Two days in Glacier Bay National Park offer an up close look at glaciers, old-growth forests, and sea life. Take in the history of Haines and diverse birding on South Marble Island.
With over 20 years of exploring Alaska, nobody knows it better. Our captains and crew navigate its waterways and inlets as easily as walking the halls of their own vessel—and are always on the lookout. Spot a bear foraging for salmon on the shore and the captain swings back around so you can get a better look. There’s nowhere better to be than right here.
• Two full days in Glacier Bay National Park—active exploration in the outback
• Tidewater glaciers: Margerie and Grand Pacific
• Haines—hiking, biking, float trip, and history
• Explore shores and channels in the Tongass National Forest
• Bushwhack and hike in old-growth forest and glacial outwash fields
• Whales and wildlife—bears, sea lions, seals, porpoises, eagles
• Birding at South Marble Island—puffins, oystercatchers, cormorants, kittiwakes
Arriving in Juneau, you will be transferred from the airport to our hospitality area. Upon boarding, your crew greets you
with champagne and smiles. Set sail for a week of scenic channels and secluded wilderness. (D)
Before you do anything, look out the window. From kelp-lined channels to hemlock and spruce forests, every inch of this
far northwest corner is worth exploring. And if the tides are right, head out in the skiff with one of the guides for a closer
exploration of the rugged shore. Seals and sea lions haul out on rocky outcroppings, resting before they disappear in the water
to search for food. Whatever you do—wilderness trekking, skiffing, or paddling—your expedition team guides the way. (BLD)
The center of adventure. Tucked beneath snowcapped peaks, Haines has it all. Hiking, biking, rafting, and history. One
thing’s for sure—the trails are irresistible. Go easy, or feel the burn—whatever your speed, the views reward in spades.
Your expedition team shares the city’s captivating history. A trading outlet for Chilkat Tlingit, they called it “Dtehshuh”—
the end of the trail. European explorers, the Klondike gold rush, a U.S. Army outpost—influences still apparent today.
What holds your interest? Follow your curiosity on a self-led tour. (BLD)
This crown jewel of America’s national parks covers 3.3 million acres (that’s a tad smaller than the state of
Connecticut). Let that sink in. Most visitors see the same sliver of the park as everyone else. Not you. You’re going
the furthest and exploring parts that 99% of visitors never go to. And you have two days to do it. Get started! Taylor
Bay sea stacks and rocky shores make for good adventure. Or hike the outwash field of glaciers winding down the
Fairweather Mountain Range. The cool breeze off the nearby snow and icefields is energizing. If you motor over to
Dundas Bay, keep your eye out for bears, humpbacks, and if you’re lucky, a wolf sighting. Kayak the bay. Bushwhack
into the forest. Discover Glacier Bay outback. (BLD)
Your camera’s memory card needs plenty of room. A National Park ranger comes aboard joining your adventures in Glacier
Bay. South Marble Island is abuzz with activity. Rare sea birds, black oystercatchers, and orange-beaked tufted puffins can’t
be missed. A colony of raucous sea lions adds to the hubbub. They add a distinct aroma to the air, too. Tucking into silent
Tidal Inlet—the stomping grounds for bears, wolves, mountain goats, eagles—the backdrop is spectacular. At the end of the
western-most arm of the bay sits Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers. And possible views of glacial calving. Take it all in on
deck and bid adieu to your ranger. (BLD)
Just what you need, morning stretches on deck with your guide. Warm those hard-at-play muscles. You know
firsthand—conditions in Southeast change one inlet to the next. Your captain is at the helm and picks just the right
spot. Wherever you head, the adventures are as big as the water is deep! So many hidden pockets in the Tongass
National Forest. Give your paddle board skills a glide. Watch for big-eyed harbor seals from a kayak. Bushwhack into
the forest of giants. Your guides know the area’s history and keep it lively. (BLD)
Find a perch on the bridge with your captain, or with your guides on the bow, and watch for whales and other
creatures before tucking into Port Frederick or another inlet in the Tongass National Forest. Any spot’s a good one to
pull over and stretch your legs. Hike, paddle, or skiff your way through this remote corner with bears on the shoreline,
seals bobbing on the surface, and welcoming boughs of moss in the trees. It’s all yours to explore. Back on the boat,
make a beeline straight for the hot tub. (BLD)
Linger over breakfast this morning cruising into Juneau. Wish your crew
andnew friends goodbye. Then it’s off to the airport or begin your
UnCruise hotel stay or land tour. (B)
Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order
of days may occur to maximize your experience.
Sitting area; queen or twin beds; large picture window; private bath with shower
Outside entry; fixed queen, fixed double bed, or fixed double bed with twin bed (307, 309); view window; private bath with shower
Single accommodation available, please contact us for more details.
201, 203-208, 210
Queen or twin beds; view window, private bath with shower
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath and shower
Port charges. From: 375 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).
• 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
• Wellness amenities: hot tub, fitness equipment, and yoga mats
• Underwater bow camera
• Wetsuits and Snorkel gear available at extra cost
• International and domestic airfares
• Travel insurance
• 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)
• Port taxes USD$375.00 per person