point of your small ship, search for humpback whales feeding in the nutrient rich waters of Point Adolphus while cruising through Icy Strait to Inian Island, where unspoiled tidal waters teem with marine life. Aboard Zodiacs, watch for sea lions hunting and bald eagles swooping, drawn by the abundance of salmon. Explore pristine Chichagof Island, where you will go ashore to visit the small fishing community of Elfin Cove. With only 20 permanent residents and situated across from Glacier Bay National Park, this hamlet comes alive in summer, attracting commercial and sport fishing enthusiasts.

Day 4 - Tuesday, July 9, 2019


Nestled on the edge of Baranof Island, stunning Sitka is laden with the art and history of its aboriginal and Russian past. First settled by the Kiks.ádi clan of the Tlingit, the town flourished as a Russian fur trading hub until its 1867 transfer to the United States. Visit the Alaska Raptor Center, Alaska’s foremost bald eagle habitat, where more than 100 injured eagles are rehabilitated and released into the wild each year.

Explore the rich Tlingit culture while conversing with local artisans in Sitka National Historical Park, where trails are lined with towering totem poles, a lasting memorial to an ancient artform. Marvel at the priceless collection of icons in the onion domed St. Michael’s Cathedral, North America’s first Russian Orthodox church.

Day 5 - Wednesday, July 10, 2019

LeConte Bay/Petersburg

Cruise into the mouth of LeConte Bay, where the protected waters form a natural refuge for harbor seals from predators. From aboard Zodiacs, watch for mother seals and pups sunning themselves on icebergs. This bay is the terminus of LeConte Glacier, North America’s southernmost tidewater glacier that frequently calves icebergs.

Known as “the town that fish built” and settled along the peaceful Wrangell Narrows by late-19th-century Norwegian fishermen, the charming village of Petersburg is filled with the traditional rosemåling design on its walkways, storefronts, and architecture. Enjoy exceptional vistas of Frederick Sound, summer home to a significant humpback whale population.

Day 6 - Thursday, July 11, 2019

Ketchikan/Misty Fjords National Monument

Alaskan Potlatch Totem
Potlach Totem

In the colorful fishing town of Ketchikan, “salmon capital of the world,” stroll the gold rush-era boardwalks of Creek Street and watch for spawning salmon swimming upstream through the middle of town along the well known “Salmon Ladder.” See the fascinating art of Potlatch Totem Park, where a master craftsman demonstrates the ancient technique of hand carving a totem pole.

Enjoy the rare opportunity to cruise the serene glacier sculpted inlets of Misty Fjords, an American treasure harboring awe inspiring scenery and wildlife. Observe the running streams flowing through stands of evergreens that merge into mighty waterfalls plunging down 3000-foot-tall, near vertical, granite faced cliffs. (Weather and sea conditions permitting.)

Day 7 - Friday, July 12, 2019

Cruising the Inside Passage

Aboard our Five-Star ship, experience the fabled Inside Passage, one of the most scenic waterways in the world, cruising amidst countless islands, thickly blanketed forests, hidden bays and coves, sandy beaches and lofty waterfalls flowing from mountain cliffs. Be on deck to 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 mountainsides.

Day 8 - Saturday, July 13, 2019

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada/Disembark ship/Return to home city

Dynamic Vancouver, British Columbia’s largest city, is the cultural and financial heart of Canada’s Pacific Northwest. Disembark and continue on the Vancouver and Victoria Post Cruise Option or to your return flight home.

Fairbanks / Denali Pre-Cruise Extension

DAY 1 – Monday, July 1, 2019
Depart home city/Arrive Fairbanks, Alaska, U.S.
Arrive in the frontier city of Fairbanks, founded upon the outbreak of gold‑rush fervor at the turn of the 20th century.
Pike’s Waterfront Lodge
(All meals on own this day)

DAY 2 – Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Cruise the fabled Chena and Tanana Rivers aboard a traditional sternwheeler, see the extensive
Trans‑Alaska Pipeline and visit the galleries of the University of Alaska’s Museum of the North.
Pike’s Waterfront Lodge

DAY 3 – Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Fairbanks/Denali National Park
Traverse through rolling green tundra amid mountains, gorges and spruce forests to the pristine wilderness of Denali National Park, home to North America’s tallest peak at over 20,000 feet high.
Grand Denali Lodge

DAY 4 – Thursday, July 4, 2019
Denali National Park
Lodge just outside this splendid and unspoiled six‑million‑acre national park. Learn more
about Denali’s ecosystem and answer the call of the wilderness here, with an expert from the
Murie Science and Learning Center who will guide and assist you in spotting and identifying
the amazing wildlife—moose, bears, caribou, wolves, Dall sheep and raptors—in their protected
natural habitat.
Grand Denali Lodge

DAY 5 – Friday, July 5
Denali National Park/Talkeetna/Anchorage
Enjoy the scenery aboard a domed train offering stunning 360-degree views of the majestic landscape. Continue to Anchorage for one night in this city that balances the call of the wild with urban comforts, stopping for a visit to the home of the famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Headquarters.
Anchorage Marriott

DAY 6 – Saturday, July 6
Anchorage/Fly to Juneau/Embark the Le Soléal
Then, fly to Juneau and visit the mighty Mendenhall Glacier, one of 38 glaciers leading to
the Juneau Icefield.
B (Breakfast included with the pre-tour. Lunch and Dinner included on the main tour cruise.)

Vancouver / Victoria Post-cruise Extension

DAY 1 – Saturday, July 13, 2019
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada/Disembark ship
Surrounded by water on three sides, Vancouver is the coastal jewel of the Pacific Northwest.
British Columbia’s largest city, Vancouver’s vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere – rich in art and
culture gleaned from the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska – forms a spectacular city. In Vancouver, see historic Chinatown, famous Stanley Park and the 19th-century Gastown District, and then explore the Public Market and native artisans’ studios at Granville Island
Westin Bayshore Hotel

DAY 2 – Sunday, July 14, 2019
Vancouver/Victoria, Vancouver Island
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.
Westin Bayshore Hotel

DAY 3 – Monday, July 15, 2019
Day 3 Vancouver/Fly to home city
Westin Bayshore Hotel


  • On Board the Exclusively Chartered, Five‑Star, Small Ship Le Soléal
  • Eight-day voyage from Juneau, Alaska, U.S., to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, through the magnificent Inside Passage.
  • Select your elegantly appointed Five-Star, Suite or Stateroom.


  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages available throughout the cruise.
  • All meals aboard ship.

Program Fees

Starting from $4,295 per person, double occupancy, cruise/land only. (plus $420 per person taxes)

A limited number of single rooms are available either in category 6 at $11,195 or in category 4 at $13,295.

Ship layout
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$4,295 – Category 8, double occupancy (Deck 3, Forward) limited availability (plus $420 per person taxes)
$5,695 – Category 7, double occupancy (Deck 3, Mid-ship) limited availability (plus $420 per person taxes)
$6,595 – Category 6, double occupancy (Deck 3, Mid-ship) limited availability (plus $420 per person taxes)
$11,195 – Category 6, SINGLE OCCUPANCY (Deck 3, Mid-ship) limited availability (plus $420 per person taxes)
$6,995 – Category 5, double occupancy (Deck 4, Forward) (plus $420 per person taxes)
$7,795 – Category 4, double occupancy (Deck 4, Mid-ship) (plus $420 per person taxes)
$13,295 – Category 4, SINGLE OCCUPANCY (Deck 4, Mid-ship) (plus $420 per person taxes)
$7,995 – Category 3, double occupancy (Deck 5, Forward) (plus $420 per person taxes)
$8,695 – Category 2, double occupancy (Deck 5, Mid-ship) (plus $420 per person taxes)
$8,895 – Category 1, double occupancy (Deck 6, Mid-ship)(plus $420 per person taxes)
$9,995 – Classic Suite II, double occupancy (Deck 6, Mid-ship) limited availability (plus $420 per person taxes)
$10,495 – Classic Suite I, double occupancy (Deck 6, Forward) limited availability (plus $420 per person taxes)
$10,995 – Owner’s Suite, double occupancy (Deck 6, Forward) limited availability (plus $420 per person taxes)

Price includes:

  • Transfers and luggage handling abroad if your arrival(s)/departure(s)coincide with the scheduled group transfer(s).
  • Experienced local guides for included excursions.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers on included excursions and transfers.
  • Experienced Gohagan & Company Travel Directors at your service.
  • Complimentary bottled water in your Suite or Stateroom and on excursions.
  • Hospitality desk aboard ship.
  • Automatic $250,000 flight insurance policy for each participant ticketed on flights by Gohagan & Company.

Does not include:

  • Transportation between your home and airport of departure/return;
  • Meals not included in the travel program;
  • Beverage/food selections you may choose to make that are not included in the travel program;
  • Gratuities not included in the travel program; Gratuities to shipboard personnel are not included. The recommended gratuity for shipboard personnel is €12 (approximately $15 USD)
  • Individual pursuits or excursions; and
  • Passport and associated fees, if applicable.

General Terms & Conditions


RESPONSIBILITY: 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. Gohagan reserves the right to substitute motorcoach transportation using hotels, inns or lodges for cruise accommodations if necessary due to weather, water conditions or levels, other events of force majeure, mechanical or other conditions beyond the control of Gohagan. 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, however, is not required under these circumstances to refund the cost of any purchased travel insurance. 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 in the “Included Features” section of the brochure; 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 in the “Included Features” section.

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 notice.

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.

DISCOUNTED RESERVATIONS: Discounts apply only to those reservations received in the offices of Gohagan in writing, accompanied by the required deposit, by December 7, 2018. In the event a “discounted” reservation must be cancelled, no “replacement” reservation can be substituted at the discounted rate. A “replacement” reservation is a new reservation and can be substituted only at the full fare tariff. Cancellation penalties may apply.

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.

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 dispute concerning, relating or referring to this Agreement, the brochure or any other literature concerning the trip, or the trip itself, shall be resolved exclusively by binding arbitration pursuant to the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. Sections 1 16, either according to the then existing Commercial Rules of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) or pursuant to the Comprehensive Arbitration Rules & Procedures of the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (JAMS). Such proceedings will be governed by substantive (but not procedural) Illinois law and will take place in Chicago, IL. 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. Please understand that by agreeing to these terms and conditions, the participant and Gohagan are waiving the right to a trial by jury.

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.