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Silver Nova sails under a blue sky. (Photo: Silversea)
Silver Nova sails under a blue sky. (Photo: Silversea)

Alaska Cruise News: Silversea Debuts Silver Nova, Alaskan S.A.L.T. Program

Silver Nova sails under a blue sky. (Photo: Silversea)
Silver Nova sails under a blue sky. (Photo: Silversea)
Jorge Oliver
Senior Editor, News and Features
Aaron Saunders

Last updated
May 9, 2024

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(May 9, 2024) -- Luxury line Silversea Cruises has sent its brand-new Silver Nova to Alaska, where the ship embarked on its first-ever season of Alaska cruises sailing between Vancouver, Canada and Seward (for Anchorage).

The line has typically deployed the 2000-built Silver Shadow in Alaska for many years, and the deployment of the 2023-built Silver Nova to the region reflects the growing popularity -- and importance -- of Alaska to cruise travelers.

Silversea, however, is also rolling out new features in Alaska for its onboard S.A.L.T. culinary program. These include a salmon-themed S.A.L.T. Lab class on the many ways to prepare salmon, hosted by Emma Teal Laukitis and Claire Neaton, who grew up on a homestead in Alaska’s remote Aleutian Islands.

Other features include a special S.A.L.T. Chef's Table menu that highlights ingredients and specialties from Alaska and the West Coast, such as salmon smoked at the table with pilot bread and salmon roe ; Dungeness crab salad;  Birch-syrup braised duck with morel mushrooms ; and Alaskan-beer battered porcini mushrooms with samphire mayo.

The program marks the debut of Silversea's S.A.L.T. (Sea And Land Taste) culinary initiative in Alaska.

“We’re delighted to celebrate the inauguration of S.A.L.T. in Alaska,” said Adam Sachs, director of S.A.L.T., Silversea.

“The program will enable our guests to connect meaningfully with the region through bespoke, enriching culinary experiences. From exploring the best ways to prepare wild local salmon in S.A.L.T. Lab classes designed by experts to immersive experiences ashore, the range of culinary experiences on offer will provide a unique lens through which our guests can deep dive into the local culture.”

Silver Nova sails to Alaska from Vancouver or Seward between May 9 and September 5, 2024.

-- Aaron Saunders, Senior Editor, News and Features

Alaska Cruise News: Port Klawock Officially Opens to Cruise Passengers

Seabourn Odyssey anchored off Port Klawock, Alaska (Photo: Klawock Heenya Corporation)
Seabourn Odyssey anchored off Port Klawock, Alaska (Photo: Klawock Heenya Corporation)

(May 7, 2024) -- Alaska's newest cruise port of call has officially opened to cruise passengers this week, following an inaugural call by Seabourn's Seabourn Odyssey.

Port Klawock is an Indigenous-owned port situated near the Tlingit village of Klawock on the Pacific side of Prince of Wales Island., just northeast of nearby Ketchikan and situated close to the village of Craig, Alaska.

The Indigenous-owned Port Klawock strives to provide passengers with a unique and authentic experience in Alaska, and provides a contrast (and alternative to) larger ports of call in the region.

Visiting ships anchor in the bay and tender passengers ashore to the Port's floating dock. Nearby port features include welcome facilities, light retail options featuring Alaska Native arts and crafts and a shore excursions gathering area.

Guests tender shore in Port Klawock, Alaska (Photo: Klawock Heenya Corporation)
Guests tender shore in Port Klawock, Alaska (Photo: Klawock Heenya Corporation)

Sample excursions being offered to passengers on this inaugural season include tours of the Klawock River Hatchery and lake kayaking; a wildlife marine tour; a Klawock highlights tour; and complimentary shuttle services to the towns of both Klawock and Craig.

"In collaboration with Klawock Heenya and Doyon, Limited, our vision for Port Klawock prioritizes respect for culture and community above all else,” Huna Totem Corporation president and CEO Russell Dick said.

“As we did with Icy Strait Point, we are developing this project with the land and our shareholders in mind and cannot wait to share Klawock with the world."

Just six cruise ship calls are scheduled for Klawock between now and the end of the season, with visits from the aforementioned Seabourn Odyssey; Oceania Cruises' Regatta; and Regent Seven Seas' Seven Seas Explorer.

-- Aaron Saunders, Senior Editor, News and Features

Alaska Cruise News: Norwegian Bliss Kicks Off Early Start to Busy 2024 Alaska Season

Norwegian Bliss in port at Ward Cove, Ketchikan, Alaska
Norwegian Bliss in port at Ward Cove, Ketchikan, Alaska (Photo: Kyle Valenta)

(April 8, 2024) -- With a mid-morning arrival to Sitka, Norwegian Bliss officially became the first cruise ship to visit Alaska in 2024 and thus kick off the annual cruise season in the Last Frontier.

Norwegian Cruise Line's ship departed the port of Seattle two days ago, fresh off a five-day one-way voyage from Los Angeles to Vancouver. The 4,000-passenger vessel's first Alaska adventure in 2024 consists of a 7-day roundtrip voyage, visiting Sitka, Tracy Arm Fjord, Juneau, Icy Strait Point and Ketchikan, as well as Victoria in Canada.

Norwegian Bliss also embarked on the first of an expected 275 sailings to Alaska from the port of Seattle. According to the port's estimates, some 1.7 million passengers will travel through Seattle this season, which runs from April 6 to October 28.

Other ships scheduled to sail from Seattle to Alaska this season include Norwegian Sun, Norwegian Encore, Carnival Spirit, Carnival Luminosa, Zaandam, Eurodam, Majestic Princess, Discovery Princess, Quantum of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas and Celebrity Edge, among others.

Some 143 miles to the north, the port of Vancouver is also gearing up for a busy Alaska season. The Canadian port is expecting a record 1.27 million passengers to travel through the Canada Place cruise terminal in 2024, about 2% more than last year’s record.

“We expect 2024 to be another strong season for the award-winning Canada Place cruise terminal, as we solidify Vancouver as a premier homeport servicing the popular Alaska market,” said Mandy Chan, manager of cruise services at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

The Canadian port will see the first Alaska-bound vessel of the season -- Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas -- depart on April 26. The 2,500-passenger ship will embark on a 7-day roundtrip from Vancouver, visiting Juneau, Hubbard Glacier, Icy Strait Point and Ketchikan.

Canada Place will also welcome a handful of ships for the first time, including Explora I, Silver Nova, Celebrity Edge and Hanseatic Spirit. In total, 20 cruise lines will have ships sailing out of Vancouver during this Alaska season, including Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise Line, HX, Holland America, Oceania Cruises, Crystal, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn and Viking Ocean Cruises.

-- Jorge Oliver, Editor

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