Alaska is almost custom made for small ship cruising, with magnificent wildlife, endless opportunities to explore ashore, by zodiac and in kayaks, and countless small inlets and bays that larger vessels can't get close to.

With snow-clad mountains, tideway glaciers, ancient forests and myrian islands and inlets to explore, the scenery is as dramatic as anywhere.

The extraordinary Glacier Bay is home to dozens of glaciers, including 7 tidewater glaciers, and a great range of wildlife, and forms part of the largest international protected area on the planet. Surrounded by a host towering peaks between 10-15000 metres it is surely one of the most photogenic places on Earth. Every ship that spends time in Glacier Bay has to take on board a National Parks ranger.

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; northern lights. Do as much or as little as you like on an unforgettable journey.

Highlights


• One day in Glacier Bay National Park, featuring an expert naturalist program

• Get close up to glaciers: Dawes, Margerie, and Grand Pacific

• Bushwhack in the Tongass National Forest

• Fords Terror Wilderness Area by skiff and hike inland on Chichagof Island

• Humpback whales in Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait

• Wildlife searches: black and brown bears, eagles, sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, sea birds

• Kayak, paddle board and skiff remote inlets

• Beachcombing, tide pool, and forest ecology discoveries

Hello, Juneau! First settled in the gold rush days, Juneau welcomes with both small town charm and towering glaciers. Toast to the riches of Alaska as you sail west toward Icy Strait.
Kick start the morning with on-deck stretches and a strong cup of coffee. Energized and snug in your kayak, glide around in remote bays off of Icy Strait through giant bullwhip kelp that can grow to over 100 feet long. Join the gang in a skiff to a rocky outcropping to watch sea lions play. Or, step into mud boots for a forest hike with your top-notch, naturalist guides who have plenty to share about everything Alaska—marine biology, plants, and even geology. On board, soak it all in as you soak in the hot tub.
You’re in for a real treat. A National Park ranger comes aboard to share expert insight. Have your binoculars handy—South Marble Island is a birder’s slice of heaven. Puffins scoot through the water. Guillemots and gulls chatter up the airwaves. The snoozing sea lions don’t seem to mind. More thrills and chills await as you cruise to the far end of John Hopkins Inlet or Tarr Inlet where glaciers calve into the water. Backed by knife-edged peaks, bears forage along the shoreline of Tidal Inlet. Mountain goats too. Back at Bartlett Cove, if time and daylight allow, take a forest hike around the park’s HQ, and say farewell to your ranger.
Stretching 150 miles into the Tongass National Forest, Chatham Strait offers adventure aplenty. Rest assured your captain navigates to the best. Anchor in a remote Chichagof Island inlet. Backpacks loaded and adventure toys lowered (skiffs, paddle boards, kayaks), it’s time to go play. Energy flows as you hike up through moss-covered trees and rain-fed waterfalls. Stick to the water in a kayak excursion, and don’t forget to look above and below the surface. A nosy seal could be watching your every stroke. Beachcomb rocky shores. Tiny creatures cling to rocks. Tonight, take a nightcap to the sun deck and watch the sky.
The jagged arms and fingers of Kuiu Island stretch from 25 to just six miles wide. Salmon streams dot the coastline—and where there’s salmon, there are bears. Despite its slim size, Kuiu Island is home to many black bears, who, like you, love the solitude and open skies in the heart of the Tongass National Forest. From kayak or skiff, scope the intertidal zones of Saginaw Bay for these guys. Eagles fish here too, their white noggins give away their perches. Kayak along the Keku Islands or take the pace down a notch with an easy stroll amidst the tide pools. It’s remote, and remarkable.
Humpbacks beeline it here each season to feed on krill, zooplankton, and herring. Watch for whales feasting in these abundant glacial waters. Hang out and enjoy the show. Based on wind and weather, your expedition team has the lineup of adventures all mapped out. Cruise past Five Fingers Lighthouse, Alaska’s oldest light station and The Brothers Islands, where sea lions nap on rocky nobs. Paddle into the deeps of Port Houghton or Windham Bay or head ashore for a hike. Somewhere nearby, carrot-billed black oystercatchers are saying hello. Tonight, toast another big day in Alaska.
Skiffing up Endicott Arm, harbor seals laze around on icebergs. If the tides are right, slip into Fords Terror, the steep walls of this narrow opening streaked with waterfalls. Back in the Arm, gasp at the deep glacier-carved valleys. It’s at the end where you meet the piece de resistance: Dawes Glacier. Blue ice marches down from the Coast Mountains. With a sharp crack, the white thunder of a calving slice makes a mega-splash. Tonight, celebrate with a festive Farewell Dinner and “photo journal” from your expedition team.
Mmmm, fresh baked pastries over one last breakfast. Your crew and new friends wish heartfelt goodbyes. This morning, transfer to the Juneau airport or begin your UnCruise hotel stay or land tour.
Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur to maximize your experience.

Mariner Stateroom

$ 8395 USD pp
Mariner Stateroom
C1-C4, C6 King, queen, or twin beds; elevated port lights (not suitable for viewing); private bath with shower

Single Stateroom

$ 9795 USD pp
Single Stateroom
B1 Twin bed; view window; private bath with shower (Pullman berth available)

Commander Stateroom

$ 10195 USD pp
Commander Stateroom
B2 Queen bed; view window; private bath with shower

Captain Stateroom

$ 11395 USD pp
Captain Stateroom
A1-A4 King, queen, or twin beds; sliding glass door opening to a small balcony; private bath with shower

Mariner Stateroom

$ 8395 USD pp
Mariner Stateroom
C1-C4, C6 King, queen, or twin beds; elevated port lights (not suitable for viewing); private bath with shower

Single Stateroom

$ 9795 USD pp
Single Stateroom
B1 Twin bed; view window; private bath with shower (Pullman berth available)

Commander Stateroom

$ 10195 USD pp
Commander Stateroom
B2 Queen bed; view window; private bath with shower

Captain Stateroom

$ 11395 USD pp
Captain Stateroom
A1-A4 King, queen, or twin beds; sliding glass door opening to a small balcony; private bath with shower

Mariner Stateroom

$ 8395 USD pp
Mariner Stateroom
C1-C4, C6 King, queen, or twin beds; elevated port lights (not suitable for viewing); private bath with shower

Single Stateroom

$ 9795 USD pp
Single Stateroom
B1 Twin bed; view window; private bath with shower (Pullman berth available)

Commander Stateroom

$ 10195 USD pp
Commander Stateroom
B2 Queen bed; view window; private bath with shower

Captain Stateroom

$ 11395 USD pp
Captain Stateroom
A1-A4 King, queen, or twin beds; sliding glass door opening to a small balcony; private bath with shower

Mariner Stateroom

$ 8395 USD pp
Mariner Stateroom
C1-C4, C6 King, queen, or twin beds; elevated port lights (not suitable for viewing); private bath with shower

Single Stateroom

$ 9795 USD pp
Single Stateroom
B1 Twin bed; view window; private bath with shower (Pullman berth available)

Commander Stateroom

$ 10195 USD pp
Commander Stateroom
B2 Queen bed; view window; private bath with shower

Captain Stateroom

$ 11395 USD pp
Captain Stateroom
A1-A4 King, queen, or twin beds; sliding glass door opening to a small balcony; private bath with shower

Mariner Stateroom

$ 8395 USD pp
Mariner Stateroom
C1-C4, C6 King, queen, or twin beds; elevated port lights (not suitable for viewing); private bath with shower

Single Stateroom

$ 9795 USD pp
Single Stateroom
B1 Twin bed; view window; private bath with shower (Pullman berth available)

Commander Stateroom

$ 10195 USD pp
Commander Stateroom
B2 Queen bed; view window; private bath with shower

Captain Stateroom

$ 11395 USD pp
Captain Stateroom
A1-A4 King, queen, or twin beds; sliding glass door opening to a small balcony; private bath with shower

Mariner Stateroom

$ 8395 USD pp
Mariner Stateroom
C1-C4, C6 King, queen, or twin beds; elevated port lights (not suitable for viewing); private bath with shower

Single Stateroom

$ 9795 USD pp
Single Stateroom
B1 Twin bed; view window; private bath with shower (Pullman berth available)

Commander Stateroom

$ 10195 USD pp
Commander Stateroom
B2 Queen bed; view window; private bath with shower

Captain Stateroom

$ 11395 USD pp
Captain Stateroom
A1-A4 King, queen, or twin beds; sliding glass door opening to a small balcony; private bath with shower

Mariner Stateroom

$ 8395 USD pp
Mariner Stateroom
C1-C4, C6 King, queen, or twin beds; elevated port lights (not suitable for viewing); private bath with shower

Single Stateroom

$ 9795 USD pp
Single Stateroom
B1 Twin bed; view window; private bath with shower (Pullman berth available)

Commander Stateroom

$ 10195 USD pp
Commander Stateroom
B2 Queen bed; view window; private bath with shower

Captain Stateroom

$ 11395 USD pp
Captain Stateroom
A1-A4 King, queen, or twin beds; sliding glass door opening to a small balcony; private bath with shower

Mariner Stateroom

$ 8395 USD pp
Mariner Stateroom
C1-C4, C6 King, queen, or twin beds; elevated port lights (not suitable for viewing); private bath with shower

Single Stateroom

$ 9795 USD pp
Single Stateroom
B1 Twin bed; view window; private bath with shower (Pullman berth available)

Commander Stateroom

$ 10195 USD pp
Commander Stateroom
B2 Queen bed; view window; private bath with shower

Captain Stateroom

$ 11395 USD pp
Captain Stateroom
A1-A4 King, queen, or twin beds; sliding glass door opening to a small balcony; private bath with shower

Mariner Stateroom

$ 8395 USD pp
Mariner Stateroom
C1-C4, C6 King, queen, or twin beds; elevated port lights (not suitable for viewing); private bath with shower

Single Stateroom

$ 9795 USD pp
Single Stateroom
B1 Twin bed; view window; private bath with shower (Pullman berth available)

Commander Stateroom

$ 10195 USD pp
Commander Stateroom
B2 Queen bed; view window; private bath with shower

Captain Stateroom

$ 11395 USD pp
Captain Stateroom
A1-A4 King, queen, or twin beds; sliding glass door opening to a small balcony; private bath with shower

Mariner Stateroom

$ 8395 USD pp
Mariner Stateroom
C1-C4, C6 King, queen, or twin beds; elevated port lights (not suitable for viewing); private bath with shower

Single Stateroom

$ 9795 USD pp
Single Stateroom
B1 Twin bed; view window; private bath with shower (Pullman berth available)

Commander Stateroom

$ 10195 USD pp
Commander Stateroom
B2 Queen bed; view window; private bath with shower

Captain Stateroom

$ 11395 USD pp
Captain Stateroom
A1-A4 King, queen, or twin beds; sliding glass door opening to a small balcony; private bath with shower

Mariner Stateroom

$ 8395 USD pp
Mariner Stateroom
C1-C4, C6 King, queen, or twin beds; elevated port lights (not suitable for viewing); private bath with shower

Single Stateroom

$ 9795 USD pp
Single Stateroom
B1 Twin bed; view window; private bath with shower (Pullman berth available)

Commander Stateroom

$ 10195 USD pp
Commander Stateroom
B2 Queen bed; view window; private bath with shower

Captain Stateroom

$ 11395 USD pp
Captain Stateroom
A1-A4 King, queen, or twin beds; sliding glass door opening to a small balcony; private bath with shower

Mariner Stateroom

$ 8395 USD pp
Mariner Stateroom
C1-C4, C6 King, queen, or twin beds; elevated port lights (not suitable for viewing); private bath with shower

Single Stateroom

$ 9795 USD pp
Single Stateroom
B1 Twin bed; view window; private bath with shower (Pullman berth available)

Commander Stateroom

$ 10195 USD pp
Commander Stateroom
B2 Queen bed; view window; private bath with shower

Captain Stateroom

$ 11395 USD pp
Captain Stateroom
A1-A4 King, queen, or twin beds; sliding glass door opening to a small balcony; private bath with shower

Mariner Stateroom

$ 8395 USD pp
Mariner Stateroom
C1-C4, C6 King, queen, or twin beds; elevated port lights (not suitable for viewing); private bath with shower

Single Stateroom

$ 9795 USD pp
Single Stateroom
B1 Twin bed; view window; private bath with shower (Pullman berth available)

Commander Stateroom

$ 10195 USD pp
Commander Stateroom
B2 Queen bed; view window; private bath with shower

Captain Stateroom

$ 11395 USD pp
Captain Stateroom
A1-A4 King, queen, or twin beds; sliding glass door opening to a small balcony; private bath with shower

Additional charges:

Port Taxes: 375 USD pp

Safari Quest

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.

Cabin layout for Safari Quest
Safari Quest
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