Northern Passages and Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise


Northern Passages and Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise



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8 Days




USD 3,595.00 per person


Sep 15, 2017
Northern Passages and Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise
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Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve and remote wilderness exploration highlight this 8-day Northern Passages and Glacier Bay small ship cruise. Sail between Juneau and Sitka, Alaska, with multiple days spent exploring inside Glacier Bay National Park with a National Park Ranger aboard for the duration to provide interpretation on the park’s history, culture, geography, flora and fauna. The park ranger, along with shipboard expedition guides, leads guests on hiking and kayaking expeditions within Glacier Bay. Other areas explored include Icy Strait, Chichagof Island and Peril Strait.

Hikes and kayaking excursions are available for all levels. Other adventure activities include stand-up paddleboarding, skiff explorations and whale watching. Flexible itineraries allow your small ship to seek out wildlife and maximize viewing time for guests. Choose from departures aboard the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer, 74-guest Wilderness Explorer and 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer.

Outside of Glacier Bay, cruise through the largest national forest in the United States - home to grizzly bears, black bears, mountain goats, bald eagles and wolves. View Alaska's massive glaciers, and enter some of the world's deepest fjords to hike and kayak where other ships cannot reach.

The Northern Passages and Glacier Bay itinerary can be combined with the Eastern Coves or Western Coves itinerary for a two or three week adventure with no repeated landing sites.


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Rates vary by season and cabin starting at $3595 per person. Please see website for full details on rates.


Day 1: Embark Juneau, Alaska
Juneau, Alaska, United States
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Upon boarding, the Captain and crew welcome you aboard with smiles and a cocktail. Embark to cruise the scenic channels of the Inside Passage.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Wilderness Explorer, Wilderness Adventurer or Wilderness Discoverer

MEALS: dinner

Days 2-4: Glacier Bay National Park
Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, United States
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One of America’s crown jewel national parks is yours to explore and marvel at for the next three days. At Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, you’ll pick up the National Park Ranger who will be with you to explore coves and corners of the bay that most visitors miss. In the bay there are sea lions, mountain goats, sea otters, bears, moose, eagles, and spectacular scenic backdrops. The park itself is 3.2 million acres (a little larger than the state of Connecticut), so there is plenty to see.

Paddle a kayak and be awed at the face of a massive glacier. Go on a boot-sucking trek through sandbars and rainforest. And ride a skiff along shore for an up-close exploration of Glacier Bay. Linger near South Marble Island to spot the many species of rare seabirds that call this area home. Keep your eyes on the water and the island for brightly-colored puffins and black oystercatchers. Stop in Bartlett Cove for a visit to the Park Service's headquarters.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Wilderness Explorer, Wilderness Adventurer or Wilderness Discoverer

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Icy Strait Whale Watching
Icy Strait, Alaska, United States
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Set your course for arguably the richest whale waters in Southeast Alaska. Join the Captain on the bridge or the Expedition Leader out on deck in search of marine mammals, primarily in the Icy Strait/Pt. Adolphus area. Then, set off for a more intimate land and sea exploration via skiffs for a closer inspection of the remote coastline, with eyes set on the shoreline for possible bear sightings.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Wilderness Explorer, Wilderness Adventurer or Wilderness Discoverer

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Chichagof Island & Baranof Island
Baranof Island, Alaska, United States
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Today meander along the “waterfall coast” of Chichagof Island. With no binding agenda, marvel at the grand scenery of Alaska as our crew expertly guides you through those “not in the guide book” areas and fjords. This evening might conclude at anchor in a remote shelter, possibly Red Bluff Bay, providing another grand opportunity to lower the kayaks and skiffs, keeping your eyes open for sea otters and bears nearby. Explore the forest and shoreline on an intertidal walk. Enjoy another delectable dinner onboard and relax in the hot tub before calling it a day.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Wilderness Explorer, Wilderness Adventurer or Wilderness Discoverer

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Peril Strait & Sergius Narrows
Peril Strait, Alaska, United States
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Peril Strait runs a total of 50 miles from Chatham Strait 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 as it reaches north and then west toward Sitka. Spend the bulk of the day exploring the shoreline for bear and the waters for otters, whales and more. This wildlife-rich waterway separating Chichagof and Baranof Islands is a great place to watch for eagles perched on trees along the shore. The passage narrows to only 300 feet in one spot (24 feet deep). After an adventurous, but “un-perilous” day, toast your voyage with a festive Farewell Dinner and “photo journal” of your trip presented by your Expedition Leaders.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Wilderness Explorer, Wilderness Adventurer or Wilderness Discoverer

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8: Disembark Sitka
Sitka, Alaska, United States
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Gather for breakfast this morning as you cruise the final leg of your journey to Russian-influenced Sitka, Alaska, for disembarkation. A transfer will be provided to your hotel or to the Sitka airport for your flight home.


MEALS: breakfast


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  • all onboard meals
  • roundtrip transfers and baggage handling between airport/boat entry fees to national parks/preserves
  • most from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment
  • use of hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, yoga


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Itinerary Notes: We may occasionally alter itineraries slightly for safety, or to take advantage of weather, wildlife, and unplanned discoveries. Our ability to be spontaneous makes our style of cruising unique.

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