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Embark on an immersive, wide-ranging photo expedition that focuses entirely on Alaska’s famed Inside Passage. Experience the perfect mix of small-town life and the grand expanse of the wild landscape that surrounds it. Capture it all with the help of your photo expedition team. Enjoy ample time to discover Alaska's wildlife and enjoy kayaking, hiking, and glaciers on your 11-day journey on the Sea Bird.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Ketchikan
Day 2 : Misty Fiords
Day 3 : Behm Canal | Clarence Strait
Day 4 : Thomas Bay | Petersburg
Day 5 : Tracy Arm | Fords Terror Wilderness
Day 6 : Haines
Day 7 : Lynn Canal
Day 8 : Glacier Bay National Park
Day 9 : Icy Strait | Inian Islands
Day 10 : Exploring Baranof or Chichagof Islands
Day 11 : Sitka | Disembark

Highlights

  • Raft the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve and cruise among iconic wildlife
  • Explore Glacier Bay National Park and Misty Fiords National Monument
  • Search for humpback whales in their summer feeding grounds
  • Learn about the region’s rich Tlingit heritage

Ship

Sea Bird & Sea Lion

Places Visited

  • Alaska
  • North America
  • United States
  • Behm Canal
  • Chichagof Island
  • Glacier Bay National Park
  • Haines
  • Icy Strait
  • Ketchikan
  • Misty Fjords National Wilderness
  • Petersburg
  • Sitka
  • Tracy Arm

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Kayaking Tracy Arm Fjord in Tongass National Forest. Cruising the arctic waters A bear catching lunch Humpback Whale in Alaska. Night time in Alaska

Day 1 Embark in Ketchikan

Arrive in Ketchikan and view the priceless collection of 19th century Tlingit totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center. Embark the Sea Bird.

Day 2 Misty Fiords

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake amid the glacially-carved cliffs of Misty Fiords National Monument. Explore by expedition landing craft and kayak for a closer perspective. 

Day 3 Behm Canal | Clarence Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore the verdant Tongass National Forest. Cruise through whale-rich channels in search of humpback whales. 

Day 4 Thomas Bay | Petersburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Call at the quaint Alaskan town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. See a unique muskeg ecosystem with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. Explore by bike or optional flightseeing. 

Day 5 Tracy Arm | Fords Terror Wilderness

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Navigate the spectacular Tracy or Endicott Arm fjords to South Sawyer or Dawes Glacier, and, if conditions permit, venture closer in your expedition landing craft for unparalleled views. 

Day 6 Haines

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Alaska’s “adventure capital” on a world class hike or bike ride along the edge of a glacial lake. Or raft the Chilkat River to a bald eagle preserve, and call at the ancient Chilkat Tlingit village of Klukwan for a cultural interpretation. 

Day 7 Lynn Canal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Hike and kayak where the mighty Chilkat River meets the sea, in the shadow of snow-capped peaks and at the northern limit of Alaska’s Inside Passage. 

Day 8 Glacier Bay National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the entire day amidst the coves, fjords, tidewater glaciers, and majestic mountains of Glacier Bay National Park. Search for mountain goats, harbor seals, Steller sea lions, and puffins. A native Tlingit interpreter aboard shares the legends of the area. 

Day 9 Icy Strait | Inian Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
See an abundance of Steller sea lions. Hike nearby islands, kayak, and search for whales in the rich waters of Icy Strait. 

Day 10 Exploring Baranof or Chichagof Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Kayak, hike, and explore where conditions are best and wildlife most active. Cap off the day with the Captain’s farewell dinner. 

Day 11 Sitka | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, disembark to visit picturesque Saint Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral then visit the Raptor Rehabilitation Center before transferring to the airport for flights home. 

Sea Bird & Sea Lion

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$8,990
Sea Bird & Sea Lion's Category 1 and Category 1 Single Cabin.
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Main Deck Cabins #300-305. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a large window.
Sea Bird & Sea Lion's Category 1 and Category 1 Single Cabin.
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Main Deck Cabins #300-305. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a large window.
Sea Bird & Sea Lion's Category 2 and Category 2 Single Cabins.
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Bridge Deck cabins #100-104 and Upper Deck cabins #200-212, 215. These well-located cabins include two lower single beds, outside access and a window.
Sea Bird & Sea Lion's Category 2 and Category 2 Single Cabin.
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Cat 2 Single
Bridge Deck cabins #100-104 and Upper Deck cabins #200-212, 215. These well-located cabins include two lower single beds, outside access and a window.
Sea Bird & Sea Lion's Category 3 Cabins.
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Cat 3
Bridge Deck cabins #105, 106 and Upper Deck cabins #214, 216, 217, 219. These cabins feature a seating unit with table, outside access and two large windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out

Notes

Single supplement varies by itinerary. A solo traveler matching program may be available, but is subject to availability.
Kids under age 18 save $500 per person

Cost Includes:
  • Accommodations aboard ship
  • Meals as indicated
  • Excursions
  • Services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides
  • Use of kayaks; park and entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes.
Not Included:
  • Air transportation
  • Voyage DVD
  • Personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, etc.
  • Discretionary tips to Naturalist staff and crew

Included

  • 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
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Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!
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