Summary : Cruising the 900 nautical miles between Seattle and Juneau offers exhilaration with views of snow-capped mountains, wildlife and birds, waterfalls, tree-lined narrow passageways and surprises at every turn. Explore at optimal times for cruising with vivid foliage, fewer boats and people, and active bears and other animals foraging along the shoreline. The 15-day adventure offers diverse ways to enjoy the spectacular scenery and wildlife from the viewpoints of a kayaker, stand-up paddle boarder, hiker, snorkeler, or beachcomber. Along the way, expedition leaders and naturalists enhance the experience with presentations and discussions.
Activities : Culture, Hiking, Kayaking
$999,999,999 to $0
Sail from Fishermen's Terminal through the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks where you're lowered twenty feet into the Salish Sea, one of the earth's largest estuaries. This evening, make your way to an anchorage near the Olympic Peninsula.
Shaped and molded by the last ice age, forested islands dot the seascape of this yachter’s paradise. Weather permitting, gunkhole close to shore by skiff or kayak. Explore quaint Friday Harbor and its fascinating Whale Museum. Keep watch for the resident orca pods.
Weave through Washington's serene San Juan Islands exploring its bays, inlets, and beaches before settling in for your northward voyage into Canadian waters.
Intricate waterways and fjords alongside temperate rainforests and mountains are ideal for sightings of orca, seals, sea lions, dolphins, porpoise, and sea birds. Native influences and the fishing and forest industries have shaped these sparsely-populated islands and communities.
The mountain's rise higher and fjords become more dramatic as you continue your journey north. Enjoy onboard presentations and narration by your Expedition Leaders who will unlock the natural history of the area. Keep an eye out for orcas and other wildlife as you cruise through Canada's Inside Passage.
Take in the pure, wilderness air and see how many bald eagles you can spot on deck. Pass the ghost town of Butedale, on British Columbia’s Princess Royal Island, before passing through Prince Rupert, BC and crossing the US/Canadian border into Alaska.
Home to nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska—stunning glacial valleys filled with sea water, untouched wetlands and estuaries, and 3,000-foot vertical cliffs that are a haven for wildlife. Glide through Walker Cove or Rudyerd Bay soaking in the splendor of this largely unknown corner of the world. Get an up-close look at this majestic, 2.3 million-acre wilderness.
Alaska’s southernmost city and “salmon capital of the world” also claims fame to having the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles. Explore the Saxman Totem Village, Tlingit culture, and the notorious Creek Street, once a red-light district in downtown Ketchikan.
Get closer to nature in El Capitan Passage. Hike through high forest on an old logging trail or trek to El Capitan Cave. If the time is right, stop at Marble Island for freshly harvested oysters and fish from a local family.
Discover living history in Klawock—one of Alaska’s most authentic Tlingit villages. Locals share stories and the importance of carving in Alaskan culture. Visit the carvers' shed where the art of carving and restoring totems is passed on to the local youth.
It’s Captain’s Choice today as you explore the intricate passages and shores along Chatham Strait’s Kuiu or Baranof Islands. Join your expedition team on (or in!) the water. Conditions permitting, take to the water by kayak, skiff, or snorkel. Snorkeling is optional, but hidden beneath the surface lies a magical array of sea life only seen with a snorkel swim. Take a deep breath and go for it! Today’s discoveries will be within some of the most un-touched wilderness of the Tongass National Forest.
Lush forest, spectacular views, play time, and wildlife—they are all in abundance in Frederick Sound. Keep watch along the coastline for birds, wolves, and black bears. With many secluded coves to choose from, you may slip into the waters of Deep Cove, Patterson or Saginaw Bay, or perhaps another hidden gem to explore by skiff or paddle a kayak. Gear up for snorkeling or guided hikes. This evening, toast another day of amazing adventure with a cold microbrew or cocktail.
There’ll be plenty of wildlife viewing today. The Brothers, a pair of islands at the confluence of Stephen’s Passage and Frederick Sound, are home to some of Alaska’s most abundant wildlife. The area is the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the northern hemisphere. Keep watch for frolicking orca, humpbacks, and sea lions. Tonight, anchor in quiet bay and listen for the call of the wild.
Be awed by blue ice and the white thunder of calving ice at Dawes Glacier. Tides permitting, explore the narrow passage of Ford’s Terror to admire magnificent domes, hanging valleys, and pristine wilderness. Join the Captain in a farewell toast this evening.
Disembark the ship after breakfast. Transfer directly to the Juneau airport or begin your add-on overnight stay or extended land tour.
Due to the nature of the exploration, the itinerary is a guideline and may change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.
Accommodations aboard ship; all meals; intriguing lectures; sightseeing and adventure activities as listed on itinerary; use of ship's sporting equipment and facilities; on-deck yoga classes; services of the staff both on board and ashore; embarkation transfers and baggage handling between airport/ship; entry fees to national parks/preserves.
Airfare from your home city; snorkeling gear and wetsuits; items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages and massages; optional excursions; optional gratuities; travel insurance; port taxes and fees (2013: $350 per person); fuel surcharge may apply.