Alaska 2016

Alaska's Glaciers and the Inside Passage

July 9 - 16, 2016

Please join us for an incredible cruise through Alaska's Inside Passage, July 9-16, 2016.  This spectacular excursion will be led by Brandeis faculty Professor Dan Perlman

About the Trip

Voyage aboard the exclusively chartered small ship, the five-star, M.S. Le Soléal specially designed to navigate the isolated inlets and coves of the Inside Passage inaccessible to larger vessels.  Stand on the observation deck of your Five-Star small ship, surrounded by 360 degrees of stunning scenery as you cruise the secluded coves and inlets of these protected waters, one of the few pristine marine wilderness areas left on earth. Watch for bald eagles, humpback whales, harbor seals and brown bears in their natural habitats.

Every day of the cruise is a highlight with visits to the historic towns of Sitka, Tlingit, Petersburg, and colorful Ketchikan, rich in Native Alaskan art and tradition. Cruise the spectacularly scenic Tracy Arm Fjord, a majestic panorama of plunging waterfalls and snowcapped peaks, right up to the face of the monumental North and South Sawyer Glaciers. Listen for the sound of cracking ice and watch as glaciers calve into the sea. See Alaska’s stunning glaciers, rugged mountains and wild coastlines; and cruise up close to the sheer granite cliffs of Misty Fjords National Monument.

Professor Dan Perlman is looking forward to enriching the tour with lectures and discussions during the trip. 

View the brochure to learn more.

About Professor Dan Perlman

Dan Perlman

Dan L. Perlman is Associate Provost of Innovation in Education, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at Brandeis University, where he teaches conservation biology, ecology, and animal behavior.  He has co-authored three textbooks on conservation biology and ecology:  Practical Ecology for Planners, Developers, and Citizens (with Jeffrey C. Milder); Conserving Earth’s Biodiversity (an interactive CD-ROM created with Edward O. Wilson); and Biodiversity:  Exploring Values and Priorities in Conservation (with Glenn Adelson).  In addition, he developed a Web site from which he freely distributes teaching materials he has developed for ecology and environmental studies (  He has been awarded university-wide teaching awards at Brandeis University (the Student Union Teaching Award twice and the Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching once) and at Harvard University (the Phi Beta Kappa Prize for Excellence in Teaching), where he taught conservation biology part-time for nine years. He received a Ph.D. from Harvard University’s Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.  

Accommodations: Five-Star Exclusively Chartered Ship, M.S. Le Soléal


The highly acclaimed M.S. Le Soléal represents the newest generation of Five-Star small ships, featuring only 110 suites and staterooms and distinctive French sophistication. The ship offers sspacious 100% ocean-view suites and staterooms, 95% with private balconies. Each air-conditioned deluxe stateroom and suite (200 to 484 square feet), features a private bathroom with shower and luxurious Five-Star hotel amenities. Most accommodations have two twin beds that convert to one queen bed, individual climate control, satellite flat-screen television, wireless Internet access, safe, minibar, full-length closet, writing desk/dressing table, plush robes and slippers.

Lounge   Lobby  Deluxe Stateroom

Tour package

Cruise packages start at $3,995 (discounted rate for early bookings), airfare is additional. Gohagan & Company, our tour operator would be pleased to assist with flight reservations, please contact a passenger service representative at 800-922-3088 for more information.  


To reserve your space or learn more about package options, flights or travel inquiries, contact Gohagan & Company at 800-922-3088.  A deposit of $600 per person is required to secure your space on the cruise.  Book by January 15, 2016 to receive the discounted price, a savings of $1000 per person based on double occupancy.  Final payments are due by April 5, 2016.  View the brochure for package details and information. 

For more information

For more information, contact Alyson Saykin, director of special programs, at or 781-736-2988.



Contact & Information

Thomas P. Gohagan & Company
209 South LaSalle Street
Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60604-1446


Tour Operator 
Thomas P. Gohagan & Company
209 South LaSalle Street
Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60604-1446

Travel Program
Alyson Saykin, director of special programs