As you leave the harbor, watch for the eagles that abound year round, but especially during the summer salmon spawning period. Don’t be surprised if you also find a variety of elegant birds, silly seals, hardy sea lions, playful porpoise and hopefully a few of the large population of humpback and orca whales that roam the Inside Passage waters. After meeting your crew and getting acquainted with your ship’s features, finish the evening with a delicious meal while keeping an eye on lookout for orca and humpback whales as you cruise to Windham Bay. Safe to say this won’t be your average vacation.
Push your senses and your muscles with the exhilarating combination of sea kayaking and trekking. Or ride a skiff to the same shore and take a relaxing walk on the trail that boasts a 350-foot elevation gain. Fairly easy Chuck River hiking trails lead to the Chuck River Wilderness where large black bear and bald eagles often feed on the salmon runs. Get there by kayak and enjoy the views.
After lunch, move into the waters of Frederick Sound – the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the Northern Hemisphere. Scan the water for movement and thrill as humpbacks, orcas and Stellar sea lions feed, swirl, jump and crash back down to the surface. Learn fascinating facts and behavioral theories about the whales from your onboard naturalists as you watch the action. By the time dinner is over, you will be anchored inside the appropriately named Scenery Cove, listening to whales and hoping for sea birds like marbled murrelets, common loons, red-throated loons, Barrow’s goldeneyes and common mergansers at sunrise.
Take on the exposed terminal moraine of the Baird Glacier Trail, until you reach the top of the glacier itself. An impressive feat of nature, shorter hikes to Baird Glacier are also available. Soak it in through a 6-mile guided kayak excursion from Scenery Cove to Cascade Creek and then treat yourself to a short trek. Soar above the stunning mile-wide LeConte Glacier in a floatplane. Trek it your way on one of the several varied length hikes of the scenic Cascade Creek Trail. Or take a quiet day spent onboard, putting your feet up, getting a massage and staring at the gorgeous scenery.
Dinner includes a reading from “The Strangest Story Ever Told,” a story about Thomas Bay and native bigfoot-like creatures call Kushtaka. Known to some as the “Land of the Kushtaka,” native lore is rich with Kushtaka stories and strange encounters have been recorded for many years here. Taking advantage of Alaska’s long daylight hours, you may choose to get in one more short kayak excursion before bed.
After lunch, choose a leisure kayaking or skiff excursion, hiking at Ideal Cove, or an optional guided overnight trip via kayaking, hiking and camping ashore. Hiking on the 4.5 or 8.2-mile Three Lakes Loop Trail may take up the afternoon. Or a good book and a comfy chair may be in order. After dinner, don’t miss the sights as you turn toward Wrangell via the Wrangell Narrows, and are guided by over 30 bright red and green navigation lights, locally known as Christmas Tree Lane.
After lunch, Canoe Pass offers one of the most scenic kayaking opportunities of the trip. Along the Eastern shore of Etolin Island within the South Etolin Wilderness Area, Canoe Pass is a smooth, narrow, 5-mile stretch of pristine Alaskan water. End the day with a soak in the hot tub or maybe a DVD as the vessel cruises toward Yes Bay on the northern end of Behm Canal.
After lunch, wile away the hours over a good book, take out a kayak for a leisurely paddle or indulge in the good fun of platform diving contests and swim races around the ship. By dinner, saying yes to bed will be easy to do.
In the afternoon, anchor inside Rudyerd Bay and Punchbowl Cove to leisurely take in its famous scenic waterfalls and vast granite walls. Man the rope swing, race around the ship and show off with a platform dive, if you dare. Or judge the activity from the dry decks of the ship. This evening, you will be greeted with cocktails and a cheery camaraderie as you join the Captain in a farewell toast. Enjoy a sumptuous Alaskan seafood and prime beef dinner. After dinner, share in conversation with all the new friends you’ve made on your journey and show your video footage on the lounge's flat screen TV's.
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|Days Prior to departure||Fee|
|91 days or more||$950 per person|
|90-61 days||$1700 per person|
|60-46 days||55% trip cost|
|45-31 days||80% trip cost|
|30-0 days||100% trip cost|