Glacier Bay Small Ship Adventure Cruise


Glacier Bay Small Ship Adventure Cruise



11 months ago


8 Days




USD 4,995.00 per person


Dec 31, 2019
Glacier Bay Small Ship Adventure Cruise
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The 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer sails this popular 8-day Glacier Bay National Park Small Ship Cruise route, roundtrip from Juneau. The route also circumnavigates Admiralty Island to visit other iconic Alaska Inside Passage sounds, fjords and glaciers. The cruise features two full days within Glacier Bay National Park, whale watching in Frederick Sound, bears near Icy Strait and Chichagof Island and so much more. Kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and skiffs enable guests to meet Alaska and its wildlife at eye level, with options for varying activity levels.

The itinerary includes optional hikes through the Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the United States, where grizzly bears, black bears, mountain goats, bald eagles and wolves make their home. Viewing opportunities include Alaska's massive Margerie, Grand Pacific and Dawes glaciers and some of the world's deepest fjords. The incomparable Glacier Bay covers over three million acres with open ocean and fjord coastlines spanning most of its perimeter. It is famed for its beauty, notably witnessed by John Muir in 1897, and afterwards a long line of distinguished scientists and naturalists.

In the still of the evening, bears amble along wild shorelines. In the swirling currents below, the world's largest mammals, the great whales, comb through the bountiful waters along the sheltered shoreline. The unhurried schedule means more time for watching orca and humpback whales, bears and other wildlife. Onboard naturalists and expeditions leaders offer daily insights and guided nature walks.


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Rates vary by season and cabin starting at $4995 per person. Please see website for full details on rates.


Day 1: Embark Juneau, Alaska
Juneau, Alaska, United States
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Welcome to Juneau! Meet your fellow passengers in a designated hospitality area before boarding your small ship in the afternoon. Up the gangplank, the crew greets you with a hearty welcome as you set sail for a week of scenic channels and secluded wilderness. The adventure begins as you sail west toward Icy Strait.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Wilderness Adventurer

MEALS: dinner

Days 2-3: Glacier Bay National Park
Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, United States
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Glacier Bay has a wow-worthy list of titles: National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Biosphere Reserve. At 3.3 million acres, add Endless Adventure Playground to the list. Head for the Glacier Bay outback; these are places most visitors never see. Dundas and Taylor Bays are in the southernmost reaches of the park. It’s less windswept tucked into a bay, but no less wild. Kayak around sea stacks. Or comb for critters if the tide is right. In far reaches, share the beach with sharp-eyed eagles and bears. Take a skiff ride deep in Dundas and make for the hills. A bushwack into the forest gets your heart pumping. Paddle through kelp in Taylor Bay. Backstroking sea otters hardly bat an eye at your boat. Your bartender has an Old Fashioned ready. Perfect timing too. It’s happy hour and time to swap stories of this big day with your shipmates.

On Day 3 a National Park ranger comes aboard today to share expert insight, plus off-the-map places in bays that most visitors pass by. Have your binoculars handy: South Marble Island is a birder’s paradise. Puffins scoot through the water. Guillemots and gulls chatter up the airwaves. The snoozing sea lions don’t seem to mind. Cruise to the far end of Tarr Inlet where Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers calve into the water. Backed by knife-edged peaks, pull into narrow Tidal Inlet. Bears like to forage along this shoreline. Mountain goats too. Back at Bartlett Cove, if time and daylight allow, take a forest hike around the park’s HQ, and say farewell to your ranger.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Wilderness Adventurer

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Icy Strait
Tongass National Forest, Alaska, United States
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Chatham Strait stretches for 150 miles in the Tongass National Forest. Options aplenty, your captain navigates to the best. Anchor in a remote Chichagof Island inlet. Backpacks loaded and adventure toys lowered (skiffs, paddleboards, kayaks), it’s time to go play. Energy flows as you hike up through moss-covered trees. Stick to the water and don’t forget to look above and below the surface. A nosy seal could be watching your every stroke. Beachcomb rocky shores. Tiny creatures cling to rocks. Tonight, take a nightcap to the sun deck and watch the sky.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Wilderness Adventurer

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Kuiu Island
Alexander Archipelago, Alaska, United States
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Salmon streams dot the coastline, and where there’s salmon, there are bears. Kuiu Island is home to one of the world’s densest populations of black bears. Scope the intertidal zones of Saginaw Bay for them from a kayak or skiff. Eagles fish here too, their white noggins give away their perches. Kayak along the Keku Islands or take the pace down a notch checking out tide pools and abundant life in the intertidal zones. It’s remote, and remarkable.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Wilderness Adventurer

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Frederick Sound
Frederick Sound, Alaska, United States
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Humpbacks beeline it here each season to feast in the krill-rich waters. After your breakfast, look for whales eating theirs. Chances are high they will be—time to hang and enjoy the show. Based on wind and weather, your expedition team has the lineup of adventures all mapped out. Cruise past Five Fingers Lighthouse, Alaska’s oldest light station and The Brothers Islands, where sea lions nap on rocky nobs. Paddle into the deeps of Port Houghton or Windham Bay or head ashore for a hike. When a bear takes notice, they generally scram. But carrot-billed black oystercatchers give you a talking-to. Tonight, toast another big day in Alaska.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Wilderness Adventurer

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier
Endicott Arm Fjord, Alaska, United States
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Snow-covered mountains. Glacier-carved valleys. White thunder of calving ice. It’s an impressive wilderness as you take a skiff ride up Endicott Arm. Harbor seal pups laze around on icebergs. If the tides are right, slip into Fords Terror. The fjord’s steep walls are streaked with waterfalls. Choked with ice, at the end of the arm, meet Dawes Glacier. Blue ice marches down from the Coast Mountains. With a sharp crack, a calving slice makes a mega-splash. Tonight, celebrate with a festive Farewell Dinner and “photo journal” from your expedition team.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Wilderness Adventurer

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8: Disembark Juneau, Alaska
Juneau, Alaska, United States
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Gather for a final onboard breakfast before returning to historic Juneau. Then transfer to the Juneau airport, your hotel or land tour.


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  • accommodations aboard vessel
  • all meals aboard the ship
  • transfers and baggage handling between airport / vessel on embark / disembark day
  • national park / preserve entrance fees
  • premium wine, beer and liquor (excludes super-premium wines); non-alcoholic beverages
  • exclusive activities and shore visits
  • wellness amenities
  • presentations by onboard expedition / heritage guides and guest experts


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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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