Into the Mystic Haida Gwaii

Though Haida Gwaii, a spectacular archipelago off British Columbia, is known as the “islands at the edge of the world,” it is well within reach aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird and Sea Lion—the only U.S. vessels permitted to visit these hallowed islands in over twenty years. In large part, we were initially permitted to …

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Alaska, the Beautiful

Need another reason to visit Alaska by small ship? Here's a single day report from a naturalist aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion in Thomas Bay, Spurt Lake, Petersburg. From midnight to sunset on this day, glorious light enchanted us. After a night of bubble-net-feeding humpback whales and a spectacular display of the northern lights …

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Alaska’s 2012 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Set to Begin

Alaska's 40th annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is scheduled to begin Saturday, March 3 at 12 noon in Anchorage, AK. The dog sled race (or mushing as referred to by locals) covers 1,049 miles through a harsh landscape of tundra and spruce forests, over hills, mountain passes, and across rivers. The race is viewed …

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Top Ten Reasons to Explore Alaska via Small Ship

Alaska is one of the most popular cruise destinations in the industry. Hundreds of thousands of people visit Alaska by cruise ship every year. Travelers on the mega-cruise ships get to see a lot of Alaska. However, unless you spend lots of extra dollars on shore excursions, you really won't experience Alaska's bounty (with the …

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Alaska’s Eastern Coves vs. Western Coves

There are several questions that often come up when planning to explore Alaska's coastal waterways via a small ship cruise. What month to sail, what style of cruise (soft adventure, high-adventure, expedition, luxury yacht, etc.), what ship, etc. There are also lots of questions around which itinerary would be best. We at Sunstone Tours & …

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American Spirit – Newest Small Ship in Alaska

"One of the most comfortable and accommodating ships in Alaska" One of my favorite small ship cruise operators, American Cruise Line, who I myself have sailed numerous times on their east coast itineraries, are bringing their 100-passenger American Spirit to Alaska, debuting in June of 2012. In August 2011, I sailed the American Spirit on …

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