Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer)

Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer)

From USD $3,795

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.

FARES INCLUDE:

Onboard meals;
Onboard spirits, wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages;
Transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days;
Entry fees to parks/preserves;
From-the-vessel activities and equipment;
Wellness amenities: hot tub, fitness equipment, and yoga mats.

Trip Name
Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (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, 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.
Day 9 - Please Note:
Itineraries are guidelines and variations and the order of days will occur to maximize your experience.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
25-04-202002-05-2020USD $3,795Navigator Cabin
25-04-202002-05-2020USD $4,495Trailblazer Cabin
25-04-202002-05-2020USD $4,895Pathfinder Cabin
25-04-202002-05-2020USD $5,995Explorer Cabin
25-04-202002-05-2020USD $6,295Single
02-05-202009-05-2020USD $3,795Navigator Cabin
02-05-202009-05-2020USD $4,495Trailblazer Cabin
02-05-202009-05-2020USD $4,895Pathfinder Cabin
02-05-202009-05-2020USD $5,995Explorer Cabin
02-05-202009-05-2020USD $6,295Single
23-05-202030-05-2020USD $4,395Navigator Cabin
23-05-202030-05-2020USD $5,095Trailblazer Cabin
23-05-202030-05-2020USD $5,595Pathfinder Cabin
23-05-202030-05-2020USD $6,595Explorer Cabin
23-05-202030-05-2020USD $7,295Single
30-05-202006-06-2020USD $4,395Navigator Cabin
30-05-202006-06-2020USD $5,095Trailblazer Cabin
30-05-202006-06-2020USD $5,595Pathfinder Cabin
30-05-202006-06-2020USD $6,595Explorer Cabin
30-05-202006-06-2020USD $7,295Single
20-06-202027-06-2020USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
20-06-202027-06-2020USD $5,895Trailblazer Cabin
20-06-202027-06-2020USD $6,395Pathfinder Cabin
20-06-202027-06-2020USD $7,595Explorer Cabin
20-06-202027-06-2020USD $8,595Single
27-06-202004-07-2020USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
27-06-202004-07-2020USD $5,895Trailblazer Cabin
27-06-202004-07-2020USD $6,395Pathfinder Cabin
27-06-202004-07-2020USD $7,595Explorer Cabin
27-06-202004-07-2020USD $8,595Single
18-07-202025-07-2020USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
18-07-202025-07-2020USD $5,895Trailblazer Cabin
18-07-202025-07-2020USD $6,395Pathfinder Cabin
18-07-202025-07-2020USD $7,595Explorer Cabin
18-07-202025-07-2020USD $8,595Single
25-07-202001-08-2020USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
25-07-202001-08-2020USD $5,895Trailblazer Cabin
25-07-202001-08-2020USD $6,395Pathfinder Cabin
25-07-202001-08-2020USD $7,595Explorer Cabin
25-07-202001-08-2020USD $8,595Single
15-08-202022-08-2020USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
15-08-202022-08-2020USD $5,895Trailblazer Cabin
15-08-202022-08-2020USD $6,395Pathfinder Cabin
15-08-202022-08-2020USD $7,595Explorer Cabin
15-08-202022-08-2020USD $8,595Single
22-08-202029-08-2020USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
22-08-202029-08-2020USD $5,895Trailblazer Cabin
22-08-202029-08-2020USD $6,395Pathfinder Cabin
22-08-202029-08-2020USD $7,595Explorer Cabin
22-08-202029-08-2020USD $8,595Single

Inclusions

    • Glacier Bay National Park—UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • Whale watching in Icy Strait
    • Explorations along Peril Strait and Sergius Narrows
    • Park ranger joins you on board in Glacier Bay National Park
    • Observe a bird colony and sea lion haulout at South Marble Island
    • Hike the forested shores of Chichagof and Baranof Islands
    • Discover the intertidal zones of Krestof and Nakwasina Sounds
    • Kayak, paddle board, and skiff in glacial fjords
    • Captain’s Choice exploration of “not in the guidebook” places

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