Arrive in Juneau and transfer downtown. Have lunch on your own before touring the Alaska State Museum. In the evening, meet the crew and fellow shipmates on the boat for cocktails, dinner and a short evening cruise.
Spend the day whale watching and cruising towards Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier (an active Tidewater glacier). Here you can soak in breathtaking views of the glaciers and see harbor seals with their young pups. Then, the ship enters Fords Terror, one of Alaska's most scenic and pristine canyons that is not seen by many people. Be sure to keep an eye out for brown bears along the shore!
Continue the journey around the wonderful wilderness area of Ford's Terror, which is protected under the Tongass National Forest. Enjoy the views of the swirling rapids and sheer cliff faces that the area is famous for. A U.S. Forest Service Ranger may lead a discussion about the beautiful fjord. Take the rest of the day to kayak, take skiff rides, and explore the remarkable wilderness area. Enjoy the evening relaxing in a quiet anchorage.
Depending on wildlife and weather, your Captain plans today’s route. It’s a choice between two communities and some seasonal opportunities. You may port at the native village of Kake, AK, where you can visit a local hatchery and watch for black bears feeding on salmon. Or, visit the Scandinavian fishing village of Petersburg, AK where you enjoy a muskeg walk and visit the local museum and small locally-owned shops.
Spend the day cruising through Chatham Strait, where you can search for Dall's porpoises, orcas and humpback whales. You may even see a killer whale! Take the afternoon to kayak, take an interpretive walk with the Naturalist, and cruise to the Captain's anchorage of choice.
Spend the morning cruising in Chatham Strait, then travel to the truly unique community of Tenakee Springs, population 128! The local residents spend their summers here to avoid the big ships and big tourist towns. Take the afternoon and stroll among the waterfront homes, visit the mercantile (founded in 1899) and enjoy a snack at the friendly bakery while chatting with the locals. This community is truly a jewel in the wilderness.
In the morning, explore the town of Hoonah, Icy Strait Point. It was historically an active fishing cannery, but has since been renovated to showcase the local native culture and entertainment. Before leaving port, you may have the opportunity to try the longest zip line in the United States!
Spend your final morning at sea kayaking and skiff riding in a quiet bay. In the afternoon, begin the journey back to Juneau.
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flights home.
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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