The journey offers the perfect opportunity to combine the Adventure Cruise with a Cultural Cruise program as we exercise the body during the day with fun adventure activities and later, exercise our minds with lively evening presentations and hands-on active learning that will bring Alaska’s unique cultures to life. We will sail Alaska’s most remote waterways on a vessel that holds 72 passengers and visit tiny ports unaccustomed to the crowds of larger cruise lines. Experience a unique and rewarding perspective on Alaska’s superlative scenery, astonishing wildlife and engaging cultures. What’s more, visitors spend a full day exploring all of Glacier Bay National Park – the ancestral home of the Tlingit Indians. This is the soul of Alaska that few will ever see, and an experience that will enrich your life.
Traditional Raft Trip, Ship Embarkation in Juneau
Arrive in Juneau no later than 12:00 pm. Clients who arrive early should take a ride with the Mount Roberts Tramway who whisks Guests up to an observation deck approximately 2,000 feet above Juneau, providing arguably the best picture-taking opportunities in the state. Early in the afternoon you will engage in a leisurely Auk Ta Shaa rafting adventure down the magnificent Mendenhall River. The tour commences at 1:00 pm from downtown Juneau with a transfer to the vessel. Enjoy stories relating to the wildlife of the region and Native legends of the surrounding terrain told by your naturalist guide as you raft down in front of the Mendenhall Glacier. The trip includes waterproof gear and a light snack. (No experience necessary). Afterwards, we will travel to the cruise ship and get settled in. Dinner tonight will be on board. Relax on the top deck and enjoy the scenery as you sail from Juneau. (Note: If your incoming flight is delayed, ship departure is at 4:30 pm). D
Hoonah / Point Adolphus and Icy Strait
After breakfast - we have some exciting adventure activities scheduled: Participate in shore nature walks or get your first introduction to sea kayaks and enjoy the exclusive ability to launch kayaks directly of the ship. You'll spend time with guided kayaking, wildlife viewing and off-shore explorations. Later during the day we continue our journey to Icy Strait in search of humpback whales around Point Adolphus - which is one of the best areas within Alaska to see these gentle giants up-close-and-personal. Every year, thousands of humpback whales migrate more than 3000 miles from Hawaii to Alaska. They spend winter in tropical waters for mating and calving, and then make the 4 – 8 week voyage to temperate and polar waters in Alaska during the summer to feed and rebuild their blubber supply. Point Adolphus juts out into Icy Strait causing an "upwelling" which churns up nutrients from the ocean floor, creating unsurpassed feeding grounds for humpback whales. B L D
Cruise Glacier Bay’s West Arm
Wake up at sunrise in close proximity to one of the most spectacular glaciers in this national park and spend the day exploring the vast 3.3 million acre marine park - one of the crowning jewels of all national parks within Alaska. Glacier Bay is known as one of the best sea kayaking destinations in the world and you will explore today the West Arm of the bay, considered by many to be the most beautiful area within Glacier Bay. Kayak into the spectacular Rendu, Tarr, or John Hopkins inlets to view tidewater glaciers, magnificent waterfalls, and numerous hanging glaciers. Take the opportunity to observe Humpback and Orca whales, sea lions, seals, bald eagles or black and brown bears. Explore the rugged coastline and enjoy short hikes in the hills. Experience the magic of paddling among the icebergs in deep glacially carved fjords and enjoy quiet nights under the stars. Professional guides are providing kayak instruction, general navigation and paddling technique. B L D
Adventure Activities on Chichagof and Baranof Islands
We will combine kayaking with shore walks today, or if you prefer, landing crafts to get you to the shore. Whatever your mode of transportation, you are sure to have a fabulous day of exploring the east sides of Chichagof and Baranof islands. The island has a land area of 1,607 square miles (4,162 square km),which is slightly smaller than the State of Delaware. It measures 105 miles (169 km) by 30 miles (48 km) at its longest point and perpendicular widest point, respectively. It has a shoreline of 617 miles. Baranof Island hosts the highest mountain in the Alexander Archipelago, and is the eighth largest island in Alaska. Most of the island lies within the limits of Tongass National Forest. A large part has been officially designated as the South Baranof Wilderness. Chichagof Island is directly north of Baranof Island, Peril Strait separating the two islands. It is bounded by Chatham Strait to the east, Icy Strait to the northeast, Cross Sound to the northwest, and the Gulf of Alaska to the west. B L D
Cruise, Kayak or Hike Admiralty Island
Embracing nearly a million acres of old growth rainforest, alpine tundra, and rugged coastline, Admiralty Island National Monument has been home to the Tlingít people for centuries and to the brown bear even longer. The Tlingít call this island - Kootznoowoo - meaning "Fortress of the Bear" and their name is accurate. Admiralty island is home to an estimated 1,600 brown bears, the highest concentration anywhere in the world and more brown bears than the rest of the states combined. It has also the world's greatest concentration of nesting bald eagles. More than 5,000 eagles live on Admiralty Island and average a nest every mile along the coastline of Seymour Canal. Bays such as Mitchell, Hood, Whitewater and Chaik contain harbor seals, porpoises and sea lions. Humpback whales may be spotted feeding in Seymour Canal. The streams choke with all five species of Pacific salmon. It’s like nothing you have ever experienced and something you will remember forever! B L D
Wrangell Port Call
Visit the fascinating town of Wrangell founded by Russians as one of the oldest non-Native settlements in Alaska. Nestled on an island at the mouth of the mighty Stikine River, the town offers visitors a friendly taste of a frontier community in the midst of some of the most unique and pristine wilderness in Alaska. Visit Chief Shakes Tribal House, Totem Park and the Wrangell Museum for a glimpse into the Tlingit way of life. Finally check out ancient petroglyphs visible in the sandy shores and imagine the people who carved them thousands of years ago. There will be the an opportunity to go rafting this afternoon (price for rafting not included) B L D
Misty Fjords, Metlakatla Port Call
In the morning we glide through Misty Fjords, absorbing the striking scenery and looking for wildlife. Misty Fiords National Monument is a pristine masterpiece featuring some of Alaska’s most spectacular scenery. Seventeen thousand years ago the area was covered in ice. Massive glacier action carved out its present landscape- long saltwater fjords hemmed in by cliffs that soar as high as 3,000 feet into the air. Scenery ranges from tidewater estuaries to mountains often shrouded in mists, sky-blue lakes, waterfalls and the seemingly endless evergreen forest. Highlights of the area include pictographs (native rock art) painted along the cliff walls, New Eddystone Rock and Punchbowl Cove. Look for sea lions, killer whales and porpoises, brown and black bear and mountain goats which are often sighted in the monument area. Later we visit Metlakatla, an independent sovereign nation founded by the Tsimshian Indians. Tonight is the captain’s farewell dinner. B L D
Disembark in Ketchikan
You will disembark in Ketchikan today after breakfast. Our complimentary transfer service takes you to a downtown hotel or to the airport to catch any flight departures later at 1:00 pm. Optional post-cruise tour packages or fishing trips are available. The city is also known as the "Salmon Capital of the World" because it's economy is primarily based on salmon fishing. Ketchikan boasts the largest collection of original 19th-century totem poles in the world. Be sure to spend some time at one of the 3 totem pole parks in the area - Totem Heritage Center, Saxman Totem Park and Totem Bight State Park - each brimming with majestic, multi-colored Tlingit and Haida totems amid a spectacular rural setting. History buffs will want to trace the steps of the early setters with a stroll down Creek Street, a suspended boardwalk populated by colorful houses, once a hub for brothels, and now home to a variety of eclectic shops. B
Meals Included: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner
Wildlife viewing is generally good during May/June and September because larger mammals such as Moose and Grizzly Bears are feeding in lower elevations. July/August are prime Brown - and Grizzly Bear viewing months (Kodiak Island, Katmai, Coastal Regions) because bears are feeding on salmon. For detailed information on Alaska’s wildlife viewing areas and for seasonal information please refer to our websites.
Most cruise fares do not include: 1.) Gratuities 2.) Alcoholic Beverages 3.) Shore Excursions 4.) Gambling 5.) Personal Items 6.) Spa or Beauty Treatments 7.) Travel Insurance 8.) Personal Items 9.) Port Transfers 10.) A small fee may apply for onboard Gourmet Dining Experiences. Please contact us for additional information.
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