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Discovery Cruise

Example 9 Day Cruise aboard Island Spirit
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Discover the Alaskan wilderness on an Alaskan cruise aboard the Island Spirit. This 9-day cruise sails to the historical ports of Juneau and Petersburg, and crosses into Fords Terror. View the stunning wildlife which call Alaska home from the comfort of your ship.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Sitka
Day 2 : Cruise Alaska
Day 3 : Chatham Strait
Day 4 : Icy Strait Point
Day 5 : Juneau
Day 6 : Endicott Arm | Fords Terror
Day 7 : Fords Terror
Day 8 : Petersburg
Day 9 : Disembark in Petersburg


  • Stroll through Tenakee Springs & visit with locals
  • Attend a native dance in Hoonah & learn about the local culture
  • Cruise one of Alaska's most pristine canyons, Ford's Terror
  • Optional kayaking & ziplining tours available


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Day 1 Embark in Sitka

Arrive in Sitka and take the daily shuttle from the airport. Meet your Naturalist at the Russian Orthodox Church to begin your Sitka Tour, which includes The Raptor Center, Totem Park, and the Sheldon Jackson Museum. Board the Island Spirit, located at the Eliason Marina Dock. Join a cocktail reception before dinner, and spend the evening cruising.

Day 2 Cruise Alaska

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day cruising and exploring Alaska! Experience the great Alaska wilderness as you cruise to a local bay for kayaking or exploring. Enjoy a serene evening away from the crowds and take a skiff ride in search for bears.

Day 3 Chatham Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, cruise to Chatham Strait. Enjoy a truly unique and small Alaskan community experience at Tenakee Springs. The population of this town is a mere 128! Stroll among the waterfront homes, visit the mercantile (founded in 1899), and enjoy a little shopping at the friendly bakery. Chat with some of the locals as you explore the area.

Day 4 Icy Strait Point

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, arrive at the town of Hoonah, Icy Strait Point. Once an active fishing cannery, Hoohah is now remodeled and renovated to showcase the local native culture and entertainment. Enjoy native dance and learn about the local Alaskan culture. You might want to add an additional excursion at this port: the longest zip line in the United States. Anchor in the evening and listen to some of the quiet of nature.

Day 5 Juneau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, visit Juneau, the capital of Alaska. Spend the day shopping, taking optional tours, and visiting the local restaurants (perhaps the famous Red Dog Saloon). Re-board the ship at 4:00pm and depart for Stephen's Passage.

Day 6 Endicott Arm | Fords Terror

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise through Endicott Arm and visit Dawes Glacier before entering one of Southeast Alaska's most pristine and scenic canyons: Ford's Terror. Known for its swirling rapids and sheer cliff faces, this wonderful wilderness area is protected under the Tongass National Forest.

Day 7 Fords Terror

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake in the beautiful Ford's Terror with brunch and invite a U.S. Forest Service ranger to join and discuss the spectacular fjord around you. Enjoy a majestic place to kayak or take skiff rides, and explore a place that very few people have ever heard of. Hope to find bears along the coastline. Leave when the tide is high through Stephen's Passage and sail for a quiet anchorage.

Day 8 Petersburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, sail into the fishing community of Petersburg. Take a walk through the muskeg and enjoy the local shops while you learn about the Scandinavian culture.

Day 9 Disembark in Petersburg

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast in the morning before transferring to the airport in Petersburg for your flight home.

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Twin Stateroom
Stateroom with two twin beds, private bathroom with shower. All rooms have full size windows with screens.
Island Spirit's Queen Stateroom.
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Queen Stateroom
Slightly larger stateroom with queen bed, private bathroom with shower. All rooms have full size windows with screens.


- A fuel surcharge may be added due to fuel price volatility.
- All rates are quoted in USD and are based on double occupancy.
- Limited special single cabins available on first come first served basis for the same rate.

The exact cruise route and components may vary due to the Captains discretion. The Island Spirit always strives to provide the best trip available. Some things may change due to weather, wildlife, tour availability etc.

Included in your cruise fare:
- All meals
- Cocktail hour and wines with dinner
- Kayaks and walking tours
- Port charges and taxes

Excluded in your cruise fare:
- Crew gratuities


  • 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners
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Kate was great to work with in the planning stage. She was prompt, helpful, and efficient. Our tour guide, Edwin, was knowledgeable and passionate. We were very happy to have traveled with Adventure Life, it made the trip easy and a true pleasure. We could concentrate on enjoying the experience rather than the details of travel.
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