WATCH: Cruise through the arctic waters of Alaska and Antarctica in six-star luxury

2017-01-26 13:30 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Arctic destinations are a hot thing right now. And explorations to the coldest, most extreme edges of the globe are more sought-after than they've ever been. 

Think of Iceland, Antarctica, even Canada, and Alaska. 

The way you get to these destinations are key. You can't just enter Antarctica or Alaska on any old train. Nope, specialised sea vessels made exclusive journeys to these remote parts of the globe. And while a research expedition must be a rewarding experience, one doesn't always want to study for a PhD in marine biology before one goes on holiday... 

Cue Cruises International's relaunched six-star luxury cruise to Alaska on board the Seabourn Sojurn

This year, the luxury Sojurn vessel returns to Alaska for the first time in 15 years.  

The Alaskan itinerary gives the full icy experience, including the towering virgin forests along the Inside Passage, the thunderous calving of glaciers and impressive humpback whales breaching in the Kenai Fjords.

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The onshore experience is equally riveting. The journey also takes you past the plank catwalks of Ketchikan’s quirky Creek Street and marvel at the colorful, Russian-costumed New Archangel Dancers in Sitka. 

Guests can step ashore in tiny Klemtu, British Columbia, where the Kitasoo and Xai'xais townspeople greet you face to face and proudly display their ceremonial finery and familiarize you with a heritage thousands of years old. 

You’ll glide up close to Misty Fjords’ glittering waterfalls in a Zodiac, and paddle a kayak on a wildlife-spotting expedition in tranquil Tracy Arm. 

If you'd rather head South than North, the Seabourn Quest heads to Anarctica, right on the edge of the world. Special modifications have prepared the vessel for the unique conditions in and around Antarctica, making it possible to venture closer than ever to the White Continent’s wondrous shores. 

This trip boasts experts and special guest speakers joining guests on board to offer insights and guidance. 

It's an experience too good not to have on your adventure bucket list -  completely unique travel destinations, experiences in u absolute luxury with with a wealth of information and experts on hand to help you explore the unique destination. 

The Seabourn cruise experience is luxurious, yet relaxed - elegant, yet casual - sumptuous, yet understated. Our intimate ships visit the most desirable destinations worldwide, sailing to the heart of landmark cities, as well as to hidden gems where larger vessels cannot follow.

Quick Info - Alaska

The first Seabourn Sojurn departs Vancouver in Canada on 1 June 2017, whereafter cruises depart regularly. This cruise will be the first for Seabourn to Alaska in 15 years. 

There are various packages to choose from, ranging from 11 days to 25 days. 

Prices start from around R68 000 per person and are fully inclusive. 

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Quick Info - Antarctica

Cruises are in high demand and are only available late 2017 or early 2018. 

There are various packages to choose from, ranging from 21 days to 66 days. 

Prices start from R177 000 per person and are fully inclusive. 

Photo: Supplied

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