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7 Night Voyage to Great Bear Rainforest Native Culture and Wildlife in the Land of the Spirit Bear Cruise from Ketchikan

Ship: National Geographic Venture
Cruise Line: Lindblad Expeditions
Sailed:  Monday, Sep 4, 2023 from Ketchikan, United States
Ended: Monday, Sep 11, 2023
The itinerary information below reflects the original day-by-day port of call schedule for the Monday, Sep 4, 2023 departure of the National Geographic Venture. If Lindblad Expeditions modified this itinerary for weather or operational reasons after departing , the modified schedule would not be reflected here.
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Day 1 - Monday - Sep 4, 2023
Ketchikan, United States
Ketchikan, United States      
Arrive in Ketchikan, the southernmost city in Alaska, spread at the base of forested slopes on Revillagigedo Island, in the early afternoon. Its many monikers, from "salmon capital of the world" to "rain capital of Alaska", capture the spirit of this city, famous for colorful buildings and abundant fishing boats and canneries. Embark the National Geographic Venture in time for cocktails and an introduction of the vessel staff and crew. (D)
Day 2 - Tuesday - Sep 5, 2023
Prince Rupert, Canada
Prince Rupert, Canada      
Wake up in Prince Rupert, a scenic harbor town on British Columbia's rugged northwest coast. Get immersed in First Nations history at the Museum of Northern British Columbia, built in the style of a coastal longhouse. Breathe in the scent of cedar beams and peruse an impressive collection of ornate carvings, weavings, ceremonial objects, and regalia. Visit the North Pacific Cannery Museum, a collection of cannery buildings located in a pristine wilderness surroundings that highlight BC's economic, cultural, and natural development over the last century. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Wednesday - Sep 6, 2023
Princess Royal Island, British Columbia, Canada, Canada
Princess Royal Island, British Columbia, Canada, Canada      
Day 4 - Thursday - Sep 7, 2023
Gilttoyees Inlet, British Columbia, Canada
Gilttoyees Inlet, British Columbia, Canada      
Over the course of the next four days, we will cruise far into the fjords and deep valleys that carve into the Coast Range looking for black and grizzly bears. We will be accompanied by a cultural interpreter who will share local Indigenous knowledge, culture, and practice, offering unparalleled insights. We will cruise the eastern coast of Princess Royal Island in search of this elusive bear. It is believed that between 10 to 20 percent of bears in this region are born with the recessive gene that causes the white fur; fewer than 400 are estimated to exist. British Columbia has one of the highest proportions of protected land of any jurisdiction in the world. Almost 15 percent of the land is protected, with a wide range of provincial parks, national parks, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will go ashore and explore several remote locations where few people venture. Discover hidden gems by Zodiac and kayak, and navigate the tidal narrows to the backs of bays while constantly scanning for bears along the rocky shoreline and meadows such as Gilttoyees Inlet. (B.L.D); Please note: Cultural interpreter dependent on availability.
Day 5 - Friday - Sep 8, 2023
Captain's Choice, United States
Captain's Choice, United States      
Day 6 - Saturday - Sep 9, 2023
Captain's Choice, United States
Captain's Choice, United States      
Day 7 - Sunday - Sep 10, 2023
Lowe Inlet Marine Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada, Canada      
Sail alongside pods of killer whales and see foraging brown bears as we sail north through the narrow Grenville Channel between Pitt Island and the mainland, a dramatic navigational experience. Not only does the channel narrow to less than a quarter of a mile across, but a slight bend in the passage makes the waterway seem to disappear into the hills ahead and behind the ship. Here, we will drop our Zodiacs and kayaks to explore the salmon run at Verney Falls in Lowe Inlet Marine Provincial Park on our way to Prince Rupert. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Monday - Sep 11, 2023
Prince Rupert, Canada
Prince Rupert, Canada      
Disembark and transfer to the airport in Prince Rupert. Board a charter flight to Seattle for your connecting flight home. (B)