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Alaska – Exploring Muir's Wilderness

Alaska Adventure Cruise Information

Summary : Experience Alaska's spectacular fjords, amazing wildlife and Glacier Bay National Park aboard the Safari Explorer, a yacht-style ship ideal for an active expedition with relaxation. Throughout the voyage, enjoy quiet nights at anchor in remote coves, unhurried time for whale watching and wildlife viewing, kayaking in secluded bays, and guided hikes. Your ship provides exceptional comfort and amenities including a wine bar, ample space for outdoor viewing, and a hot tub.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins

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Itinerary
Day 1
Juneau, Alaska

Arrive in Juneau and transfer to the ship. Set sail for a week of scenic channels and secluded wilderness.

Day 2
Icy Strait

It’ll be an action-packed first day! In some of the richest whale waters of Southeast Alaska, join the captain on the bridge or go on deck with your expedition team watching for the telltale blow of humpbacks. These nutrient-rich waters are also home to porpoise, sea lions, and other wildlife. Later today, set your eyes on shore for possible bear sightings—lumbering about for an afternoon nosh—as you explore the remote coastline by skiff and kayak. Take in the evening solitude with a relaxing soak in the upper deck hot tub or a tranquil view from the bow.

Day 3
Glacier Bay National Park

Today the majesty of Glacier Bay National Park is yours to relish. Covered entirely by ice 200 years ago, discover the glaciological history of the park on a guided hike at Bartlett Cove. A National Park Ranger steps on board helping to spot colonies of guillemots, puffins, and cormorants on South Marble Island and sharing Glacier Bay’s history and greatness as you cruise deeper into the park. Explore Muir’s legacy of glaciology in the perfect “classroom”—at the tidal edges of the Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers. Enjoy an up-close view of their towering blue ice faces.

Day 4
Chatham Strait / Kuiu Island

The options are aplenty—it's Captain's Choice today. Stretching for 150 miles within the Tongass National Forest and chockfull of mysterious hidden coves, the narrow and deep passageway of Chatham Strait separates the Baranof Islands on the west with Kuiu to the east. Life teems below the surface and above—as you set out uncovering the gems of this untouched wilderness, take a tally of all that you spy by kayak, paddle board, or skiff. Enjoy time in the lounge with your fellow shipmates and trade stories of the many discoveries you made.

Day 5
Thomas Bay

The Coast Mountain Range rises above Thomas Bay, sheltering the glacial landscapes of this remote wilderness. It’s a magical place, and led by your expedition team you can test your paddling skills, or opt for some R & R and hot cocoa on a skiff tour of the fjord. Uncover myriad sea life on an intertidal shore walk, or hike inland learning about the rainforest that blankets Southeast Alaska.

Day 6
Port Houghton

Port Houghton is synonymous with the wildest Alaskan wilderness. As Muir did on his explorations in the late 1800s, feel the immensity of this cove’s remoteness. Calm as glass water. Misty mountains. And while you won’t likely come across other humans, you’re sure to cross paths with blue heron, bald eagles, harbor seals, oystercatchers, or black bear. Hike along a lushly vegetated river, or if it’s low-tide investigate tide pools. Navigating by your internal compass or with a guide, kayak and paddle board along the towering fjord or explore the wilds of a salt chuck. It doesn’t get more remote than this!

Day 7
Endicott Arm / Fords Terror

Snow covered mountains, glowing blues, and the white thunder of calving ice take your breath away at the face of Dawes Glacier. Navigate ice bergs by skiff for a once-in-a-lifetime glacier view. As you glide through Endicott Arm you’ll likely find a few seals taking respite on the glaciers smaller “bergy bits.” Tides permitting, explore the narrow passage of Fords Terror. Join the captain for a farewell toast during dinner, and afterwards, your expedition team provides an entertaining recap of your week’s adventure.

Day 8
Juneau, Alaska

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport.

Notes

Due to the nature of explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

Included: 
All onboard meals; some spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; rubber boots on loan (limited supply); entry fees to national parks/preserves; from-the-ship adventure activities and equipment; rubber boots on loan (limited supply); one complimentary massage. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included: 
Airfare; some premium wine, beer and liquor; port taxes and fees; discretionary gratuities to vessel's crew, typically 5-10% of fare; travel insurance; personal expenses; fuel surcharge may apply.

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