Your cruise departs today from Juneau, a charming small town first settled during the gold rush of the 1880’s. Toast your voyage as the Wilderness Adventurer departs west towards Icy Strait. D
Wake up to the wonders of the Inside Passage. Make the most of a beautiful morning, perhaps beginning the day with some yoga on the deck or a strong cup of coffee as you watch the wilderness pass by.
Enjoy an invigorating kayak excursion, gliding around in remote bays off Icy Strait through giant bullwhip kelp – which can grow to over 100 ft long. Other options for today might include hopping aboard a skiff (motorised dinghy) to a rocky outcropping to watch sea lions play or stepping into mud boots for a forest hike with a naturalist guide. Your expert guides will have plenty to share about Alaska — including topics such as marine biology, plants or geology – so make sure to ask plenty of questions. B L D
Glacier Bay National Park
Today is devoted to exploring the wonders of The UNESCO World Heritage Listed Glacier Bay National Park with a park ranger. Make sure to have your binoculars handy, South Marble Island is a birder’s paradise home to Puffins, Guillemots and Gulls.
Keep an eye out for snoozing sea lions and cruise to the far end of John Hopkins Inlet or Tarr Inlet to see magnificent glaciers calve into the water. Backed by knife-edged peaks, it’s also possible to see bears forage along the shoreline of Tidal Inlet. If time and daylight allow, take a forest hike around the park’s headquarters in Bartlett Cove. B L D
Stretching 150 miles into the Tongass National Forest, Chatham Strait offers visitors plenty of chances to explore this beautiful wilderness.
The captain will anchor the vessel just off Chichagof Island in a remote inlet. A morning of adventure awaits, exploring the inlet on a forest walk along the shore or on the water by skiff, paddleboard or kayak. Beachcomb along the rocky shore, looking in rock pools, and make sure to keep an eye out for curious seals. Tonight, enjoy a nightcap on the sun deck and watch the sunset. B L D
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 a very healthy population of black bears. Scope the coastline of Saginaw Bay from a kayak or skiff in search of bears and eagles, that can often be seen fishing or perched on a branch. Alternatively, take an easy stroll amidst the tide pools. You might also have a chance to relax onboard, soaking in your surrounds while taking a dip in the hot tub. B L D
Frederick Sound is one of the best spots to see humpback whales, who arrive here each season to feed on krill, zooplankton and herring.
Depending on wind and weather, your expedition team has today’s line-up of adventure all mapped out. Cruise past Five Fingers Lighthouse (Alaska’s oldest light station) as well as The Brothers Islands, where sea lions can be seen napping on rocky outcrops. There may also be opportunities to kayak or hike in Port Houghton or Windham Bay. There is always the chance to see birdlife, including Carrot-Billed Black Oystercatchers, easily identifiable by their bright orange bills. B L D
Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier
Explore Endicott Arm by skiff today, admiring the deep, glacier-carved valleys while keeping an eye out for harbour seals that might be lazing around. If the tides are right, slip into incredible Fords Terror – whose impressive, steep walls of this narrow opening are streaked with waterfalls. At the end of Endicott Arm is the mighty Dawes Glacier, where blue ice marches down from the Coast Mountains. The sharp cracks and white thunder of a calving slice makes for an impressive sight (and an equally impressive splash).
Tonight, celebrate with your fellow travellers during a festive Farewell Dinner and a “photo journal” from your expedition team. B L D
Juneau, Tour Ends
Enjoy a final breakfast onboard this morning of fresh baked pastries, before saying goodbye to your crew and newfound friends. Transfer to Juneau airport or hotel. Tour ends. B
Please note: Children 8+ welcome on all departures
B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner