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21-night Alaska expedition cruise exploring Glacier Bay and the Inside Passage


ADVENTURE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Two exclusive days in Glacier Bay—jewel of the US National Park system, UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve
  • Enjoy Glacier Bay Park Ranger interpretation and discover the Bartlett Cove Visitor Center
  • Explore remote scenic bays via kayak, paddle board, and skiff
  • Discover isolated coves and dramatic Misty Fjords National Monument
  • Visit Wrangell's Kiksetti Totem Park and Chief Shakes Tribal House, and Kasaan's native Haida village
  • Wildlife and whale watching in Frederick Sound, Icy Strait, Peril Strait and Stephens Passage
  • View stunning glaciers throughout Glacier Bay National Park and at Endicott Arm
  • South Marble Island sea lion haulout and spectacular birding
  • Wilderness treks in Glacier Bay National Park, along Chichagof Island’s waterfall coast, and in El Capitan's Caves.

Theme Departures:


Kids in Nature
Kids in Nature Wilderness Discoverer - June 27 (weeks 1 & 2); July 25 (week 2)

 

Cruise
21 nights / 22 days

Cruise

Day
01
Sitka — Embark
Welcome aboard! Meet the crew, settle in, and relax with your shipmates. Within minutes you’ll cruise the scenic channels of the Inside Passage.
Day
02
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).
Day
03

Captain's Choice
Today's agenda is flexible. Perhaps you'll explore a tidal inlet by kayak; feel the burn of a rain forest hike; or maybe you'll have the opportunity to smell the breath of a humpback while skiffing in a secluded cove. The possibilities are endless—your Captain knows best.

Day
04
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
05
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
06

Glacier Bay National Park

One of America’s crown jewel national parks is yours to explore and marvel at for the next two 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.
 

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
07
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. On the final night in the park, toast your grand adventure with a festive dinner and a “photo journal” of the first week of your trip presented by your Expedition Leaders.

Day
08

Juneau  

Spend the day leisurely exploring downtown Juneau and enjoy lunch in town on us. A complimentary laundry service is also provided today. Embark this afternoon, and keep watch for eagles as we cruise into the Tracy Arm Wilderness.

Day
09
Tracy Arm Wilderness / Frederick Sound
At the end of Tracy Arm, a winding fjord with sheer granite walls, hundreds of cascading waterfalls, and some of the largest icebergs in all of Alaska, sits the twin Sawyer Glaciers—Sawyer and South Sawyer. The fjord is home to brown and black bears, deer, wolves, harbor seals, and birds such as arctic terns and pigeon guillemots. Later today, move into Frederick Sound—summer feeding ground for the northern hemisphere’s largest concentration of humpback whales. Keep watch for humpbacks, orca, and Steller sea lions.
Day
10
Thomas Bay 
Choose kayaking and a lush forest trek on a scenic rainforest trail, or go big on a roundtrip 11-miile hike to the glacially-fed and rarely visited Patterson Lake for spectacular kayaking in the meltwaters of Patterson Glacier. Discover the origin of its “Devil’s Country” nickname during a reading from “The Strangest Story Ever Told,” about the area’s mythical, shape-shifting creatures called Kushtaka.
Day
11
Glacial Landscapes / Wrangell Narrows
Step into the back country of Alaska's wilderness, in an area known for glaciers and rich in gold and quartz. Explore glacial landscapes marked by moraines, muskegs, and mud. Adventure and natural beauty are sure to please whether you choose kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff riding, or hiking today. An abundance of bright red and green navigation lights guide you along “Christmas Tree Lane” as you cruise the winding Wrangell Narrows this evening.
Day
12
Wrangell
Home to native culture, wildlife, and wonder—Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska and the only one ever governed by four nations. Before venturing into town, local islanders join you on board for an in-depth presentation on Tlingit and Haida cultures. View recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park and step inside the famed and historically significant Chief Shakes Tribal House.
Day
13
Behm Canal
Wildlife abounds in Behm Canal and the surrounding Tongass National Forest—orca, porpoise, seals, sea lions, brown and black bears, mink, marten, eagles, and otters. Paddle along the canal or venture out on an intertidal shore walk or low-elevation trek on the Cleveland Peninsula.
Day
14
Misty Fjords National Monument
Affectionately called “The Yosemite of the North,” Misty Fjords National Monument represents nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska. Glacial valleys filled with sea water, and sheer 3,000 foot cliffs are a haven for sea birds, brown and black bears, mountain goats, Sitka black-tailed deer, mink, moose, river otters, and other wildlife. Glide through Walker Cove or Rudyerd Bay by kayak or explore by skiff soaking in the splendor of this largely forgotten corner of the world. This evening, join the Captain in a  toast and reminisce about your Alaskan journey thus far over a sumptuous dinner.
Day
15

Ketchikan
Alaska’s southern most city and “salmon capital of the world” also claims fame to having the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles. While others end their adventure and new guests join later in the day, you will spend the day ashore.

 

Enjoy lunch in town on us and explore the notorious Creek Street, once a red-light district. A complimentary laundry service is provided today. Later, keep watch for eagles as you embark and cruise through the Tongass Narrows out of Ketchikan.

Day
16
Tongass National Forest / Kasaan Native Village
Discover living history in Kasaan—one of the most authentic Haida villages in Alaska. Learn the importance of carving, gaze up at totem poles coloring the town, and hear their stories. Visit the longhouse and carvers' shed where the art of storytelling, carving and restoring totems is passed on. Along with its small fishing fleet, this rustic community continues to thrive on the outer reaches of the wild Alaska coastline. Explore the area on foot keeping an eye for eagles and sea birds.
Day
17
El Capitan Caves / Prince of Wales Island
Wake in a remote cove surrounded by breathtaking Tongass National Forest—the largest national forest in the US. Take a “wild” Alaska hike winding through high forest on an old logging trail, and find your way to El Capitan Cave, the largest known cave in Alaska and one of the largest mapped caves in the Americas. Locals—bears, harbor seals, humpback and orca whales, deer, eagles, humans too—enjoy the calm and serenity of the island. And chances are, you will too. Take time to take it in from a kayak and learn from locals about making a life in the Alaskan outback.
Day
18
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
19
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
20
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 Steller 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
21
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 Ford’s Terror. Join the Captain for a farewell toast during dinner.
Day
22

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
21 nights / 22 days

 

Juneau to Ketchikan to Juneau to Sitka (JNU-SIT)

Sitka to Juneau to Ketchikan to Juneau (SIT-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 in Nature - "Kids in Nature" Family Departure


2015
DEPART
THEME
BOAT
ROUTE
NAV
TRB
PAT
XPL
FEES
May 16
WX
JNU-SIT
-
$9,095
$9,745
$13,095
$600
May 23
WD
SIT-JNU
$7,895
$9,945
$10,745
$15,745
$600
May 30
WD
JNU-SIT
$8,645
$10,895
$11,895
$16,645
$600
June 6
WX
SIT-JNU
-
$11,345
$12,195
$15,545
$600
June 13
WX
JNU-SIT
-
$11,745
$12,545
$15,945
$600
June 20
WD
SIT-JNU
$9,695
$11,945
$13,045
$17,795
$600
June 27
Kids in Nature
week 1, 2
WD
JNU-SIT
$9,695
$11,945
$13,045
$17,795
$600
July 4
WX
SIT-JNU
-
$11,945
$12,745
$16,145
$600
July 11
WX
JNU-SIT
-
$11,945
$12,745
$16,145
$600
July 18
WD
SIT-JNU
$9,695
$11,945
$13,045
$17,795
$600
July 25
Kids in Nature
week 2
WD
JNU-SIT
$9,695
$11,945
$13,045
$17,795
$600
Aug 1
WX
SIT-JNU
-
$11,595
$12,445
$15,795
$600
Aug 8
WX
JNU-SIT
-
$11,045
$11,845
$15,245
$600
Aug 15
WD
SIT-JNU
$8,045
$10,145
$10,995
$15,845
$600
Aug 22
WD
JNU-SIT
$7,295
$9,145
$9,845
$14,845
$600

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

Behm Canal

Behm Canal is located in the Alexander Archipelago. Separating Revillagigedo Island from mainland Alaska, this 108-mile long natural channel is actively used as a United States Navy Submarine sound testing range.> 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 Cave

El Capitan Cave is the largest cave system in Alaska. Created from ancient coral reefs, it now finds itself high in the hills of the Alaskan wilderness. As a "maze cave", many of its passages branch off and meet back up later on, making it rather dangerous to get lost among.> 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

Kasaan Native Village

Kasaan is one of the main historical communities of the Kaigani Haida. Located on Prince of Wales Island, the Organized Village of Kasaan (OVK) is a federally recognized tribal government that was established on October 15, 1938.> 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

Misty Fjords National Monument

Misty Fjords is south of Ketchikan on the border with Canada. As you journey into Behm Canal, the seemingly quiet entrance becomes more and more narrow as you pass New Eddie Stone Rock. This geologic oddity is the remnant of a “volcanic plug” rising out of the middle of this passage, and named for resembling a lighthouse back in England by Captain George Vancouver.> 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

Thomas Bay, Alaska

Northeast of Petersburg, Thomas bay is known for glaciers and its abundance of wildlife. Moose, bears, and wolves are just a few of the animals you may see while traveling through this bay. > 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

Tracy Arm

Tracy Arm quickly becomes a favorite place for those who visit. It is perhaps one of the most dramatic locations in all of North America. This fantastic fjord rivals if not surpasses the fjords of Norway and New Zealand. Completely protected within the Tongass National Forest, this fjord stretches some 25 miles up into the Coastal Range Mountains.> Read More

Wrangell Narrows, Alaska

Wrangell Narrows is one of the two narrowest waterways in Southeast Alaska, with Peril Straits near Sitka being the other. It is approximately 21 miles long, and is a very narrow and shallow waterway separating Mitkof Island and Kupreanof Island.> Read More

Wrangell, Alaska

Located on the northern corner of Wrangell Island—part of the Alexander Archipelago—the city of Wrangell is seven miles from the mouth and delta of the Stikine River, a very important freshwater contribution to the Inside Passage. The natural setting of the area is the temperate rainforest, complete with abundant wildlife, and the complex estuarine system at the mouth of the Stikine.> Read More

Extend Your Cruise

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: 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

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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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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