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Alaska's Remote Wilderness Expedition

Example 10 Day Cruise aboard Kruzof Explorer
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Explore Alaska on a 10-day cruise from Sitka to Ketchikan, otherwise known as Alaska's "First City" and "Salmon Capital of the World." Admire this beautiful region of tidewater glaciers, abundant wildlife, and unique frontiers. Enjoy kayaking, hiking, skiff exploration, and plenty of time to view the region’s spectacular flora and fauna while aboard the Kruzof Explorer.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Sitka | Embark
Day 2 : West Chichagof Island
Day 3 : Glacier Bay National Park
Day 4 : Admiralty Island
Day 5 : Tracy Arm-Fords
Day 6 : Thomas Bay
Day 7 : Wrangell
Day 8 : Kasaan
Day 9 : Metlakatla | Misty Fjords National Monument
Day 10 : Ketchikan | Disembark


  • Explore beautiful Sitka, rich in Alaska Native and Russian history
  • Kayak across the stunning Tracy Arm-Fords
  • Hike through the forest in Kaasan
  • Enjoy the cultural traditions of the Metlakatla Indian Community


Kruzof Explorer

Places Visited

  • Alaska
  • North America
  • United States
  • Admiralty Island
  • Chichagof Island
  • Glacier Bay National Park
  • Kasaan
  • Ketchikan
  • Metlakatla
  • Misty Fjords National Monument
  • Sitka
  • Thomas Bay
  • Tracy Arm
  • Wrangell


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Alaska native clan house and totems Margerie Glacier in Alaska Whale watching in Alaska Sitka from the ship Bear sighting in Alaska

Day 1 Sitka | Embark

Explore beautiful Sitka, the only community in Southeast Alaska that faces the open ocean waters of the Gulf of Alaska. Visit fascinating sites that highlight the community's rich Alaska Native and Russian history. Embark for the winding narrows north of town while searching for bald eagles, sea otters, bears, whales, and other wildlife.

Day 2 West Chichagof Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Navigate the remote western coast of Chichagof Island in the West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness—a stretch of Southeast Alaska that few travelers have a chance to experience. The pristine coastline is adorned by miles of stunning cliffs, narrow passages, and towering rainforest. The vessel’s high-speed Zodiac and kayaks provide an opportunity for in-depth exploration of the region. In the evening, explore the boardwalk “roads” of Pelican, Alaska during a port call to this unique and charming community in Lisianski Strait. 

Day 3 Glacier Bay National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Witness the awe-inspiring beauty of Glacier Bay National Park. Highlights include South Marble Island—a nesting area for puffins, a myriad of other birds, and Steller sea lion haul-out; Gloomy Knob, a dramatic rocky outcropping known to be excellent mountain goat habitat; and the mighty Margerie glacier, famous for spectacular displays of calving. During your park visit, keep an eye out for bears, wolves, moose, whales, and more. 

Day 4 Admiralty Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Admiralty Island, a place Alaska Natives call Kootznoowoo, which translates to “Fortress of the Bear.” This remarkable island is home to the highest density of brown bears in North America, and also boasts a large population of nesting bald eagles. Your captain and guide will select a coastline area ripe for adventure, where you’ll savor the opportunity to kayak shallow water places inaccessible to larger craft and/or beachcomb the pristine shore.

Day 5 Tracy Arm-Fords

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Journey through Tracy or Endicott Arm in the Tracy Arm-Fords 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. Traveling aboard the Kruzof Explorer provides a unique opportunity to kayak in this beautiful wilderness area.

Day 6 Thomas Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Thomas Bay, a wilderness location shrouded by curious Alaska Native legends and mysterious stories told by early gold miners. Enjoy one of several trekking options in the bay, such as the Cascade Falls trail, Scenery Cove, or the outwash plain leading to the terminal moraine of the Baird Glacier. Witness the power of glacial ice in shaping even the most rugged landscapes.

Day 7 Wrangell

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Home to a little over 2,000 permanent residents, Wrangell is the only town in Alaska to have been under the jurisdiction of three flags and ruled by four nations—the Tlingit, Russia, England, and the United States. Enjoy several options to explore this colorful history, including a guided tour and a trip to the Wrangell Museum. Visit the intriguing State Historic Park, Petroglyph Beach, which contains the highest concentration of petroglyphs in Southeast Alaska.

Day 8 Kasaan

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Relish the inspiring spirit and Alaska Native heritage of Kasaan, a beautiful Haida village on Prince of Wales island. Walk an enchanted forest path laden with intricately carved totem poles to the Chief Son-i-Hat Whale House, the only remaining traditional Haida longhouse in the United States.

Day 9 Metlakatla | Misty Fjords National Monument

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Immerse yourself in the extraordinary history, art, and cultural traditions of the Metlakatla Indian Community on Annette Island. Visit a traditional Tsmishian longhouse, enjoy a ceremonial dance performance, and meet Native artists. Later, the Kruzof Explorer will glide beneath the 3,000 foot glacier-sculpted cliffs of Misty Fjords National Monument. Discover the fjord’s natural history, listen to the calls of a myriad of seabirds, feel the mist from glistening waterfalls, and see famous New Eddystone Rock, a stunning volcanic core. 

Day 10 Ketchikan | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in Ketchikan, otherwise known as Alaska's "First City" and "Salmon Capital of the World." Transfer to the airport or your hotel is complimentary. 

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One queen bed, landscape window, spacious wardrobe, en suite bathroom with shower. Approx. 121 sq.ft.


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 supplement are 50% of the cabin rates.

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.

The Kruzof Explorer carries a high-speed Zodiac, kayaks, and paddleboards. Opportunities to utilize these expedition craft will occur frequently throughout the 10-day voyage. A sport fishing vessel is also available, which offers guests a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hook into Alaska's world-renowned salmon and other species.  

  • 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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