As the great glaciers of the last ice age retreated from Southeast Alaska and British Columbia, a new and beautiful land was born. We take our dry suits to the most northern route yet in our series, heading to Vancouver British Columbia, Canada, and take a ten day cruise and dive along the inside passage toSitka, Alaska. In Vancouver we tour the beautiful city, take a gondola ride up Grouse Mountain, and take a spectacular helicopter tour of the surrounding snowcapped mountain ranges and the beautiful harbor before boarding Captain Mike's Nautilus Explorer on this special cruise.
The Nautilus Explorer is packed with accommodations and amenities. The vessel's hull form, passive stability system and bulbous bow provides for a remarkably easy ride while heavy-duty commercial grade systems ensure that you have a smooth-running voyage. A water level platform aft of the dive deck provides easy entry into dive skiffs, kayaks and Laser sailboat.
Imaginative and fresh cuisine is one of the cornerstones of the Nautilus Explorer's business. Soups are homemade; Bread, pastries and desserts are baked onboard and there are always lots to eat with up to 4 meals a day, a choice of entrees and plenty of snacks (including some that aren't good for you!). The Explores menu combines North American and European tastes and also a touch of Mexico.
The Nautilus Explorer offer accommodation to suit all price levels and preferences ranging from a luxurious premium suite on the hot-deck to a cost effective triple occupancy stateroom on the lower deck.
As we cruise the majestic 1,000 mile (1,609 km) inside passage, the ever changing panorama of natural beauty comes alive. It's here we witness hundreds of bald eagles, feeding, nesting and circling overhead , along with harbor seals, Alaska brown bears, humpback whales, and sea otters. The Nautilus Explorer slowly glides through ice bergs that surround the ship, and doesn't stop until we reach the Le Conte Glacier, which is located at the head end of LeConte Bay directly in front of us. Here we anxiously get off the boat to swim and stand on these giant ice cubes. We tour giant cascading waterfalls and hot springs, but it's under the sea we dive, in our dry suits, diving in the 46ºF (8°C) waters of the Emerald Sea. We find the special coral, seals and marine life that are native to this region and call this northern part of the country home. Sit back now and enjoy this special Dive Travel adventure from our 49th state, Alaska.