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Cruises to Salish Sea

Salish Sea, Alaska

Take a memorable Alaska cruise adventure to Salish Sea, Alaska. Drift through the serene and captivating Salish Sea on your Alaskan cruise, and discover a unique marine wonderland steeped in history and teeming with life. This intricate network of coastal waterways spans the southwestern corner of British Columbia and the northwestern portion of Washington State, offering awe-inspiring landscapes, lush, unspoiled islands, and a myriad of wildlife. Salish Sea, named after the indigenous Salish people, harbors a profound sense of tranquility and offers unique experiences that blend exploration, education, and relaxation. Venture into the heart of this hidden paradise where human history intertwines with ecological marvels, unfolding a unique spectacle of pristine beauty.

Salish Sea, a captivating marine jewel, unfolds stunning panoramic vistas that feature everything from charming coastal towns to emerald islands and snow-capped mountain ranges. From the comfort of your cruise ship, soak in the mesmerizing beauty of this biologically diverse area. Feast your eyes on the San Juan Islands and Gulf Islands, which sprinkle the sea with their verdant beauty, and the mainland coasts adorned with quaint seaside communities. You might even catch a glimpse of the stunning Mt. Baker or the Olympic Mountain range in the distance, creating a perfect blend of sea and summit.

During your journey, indulge in onboard educational programs designed to enlighten you about the rich culture and history of the Salish Sea's native communities. Discover the legacy of the Coast Salish peoples, their symbiotic relationship with these waterways, and how their cultures have thrived for thousands of years. Explore the intricate web of their oral histories, their striking art and carving traditions, and their deep spiritual connection with the sea. These programs offer an enriching insight into the values and ways of life of these indigenous communities, grounding your journey in cultural respect and understanding.

The scenic beauty of Salish Sea

The Salish Sea offers an abundance of inspiration for photographers. Capture the beauty of the sun setting over the distant mountains, casting a warm glow on the water. Focus on the sea's inhabitants, from playful seals and dolphins to the majestic whales that breach the water's surface. The islands themselves, with their unique flora and picturesque landscapes, make for fantastic subjects, as do the charming coastal towns with their scenic marinas.

Landscapes

The Salish Sea's landscapes are diverse and awe-inspiring. From the comfort of your cruise ship, take in the splendor of distant mountain ranges, the tranquility of secluded coves, and the captivating play of light on the water's surface. Explore the vibrant greenery of untouched islands, their dense forests home to an assortment of wildlife. The natural beauty of the Salish Sea offers a sublime experience that transcends the ordinary.

Wildlife

The Salish Sea boasts a rich variety of marine life and wildlife. Keep an eye out for humpback whales and orcas that inhabit these waters, alongside a myriad of other marine animals including seals, sea lions, and porpoises. The sky above is aflutter with numerous bird species, including bald eagles and a variety of seabirds. This lush biodiversity adds to the allure of the Salish Sea, promising a memorable encounter with nature.

Attractions and Activities

A visit to the Salish Sea offers countless opportunities for off-board adventure. Dive into kayaking adventures through the tranquil bays, or take scenic hikes on the surrounding islands that offer panoramic views of the landscape. For a unique experience, try your hand at whale-watching excursions and marvel at these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. The Salish Sea is an adventurer's playground, providing countless ways to engage with its untamed beauty.

Best time to visit Salish Sea

The best time to embark on an Alaskan cruise to the Salish Sea is between April and October. During these months, the area boasts pleasant weather, ideal for outdoor activities and wildlife viewing. This period also corresponds with the migratory patterns of various marine animals, offering an unmatched spectacle of nature's cycles.

Salish Sea, Alaska Cruise Schedule 2024

Every voyage through the Salish Sea is an adventure waiting to unfold, a tale waiting to be told. This spectacular corner of the world offers a unique blend of rich culture, captivating landscapes, and unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities. Each moment here holds the promise of discovery, education, and the simple joy of immersing oneself in nature's raw beauty. As you explore the Salish Sea, you don't just journey through a place, you journey through time and the rich tapestry of life itself.

Un-Cruise Adventures Alaska 7-day route

7-day Alaska cruise from Seattle

Safari Quest, Un-Cruise Adventures

Date: April 5, 2024

Ports of Call: Seattle, Salish Sea, San Juan Islands, Stuart Island Park, Orcas Island, Sucia Island, Olympic National Park, Seattle; View Itinerary

Un-Cruise Adventures Alaska 7-day route

7-day Alaska cruise from Seattle

Safari Quest, Un-Cruise Adventures

Date: April 12, 2024

Ports of Call: Seattle, Salish Sea, San Juan Islands, Stuart Island Park, Orcas Island, Sucia Island, Olympic National Park, Seattle; View Itinerary

Un-Cruise Adventures Alaska 7-day route

7-day Alaska cruise from Seattle

Safari Quest, Un-Cruise Adventures

Date: April 19, 2024

Ports of Call: Seattle, Salish Sea, San Juan Islands, Stuart Island Park, Orcas Island, Sucia Island, Olympic National Park, Seattle; View Itinerary

Un-Cruise Adventures Alaska 7-day route

7-day Alaska cruise from Seattle

Safari Quest, Un-Cruise Adventures

Date: April 26, 2024

Ports of Call: Seattle, Salish Sea, San Juan Islands, Stuart Island Park, Orcas Island, Sucia Island, Olympic National Park, Seattle; View Itinerary

Un-Cruise Adventures Alaska 7-day route

7-day Alaska cruise from Seattle

Safari Quest, Un-Cruise Adventures

Date: May 3, 2024

Ports of Call: Seattle, Salish Sea, San Juan Islands, Stuart Island Park, Orcas Island, Sucia Island, Olympic National Park, Seattle; View Itinerary

Un-Cruise Adventures Alaska 7-day route

7-day Alaska cruise from Seattle

Safari Quest, Un-Cruise Adventures

Date: May 10, 2024

Ports of Call: Seattle, Salish Sea, San Juan Islands, Stuart Island Park, Orcas Island, Sucia Island, Olympic National Park, Seattle; View Itinerary

Un-Cruise Adventures Alaska 7-day route

7-day Alaska cruise from Seattle

Safari Quest, Un-Cruise Adventures

Date: September 13, 2024

Ports of Call: Seattle, Salish Sea, San Juan Islands, Stuart Island Park, Orcas Island, Sucia Island, Olympic National Park, Seattle; View Itinerary

Un-Cruise Adventures Alaska 7-day route

7-day Alaska cruise from Seattle

Safari Quest, Un-Cruise Adventures

Date: September 20, 2024

Ports of Call: Seattle, Salish Sea, San Juan Islands, Stuart Island Park, Orcas Island, Sucia Island, Olympic National Park, Seattle; View Itinerary

Un-Cruise Adventures Alaska 7-day route

7-day Alaska cruise from Seattle

Safari Quest, Un-Cruise Adventures

Date: September 27, 2024

Ports of Call: Seattle, Salish Sea, San Juan Islands, Stuart Island Park, Orcas Island, Sucia Island, Olympic National Park, Seattle; View Itinerary

Un-Cruise Adventures Alaska 7-day route

7-day Alaska cruise from Seattle

Safari Quest, Un-Cruise Adventures

Date: October 4, 2024

Ports of Call: Seattle, Salish Sea, San Juan Islands, Stuart Island Park, Orcas Island, Sucia Island, Olympic National Park, Seattle; View Itinerary

Un-Cruise Adventures Alaska 7-day route

7-day Alaska cruise from Seattle

Safari Quest, Un-Cruise Adventures

Date: October 11, 2024

Ports of Call: Seattle, Salish Sea, San Juan Islands, Stuart Island Park, Orcas Island, Sucia Island, Olympic National Park, Seattle; View Itinerary

Un-Cruise Adventures Alaska 7-day route

7-day Alaska cruise from Seattle

Safari Quest, Un-Cruise Adventures

Date: October 18, 2024

Ports of Call: Seattle, Salish Sea, San Juan Islands, Stuart Island Park, Orcas Island, Sucia Island, Olympic National Park, Seattle; View Itinerary

Un-Cruise Adventures Alaska 7-day route

7-day Alaska cruise from Seattle

Safari Quest, Un-Cruise Adventures

Date: October 25, 2024

Ports of Call: Seattle, Salish Sea, San Juan Islands, Stuart Island Park, Orcas Island, Sucia Island, Olympic National Park, Seattle; View Itinerary