Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Adventurer)

Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Adventurer)

From USD $3,195

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
Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Adventurer)
Days
8
Overview
Vessel Type: Expedition Length: 160 feet Pasenger Capacity: 60 guests Built: 1984, renovated in 2011 The Wilderness Adventurer’s interior complements the wild places it sails through and both public and private spaces are amenity-full. The main lounge evokes the feel of a wilderness lodge or neighborhood pub, with a long bar made from reclaimed Alaskan yellow cedar. Three accessible decks are ideal for keeping watch for wildlife and taking in the outdoors. The sun deck features roomy space for lounging and the observation deck offers over-the-top viewing from the bow. The vessel is outfitted with adventure gear including kayaks, paddle boards, skiffs, hiking poles, wet suits and snorkel equipment, and yoga mats. The EZ Dock launch platform on the main deck makes getting into the water a cinch. A hydrophone and a bow-mounted underwater camera share the sounds and sights below the surface. The onboard wellness program includes a hot tub and fitness equipment. There are three cabin categories aboard the Wilderness Adventurer: Navigator; Trailblazer; and Pathfinder. Pathfinder cabins accommodate singles and doubles. Common to all cabins are: Flat-screen TV/DVD; iPod docking station; private bath with shower; a view window (no portholes).

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
11-04-202018-04-2020USD $3,195Navigator Cabin
11-04-202018-04-2020USD $4,095Trailblazer Cabin
11-04-202018-04-2020USD $4,495Pathfinder Cabin
11-04-202018-04-2020USD $4,795Single
18-04-202025-04-2020USD $3,195Navigator Cabin
18-04-202025-04-2020USD $4,095Trailblazer Cabin
18-04-202025-04-2020USD $4,495Pathfinder Cabin
18-04-202025-04-2020USD $4,795Single
25-04-202002-05-2020USD $5,095Pathfinder Cabin
25-04-202002-05-2020USD $5,695Single
25-04-202002-05-2020USD $3,795Navigator Cabin
25-04-202002-05-2020USD $4,695Trailblazer Cabin
02-05-202009-05-2020USD $3,795Navigator Cabin
02-05-202009-05-2020USD $4,695Trailblazer Cabin
02-05-202009-05-2020USD $5,095Pathfinder Cabin
02-05-202009-05-2020USD $5,695Single
09-05-202016-05-2020USD $3,795Navigator Cabin
09-05-202016-05-2020USD $4,695Trailblazer Cabin
09-05-202016-05-2020USD $5,095Pathfinder Cabin
09-05-202016-05-2020USD $5,695Single
16-05-202023-05-2020USD $4,395Navigator Cabin
16-05-202023-05-2020USD $5,195Trailblazer Cabin
16-05-202023-05-2020USD $5,695Pathfinder Cabin
16-05-202023-05-2020USD $6,595Single
23-05-202030-05-2020USD $4,395Navigator Cabin
23-05-202030-05-2020USD $5,195Trailblazer Cabin
23-05-202030-05-2020USD $5,695Pathfinder Cabin
23-05-202030-05-2020USD $6,595Single
30-05-202006-06-2020USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
30-05-202006-06-2020USD $5,995Trailblazer Cabin
30-05-202006-06-2020USD $6,495Pathfinder Cabin
30-05-202006-06-2020USD $7,795Single
06-06-202013-06-2020USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
06-06-202013-06-2020USD $5,995Trailblazer Cabin
06-06-202013-06-2020USD $6,495Pathfinder Cabin
06-06-202013-06-2020USD $7,795Single
13-06-202020-06-2020USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
13-06-202020-06-2020USD $5,995Trailblazer Cabin
13-06-202020-06-2020USD $6,495Pathfinder Cabin
13-06-202020-06-2020USD $7,795Single
20-06-202027-06-2020USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
20-06-202027-06-2020USD $5,995Trailblazer Cabin
20-06-202027-06-2020USD $6,495Pathfinder Cabin
20-06-202027-06-2020USD $7,795Single
27-06-202004-07-2020USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
27-06-202004-07-2020USD $5,995Trailblazer Cabin
27-06-202004-07-2020USD $6,495Pathfinder Cabin
27-06-202004-07-2020USD $7,795Single
04-07-202011-07-2020USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
04-07-202011-07-2020USD $5,995Trailblazer Cabin
04-07-202011-07-2020USD $6,495Pathfinder Cabin
04-07-202011-07-2020USD $7,795Single
11-07-202018-07-2020USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
11-07-202018-07-2020USD $5,995Trailblazer Cabin
11-07-202018-07-2020USD $6,495Pathfinder Cabin
11-07-202018-07-2020USD $7,795Single
18-07-202025-07-2020USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
18-07-202025-07-2020USD $5,995Trailblazer Cabin
18-07-202025-07-2020USD $6,495Pathfinder Cabin
18-07-202025-07-2020USD $7,795Single
25-07-202001-08-2020USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
25-07-202001-08-2020USD $5,995Trailblazer Cabin
25-07-202001-08-2020USD $6,495Pathfinder Cabin
25-07-202001-08-2020USD $7,795Single
01-08-202008-08-2020USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
01-08-202008-08-2020USD $5,995Trailblazer Cabin
01-08-202008-08-2020USD $6,495Pathfinder Cabin
01-08-202008-08-2020USD $7,795Single
08-08-202015-08-2020USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
08-08-202015-08-2020USD $5,995Trailblazer Cabin
08-08-202015-08-2020USD $6,495Pathfinder Cabin
08-08-202015-08-2020USD $7,795Single
15-08-202022-08-2020USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
15-08-202022-08-2020USD $5,995Trailblazer Cabin
15-08-202022-08-2020USD $6,495Pathfinder Cabin
15-08-202022-08-2020USD $7,795Single
22-08-202029-08-2020USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
22-08-202029-08-2020USD $5,995Trailblazer Cabin
22-08-202029-08-2020USD $6,495Pathfinder Cabin
22-08-202029-08-2020USD $7,795Single
29-08-202005-09-2020USD $4,395Navigator Cabin
29-08-202005-09-2020USD $5,195Trailblazer Cabin
29-08-202005-09-2020USD $5,695Pathfinder Cabin
29-08-202005-09-2020USD $6,595Single
05-09-202012-09-2020USD $4,395Navigator Cabin
05-09-202012-09-2020USD $5,195Trailblazer Cabin
05-09-202012-09-2020USD $5,695Pathfinder Cabin
05-09-202012-09-2020USD $6,595Single
12-09-202019-09-2020USD $4,395Navigator Cabin
12-09-202019-09-2020USD $5,195Trailblazer Cabin
12-09-202019-09-2020USD $5,695Pathfinder Cabin
12-09-202019-09-2020USD $6,595Single
19-09-202026-09-2020USD $3,795Navigator Cabin
19-09-202026-09-2020USD $4,695Trailblazer Cabin
19-09-202026-09-2020USD $5,095Pathfinder Cabin
19-09-202026-09-2020USD $5,695Single

Inclusions

    • View Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers
    • Park ranger joins you on board 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, Dall’s porpoises
    • Birds and wildlife at South Marble Island—birding and sea lion haulout
    • Beachcomb intertidal zones, hike, and bushwhack in the Tongass National Forest
    • Kayak, paddle board, and skiff in glacial fjords

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