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Alaska Yacht—Bears, Bergs, & Bushwacking

Alaska Yacht—Bears, Bergs, & Bushwacking

From USD $7,595

Description

Cloud failure or liquid sunshine, our Alaska small ship adventure cruises are perfect for exploration—paddling, hiking, hot tub under the stars, “polar bear plunges,” even playing in the mud with your expert expedition team. Glacier Bay National Park; Native totems; breaching whales; soaring eagles; rainforests; northern lights. Do as much or as little as you like on an unforgettable journey.

Trip Name
Alaska Yacht—Bears, Bergs, & Bushwacking
Days
8
Overview
Vessel Type: Expedition Length: 36 m Passenger Capacity: 22 Built / refurbished: 1992 / 2006 Unwind into adventure aboard our 22-guest boutique yacht. Four decks offer invigorating spaces to get away from it all and take in up-close views of surrounding wilderness. Recap the day's activities, relax, or watch a movie on the wide screen TV in the comfortable and sophisticated salon. The yacht also features a fully stocked bar and a library with large view windows for reading or discussing marine life with fellow guests. Ready for adventure, the Safari Quest is equipped with kayaks, paddle boards, skiffs, and hiking poles, includes a full-beam swim step for easy access to water activities, and hydrophones for listening to below-surface sounds. The onboard wellness program includes a hot tub and fitness equipment in the sun lounge. There are four cabin categories aboard the Safari Quest: Single; Mariner; Commander; and Captains. Captains are suited for single and double accommodation. Common to all cabins are: Heated tile floors in bathroom; air conditioning; private bath with shower; Tempur-Pedic® memory foam mattresses; flat-screen TV/DVD; iPod docking station.

Itinerary



Day 1 - DAY 1 Petersburg
Velkomen! Petersburg, nicknamed “Little Norway”, has its fair share of charm. Check in. Drop your bags. Then head into town. This hardworking fishing harbor bustles with action—trollers, seiners, longliners, crabbers. Beachwalk and bird watch. The views are pretty good too with the Coast Mountains and Devil’s Thumb looming from across the bay. Rest easy tonight, you have a big adventure tomorrow. Overnight at Tides Inn (or similar).
Day 2 - DAY 2 Petersburg - Embarkation
Flightseeing to a glacial icefield, fishing charter, or easy-going dock walk? You made your choice, but you might not have to live with it. You are in Alaska after all. And weather can factor in on your mode of transportation for these activities. Whatever the day brings, enjoy it! Make the scene with the locals, you’re on your own for lunch. Late afternoon, you’ll get a warm welcome aboard the Safari Quest. Settle in with champagne for an evening sail into whale-loving Frederick Sound.*
Day 3 - DAY 3 Kake / Keku Islands
At the northwest end of Kupreanof Island, dancing, legends, and totems tell the Tlingit story. Tribal members share Kake’s history—settle in, it goes back thousands of years. Ambling along, black bears. Eyes peeled on the woods and the shore. And look up now and again for bald eagles. Across the water, the Keku Islands dot Keku Strait. Slide into a kayak or skiff and glide along the fingerling islets and passageways. Make for shore on a tidal zone stroll turning up sea life clinging to rocks. Back on board, you’re greeted with a Viking handshake and a belly-warming cocktail.
Day 4 - DAY 4 Tebenkof Bay Wilderness Area
Into the wild you go, on the western shore of Kuiu Island. Just shy of 67,000 acres of islands, islets, and forest sits in the Tebenkof Bay Wilderness Area. And a little farther north, the Bay of Pillars. Either primed for exploration. Rubber boots at the ready—muskeg, woods, and tide pools set the stage for guided hikes. Kayaks and skiffs bring on the search for seaweed, kelp, harbor seals, sea stars, and jellies. Or try your hand at paddle boarding. Balance not quite so steady? The crew has a dry towel and hot toddy ready if you take a “polar plunge” by choice or by accident.
Day 5 - DAY 5 South Baranof Wilderness Area
2,500-foot high granite fjord walls. Rushing waterfalls. Snowfields and glaciers blanket the high country of South Baranof, giving way to coastal forest of hemlock and spruce. It’s wilderness with a capital W! Your captain knows these waters like the back of her hand. Skiff and paddle among little-known inlets with your guides, and likely seals, otters, and sea lions, too. There’s brown in this green landscape—Baranof is a hot spot for bears. Take a scrambling bushwhack in search of lupine, big views, and massive rainforest. Underway again, pop up to the bridge to look over charts with your captain and mates.
Day 6 - DAY 6 Chatham Strait / Frederick Sound
At the whim of the whales. Humpbacks migrate in droves to Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait. The krill and plankton here are just to their liking. Grab your binoculars and rally with your shipmates on the bow. It’s a sight to see when lots of whales appear far and near, their spouts look like picket fences. Look for the tell-tale bubbles and blows. And have your camera point-and-shoot ready. Drop the kayaks and skiffs and along with your guide, take your search to tucked-away nooks. It’s also a favorite spot of orcas and Dall’s porpoises—and likely one of yours too.
Day 7 - DAY 7 Admiralty Island National Monument
It’s a bear o’rama. Tlingit call the island Kootznoowoo, meaning “Fortress of the Bear.” Inspiration for the name is clear—the highest concentration of brown bears in the world, more bears than the lower U.S. states combined. It also claims the world’s greatest congregation of bald eagles. But back to the bears. Wake in the heart of this wilderness, near Windfall Harbor. Pull on your gummies (boots) then hop aboard the skiff for a wet landing and a hike to a bear sanctuary. A local guide meets you on the beach for an orientation, then leads the way to the bear viewing area. Take it all in—these are powerful beings. Lower your pulse with a quiet kayak or write postcards on the sun deck later in the day.
Day 8 - DAY 8 Stikine-LeConte Wilderness Area
Alaska wilderness delivers! Flowing a little slower than your typical river, you find a river of ice and the southern-most tidewater glacier—LeConte. It’s a grand finale of a day. Tides and currents decide your LeConte Bay adventures. Drop anchor in Ideal Cove and hike along the Three Lakes trail. High tide? Pass bergy-riding seal pups as you motor through the glacier’s ice gardens. Low tide? Walk among icebergs caught in the glacial outwash field. Cap off your week with a celebratory Farewell Dinner and slideshow.
Day 9 - DAY 9 Petersburg – Disembarkation
Truth, all good things must end. After one last breakfast with new friends, transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Day 10 - Please Note:
Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur to maximize your experience.*Petersburg activities on Day 2/Friday of itinerary are subject to change due to weather/conditions. While UnCruise will do its best to keep groups together on flightseeing or fishing charter departures, due to weight limits and other requirements, groups may be split up and should not expect to fly/fish together. Choose from restaurants in town—Friday lunch is on your own.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
27-06-201905-07-2019USD $7,995Mariner Stateroom
27-06-201905-07-2019USD $9,395Single Stateroom
27-06-201905-07-2019USD $9,795Commander Stateroom
27-06-201905-07-2019USD $10,895Captain Stateroom
04-07-201912-07-2019USD $7,995Mariner Stateroom
04-07-201912-07-2019USD $9,395Single Stateroom
04-07-201912-07-2019USD $9,795Commander Stateroom
04-07-201912-07-2019USD $10,895Captain Stateroom
11-07-201919-07-2019USD $9,795Commander Stateroom
11-07-201919-07-2019USD $10,895Captain Stateroom
11-07-201919-07-2019USD $7,995Mariner Stateroom
11-07-201919-07-2019USD $9,395Single Stateroom
18-07-201926-07-2019USD $7,995Mariner Stateroom
18-07-201926-07-2019USD $9,395Single Stateroom
18-07-201926-07-2019USD $9,795Commander Stateroom
18-07-201926-07-2019USD $10,895Captain Stateroom
25-07-201902-08-2019USD $7,995Mariner Stateroom
25-07-201902-08-2019USD $9,395Single Stateroom
25-07-201902-08-2019USD $9,795Commander Stateroom
25-07-201902-08-2019USD $10,895Captain Stateroom
01-08-201909-08-2019USD $7,995Mariner Stateroom
01-08-201909-08-2019USD $9,395Single Stateroom
01-08-201909-08-2019USD $9,795Commander Stateroom
01-08-201909-08-2019USD $10,895Captain Stateroom
08-08-201916-08-2019USD $7,995Mariner Stateroom
08-08-201916-08-2019USD $9,395Single Stateroom
08-08-201916-08-2019USD $9,795Commander Stateroom
08-08-201916-08-2019USD $10,895Captain Stateroom
15-08-201923-08-2019USD $7,995Mariner Stateroom
15-08-201923-08-2019USD $9,395Single Stateroom
15-08-201923-08-2019USD $9,795Commander Stateroom
15-08-201923-08-2019USD $10,895Captain Stateroom
22-08-201930-08-2019USD $7,595Mariner Stateroom
22-08-201930-08-2019USD $8,895Single Stateroom
22-08-201930-08-2019USD $9,295Commander Stateroom
22-08-201930-08-2019USD $10,295Captain Stateroom
29-08-201906-09-2019USD $7,595Mariner Stateroom
29-08-201906-09-2019USD $8,895Single Stateroom
29-08-201906-09-2019USD $9,295Commander Stateroom
29-08-201906-09-2019USD $10,295Captain Stateroom
24-05-202031-05-2020USD $8,395Mariner Stateroom
24-05-202031-05-2020USD $9,795Single Stateroom
24-05-202031-05-2020USD $10,195Commander Stateroom
24-05-202031-05-2020USD $11,395Captain Stateroom
31-05-202007-06-2020USD $8,395Mariner Stateroom
31-05-202007-06-2020USD $9,795Single Stateroom
31-05-202007-06-2020USD $10,195Commander Stateroom
31-05-202007-06-2020USD $11,395Captain Stateroom
07-06-202014-06-2020USD $8,395Mariner Stateroom
07-06-202014-06-2020USD $9,795Single Stateroom
07-06-202014-06-2020USD $10,195Commander Stateroom
07-06-202014-06-2020USD $11,395Captain Stateroom
14-06-202021-06-2020USD $8,395Mariner Stateroom
14-06-202021-06-2020USD $9,795Single Stateroom
14-06-202021-06-2020USD $10,195Commander Stateroom
14-06-202021-06-2020USD $11,395Captain Stateroom
21-06-202028-06-2020USD $8,395Mariner Stateroom
21-06-202028-06-2020USD $9,795Single Stateroom
21-06-202028-06-2020USD $10,195Commander Stateroom
21-06-202028-06-2020USD $11,395Captain Stateroom
28-06-202005-07-2020USD $8,395Mariner Stateroom
28-06-202005-07-2020USD $9,795Single Stateroom
28-06-202005-07-2020USD $10,195Commander Stateroom
28-06-202005-07-2020USD $11,395Captain Stateroom
05-07-202012-07-2020USD $8,395Mariner Stateroom
05-07-202012-07-2020USD $9,795Single Stateroom
05-07-202012-07-2020USD $10,195Commander Stateroom
05-07-202012-07-2020USD $11,395Captain Stateroom
12-07-202019-07-2020USD $8,395Mariner Stateroom
12-07-202019-07-2020USD $9,795Single Stateroom
12-07-202019-07-2020USD $10,195Commander Stateroom
12-07-202019-07-2020USD $11,395Captain Stateroom
19-07-202026-07-2020USD $8,395Mariner Stateroom
19-07-202026-07-2020USD $9,795Single Stateroom
19-07-202026-07-2020USD $10,195Commander Stateroom
19-07-202026-07-2020USD $11,395Captain Stateroom
26-07-202002-08-2020USD $8,395Mariner Stateroom
26-07-202002-08-2020USD $9,795Single Stateroom
26-07-202002-08-2020USD $10,195Commander Stateroom
26-07-202002-08-2020USD $11,395Captain Stateroom
02-08-202009-08-2020USD $8,395Mariner Stateroom
02-08-202009-08-2020USD $9,795Single Stateroom
02-08-202009-08-2020USD $10,195Commander Stateroom
02-08-202009-08-2020USD $11,395Captain Stateroom
09-08-202016-08-2020USD $8,395Mariner Stateroom
09-08-202016-08-2020USD $9,795Single Stateroom
09-08-202016-08-2020USD $10,195Commander Stateroom
09-08-202016-08-2020USD $11,395Captain Stateroom
16-08-202023-08-2020USD $8,395Mariner Stateroom
16-08-202023-08-2020USD $9,795Single Stateroom
16-08-202023-08-2020USD $10,195Commander Stateroom
16-08-202023-08-2020USD $11,395Captain Stateroom
23-08-202030-08-2020USD $8,395Mariner Stateroom
23-08-202030-08-2020USD $9,795Single Stateroom
23-08-202030-08-2020USD $10,195Commander Stateroom
23-08-202030-08-2020USD $11,395Captain Stateroom
30-08-202006-09-2020USD $8,395Mariner Stateroom
30-08-202006-09-2020USD $9,795Single Stateroom
30-08-202006-09-2020USD $10,195Commander Stateroom
30-08-202006-09-2020USD $11,395Captain Stateroom

Inclusions

    • Four designated Wilderness Areas or National Monuments
    • One-night pre-cruise hotel stay and excursion
    • LeConte Glacier—ice gardens or glacial icefield
    • Tlingit culture and private tour of Kake native village
    • Admiralty Island bear tour—hike and bear viewing with local guide
    • Whale watching in Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait
    • Wildlife and birding by kayak, paddle board, and skiff
    • Back country wilderness exploration

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