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


• Glacier Bay National Park—UNESCO World Heritage Site

• Whale watching in Icy Strait

• Explorations along Peril Strait and Sergius Narrows

• Park ranger joins you on board in Glacier Bay National Park

• Observe a bird colony and sea lion haulout at South Marble Island

• Hike the forested shores of Chichagof and Baranof Islands

• Discover the intertidal zones of Krestof and Nakwasina Sounds

• Kayak, paddle board, and skiff in glacial fjords

• Captain’s Choice exploration of “not in the guidebook” places

There’s nothing like a hearty greeting from your crew and some bon voyage bubbly. With all souls settled in on board, you’re underway. From the bow, Southeast Alaska welcomes you with Coast Mountain views.
Lynn Canal or Chatham Strait, your captain makes the call. Either choice, go with the flow. The water is fine. The guides help you gear up, and lead your adventure along the rocky outcroppings. By kayak or paddle board, take in the size of this wilderness. Bald eagles dot the tree tops. Harbor seals bob up and under. Pods of orcas—the largest in the dolphin family—skim along the water’s surface.
What a privilege. At 3.3 million acres—this UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve is massive. At Bartlett Cove, a park ranger joins in on your day’s exploration and shares the park’s history. Orange-beaked puffins, guillemots, marbled murrelets are just a few possible sightings. Keep a tally—the list will grow. Arriving at South Marble Island, you can hear and smell ‘em before you see ‘em—it’s a haulout for sea lions. Perched above around the bend, watch for mountain goats, and lower along shore, foraging bears. Up bay, glacial silt turns the water a milky white. Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers—one holding steady, the other retreating. Lounging harbor seals laze on bits of bergs. And if time allows, tuck up in Tidal Inlet. End this very full day with your feet up for the sail into Icy Strait.
Nearly to the Pacific Ocean, Icy Strait is remote and wild. The plan? Whales and marine mammals. Spouts and fin slaps are certain giveaways. More rollicking sea lions and birds. But don’t forget to look straight down. Porpoises and dolphins may hitch a ride on the bow wave. And don’t worry about missing any wildlife; it’s a favorite mission of the crew to point out any creatures they spot. Make a break for it and head for a quiet pocket along the rugged coastline. A different sort of wild than the open strait, muskeg leads to forest bushwhacks. Skiff the shore and down along kelp-threaded channels.
Kick off the morn with on-deck yoga stretches (your guides love it when you join them). Meander through glacier-carved fjords along the Chichagof coast. Then stop. It’s a prime time to lower the kayaks and skiffs. Camera in hand, set off on land and sea explorations. Closer inspection by skiff, moss-dripping trees run right down to the water. Any bears in there? With one of the world’s largest populations of bears, it’s possible. Go searching for giant trees and tidal pools. Hiking in the Tongass, it won’t take long to find them. Your eagle-eyed guides lead the pack—and pull up the rear. Later, wend along a twisting channel known for dramatic currents. Peril Strait runs 50 miles to Salisbury Sound.
There’s an eerie, enigmatic feeling in these woods. Morning fog catches like cotton balls on trees. The aptly named narrows squeezes to only 300 feet wide in one spot and a shallow 24 feet deep. The shorelines are close and it’s good territory for play. Skiff ashore and hike into the backcountry. Otters back float working to crack snacks resting on their bellies. Opening at Hoonah Sound, the squeeze is back on. Wind into Neva Strait. Watch the scenery change in the late fading light—from the hot tub of course.
There aren’t many straight lines along Baranof Island. Its western side is spattered with remote, uninhabited islands. These features mean endless opportunities for adventure. Secluded coves. Tree-covered islets. Drop anchor, pick your modus operandi, and get going. Kayak, paddle board, or skiff—you’re on the level with curious sea lions and possibly whales. Rocky intertidal zones make good beach combing. Turn a stone or two to see what’s underneath. There are no groomed trails here—get out on a guided hike John Muir would approve of. Toast your voyage with a festive Farewell Dinner and a “photo journal” of your trip. A gift to you, from your expedition team.
Cruise into Sitka this morning over breakfast. Farewell new friends! Disembark and transfer to the airport.
Itineraries are guidelines and variations and the order of days will occur to maximize your experience.

Trailblazer Cabin

$ 4345 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Pathfinder Cabin

$ 4745 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Single

$ 5320 USD pp

Explorer Cabin

$ 5995 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.

Trailblazer Cabin

$ 4345 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Pathfinder Cabin

$ 4745 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Single

$ 5320 USD pp

Explorer Cabin

$ 5995 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.

Trailblazer Cabin

$ 4345 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Pathfinder Cabin

$ 4745 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Single

$ 5320 USD pp

Explorer Cabin

$ 5995 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.

Trailblazer Cabin

$ 4345 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Pathfinder Cabin

$ 4745 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Single

$ 5320 USD pp

Explorer Cabin

$ 5995 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.

Trailblazer Cabin

$ 4945 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Pathfinder Cabin

$ 5395 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Single

$ 6220 USD pp

Explorer Cabin

$ 6595 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.

Trailblazer Cabin

$ 4945 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Pathfinder Cabin

$ 5395 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Single

$ 6220 USD pp

Explorer Cabin

$ 6595 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.

Trailblazer Cabin

$ 4945 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Pathfinder Cabin

$ 5395 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Single

$ 6220 USD pp

Explorer Cabin

$ 6595 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.

Trailblazer Cabin

$ 4945 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Pathfinder Cabin

$ 5395 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Single

$ 6220 USD pp

Explorer Cabin

$ 6595 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.

Trailblazer Cabin

$ 4945 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Pathfinder Cabin

$ 5395 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Single

$ 6220 USD pp

Explorer Cabin

$ 6595 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.

Trailblazer Cabin

$ 4945 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Pathfinder Cabin

$ 5395 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Single

$ 6220 USD pp

Explorer Cabin

$ 6595 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.

Trailblazer Cabin

$ 4345 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Pathfinder Cabin

$ 4745 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Single

$ 5320 USD pp

Explorer Cabin

$ 5995 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.

Trailblazer Cabin

$ 4345 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Pathfinder Cabin

$ 4745 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Single

$ 5320 USD pp

Explorer Cabin

$ 5995 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.

Trailblazer Cabin

$ 3745 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Pathfinder Cabin

$ 4145 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Single

$ 4420 USD pp

Explorer Cabin

$ 5395 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.

Trailblazer Cabin

$ 3745 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Pathfinder Cabin

$ 4145 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Single

$ 4420 USD pp

Explorer Cabin

$ 5395 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.

Additional charges:

Port fees and taxes: 250 USD pp

Wilderness Explorer

Vessel Type: Expedition

Length: 186 feet

Passenger Capacity: 76 guests

Built: 1976, renovated in 2012

To complement the wild, natural surroundings, the interior of the 74-guest Wilderness Explorer has intentionally been designed with a Pacific Northwest feel including the nautical-themed main lounge. The open-seating format of the dining room and ample space on deck encourage guest-to-guest interaction on this small ship. This expedition vessel has three accessible decks; enjoy over-the-top views from the bow, watch sparkling stars from the upper deck hot tub, and relax in the sun lounge.

The Wilderness Explorer is equipped for active adventure and is outfitted with kayaks, paddle boards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles, and yoga mats, a hydrophone for listening below the water, and a bow-mounted underwater camera for viewing in-water action. An EZ Dock launch platform allows for easy access into the water. Onboard wellness amenities include fitness equipment and hot tub.

There are three cabin categories aboard the Wilderness Explorer: Trailblazer; Pathfinder; and Explorer. Explorer accommodates single and double accommodations.

Common to all cabins are: Flat-screen TV/DVD; iPod docking station; air conditioning; private bath with shower; view windows.

Cabin layout for Wilderness Explorer

Alaska Rail, Denali, & Knik River Wilderness

Complete your Alaskan adventure cruise with our 6-night, pre-cruise land tour into Denali National Park, the wilderness surrounding the Knik River, Fairbanks, and Anchorage.

Wilderness Explorer

Wilderness Explorer in AlaskaWilderness Explorer

Alaska Expedition Expedition

8 Days from
$ 3745 USD pp

or call us on

NZ Freephone
0800 945 3327

AUS Freephone
1800 107 715

to help you make your reservation

Get Our Latest Brochure

Featuring the latest small ship cruises to a number of destinations, our Small Ship Cruising brochure is carefully curated to include small ship cruises from expeditions to luxury cruises to the world's most fascinating destinations including Alaska, Cuba, Croatia, the Galapagos Island and the Antarctic and Arctic.

Our Associates Include

Adventure Canada
Heritage Expeditions New Zealand
Lindblad Expeditions
Noble Caledonia
UnCruise Adventures
Variety Cruises