Cloud failure or liquid sunshine, our Alaska small ship adventure cruises are perfect for exploration—paddling, hiking, hot tub under the stars, “polar bear plunges,” even playing in the mud with your expert expedition team. Glacier Bay National Park; Native totems; breaching whales; soaring eagles; rainforests.
Humpback and orca are frequently spotted and porpoises, seals, and otters are common too. The underwater sealife is spectacular and the shallows are capreted with anenomes, urchins and spectacular starfish.
There are plenty of opprtunities for walking, kayaking and cruising in the Zodiacs looking for the wildlife that abounds.
Do as much or as little as you like on an unforgettable journey.
Onboard spirits, wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages;
Transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days;
Entry fees to parks/preserves;
From-the-vessel activities and equipment;
Wellness amenities: hot tub, fitness equipment, and yoga mats.
• Dawes Glacier and ice-rich Endicott Arm
• Whale watching in Stephens Passage
• Adventure exploration in Misty Fjords National Monument
• Tlingit cultural presentation
• Kiksetti Totem Park and Chief Shakes Tribal House visit
• Tongass backcountry by kayak, paddle board, skiff, and hike
• Search for wildlife—bears, Sitka black-tailed deer, sea lions, eagles, mink, porpoises, and mountain goats
• Navigate winding Wrangell Narrows and Behm Canal
Arriving in Juneau and met with a warm welcome, that’s a good start. You have time to take in a bit of the city once you check in at the hospitality area. But after boarding, grab a glass of bubbly as you push off the dock. Set sail for the Endicott Arm wilderness.
Take an early peek out your window. Fjord cliffs reach skyward. Floating ice. And deep u-shaped valleys. There’s no abracadabra here. Mother Nature’s magic is real. Cruise past harbor seals and their pups lounging on chunks of ice. At the end of Endicott, the blue face of Dawes Glacier is stories high. Will it calve? Listen for a crack and unmistakable white thunder. The name Fords Terror originated from a trick of the tides on an early mariner. And tides permitting, your skiff driver knows its character and guides you along. It’s a mashup of towering walls, temperamental currents, and the Coastal Mountains. So many waterfalls. Mountain goats show off fancy foot work on the cliffs. Look for them.
Yoga stretches on-deck jump start the day. Humpback and orca are frequent visitors of this Southeast passage. A misty spout is a sure sign they’re in the neighborhood. Your captain navigates Stephens Passage to Port Houghton. And you’re in for a boot-sucking, paddle-smacking day of adventure with your guide team. The routes are all picked out. Make your choice and make your move. Slip off the kayak launch and take it slow spotting sea stars and shore birds. Hard chargers take a long wild paddle to the salt chuck at the back of the inlet. Or, hike into the Tongass. It’s a landscape of hanging waterfalls and shades green.
When you come this far, you might as well go all in. This is way back backcountry of Alaska's wilderness. Glacial landscapes marked by moraines, muskegs, and mud. In this playground, it’s all an option today. Kayak and skiff in water almost clear as glass. The mirror image of fjord walls plays on the surface. Hike through the outwash of Baird Glacier. Or keep it green tromping through a grassy meadow into the forest. Later, pass by the fishing town of Petersburg and wind into the Wrangell Narrows. Abundant bright red and green navigation lights guide the way. It’s “Christmas Tree Lane”, of course.
Native culture and wildlife have gotten along just fine for centuries. Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska. It’s also the only one ever governed by four nations. The Tlingit cultures have deep roots here. And local islanders come aboard this morning with a presentation that brings their stories and legends to life. Venture into town for a view of recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park. See how many totems you can pick out on each pole. Step inside famed Chief Shakes Tribal House. Can you feel the history in this historic community house?
Wildlife abounds. Black bears, mink, eagles. In Behm Canal, it’s all remote waterways and the isolated Tongass National Forest. On Cleveland Peninsula, your expedition team leads a low-elevation hike with wide-stretching views. Good opportunities for panoramic shots of Southeast. In the water orca, porpoises, seals, and otters go about their business. Go about yours on a guided paddle along the canal. An intertidal shore walk circles a tall sea stack covered in green.
Its affectionate nickname, “The Yosemite of the North,” is deserved. There are places on the planet that completely overcome you. This is one of them. The beauty. The peace. The sense of place you feel. Misty Fjords National Monument represents nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska. And that alone is a lot to consider. Glacial valleys filled with sea water. Sheer 3,000 foot cliffs. Sea birds, brown and black bears, mountain goats, Sitka black-tailed deer, all find safe haven here. Kayak in Walker Cove or Rudyerd Bay and you find it’s just as easy to paddle and go, as it is to sit and float and take it all in. Or skiff to the base of a waterfall for fjord-released shower. It’s an amazing wrap to your week. Your captain joins you tonight for a Farewell Dinner. Celebrate and reminisce about your Alaskan journey with a “photo journal” by your crew.
After breakfast this morning, bid adieu to your new pals before you disembark and transfer to the Ketchikan airport or begin your extended UnCruise hotel stay or land tour.
Itineraries are subject to change.
28 August, 2020 to 04 September, 2020
King, queen, or twin beds; elevated port lights (not suitable for viewing); private bath with shower
Twin bed; view window; private bath with shower (Pullman berth available)
Queen bed; view window; private bath with shower
King, queen, or twin beds; sliding glass door opening to a small balcony; private bath with shower
Port Taxes: 375 USD pp
Vessel Type: Expedition
Length: 36 m
Passenger Capacity: 22
Built / refurbished: 1992 / 2006
Unwind into adventure aboard our 22-guest boutique yacht. Four decks offer invigorating spaces to get away from it all and take in up-close views of surrounding wilderness. Recap the day's activities, relax, or watch a movie on the wide screen TV in the comfortable and sophisticated salon. The yacht also features a fully stocked bar and a library with large view windows for reading or discussing marine life with fellow guests.
Ready for adventure, the Safari Quest is equipped with kayaks, paddle boards, skiffs, and hiking poles, includes a full-beam swim step for easy access to water activities, and hydrophones for listening to below-surface sounds. The onboard wellness program includes a hot tub and fitness equipment in the sun lounge.
There are four cabin categories aboard the Safari Quest: Single; Mariner; Commander; and Captains. Captains are suited for single and double accommodation.
Common to all cabins are: Heated tile floors in bathroom; air conditioning; private bath with shower; Tempur-Pedic® memory foam mattresses; flat-screen TV/DVD; iPod docking station.
Voyage on board in selected cabin category
Group transfers between airport and ship on embarkation day
Group transfer between ship and airport on disembarkation day
Use of activity equipment on board including kayaks and paddle boards
All landings and shore excursions as per the itinerary
All meals while on board the ship
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (Except super-premium wines)
Experienced expedition team, heritage guides and guest experts
Trip specific inclusions Safari Quest;
Wellness amenities: hot tub, fitness equipment, and yoga mats
Underwater bow camera
International and domestic airfares
Passport and visa costs if applicable
Additional excursions/ land extension programmes
Super premium wines
Port Taxes (See trip specific for amount)
Gratuities (Recommend USD$250 per passenger per week)
Trip Specific Exclusions;
Port Taxes USD$375.00 per person