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Board the Island Spirit in Petersberg, Alaska and begin your 9-day small ship cruise through America's Last Frontier. Enjoy visits to local villages such as Kake, Tenakee Spring, & Icy Strait. Interact with locals and learn about their culture and history. Scenic cruise through Endicott Arm and Ford's Terror and experience a landscape defined by glaciers. As you sail and explore the pristine wilderness keep your eyes open for wildlife and marine life! 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Petersburg
Day 2 : Kake
Day 3 : Chatham Strait
Day 4 : Tenakee Springs | Hoonah
Day 5 : Icy Strait
Day 6 : Juneau
Day 7 : Endicott Arm | Ford's Terror
Day 8 : Ford's Terror
Day 9 : Disembark in Petersburg


  • Visit the native community of Kake and interact with locals
  • Kayak the bays of Baranof Island
  • Experience Ford's Terror with skiff rides and kayak adventures
  • Explore Juneau and visit the Capitol building & local state museum


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  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Embark in Petersburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Petersburg and board the Island Spirit around lunch-time. Enjoy lunch on board, then meet your crew and freshen up. Join your naturalist guide for a walk through town and up the muskeg walk. Return to the ship to set sail towards Frederick Sound.

Day 2 Kake

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning cruising to a large sea lion haul-out area to view hundreds of these massive mammals. Board a zodiac to observe the sea lions up close. In the afternoon, sail for Kake, a native community. Enjoy a quiet evening with the locals.

Day 3 Chatham Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning in Chatham Strait. Anchor in one of many beautiful bays on Baranof Island for some kayaking, and take an interpretive walk with your naturalist. Get up close to the large waterfall or stay near the harbor to keep an eye out for humpback whales.

Day 4 Tenakee Springs | Hoonah

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Tenakee Springs, a wonderful village on the coast of the Chatham Strait. Admire this small Alaskan town and visit the bakery, mercantile, and museum of local art. In the afternoon, partake in some whale watching as you cruise for Hoonah.

Day 5 Icy Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, enjoy a true native experience in Icy Strait Point. Enjoy a Tlingit cultural experience, which is arranged for your education and entertainment. Return to the ship for whale watching as you sail for Juneau.

Day 6 Juneau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Juneau, Alaska's capital city. Join your naturalist for a morning visit to the Capitol buildings and the local state museum. Depart the city in the afternoon and set sail for Glacier territory.

Day 7 Endicott Arm | Ford's Terror

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning visiting the beautiful Endicott Arm and get a good look at the Dawes Glacier. Keep your eyes out for the seals which rest on the ice. Later in the day, enter Ford's Terror, which was named after an early mariner, unfamiliar to the lively Alaska waters.

Day 8 Ford's Terror

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continue your explorations of Ford's Terror, the most scenic in the Tongass National Forest. Enjoy skiff rides with your naturalist or take to a kayak to observe nature at its best.

Day 9 Disembark in Petersburg

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark the Island Spirit after breakfast and transfer to your hotel or the airport for your continued independent journey.

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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


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