Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness Cruise

Michael S. Nolan
Brown Bear sow with cubs fishing for pink salmon.
Ralph Lee Hopkins
Kayaking Tracy Arm Fjord in Tongass National Forest.
Ralph Lee Hopkins
Three Killer Whales swimming side by side.
Michael S. Nolan
Alaskan zodiac iceberg tour.
John Bodner
Humpback Whale in Alaska.
David Vargas
Guest getting reading for a zodiac trip.
Guests viewing off the bow of the Sea Bird & Sea Lion.
This 8-day voyage is crafted to offer you the most in-depth experience of Alaska possible.

Day 1

Juneau, Alaska / Embark Ship

Take an early afternoon flight from Seattle to Juneau. Before embarking the ship, stop by the Alaska State Museum for an artful introduction to this unique state. Also visit Mendenhall Glacier, set in the dramatic Mendenhall Valley, located just 12 miles from downtown Juneau. Embark the ship and take the time to settle into your cabin before dinner. After dinner onboard, take a few hours to yourself and explore the port of Juneau.

Day 2

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tracy Arm Fjord / Fords Terror Wilderness

This morning, enter Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular glacially-carved fjords. Your ship also passes the Sawyer Glacier, which has been described as bluer than any blue on earth, or the towering Dawes Glacier. If conditions permit, use your Zodiacs to provide unparalleled up close views of the glacier. Keep an eye out for harbor seals and porpoises, Arctic terns and Bonaparte gulls.

Day 3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Search for humpback whales as you head toward LeConte Bay, a virtual sculpture garden of grounded and floating icebergs. Weather permitting, have the opportunity to join naturalists in Zodiacs amid the ice. Later head to the small town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island, where there is an opportunity for optional flightseeing. Bicycles are available for rides through town or join naturalists for a walk in the nearby bog. The ship remains at the dock until you’re called to dinner for a Dungeness crab feast.

Day 4

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait

These waters are prime areas for both killer whales and humpback whales. It's not uncommon to observe their fascinating behavior — breaching, tail-slapping and variations on feeding — as you fill the deck and listen to the play-by-play from our expert naturalists. You may also see sea lions hauled out and the majestic bald eagle. Once ashore, you have the opportunity to walk along a quiet forest trail. The still waters are excellent for kayaking, offering another option for up close exploration.

Day 5

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Icy Strait and the Inian Islands

Hike and kayak among the Inian Islands, where an abundance of Steller sea lions and sea otters reside. Search for whales in the rich waters of Icy Strait and, conditions permitting, lower the ship’s hydrophone to listen in on the whales’ communication.

Day 6

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Glacier Bay National Park

Spend the entire day amidst the coves, fjords, tidewater glaciers, and majestic mountains of Glacier Bay National Park. Expect to see glaciers that end abruptly at the water’s edge and observe them “calving” — tons of ice crashing into the sea — accompanied by an exhilaratingly thunderous sound. Mountain goats scaling the peaks as well as harbor seals, Steller sea lions, and puffins are some of the creatures we may observe. A visit to Tidal Inlet may bring the sight of brown bears lumbering up the hillside. A native Tlingit interpreter joins us onboard to share the legend of the area.

Day 7

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Southeast Alaska's Islands, Bays and Fjords

Today, nature is your guide as you set forth with the flexibility to take advantage of wildlife and weather conditions. Stop at an isolated beach to take a closer look at tide pools, beachcomb, and hike stunning forest trails. Keep an eye out for old bear tracks worn into the soil as you move from forest to meadow. This area is home to the highest density of nesting bald eagles in the world, so sightings are very common. If conditions permit, do some kayaking, always watching for marine and terrestrial life.

Day 8

  • Breakfast

Sitka / Disembark Ship / Return Home

After breakfast disembark in Sitka, southeastern Alaska’s only oceanfront town. Sitka has a strong Russian heritage, which is readily apparent as you visit the onion-domed St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church. Gaze up at the grand totem poles that line the wooded trails through Sitka National Historic Park. At the Raptor Rehabilitation Center, have close views of species normally seen at a distance in the wild — bald eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. After your visit, drive to the airport for your afternoon flight to Seattle.

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* Itinerary operates in reverse.
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

A Forest Service Special Use Permit for Tongass National Forest enables you to hike and kayak in wild and remote areas of Southeast Alaska.

Costs Include:
All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, meals on land as indicated, air transportation where indicated as included, shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, use of snorkeling equipment and wet suits, use of kayaks (where available), gratuities (except to ship’s crew), taxes and service charges, services of a ship physician on most voyages, and services of our expedition staff.

Not Included:
Air transportation (except where shown as included), extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees, scuba diving (where available), meals not indicated, baggage/accident/travel protection plan, items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, and laundry. Gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion.