Inside Passage and Glacier Bay Wilderness Cruise
• Ketchikan • Dundas Island • Sitka • Frederick Sound • Glacier Bay National Park • Juneau
Whales and wildlife, kayaking and hiking. This thirteen day UnCruise Adventure takes you through the inside passage and Glacier Bay National Park plus remote wilderness, native culture, and history. 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!
Highlights Include: • Cruise Alaska's and Canada's Inside Passages • Visit Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and spend time with a park ranger • Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers and LeConte Bay iceberg gardens • Adventure activities in San Juan Islands, Tongass National Forest & Misty Fjords National Monument • Native culture and Pacific Northwest natural history • Watch for whales and wildlife in Frederick Sound and Icy Strait • Wilderness kayaking, paddle boarding, skiffing, and hiking • Educational presentations by onboard expedition team
Your Ship: The fleet of small boats features expedition vessels and boutique yachts - each one uniquely suited and equipped to provide an unbelievable experience. The shallow draft makes each vessel capable of nimble exploration and gives access to the places big ships cannot go. Public and private spaces are loaded with amenities and designed for casual comfort.
Most vessels offer narrative Interpretation; meals; spirits/wine/beer; non-alcoholic beverages; book/DVD library,; casual atmosphere; attentive Service; fitness Equipment; open bridge ; kayaks & EZY Dock launch platform. Cabin features include: TV/DVD player; hair dryer, conditioning shampoo, body wash; binoculars; reusable water bottles.
Safari Endeavour: Polished, unwavering, and upscale, the 84-guest Safari Endeavour may be the workhorse of the fleet but it's her zest-for-life persona that's remembered most. Not to mention her roomy lounge, dining room, and undisputed sun deck.
Safari Explorer: The 36-guest Safari Explorer is designed for upscale comfort in the pursuit of adventure. Aboard this boutique yacht, three public decks provide room for mingling, relaxing, and enjoying the fresh air - with exploration in the spotlight.
Wilderness Discoverer: Adventure and discovery are at the heart of the 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer. Loaded with amenities and a lounge evoking the feel of a National Park lodge or neighborhood pub, this expedition vessel, from top to bottom, exudes the spirit of exploration.
Wilderness Explorer: Exploration, access, and comfort all share equal importance on the Wilderness Explorer. Adventure-ready with casual ambiance - the onboard amenities and equipment on this 74-guest expedition vessel put the focus on action, adventure, and relaxation.
The Legacy: The 86-guest Legacy is geared up and ready for adventure. Notable features of this one-of-a-kind vessel include beautiful carved wooden cabinetry, a spacious Owner's Suite, and the Sea Dragon (a portable launch platform for kayaks and paddle boards).
Day 1: Seattle Ah, the Emerald City! Check-in at the hospitality center and later, board your ship and settle in. Depending on your vessel, depart from downtown Seattle, cruising along the city's picturesque waterfront. Or from Fishermen's Terminal and transit historic Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, where it's a 20 foot drop into the Salish Sea. Adieu, Seattle.
Day 2: San Juan Islands > Canada's Inside Passage Each island in the San Juan archipelago is different. Orcas and harbor seals haven't picked favorites. You could spot them in any passage. Give your arms a stretch. Kayak or paddle board along a tucked away cove. Sea stars dot rocky outcroppings orange and purple. Curious harbor seals watch your moves. Get in more mileage on a skiff ride to further inlets. There will be time to hike too. Look low and nose around pools for creatures left behind by the outgoing tide.
Day 3: Canada's Inside Passage Mountains rise higher. Fjords get deeper. It's a day of intricate waterways and cruising for critters, keeping watch for black bears on shore, including the elusive spirit bear. Civilization slips away as you enter remote waters leading north through British Columbia. Surf-happy dolphins and porpoise like to catch a ride on the bow wave. Your captain and crew are on the lookout and give the call of a sighting. And a waterfall and old abandoned cannery come into view. That's Butedale. Slow down and take it all in as forested fjords roll by. Aiming to entertain and educate over the next days, your expedition team is at the ready. Natural history, Native influences, and their favorite trivia games, too.
Day 4: Canada's Inside Passage Take your cup of joe to the bow. The world wakes up with you. Bald eagles watch the ship along its course from tree tops. Islands to the west, inlet-etched mainland to the east. Your captain and mates navigate twisting passages. Harbor seals spend their days on rocky islets. Breathe in the fresh air and take in miles of forested wilderness. In the lounge, your bartender mixes up the daily special. Take the challenge and play a few friendly hands of cards with your shipmate.
Day 5: Ketchikan > Misty Fjords National Monument In Ketchikan, connect with the Tlingit Culture. Tribal leader and local legend Joe Williams, known as Ka Xesh X'e in his native language, guides you on a walking tour. With a rich oral tradition, the Tlingit passed stories from generation to generation - and Joe's storytelling is captivating! Amble through the surrounding forest on a moderate to easy trail or challenge yourself to a hard-charger hike along trails and boardwalks past, cedar, spruce, streams, and waterfalls. Next up, Misty Fjords is the largest Wilderness Area in the Tongass National Forest and a haven for wildlife - grizzly and black bears, salmon, and deer. Calm settles over these parts and all you can hear is nature. Deep glacial fjords filled with seawater. Wetlands, estuaries, dense forests, and sweeping granite cliffs. Paddle through a bay, silty from the outwash of a mountain river.
Day 6: Captains' Choice Just what you need, morning stretches on deck with your guide. Warm those hard-at-play muscles. You know firsthand - conditions in Southeast change one inlet to the next. Your captain is at the helm and your expedition team picks just the right spot. Wherever you head, the adventures are as big as the water is deep! So many hidden pockets in the Tongass National Forest. Give your paddle board skills a glide. Watch for big-eyed harbor seals from a kayak. Bushwhack into the forest of giants. Your guides know the area's history and keep it lively.
Day 7: LeConte Bay > Ideal Cove If it's high tide, a skiff ride brings you up-close to LeConte Glacier's iceberg gardens. Sculpted by the warm summer air, these glacial works of art are a testament to the mastery of Mother Nature. If tides are low, take a boot-sucking walk to check out icebergs resting on the mudflats. Surrounded by national forest, Ideal Cove's boardwalk trails wind through habitat known as "muskegs," boggy meadows of ferns and grasses. Or test your balance paddle boarding in this quiet cove. It's just you and the vast wilderness.
Day 8: Frederick Sound > Chatham Strait Humpbacks beeline it to this region each season to feed on 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. From kayak or skiff, scope the intertidal zones of un-named bays and coves. Eagles fish here too, their white noggins give away their perches. Kayak into a seascape of wild, forested islets, or take the pace down a notch with an easy stroll amidst the tide pools. It's remote, and remarkable.
Day 9: Sitka > Peril Strait Alaska's wild natural history surrounds the historic community of Sitka. It's a quick ride to Fortress of the Bear. Tour this home for orphaned bears and observe their unique personalities. With access to the Tongass National Forest all around you, take the hint and take a hike - your guides know the way into the mountains to a clear lake and along boardwalk trails through a temperate rainforest to a waterfall. Later, set sail into Peril Strait and join your expedition guides who share the tragic tales of how this passage earned its foreboding name.
Day 10: Chichagof Island Remote passages offer more opportunities for you to search for the mighty humpback whale. Keep your binoculars at hand and watch for the misty spout of these gentle giants as they feed in the waters around you. Anchor in a remote Chichagof Island inlet. Backpacks loaded and adventure toys lowered (skiffs, paddle boards, kayaks), it's time to go play. 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. Beachcomb rocky shores. Tiny creatures cling to rocks. Tonight, take a nightcap to the sun deck and watch the sky.
Day 11: Glacier Bay National Park There's a cool factor, and it's not just coming off the face of the glaciers! This 3.3 million-acre park was covered by ice as recently as 1795. Since then, the park's receding glacier activity has made it easier to access those inner reaches. Glacial history, retreats, advances, moraines. They come with expert insight from a park ranger and your onboard naturalists, so bring on the questions. Pigeon guillemots, puffins, common murres, and cormorants colonize and nest at South Marble Island. One good whiff and a few loud barks give away one of its mammalian residents - Steller's sea lions. It's a full day in the bay exploring Muir's legacy - all the way to Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers. Celebrate with a toast to nature's handiwork.
Day 12: Icy Strait Bull whip kelp threads through nearby channels like deep, twisted mangroves. And you know better, but orange and purple starfish and jellyfish make it hard to believe you're not in the tropics. Follow the currents out to where the sea lions flock to remote rock formations. Your captain is on the bridge, the expedition team on deck, and all eyes are on the water and the shore. Everyone is on-watch for the telltale blow of humpbacks. Come closer to the shoreline by skiff, kayak, or on foot. Sometimes the smallest things are the biggest wonders. Take in the evening solitude from the bow, or the hot tub. Or both - why choose just one? Tonight, join your captain for the Farewell Dinner. As a special treat, your expedition team shares a slideshow of your journey.
Day 13: Juneau Disembark after breakfast. Transfer to the Juneau airport.
*Itinerary operates in reverse.
• Small ship cruise onboard either the Safari Endeavour, Safari Explorer, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer or The Legacy. • 12 nights' accommodation • Onboard meals, spirits, wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages • Transfers and baggage handling between airport / vessel on embark/disembark days • Entry fees to parks/preserves • Exclusive activities and shore excursions • Sightseeing and entrance fees • Wellness amenities on board
Pricing (per person) $USD
Departs Seattle to Juneau
10 May onboard The Legacy 2022
Seattle to Juneau
3 May onboard Wilderness Explorer
18 May onboard Wilderness Explorer
Juneau to Seattle 4 Sep onboard Safari Explorer
19 Sep onbaord Wilderness Explorer
29 Aug onboard Wilderness Discoverer
9 May onboard Safari Endeavour
Juneau to Seattle 3 Sep onboard Safari Explorer
18 Sep onboard Wilderness Explorer
24 Sep onboard Safari Endeavour
Seattle to Juneau
10 May onboard The Legacy
Seattle to Juneau
3 May onboard Wilderness Explorer
Booking conditions • Prices are per person double/twin occupancy. Ask us about single or triple cabin prices.
• Please note amenities and inclusions vary by vessel, please contact us for further details.
• Prices are per person double/twin occupancy. Ask us about single or triple cabin prices. • Please note amenities and inclusions vary by vessel, please contact us for further details.
Not included • Port taxes, fees
• Port taxes, fees • Gratuities
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