Northern Passages & Glacier Bay Cruise

Juneau - Sitka, Alaska (or reverse) 7 Nights - From $2,852

~ Juneau~ Glacier Bay National Park~ Icy Strait~ Chichagof Island~ Peril Strait~ Sitka~

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve and remote wilderness exploration are just some of the highlights on this Northern Passages & Glacier Bay Cruise. Spend days cruising among massive icebergs, trekking into wildlife-rich forest, and exploring glacial moraines. Paddle a kayak, SUP, or ride a skiff along a dramatic fjord. Learn about Tlingit culture and go eye-to-eye with wildlife – whales, bears, sea otters, moose, eagles, and rare seabirds.

Departure Dates

2014

Wilderness Explorer
Low | May 17, 24*, 31
Low Shoulder | May 31, August 23, 30*
High Shoulder | June 7*, August 16*
Peak | June 14, 21*, 28, July 5*, 12, 19*, 26, August 2*, 9

Wilderness Discoverer
Low | May 3, September 13*
High | May 10*, September 6

Wilderness Adventurer
High | June 21, 28*, July 5, 12*

*Indicates Reverse itinerary


Cruise Highlights

  • Three exclusive days in Glacier Bay
  • View stunning glaciers throughout Glacier Bay National Park
  • Park Ranger interpretation and Bartlett Cove Visitor Center
  • South Marble Island sea lion haulout and spectacular birding
  • Icy Strait whales and wildlife in Peril Strait
  • Treks ashore in Glacier Bay National Park and along Chichagof Island’s waterfall coast
  • Explore via a custom-built paddle-and-peddle watercraft
  • Captain’s Choice exploration of remote “not in the guidebook” places
  • Daily insights from your onboard Expedition Leader and guides

Itinerary & Map

NorthernPassages&Glacier Bay

Day 1 Juneau, Alaska – Embarkation
Welcome aboard! Meet the crew, settle in, and relax with your new mates. In no time you’ll be cruising the scenic channels of the Inside Passage.

Days 2-4 Glacier Bay National Park
One of America’s crown jewel national parks is yours to explore and marvel at for three days—Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. A National Park Ranger joins you to explore coves and corners of the bay that most visitors miss. Tidewater glaciers sweep like rivers of ice down massive mountain valleys, terminating before you in the waters of Glacier Bay. Paddle a kayak and be awed at the face of a massive glacier. Go on a boot-sucking trek through sandbars and rainforest. And ride a skiff along shore for an up-close exploration of Glacier Bay. You’ll find sea lions, mountain goats, sea otters, bears, moose, eagles, and spectacular scenic backdrops. Linger near South Marble Island to spot the many species of rare seabirds that call this area home. Keep your eyes on the water and the island for brightly-colored puffins and Black Oystercatchers. Stop in Bartlett Cove for a visit to the Park Service’s Headquarters.

Day 5 Icy Strait
Set your course for arguably the richest whale waters in Southeast Alaska. Join the Captain on the bridge or the Expedition Leader out on deck in search of marine mammals. Camera in hand, begin your land and sea exploration of these remote reaches. Ride the skiffs for a closer inspection of the rugged and wild coastline with eyes set on shore for possible bear sightings.

Day 6 Chichagof Island / Baranof Island
Meander along the spectacular waterfall coast of Chichagof Island. In the spirit of expedition un-cruising, marvel at the grand scenery as our crew expertly guides you through unsung, glacier-carved fjords. Anchor in remote waters for an opportunity to lower the kayaks and skiffs. Explore the shoreline on an intertidal walk or forest exploration with your guides.

Day 7 Peril Strait / Sergius Narrows
Peril Strait runs 50 miles from Chatham Strait to Salisbury Sound. This haven for small ships is scenically highlighted by a very narrow connecting passageway called Sergius Narrows and an opening at Hoonah Sound. This historic and wildlife-rich waterway is a great place to watch the shoreline for bears, the waters for otters and whales, and to look skyward for eagles.

The passage narrows to only 300 feet in one spot (24 feet deep). After an adventurous, but “un-perilous” day, toast your voyage with a festive Farewell Dinner and a “photo journal” of your trip presented by your Expedition Leaders.

Day 8 Sitka – Disembark
Gather for breakfast this morning as you cruise into Russian-influenced Sitka for disembarkation. Transfer  to the airport or begin your Un-Cruise hotel stay or land tour.

Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.


Price Includes

ACTIVE ADVENTURES include – All onboard meals; transfers and baggage handling between airport/boats; entry fees to national parks/preserves; most from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment; yoga, hot tub, sauna.


The Ship

Wilderness Explorer

The newly renovated 76-guest Wilderness Explorer is equipped for action, adventure, and exploration. As with our other “Wilderness” ships, its interior complements the outside and public and private spaces are loaded with amenities. The ship offers a main lounge featuring a Douglas fir bar top, dining room, and ample space on deck for taking in the great outdoors.

Three accessible decks are fully equipped for comfort and action. Guests enjoy over-the-top views from the bow or from under-the-stars in the hot tub (Alaska); on-deck sauna and fitness equipment; and the EZ Dock launch platform makes getting in the water a cinch, even for a novice. Onboard are kayaks; stand-up paddle boards; inflatable skiffs; hiking poles; yoga mats; hydrophone for listening below-surface; and a bow-mounted underwater camera pipes the action to the lounge and to your cabin TV.

The three cabin categories aboard the Wilderness Explorer: Trailblazer; Pathfinder; and Explorer provide single and double accommodation.

Common to all Wilderness Explorer cabins are: Flat-screen TV/DVD; and iPod docking station.

  • 76 guests
  • 38 cabins
  • 26 crew members
  • 186 feet in length
  • 38 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 11 knots
  • Built in 1976; renovated in 2012
  • Registered in United States
  • 3:1 Guest-to-crew ratio