"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." -St. Augustine 

Ports of Call

Seattle, Washington is one of the most convenient ports in the cruise industry.  Experience this sparkling city the day before our cruise departs, or spend a few days post-cruise. The famous downtown waterfront and iconic Mt. Rainer are your introductions to the Pacific Northwest. 

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 nation's largest national forest. Its history includes being a busy hub for commercial fishing and logging. Now it's 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 !    

Juneau. Intrepid explorers Captain George Vancouver and John Muir were here, long before it became Alaska's capital. This is 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, shops, and the popular Hangar on the Wharf restuarant - all a short walk from our ship. Organized tours incldue whale watching in Auke Bay, where you'll see resident pods of orcas and humpback whales. Or visit spectacular Mendenhall Glacier, enjoy a delicious wild salmon barbeque, or go bear watching.  The choice is yours. 
 

In each port, Holland America Line offers a variety of optional shore excursions.  

Visit Shore Excursions for more information.  

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 cafes, pubs, the elegant Empress Hotel and the impressive British Columbia Parliment Building.  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.  

Sitka. Wealthy Russian fur traders made this scenic area their own upscale destination in the 1800's. Today Russia's influence remains in place names, architecture and American history.  Go shopping in town (local products are a specialty), or visit the Alaska Raptor Center, home to rescued bald eagles who are rehabilitated and released back in to the wild.  You can even go ocean sportfishing for salmon and halibut.   
  

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 

Cozumel, Mexico 

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos 

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

Key West, United States

Mazatlan, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Roatan, Honduras 

San Juan, Puerto Rico 

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 

United Nations World Heritage Sites:   

Chichen Itza, Mexico

Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Puerto Rico

 


At Sporthorse Cruise, we choose the best itineraries that allow our guests to experience scenic cruising, as well as the region's culture and history.