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Alaska Inside Passage

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This voyage through Alaska's Inside Passage threads a spectacular route through narrow straits, remote islands and glacier-carved fjords. Summer brings long days, breaching humpback whales, and concentrations of bald eagles. Calm waters are alive with salmon, Stellar sea lions, harbor seals, orcas and porpoise. Black and brown bear, wolves, moose and deer roam temperate rainforest. Explore on foot, by Zodiac, kayak, or paddle board. An on-board hydrophone and bow-mounted underwater camera offer a special perspective as does polar snorkeling.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Seattle | Fly to Juneau
Day 2 : Embark in Juneau
Days 3-4 : Tracy Arm Wilderness / Frederick Sound
Day 5 : Thomas Bay
Days 6-7 : Wrangell Narrows | Wrangell
Days 8-10 : Tongass National Forest | Kasaan
Days 11-12 : Misty Fjords | Disembark in Ketchikan | Fly to Seattle


  • Visit Native art galleries and dine on local seafood in Juneau
  • Search for mountain goats, moose, and Sitka black-tail deer in Tongass NF
  • Kayak and paddle board in Misty Fjords National Monument
  • Learn about traditional Tlingit and Haida cultures
  • Delve into polar snorkeling with nudibranchs, sea stars & giant jellyfish
  • Trek through temperate rainforest
  • Spot Steller’s sea lions, otters, harbor seals, dolphins, whales& porpoises


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Humpback whale in Alaska. Kayaking past a waterfall. A pile of old totem poles. Family paddle boarding. Alaska travel and dall sheep grazing on Alaska hillside

Day 1 Seattle | Fly to Juneau

Explore vibrant Seattle before meeting fellow expeditioners at Sea-Tac Airport then flying to Juneau, Alaska’s capital.

Day 2 Embark in Juneau

This morning is at your leisure, but recommended is the Admiralty Island Pack Creek Bear Tour before boarding the Wilderness Explorer in the afternoon for departure.

Day 3-4 Tracy Arm Wilderness / Frederick Sound

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A winding fjord, waterfalls, and glimpses of Rocky Mountain goats lead you through Tracy Arm Wilderness to Sawyer Glaciers, where huge icebergs calve. Watch for bears, wolves, deer, Arctic terns and red-breasted mergansers, then move to Frederick Sound, alive with humpbacks spouting, fluking and breaching, and orcas and Steller’s sea lions. In Endicott Arm, ice-laden granite peaks, calving ice from the Dawes Glacier, and seals on bergy bits abound. If tides allow, explore narrow Ford’s Terror.

Day 5 Thomas Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At Thomas Bay, trek through scenic rainforest or paddle the surreal blue meltwater of Patterson Glacier. Thomas Bay is known for glaciers, gold and quartz deposits, moose, brown bears, black bears, squirrels, wolves, birds, and rabbits. It is also known as "The Bay of Death," due to a massive landslide in 1750, and the "Devil's Country" since 1900 when several people claimed to have seen devil creatures in the area - learn of the area’s mythical, shape-shifting creatures called Kushtaka.

Day 6-7 Wrangell Narrows | Wrangell

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enter a wonderland carved by mighty glaciers, ridged by moraines and decorated by muskegs (Arctic bogs rich in Arctic life). Watch for orcas in the Wrangell Narrows and the next day, visit Wrangell, home to the Tlingit and Haida people. Enjoy the town’s many totem poles and cultural presentations at historic Chief Shakes Tribal House. Once under the jurisdiction of the Russians, the British, and the Americans, as well as originally a Tlingit territory, Wrangell has the unique status of being the only Alaskan city to have been governed under four "flags". Today, it is home to native culture, wildlife and wonder.

Day 8-10 Tongass National Forest | Kasaan

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake up surrounded by pristine Tongass National Forest and hike to El Capitan Cave, largest in Alaska. On Prince of Wales Island, keep watch for bears, deer and eagles. Offshore kayak and paddle board, sharing the sea with harbor seals, humpbacks and orcas. Next you may visit Kasaan, a traditional Haida village, and enjoy marine life and easy treks in Behm Canal.

Day 11-12 Misty Fjords | Disembark in Ketchikan | Fly to Seattle

  • 1 Breakfast
Enter Misty Fjords National Monument, searching thousand-meter granite cliffs for seabirds, eagles and mountain goats. Kayak through Walker Cover or Rudyerd Bay, soaking in the 'Yosemite of the North'.

Known as the “Salmon Capital of the World,” Ketchikan is located on the edge of the Tongass National Forest. After breakfast next day, disembark in Ketchikan for an airport transfer, Seattle flight, and trip’s end.

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Juneau - Hotels

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Wilderness Adventurer's Navigator Cabin
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Main Deck, cabins 200-208, 210. Queen or twin beds, private bath with shower and view window.
Wilderness Adventurer' Trailblazer Cabin
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Observation Deck, cabins 301-302, 307-320. Queen bed or twin beds, private bath with shower and view window
Wilderness Adventurer's Pathfinder Cabin
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Observation deck, cabins 303-306. Outside entry, double bed with private bath with shower and view window.
Navigator Cabin
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Main Deck, cabin 202. Twin bed; view window; private bath with shower


- 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 receive 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.

Please note:
This itinerary requires a deposit of $2700 with final payment due 100 days prior to departure by bank transfer or check.

Included in your fare:
- Flight from Seattle to Juneau and Ketchikan to Seattle
- One night hotel accommodation in Juneau
- Transfers to and from ship in Juneau and Ketchikan
- Accommodation for the length of the voyage
- All meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, tea and coffee during the voyage
- All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
- Educational lectures and guiding services from an expert team
- Access to basic wilderness first aid
- Daily cabin service
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- Professionally produced voyage journal
- Port taxes and charges
- All entry fees to National Parks
- Transfers from the ship to the airport in Ketchikan

Not included in your fare:
- International or domestic flights to Seattle
- Airport arrival or departure taxes
- Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
- Hotels and meals not included in voyage itinerary
- Optional excursions not included in the voyage itinerary
- Alcoholic beverages, laundry services, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses, personal travel insurance, optional crew tips and items of a personal nature such as bar charges and phone calls
- Travel insurance or any emergency evacuation charges
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