Summary : Explore the Last Frontier aboard a former Bering Sea crab boat transformed into a premier expedition vessel. Explore Glacier Bay National Park, Admiralty Island National Monument, and Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness. Visit Wrangell, Kasaan, and Metlakatla; immerse yourself in the history, culture, art, and cultural traditions of Alaska's Native communities; and scout for black bears, moose, whales, sea lions, bald eagles, and more. Savor chances to trek ashore, venture to remote areas inaccessible to larger craft, and paddle along pristine coastlines.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking
Explore beautiful Sitka, the only community in Southeast Alaska that faces the open ocean waters of the Gulf of Alaska. Visit fascinating sites that highlight the community's rich Alaska Native and Russian history, guided by an expedition leader. Embark for the winding narrows north of town while searching for bald eagles, sea otters, bears, whales, and other wildlife.
Navigate the remote west coast of Chichagof Island in the West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness—a stretch of Southeast Alaska that few travelers have a chance to experience. The pristine coastline is adorned by miles of stunning cliffs, narrow passages, and towering rainforest. The vessel’s high-speed Zodiac and kayaks provide an opportunity for in-depth exploration of the region. In the evening, explore the boardwalk “roads” of Pelican, Alaska during a port call to this unique and charming community in Lisianski Strait.
Witness the awe-inspiring beauty of Glacier Bay National Park. Highlights include South Marble Island—home to a nesting area for puffins, a myriad of other birds, and a Steller sea lion haul-out; Gloomy Knob, a dramatic rocky outcropping known to be excellent mountain goat habitat; and the mighty Margerie glacier, famous for spectacular displays of calving. During your park visit, keep an eye out for bears, wolves, moose, whales, and more.
Explore Admiralty Island, a place Alaska Natives call Kootznoowoo, which translates to “Fortress of the Bear.” This remarkable island is home to the highest density of brown bears in North America, and also boasts a large population of nesting bald eagles. Your captain and guide will select a coastline area ripe for adventure where you’ll savor the opportunity to kayak shallow water places inaccessible to larger craft and/or beachcomb the pristine shore.
Journey through Tracy or Endicott Arm in the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness, a place the famous naturalist John Muir referred to as, “a wild, unfinished Yosemite.” Renowned for its pristine waterfalls, towering icebergs, abundant harbor seals, and granite cliffs that rise from sea level to 4,000 feet, this wilderness is often referred to by locals as one of the most scenic areas in the state. Both of these dramatic glacial fjords offer stunning views of tidewater glaciers. Traveling aboard the Kruzof Explorer provides a unique opportunity to kayak in this beautiful wilderness area.
Visit Thomas Bay, a wilderness location shrouded by curious Alaska Native legends and mysterious stories told by early gold miners. Enjoy one of several trekking options in the bay, such as the Cascade Falls trail, Scenery Cove, or the outwash plain leading to the terminal moraine of the Baird Glacier. Witness the power of glacial ice in shaping even the most rugged landscapes.
Home to a little over 2,000 permanent residents, Wrangell is the only town in Alaska to have been under the jurisdiction of three flags and ruled by four nations: the Tlingit, Russia, England, and the United States. Enjoy several options to explore this colorful history, including a guided tour and a trip to the Wrangell Museum. Visit the intriguing State Historic Park, Petroglyph Beach, which contains the highest concentration of petroglyphs in Southeast Alaska.
Relish the inspiring spirit and Alaska Native heritage of Kasaan, a beautiful Haida village on Prince of Wales island. Walk an enchanted forest path laden with intricately carved totem poles to the Chief Son-i-Hat Whale House, the only remaining traditional Haida longhouse in the United States.
Immerse yourself in the extraordinary history, art, and cultural traditions of the Metlakatla Indian Community on Annette Island. Visit a traditional Tsmishian longhouse, enjoy a ceremonial dance performance, and meet Native artists. Later, glide beneath the 3,000-foot glacier-sculpted cliffs of Misty Fjords National Monument. Discover the fjord’s natural history, listen to the calls of seabirds, feel the mist from glistening waterfalls, and see famous New Eddystone Rock, a stunning volcanic core.
Disembark in Ketchikan, otherwise known as Alaska’s “First City” and “Salmon Capital of the World.” Transfer to the airport or your hotel is included.
Cruise information is subject to change without notice based on navigating conditions. Itinerary subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
NOTE: This ship is NEW for the 2020 season! As with any new vessel, we strongly suggest selecting a departure date at least six weeks after launch. Please ask for details.
Reverse Itinerary (Ketchikan to Sitka): 6/1/2020, 7/27/2020, 8/28/2020
Transfer from airport to select hotels the day prior to sailing; transfer to vessel on embarkation day; transfer from ship to downtown hotel or airport upon disembarkation; shipboard accommodations; kayaking; stand up paddleboarding; select shore excursions as indicated in itinerary; baggage handling from airport/hotel to vessel and from vessel to airport/hotel on day of departure or one day prior to departure; gear on loan (binoculars, rain jacket, rain pants, and boots); all meals onboard ship and where otherwise indicated; alcohol with some exceptions; water, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, soda. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; pre- and post-cruise hotel accommodations; travel insurance (highly recommended); non-complimentary beer, wine, and alcohol; discretionary gratuities to crew; all taxes and port fees; fuel surcharge may apply.
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