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SE Alaska - Petersburg to Sitka


DURATION:8 Days/ 7 NightsREGION:North AmericaSHIP:Westward

An 8-day/7-night exploration of the narrow passages and small villages that lie between Alaska's Petersburg and Sitka. Watch for bears along the shores and whales in the tide ed- dies, as the classic small ship Westward transits twisting channels and ice-filled fjords. Visiting the small villages of Angoon and Tenakee Springs, talk with locals and hear stories about their lives and history. This glacial wilderness

supports a diversity of wildlife as varied as the landscape. On water, there is the probability of sighting humpback whales, orca, porpoise, and Steller sea lion as well as numerous seabirds. On terra firma you may see black bear, brown bear, and mountain goats. There is plenty of opportunity for exploring ashore by foot and by kayak. The route and anchorages are chosen to provide the best available opportunities to experience the rich and diverse environment of this temperate rain forest. 

Ship Details



Operated by: Pacific Catalyst

Westward has a long and storied history, dating back to 1924. She was launched as the flagship of the Alaska Coast Hunting and Cruising Co. and pioneered hunting, fishing, and adventure travel in the remote regions of Washington, British Columbia and Alaska. During WWII she served as a patrol boat for the US Navy before returning to private ownership and a circumnavigation of the world. In 2012 she was purchased by Pacific Catalyst cruises and underwent a complete rebuild, although she remains dependably powered by her original Atlas Imperial Diesel Engine. Westward accommodates no more than 10 guests on her Alaskan, Pacific Northwest and Baja California expeditions and is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places.

Key Facts

86 Feet / 26 Metres
19 Feet
8 Knots
Passenger Decks
Room Grades

Your cruise price includes:

  • Accommodation aboard MV Westward  for 7 nights
  • All meals and morning / afternoon teas
  • Beer and wine (hard liquor is BYO)
  • Tea / coffee, tea and soda on demand 
  • Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
  • The guidance and company of the expedition staff
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
  • All excursions as described in the itinerary
  • Zodiac and kayak explorations

Your cruise price does not include:

  • Flights and pre- and post- cruise accommodation
  • Transfers to / from the ship
  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended - SAVE 20% when purchased with your expedition)
  • Gratuities - see note below
  • Items of a personal nature


A note about gratuities:

All tips are given at the total discretion of the guests, and are neither mandatory nor expected. (Although the crew sure enjoys receiving them!) The crew of Westward is aware that in many countries tipping is not a standard policy, but for those who wish to tip, the current standards suggest 5 to 15% of the cost of the trip. Tips are given discreetly to the captain IN CASH in the envelope provided, and are divided equally amongst all the crew.