Sea Wolf Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise

   
 

Sea Wolf Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise

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11 months ago

DURATION

6 Days

SEASON

May-September

RATES

USD 4,550.00 per person

EXPIRES

Dec 31, 2018
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The 6-day Sea Wolf Glacier Bay Adventure is the only small ship cruise that spends most of its itinerary inside Alaska's famed Glacier Bay National Park. The itinerary travels from waterfall-laden Geike Inlet to the barren mountain faces of the East and West arms of Glacier Bay National Park, then routes outside the park to Point Adolphus for whale watching. Hundreds of miles of glacial fjords are here for you to enjoy by kayak, hike and small ship cruise. Your base of exploration is the historic 12-passenger small ship M/V Sea Wolf. Because this is an Alaska owned and operated adventure, and due to the Sea Wolf's small size, the Sea Wolf Glacier Bay Adventure has the flexibility and local knowledge to venture to unique locales. If the fish are running, Sea Wolf might head to the Tongass; if bears are active on Chichagof Island, you may sail there to view them.

The highlight is exploring Glacier Bay National Park in the company of expert local guides on exciting small ship explorations with hikes and kayaking excursions right from the boat. Each day offers the possibility of seeing the coastal brown bears, black bears and the rare glacier bear as well as wolves, mountain goats and moose. Glacier Bay National Park is also home to numerous seals, sea lions, sea otters, humpback and orca whales along with hundreds of bird species. Marvel at breathtaking glaciers, towering mountains that shoot up from the sea and the acrobatic humpback whales. All of this and more make up the magic of the Sea Wolf Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise.

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

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Rates vary by season and cabin starting at $4550 per person. Please see website for full details on rates.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Bartlett Cove & Geike Inlet
Bartlett Cove, Alaska, United States
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Board the MV Sea Wolf in Bartlett Cove at 8am and embark on your exciting Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise. Meet for a brief orientation/introduction to discuss safety, boat layout and Sea Wolf amenities as your Alaskan adventure cruise begins.

Cruise up Glacier Bay to Geike Inlet while enjoying lunch and the beautiful sights. Once in Geike Inlet - a beautiful waterfall-laden fjord, partake in your first kayaking excursion that may offer a glimpse of black bears, wolverines, mountain goats and a large variety of seabirds and ducks. Once back aboard, cruise to your evening anchorage a few hours up the bay - a journey filled with incredible vistas, wildlife on the beaches and possibly acrobatic whales in the waters. Along the way, learn about the natural history of Glacier Bay, about some of the research projects that the park is conducting and about the plentiful sea and wildlife. Enjoy dinner aboard the Sea Wolf as you watch the sunset over Glacier Bay.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Sea Wolf

MEALS: lunch and dinner

Day 2: Reid & Marjorie Glaciers
Marjorie Glacier, Alaska, United States
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After breakfast at 8am you're off for a hike to Reid Glacier for an up-close view of this glacially carved landscape. An easy hike up the mountain, down the beach and fording a few glacial streams will bring you to the face of Reid Glacier. Learn about glaciers geology, plant and animal succession and explore among the grounded icebergs. Hunt for ice worms, and for those so inclined, scoop up glacial silt for wonderful glacial facials. On the intertidal walk back, look under rocks to discover what the bears feast on during low tide. Brown bears, wolverine, small mammals and harbor seals all live in this area. Another beach offers bird lovers a binocular paradise, as it is a nesting ground for Arctic terns, Kittlitz's murrelets, ptarmigan, grouse, plovers and a variety of other shore and sea birds.

During lunch, head to Tarr Inlet where the Grand Pacific and Marjorie Glaciers cascade into the water. Paddle kayaks along a sheer cliff, which is a Kittiwake and Puffin rookery, and then out in front of Marjorie Glacier for a breathtaking experience of watching an active calving glacier from a safe distance. Once aboard, cruise through Russell Cut looking for wildlife on your way to the evening anchorage.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Sea Wolf

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Gloomy Knob
Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, United States
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After an 8am breakfast it is off to Gloomy Knob looking for mountain goats and other wildlife. If conditions permit, take a morning botany hike up Gloomy Knob for incredible views of the bay. Then it's off to an afternoon paddle at one of Sea Wolf's anchorages that brings the ship close to Glacier Bay's East Arm entrance.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Sea Wolf

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Muir Inlet, The East Arm Of Glacier Bay
Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, United States
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Eat breakfast at 8am as the engines start and the Sea Wolf makes its way up Muir Inlet, the East Arm of Glacier Bay. Activities here depend on wilderness water opening/closing dates. Go on an amazing hike by McBride Glacier with a paddle either up to Riggs Glacier or from Muir Glacier to Riggs. The shorelines have a great variety of shore birds, vistas and the possibilities of seeing bears, wolves or moose. Then, once back to the boat, head off to your evening anchorage and dinner. Note: Options for this day are Dundas Bay, George Island and Idaho Inlet based on weather, park closures and wildlife.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Sea Wolf

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: North Sandy Cove & South Marble Island
Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, United States
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After a hearty breakfast, enjoy a morning paddle at North Sandy if the tides are right; if not, head down bay to another pristine paddle area. North Sandy Cove is a very rich ecosystem that supports black bears, moose, coyotes and a plentiful marine environment. Kayak around the shores scanning for black bears and moose, then paddle over to Puffin Island for a truly wondrous look at a low tide vertical intertidal zone. This zone is home to hundreds of sponges, periwinkles, whelks, sea stars, sea cucumbers and urchins to just name a few species who literally hang here awaiting the return of the high tide. Back on board the Sea Wolf, head to South Marble Island to view a large Stellar sea lion haul out and a seabird-nesting rookery. Then cruise onward to Fingers Bay.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Sea Wolf

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Humpback Whale Watching, Point Adolphus & Disembark Gustavus
Gustavus, Alaska, United States
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Enjoy breakfast cruising up to Point Adolphus to look for more spectacular humpback whales. Today is spent watching whales. Lunch is served while cruising back to Gustavus for a 2pm docking. A local taxi will transport you to the Gustavus airport for your flight to Juneau.

ACCOMMODATIONS: n/a

MEALS: breakfast and lunch

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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  • Shipboard accommodations, ship excursions, entrance fees and permits, all meals as indicated in itinerary and beer and wine with dinner, local guides, unless otherwise indicated in the itinerary.
  • Also includes the $20 taxi fare to the airport at the end of your trip. We reserve the right to make any changes in the itinerary or crew.

NOTES

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Itinerary Notes: This itinerary is subject to change based on Glacier Bay National Park closures/openings, weather and travel conditions and wildlife movements. Sea Wolf will try to navigate to whales, bears, sea lions, eagles, wild flowers and soaring landscapes but the anchorage may change dependent on the above. Other destinations may include Fingers Bay, Sundew Cove, Sebree Cove, the East Arm and the Islands. Sea Wolf serves Alaskan seafood for most lunches and dinners but can cater to any diet needs with advance notice.


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