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Alaska's Inside Passage – Western Coves

Alaska Adventure Cruise Information

Summary : This Ketchikan to Juneau itinerary is focused on taking you into the Alaska Inside Passage isolated waterways and secret passages where bigger cruise ships can’t travel. You’ll have the opportunity to see wildlife and wilderness up close as you are surrounded by the majestic beauty of the remote Tongass National Forest. How you choose to explore it further – by kayak, stand-up paddle board, skiff or foot – is entirely up to you. Hike “wild and woolly” places (“skookum” to the locals) and observe dramatic waterfall coasts. Kayak along shore looking for bears and near 10,000-year-old glaciers areas and learn the stories of the totem. Explore by Zodiac with expert naturalists and enjoy relaxation onboard from delicious cuisine to yoga stretching amid stunning Alaska views.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Triple/Quad Cabins


NEW for 2017 - Most alcoholic beverages are now included!

This itinerary can be combined with the Alaska's Inside Passage – Eastern Coves itinerary and/or Alaska's Northern Passages & Glacier Bay National Park itinerary to make a longer 15-day or 22-day trip. Please inquire with ExpeditionTrips for details.

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Day 1
Ketchikan, Alaska

Meet your crew, get settled in, and keep watch for eagles as we cruise through the Tongass Narrows out of Ketchikan.

Day 2
Tongass National Forest

Wake in a remote cove surrounded by breathtaking Tongass National Forest—the largest national forest in the US. Joined by your expedition team, spend the morning paddling a kayak, paddle boarding, or exploring by skiff. Then settle in as you cruise the northern tip of Prince of Wales Island, nestled right in the heart of the Tongass. It’s a grand first day of exploration!

Day 3
El Capitan Caves / Prince of Wales Island

Take a walk on the wild side winding through high forest on an old logging trail, and find your way to El Capitan Cave, the largest known cave in Alaska and one of the largest mapped caves in the Americas. Learn from Forest Service Rangers about karst and the geologic forces that created this intricate cave system. Locals—bears, harbor seals, humpback and orca whales, deer, eagles, humans too—enjoy the calm and serenity of the island. Take it all in, and chances are, you will too.

Day 4
Chatham Strait / Tongass National Forest

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 5
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 discover 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.

Day 6
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. The area is the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the northern hemisphere. Keep watch for frolicking orca, humpbacks, porpoise and sea lions.

Day 7
Tracy Arm Wilderness

At the end of Tracy Arm, a winding fjord with sheer granite walls, hundreds of cascading waterfalls, and some of the largest icebergs in all of Alaska, sits the twin Sawyer Glaciers—Sawyer and South Sawyer. The fjord is home to brown and black bears, deer, mountain goats, harbor seals, and birds such as arctic terns and pigeon guillemots.

Day 8
Juneau, Alaska

Disembark the ship after breakfast and transfer to the Juneau 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.


Transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day; cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; most alcoholic beverages; non-alcoholic beverages; entry fees to national parks/preserves; most from-the-vessel adventure activities and equipment; gear on loan (yoga mats and a limited supply of rubber boots). Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:

Airfare; some premium alcoholic beverages; items of a personal nature; optional gratuities; travel insurance; port taxes and fees; fuel surcharge may apply.

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