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Alaska Adventure Cruise - Alaska Fjords and Glacier Bay

Juneau - Ketchikan - Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Wilderness Discoverer
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Embark on a 15-day Alaskan adventure in Glacier Bay National Park, featuring glacier skiffing, Tongass Forest hiking, and Native culture immersion. Maximize your adventure with activities like hiking, biking, and kayaking in Haines. Encounter diverse wildlife, including bears and eagles, explore birding hotspots like South Marble Islands, and discover Alaskan logging tales in Corner Bay. Witness the beauty of Margerie, Grand Pacific, Dawes, Lamplugh, and twin Sawyers Glaciers, navigate scenic routes, and explore Misty Fjords National Monument. Visit the charming towns of Haines and Pelican for a culturally rich experience. This expedition promises an unforgettable blend of natural wonders, cultural insights, and outdoor adventures in the heart of the Last Frontier.
Explore downtown JuneauNear Haines, AlaskaA small ship gets close to the glacier for a better lookMountain goats (Oreamnos americanus)Alaska native clan house and totemsGet up close to amazing glaciers in Alaska
Highlights
  • Explore Glacier Bay National Park on a 15-day Alaskan adventure
  • Maximize the adventure in Haines with activities like hiking, biking, and kayaking
  • Encounter diverse wildlife, like bears, eagles, and explore bird hotspots
  • Discover Alaskan logging tales in Corner Bay, beauty of Margerie and more
  • Navigate scenic routes and explore Misty Fjords National Monument
  • Visit the charming towns of Haines and Pelican for a cultural experience
Activity Level: Easy Active
Moderately active but not overly strenuous. This level includes activities like casual cycling, yoga, or excursions/activities that typically last 3-5 hours total each day.
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Day 1: Juneau | Embarkation

Arriving in Juneau, you will be transferred from the airport to our check-in area. Upon boarding, your crew greets you with champagne and smiles. Set sail for a week of scenic channels and secluded wilderness. 

Day 2: Saint James Bay Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Just what you need, morning stretches on deck with your guide. Warm those hard-at-play muscles. You know firsthand conditions in Southeast change one inlet to the next. Your captain is at the helm and picks just the right spot. The adventures are as big as the water is deep! So many hidden pockets in the Tongass National Forest. Give your paddle board skills a glide. Watch for big-eyed harbor seals from a kayak. Bushwhack into the forest of giants. Your guides know the area’s history and keep it lively.

Day 3: Haines

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The center of adventure. Tucked beneath snowcapped peaks, Haines has it all. Hiking, biking, kayaking, and history. One thing’s for sure—the trails are irresistible. Go easy, or feel the burn—whatever your speed, the views reward in spades. Your expedition team shares the city’s captivating history. A trading outlet for Chilkat Tlingit, they called it “Dtehshuh”—the end of the trail. European explorers, the Klondike gold rush, a U.S. Army outpost—influences still apparent today. What holds your interest? Follow your curiosity on a self-led tour.

Day 4: Icy Strait | George Island

  • 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 if the tides are right, head out in the boat with one of the guides for a closer exploration of the rugged shore. Seals and sea lions haul out on rocky outcroppings, resting before they disappear into the water to search for food on the famed “George Island,” hike with a close-up opportunity for sea otters and a World War II cannon that sits in the wilderness today. Whatever you do—wilderness trekking, skiffing, or paddling—the experienced crew is with you every step of the way.

Day 5: Lisianski River | Pelican Town

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The tiny fishing community (75 year-round residents) of Pelican plays host to sport fishermen and kayakers in the summer. Join your guide for a 6-mile hike on the Lisianski trail or a 4-mile trek through old-growth forest and a historic mining area on Bohemia Basin. Take a skiff or kayak along the coast searching for brown bears, Sitka black-tail deer, whales, orcas, sea lions, or rafts of sea otters.

Day 6: Glacier Bay National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
South Marble Island is abuzz with activity. View the sea lions at play. They add a distinct aroma to the air, too. Watch rare sea birds, black oystercatchers, and orange-beaked tufted puffins can’t be missed. Tucking into silent Tidal Inlet—the stomping grounds for bears, wolves, mountain goats, and eagles—the backdrop is spectacular. At the end of the westernmost arm of the bay sits Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers. And possible views of glacial calving.

Day 7: Chichagof Island & Neka Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Remote passages offer more opportunities to search for the mighty humpback whale. Keep your binoculars at hand and watch for the misty spout of these gentle giants as they feed in the waters around you—Anchor in a remote Chichagof Island inlet. Backpacks loaded and adventure toys lowered (boats, paddle boards, kayaks), it’s time to play. Stick to the water in a kayak excursion, and don’t forget to look above and below the surface. A nosy seal could watch your every stroke while you spy tiny creatures clinging to a rock or beach and combing the rocky shores.

Day 8: Juneau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You might purchase a tramway ticket for a ride up the Mt. Roberts Tram, where views unfold as you ascend 1,800 feet through the forest. At the top, explore the trails and Nature Center; back at the bottom, explore Alaska’s heritage at the Alaska State Museum. Both options also include a lunch voucher for a local restaurant. Complimentary laundry service is provided today.

Day 9: Tracy Arm | Fords Terror Wilderness

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Jutting off Stephens Passage with two deep, glacially carved fjords, this designated wilderness area contains over 600,000 acres. Cruise past chunks and chunks of floating ice. It’s a harbor seal’s delight lazing away the day atop a floating bergie. If conditions are right, skiffs are the ticket to getting in close.

Day 10: Frederick Sound

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Humpback whales are frequent visitors of this Southeast passage. A misty spout is a sure sign they’re in the neighborhood. Your captain navigates Stephens Passage to Port Houghton. And you’re in for a boot-sucking, paddle-smacking day of adventure with your guide team. The routes are all picked out. Make your choice and make your move. Slip off the kayak launch and slowly spot sea stars and shore birds. Hard chargers take a long, wild paddle to the salt chuck at the back of the inlet. Or, hike into the Tongass.

Day 11: Thomas Bay | Wrangell Narrows

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
When you come this far, you might as well go all in. This is way back to the backcountry of Alaska’s wilderness. Glacial landscapes marked by moraines, muskegs, and mud. In this playground, it’s all an option today. Kayak and skiff in water almost clear as glass. The mirror image of the fjord walls plays on the surface. Hike through the outwash of Baird Glacier. Or keep it green on an interpretive walk through a grassy meadow into the forest. Later, wind into the Wrangell Narrows. Abundant bright red and green navigation lights guide the way. It’s nicknamed “Christmas Tree Lane,” of course.

Day 12: Blashkee Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Blashkee Islands are your playground today. A full day of choose-your-own-adventure fun. Hiking, Kayaking, skiff tours, snorkeling, and full-day yak-n-whack excursions. Get ready for a full day!

Day 13: Behm Canal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wildlife abounds. Black bears, mink, eagles. Behm Canal has remote waterways and the isolated Tongass National Forest coves, streams, and bays. Your expedition team leads a low-elevation hike on the Cleveland Peninsula near clear, rushing streams—good opportunities for enticing forested shots of the Southeast. Orcas, porpoises, seals, and otters go about their business in the water. Go about yours on a guided paddle in tiny, deserted waterways that feed into Behm Canal.

Day 14: Misty Fjords

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
There are places on the planet that completely overcome you. This is one of them. The beauty. The peace. The sense of place you feel. Misty Fjords National Monument represents nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska. And that alone is a lot to consider. Glacial valleys filled with seawater. Sheer 3,000-foot cliffs. Sea birds, brown and black bears, mountain goats, and Sitka black-tailed deer all find haven here. Kayak in Walker Cove or Rudyerd Bay is just as easy to paddle and go as it is to sit and float and take it all in. Or skiff to the base of a waterfall for the fjord-released shower. Its affectionate nickname, “The Yosemite of the North,” is deserved. And it’s a fantastic wrap to your week. Your captain joins you tonight for a Farewell Dinner. Celebrate and reminisce about your Alaskan journey with a “photo journal” by your crew.

Day 15: Ketchikan, Alaska | Disembarkation

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast this morning, bid adieu to your new pals before you disembark and transfer to the Ketchikan airport or begin your extended UnCruise hotel stay or land tour.

Ship/Hotel

Wilderness Discoverer

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Wilderness Discoverer in the San Juans PNW
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$7,200
Wilderness Discoverer's Navigator Cabin.
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Navigator
Main Deck, cabins 201, 204-208 and 210. Queen or twin beds, private bath with shower and view window.
Interior Cabin
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Trailblazer
Observation Deck, cabins 310-325. Queen or twin beds, private bath with shower and view window.
Wilderness Discoverer's Pathfinder Cabin.
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Pathfinder
Observation Deck, cabins 300-309. Outside entry, queen bed, sitting area, private bath with shower and view window.
Wilderness Discoverer's Explorer Double Cabin.
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Admiral
Sun Deck, cabins 400-403. Separate sitting area, queen or twin beds, private bath with shower, large picture window with sofa bed/triple.

Notes

- All rates are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.
- Rates do not include port taxes and fees, which vary by itinerary.
- Children 8-13 are welcome on all sailings and will received a $500 per child savings

Due to the nature of your explorations, itineraries are guidelines and may change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.
Included
  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners
  • 14 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages
  • Wellness amenities 
  • From-the-vessel adventure activities and equipment
     
  • Group transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day
  • Entry fees to national parks/preserves
  • Premium wine, beer and liquor (excludes super-premium wines)
  • Exclusive activities and shore visits
  • Onboard expedition/heritage guides and guest experts
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Port taxes/fees
  • Optional excursions and land tours
  • Onboard wifi

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