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Glacier Bay National Park Adventure

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Discover the unique Glacier Bay National Park, home to the world's largest marine sanctuary. From kelp-lined channels to hemlock and spruce forests, every inch of this far northwest corner is worth exploring. This dazzling voyage offers the opportunity to admire the exotic wildlife of this region. Keep your eyes open and search for black and brown bears, eagles, sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, sea birds and more!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Juneau | Embark
Day 2 : Icy Strait | Cross Sound
Day 3 : Glacier Bay National Park
Day 4 : Glacier Bay National Park
Day 5 : Glacier Bay National Park
Day 6 : Captain’s Choice
Day 7 : Haines, Alaska
Day 8 : Juneau, Alaska | Disembark

Highlights

  • Spend three spectacular days in unique Glacier Bay National Park
  • Keep your eye out for bears, humpbacks & if you’re lucky, a wolf sighting
  • Visit Margerie and Grand Pacific Glacier with a park ranger aboard
  • Hike the outwash field of glaciers down the Fairweather Mountain Range

Ship

Wilderness Adventurer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Juneau | Embark

Upon arriving in Juneau, you are transferred from the airport to a hospitality area. Aboard the ship your crew greets you with champagne and smiles. Set sail for a week of scenic channels and secluded wilderness.

Day 2 Icy Strait | Cross Sound

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Before you do anything, look out the window. From kelp-lined channels to hemlock and spruce forests, every inch of this far northwest corner is worth exploring. And if the tides are right, head out in the skiff with one of the guides for a closer exploration of the rugged shore. Seals and sea lions haul out on rocky outcroppings, resting before they disappear in the water to search for food.  Whatever you do—wilderness trekking, skiffing, or paddling—your expedition team guides the way.

Day 3 Glacier Bay National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This crown jewel of America’s national parks covers 3.3 million acres (that’s a tad smaller than the state of Connecticut). Let that sink in. Most visitors see the same sliver of the park as everyone else. Not you. You’re going the furthest and exploring parts that 99% of visitors never go to. And you have three days to do it. Get started! Taylor Bay sea stacks and rocky shores make for good adventure. Or hike the outwash field of glaciers winding down the Fairweather Mountain Range. The cool breeze off the nearby snow and icefields is energizing. If you motor over to Dundas Bay, keep your eye out for bears, humpbacks, and if you’re lucky, a wolf sighting. Kayak the bay. Bushwhack into the forest. Discover Glacier Bay outback.

Day 4 Glacier Bay National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your camera’s memory card needs plenty of room. A National Park ranger comes aboard joining your adventures in Glacier Bay. South Marble Island is abuzz with activity. Rare sea birds, black oystercatchers, and orange-beaked tufted puffins can’t be missed. A colony of raucous sea lions adds to the hubbub. They add a distinct aroma to the air, too. Tucking into silent Tidal Inlet—the stomping grounds for bears, wolves, mountain goats, eagles—the backdrop is spectacular. At the end of the western-most arm of the bay sits Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers. And possible views of glacial calving. Step on deck with the ranger and take it all in.

Day 5 Glacier Bay National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
There’s adventure afloat and ashore. Find a perch on the bridge with your captain, or with your guides on the bow. Follow the seal barks and chatter of birds by kayak and skiff. Pull on your gummies for a hike in boot-sucking mud across a glacial moraine. Then head up. The view is powerful. Back on the boat, don’t pass on your chance for a polar plunge, and then beeline straight for the hot tub. Bid adieu to your ranger this evening and take a forest walk at Bartlett Cove, if there’s daylight left.

Day 6 Captain’s Choice

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Just what you need, morning stretches on deck with your guide. Warm those hard-at-play muscles. You know firsthand—conditions in Southeast change one inlet to the next. Your captain is at the helm and picks just the right spot. Lynn Canal or Chatham Strait? Whichever, the adventures are as big as the water is deep! So many hidden pockets in the Tongass National Forest. Give your paddle board skills a glide. Watch for big-eyed harbor seals from a kayak. Bushwhack into the forest of giants. Your guides know the area’s history and keep it lively.

Day 7 Haines, Alaska

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The center of adventure. Tucked beneath snowcapped peaks, Haines has it all. Hiking, biking, rafting, and history. One thing’s for sure—the trails are irresistible. Go easy, or feel the burn—whatever your speed, the views reward in spades. Your expedition team shares the city’s captivating history. A trading outlet for Chilkat Tlingit, they called it “Dtehshuh”—the end of the trail. European explorers, the Klondike gold rush, a U.S. Army outpost—influences still apparent today. What holds your interest? Follow your curiosity on a self-led tour. Tonight, it’s a festive Farewell Dinner. A “photo journal” of your trip by your expedition team is the cherry on top.

Day 8 Juneau, Alaska | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Linger over breakfast this morning cruising into Juneau. Wish your crew and new friends goodbye. 

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$2,995
Wilderness Adventurer's Navigator Cabin
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Main Deck, cabins 200-208, 210. Queen or twin beds, private bath with shower and view window.
Wilderness Adventurer' Trailblazer Cabin
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Trailblazer
Observation Deck, cabins 301-302, 307-320. Queen bed or twin beds, private bath with shower and view window
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Pathfinder
Observation deck, cabins 303-306. Outside entry, double bed with private bath with shower and view window.
Navigator Cabin
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Single
Main Deck, cabin 202. Twin bed; view window; private bath with shower

Notes

- All rates are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.
- Rates do not include port taxes and fees, which vary by itinerary.
- Children 8-13 are welcome on all sailings and will receive a $500 per child savings


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:
  • Onboard meals
  • Onboard spirits, wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day
  • Entry fees to national parks/preserves
  • All from-the-vessel activities and equipment
Not included in your fare:
  • Port taxes and fees
  • Optional snorkeling activities (arranged and paid for locally - contact us for details)
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