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Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Wilderness Discoverer
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Grab your camera and set out for adventure on this 15-day Alaskan cruise. Pristine landscape, untouched coves, and astounding wildlife are sure to delight and entrance you as you sail alongside glaciers and icebergs.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Sitka, Alaska
Day 2 : Peril Strait / Sergius Narrows
Day 3 : Captain's Choice
Day 4 : Chichagof Island / Baranof Island
Day 5 : Icy Strait
Day 6 : Glacier Bay National Park
Day 7 : Glacier Bay National Park
Day 8 : Juneau
Day 9 : Tracy Arm Wilderness / Frederick Sound
Day 10 : Thomas Bay
Day 11 : Glacial Landscapes / Wrangell Narrows
Day 12 : Wrangell
Day 13 : Behm Canal
Day 14 : Misty Fjords National Monument
Day 15 : Disembark in Ketchikan, Alaska

Ship

Wilderness Discoverer

Places Visited

  • Alaska
  • North America
  • United States
  • Baranof Island
  • Behm Canal
  • Frederick Sound
  • Glacier Bay National Park
  • Icy Strait
  • Juneau
  • Ketchikan
  • Misty Fjords National Monument
  • Peril Strait
  • Sitka
  • Thomas Bay
  • Wrangell
  • Wrangell Narrows

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Enjoying a hiking excursion in Alaska Pristine landscape found in Alaska Family sitting on a glacier. Humpback whale in Alaska. A pile of old totem poles.

Day 1 Embark in Sitka, Alaska

Welcome aboard! Meet the crew, settle in, and relax with your shipmates. Within minutes you’ll cruise the scenic channels of the Inside Passage.

Day 2 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.

Day 3 Captain's Choice

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On the third day, the agenda is flexible. Explore a tidal inlet by kayak; feel the burn of a rain forest hike; or possibly have the opportunity to smell the breath of a humpback while skiffing in a secluded cove. The possibilities are endless: your Captain knows best.

Day 4 Chichagof Island / Baranof Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Meander along the spectacular waterfall coast of Chichagof Island. Marvel at the grand scenery as your 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 5 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 6 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 two days: Glacier Bay National Park. Join a National Park Ranger as you 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.

Paddle a kayak to the face of a massive glacier,g o on a boot-sucking trek through sandbars and rainforest, and ride a skiff along shore for an up-close exploration of Glacier Bay. Find sea lions, mountain goats, sea otters, bears, moose, eagles, and spectacular scenic backdrops. 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.

Day 7 Glacier Bay National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Toast the first week of your voyage with a festive dinner and a “photo journal” of your trip presented by your Expedition Leaders.

Day 8 Juneau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day off the boat in Juneau. Enjoy lunch in town on us and explore all the many things historic Juneau has to offer. A complimentary laundry service is provided.

Day 9 Tracy Arm Wilderness / Frederick Sound

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the end of Tracy Arm, a winding fjord with sheer granite walls, hundreds of cascading waterfalls, and some of the largest icebergs in all of Alaska, sits the twin Sawyer Glaciers: Sawyer and South Sawyer. The fjord is home to brown and black bears, deer, wolves, harbor seals, birds such as arctic terns and pigeon guillemots, and mountain goats. Later, move into Frederick Sound, which is the summer feeding ground for the northern hemisphere’s largest concentration of humpback whales. Keep watch for humpbacks, orca, and Steller sea lions.

Day 10 Thomas Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Choose kayaking and a lush forest trek on a scenic rainforest trail, or go big on a roundtrip 11-mile hike to the glacially-fed and rarely visited Patterson Lake for spectacular kayaking in the meltwaters of Patterson Glacier. Discover the origin of its 'Devil’s Country' nickname during a reading from 'The Strangest Story Ever Told,' about the area’s mythical, shape-shifting creatures called Kushtaka.

Day 11 Glacial Landscapes / Wrangell Narrows

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In an area known for glaciers and rich in gold and quartz, take on the otherworldly boot-sucking mud until you stand atop the mile-wide glacier. Adventure and natural beauty are sure to please whether you choose kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff riding, or trekking.

Day 12 Wrangell

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Home to native culture, wildlife, and wonder—Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska and the only one ever governed by four nations. Before venturing into town, local islanders join you on board for an in-depth presentation on Tlingit and Haida cultures. View recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park and step inside the famed and historically significant Chief Shakes Tribal House.

Day 13 Behm Canal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wildlife abounds in Behm Canal and the surrounding Tongass National Forest—orca, porpoise, seals, sea lions, brown and black bears, mink, marten, eagles, and otters. Paddle along the canal or venture out on an intertidal shore walk or low-elevation trek on the Cleveland Peninsula.

Day 14 Misty Fjords National Monument

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Affectionately called 'The Yosemite of the North,' Misty Fjords National Monument represents nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska. Glacial valleys filled with sea water, and sheer 3,000 foot cliffs are a haven for sea birds, brown and black bears, mountain goats, Sitka black-tailed deer, mink, moose, river otters, and other wildlife. Glide through Walker Cove or Rudyerd Bay by kayak or explore by skiff soaking in the splendor of this largely forgotten corner of the world. In the evening, join the Captain in a farewell toast and reminisce about your Alaskan journey over a sumptuous dinner.

Day 15 Disembark in Ketchikan, Alaska

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy a farewell breakfast before disembarking the ship in the morning. Transfer directly to the Ketchikan airport or begin an extended land tour.

Wilderness Discoverer

Per person starting at
$5,895
Wilderness Discoverer's Navigator Cabin.
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Navigator
Main Deck, cabins 201-208. Queen or twin beds, private bath with shower and view window.
Wilderness Discoverer's Trailblazer Cabin.
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Trailblazer
Observation Deck, cabins 310-325. Queen or twin beds, private bath with shower and view window.
Wilderness Discoverer's Pathfinder Cabin.
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Pathfinder
Observation Deck, cabins 300-309. Outside entry, queen bed, sitting area, private bath with shower and view window.
Wilderness Discoverer's Explorer Double Cabin.
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Explorer
Sun Deck, cabins 400-403. Separate sitting area, queen or twin beds, private bath with shower, large picture window with sofa bed/triple.

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 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 dayst; 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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