Glacier Bay and Tongass Exploration Cruise

Spend two days in Glacier Bay National Park and explore parts of the Inside Passage known for their wildlife viewing and landscapes.

  • Duration: 8 days
  • Accommodation: 7 nights
  • Starting at: $3995 / per person
  • Availability: June, July, August, September
  • Highlights: Beginning in Juneau, this adventure cruise sails through Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait, and Dawes Glacier. Guests enjoy daily guided opportunities to experience the wildlife and landscapes of the Tongass National Forest by kayaking, hiking or on a motorized skiff. Exploring Alaska's coastal wilderness aboard a comfortable all-inclusive small ship provides an unmatched cruising experience, and connection to nature.

Tour Overview

See Alaska up-close on this glacier cruise adventure in Alaska’s Inside Passage! This adventure cruise sails roundtrip from Juneau and allows you unparalleled personal experiences on board a small ship.

Experience Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, in a very special way and go whale watching to see humpback whales at Icy Strait. Explore by ship, skiff, kayak, and on foot. Watch for whales, try a paddle-board, and go beach combing with your expedition leader. Relax in a hot tub in front of an awe-inspiring glacier, and access remote areas that only the lucky few will ever see.

What's Included

  • Meet & greet services and airport transfers
  • 7 nights accommodations in private cabin
  • All meals and most alcohol while onboard
  • Kayaking and small-boat exploration
  • Onboard professional naturalists

What's Not Included

Airfare from/to Juneau; pre-night hotel in Juneau; port fees and taxes; and gratuities (approx. 10-15% of cruise fare).

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Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Juneau

In the afternoon, transfer from the airport or hospitality area to your small ship for embarkation. Meals are included on board beginning with dinner tonight so please arrive no later than 2:30 pm.

Day
2

Glacier Bay National Park

Explore Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. Begin your two day exploration of this more than 3 million acres national park. Tidewater glaciers sweep like rivers of ice down massive mountain valleys, terminating before you in the waters of Glacier Bay. Today you may start with kayaking in Taylor Bay or hiking on the shores of Dundas Bay.

Day
3

Glacier Bay National Park

A National Park Ranger joins as you uncover coves and corners of the bay. Spot the many species of rare sea birds and keep your eyes on the water and the island for brightly-colored puffins and black oystercatchers. Look for sea lions, mountain goats, bears, eagles, and spectacular scenic backdrops.

Day
4

Chatham Strait

Stretching for 150 miles within the Tongass National Forest and chock full of mysterious hidden coves, the narrow and deep passageway of Chatham Strait separates the Baranof Islands on the west with Kuiu to the east. Life teems below the surface and above—as you set out uncovering the gems of this untouched wilderness, take a tally of all that you spy by kayak, paddle board, or skiff.

Day
5

Kuiu Island

Today's discoveries will be within some of the most untouched wilderness of the Tongass National Forest. There are salmon streams along the coast of Kuiu Island and of course bears! The island is home to one of the world’s densest populations of black bears so keep an eye out as you scan the shores.

Day
6

Frederick Sound

Lush forest, spectacular views, play time and wildlife are today's agenda. Watch for birds, wolves and also black bears. With many secluded coves to choose from, you may slip into the waters of Deep Cove, Patterson or Saginaw Bay. Explore by skiff, kayak or snorkel or hike today!

Day
7

Endicott Arm

Snow-covered mountains, glowing blues, and the white thunder of calving ice take your breath away at the face of Dawes Glacier. Navigate icebergs by skiff for a once-in-a-lifetime glacier view. As you glide through Endicott Arm, you'll likely find a few seals taking respite on the glacier's smaller “bergy bits.” Tide permitting, explore the narrow passage of Fords Terror. Join the captain for a farewell toast during dinner as you enjoy your last night.

Day
8

Juneau

Return to Juneau this morning. A transfer to the airport or your hotel is provided. (Please arrange a departure no earlier than 11:30am today)


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Browse Dates & Rates

Four ships with multiple room configurations sail this itinerary. Please contact us to find your best option.

2018 Departure Dates  7 Nights Roundtrip Juneau                       SEND CRUISE REQUEST
Safari Explorer Master Captain Admiral
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 $8,045 $9,295 $10,295
July 6, 13, 20, 27 $8.045 $9,295 $10,295
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 $8,045 $9,295 $10,295
Wilderness Adventurer Navigator Trailblazer Pathfinder
July 14, 21, 28 $4,545 $5,395 $5,795
August 4, 11 $4,545 $5,395 $5,795
Safari Endeavour Master Captain Commander
September 2, 9 $4,695 $5,695 $9,145
S.S. Legacy Master Captain Admiral
April 29 $3,995 $5,095 $5,745
July 29 $5,995 $6,995 $7,895

 

Wilderness Adventurer:   60 guests / 30 cabins. Built in 1984, renovated 2011. 160 feet in length / 39 feet wide
Safari Explorer:  40 guests / 18 cabins. Built in 1998, renovated 2008. 145 feet in length / 36 feet wide
Safari Endeavor:  84 guests / 42 cabins. Built in 1993, renovated in 2012.  232 feet in length / 37 feet wide
S.S. Legacy:  86 guests/ 43 cabins. Built in 1983, renovated in 2013. 192 feet in length / 40 feet wide

Payment Policy:
The deposit/payment required must be received within five business days of your reservation. Reservations are not confirmed until a deposit is received. Final payment is due 60 days in advance of departure.

Cancellation Policy:
Any time after confirmation to 91 days prior to cruise date: 10% or $375 per person cancellation fee, whichever is greater
90 to 61 days prior to cruise date: $750 cancellation fee per person
60 to 46 days prior to cruise date: 50% cancellation fee
45 to 31 days prior to cruise date: 75% cancellation fee
30 to 0 days prior to cruise date: 100% cancellation fee


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