Like the intrepid explorers before you, cruise Canada’s and Alaska’s Inside Passages for twelve nights. Glacial fjords, winding passages, rainforest, totems, wildlife, adventure—it’s all there.
• Cruise Alaska’s and Canada’s Inside Passages
• Native culture, whales, and wildlife viewing
• Kayak, paddle board, and hike
• Explore Misty Fjords National Monument and Fords Terror
• Dawes Glacier and the ice-rich waters of Endicott Arm
• Watch for whales in Stephens Passage
• Adventure activity in Thomas Bay and Tongass National Forest
• Wrangell’s Kiksetti Totem Park and Chief Shakes Tribal House
• Transit Wrangell Narrows and wildlife-rich Behm Canal
Welcome to Seattle! Depending on your vessel, you’ll sail north from downtown Seattle admiring the waterfront skyline view, or depart from Fishermen’s Terminal transiting the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks where you're lowered twenty feet into the Salish Sea.
Gunkhole close to shore by skiff or kayak, exploring this serene archipelago—first charted by European explorers in 1791. Join your expedition guides along the shoreline and in the forest for invigorating hikes and discoveries. And keep watch for local residents—harbor seals, orcas, eagles, sea stars.
Mountains rise higher and fjords become more dramatic. Intricate waterways and fjords alongside temperate rainforests are ideal for sighting orca, seals, sea lions, sea otters, dolphins, porpoise, sea birds, and spotting bald eagles from on deck. 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.
Take in the pure, wilderness air and 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.
Pass the ghost town of Butedale, on British Columbia’s Princess Royal Island, before passing through Prince Rupert, BC and crossing the US/Canadian border into Alaska.
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.
Home to nearly every ecosystem in Southeast Alaska—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.
Wildlife abounds in Behm Canal and the surrounding Tongass National Forest—orca, porpoise, seals, black bears, mink, eagles, and otters. Paddle along pristine waterways or venture out on an intertidal shore walk.
Home to native culture, wildlife, and wonder—Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska. 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.
Bright red and green navigation lights guide you along “Christmas Tree Lane” as you cruise the winding Wrangell Narrows. 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.
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.
Snow covered mountains, glowing blues, and the white thunder of calving ice at Dawes Glacier complete your last day. Gliding through Endicott Arm, you’ll likely spy harbor seals and their pups lounging on “bergy bits” in the water. And if the tides allow, explore Fords Terror—a narrow passageway with towering walls and cascading waterfalls. At the end of the day, join the Captain for a sumptuous Farewell Dinner and reminisce with a slideshow of your journey from the crew.
Disembark after breakfast and transfer directly to the Juneau airport or begin your add-on Un-Cruise overnight stay or extended land tour.
A passport is required on this itinerary. Itineraries are guidelines and variations and the order of days will occur to maximize your experience.
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
Outside entry, queen, double bed or double bed with bench seat. View window, private bath with shower.
Sitting area, queen or twin beds, large picture window, private bath with shower.
Port fees and taxes: 500 USD pp
Vessel type: Expedition
Length: 176 feet
Passenger Capacity: 76 guests
Built: 1992, renovated 2012
Active adventure is top-of-mind aboard the Wilderness Discoverer. Complementing the wilderness outside, the décor of the main lounge including reclaimed Alaskan yellow cedar on the bar top evokes the feel of a National Park. The casual, welcoming ambiance of the lounge and dining room with an open floor plan between them creates easy camaraderie among guests. Three public decks are easily accessible—the sun deck features both covered and open spaces for viewing no matter the weather, and the bow and observation deck offer unencumbered views.
The Wilderness Discoverer comes equipped for adventure with kayaks, paddle boards, skiffs, hiking poles, wet suits and snorkel equipment, and yoga mats. The EZ Dock launch platform makes getting into the water a cinch. A hydrophone transmits below-surface sounds and a bow-mounted underwater camera shows the action. For wellness and relaxation, the vessel offers two hot tubs and fitness equipment.
There are four cabin categories aboard the Wilderness Discoverer: Navigator; Trailblazer; Pathfinder; and Explorer. Depending on the cabin, singles, doubles or triples can be accommodated.
Common to all cabins are: Air conditioning; flat-screen TV/DVD; iPod docking station, private bath with shower; a view window (no portholes).