Ultimate Coves and Passages
• Park Ranger joins you in Glacier Bay National Park and El Capitan Cave hike • Glacier viewing in Glacier Bay National Park and Tracy Arm • Birding and a sea lion haulout at South Marble Island and The Brothers Islands • Wildlife in Frederick Sound, Stephens Passage, Icy Strait, and Peril Strait • Hikes on Chichagof and Prince of Wales Islands • Cultural visit and private tour at Kake Tlingit village • Kayak, paddle board, and skiff Chatham Strait • Investigate intertidal zones of Krestof and Nakwasina Sounds • Explore "wild and woolly" wilderness • Captain's Choice exploration of "not in the guidebook" places
Wildlife and whale watching in Frederick Sound, Stephen's Passage, Icy Strait and Peril Strait. South Marble Island sea lion haulout and spectacular birding. Explore via kayak, paddle board, and skiff. Visit Kasaan, a native Haida village. Two exclusive days in Glacier Bay - jewel of the US National Park system, UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. View stunning glaciers throughout Glacier Bay National Park and at Endicott Arm. Enjoy Glacier Bay Park Ranger interpretation and discover the Bartlett Cove Visitor Centre. Wilderness hikes in Glacier Bay National Park, along Chichagof Island's waterfall coast, and in El Capitan's Caves.
Day 1: Ketchikan, Alaska - Embarkation Welcome aboard! 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 Aha! The wilderness of Southeast Alaska. Wake in a remote cove surrounded by breathtaking Tongass National Forest"”the largest national forest in the US. Joined by your expedition team, it's a water ops morning. Spend it 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 and humpbacks, 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 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 slip into the waters of Deep Cove, Patterson or Saginaw Bay, or perhaps another hidden gem to explore by skiff or paddle a kayak. Gear up for snorkeling* or guided treks. This evening, toast another day of amazing adventure with a cold microbrew or cocktail.
Day 6: The Brothers Islands > Stephens Passage There'll be plenty of wildlife viewing today. The Brothers, a pair of tiny, rocky islands at the confluence of Stephens Passage and Frederick Sound, are home to some of Alaska's most abundant wildlife, including a haulout for Stellar sea lions. The area is also the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the northern hemisphere. Keep watch for orca, humpbacks, and porpoise.
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 While others end their adventure and new guests join later in the day, you will spend the day off the boat. Enjoy lunch in town on us and explore all that historic Juneau has to offer. A complimentary laundry service is provided today. As you embark this afternoon, keep watch for eagles as you cruise through the Tongass National Forest.
Day 9: Captain's Choice Plying the remote waterways of Lynn Canal or Chatham Strait, your captain sets the course for adventure! Wake up at anchor and kick off your morn with on-deck yoga stretches. Then slip into a kayak or step onto a paddle board and glide along rocky outcroppings with your guides. While you keep watch for playful harbor seals in these protected waters, bald eagles will likely monitor your improving paddling skills from the treetops.
Day 10: Glacier Bay National Park One of America's crown jewel national parks is yours to explore"”Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. A National Park Ranger joins you to uncover coves and corners of the bay that most visitors miss. Linger near South Marble Island to spot the many species of rare sea birds that call this area home. Keep your eyes on the water and the island for brightly-colored puffins and Black Oystercatchers. With much to see all around you, you'll find sea lions, mountain goats, bears, eagles, and spectacular scenic backdrops. Tidewater glaciers sweep like rivers of ice down massive mountain valleys, terminating before you in the waters of Glacier Bay. Your day is complete with a stop in Bartlett Cove for a visit to the Park Service's Headquarter.
Day 11: Icy Strait Set your course for some of the most remote waters in Southeast Alaska. Join the captain on the bridge or the expedition team out on deck in search of whales and marine mammals. Camera in hand, begin your land and sea exploration of these wilderness reaches. Ride the skiffs for a closer inspection of the wild coastline with eyes set on the shore for possible bear sightings.
Day 12: Chichagof Island > Peril Strait Meander along the coast of Chichagof Island. In the UnCruise expedition spirit, marvel at the unbelievable scenery as your crew expertly guides you through glacier-carved fjords. Anchor in remote coves for an opportunity to lower the kayaks and skiffs. Explore the shoreline on an intertidal walk or forest hike with your guides. And, wend along Peril Strait"”a twisting channel known for dramatic currents, Peril Strait runs 50 miles from Chatham Strait to Salisbury Sound.
Day 13: Sergius Narrows > Neva Strait Opening at Hoonah Sound, the aptly named Sergius Narrows"”squeezing to only 300 feet wide in one spot and a shallow 24 feet deep"”is a great place to watch the shoreline for bears, the waters for otters and whales, and skyward for eagles. The rugged rock fingers of the narrows winds into scenic Neva Strait. This evening, toast another day of amazing adventure with a frosty microbrew or hot toddy.
Day 14: Krestof > Nakwasina Sounds There aren't many straight lines along Baranof Island, but along its western side lay hundreds of remote, uninhabited islands, and endless opportunities for dropping anchor and adventure. With many secluded coves and islands to choose from, discover the region's intertidal zones, or from your skiff or kayak, watch for whales and sea lions. Gear up for a guided hike with your expedition team for a new perspective of the vast Tongass National Forest. After an active day, toast your voyage with a festive Farewell Dinner and a "photo journal" of your trip presented by your expedition team.
15 Sitka - Disembark Gather for breakfast this morning as you cruise into Russian-influenced Sitka for disembarkation. Transfer to the airport.
Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.
Adventure Cruising Focused on experiencing life on the outside - rain or shine - we offer different destinations, a mix of price points (some generously inclusive) and an exciting range of multi-sport activities. Kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), hiking, snorkeling, inflatable skiff excursions, and cultural encounters top the agenda. Our experiential cruise vacations are delivered from a variety of platforms, and depending on your choices, will accommodate you from 22 to 84 like-minded guests. We provide the adventure, equipment, opportunities, fun, expert crew, expedition guides, and the vessel. The rest... is up to you.
Wilderness Discoverer Active adventure is top-of-mind aboard the Wilderness Discoverer. Complementing the wilderness outside, the decor of the main lounge including reclaimed Alaskan yellow cedar on the bar top evokes the feel of a National Park. The casual, welcoming ambiance of the lounge and dining room with an open floor plan between them creates easy camaraderie among guests. Three public decks are easily accessible"”the sun deck features both covered and open spaces for viewing no matter the weather, and the bow and observation deck offer unencumbered views.
Wilderness Explorer To complement the wild, natural surroundings, the interior of the 74-guest Wilderness Explorer has intentionally been designed with a Pacific Northwest feel including the nautical-themed main lounge. The open-seating format of the dining room and ample space on deck encourage guest-to-guest interaction on this small ship. This expedition vessel has three accessible decks; enjoy over-the-top views from the bow, watch sparkling stars from the upper deck hot tub, and relax in the sun lounge.
• Exclusive activities and shore excursions, presentations • Entry fees to national parks, preserves, and monuments • Narration and expertise from expedition and heritage guides. • Meet, greet services, transfers and baggage handling (between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days) • Onboard meals • Spirits, wine and microbrews • Non-alcoholic beverages • Wellness amenities: hot tub, fitness equipment, and yoga mats
Pricing (per person) $USD
Jun 15, 17
Jun 15, 17
Booking conditions • Prices are per person double/twin occupancy. Ask your travel agent or World Journeys for single, triple cabin prices.
• Please contact World Journeys for the updated US exchange rate.
• Prices are per person double/twin occupancy. Ask your travel agent or World Journeys for single, triple cabin prices. • Please contact World Journeys for the updated US exchange rate.
Not included • Port taxes, fees
• Gratuities to your vessel cruise
• Airfare to and from your home city
• Optional travel insurance
• Port taxes, fees • Gratuities to your vessel cruise • Airfare to and from your home city • Optional travel insurance
Gratuity • Our recommendations for gratuities is USD 25.00 to USD 35.00 per person per day.
• Our recommendations for gratuities is USD 25.00 to USD 35.00 per person per day.