Alaska Unleashed« All Wilderness Adventurer cruise options
- Day 1 Ketchikan, Alaska - Embarkation
- Day 2 Bear Viewing Trek / Wilderness Kayaking
- Day 3 Behm Canal / Revillagigedo Island
- Day 4 Thomas Bay / Baird Glacier
- Day 5 Rainforest Trails / Glacier-Fed Lakes
- Day 6 Stephen's Passage / Frederick Sound
- Day 7 Endicott Arm / Ford's Terror Wilderness
- Day 8 Juneau - Disembark
|Dates||Deck + Cabin Type|
|Jun 8 '13 *
Jul 13 '13
Aug 10 '13
|Port Charges: $175 per person
* Itinerary operates in reverse
- Rates do not include port taxes and fees, which vary by itinerary.
- Children 12 years of age or younger receive a 25% savings on Family Departure dates.
Day 1 Ketchikan, Alaska - Embarkation
Welcome aboard! Meet your Captain, crew, and the expedition team of your week long adventure. Get acquainted with your new mates as you heave ho for the wilderness.
Day 2 Bear Viewing Trek / Wilderness Kayaking
Kick off your first full day of adventure with some up-close, amped-up bear viewing and kayaking. Hike in a mile or so to a bear observatory and stand within yards of bears feeding in their natural habitat. Breakout the gear for your first half-day kayaking foray; Alaska’s shoreline and outback offers ample chances for spotting more wildlife.
Day 3 Behm Canal / Revillagigedo Island
It’s a multi-sport day and your first chance for all-day adventure. Today you’ll anchor in bear country for back country hiking and exploration. Giving you the best of what you want, you can opt for a sack lunch and wild Alaska bushwhacking or kayaking the pristine bays that wind through the Tongass National Forest. Also offered is the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to snorkel in Alaska and discover the array of sea life hidden below the water’s surface.
Day 4 Thomas Bay / Baird Glacier
Change gears today with glacier-hiking and up-close viewing of the cryptobiotics of this other-worldly terrain. Walk carefully across the terminal moraine—walking back in time—until you stand atop the mile-wide Baird Glacier. Explore the vast expanse of this “river of ice” and learn about the forces that create glaciers and their earth-shaping impact. If you opt for a full-day glacier exploration, you’ll need to bring your own crampons. Or you can mix it up with combo of glacier hiking, paddle boarding, and kayaking.
Day 5 Rainforest Trails / Glacier-Fed Lakes
Extensive backcountry explorations, on foot and by kayak, are on tap today in one of the most striking landscapes in all of Southeast Alaska—Thomas Bay. Choose the steep and rugged Cascade Creek trail (waterproof hiking boots and gaiters are a must), which terminates at Swan Lake, an alpine lake formed by glaciers over the course of hundreds of thousands of years. This established trail—with difficult stretches marked by tree roots, large rocks, and possible fallen trees—gains 1,200 feet in 5 miles, and requires 6-7 hours round trip.
Another option is the 5-mile (one way) low-elevation hike to the glacially-fed and rarely visited Patterson Lake. Hike in with your companions, and then launch a kayak into Patterson River for spectacular kayaking to the foot of Patterson Glacier before hiking back to the trailhead. Elevation gain on this trail is less than 750 feet.
Day 6 Stephen's Passage / Frederick Sound
Wilderness and wildlife and you—civilization has disappeared altogether and forest has reclaimed the prospector’s territory where gold was first discovered in Alaska. Gear up for a back bay, multi-sport day of exploration—hiking, kayaking, and bushwhacking. Break out in small groups to explore on foot in the earth’s largest temperate rainforest and push off in a kayak to uncover your own riches along its shores. Cruising through famed Stephen’s Passage and Frederick Sound, take in some relaxation and whale watching—whales, sea lions, marbled murrelets or pigeon guillemots, and whatever else nature has in store.
Day 7 Endicott Arm / Ford's Terror Wilderness
Paddle till your heart’s content and make the most of your last day of exploration. Winding fjords with sheer granite walls, cascading waterfalls, and some of the largest icebergs in all of Alaska lie within this federally recognized Wilderness Area. With your boat serving as basecamp, you can opt for shorter kayak outings staying nearby or a full-day kayak excursion in Endicott Arm. Conditions permitting; there’ll be a chance to kayak among icebergs in the fjord. This evening during the Captain’s Dinner, raise a toast to the week’s adventures.
Day 8 Juneau - Disembark
Enjoy a farewell breakfast before disembarking this morning. Transfer directly to the airport or begin your add-on overnight stay or extended land tour.
Itinerary NotesIncluded in Your Fare: All onboard meals; roundtrip transfers and baggage handling between airport/boat; entry fees to national parks/preserves; most from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment; hot tub, sauna, yoga, and a complimentary massage.
Not Included in Your Fare: Port taxes and fees, please add an additional $175 per person.
Please Note: A high level of fitness is required; the equivalent of biking 25 miles per week or hiking or running 5 miles per week. Due to the nature of your explorations, itineraries are guidelines and the availability of some activities can be affected by weather.
Deposit & Payment
Initial deposit is $950 for one week cruises, $1700 for two or three week cruises, 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/fourways.php
Final payment is due 70 days prior to departure.
Final payment by Visa, Mastercard, Discover or AmEx.
Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 70 days prior to departure.
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|Days Prior to departure||Fee|
|91 days or more||Half of deposit|
|90-61 days||Full deposit|
|60-46 days||55% trip cost|
|45-31 days||80% trip cost|
|30-0 days||100% trip cost|
- Ship Highlights
- Passengers : 60
The small ship, Wilderness Adventurer, is an expedition ship capable of nimble exploration through nature’s most dramatic hideaways. The shallow draft and hull design allow easy access to Southeast Alaska’s wildlife-rich shores and glacially-fed inlets and serve as ideal “launching pads” for an exciting array of daily adventure excursions. A fully-equipped fishing boat also travels with each small ship.
Life aboard the Wilderness Adventurer
The interior spaces offer contemporary colors and brushed metals that complement the wilderness outside and both the public and private spaces are loaded with special amenities.
Large flat screen TVs in the main salon are available to show personal videos captured during the excursions while everyone gathers together at night - spawning lively discussion on the most amazing encounter or the best "fish story." A large selection of micro-brews, wine and spirits are available for purchase at the bar while reliving the day's activities. Educational presentations from the onboard Naturalists are also broadcast on certain nights in the salon and into the cabins.
Evenings onboard ship offer opportunities to relax with a good book, rejuvenate with a massage or rejoice with your fellow adventurers. Each day offers a cocktail hour followed by a delicious and healthy meal, plus opportunities to learn from locals and onboard Expedition Leaders/Naturalists.
While comfortable public areas encourage engaging conversations and cozy relaxation, you may also choose to retreat to your cabin to watch a DVD or view videos taken during the day by your fellow shipmates as they are piped in from the central control station.
Each ship has a large resource library and hundreds of DVD titles.
Each cabin offers private facilities and view windows. Each cabin also has an iPod docking station. The bathrooms feature a hair dryer and sundries such as shampoo, conditioner, soap and lotion.
The ships are equipped with flat screen TVs/DVDs in each cabin. All cabins are linked electronically so that videos shot during each day can be shared across the ship on designated channels.
Wilderness Adventurer provides most of the gear required for your explorations. Each ship is equipped with kayaks, drysuits, snorkeling gear, paddle boards, inflatable boats, trekking poles, reuseable water bottles and overnight camping gear.
Crew Complement: 16
Draft: 6.5 feet
Length: 156 feet
Beam: 38 feet
Cruising Speed: 10 knots
Main Deck, cabins 200-208, 210. Queen or twin beds, private bath with shower and view window.
Observation Deck, cabins 301-302, 307-320. Queen bed or twin beds, private bath with shower and view window
Observation deck, cabins 303-306. Outside entry, queen bed with small bench seat, private bath with shower and view window.