The places you visit play a starring role throughout every journey. While this list isn’t exhaustive of every nook-and-cranny you’ll explore along the way, we’ve included descriptions of key ports and places to help you get to know the wilderness areas, landmark locations, notable regions, and coastal towns relevant to this itinerary.
A sharp crack sounded – then, as if Mother Nature had timed it so on purpose, a section of glacier sheared off from its face. Cheers from on board echoed the thunder of ice tumbling into the water. This was the most astounding geology “lesson” anyone in our group had ever experienced — and in the most enthralling classroom we ever set foot in — Glacier Bay.
- Adventure cruise
- Glacier Bay National Park—UNESCO World Heritage Site
- View glaciers—Dawes and Grand Pacific, Margerie or Johns Hopkins
- Park ranger joins you on board in Glacier Bay
- Whale watching in Icy Strait
- Forest hike at Glacier Bay National Park headquarters in Bartlett Cove
- Unmatched birding and wildlife viewing
- Kayak, paddle board, and skiff exploration in Port Houghton and Chatham Strait
- Intertidal shore walks and hikes at Port Houghton and Thomas Bay
- Port Charges of $375
- All onboard meals;
- Premium spirits, wine, microbrews;
- Non-alcoholic beverages;
- Exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days;
- Entry fees to national parks/preserves;
- All from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment;
- Wellness program:
- Hot tub, fitness equipment, yoga mats.
- Port charges of $375 per person.
- Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
- Luggage, trip cancellation and Emergency Evacuation Insurance;
- Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges;
- Staff gratuities;
- fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings;
- Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses.
In Juneau, captain and crew welcome you aboard. Set sail, bound for Icy Strait!
Arrive a day early for peace of mind and to avoid any flight issues. We can also arrange pre-cruise tours to other parts of Alaska.
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 today’s adventures promise to be as big as the water is deep! Seals and sea lions haul out on rocky outcroppings, resting before they disappear in the water to search for food. If the tides are right, head out in the skiff with one of the guides for a closer exploration of the rugged shore, or perhaps, make it all the way to George Island. Whatever you do—wilderness trekking, skiffing, or paddling—your expedition team guides the way.
Glacier Bay National Park
You’re in for a real treat. A National Park ranger comes aboard to share expert insight. Have your binoculars handy—South Marble Island is a birder’s slice of heaven. Puffins scoot through the water. Guillemots and gulls chatter up the airwaves. The snoozing sea lions don’t seem to mind. More thrills and chills await as you cruise to the far end of John Hopkins Inlet or Tarr Inlet where glaciers calve into the water. Backed by knife-edged peaks, bears forage along the shoreline of Tidal Inlet. Mountain goats too. Back at Bartlett Cove, if time and daylight allow, take a forest hike around the park’s HQ, and say farewell to your ranger.
Stretching 150 miles into the Tongass National Forest, Chatham Strait offers adventure aplenty. Rest assured your captain navigates to the best. Anchor in a remote Chichagof Island inlet. Backpacks loaded and adventure toys lowered (skiffs, paddle boards, kayaks), it’s time to go play. Energy flows as you hike up through moss-covered trees and rain-fed waterfalls. Stick to the water in a kayak excursion, and don’t forget to look above and below the surface. A nosy seal could be watching your every stroke. Beachcomb rocky shores. Tiny creatures cling to rocks. Tonight, take a nightcap to the sun deck and watch the sky.
The jagged arms and fingers of Kuiu Island stretch from 25 to just six miles wide. Salmon streams dot the coastline—and where there’s salmon, there are bears. Despite its slim size, Kuiu Island is home to many black bears, who, like you, love the solitude and open skies in the heart of the Tongass National Forest. From kayak or skiff, scope the intertidal zones of Skanax Bay for these guys. Eagles fish here too, their white noggins give away their perches. Kayak along the Keku Islands or take the pace down a notch with an easy stroll amidst the tide pools. It’s remote, and remarkable.
Humpbacks beeline it here each season to feed on krill, zooplankton, and herring. Watch for whales feasting in these abundant glacial waters. Hang out and enjoy the show. Cruise past Five Fingers Lighthouse, Alaska’s oldest light station, and The Brothers Islands, where sea lions nap on rocky nobs. Tonight, toast to a whale of a day in Alaska.
Endicott Arm / Dawes Glacier
Skiffing up Endicott Arm, harbor seals laze around on icebergs. If the tides are right, slip into Fords Terror, the steep walls of this narrow opening streaked with waterfalls. Back in the Arm, gasp at the deep glacier-carved valleys. It’s at the end where you meet the piece de resistance: Dawes Glacier. Blue ice marches down from the Coast Mountains. With a sharp crack, the white thunder of a calving slice makes a mega-splash. Tonight, celebrate with a festive Farewell Dinner and “photo journal” from your expedition team.
Enjoy one last breakfast before transferring to the Juneau airport or your extended stay.
We can arrange itineraries throughout Alaska for you.
Like your favorite, hippie-cool aunt, she’s sage, soulful, and game for every adventure—and likely the one leading the charge. The unassuming Wilderness Adventurer has style and all the amenities needed to get the job done. It’s just as comfortable moseying into the lounge for a pint as it is leaping from the fantail for a “polar plunge” or sketching a landscape from the sundeck. Yep. She lives up to her name. The mantra on board could be: work hard, play hard, relax, repeat. The ship’s easy-going, fun-making energy inspires fierce loyalty from her crew and guests alike.
Onboard Features: EZ Dock kayak launch platform; bow-mounted underwater camera; kayaks, paddle boards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles; on-deck hot tub; fitness equipment and yoga mats; DVD and book library
Cabin Features: TV/DVD player; hair dryer, conditioning shampoo, body wash; binoculars; reusable water bottles
- 60 guests
- 30 cabins
- 25 crew members
- 160 feet in length
- 39 feet wide
- Cruising speed of 9.5 knots
- Registered in United States
- 3:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Agile, spry, and with clean design lines, the Safari Quest—carrying just 22 guests—can cut into the tiniest nooks that even our other small vessels can’t reach. This includes coveted wilderness areas with highly limited access of no more than two groups of twelve guests per day. For those most special adventures, she is the ticket in. While small is her secret for access, on the inside this yacht is anything but. Spacious and comfy cabins. A cozy and welcoming lounge and dining room. And plenty of onboard niches for nestling and relaxing. On a boat this size, camaraderie is near-instant—feel the love.
Onboard Features: Full-beam swim step; underwater bow-mounted camera; kayaks, paddle boards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles; on-deck hot tub; fitness equipment; DVD and book library
Cabin Features: TV/DVD player; heated tile floor in all bathrooms; hair dryer, bathrobes, conditioning shampoo, body wash; binoculars; reusable water bottles
- 22 guests
- 11 cabins
- 10 crew members
- 120 feet in length
- 29 feet wide
- Cruising speed of 10 knots
- Registered in United States
- 2:1 Guest-to-crew ratio