Northern Passages and Glacier Bay
- Destination: Un-Cruise Adventures
- Duration: 8 days/7 nights
- Price: $1,895
- Available: May 11, 2013 — September 15, 2013
Day 1: Juneau, Alaska — Embarkation
Welcome aboard! Meet the crew, settle in, and relax with your shipmates. Within minutes you’ll cruise the scenic channels of the Inside Passage.
Days 2-4 Glacier Bay National Park
One of America’s crown jewel national parks is yours to explore and marvel at for the next three days. At Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, you’ll pick up the National Park Ranger who will be with you to explore coves and corners of the bay that most visitors miss. In the bay there are sea lions, mountain goats, sea otters, bears, moose, eagles, and spectacular scenic backdrops. Linger near South Marble Island and spot the many species of rare sea birds that call this area home, keeping your eyes on the water and the island for brightly-colored puffins and black oystercatchers. Visit thePark Service’s Headquarters at Bartlett Cove. Tidewater glaciers sweep like rivers of ice down massive mountain valleys, terminating before you in the waters of Glacier Bay. Conditions permitting, you'll have an opportunity to kayak or tour via skiff.
Day 5: Icy Strait
Set your course for arguably the richest whale waters in Southeast Alaska. Join the Captain on the bridge or the Expedition Leaders/Naturalists out on deck in search of marine mammals. Camera in hand, begin your land and sea exploration of these remote reaches. Ride the skiffs for a closer inspection of the rugged and wild coastline with eyes set on the shore for possible bear sightings.
Day 6: Chichagof Island
Meander along the spectacular waterfall coast of Chichagof Island. In the spirit of expedition un-cruising, marvel at the grand scenery as our crew expertly guides you through unsung, glacier-carved fjords. Anchor in remote waters for an opportunity to lower the kayaks and skiffs. Enjoy another delectable dinner onboard and relax in the hot tub before calling it a day.
Day 7: Peril Strait
Running 50 miles from Chatham Strait to Salisbury Sound, this haven for small boats is scenically highlighted by a very narrow connecting passageway called Sergius Narrows and an opening at Hoonah Sound. This historic and wildlife-rich waterway is a great place to explore the shoreline for bears, the waters for otters and whales, and to watch for eagles. The passage narrows to only 300 feet in one spot (24 feet deep.) After an adventurous, but “non-perilous” day, toast your voyage with a festive Farewell Dinner and a “photo journal” of your trip presented by your Expedition Leaders.
Day 8: Sitka — Disembark
Gather for breakfast this morning as you cruise into Russian-influenced Sitka for disembarkation. A transfer will be provided to the airport or your hotel.
Extend Your Cruise
LAND PACKAGE: Kantishna Wilderness Experience & Flightseeing - Post-Cruise Sitka
5 day / 4 night - Experience inland Alaska after your cruise adventure with a luxury dome train ride and flight-seeing adventure in Denali National Park.
This four-night package includes one night in Sitka, one night in Fairbanks, and two nights in Kantishna—deep in the heart of Denali National Park.
LAND PACKAGE: Kantishna Wilderness Experience - Post-Cruise Sitka
6 day / 5 night - Finish your Alaska trip with a land excursion into Denali National Park by luxury dome train. Enjoy one night in Sitka, one night in Fairbanks, two nights in Kantishna—deep in the heart of Denali National Park, and one night in Anchorage.
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LAND PACKAGE: Kantishna Wilderness Experience - Pre-Cruise
5 day / 4 night - Explore Denali National Park by luxury dome train prior to setting off on your Alaska cruise adventure. Enjoy one night in Fairbanks, Alaska, two nights in Kantishna—deep in the heart of Denali National Park, and one night in Anchorage..
HOTEL STOPOVER: Sitka - Westmark Sitka Hotel
Rich in history, Sitka owes much of its heritage to both Czarist Russia and native Tlingit Indian cultures. The Westmark Sitka Hotel, located near the harbor in the heart of downtown, offers comfortable lodging and fine dining in an environment designed to reflect these local cultural influences.
HOTEL STOPOVER: Juneau - Goldbelt Hotel
Overlooking the waterfront in downtown Juneau, the Goldbelt Hotel offers full service accommodations and is in close proximity to most major attractions.