Seatrade Cruise News is part of the Informa Markets Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Oceania Cruises curates local experiences in Alaska

PHOTO: NA-DENA` CRUISE_Klawock.jpg
Oceania Cruises will be the first line to call at the Tlingit village of Klawock
Oceania Cruises outlined immersive experiences that '[embed] travelers in the fabric of Alaska’s local communities.'

The 656-passenger Regatta will sail from Los Angeles, Seattle and Vancouver, BC, on 14 departures between May and September this year.

With more than 250 tours and excursions offered in Ketchikan, Sitka, Juneau, Wrangell and beyond, there are opportunities for glacier explorations, culinary classes, Native tribal site visits, craft beer tastings and national park excursions.

Through Oceania Cruises’ 'Go Local' tours, travelers can participate in small group excursions, getting welcomed into homes and businesses and immersed in the local way of life.

20th Anniversary Sale

Booking this month presents savings via the line's 20th Anniversary Sale, featuring free shore excursions or a free beverage package or free shipboard credit plus a bonus gift of up to $800 shipboard credit per suite or stateroom.

First line to Klawock

This year Oceania Cruises will be the first line to call at Klawock, a Tlingit village that features one of the world's most extensive collections of totems.

Once a Tlingit stronghold, then a Russian outpost and, finally, an American settlement in 1867, Wrangell has endured dramatic change. Visitors can learn the daily happenings of a local from an Alaskan guide, fish for salmon and halibut and discover the Tlingit’s influence on the community.

In Juneau, thrill-seekers can go trekking on Mendenhall Glacier or sea-kayaking through coastal waterways traveled for centuries by the Aleut Native Americans. Foodies can choose the 'Flavors of Juneau' shore excursion with a visit to the Alaskan Brewing Co. and Chez Alaska Cooking School.

Rock climbing or rappelling

Visitors can sample local beers in Skagway following a day of rock climbing and rappelling down steep granite cliffs or an afternoon soaring in a helicopter. The White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad offers a more relaxing option to traverse the trail that gold rushers etched into the high mountain pass.

Icy Strait Point offers unspoiled wilderness including the opportunity to see bears, deer and bald eagles in their natural habitat in the remote Spasski River Valley outside of Hoonah. Or visitors can get immersed in Tlingit culture at the Heritage Center or embark on an adrenaline-fueled ZipRider experience.

Fishing

Ketchikan offers the chance to join the captain and crew on Aleutian Ballad, the storied crab boat from Discovery Network’s 'Deadliest Catch.' Or visitors can go on a fishing expedition where their catch is prepared by a personal chef as the main course of a gourmet lunch served around a forest campfire.

At Sitka, passengers can go deep-sea sport fishing for salmon, visit the world-famous Alaska Raptor Center or look for sea otters, whales, sea lions, porpoises and brown bears on a 'Sea Otter and Wildlife Quest.'