Alaska & Pacific Coast Cruises
Experience Anchorage with your private guide before you embark on a unique expedition cruise to Alaska. Explore the back passages and narrow waterways of the most remote areas of Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage. This 7-night Alaska adventure cruise to the Inside Passage Eastern Coves navigates the waters and wilderness by small ship, enabling you to reach rarely seen areas where explosive scenery and pristine beauty are around every turn. How you choose to explore it further – by kayak, by skiff or by foot – is entirely up to you.
Enhance your already memorable small ship cruise experience by adding excursion adventures. Take a one-of-a-kind kayaking trip with one of the expert naturalists, see what fishing is like with top anglers who know the local waters, go hiking into the breathtaking wilderness with a small group of your companions and really find out why Alaska’s Inside Passage is an unforgettable frontier.
Cruise Departure Dates:
60-guest Adventurer ship: May 24, Jun 7, Jul 19, Aug 2,16,30 (2014) // May 16, Sep 12 (2015)
79-guest Discoverer ship: May 17,31, Jun 14,28, Jul 12,26, Aug 9,23, Sep 20 (2014) // May 30, Aug 22, Sep 19
74-guest Explorer ship: May 16, Jun 1, Jul 11, Aug 8, Sep 5 (2015)
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
Meet your driver-guide for a private half-day tour of Anchorage, Alaska's largest city. Full of interesting sites, picturesque scenery, and history, Anchorage makes for a great sightseeing tour. Your tour will pass attractions like the Log Cabin Visitor Center, the Alaska Railroad Depot, and the Museum of Art & History. Visit Resolution Park and the Captain Cook Monument as well as Ship Creek Viewpoint, which overlooks Cook Inlet. Return transfer to your hotel included. Admissions (if desired) payable on spot.
Flight from Anchorage to Juneau.
Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
Enjoy your private guided transfer from the airport to the ship.
Welcome aboard! After meeting your crew and getting acquainted with your ship’s features, finish the evening with a delicious meal as we anchor in Windham Bay.
Port charges are included in your multi-day cruise.
Please note: the cruise itinerary represents a guideline only. Actual daily stops and activities may alter depending on seasonality and weather conditions as assessed by the captain.
At the end of Tracy Arm, a winding fjord with sheer granite walls, hundreds of cascading waterfalls, and some of the largest floating icebergs in all of Alaska, sits the twin Sawyer Glaciers—North Sawyer and South Sawyer. The fjord is home to brown and black bears, deer, wolves, harbor seals, birds such as arctic terns and pigeon guillemots, and mountain goats, usually spotted high on the cliffs. Later today, move into Frederick Sound—summer feeding ground for the northern hemisphere’s largest concentration of humpback whales. Keep watch for humpbacks, orca, and Steller sea lions.
Thomas Bay is known for glaciers, gold and quartz deposits, and an array of wildlife. Take on the exposed terminal moraine of the Baird Glacier Trail, until you reach the top of the glacier itself. Enjoy a long guided kayak excursion from Scenery Cove to Cascade Creek and then treat yourself to a short trek on one of the several scenic Cascade Creek trails. Or take a quiet day spent onboard, putting your feet up, getting a massage and staring at the gorgeous scenery. Dinner includes a reading from “The Strangest Story Ever Told,” a story about Thomas Bay and native bigfoot-like creatures call Kushtaka.
In an area known for glaciers and rich in gold and quartz, take on the otherworldly boot-sucking Baird Glacier until you stand atop the mile-wide glacier. Adventure and natural beauty are sure to please whether you choose kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff riding, or hiking today. An abundance of bright red and green navigation lights guide you along “Christmas Tree Lane” as you cruise the winding Wrangell Narrows this evening.
Home to native culture, wildlife, and wonder—Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska and the only one ever governed by four nations. Brush up on your Tlingit culture and view recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park.
Wildlife abounds in Behm Canal and the surrounding Tongass National Forest—orca, porpoise, seals, sea lions, brown and black bears, mink, marten, eagles, and otters. Paddle along the canal or venture out on an intertidal shore walk or low-elevation trek on the Cleveland Peninsula.
Watch the sun rise over the steep and sometimes sheer walls of the Misty Fjords National Monument Wilderness Area, a haven for ducks, brown and black bear, mountain goats, Sitka deer, mink, moose, river otters and othermarine wildlife who ply the waters of Behm Canal and the inlets. Glide through Walker Cove by kayak (close in or long distance) and stop at shoreline beaches to stretch your legs. Or explore it all by skiff, soaking in the splendor of this largely forgotten corner of the world. Man the rope swing, race around the ship and show off with a platform dive, if you dare. This evening, you will be greeted with cocktails as you join the Captain in a farewell toast and reminisce about your Alaskan journey over a sumptuous Alaskan seafood and prime beef dinner. After dinner, share in conversation with all the new friends you’ve made on your journey and show your video footage on the lounge's flat screen TV's.
Enjoy the morning in Ketchikan and disembark.
The Ramada Anchorage Downtown (3*) offers fantastic views of Mount Susitna, as well as Cook Inlet and the Ship Creek Valley. All guests enjoy various amenities including complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, free wireless internet access, free parking, and a 24-hour convenience store.
The MV Wilderness Adventurer is designed for 'soft-adventure' cruising. She carries 23 touring sea kayaks and an excursion landing craft for remote explorations. The ship, originally constructed to maximize up-close, adventurous itineraries, have undergone complete refurbishment inside and out. All guest cabins are above deck with large, view windows, eco-friendly memory foam mattresses and bath amenities, flatscreen televisions with DVD players and iPod docking stations. The main lounge has been designed to feel like a cross between a National Park lodge and a quaint neighborhood pub with a bar top made from salvaged Alaskan yellow cedar. Each ship also has a sauna, exercise equipment, complimentary on-deck yoga classes, a large resource library, well-stocked DVD library and board games and a hot tub with a view.
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