Glacier Bay Small Ship Cruise
• Two days in Glacier Bay National Park • Wilderness exploration in the Tongass National Forest and Glacier Bay outback • Margerie and Grand Pacific Glacier visits with a park ranger aboard • Dawes Glacier and Fords Terror by skiff • Orca and humpback whales in Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait • Wildlife searches: black and brown bears, eagles, sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, sea birds • Kayak, paddle board and skiff remote inlets • Beachcombing and tide pool discoveries
This is the ideal cruise for those seeking more time in Glacier Bay.
Day 1: Juneau, Alaska - Embarkation Hello, Juneau! It's off to the hospitality area you go. Up the gangplank, your crew meets you with a hearty welcome. The adventure begins, sailing west toward Icy Strait.
Day 2: Glacier Bay National Park Glacier Bay has a wow-worthy list of titles - National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Biosphere Reserve. At 3.3 million acres, add Endless Adventure Playground to the list. Head for the Glacier Bay outback. These are places most visitors never see. Dundas and Taylor Bays are in the southernmost reaches of the park. It's less windswept tucked into a bay, but no less wild. Kayak around sea stacks. Or comb for critters if the tide is right. In far reaches, share the beach with sharp-eyed eagles and bears. Skiff deep in Dundas and make for the hills. A bushwhack into the forest gets your heart pumping. Paddle through kelp in Taylor Bay. Backstroking sea otters hardly bat an eye at your boat. Your bartender has an Old Fashioned ready. Perfect timing too. It's happy hour and time to swap stories of this big day with your shipmates.
Day 3: Glacier Bay National Park An early morning pick-up. A National Park ranger comes aboard to share expert insight. Plus off-the-map places in bay that most visitors pass by. Have your binoculars handy"”South Marble Island is a birder's slice of heaven. Puffins scoot through the water. Guillemots and gulls chatter up the airwaves. The snoozing sea lions don't seem to mind. Cruise to the far end of Tarr Inlet where Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers calve into the water. Backed by knife-edged peaks, pull into narrow Tidal Inlet. Bears like to forage along this shoreline. Mountain goats too. Back at Bartlett Cove, if time and daylight allow, take a forest hike around the park's HQ, and say farewell to your ranger.
Day 4: Chatham Strait Chatham Strait stretches for 150 miles in the Tongass National Forest. Options aplenty, your captain navigates to the best. Anchor in a remote Chichagof Island inlet. Backpacks loaded and adventure toys lowered (skiffs, paddle boards, kayaks), it's time to go play. Energy flows as you hike up through moss-covered trees. Stick to the water and don't forget to look above and below the surface. A nosy seal could be watching your every stroke. Beachcomb rocky shores. Tiny creatures cling to rocks. Tonight, take a nightcap to the sun deck and watch the sky.
Day 5: Kuiu Island
Salmon streams dot the coastline"”where there's salmon, there are bears. Kuiu Island is home to one of the world's densest populations of black bears. Scope the intertidal zones of Saginaw Bay for them from a kayak or skiff. Eagles fish here too, their white noggins give away their perches. Kayak along the Keku Islands or take the pace down a notch checking out tide pools and abundant life in the intertidal zones. It's remote, and remarkable.
Day 6: Frederick Sound Humpbacks beeline it here each season to feast in the krill-rich waters. After your breakfast, look for whales eating theirs. Chances are high they will be"”time to hang and enjoy the show. Based on wind and weather, your expedition team has the lineup of adventures all mapped out. Cruise past Five Fingers Lighthouse, Alaska's oldest light station and The Brothers Islands, where sea lions nap on rocky nobs. Paddle into the deeps of Port Houghton or Windham Bay or head ashore for a hike. When a bear takes notice, they generally scram. But carrot-billed black oystercatchers give you a talking-to. Tonight, toast another big day in Alaska.
Day 7: Endicott Arm > Dawes Glacier Snow-covered mountains. Glacier-carved valleys. White thunder of calving ice. It's an impressive Wilderness Area. Skiffing up Endicott Arm, harbor seals pups laze around on icebergs. If the tides are right, slip into Fords Terror. The fjord's steep walls are streaked with waterfalls. Choked with ice, at the end of the arm, meet Dawes Glacier. Blue ice marches down from the Coast Mountains. With a sharp crack, a calving slice makes a mega-splash. Tonight, celebrate with a festive Farewell Dinner and "photo journal" from your expedition team.
Day 8: Juneau - Disembark Mmmm, fresh baked pastries over one last breakfast. Your crew and new friends wish heartfelt goodbyes. This morning, transfer to the Juneau 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!
Safari Explorer This high-end SUV of a ship is nimble, strong, and loving. The Safari Explorer has what mariners call "feet" that take her into wild areas most other ships aren't certified to visit. Her performance-built rugged construction means access to faraway regions. But it's what's on the inside that makes this yacht the prize of the fleet. And with only 36 guests on board, the feel is decidedly exclusive.
Wilderness Adventurer Like your favorite, hippie-cool aunt, she's sage, soulful, and game for every adventure"”and likely the one leading the charge. The unassuming Wilderness Adventurer has style and all the amenities needed to get the job done. It's just as comfortable moseying into the lounge for a pint as it is to leap from the fantail for a "polar plunge" or sketch a landscape from the sundeck.
S.S. Legacy A perfect mash-up of old and new"”replica 1898 coastal gold rush steamer, Victorian-style décor, and modern machinery. The elegant and one-of-a-kind S.S. Legacy is a classic and the fastest in the fleet. Capable of 15 knots, she can sail to the farthest reaches gathering more stories of adventure along the way. It's no wonder that for many of the crew (and office folk), she's a first love that never fades.
safari Endeavour Polished, unwavering, and upscale, the Safari Endeavour may be the workhorse of the fleet but it's her zest-for-life persona that's remembered most. She looks sharp"”a nod to the crew who work hard to keep her that way. Wood fixtures and accents shine and artwork highlights the warm and cool waters where she sails. No other UnCruise ship covers more territory, and like her namesake, Captain Cook's Endeavour, both the ship and crew are true explorers.
• 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 • Complimentary massage (Safari Explorer, Safari Endeavour and S.S. Legacy only)
Pricing (per person) $USD
Departs 2018 Departures
Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Theme departures W = Wellness
Jul 6, 13, 20, 27
Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Sunday Wilderness Adventurer Jul 14, 21, 28
Aug 4, 11 Sunday S.S. Legacy Apr 29(W)
Jul 29 Safari Endeavour Sep 2, 9(W)
Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Theme departures W = Wellness
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.