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Cruising in Alaska

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Cruising in Alaska offers access to scenery like no other. Snow capped mountains, massive glaciers that sculpt land into deep valleys and calve into the ocean seas, green forests, surging waterfalls and amazing wildlife. From brown bears who live along the coast and fish for salmon, to polar bears in the far north, eagles soaring high and migrating whales. From the comfort of your boat you will enjoy a memorable feast of nature, wildlife and a stunning wilderness previously only available to well-equipped explorers or barmy miners suffering from gold fever.

On this journey you’ll see an abundance of wildlife including everything from whales to porpoise, otters to black oystercatchers, all the while being surrounded by glacial waters and amazing scenery.

HIGHLIGHTS:

SITKA | KRESTOF SOUND | NAKWASINA SOUND | ICY STRAIT | GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK | CHICAGOF ISLAND | HAINES | JUNEAU

  • Fully guided day in Glacier Bay National Park
  • Hike, bike, or river float trip in Haines
  • Hear about the Chilkat Tlingit Native culture from your guide
  • Experience the wilderness by kayak, paddle board, and skiff
  • Hike in Tongass National Forest bird watching along the way

Simply contact us for your personalised itinerary.

‘At-a-Glance’ Illustrative Itinerary

DAY 1:

Welcome aboard! as you embark the ship at Sitka. After settling into your cabin it will be time to relax and meet your crew. Following departure you sail away along Sitka Sound, with views of Mt. Edgecumbe - is a dormant volcano located at the southern end of Kruzof Island, Alaska.

Day 2 : Krestof Sound / Nakwasina Sound

Today you are sailing between islands as you traverse the Sounds. with Baranof Island forest to one side and many small, wild, lesser-known islands on the other you may be able to spot black bears feeding and wading around the waters edge. other wildlife to spot include sea lions and eagles. 

This first full day offer options to drop anchor and find adventure in the wilderness - by kayak, by skiff, of on foot with an expedition guide. 

kayak lake

Day 3 : Icy Strait

Your wilderness adventure continues as you arrive in Icy Strait, notable for the giant bullwhip kelp (it can grow to over 100 feet long) that glides along the ships hull. it is time to enjoy some more wilderness adventure with a skiff trip out to a rocky outcrop and photograph the sea lions at play. There is another opportunity to go on a forest hike with your first-class guides, there to help you learn, see and to share about everything that makes Alaska so unique, even it's geology. 

Day 4 : Glacier Bay National Park

Today you’ll visit the south Alaskan wilderness of Glacier Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve.

Covering 3.3 million acres of rugged mountains, dynamic glaciers, temperate rainforest, wild coastlines and deep sheltered fjords, Glacier Bay National Park is one of the world’s largest international protected areas. From sea to summit, the special nature of this place starts to sink in as Glacier Bay opens up in front of you. The limitless opportunities for adventure amongst puffins, black oystercatchers, mountain goats and bears as they scrounge for food along the park’s inland shores. The name given to the bay as two tidewater glaciers, Margerie and Grand Pacific, cut deep valleys through to the waters edge. 

glacier bay

Day 5 : Chichagof Island

As you travel deeper into the wildlife-rich Alaskan wilderness take time out in the ship's bridge or bow to watch for whales and other creatures before as the ship takes anchor in a wild inlet. Once secured you have the option to hike in the Tongass National Forest or board a skiff to explore the shoreline for bears. 

Day 6 : Lynn Canal / Captain’s Choice Excursion

Despite being called Lynn Canal this is, in fact, North America’s deepest fjord at over 2,000 feet. Once a major route of the Klondike gold rushers it is now a busy inlet for whales and other wildlife - humpbacks, orcas, Dall’s porpoise, Steller sea lions, salmon, halibut, and mischievous river otters. Soaring high above you will see bald eagles. Again the ship will find a prime anchor spot to drop down the zodiacs, kayaks and skiffs for some paddling excursions amongst the tide pools and shore-line. 

humpback whale

Day 7 : Haines, Alaska

Haines is regarded as the unofficial adventure capital of Alaska and so today you have many options - hike, raft, float along the Chilkat Peninsula which offers some of the best trails and views in the whole cruise. The float trip on Chilkat River will take you through the bald eagle preserve.

Learn from local guides about the history and native culture that developed under the influence of European explorers and its gold rush fever. Meet some of the native Chilkat Tlingit tribe, who will join you on the ship to share their history.

Today is the last evening on this amazing wildlife cruise so celebrate your voyage with a farewell dinner and a sharing of memories for years to come.

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Day 8 : Disembarkation at Juneau

A last breakfast with new friends and many memories before disembarking in time for your transfer to the airport.

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