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Alaska's Glaciers & Whales

Alaska's Glaciers & Whales

At a glance

Duration: 8 days/7 nights

Coverage: Juneau to Sitka

From: $3,995

Season: May to August

Activities: Culture, Glaciers, Hiking, Kayaking, Paddle boarding, Whale watching, Wildlife

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The 88-guest S.S. Legacy and 84-guest Safari Endeavour sail 13 departures from Juneau to Sitka and see glaciers in Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm, Thomas Bay, Baird Glacier, Le Conte Glacier, Ideal Cove, Frederick Sound, Baranof Island, Sergius Narrows and the native village of Kake.

Cruise highlights

  • THE glacier adventure: LeConte, Baird, and Dawes or Sawyer and South Sawyer
  • Tlingit native culture on a private village tour of Kake
  • Whale watching in Frederick Sound
  • Look for wildlife—eagles, arctic terns, black and brown bears, sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions
  • Skiff through iceberg waters of Tracy or Endicott Arm
  • Hike on the terminal moraine of Baird Glacier
  • Boardwalk and trail hikes in Tongass National Forest
  • Kayak, paddle board and skiff in hidden coves and narrow fjords

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 – Juneau, Alaska – Embarkation

Welcome to Alaska’s capital, where your home on the water awaits. Come aboard, meet your crew, and unpack your adventurous spirit. Your course is set for glaciers, and the Tongass—the largest national forest in the U.S.

Day 2 – Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm / Stephens Passage

Your captain eyes the day’s conditions and makes a choice. Whether Tracy or Endicott is the Arm du jour, wake in a fjord flanked by sheer granite walls. Grab a hot cup of joe and take it all in from the bow. Cascading waterfalls. Drifting icebergs. A lazy harbor seal or two. Layer up with gloves and a warm hat, and hop in a skiff for a better look at the glacier—the temps drop the closer you get. Your expedition guide clues you in to signs of the ice ages that carved this landscape. The geology is fascinating and so is the wildlife. Keep an eye out for mountain goats, bears, and eagles. Make waves for Stephens Passage. It’s all hands on deck watching for signs of humpbacks. It’s a big first day!

Day 3 – Thomas Bay / Baird Glacier

Have your rubber boots handy. You’re in for muskeg and mud in Alaska’s backcountry. Hiking along Baird’s moraine, look for shimmers of gold and quartz—this area is known for it. The glacial outwash plains look almost lunar, but you’re not alone in this moonscape. The glacial valley is a nesting hot-spot for arctic terns. Splash away the mud before a paddle along the bay’s mossy cliff walls. Back on board, it’s time for a cocktail and a soak in the hot tub.

Day 4 – LeConte Glacier / Ideal Cove

LeConte is the southernmost tidewater glacier in North America. If tides are low, take a boot-sucking walk to check out icebergs resting on the mudflats. If it’s high tide, a skiff ride brings you up-close to its iceberg gardens. Surrounded by national forest, Ideal Cove’s boardwalk trails wind through meadows of ferns and grasses. Or test your balance paddle boarding in this quiet cove. It’s just you and the vast wilderness.

Day 5 – Kake / Frederick Sound

“Kake” comes from a Tlingit word meaning “opening of daylight.” Apropos, start your day in this native village with traditional storytelling and dancing. Count the many totems on their 132-foot pole. Drop the kayaks in Saginaw Bay or some other hidden cove along the Keku Islands. Black bears are common sights along shore. But so are eagles in the treetops and orange-billed surf scoters paddling nearby. For hikers, your guides have a route in mind. Make for the forest, far off the map. Cruising Frederick Sound, chances are high you’ll see humpbacks. The up-welling of nutrients in the water make it an irresistible feeding ground.

Day 6 – Baranof Island / Peril Strait

Leave it to the captain to steer you through Chatham and Peril Straits. At Baranof Island, your top-notch expedition team has the game plan dialed. Tap some of the most untouched wilderness in the Tongass. Head to the woods for an adventuresome bushwhack. Or slide into a kayak for an easygoing shoreline paddle. Find a perch on deck in Peril Strait—it’s a twisting drama of currents and history.

Day 7 – Sergius Narrows / Neva Strait

There aren’t many straight lines along Baranof Island. Its western side is dotted with hundreds of coves and uninhabited islands. This is a prime area for spotting sea otters. It’s no surprise to round a corner in your kayak and find one looking at you and you looking at him. The protected beaches are made for exploring the intertidal zones, and spotting bears. So, boot up for a guided hike. End your day with celebration and a toast at a heartfelt Farewell Dinner. Your expedition team treats you to a photo recap of the week’s adventures.

Day 8 – Sitka – Disembarkation

A last breakfast with new friends, then disembark in Sitka for your transfer to the airport or to your UnCruise hotel stay or land tour.

Passport required (non USA citizens). Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur to maximize your experience.

Dates & Rates

Dates Ships Master Commander Captain Admiral Jr. Commodore Suite Commodore Suite Owner's Suite Master Single Ship Charter
May 6, 2018 S.S. Legacy $3,995 $4,545 $5,095 $5,745 $6,395 $8,995 $5,195 $411,495
May 20, 2018 S.S. Legacy $4,695 $5,145 $5,695 $6,445 $7,195 $10,095 $6,095 $465,095
May 27, 2018 Safari Endeavour $5,295 $5,795 $6,295 $7,195 $9,895 $6,885 $534,995
Jun 3, 2018 S.S. Legacy $5,295 $5,795 $6,295 $7,195 $7,995 $11,195 $6,885 $519,795
Jun 10, 2018 Safari Endeavour $5,995 $6,495 $6,995 $7,895 $10,845 $7,795 $595,795
Jun 17, 2018 S.S. Legacy $5,995 $6,495 $6,995 $7,895 $8,795 $12,295 $7,795 $579,395
Jun 24, 2018 Safari Endeavour $5,995 $6,495 $6,995 $7,895 $10,845 $7,795 $595,795
Jul 1, 2018 S.S. Legacy $5,995 $6,495 $6,995 $7,895 $8,795 $12,295 $7,795 $579,395
Jul 8, 2018 Safari Endeavour $5,995 $6,495 $6,995 $7,895 $10,845 $7,795 $595,795
Jul 15, 2018 S.S. Legacy $5,995 $6,495 $6,995 $7,895 $8,795 $12,295 $7,795 $579,395
Jul 22, 2018 Safari Endeavour $5,995 $6,495 $6,995 $7,895 $10,845 $7,795 $595,795
Aug 5, 2018 Safari Endeavour $5,995 $6,495 $6,995 $7,895 $10,845 $7,795 $595,795
Aug 19, 2018 Safari Endeavour $5,295 $5,795 $6,295 $7,195 $9,895 $6,885 $534,995

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.

FARES INCLUDE: Onboard meals; 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.

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Alaska's Glaciers & Whales Itinerary Map

Ships

S.S. Legacy

Safari LegacyThe 88-guest S.S. Legacy (formerly Cruise West Spirit of '98) was recently purchased by Un-Cruise Adventures. She emulates an early Victorian steamer with carved wooden cabinetry and a Grand Salon complete with a dance floor, full bar, and old-world charm. Exquisitely appointed with period decor, it features an intimate Wine Bar and library, hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, yoga classes, and massage suite (complete with a complimentary massage.) View ship details...


Safari Endeavour

Safari Endeavour

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.

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