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Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Safari Explorer)

Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Safari Explorer)

From USD $7,295

Description

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.

Trip Name
Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Safari Explorer)
Days
8
Overview
Vessel Type: Small Ship Length: 145 ft Passenger Capacity: 36 Built / refurbished: 1998 / 2008 This high-end SUV of a ship is nimble, strong, and loving. The Safari Explorer has what mariners call “feet” that take her into wild areas other ships can’t visit. Her performance-built rugged construction means access to faraway regions. But it’s what’s on the inside that makes this yacht the prize of the fleet. And with only 36 guests on board, the feel is decidedly exclusive. Lovingly called “the Bulldog,” she’s poised, her interior is a pearl, and the general mood is down-to-earth. Throughout the year, she bops around the islands of Hawaii soaking up the laid-back aloha spirit—weaving through the islands, ready for bow-riding dolphins. A protective spirit infused in every part of the ship, and within the crew. She’s made for adventures after all and with them comes inevitable fun and folly. Onboard Amenities • Full-beam swim step • On-deck hot tub*, fitness equipment • Flat-screen TV/DVD in the salon • DVD and book library • Included bar stocked with premium spirits, wines, and microbrews Cabin Amenities  • TV/DVD player • Heated tile floor in all bathrooms • Tempur-Pedic® mattresses • Hair dryer, bathrobes, conditioning shampoo, and body wash • Binoculars and reusable water bottles

Itinerary



Day 1 - DAY 1 Juneau, Alaska – Embarkation
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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 beach combing. 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 - DAY 8 Sitka, Alaska – Disembarkation
Cruise into Sitka this morning over breakfast. Farewell new friends! Disembark and transfer to the airport or your UnCruise hotel stay or land tour.
Day 9 - Please Note:
Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur to maximize your experience.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
29-05-202105-06-2021USD $7,295Master Stateroom
29-05-202105-06-2021USD $7,995Commander Stateroom
29-05-202105-06-2021USD $9,745Admiral Stateroom
29-05-202105-06-2021USD $10,795Jr Commodore Suite
29-05-202105-06-2021USD $11,295Commodore Suite
29-05-202105-06-2021USD $11,695Single Stateroom
05-06-202112-06-2021USD $11,295Commodore Suite
05-06-202112-06-2021USD $11,695Single Stateroom
05-06-202112-06-2021USD $7,295Master Stateroom
05-06-202112-06-2021USD $7,995Commander Stateroom
05-06-202112-06-2021USD $9,745Admiral Stateroom
05-06-202112-06-2021USD $10,795Jr Commodore Suite
12-06-202119-06-2021USD $7,295Master Stateroom
12-06-202119-06-2021USD $7,995Commander Stateroom
12-06-202119-06-2021USD $9,745Admiral Stateroom
12-06-202119-06-2021USD $10,795Jr Commodore Suite
12-06-202119-06-2021USD $11,295Commodore Suite
12-06-202119-06-2021USD $11,695Single Stateroom
19-06-202126-06-2021USD $7,295Master Stateroom
19-06-202126-06-2021USD $7,995Commander Stateroom
19-06-202126-06-2021USD $9,745Admiral Stateroom
19-06-202126-06-2021USD $10,795Jr Commodore Suite
19-06-202126-06-2021USD $11,295Commodore Suite
19-06-202126-06-2021USD $11,695Single Stateroom
26-06-202103-07-2021USD $7,295Master Stateroom
26-06-202103-07-2021USD $7,995Commander Stateroom
26-06-202103-07-2021USD $9,745Admiral Stateroom
26-06-202103-07-2021USD $10,795Jr Commodore Suite
26-06-202103-07-2021USD $11,295Commodore Suite
26-06-202103-07-2021USD $11,695Single Stateroom
03-07-202110-07-2021USD $7,295Master Stateroom
03-07-202110-07-2021USD $7,995Commander Stateroom
03-07-202110-07-2021USD $9,745Admiral Stateroom
03-07-202110-07-2021USD $10,795Jr Commodore Suite
03-07-202110-07-2021USD $11,295Commodore Suite
03-07-202110-07-2021USD $11,695Single Stateroom
10-07-202117-07-2021USD $7,295Master Stateroom
10-07-202117-07-2021USD $7,995Commander Stateroom
10-07-202117-07-2021USD $9,745Admiral Stateroom
10-07-202117-07-2021USD $10,795Jr Commodore Suite
10-07-202117-07-2021USD $11,295Commodore Suite
10-07-202117-07-2021USD $11,695Single Stateroom
17-07-202124-07-2021USD $7,295Master Stateroom
17-07-202124-07-2021USD $7,995Commander Stateroom
17-07-202124-07-2021USD $9,745Admiral Stateroom
17-07-202124-07-2021USD $10,795Jr Commodore Suite
17-07-202124-07-2021USD $11,295Commodore Suite
17-07-202124-07-2021USD $11,695Single Stateroom
24-07-202131-07-2021USD $7,295Master Stateroom
24-07-202131-07-2021USD $7,995Commander Stateroom
24-07-202131-07-2021USD $9,745Admiral Stateroom
24-07-202131-07-2021USD $10,795Jr Commodore Suite
24-07-202131-07-2021USD $11,295Commodore Suite
24-07-202131-07-2021USD $11,695Single Stateroom
31-07-202107-08-2021USD $7,295Master Stateroom
31-07-202107-08-2021USD $7,995Commander Stateroom
31-07-202107-08-2021USD $9,745Admiral Stateroom
31-07-202107-08-2021USD $10,795Jr Commodore Suite
31-07-202107-08-2021USD $11,295Commodore Suite
31-07-202107-08-2021USD $11,695Single Stateroom
07-08-202114-08-2021USD $7,295Master Stateroom
07-08-202114-08-2021USD $7,995Commander Stateroom
07-08-202114-08-2021USD $9,745Admiral Stateroom
07-08-202114-08-2021USD $10,795Jr Commodore Suite
07-08-202114-08-2021USD $11,295Commodore Suite
07-08-202114-08-2021USD $11,695Single Stateroom
14-08-202121-08-2021USD $7,295Master Stateroom
14-08-202121-08-2021USD $7,995Commander Stateroom
14-08-202121-08-2021USD $9,745Admiral Stateroom
14-08-202121-08-2021USD $10,795Jr Commodore Suite
14-08-202121-08-2021USD $11,295Commodore Suite
14-08-202121-08-2021USD $11,695Single Stateroom
21-08-202128-08-2021USD $7,295Master Stateroom
21-08-202128-08-2021USD $7,995Commander Stateroom
21-08-202128-08-2021USD $9,745Admiral Stateroom
21-08-202128-08-2021USD $10,795Jr Commodore Suite
21-08-202128-08-2021USD $11,295Commodore Suite
21-08-202128-08-2021USD $11,695Single Stateroom
28-08-202104-09-2021USD $7,295Master Stateroom
28-08-202104-09-2021USD $7,995Commander Stateroom
28-08-202104-09-2021USD $9,745Admiral Stateroom
28-08-202104-09-2021USD $10,795Jr Commodore Suite
28-08-202104-09-2021USD $11,295Commodore Suite
28-08-202104-09-2021USD $11,695Single Stateroom

Inclusions

    • 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

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