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Explore! Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands

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Get ready for an unforgettable adventure where you will travel through the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and the Seattle waterfront as well as Olympic National Park—UNESCO World Heritage Site, San Juan archipelago & Deception Pass.  Hike, beachcomb, kayak, paddle board, discover bird rookeries and search for whales in the Sea’s rich emerald waters.
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Highlights
  • Kayak, paddle board, and skiff in glacial fjords and winding island channels
  • Watch for whales, orcas, seals, sea lions, eagles, and sea birds
  • Hike in temperate rainforest, old growth forest, state parks, and Mt. Constitution
  • Taste local oysters and clams
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Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Seattle, Washington | Embark

Seattle was founded along the shores of Elliott Bay. Today, set sail from Fishermen's Terminal, transit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and cruise the city’s picturesque waterfront before dropping anchor in a tucked away bay.

Day 2: South Puget Sound

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Mudflats, watersheds, and a microclimate feed the riches of the South Sound. Explore the intertidal zone by kicking in the mud with your guides looking for anemone and hermit crabs. Kayaking, hiking, and skiff rides are on tap, too—in one of the region's many state parks. At about 100 miles long, Puget Sound offers ample opportunity for observing the serpentined shore as you cruise through Tacoma Narrows and past Point Defiance, Vashon Island, and Bremerton. Cap off your first full day of play watching for Dall’s porpoise, with a front-row view from the bow.

Day 3: San Juan Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake up surrounded by the wilds of the Salish Sea, a humbling 360 degrees of wilderness. It’s the captain’s choice where you’ll land today, but rest assured, you’ll be away from the crowds. There are unending options for investigating this sea-salty playground. If you’re kayaking, keep your eyes peeled above and below the surface. Rocky outcroppings play host to harbor seals—and it’s also orca territory. Ashore, it’s one boot in front of the other, hike through the forest or “take the high road” to ridges overlooking the archipelago. Join your expedition team on deck to search for whales, seals, sea lions, and bird rookeries as you cruise through the myriad San Juans—no two islands are the same.

Day 4: Deception Pass | Strait of Juan de Fuca

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A guided kayak reveals local inhabitants—sea stars, anemones, jelly fish, perhaps even inquisitive harbor seals. Walk along a curiosity-rich intertidal zone or stretch your legs on a mossy hike. And tides and current permitting, perhaps even sail through the swirling waters of Deception Pass. Later in the day, keep watch for marine mammals as you venture into the open waters where the Strait of Juan de Fuca meets Puget Sound. Drop anchor for the evening in a tucked-away cove.

Day 5: Sucia Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The treats keep a-coming! Enjoy your day anchored at picturesque Sucia Island—total year-round population of four—a Washington State Marine Park filled with hidden coves and bays. Explore the intertidal zone with your guides, hike across the island, and kayak in a protected bay. Weather permitting; there’ll even be a barbeque ashore.

Day 6: Captain’s Choice

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Make it an ideal morn by kicking it off with an early soak in the on-deck hot tub, a paddle along the shores of the Olympic Peninsula, or both! Your Captain sets the course today for explorations in the rain shadow of the Salish Sea. You may find yourself hiking deep into the mossy, towering old growth of the Olympic Peninsula or beachcombing for anemone and hermit crabs along the shores of Puget Sound. Or perhaps, a chance to kayak and paddle board, investigate bird rookeries, or search for whales in the Sea’s rich emerald waters.

Day 7: Olympic National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Olympic National Park Hike (or snowshoe if the snow is still there!) in Olympic National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site —surrounded by rainforest, old-growth forest, and top of the world 360-degree views. This evening, wrap it up with a Farewell Dinner and slide show highlighting your week’s adventures.

Day 8: Seattle | Disembark

After breakfast, say goodbye to your newfound friends and disembark the ship back at Fishermen’s Terminal. Transfer directly to the Seattle airport.

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C1, C2, C3, C4, C6. King, queen or twin beds, elevated port holes, private bath.
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B2. Queen bed, view window, private bath.
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A1, A2, A3 & A4. King, queen or twin beds, balcony, private bath.
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B1. Single twin bed, view window, private bath.

Notes

FARES INCLUDE: 
  • Onboard meals; 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.
FARES EXCLUDE:
  • Airfare to and from your home city
  • Discretionary gratuities to vessel's crew
  • Travel protection
  • Port taxes/fees​

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