- National Geographic
Sea Lion/Sea Bird
- Expedition Ship
- 62 Capacity
- 8 Days
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Summary : In Southeast Alaska — a land of fjords and islands teeming with wildlife – you can wake to the cry of a soaring eagle, watch tons of ice thunder from the face of a glacier, walk in a spruce forest, and observe lunge-feeding whales. Since 1982, this Alaska tour has explored the magnificent Inside Passage with a small number of guests in the company of naturalists. Walk forest trails to cascading waterfalls, bird watching and identifying wildflowers as you go. Enjoy Zodiac and kayaking forays, and learn about Alaska’s rich Native American heritage. A full day is spent in Glacier Bay National Park. All departures will have a certified photo instructor and select departures will have a National Geographic photographer onboard.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography
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$6,290 to $8,390
Take an early afternoon flight from Seattle to Juneau. Before embarking the ship, stop by the Alaska State Museum for an artful introduction to this unique state. Also, visit Mendenhall Glacier, set in the dramatic Mendenhall Valley, located just 12 miles from downtown Juneau. Embark the ship and take the time to settle into your cabin before dinner. After dinner onboard, take a few hours to yourself and explore the port of Juneau.
This morning, you enter Tracy Arm, a spectacular fjord, with waterfalls cascading from its glacially carved walls. You'll pass the Sawyer Glacier, which has been described as bluer than any blue on earth, or the towering Dawes Glacier. If conditions permit, you'll board Zodiacs to experience unparalleled up close views of the glacier. Keep an eye out for harbor seals and porpoises, Arctic terns and Bonaparte gulls.
Search for humpback whales as you head towards the small, true Alaskan town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. Explore a unique Southeast Alaskan ecosystem, the "muskeg," with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. There is an opportunity for optional flightseeing or bike riding.
These waters are prime areas for both killer whales and humpback whales. It's not uncommon to observe their fascinating behavior — breaching, tail-slapping and variations on feeding — as you fill the deck and listen to the play-by-play from expert naturalists. Explore spectacular bays and inlets, following bear trails and salmon streams. Once ashore, you will have the opportunity to walk along a quiet forest trail. The still waters are excellent for kayaking, offering another option for up close exploration.
Hike, kayak and search for whales in the waters off Point Adolphus, a favored feeding area for humpback whales. Keep watch on deck with marine mammal experts. Under the right conditions, lower the ship's hydrophone to listen in on the whale's communication. After some thrilling whale watching, cruise Inian Pass in search of playful sea otters.
Spend the entire day amidst the coves, fjords, tidewater glaciers and majestic mountains of Glacier Bay National Park. See glaciers that end abruptly at the water’s edge and observe them “calving” — tons of ice crashing into the sea — accompanied by an exhilaratingly thunderous sound. Mountain goats scaling the peaks, as well as harbor seals, Steller sea lions and puffins are some of the creatures you may observe. A visit to Tidal Inlet may bring the sight of brown bears lumbering up the hillside. A native Tlingit interpreter joins you onboard to share the legend of the area.
Today, nature is your guide as you set forth with the flexibility to take advantage of wildlife and weather conditions. You may stop at an isolated beach to take a closer look at tide pools, beachcomb, and hike stunning forest trails. Keep an eye out for old bear tracks worn into the soil as you move from forest to meadow. This area is home to the highest density of nesting bald eagles in the world, so sightings are very common. If conditions permit, you can do some kayaking, always watching for marine and terrestrial life.
After breakfast, you disembark in Sitka, southeastern Alaska’s only oceanfront town. Sitka has a strong Russian heritage, which is readily apparent as you visit the onion-domed St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church. Gaze up at the grand totem poles that line the wooded trails through Sitka National Historic Park. At the Raptor Rehabilitation Center, you have close views of species normally seen at a distance in the wild — bald eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. After your visit, transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight to Seattle. Please note certain departures operate in reverse, making all the same stops. See Reverse Itinerary dates.
This cruise may also operate on the Sea Lion, sister ship to the Sea Bird.
Reverse Itinerary (Sitka to Juneau): 5/17/2014, 5/18/2014, 5/31/2014, 6/1/2014, 6/14/2014, 6/15/2014, 6/28/2014, 6/29/2014, 7/12/2014, 7/13/2014, 7/26/2014, 7/27/2014, 8/9/2014, 8/10/2014, 8/23/2014, 8/24/2014
Accommodations aboard ship; all meals; all shore excursions and sightseeing; use of kayaking equipment; entrance fees; group transfers as indicated in itinerary; gratuities (except to ship’s crew), taxes and service charges; services of natural history staff.
Airfare Seattle/Juneau, returning Sitka/Seattle, or vice versa; optional extensions; flightseeing; individual transfers; baggage/accident/cancellation insurance; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, emails, etc.; gratuities to ship’s crew at your discretion; fuel surcharge may apply.