Ultimate Bays & Fjords Cruise

Adventure Life
Pristine landscape found in Alaska
Adventure Life
Enjoying a hiking excursion in Alaska
Kayaking through Alaska.
View of Mendenhall glacier on an Alaska cruise
Moose found on an Alaska wildlife tour
Relax on the sun deck of the Wilderness Explorer.
Enjoy the view from the lounge aboard the Wilderness Explorer.
Grab your camera and set out for adventure on this 15-day Alaskan cruise. Pristine landscape, untouched coves, and astounding wildlife is sure to delight and entrance you as you sail alongside glaciers and icebergs. Embrace the Alaskan wilderness as you cruise from port to port.

Day 1

    Embark in Sitka, Alaska

    Welcome aboard! Meet the crew, settle in, and relax with your shipmates. Within minutes you’ll cruise the scenic channels of the Inside Passage.

    Day 2

      Peril Strait

      Peril Strait runs 50 miles from Chatham Strait to Salisbury Sound. This haven for small boats is scenically 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.

      Day 3

        Captain's Choice

        On the third day, the agenda is flexible. Explore a tidal inlet by kayak; feel the burn of a rain forest hike; or possibly have the opportunity to smell the breath of a humpback while skiffing in a secluded cove. The possibilities are endless: your Captain knows best.

        Day 4

          Chichagof Island / Baranof Island

          Meander along the spectacular waterfall coast of Chichagof Island. Marvel at the grand scenery as your crew expertly guides you 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.

          Day 5

            Icy Strait

            Set 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.

            Day 6

              Glacier Bay National Park

              One of America’s crown jewel national parks is yours to explore and marvel at for the next two days: Glacier Bay National Park. Join a National Park Ranger as you 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.

              Paddle a kayak to the face of a massive glacier,g o on a boot-sucking trek through sandbars and rainforest, and ride a skiff along shore for an up-close exploration of Glacier Bay. Find sea lions, mountain goats, sea otters, bears, moose, eagles, and spectacular scenic backdrops. Linger near South Marble Island to spot the many species of rare sea birds that call this area home. Keep your eyes on the water and the island for brightly-colored puffins and Black Oystercatchers.

              Day 7

                Glacier Bay National Park

                Toast the first week of your voyage with a festive dinner and a 'photo journal' of your trip presented by your Expedition Leaders.

                Day 8

                  Juneau

                  Spend the day off the boat in Juneau. Enjoy lunch in town on us and explore all the many things historic Juneau has to offer. A complimentary laundry service is provided.

                  Day 9

                    Tracy Arm Wilderness / Frederick Sound

                    At the end of Tracy Arm, a winding fjord with sheer granite walls, hundreds of cascading waterfalls, and some of the largest icebergs in all of Alaska, sits the twin Sawyer Glaciers: Sawyer and South Sawyer. The fjord is home to brown and black bears, deer, wolves, harbor seals, birds such as arctic terns and pigeon guillemots, and mountain goats. Later, move into Frederick Sound, which is the summer feeding ground for the northern hemisphere’s largest concentration of humpback whales. Keep watch for humpbacks, orca, and Steller sea lions.

                    Day 10

                      Thomas Bay

                      Choose 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.

                      Day 11

                        Glacial Landscapes / Wrangell Narrows

                        In an area known for glaciers and rich in gold and quartz, take on the otherworldly boot-sucking mud until you stand atop the mile-wide glacier. Adventure and natural beauty are sure to please whether you choose kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff riding, or trekking.

                        Day 12

                          Wrangell

                          Home 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.

                          Day 13

                            Behm Canal

                            Wildlife abounds in Behm Canal and the surrounding Tongass National Forest—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.

                            Day 14

                              Misty Fjords National Monument

                              Affectionately 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 soaking in the splendor of this largely forgotten corner of the world. In the evening, join the Captain in a farewell toast and reminisce about your Alaskan journey over a sumptuous dinner.

                              Day 15

                                Disembark in Ketchikan, Alaska

                                Enjoy a farewell breakfast before disembarking the ship in the morning. Transfer directly to the Ketchikan airport or begin an extended land tour.
                                 Trailblazer CabinPathfinder CabinExplorer Cabin
                                2015-Jun-06$7,595$8,145$10,445
                                Port Charges: $400 per person
                                2015-Jul-04
                                2015-Aug-01
                                $8,145$8,695$10,995
                                Port Charges: $400 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; hot tub, sauna 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