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Glacier Bay Cruise – National Park and Haines aboard Wilderness Explorer

Glacier Bay Cruise – National Park and Haines aboard Wilderness Explorer

From USD $4,900

Description

Two days in Glacier Bay National Park offer an up-close look at glaciers, old-growth forests, and sea life. Hike remote coastlines and take in diverse birding at South Marble Island.

Trip Name
Glacier Bay Cruise - National Park and Haines aboard Wilderness Explorer
Days
8
Overview
Vessel Type: Expedition Length: 186 feet Passenger Capacity: 76 guests Built: 1976, renovated in 2012 To complement the wild, natural surroundings, the interior of the 74-guest Wilderness Explorer has intentionally been designed with a Pacific Northwest feel including the nautical-themed main lounge. The open-seating format of the dining room and ample space on deck encourage guest-to-guest interaction on this small ship. This expedition vessel has three accessible decks; enjoy over-the-top views from the bow, watch sparkling stars from the upper deck hot tub, and relax in the sun lounge. The Wilderness Explorer is equipped for active adventure and is outfitted with kayaks, paddle boards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles, and yoga mats, a hydrophone for listening below the water, and a bow-mounted underwater camera for viewing in-water action. An EZ Dock launch platform allows for easy access into the water. Onboard wellness amenities include fitness equipment and hot tub. There are three cabin categories aboard the Wilderness Explorer: Trailblazer; Pathfinder; and Explorer. Explorer accommodates single and double accommodations. Common to all cabins are: Flat-screen TV/DVD; iPod docking station; air conditioning; private bath with shower; view windows.

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 you with champagne and smiles. Set sail for a week of scenic channels and secluded wilderness. (D)
Day 2 - DAY 2 Lynn Canal & Saint James Bay
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 picks just the right spot. Lynn Canal or Saint James Bay? Whichever, 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. (BLD)
Day 3 - DAY 3 Haines, Alaska
The center of adventure. Tucked beneath snowcapped peaks, Haines has it all. Hiking, biking, rafting, and history. One thing’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 Chichagof Island
Known for an abundance of brown bears, this area offers the opportunity for hikes, kayaking, skiffing and a special treat of meeting up with a local select cut logger and learning the trade of a backwoods Alaskan making an ecologically safe living off the land. Keep your eyes out for those bears - they frequent the stream bed. (BLD)
Day 5 - DAY 5 Icy Strait / Point Adolphus
Before you do anything, look out the window. From kelp-lined channels to hemlock and spruce forests, every inch of this far northwest corner is worth exploring. And if the tides are right, head out in the skiff with one of the guides for a closer exploration of the rugged shore. Seals and sea lions haul out on rocky outcroppings, resting before they disappear in the water to search for food. Whatever you do—wilderness trekking, skiffing, or paddling—your expedition team guides the way. Point Adolphus is known for Humpback whales…keep a sharp eye out! (BLD)
Day 6 - DAY 6 Glacier Bay National Park Outback (or George Island)
Your Captain will make this decision based on weather. If possible, we will visit either the far outback areas of Glacier Bay or the famed “George Island” with a close-up opportunity for sea otters and a World War II cannon that sits in the wilderness today. However this day turns out, it is going to be very special as we visit the outer section of the Inside Passage. (BLD)
Day 7 - DAY 7 Glacier Bay National Park
Your camera’s memory card needs plenty of room. South Marble Island is abuzz with activity. Rare sea birds, black oystercatchers, and orange-beaked tufted puffins can’t be missed. A colony of raucous sea lions adds to the hubbub. They add a distinct aroma to the air, too. Tucking into silent Tidal Inlet—the stomping grounds for bears, wolves, mountain goats, eagles—the backdrop is spectacular. At the end of the western-most arm of the bay sits Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers. And possible views of glacial calving. Tonight, it’s a festive Farewell Dinner. A “photo journal” of your trip by your expedition team is the cherry on top. (BLD)
Day 8 - DAY 8 Juneau Disembarkation
Linger over breakfast this morning cruising into Juneau. Wish your crew and new friends goodbye. Then it’s off to the airport or begin your UnCruise hotel stay or land tour. (B)
Day 9 - Please Note:
Passport required (non USA citizens). Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur to maximize your experience.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
23-04-202330-04-2023USD $4,900Navigator Cabin
23-04-202330-04-2023USD $5,400Single Navigator Cabin
23-04-202330-04-2023USD $5,400Trailblazer Cabin
23-04-202330-04-2023USD $6,000Pathfinder Cabin
23-04-202330-04-2023USD $6,600Admiral Cabin
14-05-202321-05-2023USD $5,400Navigator Cabin
14-05-202321-05-2023USD $6,000Trailblazer Cabin
14-05-202321-05-2023USD $6,000Single Navigator Cabin
14-05-202321-05-2023USD $6,600Pathfinder Cabin
14-05-202321-05-2023USD $7,300Admiral Cabin
04-06-202311-06-2023USD $5,800Navigator Cabin
04-06-202311-06-2023USD $6,500Trailblazer Cabin
04-06-202311-06-2023USD $7,100Pathfinder Cabin
04-06-202311-06-2023USD $7,900Admiral Cabin
04-06-202311-06-2023USD $8,200Single Navigator Cabin
25-06-202302-07-2023USD $5,800Navigator Cabin
25-06-202302-07-2023USD $6,500Trailblazer Cabin
25-06-202302-07-2023USD $7,100Pathfinder Cabin
25-06-202302-07-2023USD $7,900Admiral Cabin
25-06-202302-07-2023USD $8,200Single Navigator Cabin
16-07-202323-07-2023USD $5,800Navigator Cabin
16-07-202323-07-2023USD $6,500Trailblazer Cabin
16-07-202323-07-2023USD $7,100Pathfinder Cabin
16-07-202323-07-2023USD $7,900Admiral Cabin
16-07-202323-07-2023USD $8,200Single Navigator Cabin
06-08-202313-08-2023USD $5,800Navigator Cabin
06-08-202313-08-2023USD $6,500Trailblazer Cabin
06-08-202313-08-2023USD $7,100Pathfinder Cabin
06-08-202313-08-2023USD $7,900Admiral Cabin
06-08-202313-08-2023USD $8,200Single Navigator Cabin
27-08-202303-09-2023USD $5,800Navigator Cabin
27-08-202303-09-2023USD $6,500Trailblazer Cabin
27-08-202303-09-2023USD $7,100Pathfinder Cabin
27-08-202303-09-2023USD $7,900Admiral Cabin
27-08-202303-09-2023USD $8,200Single Navigator Cabin
17-09-202324-09-2023USD $5,400Navigator Cabin
17-09-202324-09-2023USD $6,000Single Navigator Cabin
17-09-202324-09-2023USD $6,000Trailblazer Cabin
17-09-202324-09-2023USD $6,600Pathfinder Cabin
17-09-202324-09-2023USD $7,300Admiral Cabin

Inclusions

    • Glacier Bay National Park
    • active exploration in the outback
    • Maximum adventure ashore and afloat
    • Tidewater glaciers: Margerie and Grand Pacific
    • Haines
    • hiking, biking, kayaking, local brews/spirits, and history
    • 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, and kittiwakes
    • Corner Bay, brown bear county and hikes. Stories of select logging by Alaskans.

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