Alaska Inside Passage – Ultimate Adventure

Alaska Adventure Cruise

  • Wilderness Discoverer
  • Expedition Ship
  • 76 Capacity
  • 15 Days
  • 2015 View Departure>
    • 2015
    • May 30 Sat
    • Jun 27 Sat
    • Jul 25 Sat
    • Aug 22 Sat
  • Price from
  • $4,945

Summary : This truly is the Ultimate Alaska Adventure cruise and will reveal all the best of what Alaska’s Inside Passage has to offer. Over the course of 15 days you’ll experience the wealth of Alaska wilderness, waterfalls and wildlife traveling deep into the heart of the Inside Passage, the way only a small ship can. Take in the rugged beauty of Tongass National Forest and Misty Fjords National Monument. Adventure and discovery is around every corner and the pristine, unspoiled beauty will leave you with lasting memories.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling

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Itinerary
Day 1
Juneau, Alaska

Welcome aboard! Meet your crew and get acquainted as you set sail into the Tracy Arm Wilderness.

Day 2
Tracy Arm Wilderness / Frederick Sound

At the end of Tracy Arm, a winding fjord with sheer granite walls, hundreds of cascading waterfalls, and some of the largest floating icebergs in all of Alaska, sits the twin Sawyer Glaciers—North Sawyer and South Sawyer. The fjord is home to brown and black bears, deer, wolves, harbor seals, birds such as arctic terns and pigeon guillemots, and mountain goats, usually spotted high on the cliffs. Later today, move into Frederick Sound—summer feeding ground for the northern hemisphere’s largest concentration of humpback whales. Keep watch for humpbacks, orca, and Steller sea lions.

Day 3
Thomas Bay

Choose kayaking and a lush forest trek on a scenic rainforest trail, or go big on a roundtrip 11-mile hike to the glacially-fed and rarely visited Patterson Lake for spectacular kayaking in the meltwaters of Patterson Glacier. Discover the origin of its “Devil’s Country” nickname during a reading from “The Strangest Story Ever Told,” about the area’s mythical shape-shifting creatures called Kushtaka.

Day 4
Wrangell Narrows

Step into the back country of Alaska's wilderness, in an area known for glaciers and rich in gold and quartz. Explore glacial landscapes marked by moraines, muskegs, and mud. Adventure and natural beauty are sure to please whether you choose kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff riding, or hiking today. An abundance of bright red and green navigation lights guide you along “Christmas Tree Lane” as you cruise the winding Wrangell Narrows this evening.

Day 5
Wrangell, Alaska

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. Before venturing into town, local islanders join you on board for an in-depth presentation on Tlingit and Haida cultures. View recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park and step inside the famed and historically significant Chief Shakes Tribal House.

Day 6
Behm Canal

Wildlife abounds in Behm Canal and the surrounding Tongass National Forest—orca, porpoise, seals, sea lions, brown and black bears, mink, marten, eagles, and otters. Paddle along the canal or venture out on an intertidal shore walk or low-elevation trek on the Cleveland Peninsula.

Day 7
Misty Fjords National Monument

Affectionately called “The Yosemite of the North,” Misty Fjords National Monument represents nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska. Glacial valleys filled with sea water, and sheer 3,000 foot cliffs are a haven for sea birds, brown and black bears, mountain goats, Sitka black-tailed deer, mink, moose, river otters, and other wildlife. Glide through Walker Cove or Rudyerd Bay by kayak or explore by skiff soaking in the splendor of this largely forgotten corner of the world.

Day 8
Ketchikan, Alaska

Alaska’s southern most city and “salmon capital of the world” also claims fame to having the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles. While others end their adventure and new guests join later in the day, you will spend the day off the boat. Enjoy an included lunch in town and explore the notorious Creek Street, once a red-light district. A complimentary laundry service is provided today. Later this afternoon, keep watch for eagles while cruising through the Tongass Narrows out of Ketchikan.

Day 9
Tongass National Forest / El Capitan Passage

Wake in El Capitan Passage surrounded by breathtaking Tongass National Forest—the largest national forest in the US. Take a “wild” Alaska trek winding through high forest on an old logging trail, find your way to El Capitan Cave, the largest known cave in Alaska and one of the largest mapped caves in the Americas. And if the tides are right, you just may get lucky today and snag some organic oysters from a local grower.

Day 10
Klawock Native Village

Discover living history in Klawock—one of the most authentic Tlingit villages in Alaska. Learn the importance of carving, gaze up at totem poles coloring the town, and hear their stories. Visit the carvers' shed where the art of carving and restoring totems is passed on. Along with its small fishing fleet, this rustic community continues to thrive on the farthest reaches of the wild Alaska coastline. Explore the area on foot keeping an eye for eagles and sea birds.

Day 11
Chatham Strait

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 from below. Take a deep breath and go for it! Today's discoveries will be within some of the most untouched wilderness of the Tongass National Forest.

Day 12
Frederick Sound

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 treks. This evening, toast another day of amazing adventure with a cold microbrew or cocktail.

Day 13
The Brothers Islands / Stephen's Passage

There’ll be plenty of wildlife viewing today. The Brothers, a pair of tiny, rocky islands at the confluence of Stephen’s Passage and Frederick Sound, are home to some of Alaska’s most abundant wildlife, including a haulout for Stellar sea lions. The area is also the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the northern hemisphere. Keep watch for orca, humpbacks, and porpoise.

Day 14
Endicott Arm / Ford’s Terror Wilderness

Snow covered mountains, glowing blues, and the white thunder of calving ice take your breath away at the face of Dawes Glacier. 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 Ford’s Terror. Join the Captain for a farewell toast during dinner.

Day 15
Juneau, Alaska

Bid adieu to new-found friends over breakfast before disembarking. Transfer directly to the Juneau airport or continue on your own adventure.

Notes

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.

Included:
All onboard meals; exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel; entry fees to national parks/preserves; most from-the-vessel adventure activities and equipment; wellness program: hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, and yoga.

Not Included:
Airfare; snorkeling gear and wetsuits; items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages and massages; optional gratuities; select optional excursions as noted; travel insurance; port taxes and fees; fuel surcharge may apply.