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Ultimate Coves & Passages (2014)

Discover wild and woolly wilderness and Glacier Bay National Park


ADVENTURE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wildlife and whale watching in Frederick Sound, Stephen's Passage, Icy Strait and Peril Strait
  • South Marble Island sea lion haulout and spectacular birding
  • Explore via kayak, paddle board, and skiff
  • Visit the carving school and totems at Klawock, a native Tlingit village
  • Three exclusive days in Glacier Bay—jewel of the US National Park system, UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve
  • View stunning glaciers throughout Glacier Bay National Park and at Endicott Arm
  • Enjoy Glacier Bay Park Ranger interpretation and discover the Bartlett Cove Visitor Center
  • Wilderness treks in Glacier Bay National Park, along Chichagof Island’s waterfall coast, and in El Capitan's Caves.

 

Cruise
14 nights / 15 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.
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.
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 Wilderness
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.
Day
08
Juneau
While others end their adventure and new guests join later in the day, you will spend the day off the boat. Enjoy lunch in town on us and explore all that historic Juneau has to offer. A complimentary laundry service is provided today. Embark your new vessel this afternoon, and keep watch for eagles as cruise through the Tongass National Forest.
Day
09

Glacier Bay National Park
One of America’s crown jewel national parks is yours to explore and marvel at for the next three days—Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. A National Park Ranger joins you to explore coves and corners of the bay that most visitors miss. Tidewater glaciers sweep like rivers of ice down massive mountain valleys, terminating before you in the waters of Glacier Bay.

Day
10
Glacier Bay National Park
Paddle a kayak and be awed at the face of a massive glacier. Go on a boot-sucking trek through sandbars and rainforest. And ride a skiff along shore for an up-close exploration of Glacier Bay. You'll find sea lions, mountain goats, sea otters, bears, moose, eagles, and spectacular scenic backdrops. Linger near South Marble Island to spot the many species of rare sea birds that call this area home. Keep your eyes on the water and the island for brightly-colored puffins and Black Oystercatchers. Stop in Bartlett Cove for a visit to the Park Service's Headquarters.
Day
11
Glacier Bay National Park

Make the best of your third and last day in this majestic national park.

Day
12
Icy Strait
Set your course for arguably the richest whale waters in Southeast Alaska. Join the Captain on the bridge or the Expedition Leader out on deck in search of marine mammals. Camera in hand, begin your land and sea exploration of these remote reaches. Ride the skiffs for a closer inspection of the rugged and wild coastline with eyes set on the shore for possible bear sightings.
Day
13
Chichagof Island / Baranof Island
Meander along the spectacular waterfall coast of Chichagof Island. In the Un-Cruise expedition spirit, marvel at the grand scenery as our crew expertly guides you through unsung, glacier-carved fjords. Anchor in remote waters for an opportunity to lower the kayaks and skiffs. Explore the shoreline on an intertidal walk or forest exploration with your guides.
Day
14
Peril Strait / Sergius Narrows
Peril Strait runs 50 miles from Chatham Strait to Salisbury Sound. This haven for small boats is scenically highlighted by a very narrow connecting passageway called Sergius Narrows and an opening at Hoonah Sound. This historic and wildlife-rich waterway is a great place to watch the shoreline for bears, the waters for otters and whales, and to look skyward for eagles. The passage narrows to only 300 feet in one spot (24 feet deep). After an adventurous, but “un-perilous” day, toast your voyage with a festive Farewell Dinner and a “photo journal” of your trip presented by your Expedition Leaders.
Day
15

Sitka — Disembark
Gather for breakfast this morning as you cruise into Russian-influenced Sitka for disembarkation. Transfer to the airport or begin your Un-Cruise hotel stay or 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
14 nights / 15 days

 

Ketchikan to Juneau to Sitka (Western Coves & Northern Passages)


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.


(Please note that you will change vessels between Western Coves & Northern Passages, except on the April 26, 2014 & August 30, 2014 WD/WD and May 10, 2014 WX/WX departures.)


2014
DEPART
THEME
BOAT
ROUTE
NAV
TRB
PAT
XPL
FEES
Apr 26
WD/WD
KTN-JNU-SIT
$3,295
$4,195
$4,545
$8,045
$350
May 10
WX/WX
KTN-JNU-SIT
-
$4,895
$5,295
$7,795
$350
May 24
WD/WX
KTN-JNU-SIT
-
$5,695
$6,045
$8,545
$350
June 7
WD/WX
KTN-JNU-SIT
-
$7,445
$7,995
$10,695
$350
June 21
WD/WX
KTN-JNU-SIT
-
$7,745
$8,295
$11,095
$350
July 5
WD/WX
KTN-JNU-SIT
-
$7,745
$8,295
$11,095
$350
July 19
WD/WX
KTN-JNU-SIT
-
$7,745
$8,295
$11,095
$350
Aug 2
WD/WX
KTN-JNU-SIT
-
$7,745
$8,295
$11,095
$350
Aug 16
WD/WX
KTN-JNU-SIT
-
$6,595
$7,045
$9,445
$350
Aug 30
WD/WD
KTN-JNU-SIT
$4,195
$5,295
$5,695
$8,945
$350

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

Baranof Island

Caped in glacier-carved fjords, hanging valleys, old-growth temperate rainforests and sheer granite mountains, Baranof Island is the tenth largest island in the United States and is mostly covered by the Tongass National Forest.> Read More

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

Chichagof Island

Chichagof Island is the 5th largest island in the United States and one of the ABC islands of Alaska. It sits at the northern end of the Alexander Archipelago.

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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

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

Glacier Bay Park and Preserve is reportedly the most sought after park to visit in the United States and it is no wonder. Where else will you find a 25 mile-long river of ice still carving the land just as it has for the past several thousand years? > Read More

Icy Strait

Icy Strait is a body of water in Southeast Alaska that is located between Chichagof Island and the mainland, and extends 40 miles northwest from Chatham Strait to Glacier Bay and Cross Sound.> 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

Peril Strait

Peril Strait is located in the Alexander Archipelago between Chichagof Island to the north and Baranof Island and Catherine Island to the south.> Read More

Sitka, Alaska

The city and borough of Sitka are situated on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago and was originally settled by the native Tlingit people. Old Sitka was founded in 1799 by Alexandr Baranov, then governor of Russian America, when he arrived and set up a colonial trading company chartered by Tsar Paul I. > 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: 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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HOTEL STOPOVER: Sitka - Westmark Sitka Hotel

Rich in history, Sitka owes much of its heritage to both Czarist Russia and native Tlingit Indian cultures. The Westmark Sitka Hotel, located near the harbor in the heart of downtown, offers comfortable lodging and fine dining in an environment designed to reflect these local cultural influences.> Read More

Vessels

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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