Wilderness Passages of Discovery Cruise

Day 1

    Seattle, Washington — Embark

    Sail from Fishermen's Terminal, through the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and on to Deception Pass—a dramatic and narrow cut between two islands.

    Day 2

      Cruising the Salish Sea / 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 3

        San Juan Islands

        Spend another day weaving through the islands of Washington state before entering Canadian waters.

        Days 4-6

          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 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


              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 we cruise out of Ketchikan.

              Day 9

                El Capitan Passage

                Get closer to nature in El Capitan Passage. Hike through high forest on an old logging trail or trek to El Capitan Cave. Stop at Marble Island for freshly harvested oysters and fish from a local family.

                Day 10

                  Klawock Native Village

                  Discover living history in Klawock—one of Alaska’s most authentic Tlingit villages. Locals share stories and the importance of carving in Alaskan culture. Visit the carvers' shed where the art of carving and restoring totems is passed on to the local youth.

                  Day 11

                    Chatham Strait Exploration

                    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 with a snorkel swim. Take a deep breath and go for it! Today’s discoveries will be within some of the most un-touched wilderness of the Tongass National Forest.

                    Day 12

                      Frederick Sound

                      Lush forest, spectacular views, play time, and wildlife – they 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. Gear up for snorkeling or guided hikes. This evening, toast another day of amazing adventure with a cold microbrew or cocktail.

                      Day 13

                        The Brothers Islands / Stephen's Passage

                        There’ll be plenty of wildlife viewing today. The Brothers, a pair of islands at the confluence of Stephen’s Passage and Frederick Sound, are home to some of Alaska’s most abundant wildlife. The area is the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the northern hemisphere. Keep watch for frolicking orca, humpbacks, and sea lions. Tonight, anchor in quiet bay and listen for the call of the wild.

                        Day 14

                          Endicott Arm / Ford’s Terror Wilderness

                          Be awed by blue ice and the white thunder of calving ice at Dawes Glacier. Tides permitting, explore the narrow passage of Ford’s Terror to admire magnificent domes, hanging valleys, and pristine wilderness. Join the Captain in a farewell toast this evening.

                          Day 15

                            Juneau — Disembark

                            Disembark the ship after breakfast. Transfer directly to the Juneau airport or begin your add-on overnight stay or extended land tour.

                            - All rates are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.
                            - Rates do not include port taxes and fees, which vary by itinerary.
                            - Children 12 years of age or younger receive a 25% savings on Family Departure dates.

                            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