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Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise (Wilderness Discoverer)

Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise (Wilderness Discoverer)

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Description

Two days in Glacier Bay National Park offer an up close look at glaciers, old-growth forests, and sea life. Take in the history of Haines and diverse birding on South Marble Island.

With over 20 years of exploring Alaska, nobody knows it better. Our captains and crew navigate its waterways and inlets as easily as walking the halls of their own vessel—and are always on the lookout. Spot a bear foraging for salmon on the shore and the captain swings back around so you can get a better look. There’s nowhere better to be than right here.

Trip Name
Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise (Wilderness Discoverer)
Days
8
Overview
Vessel type: Expedition Length: 176 feet Passenger Capacity: 76 guests Built: 1992, renovated 2012 Active adventure is top-of-mind aboard the Wilderness Discoverer. Complementing the wilderness outside, the décor of the main lounge including reclaimed Alaskan yellow cedar on the bar top evokes the feel of a National Park. The casual, welcoming ambiance of the lounge and dining room with an open floor plan between them creates easy camaraderie among guests. Three public decks are easily accessible—the sun deck features both covered and open spaces for viewing no matter the weather, and the bow and observation deck offer unencumbered views. The Wilderness Discoverer comes equipped for adventure with kayaks, paddle boards, skiffs, hiking poles, wet suits and snorkel equipment, and yoga mats. The EZ Dock launch platform makes getting into the water a cinch. A hydrophone transmits below-surface sounds and a bow-mounted underwater camera shows the action. For wellness and relaxation, the vessel offers two hot tubs and fitness equipment. There are four cabin categories aboard the Wilderness Discoverer: Navigator; Trailblazer; Pathfinder; and Explorer. Depending on the cabin, singles, doubles or triples can be accommodated. Common to all cabins are: Air conditioning; flat-screen TV/DVD; iPod docking station, private bath with shower; a view window (no portholes).

Itinerary



Day 1 - DAY 1 Juneau – Embarkation
Arriving in Juneau, you will be transferred from the airport to our hospitality area. Upon boarding, your crew greets youwith champagne and smiles. Set sail for a week of scenic channels and secluded wilderness. (D)
Day 2 - DAY 2 Lynn Canal / Icy Strait
Before you do anything, look out the window. From kelp-lined channels to hemlock and spruce forests, every inch of thisfar northwest corner is worth exploring. And if the tides are right, head out in the skiff with one of the guides for a closerexploration of the rugged shore. Seals and sea lions haul out on rocky outcroppings, resting before they disappear in the waterto search for food. Whatever you do—wilderness trekking, skiffing, or paddling—your expedition team guides the way. (BLD)
Day 3 - DAY 3 Haines
The center of adventure. Tucked beneath snowcapped peaks, Haines has it all. Hiking, biking, rafting, and history. Onething’s for sure—the trails are irresistible. Go easy, or feel the burn—whatever your speed, the views reward in spades.Your expedition team shares the city’s captivating history. A trading outlet for Chilkat Tlingit, they called it “Dtehshuh”—the end of the trail. European explorers, the Klondike gold rush, a U.S. Army outpost—influences still apparent today.What holds your interest? Follow your curiosity on a self-led tour. (BLD)
Day 4 - DAY 4 Glacier Bay National Park
This crown jewel of America’s national parks covers 3.3 million acres (that’s a tad smaller than the state ofConnecticut). Let that sink in. Most visitors see the same sliver of the park as everyone else. Not you. You’re goingthe furthest and exploring parts that 99% of visitors never go to. And you have two days to do it. Get started! TaylorBay sea stacks and rocky shores make for good adventure. Or hike the outwash field of glaciers winding down theFairweather Mountain Range. The cool breeze off the nearby snow and icefields is energizing. If you motor over toDundas Bay, keep your eye out for bears, humpbacks, and if you’re lucky, a wolf sighting. Kayak the bay. Bushwhackinto the forest. Discover Glacier Bay outback. (BLD)
Day 5 - DAY 5 Glacier Bay National Park
Your camera’s memory card needs plenty of room. A National Park ranger comes aboard joining your adventures in GlacierBay. South Marble Island is abuzz with activity. Rare sea birds, black oystercatchers, and orange-beaked tufted puffins can’tbe missed. A colony of raucous sea lions adds to the hubbub. They add a distinct aroma to the air, too. Tucking into silentTidal Inlet—the stomping grounds for bears, wolves, mountain goats, eagles—the backdrop is spectacular. At the end of thewestern-most arm of the bay sits Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers. And possible views of glacial calving. Take it all in ondeck and bid adieu to your ranger. (BLD)
Day 6 - DAY 6 Captain’s Choice
Just what you need, morning stretches on deck with your guide. Warm those hard-at-play muscles. You knowfirsthand—conditions in Southeast change one inlet to the next. Your captain is at the helm and picks just the rightspot. Wherever you head, the adventures are as big as the water is deep! So many hidden pockets in the TongassNational Forest. Give your paddle board skills a glide. Watch for big-eyed harbor seals from a kayak. Bushwhack intothe forest of giants. Your guides know the area’s history and keep it lively. (BLD)
Day 7 - DAY 7 Chatham Strait
Find a perch on the bridge with your captain, or with your guides on the bow, and watch for whales and othercreatures before tucking into Port Frederick or another inlet in the Tongass National Forest. Any spot’s a good one topull over and stretch your legs. Hike, paddle, or skiff your way through this remote corner with bears on the shoreline,seals bobbing on the surface, and welcoming boughs of moss in the trees. It’s all yours to explore. Back on the boat,make a beeline straight for the hot tub. (BLD)
Day 8 - DAY 8 Juneau – Disembarkation
Linger over breakfast this morning cruising into Juneau. Wish your crewandnew friends goodbye. Then it’s off to the airport or begin yourUnCruise hotel stay or land tour. (B)
Day 9 - Please Note:
Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the orderof days may occur to maximize your experience.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
26-06-202203-07-2022Array Array5,495Trailblazer Cabin
26-06-202203-07-2022Array Array0Explorer Cabin
26-06-202203-07-2022Array Array0Pathfinder Cabin
26-06-202203-07-2022Array Array0Single
26-06-202203-07-2022Array Array0Navigator Cabin

Inclusions

    • Two full days in Glacier Bay National Park—active exploration in the outback
    • Tidewater glaciers: Margerie and Grand Pacific
    • Haines—hiking, biking, float trip, and history
    • Explore shores and channels in the Tongass National Forest
    • Bushwhack and hike in old-growth forest and glacial outwash fields
    • Whales and wildlife—bears, sea lions, seals, porpoises, eagles
    • Birding at South Marble Island—puffins, oystercatchers, cormorants, kittiwakes

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