Discover the Alaskan wilderness on an 9-day Alaskan cruise aboard the Island Spirit. This spectacular voyage sails to the historic ports of Juneau and Petersburg, and crosses into Ford's Terror. View the stunning wildlife which call Alaska home from the comfort of your ship.
Stroll through Tenakee Springs & visit with locals
Attend a native dance in Hoonah & learn about the local culture
Cruise one of Alaska's most pristine canyons, Ford's Terror
Board the ship at 1:30pm. The cruise scheduled pick-up at the airport is 1:00pm. Tour begins at 2:30pm at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and includes the Raptor Center, Totem Park, and the Sheldon Jackson Museum. Then come aboard the Island Spirit for cocktails and dinner as you depart for the evening anchorage. Enjoy beautiful scenery along the way (if staying at specific local hotels, there are scheduled pick-ups of luggage, you can meet the group for the tour at 2:30pm, or you may choose to get transportation to the Eliason Marina Dock for boarding at 1:30pm).
Experience more of the great wilderness as you cruise to a local bay for kayaking or exploring. Tonight enjoy a serene evening away from the crowds. Maybe take a skiff in search of bears foraging on the beach.
Today visit the small community of Tenakee Springs. Enjoy a stroll to the bakery and the local mercantile. Chat with locals for an interesting Alaskan afternoon. Your onboard naturalist educates and entertains you on your walk in the rainforest. Haul anchor and cruise north through Chatham Strait. Look for humpback whales along the way. Port tonight at the native community of Hoonah.
After breakfast you are off for a native experience. Visit the Icy Strait Point “Historic Salmon Cannery”. Enjoy a “Tlingit” cultural experience arranged for your education and entertainment. There’s time for a forest walk or even a thrilling adventure, as you might embark on the optional, world’s longest zip-line. Later this afternoon depart Hoonah, cruising east for Juneau.
After breakfast, take a visit to Juneau. There’s time to explore Alaska’s capital. Perhaps enjoy an optional adventure: you could take an optional visit to the Mendenhall Glacier, ride the Juneau tram, or visit the old gold mine. Enjoy the day and be back on board for a 3pm departure. You're off to new vistas, cruising southbound in Stephens Passage.
Cruising includes: Endicott arm, Dawes Glacier, and Ford's Terror. This region is some of the most scenic in the Tongass National Forest. Ford's Terror is one of the most majestic hidden fjords in SE Alaska and you are on the only small ship that spends an evening here at anchor! Captain's Dinner tonight. Be among a handful on the planet to visit this majestic fjord. Kayak in this wilderness
Heading south in Stephens’s Passage again be looking for humpback whales as they feed and play in the local waters. If weather permits, you may have a chance to visit the oldest lighthouse in SE Alaska. Your anchorage tonight is in Farragut or Portage Bays.
Today you may visit Thomas Bay and Baird Glacier. Depending on the tides, ride among the icebergs and take a hike on the beach. Close enough to touch, you are sure to be amazed by this landscape! Later today, make your way into the fishing community of Petersburg. You might enjoy the muskeg walk as you learn a bit about the Scandinavian culture.
Day 9: Disembark in Petersburg
Share a last breakfast aboard the Island Spirit followed by transfers for flights home. Please note, all guests must disembark by 10:00am.
Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.