Alaska's Glacier Country
The highlights of this small ship cruise with UnCruise Adventures include: • One day in Glacier Bay National Park, joined by a park ranger • Get close up to glaciers: Dawes, Margerie, and Grand Pacific • Bushwhack in the Tongass National Forest • Fords Terror Wilderness Area by skiff and hike inland on Chichagof Island • 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, tide pool, and forest ecology discoveries
Explore islands, glaciers, and forests. Kayak in remote inlets that bring you closer to wildlife including eagles, sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, and seabirds.
Day 1: Juneau, Alaska - Embarkation Hello, Juneau! First settled in the gold rush days, Juneau welcomes with both small town charm and towering glaciers. Toast to the riches of Alaska as you sail west toward Icy Strait.
Day 2: Icy Strait Kick start the morning with on-deck yoga stretches and a strong cup of coffee. Energized and snug in your kayak, glide around in remote bays off of Icy Strait through giant bullwhip kelp that can grow to over 100 feet long. Join the gang in a skiff to a rocky outcropping to watch sea lions play. Or, step into mud boots for a forest hike with your top-notch, naturalist guides who have plenty to share about everything Alaska - marine biology, plants, and even geology. On board, soak it all in as you soak in the hot tub.
Day 3: Glacier Bay National Park You're in for a real treat. A National Park ranger comes aboard to share expert insight. 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. More thrills and chills await as you cruise to the far end of John Hopkins Inlet or Tarr Inlet where glaciers calve into the water. Backed by knife-edged peaks, bears forage along the shoreline of Tidal Inlet. 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 Stretching 150 miles into the Tongass National Forest, Chatham Strait offers adventure aplenty. Rest assured 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 and rain-fed waterfalls. Stick to the water in a kayak excursion, and don't forget to look above and below the surface. A nosy seal could be watching your every stroke. Beach comb rocky shores. Tiny creatures cling to rocks. Tonight, take a nightcap to the sun deck and watch the sky.
Day 5: Kuiu Island The jagged arms and fingers of Kuiu Island stretch from 25 to just six miles wide. Salmon streams dot the coastline - and where there's salmon, there are bears. Despite its slim size, Kuiu Island is home to many black bears, who, like you, love the solitude and open skies in the heart of the Tongass National Forest. From kayak or skiff, scope the inter tidal zones of Saginaw Bay for these guys. Eagles fish here too, their white noggins give away their perches. Kayak along the Keku Islands or take the pace down a notch with an easy stroll amidst the tide pools. It's remote, and remarkable.
Day 6: Frederick Sound Humpbacks beeline it here each season to feed on krill, zooplankton, and herring. Watch for whales feasting in these abundant glacial waters. Hang out 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. Somewhere nearby, carrot-billed black oystercatchers are saying hello. Tonight, toast another big day in Alaska.
Day 7: Endicott Arm > Dawes Glacier Skiffing up Endicott Arm, harbor seals laze around on icebergs. If the tides are right, slip into Fords Terror, the steep walls of this narrow opening streaked with waterfalls. Back in the Arm, gasp at the deep glacier-carved valleys. It's at the end where you meet the piece de resistance: Dawes Glacier. Blue ice marches down from the Coast Mountains. With a sharp crack, the white thunder of a calving slice makes a mega-splash. Tonight, celebrate with a festive Farewell Dinner and "photo journal" from your expedition team.
Day 8: Juneau - Disembarkation Mmmm, fresh baked pastries over one last breakfast. Your crew and new friends wish heartfelt goodbyes. This morning, transfer to the Juneau airport.
S.S. Legacy The one-of-a-kind Legacy - or "whale whisperer" as many will tell you - is the fastest in the fleet. Capable of 15 knots, she sails to the farthest reaches spinning yarns of adventure along the way. Like the crew and guests having the time of their lives, she hums with each new opportunity. It's no wonder that for many of the crew (and office folk), she's a first love that never fades. And, a welcoming hub for souls looking for adventure.
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. Her roomy lounge, dining room, and sun deck are undisputed, but the Safari Endeavour claims to have the biggest heart, too.
Safari Quest Agile, spry, and with clean design lines, the Safari Quest - carrying just 22 guests - can cut into the tiniest nooks that even our other small ships can't reach. This includes coveted wilderness areas with highly limited access of no more than two groups of twelve guests per day. For those most special adventures, she is the ticket in. While small is her secret for access, on the inside this yacht is anything but. Spacious and comfy cabins. A cozy and welcoming lounge and dining room. And plenty of onboard niches for nestling and relaxing. On a boat this size, camaraderie is near-instant - feel the love.
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. Yep. She lives up to her name. The mantra on board could be: work hard, play hard, relax, repeat. The ship's easy-going, fun-making energy inspires fierce loyalty by her crew and guests alike.
Wilderness Explorer Daring and ambitious, and a wee bit salty. The Wilderness Explorer was destined for Alaska's deep waters from the first moment she slid into the drink. A strong "sea boat" with feet, she is not bashful or apologetic in her unflinching drive to seek out secret niches. Embracing change, the crew is known to try the untried, whether it's gaining access to an unexplored trail or a new recipe with locally foraged ingredients. Bold with a capital Brrr, she is also our only ship to have over-wintered in Southeast Alaska, for not one, but two wicked cold seasons. Get to know her, and she'll warm your heart.
• 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 • Onboard spirits, wine, beer, on-alcoholic beverages • Wellness amenities: hot tub, fitness equipment, yoga mats
Pricing (per person) $USD
Departs 2020 Departures
Jun 5, 12, 19, 26
Jul 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Aug 7, 14, 21
Sep 12 2021 Departures Apr 16, 23, 30
May 7, 14, 21, 28
Jun 4, 11, 18, 25
Jul 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Aug 6, 7, 13, 20, 27
Sep 3, 10, 11, 17, 24
Jun 5, 12, 19, 26
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 snorkeling 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 snorkeling gear (pay direct)
Not included • Port taxes/fees
• Gratuities to your vessel crew
• Port taxes/fees • Gratuities to your vessel crew
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.
Book by 15 Dec 2020 to save up to US$400 on all 2021 departures!
Book and pay your deposit by 15 Dec 2020, and save up to US$800 per couple (or US$400 per person) on all 2021 departures.
Offer applies to Trailblazer cabins and above aboard the Wilderness Explorer and Commander cabins and above aboard the SS, Legacy and Safari Endeavour departures.
Offer applies to new bookings only, is subject to availability, and may only be combined with the past guest Loyalty and Refer-a-Friend savings. Restrictions apply.