Alaska Fjords & Glaciers
• Dawes Glacier and ice-rich Endicott Arm • Whale watching in Stephens Passage • Adventure exploration in Misty Fjords National Monument • Tlingit cultural presentation • Kiksetti Totem Park and Chief Shakes Tribal House visit • Tongass backcountry by kayak, paddle board, skiff, and hike • Search for wildlife"”bears, Sitka deer, sea lions, eagles, mink, porpoises, mountain goats • Navigate winding Wrangell Narrows and Behm Canal
The waterfall, tucked into a zig-zagging cleft in the rock, drums the saltwater in a never-ending rhythm. Kayaks get us close enough to feel the spray on our faces, and see ferns, mushrooms, and moss growing where water meets earth. Fjord walls reach to the sky, as big as the solitude all around.
Day 1: Juneau, Alaska - Embarkation Arriving in Juneau and you are met with a warm welcome and have some time to take in the city. Then you set sail for the Endicott Arm wilderness.
Day 2: Endicott Arm > Fords Terror From your window see the fjord cliffs reach skyward, floating ice and deep u-shaped valleys. Cruise past harbor seals and their pups lounging on chunks of ice. At the end of Endicott, see the blue face of Dawes Glacier.
Day 3: Stephens Passage Start the day with yoga stretches on-deck. Humpback and orca are frequent visitors of this Southeast passage. Sail through Stephens Passage to Port Houghton for a day or adventures. Head out on kayaks and take it slow spotting sea stars and shore birds. If you want a bit more adventure paddle to the salt chuck at the back of the inlet or, hike into the Tongass, a beautiful landscape of hanging waterfalls.
Day 4: Thomas Bay > Wrangell Narrows Today experience the back-country of Alaska's wilderness, with glacial landscapes marked by moraines and muskegs. Your options for today include, kayaking in water almost clear as glass, hiking through the outwash of Baird Glacier, or keep it green tramping through a grassy meadow into the forest. Later, pass by the fishing town of Petersburg and into the Wrangell Narrows.
Day 5: Wrangell Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska and its here you learn about the native culture. It's also the only city ever governed by four nations. The Tlingit cultures have deep roots here and local islanders come aboard this morning with a presentation that brings their stories and legends to life. Venture into town for a view of recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park and later visit the Chief Shakes Tribal House.
Day 6: Behm Canal In Behm Canal, we explore the remote waterways and the isolated Tongass National Forest, with its abundance of wildlife, black bears, mink and eagles. On Cleveland Peninsula, your expedition team leads a low-elevation hike with wide-stretching views and good opportunities for panoramic shots of the Southeast. In the water orca, porpoises, seals, and otters go about their business. There is an option for a guided paddle along the canal and an intertidal shore walk.
Day 7: Misty Fjords National Monument Its affectionate nickname, "The Yosemite of the North," is deserved, the beauty and peace is second to none. Misty Fjords National Monument represents nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska, glacial valleys filled with sea water, 3,000 foot cliffs, sea birds, brown and black bears, mountain goats, Sitka black-tailed deer, all find safe haven here. Kayak in Walker Cove or Rudyerd Bay and take it all in. There is an option to skiff to the base of a waterfall for fjord-released shower. Your captain joins you tonight for a Farewell Dinner, celebrate and reminisce about your Alaskan journey.
Day 8: Ketchikan - Disembark After breakfast you disembark and transfer to the Ketchikan airport.
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.
Adventure Cruising Expect days of play and relaxation - wildlife in its natural habitat; genuine exchanges with locals; wilderness hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, or snorkeling; exploration by expedition vessel or boutique yacht, and even by skiff. Rain or shine!
Wilderness Discoverer Warm, inviting and efficient. The Wilderness Discoverer delivers big adventure in top-of-the-class style. Sleek with a northwest feel, the ship was retrofitted specifically for wilderness exploration. This vessel features 38 cabins and has kayaks, paddle boards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles, snorkel gear/wetsuits onboard.
Wilderness Explorer Daring and ambitious. The Wilderness Explorer was destined for Alaska's deep waters. A strong "sea boat" with the ability to navigate secret niches. This vessel features 37 cabins and has kayaks, paddle boards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles, snorkel gear/wetsuits onboard.
Wilderness Adventurer Ready for every adventure. The Wilderness Adventurer has style and all the amenities needed to get the job done. Relax in the lounge for a drink, take a "polar plunge" or sketch a landscape from the sundeck. This vessel features 30 cabins and has kayaks, paddle boards, inflatable skiffs and hiking poles onboard.
• Exclusive activities, shore excursions, presentation • Entry fees to national parks, preserves, and monuments • Narration and expertise from expedition guides • Meet & greet services, transfers, and baggage handling between airport & vessel on embark and disembark days • Onboard meals • Spirits, wine, and microbrews • Non-alcoholic beverages • Wellness amenities: hot tub, fitness equipment, yoga mats
Pricing (per person) $USD
Juneau to Ketchikan or vice versa
(R) = Denotes Itinerary available in reverse (Ketchikan to Juneau) Theme Departures
P = Photography
Jun 2(R), 23, 30(R)
Jul 21, 28(R)
Aug 18, 25(R) Wilderness Explorer May 5(P), 12(R)
Jun 2, 9(R), 30
Jul 7(R), 28
Aug 4(R), 25
Sep 1(R) Wilderness Adventurer Sep 29 2019 Juneau to Ketchikan Wilderness Discoverer Jun 1
Aug 24 Wilderness Explorer May 11
Sep 28 Ketchikan to Juneau Wilderness Discoverer Jun 8
Aug 31 Wilderness Explorer Apr 6
Juneau to Ketchikan or vice versa
(R) = Denotes Itinerary available in reverse (Ketchikan to Juneau)
Theme Departures P = Photography
Booking conditions • Prices are per person in US Dollars, double/twin occupancy. Ask your travel agent or World Journeys for single, triple cabin prices.
• Please contact World Journeys for the updated USD exchange rate.
• Charges apply for snorkelling gear (pay direct)
• Prices are per person in US Dollars, double/twin occupancy. Ask your travel agent or World Journeys for single, triple cabin prices. • Please contact World Journeys for the updated USD exchange rate. • Charges apply for snorkelling gear (pay direct)
Not included • Port taxes, fees
• Gratuities to your vessel cruise
• Airfare to and from your home city
• Optional travel insurance
• Port taxes, fees • Gratuities to your vessel cruise • Airfare to and from your home city • Optional travel insurance
Gratuity • Un Cruise recommendations for gratuities is USD 25.00 to USD 35.00 per person per day.
• Un Cruise recommendations for gratuities is USD 25.00 to USD 35.00 per person per day.