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Inside Passage & Glacier Bay Wilderness Cruise

Juneau to Seattle - Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Wilderness Discoverer
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Enjoy wilderness kayaking, paddle boarding, and hiking in Alaska, one of the most beautiful regions of North America. Thirteen days take you through the inside passages and Glacier Bay National Park plus remote wilderness, Native culture, and history. Enjoy adventure activities in the San Juan Islands, Tongass National Forest, and Misty Fjords National Monument. Learn more about the Native culture and Pacific Northwest's natural history. 
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Highlights
  • Cruise Alaska’s and Canada’s Inside Passages
  • Visit Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Discover Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers & LeConte Bay iceberg gardens
  • Watch for whales and wildlife in Frederick Sound and Icy Strait
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Juneau | Embark

Leave the big city life behind in Juneau, Alaska and immerse yourself in the breathtaking views of Mount Juneau and its surrounding glaciers. Though admittedly, leaving Juneau is no small task - nearly as large as Rhode Island and Delaware combined, the Juneau area is nearly 3,300 square miles and the only U.S. capital with an international border.

Day 2: Icy Strait

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Bull whip kelp threads through nearby channels like deep, twisted mangroves. And you know better, but orange and purple starfish and jellyfish make it hard to believe you’re not in the tropics. Follow the currents out to where the sea lions flock to remote rock formations. Your captain is on the bridge, the expedition team on deck, and all eyes are on the water and the shore. Everyone is on-watch for the telltale blow of humpbacks. Come closer to the shoreline by skiff, kayak, or on foot. Sometimes the smallest things are the biggest wonders. Take in the evening solitude from the bow, or the hot tub. Or both—why choose just one? Tonight, join your captain for the Farewell Dinner. As a special treat, your expedition team shares a slideshow of your journey.

Day 3: Glacier Bay National Park

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
There’s a cool factor, and it’s not just coming off the face of the glaciers! This 3.3 million-acre park was covered by ice as recently as 1795. Since then, the park’s receding glacier activity has made it easier to access those inner reaches. Glacial history, retreats, advances, moraines. They come with expert insight from your onboard naturalists, so bring on the questions. Pigeon guillemots, puffins, common murres, and cormorants colonize and nest at South Marble Island. One good whiff and a few loud barks give away one of its mammalian residents—Steller’s sea lions. It’s a full day in the bay exploring Muir’s legacy—all the way to Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers. Celebrate with a toast to nature’s handiwork.

Day 4: Chichagof Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Remote passages offer more opportunities for you 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 (skiffs, paddleboards, kayaks), it’s time to go play. Stick to the water in a kayak excursion, and don’t forget to look above and below the surface. A nosy seal could be watching your every stroke. Beachcomb rocky shores. Tiny creatures cling to rocks. Tonight, take a nightcap to the sun deck and watch the sky. 

Day 5: Sitka | Peril Strait

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Alaska’s wild natural history surrounds the historic community of Sitka. With access to the Tongass National Forest all around you, take the hint and take a hike—your guides know the way into the mountains to a clear lake and along boardwalk trails through temperate rainforest to a waterfall. Later, set sail into Peril Strait and join your expedition guides who share the tragic tales of how this passage earned its foreboding name. 

Day 6: Frederick Sound | Chatham Bay

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Humpbacks beeline it to this region each season to feed on zooplankton and herring. Watch for whales feasting in these abundant glacial waters. Hang out and enjoy the show. Based on wind and weather, your expedition team has the lineup of adventures all mapped out. Cruise past Five Fingers Lighthouse, Alaska’s oldest light station and The Brothers Islands, where sea lions nap on rocky nobs. From kayak or skiff, scope the intertidal zones of un-named bays and coves. Eagles fish here too, their white noggins give away their perches. Kayak into a seascape of wild, forested islets, or take the pace down a notch with an easy stroll amidst the tide pools. It’s remote and remarkable. 

Day 7: LeConte Bay | Ideal Cove

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
LeConte Glacier’s iceberg gardens. Sculpted by the warm summer air, these glacial works of art are a testament to the mastery of Mother Nature. If tides are low, take a boot-sucking walk to check out icebergs resting on the mudflats. Surrounded by national forest, Ideal Cove’s boardwalk trails wind through habitat known as “muskegs,” boggy meadows of ferns and grasses. Or test your balance paddle boarding in this quiet cove. It’s just you and the vast wilderness.

Day 8: Captain's Choice

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  • 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 from one inlet to the next. Your captain is at the helm and your expedition team picks just the right spot. Wherever you head, the adventures are as big as the water is deep! So many hidden pockets in the Tongass National Forest. Give your paddleboard 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 9: Ketchikan | Misty Fjords National Monument

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In Ketchikan, connect with the Tlingit Culture. Tribal leader and local legend Joe Williams, known as Ka Xesh X’e in his native language, guides you on a walking tour. With a rich oral tradition, the Tlingit passed stories from generation to generation—and Joe’s storytelling is captivating! Amble through the surrounding forest on a moderate to easy trail or challenge yourself to a hard-charger hike along trails and boardwalks past, cedar, spruce, streams, and waterfalls. Next up, Misty Fjords is the largest Wilderness Area in the Tongass National Forest and a haven for wildlife—grizzly and black bears, salmon, and deer. Calm settles over these parts and all you can hear is nature. Deep glacial fjords filled with seawater. Wetlands, estuaries, dense forests, and sweeping granite cliffs. Paddle through a bay, silty from the outwash of a mountain river.

Day 10-11: Canada's Inside Passage

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Mountains rise higher. Fjords get deeper. It’s a day of intricate waterways and cruising for critters, keeping watch for black bears onshore, including the elusive spirit bear. Civilization slips away as you enter remote waters leading north through British Columbia. Surf-happy dolphins and porpoises like to catch a ride on the bow wave. Your captain and crew are on the lookout and give the call of a sighting. And a waterfall and old abandoned cannery come into view. That’s Butedale. Slow down and take it all in as forested fjords roll by. Aiming to entertain and educate over the next days, your expedition team is at the ready. Natural history, Native influences, and their favorite trivia games, too. 

Take your cup of joe to the bow. The world wakes up with you. Bald eagles watch the ship along its course from treetops. Islands to the west, inlet-etched mainland to the east. Your captain and mates navigate twisting passages. Harbor seals spend their days on rocky islets. Breathe in the fresh air and take in miles of forested wilderness. In the lounge, your bartender mixes up the daily special. Take the challenge and play a few friendly hands of cards with your shipmate. 

Day 12: San Juan Islands Washington

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Each island in the San Juan archipelago is different. Orcas and harbor seals haven’t picked favorites. You could spot them in any passage. Give your arms a stretch. Kayak or paddleboard along a tucked-away cove. Sea stars dot rocky outcroppings orange and purple. Curious harbor seals watch your moves. Get in more mileage on a skiff ride to further inlets. There will be time to hike too. Look low and nose around pools for creatures left behind by the outgoing tide.

Day 13: Seattle | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark after breakfast. Transfer to the Seattle airport.

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Main Deck, cabins 201, 204-208 and 210. Queen or twin beds, private bath with shower and view window.
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Observation Deck, cabins 310-325. Queen or twin beds, private bath with shower and view window.
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Observation Deck, cabins 300-309. Outside entry, queen bed, sitting area, private bath with shower and view window.
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Sun Deck, cabins 400-403. Separate sitting area, queen or twin beds, private bath with shower, large picture window with sofa bed/triple.
Included
  • 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 12 Dinners
  • 12 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Park and Entrance Fees 
  • Premium spirits, wine, beer & non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day
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 snorkeling: arranged and paid for locally.

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