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Ultimate Coves & Passages

15 Day Sample Cruise aboard Wilderness Explorer
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Expect adventure on this 15-day Ultimate Coves and Passages cruise. Begin in Ketchikan and sail for the remote shores of Tongass National Forest and Glacier Bay National Park, greeting orcas, seals, and birds as you sail.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Ketchikan, Alaska
Day 2 : Tongass National Forest / El Capitan Passage
Day 3 : Klawock Native Village
Day 4 : Chatham Strait
Day 5 : Frederick Sound
Day 6 : The Brothers Islands / Stephens Passage
Day 7 : Endicott Arm / Ford's Terror Wilderness
Day 8 : Juneau
Day 9 : Glacier Bay National Park
Day 10 : Glacier Bay National Park
Day 11 : Icy Strait
Day 12 : Chichagof Island / Baranof Island
Day 13 : Captain's Choice
Day 14 : Peril Strait / Sergius Narrows
Day 15 : Disembark in Sitka, Alaska

Ship

Wilderness Explorer

Places Visited

  • Alaska
  • North America
  • United States
  • Baranof Island
  • Endicott Arm
  • Frederick Sound
  • Glacier Bay National Park
  • Icy Strait
  • Juneau
  • Ketchikan
  • Klawock
  • Sergius Narrows
  • Sitka
  • The Brothers Islands
  • Tongass National Forest

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A bear sprints across the landscape A Bald Eagle catches a fish. Alaska travel and dall sheep grazing on Alaska hillside Alaska wildlife tours and brown bear fishing for salmon View of Mendenhall glacier on an Alaska cruise

Day 1 Embark in Ketchikan, Alaska

Welcome aboard! Meet your crew, get settled in, and keep watch for eagles as you cruise through the Tongass Narrows out of Ketchikan.

Day 2 Tongass National Forest / El Capitan Passage

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake in El Capitan Passage surrounded by breathtaking Tongass National Forest—the largest national forest in the US. Take a “wild” Alaska trek winding through high forest on an old logging trail, find your way to El Capitan Cave, the largest known cave in Alaska and one of the largest mapped caves in the Americas.

Day 3 Klawock Native Village

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discover living history in Klawock—one of the most authentic Tlingit villages in Alaska. Learn the importance of carving, gaze up at totem poles coloring the town, and hear their stories. Visit the carvers' shed where the art of carving and restoring totems is passed on. Along with its small fishing fleet, this rustic community continues to thrive on the farthest reaches of the wild Alaska coastline. Explore the area on foot, keeping an eye for eagles and sea birds.

Day 4 Chatham Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 from below. Take a deep breath and go for it! Today's discoveries will be within some of the most untouched wilderness of the Tongass National Forest.

Day 5 Frederick Sound

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 treks. This evening, toast another day of amazing adventure with a cold microbrew or cocktail.

Day 6 The Brothers Islands / Stephens Passage

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
There’ll be plenty of wildlife viewing today. The Brothers, a pair of tiny, rocky islands at the confluence of Stephens Passage and Frederick Sound, are home to some of Alaska’s most abundant wildlife, including a haulout for Stellar sea lions. The area is also the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the northern hemisphere. Keep watch for orca, humpbacks, and porpoise.

Day 7 Endicott Arm / Ford's Terror Wilderness

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Snow covered mountains, glowing blues, and the white thunder of calving ice take your breath away at the face of Dawes Glacier. As you glide through Endicott Arm you’ll likely find a few seals taking respite on the glaciers smaller “bergy bits.” Tides permitting, explore the narrow passage of Fords Terror.

Day 8 Juneau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day off the boat in Alaska's capital city. Enjoy lunch in town on us and explore all that historic Juneau has to offer. A complimentary laundry service is provided today. Embark your new vessel this afternoon, and keep watch for eagles as cruise through the Tongass National Forest.

Day 9 Glacier Bay National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
One of America’s crown jewel national parks is yours to explore and marvel at for the next three days—Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. A National Park Ranger joins you to explore coves and corners of the bay that most visitors miss. Tidewater glaciers sweep like rivers of ice down massive mountain valleys, terminating before you in the waters of Glacier Bay.

Linger near South Marble Island to spot the many species of rare sea birds that call this area home. Keep your eyes on the water and the island for brightly-colored puffins and Black Oystercatchers. Stop in Bartlett Cove for a visit to the Park Service's Headquarters.

Day 10 Glacier Bay National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend today exploring the flora and fauna of Glacier Bay National Park. Paddle a kayak and be awed at the face of a massive glacier. Go on a boot-sucking trek through sandbars and rainforest. And ride a skiff along shore for an up-close exploration of Glacier Bay. You'll find sea lions, mountain goats, sea otters, bears, moose, eagles, and spectacular scenic backdrops.

Day 11 Icy Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Set your course for arguably the richest whale waters in Southeast Alaska. Join the Captain on the bridge or the Expedition Leader out on deck in search of marine mammals. Camera in hand, begin your land and sea exploration of these remote reaches. Ride the skiffs for a closer inspection of the rugged and wild coastline with eyes set on the shore for possible bear sightings.

Day 12 Chichagof Island / Baranof Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Meander along the spectacular waterfall coast of Chichagof Island. In the Un-Cruise expedition spirit, marvel at the grand scenery as our crew expertly guides you through unsung, glacier-carved fjords. Anchor in remote waters for an opportunity to lower the kayaks and skiffs. Explore the shoreline on an intertidal walk or forest exploration with your guides.

Day 13 Captain's Choice

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today's agenda is flexible: you might explore a tidal inlet by kayak, feel the burn of a rain forest hike, or maybe you take the opportunity to smell the breath of a humpback while skiffing in a secluded cove. The possibilities are endless — your Captain knows best.

Day 14 Peril Strait / Sergius Narrows

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Peril Strait runs 50 miles from Chatham Strait to Salisbury Sound. This haven for small boats is scenically highlighted by a very narrow connecting passageway called Sergius Narrows and an opening at Hoonah Sound. This historic and wildlife-rich waterway is a great place to watch the shoreline for bears, the waters for otters and whales, and to look skyward for eagles. The passage narrows to only 300 feet in one spot (24 feet deep). After an adventurous day, toast your voyage with a festive Farewell Dinner and a “photo journal” of your trip presented by your Expedition Leaders.

Day 15 Disembark in Sitka, Alaska

  • 1 Breakfast
Gather for breakfast this morning as you cruise into Russian-influenced Sitka for disembarkation. Transfer to the airport or begin your Un-Cruise hotel stay or land tour.

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Notes

- 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: All onboard meals; roundtrip transfers and baggage handling between airport/boat if you are arriving/ departing on scheduled days; entry fees to national parks/preserves; most from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment; hot tub, sauna and yoga

Not included in your fare: Port taxes and fees.

Included

  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners
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Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!
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