Embark in Juneau, AlaskaWelcome aboard! Meet your crew and get acquainted as your ship sets sail into the Tracy Arm Wilderness.
Tracy Arm Wilderness / Frederick SoundEnter Tracy Arm, a winding fjord with sheer granite walls, hundreds of cascading waterfalls, and some of the largest icebergs in all of Alaska. At the end of this fjord sits the twin glaciers, Sawyer and South Sawyer. The fjord is home to brown and black bears, deer, wolves, harbor seals, and birds such as arctic terns and pigeon guillemots. Later today, move into Frederick Sound, which is a summer feeding ground for the northern hemisphere’s largest concentration of humpback whales. Keep watch for humpbacks, orca, and Steller sea lions.
Thomas BayChoose kayaking and a lush forest trek on a scenic rainforest trail, or go big on a roundtrip 11-mile hike to the glacially-fed and rarely-visited Patterson Lake for spectacular kayaking in the meltwaters of Patterson Glacier. Discover the origin of its “Devil’s Country” nickname during a reading from “The Strangest Story Ever Told,” about the area’s mythical, shape-shifting creatures called Kushtaka.
Glacial Landscapes / Wrangell NarrowsStep into the back country of Alaska's wilderness in an area known for glaciers and for its gold and quartz-rich hills. 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.
WrangellHome 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.
Behm CanalWildlife abounds in Behm Canal and the surrounding Tongass National Forest. Look for 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.
Misty Fjords National MonumentAffectionately 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 as you soak in the splendor of this largely forgotten corner of the world. This evening, join the Captain in a toast and reminisce about your first week in Alaska over a sumptuous dinner.
KetchikanAlaska’s southernmost city and the “salmon capital of the world” also claims fame to having the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles. Spend the day ashore to enjoy lunch in town on us and explore the notorious Creek Street, once a red-light district. Complimentary laundry service is also provided today. Later, keep watch for eagles as you embark and cruise through the Tongass Narrows out of Ketchikan.
Tongass National Forest / El Capitan PassageWake in El Capitan Passage surrounded by breathtaking Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the US. Take a “wild” Alaska trek winding through high forest on an old logging trail, find your way to El Capitan Cave, the largest known cave in Alaska and one of the largest mapped caves in the Americas.
Klawock Native VillageDiscover living history in Klawock, one of the most historically-accurate 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. Along with its small fishing fleet, this rustic community continues to thrive on the farthest reaches of the wild Alaska coastline. Explore the area on foot keeping an eye for eagles and sea birds.
Chatham StraitIt's Captain's Choice as you explore the intricate passages and shores along Chatham Strait's Kuiu or Baranof Islands. Join your expedition team on (or in!) the water. Conditions permitting, take to the water by kayak, skiff, or snorkel. Snorkeling is optional, but hidden beneath the surface lies a magical array of sea life only seen from below. Take a deep breath and go for it! Today's discoveries are within some of the most untouched wilderness of the Tongass National Forest.
Frederick SoundLush forest, spectacular views, and wildlife are all in abundance in Frederick Sound. Keep watch along the coastline for birds, wolves, and black bears. With many secluded coves to choose from, you may slip into the waters of Deep Cove, Patterson or Saginaw Bay, or perhaps another hidden gem to explore by skiff or paddle a kayak. Gear up for snorkeling or guided treks. This evening, toast another day of amazing adventure with a cold microbrew or cocktail.
The Brothers Islands / Stephens PassageThe Brothers, a pair of tiny, rocky islands at the confluence of Stephens Passage and Frederick Sound, are home to some of Alaska’s most abundant wildlife, including a haulout for Stellar sea lions. The area is also the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the northern hemisphere. Keep watch for orca, humpbacks, and porpoise.
Endicott Arm / Fords TerrorSnow 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 are likely to find a few seals taking respite on the glacier's smaller “bergy bits.” Tides permitting, explore the narrow passage of Fords Terror.
JuneauSpend the day leisurely exploring downtown Juneau and enjoy lunch in town on us. Later this afternoon, re-board and get acquainted with your new travel companions as you cruise toward Glacier Bay National Park for your next day's adventure!
Glacier Bay National ParkOne of America’s crown jewel national parks is yours to explore and marvel at for the next two days: Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. A National Park Ranger joins you to explore coves and corners of the bay that most visitors miss. Tidewater glaciers sweep like rivers of ice down massive mountain valleys, terminating before you in the waters of Glacier Bay.
Glacier Bay National ParkContinue your exclusive wilderness exploration in Glacier Bay National Park. Paddle a kayak and be awed at the face of a massive glacier. Go on a boot-sucking trek through sandbars and rainforest. And ride a skiff along shore for an up-close exploration of Glacier Bay. Here you can find sea lions, mountain goats, sea otters, bears, moose, eagles, and spectacular scenic backdrops.
Icy StraitSet your course for arguably the richest whale waters in Southeast Alaska. Join the Captain on the bridge or the Expedition Leader out on deck in search of marine mammals. Camera in hand, begin your land and sea exploration of these remote reaches. Ride the skiffs for a closer inspection of the rugged and wild coastline with eyes set on the shore for possible bear sightings.
Chichagof Island / Baranof IslandMeander along the spectacular waterfall coast of Chichagof Island. In an expeditionary spirit, marvel at the grand scenery as your crew expertly guides the ship through unsung, glacier-carved fjords. Anchor in remote waters for an opportunity to lower the kayaks and skiffs. Explore the shoreline on an intertidal walk or forest exploration with your guides.
Captain's ChoiceFollow a flexible agenda on this day. Perhaps explore a tidal inlet by kayak; feel the burn of a rain forest hike; or maybe take the opportunity to smell the breath of a humpback while skiffing in a secluded cove. The possibilities are endless — your Captain knows best.
Peril StraitPeril Strait runs 50 miles from Chatham Strait to Salisbury Sound. This haven for small boats is highlighted by a very narrow connecting passageway called Sergius Narrows and an opening at Hoonah Sound. This historic and wildlife-rich waterway is a great place to watch the shoreline for bears, the waters for otters and whales, and to look skyward for eagles. The passage narrows to only 300 feet in one spot (24 feet deep). After an adventurous, but “un-perilous” day, toast your voyage with a festive Farewell Dinner and a “photo journal” of your trip presented by your Expedition Leaders.
Disembark in Sitka, AlaskaGather for breakfast in the morning as you cruise into Russian-influenced Sitka for disembarkation. Transfer to the airport or begin your hotel stay or land tour.