Famed Passages of Discovery
- 2-days of in-depth exploring of Glacier Bay National Park with a Park Ranger
- Kayaking and small-boat wilderness exploration
- Complimentary massage, yoga classes, hot tub & sauna*
At a glance
Duration: 13 Days/12 Nights
Coverage: Seattle to Juneau; Reverse
Activities: Hiking, Kayaking, Photography
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Experience the full length of the West Coast of North America’s Inside Passage without the open ocean, but with shores ever-so-tight to the sides of your yacht for most of the 900 nautical miles between Seattle and Juneau. Embrace exhilarating closeness to snow-capped mountains, wildlife and birds far too numerous to keep count, waterfalls, tree-lined narrow passageways and surprises at just about every “gunkholing” turn.
Choose May or September — either is an excellent time for cruising along British Columbia's coast and Alaska's Inside Passage. At these times of the year the foliage is vivid, there are fewer boats and people, and bears and other animals are likely foraging along the shoreline. The value is extraordinary and the daily encounters with nature are astounding!
If I could pick a high point it was visiting the western arm of Glacier Bay National Park. At every moment there was some type of wildlife in view of our boat.
- Day 1 — Juneau, Alaska — Embarkation
Welcome aboard! Meet your crew and get acquainted as we set sail for the Tracy Arm Wilderness.
- Day 2 — Tracy Arm Wilderness / Frederick Sound
At the end of Tracy Arm, a winding fjord with sheer granite walls and large floating icebergs, sits the twin Sawyer Glaciers. Explore Frederick Sound—summer feeding ground for humpback whales. Keep watch for humpbacks, orca, and Steller sea lions.
- Days 3 - Thomas Bay
Choose kayaking and a forest trek on a scenic backcountry trail. Discover the origin of its "Devil's Country" nickname and hear legends about the area’s mythical shape-shifting creatures called Kushtaka.
- Days 4 - Glacial Landscapes / Wrangell Narrows
In an area known for glaciers and rich in gold and quartz, natural beauty is today's setting for kayaking, paddle boarding, skiffing, or trekking. Bright red and green navigation lights guide you along “Christmas Tree Lane” as you cruise the winding Wrangell Narrows.
- Day 5 — Wrangell
Home to native culture, wildlife, and wonder—Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska. Brush up on your Tlingit culture and view recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park. Wander past the fishing marina to the famed and historically significant Chief Shakes Tribal House. Touch Wrangell's storied past at the artifact-filled museum.
- Day 6 — Behm Canal
Wildlife 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 pristine waterways or venture out on an intertidal shore walk.
- Day 7 — Misty Fjords National Monument
Home to nearly every ecosystem in Southeast Alaska—stunning glacial valleys filled with seawater, untouched wetlands and estuaries, and 3,000-foot vertical cliffs that are a haven for wildlife. Soak in the splendor of this largely unknown corner of the world with an up-close look at this majestic, 2.3 million-acre wilderness.
- Day 8 — Ketchikan
Alaska’s southernmost city and “salmon capital of the world” also claims fame to having the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles. Explore Tlingit culture and the notorious Creek Street, once a red-light district in downtown Ketchikan.
- Day 9-11 — Canada’s Inside Passage
Take in the pure, wilderness air and see how many bald eagles you can spot from the deck. Intricate waterways and fjords alongside temperate rainforests and mountains are ideal for sightings of orca and other wildlife as you sail through Canada's Inside Passage.
Native influences have shaped these sparsely-populated islands and communities. Enjoy onboard presentations and narration by your Expedition Leaders who will unlock the natural history of the area.
Pass the ghost town of Butedale, on British Columbia's Princess Royal Island, before passing Prince Rupert, BC and crossing the US/Canadian border into Washington State.
- Day 12 — San Juan Islands, Washington
Cruise into US waters and weave through Washington State's serene San Juan Islands—an archipelago of islands first charted by the Spanish in 1791. Exploring its bays, inlets, and beaches, you'll gunkhole close to shore by skiff or kayak and on land by foot.
- Day 13 — Friday Harbor
In quaint Friday Harbor, discover its maritime history, art galleries, and a fascinating Whale Museum. Keep watch while on board today for the resident orca pods.
- Day 14 — Salish Sea
Explore the intricate coastal waterways. Shaped and molded by the last ice age, forested islands dot the seascape of this yachter's paradise.
- Day 15 — Seattle — Disembark
Transit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks into Fishermen's Terminal and disembark after breakfast. Transfer directly to the Seattle airport or begin your add-on overnight stay.
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.
Dates & Rates
|Dates||Ship||Navigator||Trailblazer||Pathfinder||Explorer||Mariner||Master||Commander||Captain||Admiral||Commodore Suite||Single||Ship Charter|
|Apr 17, 2017||Wilderness Adventurer||$3,495||$4,995||$5,595||$274,495|
|May 2, 2017||Safari Endeavour||$5,995||$6,295||$6,895||$7,695||$10,495||$7,695||$582,195|
|May 14, 2017||Safari Explorer||$8,795||$9,395||$10,095||$11,295||$13,095||$10,095||$346,295|
|May 15, 2017||Wilderness Discoverer||$3,995||$5,395||$5,995||$8,495||$424,395|
|May 28, 2017||Safari Quest||$8,995||$10,395||$11,195||$10,395||$210,695|
|Aug 18, 2017||Safari Quest||$8,995||$10,395||$11,195||$10,395||$210,695|
|Sep 2, 2017||Wilderness Discoverer||$3,995||$5,395||$5,995||$8,495||$424,395|
|Sep 8, 2017||Safari Explorer||$8,795||$9,395||$10,095||$11,295||$13,095||$10,095||$346,295|
|Sep 10, 2017||Safari Endeavour||$5,995||$6,295||$6,895||$7,695||$10,495||$7,695||$582,195|
|Sep 23, 2017||Wilderness Explorer||$4,795||$5,395||$6,995||$387,295|
All rates are shown in US dollars, per person, double occupancy. Port taxes/fees are in addition to your cruise fare.
Any stateroom (except Single stateroom) may be sold as a single for 175% of double occupancy rate.
*Starred dates indicate reverse itinerary Juneau to Seattle.
2016 FARES INCLUDE: Onboard meals; non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day; entry fees to national parks/preserves; most from-the-vessel activities and equipment. Fares aboard the Safari Endeavour, Safari Explorer, and Safari Quest also include: Premium spirits, wine, beer; port taxes/fees; all from-the-boat adventure activities; a complimentary massage*; and an introductory annual membership to Alaska Geographic+ *excludes Safari Quest +requires registration
2017 FARES INCLUDE: Onboard meals; premium spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-vessel activities and equipment.
Included in Cruise Fare
- Meet/greet services and transfers
- Exclusive excursions and activities
- All meals aboard the yachts
- Premium wine, beer and liquor
- Kayaking and small-boat exploration
- Onboard professional naturalists
- All taxes, port charges and fees
Not Included in Cruise Fare
- Airfare to and from your home city
- Super-premium wine, beer and liquor
- Discretionary gratuities to vessel’s crew, typically 5-10% of fare
- Travel insurance
The 86-guest Safari Endeavour (formerly Cruise West Spirit of Endeavour) is exquisitely appointed, featuring a Wine Bar, relaxing public spaces, and three decks with ample outside viewing opportunities. The EZ Dock launch platform on the aft deck makes launching a kayak or stand-up paddle board and boarding a skiff easy.
The 36-guest Safari Explorer is perfectly designed for Uncruise Adventures "luxury in the pursuit of adventure" style. Features include a cozy Wine Library and three public decks for mingling and enjoying the fresh air. A full-beam swim step makes for easy access in the water.
Unwind aboard the Safari Quest, with four decks, upscale amenities, and warm public spaces. Escape in the on-deck hot tub, your comfortable stateroom, and the casually elegant salon. Features also include fitness equipment, a hydrophone, and full-beam swim step for easy access in the water.
Pre-/Post-Cruise Hotel Stays
- Juneau – Goldbelt Hotel
- Centrally located and overlooking the waterfront, this newly renovated and upgraded hotel features spacious water view rooms and is within walking distance to Juneau’s shop, restaurants, and the Mt. Robert’s tram.
- Seattle – Paramount Hotel
- In the heart of Seattle’s hustle and bustle, enjoy easy access to top points of interest. This classically designed hotel reflects turn-of-the-century architecture with contemporary, elegantly-furnished rooms and public spaces.
- Winterlake Lodge
- North of Anchorage and nestled along mile 198 of the historic Iditarod Trail, experience Alaska’s interior on a 4-night land extension that features the remote, fly-in wilderness Winterlake Lodge.
Pre-/Post-Cruise Land Tours
- Denali National Park & Knik River Adventure
- Our 6-night, pre-cruise ESCORTED land tour features wilderness lodge stays in Denali National Park and Knik River Valley, and hotel overnights in Fairbanks and Anchorage.
- Alaska Railroad & Denali National Park Adventure
- Enhance your cruise with a 5-night pre- or post-cruise land package featuring Denali National Park and Preserve and hotel overnights in Anchorage.
- Safari Endeavour - September 2014
The trip was really great. The highlight was the crew and staff. The naturalists and explorers were enthusiastic, informed, and worked great as a team. They made everyone feel comfortable. The evening presentations were well planned. The naturalists are all better leading hikes than as lecturers. There was one exception.