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Example 22 Day Cruise aboard Wilderness Explorer
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Join the Wilderness Explorer on this "Ultra" 22-day expedition through the very best of Alaska's coastal region. Visit Glacier Bay - the jewel of the U.S. National Parks system, and explore remote scenic bays and coves by kayak, paddle board, and skiff. Visit Wrangell's Kiksetti Totem Park, view stunning glaciers in Endicott Arm, look for whales, and stop by a sea lion haulout. All of this and more awaits you on the Ultra Adventure!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Juneau, Alaska | Embark
Day 2 : Endicott Arm | Fords Terror
Day 3 : Stephens Passage
Day 4 : Thomas Bay | Wrangell Narrows
Day 5 : Wrangell
Day 6 : Behm Canal
Day 7 : Misty Fjords National Monument
Day 8 : Ketchikan
Day 9 : Tongass National Forest
Day 10 : El Capitan Cave | Prince of Wales Island
Day 11 : Chatham Strait
Day 12 : Frederick Sound | Kake
Day 13 : The Brothers Islands | Stephens Passage
Day 14 : Tracy Arm Wilderness
Day 15 : Juneau
Day 16 : Captain’s Choice
Day 17 : Glacier Bay National Park
Day 18 : Icy Strait
Day 19 : Chichagof Island | Peril Strait
Day 20 : Sergius Narrows | Neva Strait
Day 21 : Krestof & Nakwasina Sounds
Day 22 : Sitka, Alaska | Disembark


  • Enjoy birding and sea lion viewing at South Marble Island
  • View glaciers in Glacier Bay, Endicott Arm, and Tracy Arm Wilderness
  • Learn about Tlingit culture on a private Kake village visit
  • Experience whale-rich Frederick Sound and Icy Strait
  • Embark on wilderness hikes on Chichagof Island and in El Capitan's Caves
  • Kayak, paddle board, and skiff cruise throughout your Ultra Adventure


Wilderness Explorer

Places Visited

  • Alaska
  • North America
  • United States
  • Behm Canal
  • Chichagof Island
  • El Capitan
  • Endicott Arm
  • Ford's Terror
  • Frederick Sound
  • Glacier Bay National Park
  • Icy Strait
  • Juneau
  • Ketchikan
  • Misty Fjords National Wilderness
  • Peril Strait
  • Sergius Narrows
  • Stephen's Passage
  • The Brothers Islands
  • Thomas Bay
  • Tongass National Forest
  • Tracy Arm
  • Wrangell
  • Wrangell Narrows


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Kayaking though the Alaskan mountains. Humpback whale in Alaska. Family sitting on a glacier. Hiking through the mountains Coastal town of Ketchikan, Alaska.

Day 1 Juneau, Alaska | Embark

Welcome aboard! Meet your crew and get acquainted as your ship sets sail into the Tracy Arm Wilderness.

Day 2 Endicott Arm | Fords Terror

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Snow-covered mountains, glowing blues, and the white thunder of calving ice take your breath away at the face of Dawes Glacier. As you glide through Endicott Arm, spy harbor seals and their pups lounging on “bergy bits” in the water. Tides permitting, explore the narrow passageway of Fords Terror, marveling at its towering walls and the many waterfalls that spill down them, and the high Coastal Mountains that frame the skyline.

Day 3 Stephens Passage

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Make the most of today!! As your captain navigates through Southeast’s remote fjords, watch for whales — humpback and orca are frequent residents of these waters. Perhaps hike through an other-worldly landscape of hanging waterfalls and every shade of green, or kayak and paddle board into the wild inner reaches of a salt chuck — a tidal salt-water lake —keeping a lookout for bears, heron, moose, mink, and harbor seals.

Day 4 Thomas Bay | Wrangell Narrows

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Step into the back country of Alaska's wilderness, in an area known for glaciers and rich in gold and quartz. Explore glacial landscapes marked by moraines, muskegs, and mud. 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.

Day 5 Wrangell

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. Before venturing into town, local islanders join you on board for an in-depth presentation on Tlingit and Haida cultures. View recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park and step inside the famed and historically significant Chief Shakes Tribal House.

Day 6 Behm Canal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wildlife abounds in Behm Canal and the surrounding Tongass National Forest. Look for 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.

Day 7 Misty Fjords National Monument

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Affectionately called “The Yosemite of the North,” Misty Fjords National Monument represents nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska. Glacial valleys filled with sea water, and sheer 3,000 foot cliffs are a haven for sea birds, brown and black bears, mountain goats, Sitka black-tailed deer, mink, moose, river otters, and other wildlife. Glide through Walker Cove or Rudyerd Bay by kayak or explore by skiff as you soak in the splendor of this largely forgotten corner of the world.

Day 8 Ketchikan

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Alaska’s southernmost city and the “salmon capital of the world” also claims fame to having the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles. Spend the day ashore to enjoy lunch in town (included) and explore the notorious Creek Street, once a red-light district. Complimentary laundry service is also provided today. Later, keep watch for eagles as you embark and cruise through the Tongass Narrows out of Ketchikan.

Day 9 Tongass National Forest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 day of exploration!

Day 10 El Capitan Cave | Prince of Wales Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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, and humans too — enjoy the calm and serenity of the island.

Day 11 Chatham Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 are within some of the most untouched wilderness of the Tongass National Forest.

Day 12 Frederick Sound | Kake

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Lush forest, spectacular views, play time, and wildlife 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. On the northern tip of Kupreanof Island, learn about rich heritage of Tlingit culture on a private tour of Kake village. Uncover the legends in their totems and get a front seat view of carving and dance demonstrations. This evening, toast another day of amazing adventure with a cold microbrew or cocktail.

Day 13 The Brothers Islands | Stephens Passage

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
There is 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 14 Tracy Arm Wilderness

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 15 Juneau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day leisurely exploring downtown Juneau and enjoy lunch in town (included). Later this afternoon, re-board and get acquainted with your new travel companions as you cruise toward Glacier Bay National Park for your next day's adventure!

Day 16 Captain’s Choice

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 likely monitor your improving paddling skills from the treetops.

Day 17 Glacier Bay National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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, 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 Headquarters.

Day 18 Icy Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 19 Chichagof Island | Peril Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 20 Sergius Narrows | Neva Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 21 Krestof & Nakwasina Sounds

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 22 Sitka, Alaska | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Gather for breakfast this morning as you cruise into Russian-influenced Sitka for disembarkation. Transfer to the airport.

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Pathfinder Cabin
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Explorer Cabin
Feature a sitting area, fixed queen bed, private bath with shower and large picture window.


- All rates are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.
- Rates do not include port taxes and fees, which vary by itinerary.
- Children 8-13 years of age are welcome on all sailings and will received a $500 per child savings

Due to the nature of your explorations, itineraries are guidelines and may change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

Included in your fare:
  • Onboard meals
  • Premium spirits, wine, beer
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day
  • Entry fees to national parks/preserves
  • All from-the-vessel activities and equipment

Not included in your fare:
  • Port taxes and fees


  • 21 Breakfasts, 20 Lunches, 21 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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