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Glacier Bay National Park Adventure

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Discover the spectacular scenery of Glacier Bay National Park and its marine wildlife. Watch for whales, stellar sea lions, puffins and sea otters as Wilderness Explorer cruises through the park. This dazzling voyage offers the opportunity to admire the exotic wildlife of this region and its wonderful countryside.
Humpback whales join in on your progressHiking through the mountainsVisit Glacier Bay National Park, UNESCO World Heritage SiteKayaking among beautiful Alaskan mountains
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
  • Bushwhack and hike in old-growth forest and glacial outwash fields
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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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: Tracy Arm

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take an early peek outside. Fjord cliffs reach skyward. Floating ice. And deep u-shaped valleys. There’s no abracadabra here. Mother Nature’s magic is real. Cruise past harbor seals and their pups lounging on chunks of ice. Tracy Arm delivers with the cotton-candy blue twin Sawyer Glaciers of its furthest reaches. Tides permitting, your skiff driver knows the ropes and guides you along. It’s a mashup of towering walls, temperamental currents, and the Coastal Mountains. So many waterfalls. Mountain goats show off fancy footwork on the cliffs. Look for them.

Day 3: Frederick Sound

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Humpbacks beeline it here each season to feed on krill, zooplankton, and herring. Watch for whales feasting in these abundant glacial waters. Hang out and enjoy the show. Cruise past Five Fingers Lighthouse, Alaska’s oldest light station, and The Brothers Islands, where sea lions nap on rocky nobs. Tonight, toast to a whale of a day in Alaska.

Day 4: Icy Strait

  • 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 today’s adventures promise to be as big as the water is deep! Seals and sea lions haul out on rocky outcroppings, resting before they disappear in the water to search for food. If the tides are right, head out in the skiff with one of the guides for a closer exploration of the rugged shore, or perhaps, make it all the way to George Island. Whatever you do—wilderness trekking, skiffing, or paddling—your expedition team guides the way.

Day 5: 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 two 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 6: Glacier Bay National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your camera’s memory card needs plenty of room. 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. Take it all in on deck.

Day 7: Chatham Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Find a perch on the bridge with your captain, or with your guides on the bow, and watch for whales and other creatures before tucking into Port Frederick or another inlet in the Tongass National Forest. Any spot’s a good one to pull over and stretch your legs. Hike, paddle, or skiff your way through this remote corner with bears on the shoreline, seals bobbing on the surface, and welcoming boughs of moss in the trees. It’s all yours to explore. Back on the boat, there's a treat in store—the Farewell Dinner and some special memories from your crew.

Day 8: Juneau, Alaska | Disembark

Linger over breakfast this morning cruising into Juneau. Wish your crew and new friends goodbye. Then it’s off to the airport or begin your UnCruise hotel stay or land tour.

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Relax at the bar aboard the Wilderness Explorer.
Relax on the sun deck of the Wilderness Explorer.
Enjoy the view from the lounge aboard the Wilderness Explorer.

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Per person starting at
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Comfortable stay in the Navigator Cabin
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Navigator Cabin
#215; 302. Queen or twin beds, view window, and private bath with shower.
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#105-106; 207-214; 303; 305-306; 309-312. Queen or twin beds, view window, and private bath with shower.
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#107-114; 202-206. Queen or twin beds, view window, and private bath with shower.
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#301, 304, 313-314. Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, and private bath with shower.
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Navigator Single
#104. L-shaped twin beds; view window; private bath with a shower

Notes

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
  • Wellness amenities: hot tub, fitness equipment, and yoga mats
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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