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Wild Alaska Escape: LeConte Bay, Wrangell, and the Misty Fjords

Juneau - Ketchikan - Example 6 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Sea Bird
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Embark on a transformative cruise adventure through the untouched beauty of Alaska. Visit the colossal Juneau Icefield before. Cruise to LeConte Bay or Tracy Arm, where you'll capture breathtaking photographs of the active LeConte Glacier and learn expert photography tips. Navigate Sumner Strait, spotting humpback whales and sea otters, and explore the coast by kayak or Zodiac. Immerse yourself in Tlingit culture upon arrival in Wrangell, cruising through narrow waterways rarely ventured by other ships. Explore Misty Fjords National Monument, witness the sunrise over towering cliffs, and cruise through mist-shrouded fjords. Finally, disembark in Ketchikan, where you'll explore the vibrant city known as the "salmon capital of the world" and visit the Totem Heritage Center. Experience the perfect blend of adventure and tranquility in one unforgettable journey through Alaska's pristine landscapes.
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Highlights
  • Connect with Tlingit Culture in Ketchikan
  • Encounter abundant and varied wildlife and spend time observing them
  • Explore narrow waterways and fjords
  • Witness active glaciers up close
Activity Level: Variable
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Day 1: Juneau | Embark

Upon arrival in Juneau, which is the capital city of Alaska, you will notice that the Juneau Icefield is located just north of the city. It is one of the largest non-polar masses in the world and the origin of many glaciers. After reaching downtown Juneau, you can spend some time visiting the Alaska State Museum or exploring the surrounding area before boarding ship.

Day 2: LeConte Bay or Tracy Arm

Today, you will have the opportunity to explore the LeConte Glacier, which is one of the most active glaciers in Southeast Alaska and the southernmost tidewater glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. The glacier face regularly sheds icebergs caught in the shallow moraine and along the shoreline. You can capture stunning photographs and learn photography tips and tricks from certified instructors. An experienced captain will guide you safely to the glacier and bring you as close as possible to it. You will then set out on a Zodiac to navigate among the surreal floating sculptures.

Day 3: Sumner Strait

Navigate the stunning Wrangell Narrows, an area inaccessible to larger ships, and then cruise into the Sumner Strait, keeping watch for humpback whales surfacing and sea otters gliding through the clear water around the ship. Explore the coast by kayak or Zodiac and go ashore to trace bear trails through forests intersected by crystalline salmon streams as you learn about the rainforest ecosystem from naturalists. Fix your binoculars on the banks to spot Sitka black-tailed deer, moose, black bears, wolves, and bald eagles that frequent the shoreline for plentiful salmon.

Day 4: Wrangell Island

This morning, arrive in the small town of Wrangell. The Tlingit and their ancestors have made this island their home for thousands of years. Take an optional jet boat excursion up the Stikine River or explore the town, including a visit to Chief Shakes Tribal House and the Petroglyph Beach, home to the highest concentration of petroglyphs in Southeast Alaska. This afternoon cruise Eastern Passage and Blake Channel, narrow waterways on the backside of Wrangell island where other ships rarely venture.

Day 5: Misty Fiords

Wake up this morning to catch the sunrise over the stunning cliffs of Misty Fjords National Monument, rising more than 2,000 feet above the deep blue waters of the fjord. Watch wisps of cloud drift down the winding waterway and drape over green peaks as you cruise through the mists that give this extraordinary landscape its name. Set out by Zodiac and kayak to get close to the forested banks and the many dramatic waterfalls cascading down the cliffs.

Day 6: Ketchikan | Disembark

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Arrive in Ketchikan, the southernmost city in Alaska, spread at the base of forested slopes on Revillagigedo Island. Its many monikers, from "salmon capital of the world" to "rain capital of Alaska," capture the spirit of this city, famous for colorful buildings and abundant fishing boats and canneries. Visit the Totem Heritage Center to view the priceless collection of 19th-century totem poles.

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$4,043 2-3 travelers

Please confirm embark/disembark locations before reserving flights, as this itinerary operates in reverse on alternating departures.
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Main Deck Cabins #300-305. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a large window.
Sea Bird & Sea Lion's Category 1 and Category 1 Single Cabin.
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Cat 1 Single
Main Deck Cabins #300-305. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a large window.
Sea Bird & Sea Lion's Category 2 and Category 2 Single Cabins.
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Bridge Deck cabins #100-104 and Upper Deck cabins #200-212, 215. These well-located cabins include two lower single beds, outside access and a window.
Sea Bird & Sea Lion's Category 2 and Category 2 Single Cabin.
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Cat 2 Single
Bridge Deck cabins #100-104 and Upper Deck cabins #200-212, 215. These well-located cabins include two lower single beds, outside access and a window.
Sea Bird & Sea Lion's Category 3 Cabins.
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Cat 3
Bridge Deck cabins #105, 106 - These cabins include two lower single beds. Upper Deck cabins #214, 216, 217, 219 - These cabins include two lower single beds that can convert to a double bed and a pullout single bed for a third person. All cabins include a small table, two chairs, and two windows. Cabin doors open to the outside.

Notes

Single supplement varies by itinerary. A solo traveler matching program may be available but is subject to availability.
Kids under age 18 save $500 per person

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Included
  • 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 5 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Assistance by the onboard National Geographic Photography Expert
  • Beer, wine, cocktails, and spirits aboard the ship. We are also pleased to offer a selection of super premium wines and liquors that are available for purchase.
  • Complimentary Starlink-enabled Wi-Fi internet is available to all guests aboard Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet, enabling email, messaging, and social media.
  • Park and site entrance fees, special access permits, and port taxes
  • Excursions, hotels, and airport transfers, as indicated in the itinerary 
  • Selection of exploration tools curated to your destination, such as Zodiacs and glass-bottom boats, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, snorkeling equipment (including wetsuits, masks, and fins), and other state-of-the-art gear
  • Guidance and company of leading expedition staff
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary, both aboard and onshore. Meals are inspired by regional cuisine and locally sourced where possible
  • Hors d’oeuvres inspired by regional cuisine and locally sourced where possible
  • 24-hour access to snacks, premium coffees and teas, non-alcoholic beverages, and filtered water
  • Presentations on your destination by expedition staff and expert guest speakers
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to fill at onboard water refill stations
  • The services of a physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, or paramedic  where available
  • Morning stretch classes and 24-hour access to exercise equipment where available
  • 24-hour access to lounges, observation decks, library stocked with regionally relevant literature, and other shared spaces 
  • Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic certified photo instructor
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Crew gratuities
  • Laundry, spa treatments, scuba diving, Wi-Fi and phone services (except when indicated as included)
  • We strongly recommend our guests to take Travel Protection Plan. A Plan with comprehensive coverage to protect you from cancellation fees, costs incurred due to trip delays/interruption, damaged or lost baggage, medical assistance, and evacuation during your travels
  • Airfare (except flights when indicated as included), pre- and post-expedition extensions, additional hotel nights, and private transfers (except when indicated as included)
  • Travel protection plans and passport, visa, and immigration fees 
  • Enhanced and premium Wi-Fi plans, which may enable video chat, web browsing, and streaming (connectivity permitting)

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