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Example 9 Day Cruise aboard Island Spirit
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Explore some of the less traveled, most beautiful, and pristine areas of Southeast Alaska during this unique 9-day cruise on the Island Spirit. This incredible voyage allows travelers to experience areas of the Alaskan wilderness by kayak, foot, from the ship, and even by zip line!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Juneau
Day 2 : Hoonah
Day 3 : Tenakee Springs
Day 4 : Chatham Strait
Day 5 : Captain's Choice | Thomas Bay | Petersburg
Day 6 : Petersburg | Frederick Sound
Days 7-8 : Dawes Glacier | Majestic Ford’s Terror
Day 9 : Disembark in Juneau


  • Revel over the power of nature when you are up close to Dawes Glacier
  • Admire wildlife with the possibility to witness bears feasting on salmon
  • Unwind in Tenakee Springs: visit the bakery and discover local art
  • Enjoy the world's longest zip-line in Hoonah


Island Spirit

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  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

Kayaking to the glacier! Killer whales in Alaska. Kayaks await in Alaska Alaska cruise and wildlife viewing tours A large waterfall cascades from the Alaskan mountainside

Day 1 Embark in Juneau

Board ship at 5:00 PM (please note, there is no early boarding). Scheduled airport pick-ups are provided. For those coming in a day earlier, a luggage pick-up at in-town hotels can be arranged. Your vacation begins with a tour of the Alaska State Museum (395 Whittier St., Juneau). Please meet your naturalist at the door at 2:00 PM for check-in and tour. Sail this evening for your first wilderness anchorage.

Day 2 Hoonah

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This afternoon you’re 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 your evening anchorage.

Day 3 Tenakee Springs

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise through Chatham Strait as you make your way to Tenakee Springs. This wonderful village of only 98 people gives you the opportunity to see how a quaint Alaskan town lives. Visit the bakery and 1899 mercantile. Local artist wares are available for sale in this unique setting. This afternoon watch for whales as you cruise to your evening anchorage.

Day 4 Chatham Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning explore Chatham Strait, anchor this afternoon for some kayaking, and take an interpretive walk with your Naturalist. Later cruise during dinner to the Captain’s anchorage of choice.

Day 5 Captain's Choice | Thomas Bay | Petersburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depending on wildlife and weather, your Captain plans today’s route. Start your day with a small boat ride to see the large gathering of local favorites, Stellar sea lions. Get up close and personal with these boisterous mammals, and enjoy their singing and snorting as you say hello. Later, stop by Thomas Bay for a little beach walk and glacier viewing. Then it’s on your way to the Scandinavian fishing village of Petersburg, where you can enjoy an evening in port.

Day 6 Petersburg | Frederick Sound

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning enjoy a muskeg walk and scenic stroll overlooking Frederick Sound and Devil’s Thumb. Afterwards, you may choose to visit the local museum and small locally owned shops. Sail this afternoon for Stephen’s Passage. Weather permitting, visit Five Fingers lighthouse, continuing to your evening anchorage in Holkam Bay. Five Fingers lighthouse is occupied by a favorite marine biologist, Fred Sharp. If available, Fred joins you onboard for a discussion of the local humpback whale population, known to frequent this area.

Day 7-8 Dawes Glacier | Majestic Ford’s Terror

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Today visit beautiful Endicott Arm and view magnificent Dawes Glacier from the comfort of your vessel. Watch for harbor seals that rest on the ice. Later today, enter a magical place - Ford’s Terror, named after an early mariner unfamiliar to the lively Alaska waters. This region is some of the most scenic in the Tongass National Forest. Enjoy a full day in Ford’s Terror, beginning the day with brunch, then taking skiff rides with your naturalist, or kayaking to watch nature at its best. Be among a handful on the planet to visit this majestic fjord for 24 hours. It’s one of the most majestic hidden fjords in Southeast AK. Later this evening dock in Juneau, back where you began! 

Day 9 Disembark in Juneau

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast onboard, trade emails, and say farewell to your crew and new friends. Shuttles are provided to the airpor or hotels.

Island Spirit

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Island Spirit's Standard Staterooms.
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Twin Stateroom
Stateroom with two twin beds, private bathroom with shower. All rooms have full size windows with screens.
Island Spirit's Queen Stateroom.
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Queen Stateroom
Slightly larger stateroom with queen bed, private bathroom with shower. All rooms have full size windows with screens.


- A fuel surcharge may be added due to fuel price volatility.
- All rates are quoted in USD and are based on double occupancy.
- Limited special single cabins available on first come first served basis for the same rate.

The exact cruise route and components may vary due to the Captains discretion. The Island Spirit always strives to provide the best trip available. Some things may change due to weather, wildlife, tour availability etc.

Included in your cruise fare:
  • All meals
  • Cocktail hour and wines with dinner
  • Kayaks and walking tours
  • Port charges and taxes
Excluded in your cruise fare:
  • Crew gratuities
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