Northern Passages and Glacier Bay
• Juneau • Admiralty Island • Baranof Island • Glacier Bay National Park • Sitka
Skiff, kayak, and paddle board through fjords and inlets as wildlife greets you from land and sea. See the Tongass and Glacier Bay National Park as Alaskans do, by hike and bushwhack. On this UnCruise itinerary 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 n or shine!
Highlights Include: • View Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers • A park ranger joins you on board for a day in Glacier Bay National Park • Whale watching in Icy Strait and Lynn Canal or Chatham Strait • Wildlife searches - bears, sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, and Dall's porpoises • South Marble Island - a bird and sea lion haulout • Beachcomb along intertidal zones • Hike and bushwhack in the Tongass National Forest • Kayak, paddle board, and skiff in glacial fjords
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.
Wilderness Adventurer: Ready for anything, the unassuming 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer is fully equipped and designed for action, plus comfort. She's intent on delivering adventure aboard as well as in the water - including ample room on deck for relaxing or watching for wildlife.
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.
Day 1: Juneau There's nothing like a hearty greeting from your crew and some bon voyage bubbly. With all souls settled in on board, you're underway. From the bow, Southeast Alaska welcomes you with Coast Mountain views.
Day 2: Captain's Choice Lynn Canal or Chatham Strait, your captain makes the call. Either choice, go with the flow. The water is fine. The guides help you gear up, and lead your adventure along the rocky outcroppings. By kayak or paddle board, take in the size of this wilderness. Bald eagles dot the tree tops. Harbor seals bob up and under. Pods of orcas - the largest in the dolphin family - skim along the water's surface.
Day 3: Glacier Bay National Park What a privilege. At 3.3 million acres - this UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve is massive. At Bartlett Cove, a park ranger joins in on your day's exploration and shares the park's history. Orange-beaked puffins, guillemots, marbled murrelets are just a few possible sightings. Keep a tally - the list will grow. Arriving at South Marble Island, you can hear and smell 'em before you see 'em - it's a haulout for sea lions. Perched above around the bend, watch for mountain goats, and lower along shore, foraging bears. Up bay, glacial silt turns the water a milky white. Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers - one holding steady, the other retreating. Lounging harbor seals laze on bits of bergs. And if time allows, tuck up in Tidal Inlet. End this very full day with your feet up for the sail into Icy Strait.
Day 4: Icy Strait Nearly to the Pacific Ocean, Icy Strait is remote and wild. The plan? Whales and marine mammals. Spouts and fin slaps are certain giveaways. More rollicking sea lions and birds. But don't forget to look straight down. Porpoises and dolphins may hitch a ride on the bow wave. And don't worry about missing any wildlife; it's a favorite mission of the crew to point out any creatures they spot. Make a break for it and head for a quiet pocket along the rugged coastline. A different sort of wild than the open strait, muskeg leads to forest bushwhacks. Skiff the shore and down along kelp-threaded channels.
Day 5: Chichagof Island > Peril Strait Kick off the morn with on-deck yoga stretches (your guides love it when you join them). Meander through glacier-carved fjords along the Chichagof coast. Then stop. It's a prime time to lower the kayaks and skiffs. Camera in hand, set off on land and sea explorations. Closer inspection by skiff, moss-dripping trees run right down to the water. Any bears in there? With one of the world's largest populations of bears, it's possible. Go searching for giant trees and tidal pools. Hiking in the Tongass, it won't take long to find them. Your eagle-eyed guides lead the pack - and pull up the rear. Later, wend along a twisting channel known for dramatic currents. Peril Strait runs 50 miles to Salisbury Sound.
Day 6: Sergius Narrows > Neva Strait There's an eerie, enigmatic feeling in these woods. Morning fog catches like cotton balls on trees. The aptly named narrows squeezes to only 300 feet wide in one spot and a shallow 24 feet deep. The shorelines are close and it's good territory for play. Skiff ashore and hike into the backcountry. Otters back float working to crack snacks resting on their bellies. Opening at Hoonah Sound, the squeeze is back on. Wind into Neva Strait. Watch the scenery change in the late fading light - from the hot tub of course.
Day 7: Krestof > Nakwasina Sounds There aren't many straight lines along Baranof Island. Its western side is spattered with remote, uninhabited islands. These features mean endless opportunities for adventure. Secluded coves. Tree-covered islets. Drop anchor, pick your modus operandi, and get going. Kayak, paddle board, or skiff - you're on the level with curious sea lions and possibly whales. Rocky intertidal zones make good beachcombing. Turn a stone or two to see what's underneath. There are no groomed trails here - get out on a guided hike John Muir would approve of. Toast your voyage with a festive Farewell Dinner and a "photo journal" of your trip. A gift to you, from your expedition team.
Day 8: Sitka Cruise into Sitka this morning over breakfast. Farewell new friends! Disembark and transfer to the airport.
• Small ship cruise onboard either the Safari Endeavour, Safari Explorer or Wilderness Adventurer • 7 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
Juneau to Sitka
22 May onboard The Legacy 2022
Juneau to Sitka onboard Safari Endeavour
21 May onboard Safari Endeavour
29 May onboard Safari Explorer
5, 19 Jun onboard The Legacy
12, 26 Jun onboard Safari Explorer
10, 24 Jul onboard Safari Explorer
3, 17, 31 Jul onboard The Legacy
7, 21 Aug onboard Safari Explorer
14 Aug onbaord The Legacy
Sitka to Juneau 29 May onboard The Legacy
5, 19 Jun onboard Safari Explorer
12, 26 Jun onboard The Legacy
3, 17, 31 Jul onboard Safari Explorer
10, 24 Jul onboard The Legacy
14, 28 Aug onboard Safari Explorer
7, 21 Aug onboard The Legacy
28 May onboard Safari Explorer
4, 18 Jun onboard Safari Endeavour
11, 25 Jun onboard Safari Explorer
9, 23 Jul onboard Safari Explorer
2, 16, 30 Jul onboard Safari Endeavour
6, 20 Aug onboard Safari Explorer
13, 27 Aug onboard Safari Endeavour
10 Sep onboard Safari Endeavour
Sitka to Juneau 28 May onboard Safari Endeavour
4, 18 Jun onboard Safari Explorer
11, 25 Jun onboard Safari Endeavour
2, 16, 30 Jul onboard Safari Explorer
9, 23 Jul onboard Safari Endeavour
6, 20 Aug onboard Safari Endeavour
13, 27 Aug onboard Safari Explorer
3, 17 Sep onboard Safari Endeavour
Juneau to Sitka
22 May onboard The Legacy
Juneau to Sitka onboard Safari Endeavour
21 May onboard Safari Endeavour
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• 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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The Un-cruise cruise from Seattle to Alaska was amazing - it was everything we had hoped for and more. The ship and the crew were fantastic. Our cabin was excellent, others on the Cruise said they thought we had the best location on the boat, thank you for booking that cabin for us. We had beautiful weather all the way and even got treated to a spectacular show of the Northern Lights. We saw lots of wildlife whales, orca, seals, bears, dear, porcupines, eagles, lots of different seabirds. We had the most amazing weather for the whole of our time in Alaska, what a trip!
I just wanted to let you know that we were delighted with the trips we took part in with Uncruise in Alaska recently. The land tour into Denali was excellent. Wade was a very experienced and helpful guide. On the whole the time was well planned. We were lucky enough to have 3 days of fine weather and saw the mountain right to the top on those days, which we realise is something that many visitors do not see. We also felt that the UnCruise on the Safari Endeavour was also excellent in all aspects. There was plenty of wet weather gear available, including boots. The staff were very obliging, the meals were delicious and Uncruise's arrangement in having a hospitality room available in Juneau, very close to the pier, during embarkation and disembarkation day was an excellent idea. Thank you for being willing to talk to me before we left New Zealand. I found our conversation was reassuring. We also thought the wire bound booklet from World Journeys, personalised to our journey, as well as the black zipped folder which was a good size to easily hold tickets and important papers were both great. I wasn't aware that any other of our fellow travellers who were provided with anything so good from other companies.
Alan & Barbara