Arrive into Sitka, Alaska's historic port town, and settle into your included hotel. Prepare for the upcoming family adventure aboard the Baranof Dream, a cruise that makes science come to life for kids and their families, while creating memories to last a lifetime and having tons of fun at the same time. There’s something new to see, do and learn around every bend.
As the Baranof Dream cruises through Southeast Alaska, daily activities give kids provides personal experience in the Last Frontier with boots-on and hands-on learning opportunities.
Kids will learn about the geology of the region, collecting and identifying rocks. Budding biologists and naturalists will identify indigenous plants and animals. The maritime environment is the perfect place to learn about nautical charts and terms, and study the tides and intertidal zones. Kids will find their way to treasure in the rain forest on a geocaching expedition. Social Sciences activities will cover the demographics of the region, plus the economics and culture of the areas and people visited. Kids will get to make traditional arts and crafts in cultural classes.
Day 2 Sea Otter Quest / Embark
Spend time exploring Sitka’s popular attractions: Sheldon Jackson Museum, Russian Bishops house and St. Michaels Cathedral. Board a deluxe tour boat for a “Sea Otter & Wildlife Quest” exploration of beautiful Sitka Sound. Home to marine mammals, Sitka sound counts humpback, and killer (orca) whales, sea otters, and Steller sea lions amongst the abundant wildlife. Embark the Baranof Dream and set sail.
Day 3 Petersburg
Tour Petersburg including the Norwegian Dancers. Afternoon Wildlife and Scenic Exploration of Fredrick Sound.
Day 4 Tracy Arm
Explore Tracy Arm Fjord. View the Sawyer Glaciers, Skiff Excursions.
Day 5-6 Hobart Bay
Spend time doing activities like the Alaskans, such as kayaking, Skiff rides and All-Terrain Vehicles. Also, learn about tide cycles, intertidal zones, beach walk, camp fire, geology, logging, plant and animal identification, navigation, and more.
Day 7 Juneau & Orca Point Lodge
Tour the state capital, including the Mendenhall Glacier and State Museum. Orca Point Lodge for a locally harvested king crab and seafood dinner, marine life touch-tank, beach fire and other activities.
Day 8 Hoonah & Icy Straits
Explore Icy Straits including world famous Pt. Adolphus for Humpback Whale watching. Stop at the Icy Strait Points old cannery site for a nature walk, explore the cannery museum and operational canning line.
This was our first trip to South America and we were a little nervous. But Adventure Life made things so easy! All our questions were answered before we left, and our guide, Vidal, was amazing! He gave us enough space to explore without rushing us along. He also knew where the best picture taking opportunities were, which was great.