"To the lover of pure wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world." -John Muir
Seattle, Washington is one of the most picturesque ports in the world. Experience this beautiful city the day before our cruise, or spend a few days post-cruise. The famous downtown waterfront on Elliott Bay and the iconic Mt. Rainer in the distance are your introductions to the Pacific Northwest. Our cruise will depart from the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal, just minutes from downtown Seattle.
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Comprised of 3.3 million acres, this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site features mountains, glaciers, forests and abundant wildlife. Our ship will spend an unforgettable day slowly cruising inside the park, near massive tidal glaciers. Park rangers are onboard to provide insight and answer your questions. Bring your camera and binoculars !
Ketchikan is nestled at the foot of the Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the U.S. Its history includes being a busy hub for commercial fishing and logging. Now this picturesque town is a favorite port for travellers, with native Tlingit culture, authentic standing totem poles (the world's largest collection), cozy cafes, and a thriving local artist community. Tour options include sailing on a fishing boat featured on the hit tv show Deadliest Catch. Learn about Alaska's renown fishing industry, and watch for the bald eagles swooping down to feed just a few yards from your boat !
Sitka. In the 1800's, wealthy Russian fur traders made this scenic area their own upscale destination. Imagine tall sailing ships anchored just offshore in Sitka Sound, with a snowcapped mountain as a their backdrop. Today modern cruise ships anchor in the same waters, and Russia's influence remains in place names, architecture and American history. Go shopping in town (local products are a specialty), or visit the fasincating Alaska Raptor Center, home to rescued bald eagles who are rehabilitated and released back into the wilderness.
Where Have We been ?
Since the first Sporthorse Cruise in 2009, our guests have visited these ports and UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Costa Maya, Mexico
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
Key West, Florida
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
San Juan, Puerto Rico
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
United Nations World Heritage Sites:
Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico
Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Puerto Rico
Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska
At Sporthorse Cruise, we choose the best itineraries for experiencing scenic cruising, as well as the region's culture and history.
The Inside Passage: Our cruise will take us into the protected network of waterways that wind through magnificent fjords and lush temperate rain forests. The Inside Passage is known as one of the best cruising routes in the world.
Juneau. Intrepid explorers Captain George Vancouver and John Muir were here, long before the city became Alaska's capital. It's the perfect place for a self- guided walking tour. Highlights include the Alaska State Capitol Building, elegant governor's mansion, St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, artisan shops, and the popular Hangar on the Wharf restuarant - all a short walk from our ship. Organized tours include whale watching in Auke Bay, where you'll see resident pods of orcas and humpback whales. Or visit spectacular Mendenhall Glacier, attend a festive wild salmon barbeque, or go bear watching. The choice is yours !
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. There's a hint of Great Britain in Victoria, and our visit on a summer evening is perfect for a stroll through town. The inner harbor and marina are surrounded by shops, cafes, and the elegant Fairmont Empress Hotel. Nearby is the renown Royal British Columbia Museum. Our favorite stop is Munro's Books on Government Street. Or take an organized tour of the famous Butchart Gardens - a 55 acre preserve with rare trees, flowers, serene paths and beautiful fountains.