Famed Passages of Discovery is a 13-day adventure through Alaska's and Canada's Inside Passages. Cruising from Juneau to Seattle (or the reverse), keep an eye out for wildlife and whales and explore the epic waterways by kayaking, paddle boarding, or skiffing in secluded coves and passages. Explore dramatic Misty Fjords National Monument, navigate Wrangell Narrows and wildlife-rich Behm Canal, discover Tlingit culture in Ketchikan and at Wrangell’s Chief Shakes Tribal House, and visit The Whale Museum in quaint Friday Harbor.
View glaciers and float among the ice-rich waters of Tracy Arm
Watch for wildlife and whales in Frederick Sound
Transit the winding Wrangell Narrows and wildlife-rich Behm Canal
Discover Tlingit culture in Ketchikan &Wrangell’s Chief Shakes Tribal House
Explore Misty Fjords National Monument—only accessible to small vesssels
Snow-covered mountains, glowing blues, and the white thunder of calving ice take your breath away at the face of Dawes Glacier. As you glide through Endicott Arm, spy harbor seals and their pups lounging on “bergy bits” in the water. If the tides allow, explore Fords Terror — a narrow passageway with towering walls and cascading waterfalls framed by the Coastal Mountains.
Keep watch for colossal marine life — humpback and orca are frequent residents of these waters — as your captain navigates through Southeast’s remote fjords. Hike through an other-worldly landscape of hanging waterfalls and emerald greens. Or investigate the wild inner reaches of a salt chuck — a tidal salt-water lake — by kayak and paddle board, keeping a lookout for bears, heron, moose, mink, and harbor seals.
Step into the back country of Alaska's wilderness, in an area known for glaciers and rich in gold and quartz. Explore glacial landscapes marked by moraines, muskegs, and mud. Adventure and natural beauty are sure to please whether you choose kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff riding, or hiking today. Bright red and green navigation lights guide you along “Christmas Tree Lane” as you cruise the winding Wrangell Narrows.
Home to native culture, wildlife, and wonder, Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska and the only one ever governed by four nations. Brush up on your Tlingit culture and view recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park. Wander past the fishing marina to the famed and historically significant Chief Shakes Tribal House. Touch Wrangell's storied past at the artifact-filled museum.
Wildlife abounds in Behm Canal and the surrounding Tongass National Forest — orca, porpoise, seals, sea lions, brown and black bears, mink, marten, eagles, and otters. Paddle along the canal or venture out on an intertidal shore walk.
Misty Fjords is home to nearly every ecosystem in Southeast Alaska, with stunning glacial valleys filled with seawater, untouched wetlands and estuaries, and 3,000-foot vertical cliffs that are a haven for wildlife. Soak in the splendor of this largely unknown corner of the world with an up-close look at this majestic, 2.3 million-acre wilderness.
Alaska’s southernmost city and “salmon capital of the world” also claims fame to having the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles. Explore Tlingit culture and the notorious Creek Street, once a red-light district in downtown Ketchikan.
Take in the pure, wilderness air and see how many bald eagles you can spot from the deck. Intricate waterways and fjords alongside temperate rainforests and mountains are ideal for sighting orca and other wildlife as you sail through Canada's Inside Passage.
Fill your days through the passage with splendid scenery, relaxation, and plenty of onboard activities. Your expedition team aims to entertain and keep you busy with engaging presentations, games, and enlightening narration. Unlock the natural history of the area and discover how Native influences and the fishing and forest industries have shaped these sparsely-populated islands and communities.
Pass the ghost town of Butedale, on British Columbia's Princess Royal Island, before passing Prince Rupert, BC and crossing the US/Canadian border into Washington State. Shaped and molded by the last ice age, forested islands dot the shores of the Salish Sea. Weave through the inlets of this yachter’s paradise, keeping watch for the resident orca pods.
In quaint Friday Harbor, discover maritime history, art galleries, and a fascinating Whale Museum. Gunkhole close to shore by skiff or kayak as you explore the serene San Juan Islands—an archipelago of islands first charted by the Spanish in 1791. At the end of the day, gather in the lounge with new-found friends and reminisce about your Alaskan journey with a slideshow from your crew.
Day 13: Seattle, Washington | Disembark
Arrive to a waterfront view of the Emerald City, or with a transit of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks into Fishermen’s Terminal (depending on your vessel). Disembark after breakfast and transfer directly to the Seattle airport or begin an optional hotel stay.
Feature king or twin beds, view windows, private bath with shower, desk & chair.
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Feature king or twin beds, view windows, private bath with shower, refrigerator, desk & chair.
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Separate sitting area, king or twin beds, private bath with jacuzzi tub & shower, view window and french doors to a small balcony.
Please Note: A passport is required on this itinerary.
2016 Fares Include: All onboard meals; premium spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages; port taxes/fees; all from-the-boat adventure activities; exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day; entry fees to national parks/preserves; a complimentary massage, hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, and yoga mats; and an introductory annual membership to Alaska Geographic (requires registration).
2017 Fares Include: Onboard meals; premium spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-vessel activities and equipment.
The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.