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True Alaskan Family Cruise

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Chichagof Dream
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Cruising as a family provides an opportunity to strengthen bonds through shared discoveries and learning, creating memories that span the generations. These voyages feature an onboard Youth Expedition Leader who lead activities, exploration, and educational programs tailored for children age 7 and older. As you venture off the beaten path, disconnect from a fast-paced world and connect with the remarkable wildlife, cultures, and natural wonders of Alaska. Savor the serenity of raw wilderness on an unscripted morning and afternoon of Southeast Alaska discovery. Opportunities may include a coastline kayak paddle, up-close whale encounters, or a hike through an alluring old-growth forest.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Sitka | Embark
Day 2 : Saginaw Bay
Day 3 : Petersburg | Frederick Sound
Day 4 : Tracy Arm-Ford's Terror Wilderness
Day 5 : Juneau | Orca Pt. Lodge
Day 6 : True Alaska Exploration | Glacier Bay National Park
Day 7 : Glacier Bay National Park
Day 8 : Juneau | Disembark

Highlights

  • View majestic birds of prey at the Alaska Raptor Center
  • Experience the Fortress of the bear rescue center
  • Discover the charming fishing town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island
  • Hike through an alluring old-growth forest in Glacier Bay National Park

Ship

Chichagof Dream

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Family hiking on a tour of Alaska Margerie Glacier in Alaska Mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) Kayaking with friends Hiking through Alaskan wilderness

Day 1 Sitka | Embark

Explore beautiful Sitka, the only community in Southeast Alaska that faces the open ocean waters of the Gulf of Alaska. Get up close and personal with a giant Pacific octopus and handle starfish, sea cucumber, and more at the Sitka Sound Science Center. View majestic birds of prey at the Alaska Raptor Center. Visit the fascinating Sheldon Jackson Museum to learn about the state's rich Alaska Native history. Experience the Fortress of the Bear rescue center. Embark for the winding narrows north of town while searching for bald eagles, sea otters, bears, whales, and other wildlife. 

Day 2 Saginaw Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy kayak and DIB (shallow water expedition craft) exploration in northern Kuiu Island's Saginaw Bay. Beachcomb or hike along the beautiful secluded coastline of the area, where marine fossils are sometimes found. 

Day 3 Petersburg | Frederick Sound

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discover the charming Mitkof Island fishing town of Petersburg. Founded by Norwegian fishermen in the late 1800s, Petersburg is nicknamed Alaska's "Little Norway." Experience this Scandinavian culture with a folk dance show by local youth at the iconic Sons of Norway Hall. Later, enjoy a narrated bus tour and take time to explore the vibrant community at your own leisure.

Scout for humpback whales and other marine mammals in the world-renowned whale waters of Frederick Sound. Humpbacks are famous for behavior that lends itself to incredible viewing and photography, such as tail lobbing, lunge feeding, pectoral slapping, breaching, and picturesque dives that showcase their massive flukes.

Day 4 Tracy Arm-Ford's Terror Wilderness

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Journey through Tracy or Endicott Arm in the Tracy Arm-Ford’s Terror Wilderness, a place the famous naturalist, John Muir, referred to as, "a wild, unfinished Yosemite.” Renowned for its pristine waterfalls, towering icebergs, abundant harbor seals, and granite cliffs that rise from sea level to 4,000 feet, this wilderness is often referred to by locals as one of the most scenic areas in the state. Both of these dramatic glacial fjords offer stunning views of tidewater glaciers. Skiff excursions provide the opportunity to view the majesty of the area in even greater detail.

Day 5 Juneau | Orca Pt. Lodge

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day visiting highlights of the scenic capital city of Juneau, including the world-famous Mendenhall Glacier, before enjoying a dog sled demonstration. End the day's adventure with a relaxing evening at Orca Point Lodge, an exclusive day-lodge on Colt Island. Enjoy the beautiful grounds, beach, and marine life touch-tank. Dine on Alaskan salmon, Alaskan king crab, or prime rib from the warmth of the lodge, or nestled next to a beachside bonfire. Roast s'mores, experimenting with a variety of chocolate bar flavors!

Day 6 True Alaska Exploration | Glacier Bay National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Savor the serenity of raw wilderness on an unscripted morning and afternoon of Southeast Alaska discovery. The options are countless, dictated by the day's unique circumstances. Opportunities may include a coastline kayak paddle, up-close whale encounters, or a hike through an alluring old-growth forest. You may do a beach landing on an unspoiled shoreline to explore a tidal flat or track along with a foraging bear from the safety of your DIB. Regardless of the activity, experience the magic of the archipelago's many remote coves, bays, and inlets. In the afternoon, sail into the beautiful Glacier Bay National Park to begin your first day of extended park exploration. Unique opportunities during your voyage through Glacier Bay include a beach trek near the Reid Glacier, a visit to the new Huna Tribal House, and rainforest trails surrounding Glacier Bay Lodge.

Day 7 Glacier Bay National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This remarkable national park fjord extends 65 miles, contains eight tidewater glaciers, and provides pristine habitat for a wide array of wildlife, including both brown and black bears, wolves, mountain goats, Steller sea lions, and humpback whales. The highlight for many is the Margerie Glacier, known for its dramatic calving displays. A Glacier Bay National Park Service Ranger narrates the day's program and a Native Huna Tlingit interpretive naturalist joins the group to reveal traditional cultural ties to this ancient treasure.

Day 8 Juneau | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in Alaska's capital city of Juneau. Transfer to the airport or your hotel is complimentary.

Chichagof Dream

Per person starting at
$4,795
Cabin Category A
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Category A
Averaging 105 sq. ft. Two twin beds, porthole windows, spacious wardrobe, and private bathroom with shower.
Cabin Category AA
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Category AA
Averaging 109 sq. ft. Two twin beds, picture windows (room 301 & 302 have one window), spacious wardrobe, and private bathroom with shower.
AAA Cabin
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Category AAA
Averaging 109 sq. ft. One queen bed or two twin beds, a large picture window, spacious wardrobe, and private bathroom with shower.
Deluxe Cabin
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Deluxe
Averaging 155 sq. ft. One queen bed or two single beds, a large picture window, spacious wardrobe, and private bathroom with shower.
Deluxe Suite - Main Deck
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Deluxe Suite Main Deck
Averaging 218 sq. ft. Two-room suite, each with option of queen bed, two twin beds, or bunk beds. Large picture windows, wardrobe, two private bathrooms with showers.
Deluxe Suite - Upper Deck
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Deluxe Suite Upper Deck
Averaging 208 sq. ft. One queen bed, two large picture windows, wardrobe, vanity, comfortable sitting area, private bathroom with shower.

Notes

Discount for a 3rd or 4th guest in the same stateroom will be 15% off the regular rate regardless of age,

Children 15 & under receive a 15% discount.

Prices are per person and in USD. Single Supplements are 50% of the cabin rates. 

*Children age 15 and under receive 20% off listed cruise fares*

CRUISE DISCLAIMER: Cruise information is subject to change without notice based on navigating conditions. Itinerary order is also subject to rearrangement based on permit allocations.

Included:
  • Selected guest cabin facilities
  • All meals aboard the vessel, or where otherwise indicated
  • A complimentary glass of wine or beer with dinner
  • Selected shore excursions as indicated in itinerary documents
  • Ground transportation to and from the airport to hotel (downtown hotel) or ship in Sitka, Juneau, and Ketchikan one day prior and day of sailing and the day of departure from the ship.
  • Additionally, ground transportation is provided from the local airport to selected hotels in those cities the day prior to sailing.
  • All standard onboard services
Not Included:
  • Airfare to and from your home city
  • Pre- and post-cruise hotel accommodations
  • Non-complimentary beer, wine, or alcohol selections
  • Discretionary gratuities to crew
  • Travel insurance
  • All taxes and port fees
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