Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness

Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness

From AUD $9,180


Venture into a land of mist-shrouded fjords, tidewater glaciers, and islands teeming with wildlife. For over 35 years we’ve been sharing the remarkable beauty of Southeast Alaska with adventurous guests, and over those years we’ve found the shallow, fast-moving channels where whales return to feed year after year and the ancestral trails carved in the forest by lumbering bears. Join us to explore these wild places and search for marine life, kayak along the coast, and spend a full day in Glacier Bay National Park with insights from a park ranger and a Tlingit cultural interpreter.

Trip Name
Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness
Vessel Type: Expedition Ship Length: 72 metres Passenger Capacity: 100 guests (in 50 cabins) Built: 2017 Designed with decades of expedition experience in the region, National Geographic Quest more than comfortably accommodates 100 guests in 50 cabins. Her twin expedition craft landing platform allow us to rapidly get on and off the ship to take advantage of wildlife sightings and to ensure we maximize our time off the ship exploring. Created with a shallow draft, Quest draws only nine feet of water allowing her to sail into places where much larger ships cannot go. PUBLIC AREAS: Global gallery; fitness centre; LEXspa; lounge with full service bar and facilities for films and presentations; observation deck; mudroom with lockers for expedition gear, and a partially covered sundeck with chairs and tables. Our ‘open bridge’ provides guests an opportunity to meet our officers and captain and learn about navigation. MEALS: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Breakfast is a wide selection buffet and dinner is served family-style. Menu emphasises local fare. CABINS: All cabins face outside with windows or portholes, private facilities and climate controls. Some cabins have balconies. EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Expedition landing craft, a fleet of 24 kayaks, Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), hydrophone, splashcam, underwater video camera, video microscope, snorkelling gear for all guests (where applicable). SPECIAL FEATURES: Guest internet access, elevator, National Geographic certified photo instructor, a video chronicler and undersea specialist. WELLNESS: The vessel is staffed by a Wellness Specialist and features a gym with an elliptical machine, treadmill, exercycles, handweights and resistance bands. Treatments in the LEXspa are available by appointment.


Day 1 - DAY 1: Juneau, Alaska / Embark Ship
Our Forest Service Special Use Permit forTongass National Forest enables you to hike andkayak in wild and remote areas of SoutheastAlaska.Fly from Seattle to Juneau. Explore the newlyconstructed Alaska State Museum, with itssprawling collection of natural history and culturalartifacts, and explore downtown Juneau. Settleinto your cabin before dinner. Later, explore theport of Juneau on your own. (D)
Day 2 - DAY 2: Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness
Voyage into Tracy or Endicott Arm, bothspectacular fjords, with waterfalls cascading fromglacially carved walls. See the soaring Dawes orSouth Sawyer Glacier up close and take a cruisein a Zodiac for an unbeatable view amongsculpted icebergs. Keep an eye out for harborseals, harbor porpoises and arctic terns. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - DAY 3: Petersburg
Visit the small, true Alaskan fishing town ofPetersburg on Mitkof Island, which still retainsmuch of its Norwegian heritage. Explore a uniqueSoutheast Alaskan ecosystem, the “muskeg,” withstunted trees and carnivorous plants. There is anopportunity to stretch your legs with an optionalbike ride around town. This evening, enjoy a crabfeast. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - DAY 4: Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait
These waters are prime areas for both killerwhales and humpback whales. It's not uncommonto observe their fascinating behavior—breaching,tail-slapping and variations on feeding—as we fillthe deck and listen to the play-by-play from ourexpert naturalists. We'll explore spectacular baysand inlets, following bear trails and salmonstreams. Once ashore, we’ll have the opportunityto walk along a quiet forest trail. The still watersare excellent for kayaking, offering another optionfor up close exploration. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - DAY 5: Icy Strait and the Inian Islands
Explore among the Inian Islands, where anabundance of Steller sea lions and sea ottersreside. We’ll search for marine mammals in thenutrient-rich waters of Icy Strait and choose theperfect spot around Chichagof Island to hikewhere sightings of bald eagles are very common.(B,L,D)
Day 6 - DAY 6: Glacier Bay National Park or Outer Bays
We spend the entire day amidst the coves, fjords,tidewater glaciers and majestic mountains ofGlacier Bay National Park. You’ll see glaciers thatend abruptly at the water’s edge and observethem “calving”—tons of ice crashing into the sea—accompanied by an exhilaratingly thunderoussound. Mountain goats scaling the peaks as wellas harbor seals, Steller sea lions and puffins aresome of the creatures we may observe. A visit toTidal Inlet may bring the sight of brown bearslumbering up the hillside. A native Tlingit interpreter joins us onboard to share the legend ofthe area. (B,L,D)Please note: Departures aboard NationalGeographic Sea Bird visit the outer bays of GlacierBay National Park and do not enter the permittedpart of the Bay. Call for details.
Day 7 - DAY 7: Southeast Alaska’s Islands, Bays and Fjords
Today, nature is our guide as we set forth with theflexibility to take advantage of wildlife and weatherconditions. We may stop at an isolated beach totake a closer look at tide pools, beachcomb, andhike stunning forest trails. Keep an eye out for oldbear tracks worn into the soil as you move fromforest to meadow. Sightings of bald eagles arevery common. If conditions permit, we'll do somekayaking, always watching for marine andterrestrial life. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - DAY 8: Sitka / Disembark Ship
After breakfast we disembark in Sitka,southeastern Alaska’s only oceanfront town. Sitkahas a strong Russian heritage, which is readilyapparent as you visit the onion-domed St.Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church. At the RaptorRehabilitation Center, we have close views ofspecies normally seen at a distance in the wild—bald eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. (B)
Day 9 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

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    • Hike through lush forests and muskegs, kayak into secluded inlets, and cruise by Zodiac among electric blue icebergs and curious wildlife
    • By special permit, spend a full day exploring Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
    • If schedules permit, our conservation partners from the Alaska Whale Foundation will come aboard to meet with us and speak about the local whale population
    • Discover Alaska’s seldom-seen, vibrant marine life revealed by our undersea specialist
    • Hike and kayak in the wild remote areas of Tongass National Forest by special permit