Northern Passage & Glacier Bay Cruise

See the Tongass and Glacier Bay National Park as Alaskans do!

  • Duration: 8 days
  • Accommodation: 7 nights
  • Starting at: $6295 / per person
  • Availability: May, June, July, August, September
  • Highlights: Seven nights of adventure cruising aboard your "floating lodge". Destinations include Chichagof Island, Icy Strait and Glacier Bay National Park where a national park ranger comes on board for a day. Guests enjoy daily guided opportunities to experience the wildlife and landscapes of this impressive region of Alaska up-close by kayak, on foot and by powered skiff. Exploring Alaska's coastal wilderness aboard a comfortable all-inclusive small ship provides an unmatched cruising experience, and connection to nature. Sail in glacier filled fjords, witness the spectacle of whales in their summer feeding grounds and embark on personalized excursions. An adventure cruise will fulfill the ambitions of every level of adventure seeker.

Tour Overview

See Alaska up-close on this adventure cruise between Juneau and Sitka, AK*. This unique small boat cruise allows you unparalleled personal experiences with the real Alaska. Explore by ship, skiff, kayak, and on foot. Watch for whales, try a paddle-board, and go beachcombing with your expedition leader.

Experience Glacier Bay National Park in a very special way and see humpback whales at Icy Strait. Immersed in awe-inspiring wilderness, and access remote areas that only the lucky few will ever see.

* NOTE: Cruise may operate in reverse direction from Sitka to Juneau depending on sailing dates

What's Included

  • Local transfers & baggage handling on day 1 and day 8
  • 7 nights accommodation in private cabin
  • All meals while onboard and most alcohol
  • From-the-boat adventure activities including kayaking, paddle-boarding, skiff excursions, and hiking
  • Onboard professional naturalist
  • Entry fees to national parks/preserves

What's Not Included

Airfare to/from Sitka or Juneau; port fees and taxes; super-premium wine, beer and liquor; optional excursions on land; and gratuities (typically 10 - 15% of cruise fare).

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Tour Itinerary

Below outline is for the Juneau to Sitka sailing. The Sitka to Juneau sailing will operate in reverse direction.

Day
1

Juneau Arrival

Welcome aboard! Transfer to your vessel in the afternoon. Please arrange your arrival no later than 2:30 pm today. A pre-night in port is highly recommended. After meeting your crew and getting acquainted with your ship's features, finish the evening with a delicious meal.

Day
2

Captain's Choice

Your captain will pick the best option today! Enjoy the remote waterways of Lynn Canal or Chatham Strait to kick off an incredible week. Experienced guides will help you gear up and lead your adventure along the shoreline's rocky outcroppings. Take in the incredible size of this wilderness by kayak or paddle board. Bald eagles dot the tree tops, harbor seals bob up and under the water's surface, and pods of orcas - the largest in the dolphin family - skim along the water's surface.

Day
3

Glacier Bay National Park

Explore Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. At Bartlett Cove, a park ranger joins in on your day's exploration and shares the park's history. Orange-beaked puffins, guillemots and marbled murrelets are just a few possible sights. Look for sea lions hauled out at Marble Island, and watch for mountain goats and foraging bears along the shoreline. Up the bay, glacial silt turns the water a milky white. Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers are up ahead - one holding steady, the other retreating. Time allowing, tuck up into Tidal Inlet. End this very full day with your feet up for the sail into Icy Strait.

Day
4

Icy Strait

Set course for some of the most remote waters in Southeast Alaska. Join the captain on the bridge or the expedition leaders in search of marine mammals. Skiff along the remote coastline and down kelp-threaded channels with eyes set on the shoreline for possible bear sightings.

Day
5

Chichagof Island / Peril Strait

Kick off your morning with on-deck yoga stretches. Then, meander through glacier carved fjords along the Chichagof coast and admire the moss-draped trees that run right down to the water. With one of the world's larges populations of bears, it possible to spot one through the trees. Hike in the Tongass to search for giant trees and tidal pools while your eagle-eyed guides lead the pack and pull up the rear. Later, wind along Peril Strait - a twisting channel known for dramatic currents.

Day
6

Sergius Narrows / Neva Strait

Wake to morning fog catching like cotton balls on the trees. The aptly named Sergius Narrows squeezes to only 300 feet wide in one spot, so the shorelines are close and it's good territory for play. Skiff ashore and hike into the backcountry. As you wind into Neva Strait, watch from the hot tub as the light fades.

Day
7

Krestof & Nakwasina Sounds

There aren't many straight lines along Baranof Island. Its western side is spattered with remote, uninhabited islands. With endless opportunities for exploration, drop anchor and choose your adventure. Whether you kayak, paddle board or skiff, you're well placed to look for curious sea lions and maybe even whales. Rocky intertidal zones make for great beach combing. 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 this evening.

Day
8

Sitka Departure

Cruise into Sitka this morning over breakfast, and disembark at about 9:00am. A transfer is provided to the airport or the Un-Cruise hospitality area. (Please arrange a departure no earlier than 11:30am today.)

Listed itinerary is a guideline only! Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur to maximize your experience!


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Browse Dates & Rates

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

Dates with a (*) indicate Sitka to Juneau sailings!

2021 Departure Dates 7 Nights Juneau to Sitka or Sitka to Juneau

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Safari Endeavour Master Commander Captain Admiral Commodore
May 22, 29*
June 5, 12*, 19, 26*
July 3, 10*, 17, 24*, 31
Aug 7*, 14, 21*, 28
Sep 4*
$6,295 $6,895 $7,395 $8,395 $11,395
Safari Explorer Master Commander Admiral Junior Commodore Commodore
May 29,
June 5*, 12, 19*, 26
July 3*, 10, 17*, 24, 31*
Aug 7, 14*, 21, 28*
$7,295 $7,995 $9,745 $10,795 $11,295

 

The listed prices are per person based on double occupancy. Taxes/port fees are $375 per person and are not included in these rates.

Safari Endeavour:  84 guests / 42 cabins. 232 feet in length / 37 feet wide
Safari Explorer:  36 guests / 18 cabins. 145 feet in length / 36 feet wide

Special Payment Policy:
Deposit of 50% is due at time of booking.
Final payment is due 90 days prior.

Cancellation Policy:
Any time after confirmation up to 120 days prior to cruise date:  $375 per person cancellation fee
119 to 91 days prior to cruise date: $750 per person cancellation fee
90 to 46 days prior to cruise date: 50% cancellation fee
45 to 0 days prior to cruise date: 100% cancellation fee

 

Excluded from any flexible terms or special offers.


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