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


• TWO days in Glacier Bay National Park

• Wilderness exploration in the Tongass National Forest and Glacier Bay outback

• Margerie and Grand Pacific Glacier visits with a park ranger aboard

• Dawes Glacier and Fords Terror by skiff

• Orca and 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 and tide pool discoveries

Hello, Juneau! It’s off to the hospitality area you go. Up the gangplank, your crew meets you with a hearty welcome. The adventure begins, sailing west toward Icy Strait.
Glacier Bay has a wow-worthy list of titles—National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Biosphere Reserve. At 3.3 million acres, add Endless Adventure Playground to the list. Head for the Glacier Bay outback. These are places most visitors never see. Dundas and Taylor Bays are in the southernmost reaches of the park. It’s less windswept tucked into a bay, but no less wild. Kayak around sea stacks. Or comb for critters if the tide is right. In far reaches, share the beach with sharp-eyed eagles and bears. Skiff deep in Dundas and make for the hills. A bushwack into the forest gets your heart pumping. Paddle through kelp in Taylor Bay. Backstroking sea otters hardly bat an eye at your boat. Your bartender has an Old Fashioned ready. Perfect timing too. It’s happy hour and time to swap stories of this big day with your shipmates.
An early morning pick-up. A National Park ranger comes aboard to share expert insight. Plus off-the-map places in bay that most visitors pass by. 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. Cruise to the far end of Tarr Inlet where Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers calve into the water. Backed by knife-edged peaks, pull into narrow Tidal Inlet. Bears like to forage along this shoreline. 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.
Chatham Strait stretches for 150 miles in the Tongass National Forest. Options aplenty, 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. Stick to the water 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.
Salmon streams dot the coastline—where there’s salmon, there are bears. Kuiu Island is home to one of the world’s densest populations of black bears. Scope the intertidal zones of Saginaw Bay for them from a kayak or skiff. Eagles fish here too, their white noggins give away their perches. Kayak along the Keku Islands or take the pace down a notch checking out tide pools and abundant life in the intertidal zones. It’s remote, and remarkable.
Humpbacks beeline it here each season to feast in the krill-rich waters. After your breakfast, look for whales eating theirs. Chances are high they will be—time to hang 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. When a bear takes notice, they generally scram. But carrot-billed black oystercatchers give you a talking-to. Tonight, toast another big day in Alaska.
Snow covered mountains. Glacier-carved valleys. White thunder of calving ice. It’s an impressive Wilderness Area. Skiffing up Endicott Arm, harbor seals pups laze around on icebergs. If the tides are right, slip into Fords Terror. The fjord’s steep walls are streaked with waterfalls. Choked with ice, at the end of the arm, meet Dawes Glacier. Blue ice marches down from the Coast Mountains. With a sharp crack, a calving slice makes a mega-splash. Tonight, celebrate with a festive Farewell Dinner and “photo journal” from you 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.
Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur to maximize your experience.

Navigator Stateroom

$ 4545 USD pp
Navigator Stateroom
200 - 208, 210. Queen or twin beds, private bath with shower. Memory foam mattresses; Flat-screen TV/DVD; and iPod docking station. All staterooms come with a view window (no portholes).

Trailblazer Stateroom

$ 5395 USD pp
Trailblazer Stateroom
301 - 302, 307 - 320. Queen or twin beds, private bath with shower. Memory foam mattresses; Flat-screen TV/DVD; and iPod docking station. All staterooms come with a view window (no portholes).

Pathfinder Stateroom

$ 5795 USD pp
Pathfinder Stateroom
303 - 306. Outside entry, double bed, private bath with shower. Memory foam mattresses; Flat-screen TV/DVD; and iPod docking station. All staterooms come with a view window (no portholes).

Single

$ 6820 USD pp

Navigator Stateroom

$ 4545 USD pp
Navigator Stateroom
200 - 208, 210. Queen or twin beds, private bath with shower. Memory foam mattresses; Flat-screen TV/DVD; and iPod docking station. All staterooms come with a view window (no portholes).

Trailblazer Stateroom

$ 5395 USD pp
Trailblazer Stateroom
301 - 302, 307 - 320. Queen or twin beds, private bath with shower. Memory foam mattresses; Flat-screen TV/DVD; and iPod docking station. All staterooms come with a view window (no portholes).

Pathfinder Stateroom

$ 5795 USD pp
Pathfinder Stateroom
303 - 306. Outside entry, double bed, private bath with shower. Memory foam mattresses; Flat-screen TV/DVD; and iPod docking station. All staterooms come with a view window (no portholes).

Single

$ 6820 USD pp

Navigator Stateroom

$ 4545 USD pp
Navigator Stateroom
200 - 208, 210. Queen or twin beds, private bath with shower. Memory foam mattresses; Flat-screen TV/DVD; and iPod docking station. All staterooms come with a view window (no portholes).

Trailblazer Stateroom

$ 5395 USD pp
Trailblazer Stateroom
301 - 302, 307 - 320. Queen or twin beds, private bath with shower. Memory foam mattresses; Flat-screen TV/DVD; and iPod docking station. All staterooms come with a view window (no portholes).

Pathfinder Stateroom

$ 5795 USD pp
Pathfinder Stateroom
303 - 306. Outside entry, double bed, private bath with shower. Memory foam mattresses; Flat-screen TV/DVD; and iPod docking station. All staterooms come with a view window (no portholes).

Single

$ 6820 USD pp

Navigator Stateroom

$ 4545 USD pp
Navigator Stateroom
200 - 208, 210. Queen or twin beds, private bath with shower. Memory foam mattresses; Flat-screen TV/DVD; and iPod docking station. All staterooms come with a view window (no portholes).

Trailblazer Stateroom

$ 5395 USD pp
Trailblazer Stateroom
301 - 302, 307 - 320. Queen or twin beds, private bath with shower. Memory foam mattresses; Flat-screen TV/DVD; and iPod docking station. All staterooms come with a view window (no portholes).

Pathfinder Stateroom

$ 5795 USD pp
Pathfinder Stateroom
303 - 306. Outside entry, double bed, private bath with shower. Memory foam mattresses; Flat-screen TV/DVD; and iPod docking station. All staterooms come with a view window (no portholes).

Single

$ 6820 USD pp

Navigator Stateroom

$ 4545 USD pp
Navigator Stateroom
200 - 208, 210. Queen or twin beds, private bath with shower. Memory foam mattresses; Flat-screen TV/DVD; and iPod docking station. All staterooms come with a view window (no portholes).

Trailblazer Stateroom

$ 5395 USD pp
Trailblazer Stateroom
301 - 302, 307 - 320. Queen or twin beds, private bath with shower. Memory foam mattresses; Flat-screen TV/DVD; and iPod docking station. All staterooms come with a view window (no portholes).

Pathfinder Stateroom

$ 5795 USD pp
Pathfinder Stateroom
303 - 306. Outside entry, double bed, private bath with shower. Memory foam mattresses; Flat-screen TV/DVD; and iPod docking station. All staterooms come with a view window (no portholes).

Single

$ 6820 USD pp

Additional charges:

Port taxes/fees: 250 USD pp

Wilderness Adventurer

Vessel Type: Expedition

Length: 160 feet

Pasenger Capacity: 60 guests

Built: 1984, renovated in 2011

The Wilderness Adventurer’s interior complements the wild places it sails through and both public and private spaces are amenity-full. The main lounge evokes the feel of a wilderness lodge or neighborhood pub, with a long bar made from reclaimed Alaskan yellow cedar. Three accessible decks are ideal for keeping watch for wildlife and taking in the outdoors. The sun deck features roomy space for lounging and the observation deck offers over-the-top viewing from the bow.

The vessel is outfitted with adventure gear including kayaks, paddle boards, skiffs, hiking poles, wet suits and snorkel equipment, and yoga mats. The EZ Dock launch platform on the main deck makes getting into the water a cinch. A hydrophone and a bow-mounted underwater camera share the sounds and sights below the surface. The onboard wellness program includes a hot tub and fitness equipment.

There are three cabin categories aboard the Wilderness Adventurer: Navigator; Trailblazer; and Pathfinder. Pathfinder cabins accommodate singles and doubles.

Common to all cabins are: Flat-screen TV/DVD; iPod docking station; private bath with shower; a view window (no portholes).

Cabin layout for Wilderness Adventurer
Wilderness Adventurer

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