This is an eight day active Alaska cruise by small ship, beginning in Juneau and ending in Ketchican. Travel down the eastern coves of Alaska's Inside Passage exploring the glacial landscapes and rainforest.
This Alaskan cruise is suited to those who love active wilderness exploration. Sail down the Inside Passage of Alaska on a small expedition ship accompanied by specialist expedition guides. The small size of the boat allows access to the quiet coves and narrow passages inaccessible to the larger ships, often providing front row seats to some great wildlife viewing opportunities. There are a choice of daily guided activities either on foot, by kayak or skiff or if feeling adventurous by paddleboard.
This part of Alaska is home to some of the densest bear (brown and black) populations in North America, while its waters are home to the largest concentrations of humpbacks in the Northern Hemisphere. Orca, sea otters, bald eagles, seals and mountain goats are also often seen.
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Juneau is the state capital in an area known as the Inside Passage. A stunning coastal route made up of narrow channels, fiords, small islands and surrounded by snow topped mountains. It is a wonderful area for seeing bald eagles, sea lions and whales.
You will be staying at Goldbelt Hotel
Juneau embarkationOn arrival you will be met and transferred to the ship for embarkation before setting sail for Tracy Arm Wilderness
This itinerary operates on other boats, dependent on dates
You will be staying at Wilderness Discoverer
Tracy Arm Wilderness and Frederick SoundAt the end of Tracy Arm, a winding fjord with sheer granite walls, hundreds of cascading waterfalls, and some of the largest icebergs in all of Alaska, sits the twin Sawyer Glaciers—Sawyer and South Sawyer. The fjord is home to brown and black bears, deer, wolves, harbor seals, and birds such as arctic terns and pigeon guillemots. Later today, move into Frederick Sound—summer feeding ground for the northern hemisphere’s largest concentration of humpback whales. Keep watch for humpbacks, orca, and Steller sea lions.
Thomas BayChoose kayaking and a lush forest trek on a scenic rainforest trail, or go big on a roundtrip 11-mile hike to the glacially-fed and rarely visited Patterson Lake for spectacular kayaking in the meltwaters of Patterson Glacier. Discover the origin of its “Devil’s Country” nickname during a reading from “The Strangest Story Ever Told,” about the area’s mythical, shape-shifting creatures called Kushtaka.
Glacial landscapes and Wrangell NarrowsStep into the back country of Alaska's wilderness, in an area known for glaciers and rich in gold and quartz. Explore glacial landscapes marked by moraines, muskegs, and mud. Adventure and natural beauty are sure to please whether you choose kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff riding, or hiking today. An abundance of bright red and green navigation lights guide you along “Christmas Tree Lane” as you cruise the winding Wrangell Narrows this evening.
WrangellHome to native culture, wildlife, and wonder—Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska and the only one ever governed by four nations. Before venturing into town, local islanders join you on board for an in-depth presentation on Tlingit and Haida cultures. View recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park and step inside the famed and historically significant Chief Shakes Tribal House.
Behm CanalWildlife abounds in Behm Canal and the surrounding Tongass National Forest—orca, porpoise, seals, sea lions, brown and black bears, mink, marten, eagles, and otters. Paddle along the canal or venture out on an intertidal shore walk or low-elevation trek on the Cleveland Peninsula.
Misty Fjords National MonumentAffectionately called “The Yosemite of the North,” Misty Fjords National Monument represents nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska. Glacial valleys filled with sea water, and sheer 3,000 foot cliffs are a haven for sea birds, brown and black bears, mountain goats, Sitka black-tailed deer, mink, moose, river otters, and other wildlife. Glide through Walker Cove or Rudyerd Bay by kayak or explore by skiff soaking in the splendor of this largely forgotten corner of the world. This evening, join the Captain in a farewell toast and reminisce about your Alaskan journey over a sumptuous dinner.
Ketchikan disembarkationEnjoy a farewell breakfast before disembarking the ship this morning.
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