It's no secret—the best way to experience Alaska is on a small boat. What better way to explore the rugged nooks and crannies, the charming ports not loaded up with tons of other cruise ships, and most of all, connect with and get closer to nature? Aboard Windstar Cruises, you are sure to get all that and more. Your vessel, the Star Legend, is an all-suite ship with the capacity for just 212 guests; the perfect size to guarantee that you'll get most out of your vacation to the Last Frontier.
Is wildlife viewing what drew you to an Alaskan adventure? On the Star Legend, you won't be ogling whales and eagles from 50 feet above the water on a huge cruise ship—you'll partake in an intimate wildlife experience via land and sea. Take to the trails and waterways by foot and small boat, and you'll be spotting harbor seals, brown and black bears, bald eagles, puffins, whales, and mountain goats up close (but from a safe distance, of course.)
When you sail with Windstar, you get exclusive access to prime wildlife and nature viewing locales through their series of optional Signature Expeditions excursions. Led by a crew of experts that sail with the ship for the entirety of the cruise, these expeditions take you on hikes, zodiac rides, and kayak paddles to remote corners of the Alaskan wilderness launched directly from the ship. Marvel at Misty Fjords, a national monument with 3,000-foot glacier-sculpted cliffs and cascading waterfalls, all of which come with a front-row view in a Zodiac. Or take on Kenai Fjords by kayak, paddling through hidden coves, tidewater glaciers, and floes in the Harding Icefield.
Not only are the signature excursions exclusive to Windstar guests, but they are also led by a half dozen experts on marine biology, botany, history, glaciology, and native Alaskan culture. These six expedition guides have a wealth of knowledge and experience on all things Alaska and are ready and eager to share their amazing stories and expertise. You can learn more about them here. In addition to leading the expeditions, the Windstar guides are on deck with you throughout the entire experience, available to grab a cup of coffee and chat about Alaskan ecosystems, provide insight during whale watching, and share all their inside secrets on wildlife viewing and photography. As your shipmates, they are open and accessible at all times, so you can ask them your most pressing questions on Alaskan nature whenever they arise.
Experience the Windstar difference, and explore the most authentic corners of Alaska's rugged wilderness on the Last Frontier's most highly awarded small cruise line.
Ready to book your Alaskan adventure? Visit www.windstarcruises.com or call 877-212-1416 to learn more.