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Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Wilderness Explorer
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Grab your camera and set out for adventure on this 15-day Alaskan cruise. Pristine landscape, untouched coves, and astounding wildlife are sure to delight and entrance you as you sail alongside glaciers and icebergs. Embrace the Alaskan wilderness as you cruise from port to port on this journey.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Sitka, Alaska
Day 2 : Krestof & Nakwasina Sounds
Day 3 : Neva Strait | Sergius Narrows
Day 4 : Peril Strait | Chichagof Island
Day 5 : Icy Strait
Day 6 : Glacier Bay National Park
Day 7 : Captain’s Choice
Day 8 : Juneau
Day 9 : Endicott Arm | Fords Terror
Day 10 : Stephens Passage
Day 11 : Thomas Bay | Wrangell Narrows
Day 12 : Wrangell
Day 13 : Behm Canal
Day 14 : Misty Fjords National Monument
Day 15 : Disembark in Ketchikan, Alaska


  • View Dawes Glacier and Glacier Bay National Park
  • Explore the mainland and its glacial landscapes, old growth, and rainforest
  • Discover Wrangell, home to native culture, wildlife, and wonder
  • Hike along Chichagof Island’s waterfall coast
  • Watch for whales in Icy Strait and Frederick Sound
  • Transit winding Wrangell Narrows en route to Kiksetti Totem Park


Wilderness Explorer

Places Visited

  • Alaska
  • North America
  • United States
  • Behm Canal
  • Chichagof Island
  • Endicott Arm
  • Glacier Bay National Park
  • Icy Strait
  • Juneau
  • Ketchikan
  • Misty Fjords National Monument
  • Peril Strait
  • Sergius Narrows
  • Sitka
  • Stephen's Passage
  • Thomas Bay
  • Wrangell
  • Wrangell Narrows


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Kayaking through Alaska. Moose found on an Alaska wildlife tour View of Mendenhall glacier on an Alaska cruise Pristine landscape found in Alaska Enjoying a hiking excursion in Alaska

Day 1 Embark in Sitka, Alaska

Welcome aboard! Meet the crew, settle in, and relax with your shipmates. Within minutes cruise the scenic channels of the Inside Passage.

Day 2 Krestof & Nakwasina Sounds

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
There aren’t many straight lines along Baranof Island, but along its western side lay hundreds of remote, uninhabited islands, and endless opportunities for dropping anchor and adventure. With many secluded coves and islands to choose from, discover the region’s intertidal zones, or from your skiff or kayak, watch for whales and sea lions. Gear up for a guided hike with your expedition team for a new perspective of the vast Tongass National Forest.

Day 3 Neva Strait | Sergius Narrows

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Scenic Neva Strait winds into the rugged rock fingers of Sergius Narrows. Opening at Hoonah Sound, the narrows—squeezing to only 300 feet wide in one spot and a shallow 24 feet deep—is a great place to watch the shoreline for bears, the waters for otters and whales, and skyward for eagles. This evening, toast another day of amazing adventure with a frosty microbrew or hot toddy.

Day 4 Peril Strait | Chichagof Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wend along Peril Strait—a twisting channel known for dramatic currents, Peril Strait runs 50 miles from Chatham Strait to Salisbury Sound. Meander along the coast of Chichagof Island. In the UnCruise expedition spirit, marvel at the unbelievable scenery as your crew expertly guides you through glacier-carved fjords. Anchor in remote coves for an opportunity to lower the kayaks and skiffs. Explore the shoreline on an intertidal walk or forest hike with your guides.

Day 5 Icy Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Set your course for some of the most remote waters in Southeast Alaska. Join the captain on the bridge or the expedition team out on deck in search of whales and marine mammals. Camera in hand, begin your land and sea exploration of these wilderness reaches. Ride the skiffs for a closer inspection of the wild coastline with eyes set on the shore for possible bear sightings.

Day 6 Glacier Bay National Park

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
One of America’s crown jewel national parks is yours to explore—Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. A National Park Ranger joins you to uncover coves and corners of the bay that most visitors miss. Linger near South Marble Island to spot the many species of rare sea birds that call this area home. Keep your eyes on the water and the island for brightly colored puffins and black oystercatchers. With much to see all around you, you can find sea lions, mountain goats, bears, eagles, and spectacular scenic backdrops. Tidewater glaciers sweep like rivers of ice down massive mountain valleys, terminating before you in the waters of Glacier Bay.

Day 7 Captain’s Choice

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Plying the remote waterways of Lynn Canal or Chatham Strait, your captain sets the course for adventure! Wake up at anchor and kick off your morn with on-deck yoga stretches. Then slip into a kayak or step onto a paddle board and glide along rocky outcroppings with your guides. While you keep watch for playful harbor seals in these protected waters, bald eagles likely monitor your improving paddling skills from the treetops.

Day 8 Juneau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day off the boat in Juneau. Enjoy lunch in town (included) and explore the many things historic Juneau has to offer. A complimentary laundry service is provided. Embark this afternoon and keep watch for eagles as you set sail for the Tracy Arm Wilderness

Day 9 Endicott Arm | Fords Terror

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  • 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, marvel at its towering walls and the many waterfalls that spill down them, and the high Coastal Mountains that frame the skyline.

Day 10 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 11 Thomas Bay | Wrangell Narrows

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  • 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 12 Wrangell

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  • 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 13 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 14 Misty Fjords National Monument

  • 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 sheer 3,000 foot cliffs are a haven for sea birds, brown and black bears, mountain goats, Sitka black-tailed 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. In the evening, join the Captain in a farewell toast and reminisce about your Alaskan journey over a sumptuous dinner.

Day 15 Disembark in Ketchikan, Alaska

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy a farewell breakfast before disembarking the ship in the morning. Transfer directly to the Ketchikan airport or begin an extended land tour.

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Pathfinder Cabin
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Explorer Cabin
Feature a sitting area, fixed queen bed, private bath with shower and large picture window.


- 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 years of age 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.

Fares include: 
  • Onboard meals
  • Premium spirits, wine, beer
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day
  • Entry fees to national parks/preserves
  • All from-the-vessel activities and equipment

Not included in your fare:
  • Port taxes and fees


  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 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!
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