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Explore some of the less traveled, most beautiful and pristine areas of Southeastern Alaska during this unique 9-day cruise on the Island Spirit. This incredible voyage allows travelers to experience areas of the Alaskan Wilderness by kayak, foot, from the ship, and possibly by zip line!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Juneau
Day 2 : Dawes Glacier
Day 3 : Ford's Terror
Day 4 : Kake
Day 5 : Chatham Strait
Day 6 : Tenakee Springs
Day 7 : Icy Strait Point
Day 8 : Alaskan Wilderness
Day 9 : Disembark in Juneau


  • Revel over the power of nature when you are up close to Dawes Glacier
  • Admire wildlife with the possibility to witness bears feast on salmon
  • Unwind in Tenakee Springs: visit the bakery and discover local art
  • Enjoy the world's longest zip line (optional for the thrill seekers)


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  • Small Ship

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Kayaking to the glacier! Killer whales in Alaska. Kayaks await in Alaska Alaska cruise and wildlife viewing tours A large waterfall cascades from the Alaskan mountainside

Day 1 Embark in Juneau

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.

Day 2 Dawes Glacier

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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!

Day 3 Ford's Terror

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 4 Kake

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 5 Chatham Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 6 Tenakee Springs

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 7 Icy Strait Point

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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!

Day 8 Alaskan Wilderness

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend your final morning at sea kayaking and skiff riding in a quiet bay. In the afternoon, begin the journey back to Juneau.

Day 9 Disembark in Juneau

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flights home.

Island Spirit

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Island Spirit's Standard Staterooms.
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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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The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
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