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Alaska Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise

Small Ship Cruise in Alaska

Our small ship cruise visits the hidden gems big ships never see. Explore millions of acres of Alaska's pristine coastal wilderness by zodiac, kayak and on foot. See whales, grizzlies, eagles, otters, salmon, ancient forests, calving glaciers and more!

Days 1-2: Juneau-Tracy Arm Fjord-Fjords Terror Wilderness

We first drive to the iceberg-studded lake and enormous ice field at Mendenhall Glacier. Visit the State Museum with an emphasis on Alaska's native peoples and natural history. Board ship in the late afternoon and enjoy musical entertainment and a slide presentation. The next morning we enter Tracy Arm, a fjord with waterfalls cascading from high, glacially carved walls. Passing blue Sawyer Glacier, delight in the harbor seals, porpoises, terns and gulls. Zodiac trips take us closer to the cracks and booms of falling ice. Paddle kayaks from a beach or take a peaceful walk through the woods, admiring the wildflowers and ripe berries.

Days 3-4: Petersburg-Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait

Kayak in search of humpback whales, hike forest trails or take a "flightseeing" trip over nearby Le Conte Glacier. Head to the town of Petersburg with its small harbor bustling with fishing activity and boats of all kinds. Frederick Sound is a prime area for killer, orca and humpback whales and fertile ground for the majestic bald eagle. Options include a kayak trip to spot sea lions or a naturalist-led hike along a quiet forest trail.

Days 5-6: Icy Strait and the Inian Islands-Glacier Bay National Park

Hike and kayak among the Inian Islands with a watchful eye out for Stellar sea lions and sea otters.  Spend the day amidst the coves, fjords, tidewater glaciers, freshwater lakes and majestic mountains of Glacier Bay. See "calving" glaciers that end abruptly at water's edge. Mountain goats scale the peaks and harbor seals and Steller's sea lions inhabit the icy waters. Spot both the tufted and horned puffin. A visit to Tidal Inlet may bring the sight of brown bears lumbering up a hillside. 

Days 7-8: Southeast Alaska's Islands, Bays and Fjords-Sitka

Possibilities today include tide pooling and beachcombing, hiking, and kayaking. This area is home to the highest density of nesting bald eagles in the world. Disembark in Sitka, with its heritage apparent as we visit St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Church with its onion domes. Gaze up at the grand totem poles of Sitka National Historic Park and see bald eagles, hawks, falcons and owls at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center.

Trip Details

8 Days / 7 Nights

  • Trip Type:

    Adventure Cruise
  • Trip Rating:

    Easy
  • Price:

    Cabin Category 1: $6290
    Cabin Category 2: $7340
    Cabin Category 3: $8390
  • Single Supplement:

    Cabin Category 1: $3150
    Cabin Category 2: $3670
    Cabin Category 3: Not available
  • Gateway City:

    Juneau, Alaska
    Sitka, Alaska*
  • Meeting Place:

    Juneau, Alaska
    Sitka, Alaska*

2014 Dates:

  • Aug 23 - Aug 30
       (Sea Bird)
  • Aug 24 - Aug 31
       (Sea Lion)
  • Aug 30 - Sep 06
       (Sea Bird)
  • Aug 31 - Sep 07
       (Sea Lion)

2015 Dates:

  • May 16 - May 23
       (Sea Bird)
  • May 17 - May 24
       (Sea Lion)
  • May 23 - May 30
       (Sea Bird)
  • May 24 - May 31
       (Sea Lion)
  • May 30 - Jun 06
       (Sea Bird)
  • May 31 - Jun 07
       (Sea Lion)
  • Jun 06 - Jun 13
       (Sea Bird)
  • Jun 07 - Jun 14
       (Sea Lion)
  • Jun 13 - Jun 20
       (Sea Bird)
  • Jun 14 - Jun 21
       (Sea Lion)
  • Jun 20 - Jun 27
       (Sea Bird)
  • Jun 21 - Jun 28
       (Sea Lion)
  • Jun 27 - Jul 04
       (Sea Bird)
  • Jun 28 - Jul 05
       (Sea Lion)
  • Jul 04 - Jul 11
       (Sea Bird)
  • Jul 05 - Jul 12
       (Sea Lion)
  • Jul 11 - Jul 18
       (Sea Bird)
  • Jul 12 - Jul 19
       (Sea Lion)
  • Jul 18 - Jul 25
       (Sea Bird)
  • Jul 19 - Jul 26
       (Sea Lion)
  • Jul 25 - Aug 01
       (Sea Bird)
  • Jul 26 - Aug 02
       (Sea Lion)
  • Aug 01 - Aug 08
       (Sea Bird)
  • Aug 02 - Aug 09
       (Sea Lion)
  • Aug 08 - Aug 15
       (Sea Bird)
  • Aug 09 - Aug 16
       (Sea Lion)
  • Aug 15 - Aug 22
       (Sea Bird)
  • Aug 16 - Aug 23
       (Sea Lion)
  • Aug 22 - Aug 29
       (Sea Bird)
  • Aug 23 - Aug 30
       (Sea Lion)
  • Aug 29 - Sep 05
       (Sea Bird)
  • Aug 30 - Sep 06
       (Sea Lion)

Activities:

  1. Boat Cruise
  2. Zodiac Excursions
  3. Hiking
  4. Sea Kayaking
  5. Scenic Flight (optional)

Ship Highlights:

The M.V. Sea Bird and M.V. Sea Lion accommodate just 62 guests. Each features a library, lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and lectures, observation deck and partially covered sun deck. An Internet kiosk, ship doctor and spa services are available.

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