Oceania vessels at sea.
Photo courtesy of Oceania Cruises 

It seems lately that as one line announces plans to leave the West Coast, another announces their intentions to visit the region for the first time.  In this case, the latter can be said of Oceania Cruises, which plans to take their intimate, upscale Regatta to The Last Frontier.

Oceania – widely known and well respected for its unique and award-winning itineraries, intimate ships featuring luxurious comforts, and some of the finest cuisine and service at sea –  is pulling out all the stops to ensure their first visit to Alaska remains a memorable one.  To this end, the line has announced Regatta will sail four unique itineraries from May to September 2011:

• Majestic Alaska – 14 Days Roundtrip San Francisco
Sailing from San Francisco, guests on this stunning voyage sail to Victoria, Vancouver, Sitka, Hoonah, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, as well as Astoria, Oregon.  Departures are May 12 and August 26, 2011.

Alaskan Grandeur – 12 Days San Francisco to Vancouver
Ports of call for this voyage include Astoria, Oregon as well as Victoria, BC; Wrangell, Juneau, Hoonah, Sitka, and Ketchikan.  Departures are May 26 and August 14, 2011

Frontiers and Glaciers – 10 Days Roundtrip Vancouver
Providing another welcome boost to the cruise ship roster out of Vancouver in 2011, Regatta will sail to Sitka, Hoonah, Kodiak, Wrangell, and Ketchikan – making this easily the most unique itinerary operating out of Vancouver, period.  Tired of doing the same Juneau-Skagway-Ketchikan port combination?  This itinerary is for you.  Departures are June 7 and August 4, 2011.

Glacial Wilderness – 12 Days Vancouver to Anchorage
 Expanding on the classic North/Southbound voyages, this 12-day voyage takes discerning guests to Ketchikan, Wrangell, Juneau, Hoonah, Skagway, Sitka, Seward, and Homer, Alaska – once again making this the most unique North/South itinerary available.  Departures are June 17 and 29, July 11 and 23, 2011.  

Depending on the itinerary, sailings will also include visits to Hubbard Glacier, Tracy Arm Fjord, the Gulf of Alaska, and College Fjord.

Bookings for the 2011 Alaska Season will open on Wednesday, April 28, 2010.  If you are even remotely interested in sailing with Oceania on one of these voyages, a word of advice: don’t hesitate – put a deposit down.  These sailings will go fast.

 Perhaps the greatest reason to recommend these itineraries is their complete and total uniqueness.  It’s also nice to see calls to Wrangell, Alaska again: in 2010, the town watched their number of cruise ship visitors drop to zero.  Oceania’s announcement is excellent news for the future of Alaskan cruising.

Featuring 2-for-1 fares and free airfare, fares for this upper-premium line start at just $3,499 per guest.  For more information on Oceania Cruises, be sure to visit their website.


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