Western Coves Cruise

Itinerary Highlights: - Explore “wild and woolly” wilderness ( “skookum” to the locals) - Wildlife and whale watching in Frederick Sound and Stephen's Passage - Glacier calving at the face of the glacier in Endicott Arm - El Capitan Cave trek and exploration - Kayaking, paddle boarding, and skiffing in remote scenic bays - Visit the carving school and totems at Klawock, a native Tlingit Village

Day 1

    Ketchikan - Embark

    Prepare to be whisked into your own private Alaska. Once onboard, soak in the sights as you cruise through the Tongass Narrows, which divide Revillagigedo Island (where Ketchikan is located) from Prince of Wales Island, the third largest island in the United States and one of the best-kept tourist secrets in all of Alaska.

    Watch for majestic bald eagles and other sea birds perched in shoreline trees, where more than 100 migrating species of birds return every year. Keep your camera at the ready to catch the Sitka black-tailed deer and sea lions, seals, playful sea otters and porpoise. 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 through Clarence Strait. Not bad for your first five hours of vacation.

    Day 2

      Tongass National Forest / El Capitan Passage / Devilfish Bay

      Wake to breathtaking views of the expansive Tongass Forest, the nation’s largest national forest, rising on either side of Devilfish Bay. The El Capitan Passage, a 27-mile long waterway dividing Prince of Wales and Kosciusko Islands, offers many ways to get closer to nature. Drop crab pots en route to prime fishing waters. Wind through the high forests of on an old logging road. Paddle the scenic, 4-mile roundtrip around Devilfish Bay. Don’t miss Beaver Falls and El Capitan Cave, the largest known cave in North America. And cap off your day noshing on locally harvested oysters as a resident family tells of life in the Alaskan outback.

      Day 3

        Klawock Native Village

        Discover living history in Klawock — one of the most authentic Tlingit villages in Alaska. Learn the importance of carving, gaze up at totem poles coloring the town, and hear their stories. Visit the carvers' shed where the art of carving and restoring totems is passed on. Explore the area on foot keeping an eye out for bears, eagles, sea birds, and whales.

        Day 4

          Baranof Island / Little Port Walter

          An active day is in store on the smallest of Alaska's ABC islands. Take to the water kayaking, snorkeling, and riding the skiff. Or push your limits with a rigorous hike in Alaska’s back reaches on wilderness trails. Along the southeastern side of Baranof Island, explore the former herring community of Port Walter, the rainiest place in all of Alaska, or hike to a mountain lake.

          Day 5

            Patterson Bay

            Lush forest, spectacular views, 4000-foot vertical walls, and 2000-foot waterfalls highlight Baranof Island’s waterfall coast. View the Cliff Lake waterfall in Deep Cove and slip into the waters of Patterson Bay to explore by skiff or paddle a kayak keeping watch along the coastline for birds, wolves, and black bears. Gear up for snorkeling or guided hikes. This evening, toast another day of amazing adventure with a cold microbrew or cocktail.

            Day 6

              The Brothers Islands / Frederick Sound

              There’ll be plenty of wildlife viewing today. The Brothers, a pair of islands in Frederick Sound, are home to some of Alaska’s most abundant wildlife and the area is the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the Northern Hemisphere. Keep watch for frolicking orca, humpbacks and sea lions. Tonight, anchor in Holkham Bay and listen to the sound of breathing whales.

              Day 7

                Endicott Arm / Ford's Terror Wilderness

                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 you may find a few seals taking respite on the glaciers smaller “bergy bits.” Tides permitting, explore the narrow passage of Ford’s Terror and admire the magnificent domes, hanging valleys, and pristine wilderness that surround it. Join the Captain for a farewell toast during dinner.

                Day 8

                  Juneau / Disembark

                  When you wake this morning, be sure to look out the window as your ship voyages into Juneau. A Bon Voyage breakfast ends your ship journey. Transfer directly to the Juneau airport or begin your add-on overnight stay or extended land tour.
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                  North America, Alaska, Ford's Terror, Frederick Sound, Endicott Arm, Ketchikan, Juneau, Patterson Bay, Wrangell, Devilfish Bay, Baranof Island, The Brothers Islands, Little Port Walter, United States
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                  - All rates are quoted in USD and represent cost per person, based on double occupancy.
                  - Quoted rates include all excursions, meals, educational programming, transfers, taxes, port charges and fees.
                  Included in Your Fare: All onboard meals; premium spirits, wine, and beer; exclusive roundtrip transfers and baggage handling between airport/boat; taxes and port fees; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment; hot tub, sauna, yoga classes and a complimentary massage.

                  Deposit & Payment

                  Initial deposit is 750, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/register

                  Final payment is due 70 days prior to departure.

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                  Cancellation Policy

                  Days Prior to departureFee
                  91 days or more$950 per person
                  90-61 days$1700 per person
                  60-46 days55% trip cost
                  45-31 days80% trip cost
                  30-0 days100% trip cost