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Western Coves 2015

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Wilderness Discoverer
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Explore Alaska's “wild and woolly” wilderness on this 8-day voyage! Embark on this adventure through the western coves of Alaska's coast, where you are treated to wildlife and whale watching in Frederick Sound and Stephens Passage, glacier calving in Endicott Arm, and trekking El Capitan Cave. Discover the region's epic waterways by kayak, paddle board, and skiff in remote scenic bays. Finally, get a sense of the local culture on a visit to the carving school and totems at Klawock, a native Tlingit Village.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Ketchikan, Alaska
Day 2 : Tongass National Forest / Kasaan Native Village
Day 3 : El Capitan Caves / Prince of Wales Island
Day 4 : Chatham Strait
Day 5 : Frederick Sound
Day 6 : The Brothers Islands / Stephens Passage
Day 7 : Endicott Arm / Fords Terror
Day 8 : Disembark in Juneau, Alaska

Ship

Wilderness Discoverer

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Kayaking though the Alaskan mountains. Whale watching from a zodiac in Alaska. Enjoying a hiking excursion in Alaska Family paddle boarding. Moose found on an Alaska wildlife tour

Day 1 Embark in Ketchikan, Alaska

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

Day 2 Tongass National Forest / Kasaan Native Village

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

Day 3 El Capitan Caves / Prince of Wales Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake in a remote cove surrounded by breathtaking Tongass National Forest — the largest national forest in the US. Take a “wild” Alaska hike which winds through high forest on an old logging trail, and find your way to El Capitan Cave, the largest known cave in Alaska and one of the largest mapped caves in the Americas. Locals (bears, harbor seals, humpback and orca whales, deer, eagles, humans too) enjoy the calm serenity of the island. Spend some time taking it in from a kayak and learn from locals about making a life in the Alaskan outback.

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 and wildlife: eash is 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.

Day 6 The Brothers Islands / Stephens Passage

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 / Fords Terror

  • 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 are likely to find a few seals taking respite on the glaciers smaller 'bergy bits.' Tides permitting, explore the narrow passage of Fords Terror. Join the Captain for a farewell toast during dinner.

Day 8 Disembark in Juneau, Alaska

  • 1 Breakfast
Bid adieu to new-found friends over breakfast before disembarking. Transfer directly to the Juneau airport or begin your add-on overnight stay or extended land tour.

Wilderness Discoverer

Per person starting at
$2,395
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 days; entry fees to national parks/preserves; most from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment; wellness program: hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, and yoga.

Not included in your fare: Port taxes and fees.

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 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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