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Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Juneau — embark
Day 2 : Tracy Arm Wilderness / Frederick Sound
Day 3 : Thomas Bay / Cascade Creek
Day 4 : Thomas Bay / Baird Glacier / Wrangell Narrows
Day 5 : Wrangell
Day 6 : Yes Bay
Day 7 : Misty Fjords National Monument, Alaska
Day 8 : Ketchikan
Days 9-11 : Canada’s Inside Passage
Days 12-13 : San Juan Islands / Friday Harbor
Day 14 : Salish Sea
Day 15 : Seattle, Washington — Disembark


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Day 1 Juneau — embark

Welcome aboard! Meet your crew and get acquainted as you set sail for the Tracy Arm Wilderness.

Day 2 Tracy Arm Wilderness / Frederick Sound

At the end of Tracy Arm, a winding fjord with sheer granite walls and large floating icebergs, sits the twin Sawyer Glaciers. Explore Frederick Sound—summer feeding ground for humpback whales. Keep watch for humpbacks, orca, and Steller sea lions.

Day 3 Thomas Bay / Cascade Creek

Choose kayaking and a forest trek on a Cascade Creek trail or hike five miles to the rarely visited Patterson Lake for spectacular kayaking. Hear legends about the area’s mythical shape-shifting creatures called Kushtaka.

Day 4 Thomas Bay / Baird Glacier / Wrangell Narrows

Hike atop the otherworldly Baird Glacier. Natural beauty is today’s setting for kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff riding, or hiking. Bright red and green navigation lights guide you along “Christmas Tree Lane” as you cruise the winding Wrangell Narrows this evening.

Day 5 Wrangell

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 at Chief Shakes Tribal House for native storytelling. View recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park.

Day 6 Yes Bay

Wildlife abounds in Yes Bay and the surrounding Tongass National Forest—humpback whales, orca, porpoise, seals, sea lions, brown and black bears, mink, marten, eagles, and otters. Say yes to a kayak paddle up the bay or a wildlife-seeking hike along a scenic trail.

Day 7 Misty Fjords National Monument, Alaska

Home to nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska—glacial valleys filled with sea water, and steep walls are a haven for wildlife. Glide through Walker Cove soaking in the splendor of this largely forgotten corner of the world.

Day 8 Ketchikan

Alaska’s southernmost city and “salmon capital of the world” also claims fame to having the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles. Explore the Saxman Totem Village, Tlingit culture, and the notorious Creek Street, once a red-light district. Watch for eagles as you cruise out of Ketchikan.

Day 9-11 Canada’s Inside Passage

Intricate waterways and fjords alongside temperate rainforests and mountains are ideal for sightings of orca, seals, sea lions, dolphins, porpoise, and birds. Native influences have shaped these sparsely-populated islands and communities. Keep your eye out for orcas and other wildlife as you make your way north through Canada's Inside Passage. Pass the ghost town of Butedale, on British Columbia’s Princess Royal Island, before reaching Prince Rupert, BC and again crossing the US/Canadian border.

Day 12-13 San Juan Islands / Friday Harbor

Forested islands dot the seascape of this yachter’s paradise. You’ll "gunkhole" close to shore by skiff or kayak. Explore quaint Friday Harbor and its fascinating Whale Museum. Keep watch for the resident orca pods.

Day 14 Salish Sea

Explore the intricate coastal waterways of the Salish Sea. The name was recently coined to recognize the indigenous peoples of this culturally rich area.

Day 15 Seattle, Washington — Disembark

Disembark the ship after breakfast. Transfer directly to the Seattle airport.

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This Add-on is available only for our travelers extending or customizing their itinerary.

- 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:
* Educational programming - interpretive lectures, guest speakers, narrative
* All meals aboard the ships
* Kayaking, guided hiking, and small boat exploration
* Onboard Expedition Leaders
* Roundtrip transfers and baggage handling between airport/boat if you are arriving/ departing on scheduled days

Not included in your fare:
* Airfare to and from your home city
* Liquor, beer, wine
* Discretionary gratuities to vessel's crew, typically 5-10% of fare
* Travel insurance
* Select optional onboard excursions, payable on board.
* Optional pre- or post-night hotel stays or land extensions
* Fishing excursions, caving, jet boat trips or guided overnight trips
* Port charges, taxes and fees
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