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Alaska's Inside Passage & San Juans Cruise

Alaska's Inside Passage & San Juans Cruise

$400 Alaska Awakening Savings on 2018 April or May departures. Book by December 15. Valid on NEW reservations only. Call for details.

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At a glance

Duration: 15 days/14 nights

Coverage: Seattle, WA to Juneau, AK

From: $3,995

Season: April - May & August - September

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

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Explore two UNESCO World Heritage Sites—Glacier Bay National Park and Olympic National Park.

Cruise highlights

  • Cruise Alaska’s and Canada’s Inside Passages
  • Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites—Glacier Bay National Park and Olympic National Park
  • Adventure activity Tongass National Forest and Misty Fjords National Monument
  • Native culture and Gold Rush history
  • Tlingit culture in Ketchikan and Haines
  • Watch for whales and wildlife in Frederick Sound
  • Wilderness kayaking, paddle boarding, skiffing, and hiking
  • Hiking, biking, and rafting in Haines, Alaska
  • Educational presentations by onboard expedition team

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 – Seattle, Washington – Embarkation

Ah, the Emerald City! Check-in at the hospitality center and later, board your ship and settle in. Depending on your vessel, depart from downtown Seattle, cruising along the along the city’s picturesque waterfront. Or from Fisherman’s Terminal and transit historic Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, where it’s a 20 foot drop into the Salish Sea. Adieu, Seattle.

Day 2 – Olympic National Park

Wake up in Hood Canal, one of the quietest reaches of Puget Sound. About 65 miles long, this fjord separates the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas. Your expedition team has big plans for the day. Daypacks packed, boots on your feet. Hit the trail for a hike into the Olympic Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Giant old-growth trees, ferns, wild rhododendron—the flora is dense and diverse. Tonight holds a special treat. It’s a tasting of local oysters and clams. Paired with a locally-brewed beer—delicious!

Day 3 – San Juan Islands, Washington

Each island in the San Juan archipelago has unique character. Orcas and harbor seals haven’t picked favorites. You could spot them in any passage. Give your arms a stretch. Kayak or paddle board along a tucked away cove. Sea stars dot rocky outcroppings orange and purple. Curious harbor seals watch your moves. Get in more mileage on a skiff ride to further inlets. There will be time to hike too. A high point gives views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. Look low and nose around pools for creatures left behind by the outgoing tide.

Day 4 – Salish Sea / Canada's Inside Passage

Mountains rise higher. Fjords get deeper. It’s a day of intricate waterways and cruising for critters. The Strait of Georgia narrows into Seymour Narrows. Civilization slips away as you enter Johnstone Strait, where you may spot a pod of orcas. Surf-happy dolphins and porpoise like to catch a ride on the bow wave. Your captain and crew are on the lookout and give the call of a sighting. Islands of green. The Coast Range. Small communities dotting the beaches and fjords. Aiming to entertain and educate over the next days, your expedition team is at the ready. Natural history, Native influences, and their favorite trivia games, too.

Day 5 – Canada's Inside Passage

Take your cup of joe to the bow. The world wakes up with you. Bald eagles watch the ship along its course from tree tops. Islands to the west, inlet-etched mainland etched to the east. Fitz Hugh Sound was first explored by Europeans in the 1720s. Today, it’s favored by sail boats. Your captain and mates navigate the twisting passage. Harbor seals spend their days on rocky islets. Breathe in the fresh air and take in the views. In the lounge, your bartender mixes up the daily special. Take the challenge and play a few friendly hands of cards with your shipmates.

Day 6 – Canada's Inside Passage

Start the morning with guided stretches on the sun deck. Red roofs of Boat Bluff Lighthouse greet you as you pass into Tolmie Channel. The Great Bear Rainforest, known for the white “spirit” bear, stretches all around you. Princess Royal Island marks the southern border of the bear's territory. Spunky sea otters off the starboard. And a waterfall and old abandoned cannery come into view. That’s Butedale. Once a fishing hub, now a ghost town. Pass Dixon Entrance and postcard-perfect Dundas Island Lighthouse. Leave behind British Columbia waters and continue on—to Alaska.

Day 7 – Ketchikan, Alaska

Take a town day in Alaska’s southernmost city, the “salmon capital of the world.” Ketchikan's claim-to-fame--the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles. Connect with the Tlingit Culture. Tribal leader and local legend Joe Williams, known as Ka Xesh X’e in his native language, guides you on a walking tour. With a rich oral tradition, the Tlingit passed stories from generation to generation—and Joe’s storytelling is captivating!

Day 8 – Misty Fjords National Monument / Behm Canal

It does get misty here. In fact, down right mystical. Calm settles over these parts and all you can hear is nature. Deep glacial fjords filled with seawater. Wetlands, estuaries, dense forests, and sweeping granite cliffs. Misty Fjords is the largest Wilderness Area in the Tongass National Forest. Behm Canal separates the western edge of the monument from the mainland. It’s a haven for wildlife—grizzly and black bears, salmon, whales, mountain goats, and deer. Paddle through a bay, silty from the outwash of a mountain river. On shore, your guide points out intertidal curios along the beach. The gaze of watchful eagles keeps you on point.

Day 9 - Ernest Sound

Between Cleveland Peninsula and Etolin Island sits Ernest Sound—first charted in 1793. In some of its least-explored reaches, drop anchor. Your expedition team has a full list of activities in queue. Boots, paddles, skiff? Pull on your rubber boots. They were made for the deep forest you’re hiking into. Paddle around tiny islets that dot the edges of Deer Island. Or scoot further away with the speed of a skiff to serene pockets carved into the rugged coastline. This evening, relax on deck to the call of the wild.

Day 10 - Petersburg / Frederick Sound

Sailing into Petersburg, the views of Devil’s Thumb and snow-topped peaks are motivation enough to put one foot in front of the other. Hard-charge up Petersburg Mountain or choose a mellower hike along Petersburg Creek. Take time to stroll through town. Or visit the museum for a dose of Tlingit and Norwegian history before lunch back on board. Go slow in Frederick Sound. It’s a favored summer home for humpback whales. Let the search begin. Take a jaunt by kayak or paddleboard before calling it a day for happy hour.

Day 11 - Chatham Strait / Chichagof Island

North into glacially-carved Chatham Strait. Captain picks the anchorage. Your top-notch expedition team plans the fun. And rain or shine, anything is possible. Paddling. Skiffing. Beachcombing. Bears like it too—Chichagof Island has one of the highest brown bear populations in the world.

Day 12 - Glacier Bay National Park

There’s a cool factor, and it’s not just coming off the face of the glaciers! This 3.3 million-acre park was covered by ice as recently as 1795. Since then, the park’s receding glacier activity has made it a lot easier to access those inner reaches. Pick up a park ranger at Bartlett Cove in the early hours. Glacial history, retreats, advances, moraines. They come with expert insight, so bring on the questions. Pigeon guillemots, puffins, and cormorants colonize and nest at South Marble Island. One good whiff and a few loud barks give away one of its mammalian residents. It’s a full day in the bay exploring Muir’s legacy—all the way to Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers. Celebrate with a toast to Ma’ Nature’s handiwork.

Day 13 - Icy Strait

Bull whip kelp threads through nearby channels like a jungle mangrove. And you know better, but orange and purple starfish and jellyfish make it hard to believe you’re not in the tropics. Follow the currents out to where the sea lions flock to remote rock formations. Your captain is on the bridge, the expedition team on deck, and all eyes are on the water and the shore. Everyone is on-watch for the telltale blow of humpbacks. Dall’s porpoise feast in the nutrient-rich water too. And bears lumber about for an afternoon nosh. Try getting a little closer to the shoreline by skiff, kayak, or on foot. Sometimes the smallest things are the biggest wonders. Take in the evening solitude from the bow, or the hot tub. Or both—why choose just one?

Day 14 - Haines, Alaska

Haines is adventure-central—hiking, biking, and rafting. The trails are the cream of the crop, but all options lead to views of rivers, inlets, and snowcapped mountains. Haines has been occupied for thousands of years. The Chilkat Tlingit lived and traded here. European explorers arrived in the late 1880s. Of course, there’s the Gold Rush. Turn the pages of history with a presentation on the past. And there’s free time to explore on your own. Tonight, join your captain for the Farewell Dinner. As a special treat, your expedition team shares a slideshow of your journey.

Day 15 - Juneau, Alaska – Disembarkation

Disembark after breakfast. Transfer to the Juneau airport or begin your UnCruise overnight stay or extended 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

$400 Alaska Awakening Savings on 2018 April or May departures. Book by December 15. Valid on NEW reservations only. Call for details.

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Dates Ship Direction Navigator Trailblazer Pathfinder Master Commander Captain Explorer Admiral Commodore Suite Owner's Suite//Single Master Single Ship Charter
Apr 7, 2018 Wilderness Explorer Seattle to Juneau $3,995 $5,595 $6,295 $8,195 $443,495
Apr 15, 2018 SS Legacy Seattle to Juneau $6,695 $7,045 $7,745 $8,695 $9,595 $13,095 $8,705 $635,395
May 12, 2018 Wilderness Discoverer Seattle to Juneau $4,695 $6,295 $6,995 $9,945 $496,095
May 13, 2018 Safari Endeavour Seattle to Juneau $6,695 $7,345 $8,045 $8,995 $12,245 $9,095 $679,395
May 18, 2018 Safari Explorer Seattle to Juneau $10,295 $10,995 $11,795 $13,195 $15,295 $18,020 $405,095
Aug 5, 2018 SS Legacy Juneau to Seattle $7,295 $7,645 $8,345 $9,295 $10,195 $13,695 $9,485 $685,795
Sep 1, 2018 Wilderness Discoverer Juneau to Seattle $4,695 $6,295 $6,995 $9,945 $496,095
Sep 7, 2018 Safari Explorer Juneau to Seattle $10,295 $10,995 $11,795 $13,195 $15,295 $11,795 $18,020 $405,095
Sep 16, 2018 Safari Endeavour Juneau to Seattle $6,695 $7,345 $8,045 $8,995 $12,245 $9,095 $679,395

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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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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Safari Explorer

Safari ExplorerThe Safari Explorer is exquisitely appointed with new design features such as an intimate Wine Library and spa area including a large hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, yoga classes and complimentary massage. View ship details...



Wilderness Discoverer

Wilderness Discoverer

The Wilderness Discoverer 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.

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Wilderness Explorer

Wilderness Explorer

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.

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