Northern Passage & Glacier Bay Cruise

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

  • Duration: 8 days
  • Accommodation: 7 nights
  • Starting at: $3795 / per person
  • Availability: April, May, June, July, August, September
  • Highlights: Seven days 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 70+ passenger 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. Relax in the on-deck hot tub while 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

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.)


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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!

2020 Departure Dates 7 Nights Juneau to Sitka or Sitka to Juneau

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Wilderness Explorer Navigator Trailblazer Pathfinder
April 25; May 2* $3,795    $4,495 $4,895
May 23, 30* $4,395 $5,095 $5,595
June 20, 27*; July 18, 25*; August 15, 22* $5,195 $5,895 $6,395
Wilderness Discoverer Navigator Trailblazer Pathfinder
May 2, 9* $3,795 $4,495 $4,895
May 16, 23* $4,395 $5,095 $5,595
June 13, 20*; July 11, 18*; August 8, 15* $5,195 $5,895 $6,395

 

Wilderness Explorer:  74 guests / 37 cabins. Built in 1976, renovated 2012. 186 feet in length / 38 feet wide
Wilderness Discoverer:  76 guests / 38 cabins. Built in 1992, renovated 2011. 176 feet in length / 39 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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