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Eastern Coves 2016

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Wilderness Discoverer
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Highlights of this 8-day voyage include exploring the mainland of Alaska — glacial landscapes, old growth, and rainforest. Along the way enjoy wilderness hikes, massive icebergs, and calving glaciers; watch for wildlife and whales in Frederick Sound; kayak, paddle board, and wildlife-watch in Stephen's Passage; explore Tongass National Forest on hikes and shore walks; discover isolated coves and dramatic Misty Fjords National Monument; visit Wrangell's Kiksetti Totem Park and Chief Shakes Tribal House, and; transit Wrangell Narrows and wildlife-rich Behm Canal. Awe-inspiring glaciers, wildlife, and rainforests await you on this Alaska adventure cruise!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Juneau, Alaska / Embarkation
Day 2 : Endicott Arm / Fords Terror
Day 3 : Stephens Passage
Day 4 : Thomas Bay / Wrangell Narrows
Day 5 : Wrangell
Day 6 : Behm Canal
Day 7 : Misty Fjords National Monument Wilderness
Day 8 : Ketchikan - Disembark

Ship

Wilderness Discoverer

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Juneau, Alaska / Embarkation

Welcome aboard! Meet your crew and get acquainted as you set sail for the Endicott Arm.

Day 2 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, spy harbor seals and their pups lounging on “bergy bits” in the water. Tides permitting, explore the narrow passageway of Fords Terror and marvel at its towering walls, the many waterfalls that spill down them, and the high Coastal Mountains that frame the skyline.

Day 3 Stephens Passage

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Make the most of today!! As your captain navigates through Southeast’s remote fjords, watch for whales — humpback and orca are frequent residents of these waters. Perhaps hike through an other-worldly landscape of hanging waterfalls and every shade of green, or kayak and paddle board into the wild inner reaches of a salt chuck — a tidal salt-water lake — keeping a lookout for bears, heron, moose, mink, and harbor seals.

Day 4 Thomas Bay / Wrangell Narrows

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Step into the back country of Alaska's wilderness, in an area known for glaciers and rich in gold and quartz. Explore glacial landscapes marked by moraines, muskegs, and mud. Adventure and natural beauty are sure to please whether you choose kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff riding, or hiking today. An abundance of bright red and green navigation lights guide you along “Christmas Tree Lane” as you cruise the winding Wrangell Narrows this evening.

Day 5 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 6 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 7 Misty Fjords National Monument Wilderness

  • 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 steep, sometimes sheer, walls are a haven for ducks, brown and black bear, mountain goats, Sitka 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. This evening join the Captain in a farewell toast and reminisce about your Alaskan journey over a sumptuous dinner.

Day 8 Ketchikan - Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy a farewell breakfast before disembarking the ship this morning. Transfer directly to the Ketchikan airport or begin your independent journey.

Wilderness Discoverer

Per person starting at
$2,595
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; non-alcoholic beverages; 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-vessel adventure activities and equipment; wellness program: hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, and yoga mats.

Not included in your fare: Port taxes and fees.

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
Meyer Smolen

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