Sitka, Alaska, US
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Approximately 4¼ Hours
Enjoy world-class bird watching on a cruise to the St Lazaria National Wildlife Refuge, located at the entrance to Sitka Sound. St Lazaria Island is the summer home to thousands of seabirds, including colorful tufted puffins, murres, rhinoceros auklets, cormorants and black oystercatchers.
The expedition boat features a heated cabin equipped with wraparound windows, comfortable seating, galley and a restroom. Spacious open-air decks allow for a great view. The waters surrounding the refuge are home to whales, sea otters and other marine mammals.
Sheer volcanic cliffs provide protected nesting habitat on St Lazaria, so you will not step ashore. The captain will circumnavigate the island at close range -- in some places just a few feet from the cliffs -- presenting spectacular observation and photographic opportunities. Binoculars (provided) enhance the viewing experience as a skilled naturalist points out wildlife.
At Fin Island Lodge, the chef creates Alaskan cuisine using only the freshest and finest local ingredients. Your wonderful four-course dining experience takes place in the lodge, held up by massive cedar beams.
Minimum age is 6 years. Dress warmly in layers with a wind- and waterproof outer layer; bring gloves, a scarf and a warm hat. Lunch includes a seafood entrée; a steak or vegetarian dish can be ordered with a minimum 24-hour advance notice required. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. In the event that sea or weather conditions preclude crossing the channel to St Lazaria, a similar wildlife-viewing experience (without puffins) will be substituted. As an extension of Spa & Wellness with Dr Andrew Weil, this Mindful Living tour is designed to deliver an experience that contributes to mind and body wellness. You are invited to visit the on-board spa to speak to the Mindful Living coach to learn more about Dr Weil and Holland America Line's holistic wellness program.