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Alaska Coastal Discoveries & Culture

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Explore Alaska on this 9-day Alaska Coastal Discoveries & Culture Expedition. Enjoy a collection of unique towns and Native villages, where you’ll learn about the region’s compelling history and three distinct Native cultures. Along the way, you’ll journey through Alaska’s most abundant wildlife areas and glacial fjords. Kayak, skiff, and hiking excursions allow for up-close and personal exploration. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Sitka | Embark
Day 2 : Sitka Sound & Fin Island Lodge
Day 3 : West Baranof Island
Day 4 : Sumner Strait
Day 5 : Wrangell
Day 6 : Kasaan & Thorne Bay
Day 7 : Misty Fjords National Monument
Day 8 : Ketchikan

Highlights

  • Enjoy a full day of adventure in island-studded Sitka Sound
  • Explore Sumner Strait, a body of water nestled between Kuiu and Kupreanof
  • Look out for black bear, Sitka black-tailed deer, wolves, & bald eagles
  • Enjoy the inspiring Alaska Native heritage of Kasaan—a beautiful Haida village

Ship

Kruzof Explorer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sitka from the ship Alaska wildlife tours and brown bear fishing for salmon A Bald Eagle catches a fish. Visit the community of Wrangell, Alaska Enjoying a hiking excursion in Alaska Alaska native clan house and totems
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Day 1 Sitka | Embark

Embark in beautiful Sitka, the only community in Southeast Alaska that faces the open ocean waters of the Gulf of Alaska.

Day 2 Sitka Sound & Fin Island Lodge

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a full day of adventure in island-studded Sitka Sound. Wildlife is plentiful here, and your captain and crew have knowledge of the preferred habitats and movement of whales, sea otters, sea lions, porpoises, seals, brown bears and bald eagles. Options include circumnavigation of St. Lazaria National Wildlife Refuge—a breeding ground for thousands of seabirds, including puffins, auklets and murres, or a journey ashore remote islands to beachcomb and explore tidepools. Volcanic formations adorn many shorelines in this area, and the gorgeous Mt. Edgecumbe volcano is an icon of the region. End the day with a feast of Alaska king crab, wild salmon cooked over an alder wood-fired grill, and prime rib at our exclusive Fin Island Lodge.

Day 3 West Baranof Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Journey up the west coast of Baranof Island while taking in the sights of jagged mountain peaks, a stunning rocky coastline, and the pristine Gulf of Alaska. This stretch of ocean offers unparalleled fishing and often the only other vessels in sight are part of Alaska’s commercial fishing fleet. Zodiac excursions allow guests to explore narrow passages and channels inside the coast’s barrier islands. Depending on weather conditions the captain may choose to navigate east Baranof Island. This charming shoreline is dubbed “The Waterfall Coast” and offers a beautiful alternative, Inside Passage connection to Sitka via Peril Strait.

Day 4 Sumner Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Sumner Strait, a body of water nestled between the islands of Kuiu and Kupreanof Island to the north and Zarembo and Prince of Wales to the south. This strait offers countless possibilities for in-depth exploration and the Kruzof Explorer, with her expedition Zodiac, aluminum sportfishing boat, and kayaks is the perfect vessel for adventure. The islands of this area play host to black bear, Sitka black-tailed deer, wolves, and countless bald eagles. Destination options include Keku Strait, Red Bay, Totem Bay, and more. We may even call on the small community of Port Protection—a place that gained national notoriety due to a popular television show which chronicles the challenges and beauties of life in the remote town. Sail between the beautiful Cape Decision lighthouse, perched atop wave-beaten rocks on southern Kuiu Island and the Spanish Islands.

Day 5 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. Guests may also choose one of the town’s beautiful hikes. The Rainbow Falls Trail takes hikers through a lush hemlock forest and offers views of a beautiful creek and waterfall, while the Mt. Dewey Trail boasts aerial ocean and town views. Board a comfortable, high-speed jet boat and venture north through Dry Strait to LeConte Bay. En route to the spectacular LeConte Glacier—North America’s southernmost tidewater glacier—you’ll navigate through a maze of glistening ice bergs in the shadows of towering, snow-capped mountains

Day 6 Kasaan & Thorne Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy the inspiring 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. Experience the frontier spirit of Alaska’s timber years on a tour of Thorne Bay, which was once the largest logging camp in the world.

Day 7 Misty Fjords National Monument

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Glide beneath the 3,000-ft. 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 8 Ketchikan

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in Ketchikan, otherwise known as Alaska's "First City" and "Salmon Capital of the World." Transfer to the airport or to your hotel is complimentary.
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Kruzof Stateroom
One queen bed, landscape window, spacious wardrobe, en suite bathroom with shower. Approx. 121 sq.ft.

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 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.

Included:
- Selected guest cabin facilities
- All meals aboard the vessel or where otherwise indicated
- A complimentary glass of wine / beer with dinner
- Selected shore excursions as indicated in itinerary
- 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
- Ground transportation is provided from the local airport to selected hotels in those cities the day prior to sailing
- All standard on board 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
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