Summary : Wildlife, ice, Tlingit culture, and deep fjords are highlights along the 900 nautical miles between Juneau and Seattle on this un-cruise adventure. Embrace exhilarating closeness to snow-capped mountains, wildlife and birds far too numerous to keep count, waterfalls, tree-lined narrow passageways and surprises at just about every "gunkholing" turn. View glaciers, kayak through the narrows, and hike into the rainforest. The foliage is vivid at this time of year, there are fewer boats and people, and bears and other animals are likely foraging along the shoreline.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling
$999,999,999 to $0
Welcome aboard! Meet your crew and get acquainted as you set sail for the Tracy Arm Wilderness.
At the end of Tracy Arm, a winding fjord with sheer granite walls and large floating icebergs, sits the twin Sawyer Glaciers. Explore Frederick Sound—summer feeding ground for humpback whales. Keep watch for humpbacks, orca, and Steller sea lions.
Choose kayaking and a forest trek on a Cascade Creek trail or go big on a 5-mile hike to the glacially-fed and rarely visited Patterson Lake for spectacular kayaking. Discover the origin of its "Devil's Country" nickname and hear legends about the area’s mythical shape-shifting creatures called Kushtaka.
In an area known for glaciers and rich in gold and quartz, natural beauty is today's setting for kayaking, paddle boarding, skiffing, or hiking. Bright red and green navigation lights guide you along “Christmas Tree Lane” as you cruise the winding Wrangell Narrows this evening.
Home to native culture, wildlife, and wonder—Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska and the only one ever governed by four nations. Brush up on your Tlingit culture and view recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park.
Wildlife abounds in Yes Bay and the surrounding Tongass National Forest—humpback whales, orca, porpoise, seals, sea lions, brown and black bears, mink, marten, eagles, and otters. Say yes to a kayak paddle up the bay or a wildlife-seeking hike along a scenic trail.
Home to nearly every ecosystem 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.
Take in the pure, wilderness air and see how many bald eagles you can spot from the deck. Intricate waterways and fjords alongside temperate rainforests and mountains are ideal for sightings of orca and other wildlife as you sail through Canada's Inside Passage.
Native influences have shaped these sparsely-populated islands and communities. Enjoy onboard presentations and narration by your Expedition Leaders who will unlock the natural history of the area.
Pass the ghost town of Butedale, on British Columbia's Princess Royal Island, before passing Prince Rupert, BC and crossing the US/Canadian border into Washington State.
Cruise into US waters and weave through Washington State's serene San Juan Islands—an archipelago of islands first charted by the Spanish in 1791. Exploring its bays, inlets, and beaches, you'll gunkhole close to shore by skiff or kayak and on land by foot.
Discover quaint Friday Harbor, its maritime history, and a fascinating Whale Museum. Keep watch while on board today for the resident orca pods.
Explore the intricate coastal waterways of the Salish Sea. Shaped and molded by the last iceage, forested islands dot the seascape of this yachter's paradise. The name was recently coined to recognize the indigenous peoples of this culturally rich area.
Transit through Hiram M. Chittenden Locks into Fishermen's Terminal and disembark the ship after breakfast. Transfer directly to the Seattle airport.
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 (excludes snorkel gear and wetsuit); 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 ($35 rental fee); items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages and massages; optional gratuities; select optional excursions as noted; travel insurance; port taxes and fees (2013: $350 per person); fuel surcharge may apply.