“How to put into words the trip of a lifetime? The Maple Leaf crew needs to be pinpointed as the glue that held together some of the best days of our lives. Thank all of you because you have handed me a huge treasure of an experience. Incredible! Off the charts!”
- Chris Hink, Los Angeles CA
"How to have more fun, to see more bears, more whales, more birds? Simple, try a second trip! It’s what we did and this Alaska trip was really tremendous! Puffins, sea otters, fin whale, glaciers…Many thanks to all the crew and to our ‘moustached’ Andy."
- Jacques and Brigitte Record, Palaiseau, France
"A truly fantastic trip! Great viewing, great food…and especially the great day’s sail."
- Kevin Bell, Ottawa ON
"A wonderful adventure aboard the Maple Leaf – so many once in a lifetime opportunities and sights."
- Alison Craig, Ottawa, ON
"This was the trip of a lifetime! I had a marvelous time but if I started to list all the things I loved it would take me all day – the scenery, the wildlife, the company of great people, the food, the all-around service – this is just for starters. I especially loved how we stopped for the whales, porpoises, etc. You run a wonderful expedition and you are such special people – always cheerful, eager and enthusiastic, quick to serve and to share your knowledge. I’m so glad we chose Maple Leaf for our Alaska experience and I would happily do it all over again."
- Martha Saunders, Caledon, ON
"Our adventure journey to Alaska was pure magic! Everyday new wonders, creatures and critters awaited our unbelieving and awestruck eyes. I will fondly remember the harbour porpoises playing gleefully in our bow, humpbacks breaching, and eagles soaring. Not to mention our nature walks with Briony, whose love of nature is truly joyous and contagious.
Thanks to you all for your smiles, enthusiasm, love of the great outdoors and fabulous service. You all went way beyond the extra mile to make us comfy and keep us well fed and entertained.
Kevin, you truly run a first-class, genuine eco-tourism business and you’re setting a fabulous example of how all tourism can and should be done. Can hardly wait to write about my adventures!"
- Theresa Storm, Alberta
"Thanks for making this trip of a lifetime happen. It far exceeded my expectations. The beauty of the coast, the fabulous displays put on by the sea animals, and birds. Every day offered new delights. It was wonderful to be able to relax in the capable hands of the crew, especially ‘he who must be obeyed’.
A special thanks to Steve for meeting the challenges of my rather restrictive diet. It was a pleasure coming to know the agile, competent, caring Ashley and enthusiastic, fun-loving Miles. I don’t believe I have ever met someone so multi-talented as Briony – artist, writer, musician, raconteur, dancer. I shall be practising the gumboot dance.
It was also a pleasure meeting my fellow passengers – such intelligent and wide-ranging interests. So many good laughs. Thank you all!"
- Mairy Beam, Caledon, ON
"The trip was spectacular on all counts - adventure, sights, food, camaraderie, good times. Crew was always professional. It was a very, very special journey."
- Billy Saubert, Sydney, Australia
"This trip has been a real life experience for us. Our expectations have been truly exceeded. The wonderful richness of the southeast Alaska flora and fauna were perfectly complemented by the cheerful helpfulness of captain and crew. Thank you all."
- John Jackson, Mary McMillan, Toronto
"My God, I never knew I could encounter such things around the next bend… Thanks to the crew and my fellow travellers for making this an unforgettable trip to an Alaska I had dreamt of seeing and never thought to find."
- Kathryn Clouston, Comox, B.C.
"This has been a spectacular trip! I feel filled, filled with the beauty of the land and sea. The experience far exceeded my wildest dreams. I will savor this trip forever. Thanks."
- Linda Garnets, Los Angeles, California
"The Inside Passage of Alaska on the Maple Leaf - 10, 10, 10! We knew the scenery would be fantastic and that the ship would be beautiful. What we didn't expect was that the crew would be so fantastic!
"We saw beautiful flora and fauna (whales, otters, seals, porpoises, sea lions, bears, birds and more), all with commentary from our Naturalist to help us interpret what we were seeing. The scenery was hard to believe - glaciers calving, multiple waterfalls, ocean beaches, mountain lakes and bogs, temperate rainforest.
"All this was experienced up close, not just viewed from a cabin window! ...If this describes you, don't waste your money on a cruise ship - sail on the Maple Leaf!"
- Susan Goldsworthy, North Carolina
"Words just cannot describe this wonderful adventure. This has been so special from the time we were welcomed on board Maple Leaf. The atmosphere on the ship, relaxed and friendly, the zodiac excursions, sea life, scenery, forest hikes, beachcombing and watercolour class (my first ever) enhanced by interesting and knowledgeable naturalist/artist/musician Mark Hobson, has made this an effortless and exciting learning experience. Thank you skipper Kevin and the amazing crew, Aaron, Maureen and Erin, who worked tirelessly throughout the trip. It has been a Trip of a Lifetime!"
- Murray and Adrienne Jamieson, Los Angeles, California
"Thank you so much Maple Leaf! It's the only trip we've ever come back on twice, and hopefully we'll be back again. The highlight for me was the orcas, second only to the camaraderie found with the guests and crew. Lots of love."
- Diane Boisvert, network analyst, Ottawa, Ontario
"You all set a mellow, good-humoured, adventurous tone from the first day. This has been a most memorable adventure - far beyond my expectations. I am returning to city life with a sense of my small place in this wondrous natural world. Awesome!! Thank you!"
- Barrie Levy, Los Angeles, California
"The adventure exceeded my expectations. Kevin, Paul, Sean, Briony and Lila all did a spectacular job. It truly was a trip of a lifetime. I'm very glad I chose it for our every-five-year adventure."
- Dennis Clark, Washington
"I have so much to remember, so many new birds and creatures, a wonderful rainforest never experienced until now, new friends and the majesty of the Maple Leaf and crew. This has been an unforgettable trip! I'm glad my first look at Alaska was with you"
- Janice Haynes, Salt Lake City, UT
"This trip was a surprise birthday present from my family. I had wanted to visit Alaska for such a long time. I had read so much about the land and history, but nothing prepared me for the real thing. Awesome, amazing, etc. are mere words - my soul is lifted and will be for the rest of my life. I must make sure that my grandchildren experience this land and seas. A huge thank-you to the crew. Everyone made my trip perfect - such lovely people. Also a thank you to my fellow passengers - such excellent company! I've seen so much and many wonderful animals - I must return somehow. Love to you all. P.S. - My birthday was perfect.
- Anne Willis, retired, United Kingdom
"A big thanks to the entire crew for the best trip of my life! I never thought, in my wildest dreams, that Maple Leaf's Great Bear Rainforest trip could ever be out-done, but it was. The wildlife, scenery, and companionship was awesome. Words can't describe how exciting and memorable this trip has been. Riding on the bow sprit, Dall's porpoises or not, will forever remain in my mind and heart."
- Jo Anne Scott, police officer, Ottawa, Ontario
"Thanks for the trip of a lifetime! Exceeded any and all expectations. Looking forward to other trips."
- Tammy and Dean Muller, Arvada, CO
"A trip of a lifetime for two old codgers. We loved every moment!"
- Bob and Roxy Muth, Oregon + Arizona
"From the moment we enquired and booked until the moment we got off the boat, the entire experiencehas been fantastic. What a magical adventure, made all the more special by the wilderness and wildlife...and the amazing crew. We enjoyed your company, your humour and the experience. Hope to see you all again when you visit New Zealand."
- Sue and Howard Wilson
"Expectations: A term which I am not fond of; therefore, there weren’t any. However, when I began to reflect on the Alaskan experience, it was truly an adventure of a lifetime and all that was shared by Stephen, Greg, Carrie, Lila and Sean surpassed anything we could have ever imagined. We invested in the adventure to rejuvenate our spirits, and the return was insurmountable. Thank you again, again, again and again."
- Leora’s daughters, Wendi and Leann
"We ‘stumbled’ across the Maple Leaf on the internet and were immediately hooked. However, nothing could have prepared us for such a fabulous trip. We’ve certainly had a ‘whale of a time’. Such a wealth of wildlife and a wonderful crew! We certainly hope to be back aboard in the future. Thank you to all the crew for the best holiday ever!"
- Serena and David Stewart, UK
"What an amazing trip – everything was wonderful. Delicious food, beautifully presented. So much wildlife, a whale a day (almost!), bears so close and so many different species. Wonderful walks in rain and shine. An unforgettable experience – a huge thank you to a great crew."
- Brenda and Robert, UK
"This has been all I had hoped for and more. The scenery, wildlife, land trips and crew were the best. Thank you all for such a wonderful vacation."
- Linda Abbey, Pacific Grove, California
"Many thanks to the Captain and Crew for the experiences that will be memories for a lifetime. And thanks for helping us appreciate the little things too – the smell of Devil’s Club, the softness of moss under our boots, the effort of a Puffin trying to roost. Fair winds!"
- Susan and Tom Goldsworthy, Hillsborough, NC
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