Western Coves 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 Stephen's Passage, glacier calving in Endicott Arm, and trekking El Capitan Cave. Discover the region's epic waterways by kayaking, paddle boarding, and skiffing 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 Katchikan, Alaska

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

    Day 2

      Tongass National Forest / El Capitan Passage

      Wake 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. And if the stars are right (okay maybe it's the tides), you just may get lucky today and snag some organic oysters from a local grower.

      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

          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, play time, and wildlife—they 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.

            Day 6

              The Brothers Islands / Stephen's Passage

              There is plenty of wildlife viewing today. The Brothers, a pair of tiny, rocky islands at the confluence of Stephen’s 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 / Ford's Terror Wilderness Area

                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

                  Disembark in Juneau, Alaska

                  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 independent journey.
                   Trailblazer CabinPathfinder CabinExplorer Cabin
                  2015-May-23$2,995$3,195$4,395
                  Port Charges: $200 per person
                  2015-Aug-15$3,795$4,095$5,295
                  Port Charges: $200 per person
                  2015-Jun-20
                  2015-Jul-18
                  $4,195$4,495$5,695
                  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; 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