Northern Passages and Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise

   
 

Northern Passages and Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise

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DURATION

8 Days

SEASON

April-September

RATES

USD 3,545.00 per person

EXPIRES

Dec 31, 2018
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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.

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

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Rates vary by season and cabin starting at $3545 per person. Please see website for full details on rates.

ITINERARY

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 or Wilderness Discoverer

MEALS: dinner

Days 2-4: Glacier Bay National Park
Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, United States
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Day 2: Plying the remote waterways of Lynn Canal or Chatham Strait, your captain sets the course for adventure today! Wake up at anchor and kick off your morn with on-deck morning yoga stretches, then slip into a kayak or try out your skills paddleboarding and gliding along rocky outcroppings with your guides. While you keep watch for harbor seals who frequently play in these protected waters, bald eagles will likely keep an eye on your improving paddling skills from the treetops.

Day 3: Glacier Bay National Park - One of America’s crown jewel national parks is yours to explore and marvel at for a full day. 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. The park itself is 3.2 million acres (a little larger than the state of Connecticut), so there is plenty to see. Tidewater glaciers sweep like rivers of ice down massive mountain valleys, terminating before you in the waters 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. With much to see all around you, you'll find sea lions, mountain goats, bears, eagles, and spectacular scenic backdrops. Stop in Bartlett Cove for a visit to the Park Service's headquarters.

Day 4: Icy Strait - Set your course for some of the most remote waters in Southeast Alaska. Join the captain on the bridge or the expedition team out on deck in search of whales and 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 or Wilderness Discoverer

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Chichagof Island & Peril Strait
Point Adolphus, 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: Sergius Narrows & Neva Strait
Neva Strait, Alaska, United States
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Opening at Hoonah Sound, the aptly named Sergius Narrows—squeezing to only 300 feet wide in one spot and a shallow 24 feet deep—is a great place to watch the shoreline for bears, the waters for otters and whales, and skyward for eagles. The rugged rock fingers of the narrows winds into scenic Neva Strait. This evening, toast another day of amazing adventure with a frosty microbrew or hot toddy.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Wilderness Explorer or Wilderness Discoverer

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Krestof & Nakwasina Sounds
Peril Strait, Alaska, United States
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There aren't many straight lines along Baranof Island, but along its western side lay hundreds of remote, uninhabited islands and endless opportunities for dropping anchor and adventure. With many secluded coves and islands to choose from, discover the region’s intertidal zones, or from your skiff or kayak, watch for whales and sea lions. Gear up for a guided hike with your expedition team for a new perspective of the vast Tongass National Forest. After an active day, toast your voyage with a festive Farewell Dinner and a “photo journal” of your trip presented by your expedition team.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Wilderness Explorer 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.

ACCOMMODATIONS: n/a

MEALS: breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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  • Accommodations aboard the specific vessel
  • 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

NOTES

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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.

Activities: Whether you are looking for moderate activity or vigorous, extended and challenging outdoor pursuits, the crew can tailor most any expedition to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include: whale watching, snorkeling, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, morning yoga and stretching, land treks, glacier viewing, wildlife observation and "polar bear plunges." Snorkeling gear and wetsuits are available for rent, and limited quantities of hiking poles, binoculars, mud boots, and rain gear are available on board. To ensure availability and fit, we encourage you to bring your own gear.


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