Summary : Explore the Last Frontier aboard a former Bering Sea crab boat transformed into a premier expedition vessel. Discover Glacier Bay National Park, Prince of Wales Island, and Sitka. Visit Kasaan, Metlakatla, and Misty Fjord National Monument; 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
After exploring “Alaska’s First City” and “Salmon Capital of the World,” embark the Kruzof Explorer and settle in for a remarkable 12-day journey unlike any other in The Last Frontier. Take in the sights and sounds of Alaska from the outer viewing decks as the captain navigates towards Misty Fjords, a stunning national monument.
Glide beneath 3,000-foot glacier-sculpted cliffs, discover the fjord’s natural history, listen to the calls of myriad seabirds, feel the mist from glistening waterfalls, and see famous New Eddystone Rock—a stunning volcanic core.
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. Experience the frontier spirit of Alaska’s timber years on a tour of Thorne Bay, once the largest logging camp in the world.
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.
Discover the remarkable west coast of Prince of Wales, an island renowned for large populations of black bear, Sitka black-tailed deer, and elusive Alexander Archipelago wolves. Prince of Wales Island is the fourth largest island in the United States, and its many pristine bays and islands offer countless options for adventure. Experience a port call in the small town of Klawock. With a population of under 1,000 people, this unique community began as a summer fishing camp of the Tlingit people. In 1868, a trading post and salmon saltery were established. The town is known for its remarkable collection of 21 totem poles, which you’ll have an opportunity to view and photograph on a guided tour.
Continue exploring the many compelling waterways and islands of Prince of Wales aboard the Kruzof Explorer and on Zodiac and kayak expeditions. Options include Port Alice, Sea Otter Sound, and El Capitan Passage. Sail between the beautiful Cape Decision lighthouse, perched atop wave-beaten rocks on southern Kuiu Island, and the Spanish Islands. Depending on weather conditions, navigate east Baranof Island, “the waterfall coast,” or remote west Baranof Island.
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. End the day at the company’s exclusive lodge on Fin Island with a meal of king crab, prime rib, and wild Alaska salmon.
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 “road” 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—a nesting area for puffins, a myriad of other birds, and 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.
Sail Southeast Alaska’s “outer coast,” enjoying the beautiful sight of the Gulf of Alaska to the west and the jagged peaks of the Fairweather Range, including several glaciers, to the east. Venture through the narrow entrance of Lituya Bay.
Continue exploration of Lituya Bay by Zodiac, kayak, and stand up paddleboard. This bay has a fascinating history and is the site of one of Alaska’s most incredible tales. In 1958, a major earthquake in the area triggered a massive landslide, resulting in a “mega-tsunami.” The subsequent wave washed out trees and vegetation up to 1,720 feet in elevation. Astonishingly, a local fishing family safely “rode” the wave. After shooting skyward and looking down from the deck of their fishing vessel at the trees far below, they safely fell back to normal sea level. As you explore Lituya Bay, you’ll witness evidence of this catastrophic natural phenomenon.
Enjoy in-depth exploration of the untouched wilderness and abundant wildlife of Yakutat and Disenchantment bays. Cruise in comfort amidst beautiful icebergs en route to close-up views of the massive Hubbard Glacier–the largest tidewater glacier in North America. On a clear day in this temperate rainforest, you may even have the opportunity to view stunning Mount St. Elias, the second tallest peak in the United States. The Malaspina Glacier, a river of ice roughly the size of the state of Rhode Island, will also be in view.
Disembark in Yakutat, a small fishing community situated on a glacial moraine and set against an impressive mountain backdrop. A transfer to your lodging or the airport 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 (Yakutat to Ketchikan): 7/15/2020
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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