Alaskan Northern Passage
2023 – SEN – May 13 – Sep 23 – SAE – May 27 – Sep 02
2024 – SEN – Apr 27 – Sep 21
EMBARKATION – Juneau, AK
DISEMBARKATION – Sitka, AK
Or Reverse Itinerary
DURATION – 8 days/7 Nights
SHIP – Safari Endeavour (SEN)
Safari Explorer (SAE)
From – $6,000 (Plus Port Charges $375)
Skiff, kayak, and paddle board through fjords and inlets as wildlife greets you from and and sea. See the Tongass National Forest and Glacier Bay National Park as Alaskans do, by hike and “bushwhack”.
- 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 haul-out
- Beachcomb along intertidal zones
- Hike and bushwhack in the Tongass National Forest
- Kayak, paddle board, and skiff in glacial fjords
Please note: Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions.
- Port charges of $375 per person
- 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.
- Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
- Airfare; 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.
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.
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 treetops. Harbor seals bob up and under. Pods of orcas—the largest in the dolphin family—skim along the water’s surface.
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 haul-out 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.
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.
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.
Baranof Island / Peril Strait
Wind along a twisting channel known for dramatic currents. Peril Strait runs 50 miles to Salisbury Sound. 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. (BLD)
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. (BLD)
Sitka, Alaska – Disembarkation
Cruise into Sitka this morning over breakfast. Farewell new friends! Disembark and transfer to the airport, hotel or see more of Alaska with a land tour we can arrange for you.
Polished, unwavering, and upscale, the Safari Endeavour may be the workhorse of the fleet but it’s her zest-for-life persona that’s remembered most. She looks sharp—a nod to the crew who work hard to keep her that way. Wood fixtures and accents shine and artwork highlights the warm and cool waters where she sails. No other UnCruise vessel covers more territory, and like her namesake, Captain Cook’s Endeavour, both the ship and crew are true explorers. Her roomy lounge, dining room, and sun deck are undisputed, but the Safari Endeavour claims to have the biggest heart, too.
Onboard Features: EZ Dock launch platform; kayaks, paddle boards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles; underwater bow-mounted camera; two on-deck hot tubs; fitness equipment and yoga mats; DVD and book library; wine bar
Cabin Features: TV/DVD player; hair dryer, conditioning shampoo, body wash; binoculars; reusable water bottles.
- 84 guests
- 42 cabins
- 35-37 crew members
- 232 feet in length
- 37 feet wide
- Cruising speed of 10 knots
- Registered in United States
- 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
This high-end SUV of a yacht is nimble, strong, and loving. The Safari Explorer has what mariners call “feet” that take her into wild areas big 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 vessel 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 Features: Full-beam swim step; kayaks, paddle boards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles, snorkel gear; on-deck hot tub (not available in Hawaii); fitness equipment and yoga mats; DVD and book library; library
Cabin Features: TV/DVD player; heated tile floor in all bathrooms; hair dryer, bathrobes, conditioning shampoo, body wash; binoculars; reusable water bottles.
- 36 guests (up to 40 w/ triples)
- 18 cabins
- 14-15 crew members
- 145 feet in length
- 36 feet wide
- Cruising speed of 10 knots
- Registered in United States
- 2:1 Guest-to-crew ratio