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Inner Reaches Western Coves (2014)

Wildlife, wilderness and waterfalls highlight this Inside Passage adventure cruise


ADVENTURE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Explore “wild and woolly” wilderness (“skookum” to the locals)
  • Wildlife and whale watching in Frederick Sound and Stephens Passage
  • Glacier calving at the face of Dawes Glacier in Endicott Arm
  • El Capitan Cave trek and exploration
  • Observe a Stellar sea lion haulout at The Brothers Islands
  • Kayaking, paddle boarding, and skiffing in remote scenic bays
  • Visit the carving school and totems at Klawock, a native Tlingit Village

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Kids in Nature
Kids in Nature Wilderness Adventurer - 2014: July 26, August 9

 

Cruise
7 nights / 8 days

Cruise

Day
01
Ketchikan, Alaska — Embarkation
Welcome aboard! Meet your crew, get settled in, and keep watch for eagles as we cruise through the Tongass Narrows out of Ketchikan.
Day
02
Tongass National Forest / El Capitan Passage
Wake in El Capitan Passage surrounded by breathtaking Tongass National Forest—the largest national forest in the US. Take a “wild” Alaska trek winding through high forest on an old logging trail, find your way to El Capitan Cave, the largest known cave in Alaska and one of the largest mapped caves in the Americas. And if the stars are right (okay maybe it's the tides), you just may get lucky today and snag some organic oysters from a local grower.
Day
03
Klawock Native Village
Discover living history in Klawock—one of the most authentic Tlingit villages in Alaska. Learn the importance of carving, gaze up at totem poles coloring the town, and hear their stories. Visit the carvers' shed where the art of carving and restoring totems is passed on. Along with its small fishing fleet, this rustic community continues to thrive on the farthest reaches of the wild Alaska coastline. Explore the area on foot keeping an eye for eagles and sea birds.
Day
04
Chatham Strait
It's Captain's Choice today as you explore the intricate passages and shores along Chatham Strait's Kuiu or Baranof Islands. Join your expedition team on (or in!) the water. Conditions permitting, take to the water by kayak, skiff, or snorkel. Snorkeling* is optional, but hidden beneath the surface lies a magical array of sea life only seen from below. Take a deep breath and go for it! Today's discoveries will be within some of the most untouched wilderness of the Tongass National Forest. (*Expedition vessels only)
Day
05
Frederick Sound
Lush forest, spectacular views, play time, and wildlife—they are all in abundance in Frederick Sound. Keep watch along the coastline for birds, wolves, and black bears. With many secluded coves to choose from, you may slip into the waters of Deep Cove, Patterson or Saginaw Bay, or perhaps another hidden gem to explore by skiff or paddle a kayak. Gear up for snorkeling* or guided treks. This evening, toast another day of amazing adventure with a cold microbrew or cocktail. (*Expedition vessels only)
Day
06
The Brothers Islands / Stephens Passage
There’ll be plenty of wildlife viewing today. The Brothers, a pair of tiny, rocky islands at the confluence of Stephens Passage and Frederick Sound, are home to some of Alaska’s most abundant wildlife, including a haulout for Stellar sea lions. The area is also the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the northern hemisphere. Keep watch for orca, humpbacks, and porpoise.
Day
07
Endicott Arm / Fords Terror
Snow covered mountains, glowing blues, and the white thunder of calving ice take your breath away at the face of Dawes Glacier. As you glide through Endicott Arm you’ll likely find a few seals taking respite on the glaciers smaller “bergy bits.” Tides permitting, explore the narrow passage of Fords Terror. Join the Captain for a farewell toast during dinner.
Day
08

Juneau — Disembark
Bid adieu to new-found friends over breakfast before disembarking. Transfer directly to the Juneau airport or begin your add-on overnight stay or extended land tour.

 

 

Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

Rates & Dates

Cruise
7 nights / 8 days

 

Ketchikan to Juneau (KTN-JNU)


Fares are per person double occupancy, in USD. Select cabins are available for single occupancy at a 150% supplement; all other staterooms (except Single) are available at 175% of double occupancy rate (refer to deckplan). Triple rates are available in designated cabins (refer to deck plan); inquire for pricing details. Kids age 12 and under save 25% on published fares in select staterooms on "Kids in Nature" family departures. Charter up to 40-76 guests (varies by vessel).


Kids in Nature - "Kids in Nature" Family Departure


2014 – ACTIVE
DEPART
THEME
BOAT
ROUTE
NAV
TRB
PAT
XPL
CHARTER
FEES
Apr 26
Cruise Segment
WD
KTN-JNU
$1,595
$2,045
$2,195
$3,995
$166,795
$175
May 10
Cruise Segment
WX
KTN-JNU
-
$2,395
$2,595
$3,995
$199,995
$175
May 17
Cruise Segment
WA
KTN-JNU
$2,195
$2,795
$2,995
-
$157,295
$175
May 24
 
WD
KTN-JNU
$2,195
$2,795
$2,995
$4,695
$221,995
$175
May 31
 
WA
KTN-JNU
$2,595
$3,195
$3,395
-
$187,295
$175
June 7
 
WD
KTN-JNU
$2,895
$3,695
$3,995
$5,595
$289,195
$175
June 14
 
WA
KTN-JNU
$3,195
$3,995
$4,395
-
$225,995
$175
June 21
 
WD
KTN-JNU
$3,195
$3,995
$4,395
$5,995
$312,795
$175
July 5
 
WD
KTN-JNU
$3,195
$3,995
$4,395
$5,995
$312,795
$175
July 19
 
WD
KTN-JNU
$3,195
$3,995
$4,395
$5,995
$312,795
$175
July 26
Kids in Nature
WA
KTN-JNU
$3,195
$3,995
$4,395
-
$225,995
$175
Aug 2
WD
KTN-JNU
$3,195
$3,995
$4,395
$5,995
$312,795
$175
Aug 9
Kids in Nature
WA
KTN-JNU
$3,195
$3,995
$4,395
-
$225,995
$175
Aug 16
 
WD
KTN-JNU
$2,895
$3,695
$3,995
$5,595
$289,195
$175
Aug 23
 
WA
KTN-JNU
$2,595
$3,195
$3,395
-
$187,295
$175
Aug 30
 
WD
KTN-JNU
$2,195
$2,795
$2,995
$4,695
$221,995
$175


FARES INCLUDE - All onboard meals; non-alcoholic beverages; exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day; entry fees to national parks/preserves; most from-the-vessel adventure activities and equipment; wellness program; hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, and yoga mats


FEES: Port fees and taxes are additional, per person, and should be added to cruise fare unless indicated as included (incl).

Ports & Places

Chatham Strait

Located in the Alexander Archipelago, Chatham Strait is a narrow passage that sits between Chichagof Island and Baranof Island to the west and Admiralty Island and Kuiu Island to the east. This 150-mile long strait connects the open sea with the Lynn Canal and the Icy Strait.> Read More

El Capitan Passage

Surrounded by the breathtaking Tongass National Forest, El Capitan Passage offers spectacular scenery, wildlife and whale watching. Nestled into the Alexander Archipelago, this passage divides Prince of Wales Island from Kosciusko Island. > Read More

Endicott Arm

Endicott Arm is one of two narrow fjords that make up the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness area. Over 30 miles long, it ends at the stunning and breathtaking Dawes Glacier. 

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Fords Terror Wilderness

Tracy Arm - Fords Terror Wilderness was designated in 1980 by the United States Congress. Today, it has over 653,000 acres of breathtaking scenery.> Read More

Frederick Sound

Frederick Sound is a body of water approximately 45 miles wide in the central part of Southeast Alaska, at the confluence of Portage Bay (West), lower Stephens Passage (North), and Chatham Strait between the communities of Juneau (North) and Petersburg (South). Frederick Sound is only accessible by boat or air. > Read More

Juneau, Alaska

Surrounded by the rich, green Tongass National Forest, and located on beautiful Gastineau Channel, Juneau is an important port and a popular tourist destination. Unique because it is the only state capital in the United States that is inaccessible by road, Juneau sits at sea level below the steep mountains that are home to the Juneau Icefield and the Mendenhall Glacier.> Read More

Ketchikan, Alaska

Known as the “Salmon Capital of the World”, Ketchikan has a rich and diverse history—all of which you can see elements of today. In the late 1800s it built a fish saltery, which was soon followed by a salmon cannery and general store—salmon still spawn in the Ketchikan Creek that runs through the middle of town.> Read More

Klawock Village

A population of nearly 860 and located on the west coast of Prince of Wales Island, Klawock is home to the oldest cannery in Alaska. Waters here boast abundant salmon runs including sockeye, coho, and steelhead. Klawock’s earliest inhabitants were Tlingits who used Klawock as a summer fishing camp.> Read More

Stephens Passage

Running between Admiralty Island to the West and Douglas Island to the east, Stevens Passage is a 170km long channel in the Alexander Archipelago.> Read More

The Brothers Islands

The Brothers Islands are a pair of tiny, rocky islands at the confluence of Stephen’s Passage and Frederick Sound.> Read More

Tongass National Forest

The Tongass National Forest is located in southeast Alaska and at 17 million acres, it is the largest national forest in the United States.> Read More

Extend Your Cruise

LAND PACKAGE: Kantishna Wilderness Experience

5 day / 4 night - Experience interior Alaska and Denali National Park by luxury dome train and guided bus tour prior to setting off on your Alaska cruise adventure.  Enjoy one night in Fairbanks, two nights in Kantishna—deep in the heart of Denali National Park, and one night in Anchorage.

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HOTEL STOPOVER: Juneau - Goldbelt Hotel

Overlooking the waterfront in downtown Juneau, the Goldbelt Hotel offers full service accommodations and is in close proximity to most major attractions.> Read More

HOTEL STOPOVER: Ketchikan - Cape Fox Lodge

Set amidst the Tongass National Forest, with breathtaking views of the Tongass Narrows and downtown Ketchikan, the Cape Fox Lodge offers full service accommodations and is within close proximity to most attractions. A collection of Alaska Native artifacts can be found in the lobby library and on the second floor balcony along with original carved totems.

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Vessels

Wilderness Adventurer

Refurbished in 2011, the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer is the ultimate platform to deliver an Un-Cruise adventure—aboard the vessel and in the water. Loaded with amenities for action and comfort, it's ready to welcome you aboard.

 

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Wilderness Discoverer

The 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer underwent extensive refurbishment in early 2011 and guest raves are still flowing. Expedition is top-of-mind with this vessel; and adventure and discovery lay at its heart.

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Wilderness Explorer

Renovated in 2012, the 74-guest Wilderness Explorer is equipped for action, adventure, and exploration. As with our other expedition vessels, she delivers plenty of comfort too.

 

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Safari Endeavour

The ambience aboard the newly refurbished 84-guest Safari Endeavour is casual elegance with a full menu of upscale amenities. Its three decks provide ample outdoor viewing opportunities.

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Safari Explorer

Our flagship, the 36-guest yacht Safari Explorer is perfectly designed for "luxury in the pursuit of adventure." Aboard the yacht, three public decks provide plenty of room for mingling, relaxing, and enjoying the fresh air.

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