Sea Wolf Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise


Sea Wolf Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise



11 months ago


6 Days




USD 4,200.00 per person


Dec 31, 2019
Sea Wolf Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise
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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 arm of Glacier Bay National Park, then routes outside the park to Point Adolphus for whale watching. Hundreds of miles of glacial fjords are here to enjoy by kayak, hike and small ship cruise, including the cascading Marjorie Glacier and Reid Glacier, offering its ice worms and glacial silt facials.

Homebase for 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, the ship 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 and black bears as well as wolves, mountain goats, coyotes 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. Close out the trip with a cultural visit to the Huna Tribal House and its exhibits. All of this and more make up the magic of the Sea Wolf Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise.


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Rates vary by season and cabin starting at $4200 per person. Please see website for full details on rates.


Day 1: Bartlett Cove & Geike Inlet
Bartlett Cove, Alaska, United States
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Board the Sea Wolf in Bartlett Cove at 8:30am and embark on this exciting Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise. Assemble in the main salon for introductions and an orientation discussing safety, boat layout, Sea Wolf amenities and the Alaskan adventure cruise that has begun. Cruise up Glacier Bay to Geike Inlet while enjoying lunch, the beautiful sights and a kayaking introduction.

Once in Geike Inlet - a beautiful waterfall laden fjord, partake in the 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 the 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 while watching the sunset over Glacier Bay.


MEALS: lunch and dinner

Day 2: Reid & Marjorie Glaciers
Marjorie Glacier, Alaska, United States
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After breakfast at 8am head 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 ends at 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, beachcomb to discover what the bears feast on during low tide. Brown bears, wolverine, small mammals and harbor seals all live in this area.

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 the breathtaking experience of watching an active calving glacier from a safe distance. Once back on board, cruise through Russell Cut looking for wildlife en route to the evening anchorage.


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.


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.


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 8am 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.


MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Humpback Whale Watching, Point Adolphus & Disembark Gustavus
Gustavus, Alaska, United States
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Enjoy an 8am breakfast before cruising up to Point Adolphus to look for more spectacular humpback whales. Today is spent watching whales. Lunch is served around noon, while cruising back to Gustavus for a 1pm docking. Enjoy a walking tour of the Huna Tribal House and exhibits. A local taxi will transport you to the Gustavus airport for your flight to Juneau.


MEALS: breakfast and lunch


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  • Accommodations, excursions, entrance fees, leadership, crew, all meals and beer and wine with dinner, local guides and permits unless otherwise indicated in the itinerary.


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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.

We reserve the right to make any changes in the itinerary or to substitute modes of transport or guides.

Alternative Itinerary: In addition to the main 6-day Sea Wolf Glacier Bay Adventure listed above, there are also longer 10- and 11-day itineraries.

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