Western Coves 2015 Cruise

Explore Alaska's “wild and woolly” wilderness on this 8-day voyage! Embark on this adventure through the western coves of Alaska's coast, where you are treated to wildlife and whale watching in Frederick Sound and Stephens Passage, glacier calving in Endicott Arm, and trekking El Capitan Cave. Discover the region's epic waterways by kayak, paddle board, and skiff in remote scenic bays. Finally, get a sense of the local culture on a visit to the carving school and totems at Klawock, a native Tlingit Village.

Day 1

    Embark in Ketchikan, Alaska

    Welcome aboard! Meet your crew, get settled in, and keep watch for eagles as your ship cruises through the Tongass Narrows out of Ketchikan.

    Day 2

      Tongass National Forest / Kasaan Native Village

      Discover living history in Kasaan, one of the most authentic Haida villages in Alaska. Learn the importance of carving, gaze up at the totem poles that color the town, and hear their stories. Visit the longhouse and carver's shed where the art of storytelling, carving, and restoring totems is passed on. Along with its small fishing fleet, this rustic community continues to thrive on the outer reaches of the wild Alaska coastline. Explore the area on foot keeping an eye for eagles and sea birds.

      Day 3

        El Capitan Caves / Prince of Wales Island

        Wake in a remote cove surrounded by breathtaking Tongass National Forest — the largest national forest in the US. Take a “wild” Alaska hike which winds through high forest on an old logging trail, and find your way to El Capitan Cave, the largest known cave in Alaska and one of the largest mapped caves in the Americas. Locals (bears, harbor seals, humpback and orca whales, deer, eagles, humans too) enjoy the calm serenity of the island. Spend some time taking it in from a kayak and learn from locals about making a life in the Alaskan outback.

        Day 4

          Chatham Strait

          It's Captain's Choice today 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 will be within some of the most untouched wilderness of the Tongass National Forest.

          Day 5

            Frederick Sound

            Lush forest, spectacular views and wildlife: eash is 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.

            Day 6

              The Brothers Islands / Stephens Passage

              The 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.

              Day 7

                Endicott Arm / Fords Terror

                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 are likely to find a few seals taking respite on the glaciers smaller 'bergy bits.' Tides permitting, explore the narrow passage of Fords Terror. Join the Captain for a farewell toast during dinner.

                Day 8

                  Disembark in Juneau, Alaska

                  Bid adieu to new-found friends over breakfast before disembarking. Transfer directly to the Juneau airport or begin your add-on overnight stay or extended land tour.
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                  2015-Jun-06$3,095$3,895$4,295$5,995
                  Port Charges: $200 per person
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                  $3,395$4,195$4,595$6,295
                  Port Charges: $200 per person
                  2015-Aug-29$2,395$2,995$3,195$4,995
                  Port Charges: $200 per person
                  - All rates are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.
                  - 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.

                  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.


                  Included 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; wellness program: hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, and yoga.

                  Not included in your fare: Port taxes and fees.

                  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/register

                  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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                  Cancellation Policy

                  Days Prior to departureFee
                  91 days or moreHalf of deposit
                  90-61 daysFull deposit
                  60-46 days55% trip cost
                  45-31 days80% trip cost
                  30-0 days100% trip cost