"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 sparkling 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 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 the city 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, 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 delicious 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 cafes, pubs, the elegant Empress Hotel and the impressive British Columbia Parliament 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. 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 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
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
Key West, United States
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
San Juan, Puerto Rico
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
United Nations World Heritage Sites:
Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico
Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Puerto Rico
At Sporthorse Cruise, we choose the best itineraries for experiencing scenic cruising, as well as the region's culture and history.
Pre-Cruise Excursion for Sporthorse Cruise Guests
Aviation Adventure: The Boeing Tour
Friday, June 22, 2018
Join us for a unique tour of a great American success story. Once upon a time (in 1916), William E. Boeing owned a small seaplane company in Seattle. Today his once fledgling business is the largest manufacturer of commercial jets and military aircraft combined.
Depart downtown Seattle in a private shuttle for a scenic drive to Mukilteo, home of the Boeing Company's Future of Flight Aviation Center. Our tour guide will escort us into the immense commercial jet assembly facility where 747s, 777s, and 787 Dreamliner aircraft are in various stages of manufacture and flight test. Afterwards enjoy refreshments and a light lunch, browse aviation exhibits, and take in the views from the outdoor observation deck. Visit the Boeing Store for souvenirs and official merchandise. Return to downtown Seattle in the early afternoon.
The Future of Flight Aviation Center/Boeing Tour is one of Seattle's prized attractions, and has earned Trip Advisor's Certificiate of Excellence for consistently receiving excellent reviews. This tour is family friendly and ADA compliant.
Roundtrip transportation, admission, guided tour, refreshments and light lunch are included. $110 per person. Advance sign-up is required and space is very limited. Please use the Aviation Adventure sign-up form.