Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
- 3 Days exploration in Glacier Bay National Park with a Park Ranger
- Wildlife and whale watching
- Inflatable skiff excursions
- Paddle boarding, snorkeling and beachcombing
- Glacial Calving in Glacier Bay
At a glance
Duration: 8 days/7 nights
Coverage: Juneau to Sitka
Activities: Kayaking, Hiking, Wildlife viewing, Glacier Exploration, Photography
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Kayak, hike and explore with 3 exclusive cruising days in Glacier Bay National Park.
Glacier Bay National Park and remote wilderness exploration highlight this adventure.
Spend your days hiking into wildlife-rich forests, standing atop a glacier, kayaking and riding a skiff along a dramatic fjord, learning about the Tlingit culture, and whale watching.
- Day 1 — Juneau - Embark
Meet the crew, settle in, and relax with your shipmates. Within minutes, you'll cruise the scenic channels of the Inside Passage.
- Days 2-4 — Glacier Bay National Park
Early morning, you'll enter Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO Heritage site and Biosphere Reserve. Here, you'll pick up the park ranger who will be with you to explore coves and corners of the bay that most visitors miss. One of America's crown jewel national parks will be yours to explore and marvel at for the next three days. Here in the bay there are sea lions, mountain goats, bears, moose, eagles, and spectacular backdrops.
Linger near South Marble Island and spot the many species of birds that call this area home, keeping your eyes on the water and the island for brightly-colored puffins. After searching for more wildlife, stop at the Park Service's Headquarters at Bartlett Cove for a hike through the rainforest or possibly a native cultural presentation.
Tidewater glaciers sweep like rivers of ice down massive mountains valleys, terminating before you in the waters of Glacier Bay. Enjoy two consecutive evenings in virtual isolation inside Glacier Bay at anchor in a hidden cove as larger vessels have exited the bay. Conditions permitting, you'll also have a rare opportunity to hike or kayak or tour via shore boat.
- 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/Naturalists out on deck in search of marine mammals, primarily in the Icy Strait/Pt. Adolphus area. Ride the skiffs for a closer inspection of the remote coastline with eyes set on the shoreline for possible bear and other wildlife sightings.
- Days 6 — Chichagof Island
Meander along the waterfall coast of Chichagof Island. In the spirit of expedition un-cruising, marvel at the grand scenery as our crew expertly guides you through the hidden treasures of the region. In the evening you could be anchored in Red Bluff Bay, or perhaps you've discovered a new remote shelter providing another grand opportunity to lower the kayaks and skiffs. Enjoy a delectable dinner onboard and relax in the hot tub before calling it a day.
- Day 7 — Peril Strait
Running 50 miles from Chatham 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 wildlife-rich waterway is a great place to explore the shoreline for bear, the waters for otters and whales, and to watch for eagles. The passage narrows to only 300 feet in one spot (24 feet deep). After an adventurous, but "non-perilous" day, toast your voyage with a festival 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. A transfer will be provided to the airport or your hotel.
Dates & Rates
|Apr 22, 2017||Wilderness Explorer||$4,195||$4,595||$5,795||$6,295||$333,595|
|Apr 29, 2017||Wilderness Explorer||$4,195||$4,595||$5,795||$6,295||$333,595|
|May 20, 2017||Wilderness Explorer||$4,795||$5,195||$6,395||$7,195||$377,995|
|May 27, 2017||Wilderness Discoverer||$3,595||$4,395||$4,795||$6,595||$5,395||$346,795|
|May 27, 2017||Wilderness Explorer||$4,795||$5,195||$6,395||$7,195||$377,995|
|Jun 3, 2017||Wilderness Discoverer||$3,595||$4,395||$4,795||$6,595||$5,395||$346,795|
|Jun 17, 2017||Wilderness Explorer||$4,795||$5,195||$6,395||$7,195||$377,995|
|Jun 24, 2017||Wilderness Discoverer||$3,995||$4,795||$5,195||$6,995||$5,995||$377,195|
|Jun 24, 2017||Wilderness Explorer||$4,795||$5,195||$6,395||$7,195||$377,995|
|Jul 1, 2017||Wilderness Discoverer||$3,995||$4,795||$5,195||$6,995||$5,995||$377,195|
|Jul 15, 2017||Wilderness Explorer||$4,795||$5,195||$6,395||$7,195||$377,995|
|Jul 22, 2017||Wilderness Discoverer||$3,995||$4,795||$5,195||$6,995||$5,995||$377,195|
|Jul 22, 2017||Wilderness Explorer||$4,795||$5,195||$6,395||$7,195||$377,995|
|Jul 29, 2017||Wilderness Discoverer||$3,995||$4,795||$5,195||$6,995||$5,995||$377,195|
|Aug 12, 2017||Wilderness Explorer||$4,795||$5,195||$6,395||$7,195||$377,995|
|Aug 19, 2017||Wilderness Explorer||$4,795||$5,195||$6,395||$7,195||$377,995|
|Aug 26, 2017||Wilderness Discoverer||$3,595||$4,395||$4,795||$6,595||$5,395||$346,795|
|Sep 9, 2017||Wilderness Explorer||$3,595||$3,995||$5,195||$5,395||$289,195|
|Sep 16, 2017||Wilderness Explorer||$3,595||$3,995||$5,195||$5,395||$289,195|
|Aug 19, 2917||Wilderness Discoverer||$3,995||$4,795||$5,195||$6,995||$5,995||$377,195|
All rates are in US$, per person, double occupancy, not including port taxes and fees. Triple accommodations are available in Navigator and Trailblazer categories (Pullman berth) and Explorer cabins on the Wilderness Discoverer (sofa bed.) There is a 25% savings for the one person occupying the Pullman berth or sofa bed when cabins equipped as triples are sold as triples. Children 12 years of age or younger also receive a 25% savings on all departures, all categories. However, on select “Family Discoveries” departure dates, children 12 years or younger travel at a 30% savings. Private charter rates are for up to 49 guests.
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.
Wilderness Explorer is an expedition ship capable of nimble exploration through nature’s most dramatic hideaways. The shallow draft and hull design allow easy access to Southeast Alaska’s wildlife-rich shores and glacially-fed inlets and serve as ideal "launching pads" for an exciting array of daily adventure excursions. A fully-equipped fishing boat also travels with each small ship. The interior spaces offer contemporary colors and brushed metals that complement the wilderness outside and both the public and private spaces are loaded with special amenities.
- Wilderness Explorer - May 2015
The cruise exceeded all of our expectations. It was one of the most exciting and enjoyable experiences we've had in all our travels. The crew was exceptional--smart, enthusiastic, gregarious and a delight to be around. Our fellow passengers were also a remarkable group--well-traveled, friendly, and great conversationalists. Good food, well prepared and a good selection. Ship was immaculate, in very pristine shape. We enjoyed our cabinm one of the largest on the ship but still rather small.
- Wilderness Explorer - June 2012
We had Cabin 303, Trailblazer with twin beds. I can't say enough about this week! It was the best adventure we have had in years. Luckily, there were only 33 passengers so our group was small enough to get to know everyone. We kayaked, hiked, and explored on the skiff 2-3 times a day, even snorkeled. We saw SO MANY whales that even the crew was mesmerized. The very first night we saw a pod of orca. Another evening, it was as if the humpbacks put on a 2 hour show for us - cooperative feeding (eschelon and bubble net) and broaching 4-5 times in a row. All passengers and crew were on the deck watching and applauding! the sea otters were there too, taking advantage of the fish left over from the humpbacks and laying on their backs eating with their front paws. At the same time there was a group of 10-12 puffins feeding.
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.
- Westmark Sitka Hotel
- Defined to reflect local culture, this hotel has a large welcoming fireplace, fine restaurant and lounge, and comfortable accommodations. Near the heart of town, many of Sitka’s top attractions are a short walk away.
- 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.