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Alaska's Southeast Explorer

11 Day Sample Cruise aboard Alaskan Dream
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Visit the highlights of Southeast Alaska in this 11-day small ship cruise getting close to thundering tidewater glaciers and watching stunning wilderness alongside Naturalists and Cultural Heritage Guides. Enjoy daily shore excursions through scenic landscapes and national historic sites. Learn about local native culture and history by exploring fascinating locations such as Glacier Bay National Park, Skagway, Juneau, Tracy Arm Fjods, Frederick Sound, Petersburg, Wrangell, Thorne Bay, Metlakatla, and Ketchikan.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Sitka
Day 2 : True Alaska Exploration
Day 3 : Glacier Bay National Park
Day 4 : Skagway | Haines
Day 5 : Juneau | Orca Point Lodge
Day 6 : Tracy Arm | Frederick Sound
Day 7 : Petersburg
Day 8 : Wrangell
Day 9 : Thorne Bay | Kassan
Day 10 : Misty Fjord | Metlakatla
Day 11 : Disembark in Ketchikan

Highlights

  • Watch Margerie Glacier calve giant icebergs in Glacier Bay National Park
  • Follow in the footsteps of gold seekers and ride the White Pass Railroad
  • Navigate Tracy Arm past glaciers, wildlife, and waterfalls
  • Attend a ceremonial dance and meet locals in Metlakatla Indian Community

Ship

Alaskan Dream

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Family hiking on a tour of Alaska A Bald Eagle catches a fish. Intricate detailing on an Alaskan totem pole View of Mendenhall glacier on an Alaska cruise Killer whales in Alaska.

Day 1 Embark in Sitka

Explore beautiful Sitka, the only community in Southeast Alaska that faces the open ocean waters of the Gulf of Alaska. Visit fascinating historical sites that highlight the community’s rich Alaska Native and Russian history, including the Sheldon Jackson Museum, Russian Bishop’s House, and St. Michael’s Cathedral. Embark for the winding narrows north of town while spotting for bald eagles, sea otters, bears, whales, and other wildlife.

Day 2 True Alaska Exploration

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Savor the serenity of raw wilderness on an unscripted day of Southeast Alaska discovery. The options are countless, dictated by the day’s unique circumstances. Opportunities may include a coastline kayak paddle, up-close whale encounters, or a hike through an alluring old-growth forest. You may do a beach landing on an unspoiled shoreline to explore a tidal flat or track along with a foraging bear from the safety of your DIB (shallow water expedition craft). Regardless of the activity, experience the magic of the archipelago’s many remote coves, bays, and inlets.

Day 3 Glacier Bay National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This remarkable national park fjord extends 65 miles, contains eight tidewater glaciers, and provides pristine habitat for a wide-array of wildlife, including both brown and black bears, wolves, mountain goats, Steller sea lions, and humpback whales. The highlight for many is the Margerie Glacier, known for its dramatic calving displays. A Glacier Bay National Park Service Ranger narrates the day’s program and a Native Huna Tlingit interpretive naturalist joins the voyage to reveal traditional cultural ties to this ancient treasure.

Day 4 Skagway | Haines

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Stroll the boardwalks of the rollicking Klondike gold rush town of Skagway, and then board the White Pass & Yukon Route railroad for a journey retracing the steps of the gold-seekers into Canada. Built in 1898, the railroad climbs nearly 3,000 ft. in 20 miles and offers stunning wilderness views. This excursion crosses the border into Canada, so passports are required. A guided walking tour through scenic Haines features a visit to pre-WWI Fort Seward National Historic Site, with parade grounds overlooking Lynn Canal.

Day 5 Juneau | Orca Point Lodge

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day visiting highlights of the scenic capital city of Juneau, including the world famous Mendenhall Glacier. In downtown Juneau, visit the newly renovated Alaska State Museum. There is time to explore on your own. You may choose to visit the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, Alaska State Capitol, or take in the spectacular panoramic views of the Mount Roberts Tram. You can also delve deeper into local Native culture and history by exploring fascinating exhibits, art displays, and a walk through a clan house at the recently opened Walter Soboleff Center. End the day’s adventure with a relaxing evening at Orca Point Lodge, an exclusive day-lodge on Colt Island. Enjoy the beautiful grounds, beach, and marine life touch-tank. Dine on Alaskan salmon, Alaskan king crab, or prime rib from the warmth of the lodge, or nestled next to a beachside bonfire.

Day 6 Tracy Arm | Frederick Sound

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Journey through Tracy Arm Fjord, an area the famous naturalist John Muir referred to as, “a wild, unfinished Yosemite.” This glacial fjord is renowned for its pristine waterfalls, towering icebergs, abundant harbor seals, and granite cliffs that rise from sea level to 4,000 feet. At 32 miles long and averaging just a mile wide, the unique features of Tracy Arm are contained in a relatively small geographical space, adding to the dramatic beauty of the area. As ice conditions permit, navigate the entire length of the arm, stopping in view of both the Sawyer and South Sawyer Glaciers. DIB excursions provide the opportunity to view the majesty of the area in even greater detail. Later, scout for humpback whales and other marine mammals in the world-renowned whale waters of Frederick Sound.

Day 7 Petersburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discover the charming Mitkof Island fishing town of Petersburg. Founded by Norwegian fishermen in the late 1800s, Petersburg is nicknamed Alaska’s “Little Norway.” Experience Scandinavian culture with a folk dance show by local youth at the iconic Sons of Norway Hall. Later, enjoy a narrated bus tour and take time to explore the vibrant community at your own leisure.

Day 8 Wrangell

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Home to a little over 2,000 permanent residents, Wrangell is the only town in Alaska to have been under the jurisdiction of three flags, and ruled by four nations - the Tlingit, Russia, England, and the United States. Enjoy several options to explore this colorful history, including a guided walking tour and a trip to the Wrangell Museum. Visit the intriguing State Historic Park, Petroglyph Beach, which contains the highest concentration of petroglyphs in Southeast Alaska.

Day 9 Thorne Bay | Kassan

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Experience the frontier spirit of Alaska’s timber years on a tour of Thorne Bay, once the largest logging camp in the world. This tight-knit community is located on the eastern side of Prince of Wales, an island renowned for its high concentration of black bears. Here, meet resident artisans and enjoy a walking tour of the town while keeping an eye out for the island’s fauna. In Kasaan, walk an enchanted forest path laden with intricately carved totem poles to the Chief Son-i-Hat Whale House, the only remaining traditional Haida longhouse in the United States. Inside stand four original house posts, or “Gáats,” that were most likely carved at Old Kasaan in about 1880 and then installed at Naay I’waans (Whale House). The tallest interior post, the “Head House Totem,” dates to an even earlier time and was brought here from its original location inside Son-i-Hat’s uncle’s house in Old Kasaan, about 7 miles away.

Day 10 Misty Fjord | Metlakatla

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Immerse yourself in the extraordinary history, art, and cultural traditions of the Metlakatla Indian Community on Annette Island. Visit a traditional Tsmishian longhouse, enjoy a ceremonial dance performance, and meet Native artists. Later, your ship glides beneath the 3,000-foot glacier-sculpted cliffs of Misty Fjords. Discover the fjord’s natural history, listen to the calls of a myriad of seabirds, feel the mist from glistening waterfalls, and see famous New Eddystone Rock, a stunning volcanic core.

Day 11 Disembark in Ketchikan

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in Ketchikan, otherwise known as Alaska’s “First City” and “Salmon Capital of the World.” A transfer to the airport or your hotel is complimentary.

Alaskan Dream

Per person starting at
$5,799
Cabins of the Alaskan Dream.
Category A
$5,799
Twin beds, large picture window, private bath facility. Located on Bridge, Upper and Main decks.
Cabins aboard the Alaskan Dream.
Category AA
$5,999
Twin beds, large picture window, private bath facility. Located on the Main deck.
Vista View Suite
Vista View Suite
$7,999
Corner suites with large picture windows. Private bath facility and seating area. Located on the Upper deck.
Owners Suite
Owners Suite
$7,999
Large suite with large picture windows, seating area and private bath facility. Located on the Upper deck.

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Early Bird Savings - Book by September 1 and save 3%.
All 2017 Departures

Notes

Child Discount: Kids 15 and under save 30% (not combinable with quad or triple discounts)
Single supplement 50% on most cabins

CRUISE DISCLAIMER: Cruise information is subject to change without notice based on navigating conditions. Itinerary order is also subject to rearrangement based on permit allocations.

Included:
- Selected guest cabin facilities
- All meals aboard the vessel or where otherwise indicated
- A complimentary glass of wine / beer with dinner
- Selected shore excursions as indicated in itinerary
- Ground transportation to and from the airport to hotel (downtown hotel) or ship in Sitka, Juneau and Ketchikan one day prior and day of sailing and the day of departure from the ship
- Ground transportation is provided from the local airport to selected hotels in those cities the day prior to sailing
- All standard on board services

Not Included:
- Airfare to and from your home city
- Pre and Post Cruise hotel accommodations
- Non-complimentary beer, wine, or alcohol selections
- Discretionary gratuities to crew
- Travel insurance
- All taxes and port fees

Taxes vary by voyage and cabin types: approx $70-$120 per person

Included

  • 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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