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Alaska's Inside Passage and San Juan Cruise

15 Days / 14 Nights
Seattle to Juneau or Juneau to Seattle
From USD$5,645 per person
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Cruise Canada and Alaska’s Inside Passages on this 15-day trip through glacial fjords, winding passages, rainforest and wildlife. Visit Olympic National Park, the San Juan Islands, the Salish Sea and Misty Fjords National Monument. On this specially-designed small cruise ship something special is around every corner.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
Seattle, Washington - Embarkation
Day 2
Olympic National Park
Day 3
San Juan Islands
Day 4
Salish Sea / Canada's Inside Passage
Day 5-6
Canada's Inside Passage
Day 7
Ketchikan, Alaska
Day 8
Misty Fjords National Monument / Behm Canal
Day 9
Ernest Sound
Day 10
Petersburg / Frederick Sound
Day 11
Chatham Strait / Chichagof Island
Day 12
Glacier Bay National Park
Day 13
Icy Strait
Day 14
Haines
Day 15
Juneau, Alaska - Disembarkation

Day 1 Seattle, Washington - Embarkation
Ah, the Emerald City! Check-in at the hospitality center and later, board your ship and settle in. Depending on your vessel, depart from downtown Seattle, cruising along the city’s picturesque waterfront. Or from Fisherman’s Terminal and transit historic Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, where it’s a 20 foot drop into the Salish Sea. Adieu, Seattle.

Day 2 Olympic National Park
Wake up in the Salish Sea. Your expedition team has big plans for the day. Daypacks packed, boots on your feet. Hit the trail for a hike on Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Panoramic views plus giant old-growth trees, ferns, wild rhododendron—the flora is dense and diverse. Back aboard, sail east toward the hundreds of islands that comprise the San Juans where your captain drops anchor in a quiet reach in preparation for tomorrow’s hiking and kayaking adventures.

Day 3 San Juan Islands, Washington
Each island in the San Juan archipelago has unique character. Orcas and harbor seals haven’t picked favorites. You could spot them in any passage. Give your arms a stretch. Kayak or paddle board along a tucked away cove. Sea stars dot rocky outcroppings orange and purple. Curious harbor seals watch your moves. Get in more mileage on a skiff ride to further inlets. There will be time to hike too. A high point gives views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. Look low and nose around pools for creatures left behind by the outgoing tide.

Day 4 Salish Sea / Canada’s Inside Passage
Mountains rise higher. Fjords get deeper. It’s a day of intricate waterways and cruising for critters. The Strait of Georgia narrows into Seymour Narrows. Civilization slips away as you enter Johnstone Strait, where you may spot a pod of orcas. Surf-happy dolphins and porpoise like to catch a ride on the bow wave. Your captain and crew are on the lookout and give the call of a sighting. Islands of green. The Coast Range. Small communities dotting the beaches and fjords. Aiming to entertain and educate over the next days, your expedition team is at the ready. Natural history, Native influences, and their favorite trivia games, too.

Day 5 Canada’s Inside Passage
Take your cup of joe to the bow. The world wakes up with you. Bald eagles watch the ship along its course from tree tops. Islands to the west, inlet-etched mainland etched to the east. Fitz Hugh Sound was first explored by Europeans in the 1720s. Today, it’s favored by sail boats. Your captain and mates navigate the twisting passage. Harbor seals spend their days on rocky islets. Breathe in the fresh air and take in the views. In the lounge, your bartender mixes up the daily special. Take the challenge and play a few friendly hands of cards with your shipmates.

Day 6 Canada’s Inside Passage
Start the morning with guided stretches on the sun deck. Red roofs of Boat Bluff Lighthouse greet you as you pass into Tolmie Channel. The Great Bear Rainforest, known for the white “spirit” bear, stretches all around you. Princess Royal Island marks the southern border of the bear’s territory. Spunky sea otters off the starboard. And a waterfall and old abandoned cannery come into view. That’s Butedale. Once a fishing hub, now a ghost town. Pass Dixon Entrance and postcard-perfect Dundas Island Lighthouse. Leave behind British Columbia waters and continue on—to Alaska.

Day 7 Ketchikan, Alaska
Take a town day in Alaska’s southernmost city, the “salmon capital of the world.” Ketchikan’s claim-to-fame--the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles. Connect with the Tlingit Culture. Tribal leader and local legend Joe Williams, known as Ka Xesh X’e in his native language, guides you on a walking tour. With a rich oral tradition, the Tlingit passed stories from generation to generation—and Joe’s storytelling is captivating!

Day 8 Misty Fjords National Monument / Behm Canal
It does get misty here. In fact, down right mystical. Calm settles over these parts and all you can hear is nature. Deep glacial fjords filled with seawater. Wetlands, estuaries, dense forests, and sweeping granite cliffs. Misty Fjords is the largest Wilderness Area in the Tongass National Forest. Behm Canal separates the western edge of the monument from the mainland. It’s a haven for wildlife—grizzly and black bears, salmon, whales, mountain goats, and deer. Paddle through a bay, silty from the outwash of a mountain river. On shore, your guide points out intertidal curios along the beach. The gaze of watchful eagles keeps you on point.

Day 9 Ernest Sound
Between Cleveland Peninsula and Etolin Island sits Ernest Sound—first charted in 1793. In some of its least-explored reaches, drop anchor. Your expedition team has a full list of activities in queue. Boots, paddles, skiff? Pull on your rubber boots. They were made for the deep forest you’re hiking into. Paddle around tiny islets that dot the edges of Deer Island. Or scoot further away with the speed of a skiff to serene pockets carved into the rugged coastline. This evening, relax on deck to the call of the wild.

Day 10 Petersburg / Frederick Sound
Sailing into Petersburg, the views of Devil’s Thumb and snow-topped peaks are motivation enough to put one foot in front of the other. Hard-charge up Petersburg Mountain or choose a mellower hike along Petersburg Creek. Take time to stroll through town. Or visit the museum for a dose of Tlingit and Norwegian history before lunch back on board. Go slow in Frederick Sound. It’s a favored summer home for humpback whales. Let the search begin. Take a jaunt by kayak or paddleboard before calling it a day for happy hour.

Day 11 Chatham Strait / Chichagof Island
North into glacially-carved Chatham Strait. Captain picks the anchorage. Your top-notch expedition team plans the fun. And rain or shine, anything is possible. Paddling. Skiffing. Beachcombing. Bears like it too—Chichagof Island has one of the highest brown bear populations in the world.

Day 12 Glacier Bay National Park
There’s a cool factor, and it’s not just coming off the face of the glaciers! This 3.3 million-acre park was covered by ice as recently as 1795. Since then, the park’s receding glacier activity has made it a lot easier to access those inner reaches. Pick up a park ranger at Bartlett Cove in the early hours. Glacial history, retreats, advances, moraines. They come with expert insight, so bring on the questions. Pigeon guillemots, puffins, and cormorants colonize and nest at South Marble Island. One good whiff and a few loud barks give away one of its mammalian residents. It’s a full day in the bay exploring Muir’s legacy—all the way to Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers. Celebrate with a toast to Ma’ Nature’s handiwork.

Day 13 Icy Strait
Bull whip kelp threads through nearby channels like a jungle mangrove. And you know better, but orange and purple starfish and jellyfish make it hard to believe you’re not in the tropics. Follow the currents out to where the sea lions flock to remote rock formations. Your captain is on the bridge, the expedition team on deck, and all eyes are on the water and the shore. Everyone is on-watch for the telltale blow of humpbacks. Dall’s porpoise feast in the nutrient-rich water too. And bears lumber about for an afternoon nosh. Try getting a little closer to the shoreline by skiff, kayak, or on foot. Sometimes the smallest things are the biggest wonders. Take in the evening solitude from the bow, or the hot tub. Or both—why choose just one?

Day 14 Haines, Alaska
Haines is adventure-central—hiking, biking, and rafting. The trails are the cream of the crop, but all options lead to views of rivers, inlets, and snowcapped mountains. Haines has been occupied for thousands of years. The Chilkat Tlingit lived and traded here. European explorers arrived in the late 1880s. Of course, there’s the Gold Rush. Turn the pages of history with a presentation on the past. And there’s free time to explore on your own. Tonight, join your captain for the Farewell Dinner. As a special treat, your expedition team shares a slideshow of your journey.

Day 15 Juneau, Alaska – Disembarkation
Disembark after breakfast. Transfer to the Juneau airport or begin your add-on overnight stay or land tour.

A passport is required on this itinerary. Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

Onboard Inclusions:

  • All onboard meals
  • Non-alcoholic beverages, wine, spirits and beer
  • Exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days
  • Entry fees to national parks/preserves
  • All from the vessel activities and equipment
  • Multi-sport recreation
  • Hot tub
  • Kayaks
  • Yoga mats
  • Paddle boards
  • Port fees and taxes

Departure dates

Seattle to Juneau Wilderness Discoverer: Apr18 Safari Endeavour: May 10

Juneau to Seattle Wilderness Discoverer: Sep 05 Safari Endeavour: Sep 13

Pricing

All pricing is in United States of America USD$

TWIN

Single rates available on request
Safari Endeavour
Master Cabin
10 May, 13 Sep, 2020
Commdander Cabin
10 May, 13 Sep, 2020
Captain Cabin
10 May, 13 Sep, 2020
Admiral Cabin
10 May, 13 Sep, 2020
Commodore Suite
10 May, 13 Sep, 2020
Wilderness Discoverer
Navigation Cabin
18 Apr, 05 Sep, 2020
Trailblazer
18 Apr, 05 Sep, 2020
Pathfinder Cabin
18 Apr, 05 Sep, 2020
Explorer Cabin
18 Apr, 05 Sep, 2020

-
-
-
$7,895
-
$8,295
-
$9,045
-
$9,995
-
$13,345
-
-
$5,645
-
$7,245
-
$7,945
-
$10,945

Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include all taxes and port charges.

Day 1 Seattle, Washington - Embarkation
Ah, the Emerald City! Check-in at the hospitality center and later, board your ship and settle in. Depending on your vessel, depart from downtown Seattle, cruising along the city’s picturesque waterfront. Or from Fisherman’s Terminal and transit historic Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, where it’s a 20 foot drop into the Salish Sea. Adieu, Seattle.

Day 2 Olympic National Park
Wake up in the Salish Sea. Your expedition team has big plans for the day. Daypacks packed, boots on your feet. Hit the trail for a hike on Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Panoramic views plus giant old-growth trees, ferns, wild rhododendron—the flora is dense and diverse. Back aboard, sail east toward the hundreds of islands that comprise the San Juans where your captain drops anchor in a quiet reach in preparation for tomorrow’s hiking and kayaking adventures.

Day 3 San Juan Islands, Washington
Each island in the San Juan archipelago has unique character. Orcas and harbor seals haven’t picked favorites. You could spot them in any passage. Give your arms a stretch. Kayak or paddle board along a tucked away cove. Sea stars dot rocky outcroppings orange and purple. Curious harbor seals watch your moves. Get in more mileage on a skiff ride to further inlets. There will be time to hike too. A high point gives views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. Look low and nose around pools for creatures left behind by the outgoing tide.

Day 4 Salish Sea / Canada’s Inside Passage
Mountains rise higher. Fjords get deeper. It’s a day of intricate waterways and cruising for critters. The Strait of Georgia narrows into Seymour Narrows. Civilization slips away as you enter Johnstone Strait, where you may spot a pod of orcas. Surf-happy dolphins and porpoise like to catch a ride on the bow wave. Your captain and crew are on the lookout and give the call of a sighting. Islands of green. The Coast Range. Small communities dotting the beaches and fjords. Aiming to entertain and educate over the next days, your expedition team is at the ready. Natural history, Native influences, and their favorite trivia games, too.

Day 5 Canada’s Inside Passage
Take your cup of joe to the bow. The world wakes up with you. Bald eagles watch the ship along its course from tree tops. Islands to the west, inlet-etched mainland etched to the east. Fitz Hugh Sound was first explored by Europeans in the 1720s. Today, it’s favored by sail boats. Your captain and mates navigate the twisting passage. Harbor seals spend their days on rocky islets. Breathe in the fresh air and take in the views. In the lounge, your bartender mixes up the daily special. Take the challenge and play a few friendly hands of cards with your shipmates.

Day 6 Canada’s Inside Passage
Start the morning with guided stretches on the sun deck. Red roofs of Boat Bluff Lighthouse greet you as you pass into Tolmie Channel. The Great Bear Rainforest, known for the white “spirit” bear, stretches all around you. Princess Royal Island marks the southern border of the bear’s territory. Spunky sea otters off the starboard. And a waterfall and old abandoned cannery come into view. That’s Butedale. Once a fishing hub, now a ghost town. Pass Dixon Entrance and postcard-perfect Dundas Island Lighthouse. Leave behind British Columbia waters and continue on—to Alaska.

Day 7 Ketchikan, Alaska
Take a town day in Alaska’s southernmost city, the “salmon capital of the world.” Ketchikan’s claim-to-fame--the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles. Connect with the Tlingit Culture. Tribal leader and local legend Joe Williams, known as Ka Xesh X’e in his native language, guides you on a walking tour. With a rich oral tradition, the Tlingit passed stories from generation to generation—and Joe’s storytelling is captivating!

Day 8 Misty Fjords National Monument / Behm Canal
It does get misty here. In fact, down right mystical. Calm settles over these parts and all you can hear is nature. Deep glacial fjords filled with seawater. Wetlands, estuaries, dense forests, and sweeping granite cliffs. Misty Fjords is the largest Wilderness Area in the Tongass National Forest. Behm Canal separates the western edge of the monument from the mainland. It’s a haven for wildlife—grizzly and black bears, salmon, whales, mountain goats, and deer. Paddle through a bay, silty from the outwash of a mountain river. On shore, your guide points out intertidal curios along the beach. The gaze of watchful eagles keeps you on point.

Day 9 Ernest Sound
Between Cleveland Peninsula and Etolin Island sits Ernest Sound—first charted in 1793. In some of its least-explored reaches, drop anchor. Your expedition team has a full list of activities in queue. Boots, paddles, skiff? Pull on your rubber boots. They were made for the deep forest you’re hiking into. Paddle around tiny islets that dot the edges of Deer Island. Or scoot further away with the speed of a skiff to serene pockets carved into the rugged coastline. This evening, relax on deck to the call of the wild.

Day 10 Petersburg / Frederick Sound
Sailing into Petersburg, the views of Devil’s Thumb and snow-topped peaks are motivation enough to put one foot in front of the other. Hard-charge up Petersburg Mountain or choose a mellower hike along Petersburg Creek. Take time to stroll through town. Or visit the museum for a dose of Tlingit and Norwegian history before lunch back on board. Go slow in Frederick Sound. It’s a favored summer home for humpback whales. Let the search begin. Take a jaunt by kayak or paddleboard before calling it a day for happy hour.

Day 11 Chatham Strait / Chichagof Island
North into glacially-carved Chatham Strait. Captain picks the anchorage. Your top-notch expedition team plans the fun. And rain or shine, anything is possible. Paddling. Skiffing. Beachcombing. Bears like it too—Chichagof Island has one of the highest brown bear populations in the world.

Day 12 Glacier Bay National Park
There’s a cool factor, and it’s not just coming off the face of the glaciers! This 3.3 million-acre park was covered by ice as recently as 1795. Since then, the park’s receding glacier activity has made it a lot easier to access those inner reaches. Pick up a park ranger at Bartlett Cove in the early hours. Glacial history, retreats, advances, moraines. They come with expert insight, so bring on the questions. Pigeon guillemots, puffins, and cormorants colonize and nest at South Marble Island. One good whiff and a few loud barks give away one of its mammalian residents. It’s a full day in the bay exploring Muir’s legacy—all the way to Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers. Celebrate with a toast to Ma’ Nature’s handiwork.

Day 13 Icy Strait
Bull whip kelp threads through nearby channels like a jungle mangrove. And you know better, but orange and purple starfish and jellyfish make it hard to believe you’re not in the tropics. Follow the currents out to where the sea lions flock to remote rock formations. Your captain is on the bridge, the expedition team on deck, and all eyes are on the water and the shore. Everyone is on-watch for the telltale blow of humpbacks. Dall’s porpoise feast in the nutrient-rich water too. And bears lumber about for an afternoon nosh. Try getting a little closer to the shoreline by skiff, kayak, or on foot. Sometimes the smallest things are the biggest wonders. Take in the evening solitude from the bow, or the hot tub. Or both—why choose just one?

Day 14 Haines, Alaska
Haines is adventure-central—hiking, biking, and rafting. The trails are the cream of the crop, but all options lead to views of rivers, inlets, and snowcapped mountains. Haines has been occupied for thousands of years. The Chilkat Tlingit lived and traded here. European explorers arrived in the late 1880s. Of course, there’s the Gold Rush. Turn the pages of history with a presentation on the past. And there’s free time to explore on your own. Tonight, join your captain for the Farewell Dinner. As a special treat, your expedition team shares a slideshow of your journey.

Day 15 Juneau, Alaska – Disembarkation
Disembark after breakfast. Transfer to the Juneau airport or begin your add-on overnight stay or land tour.

A passport is required on this itinerary. Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

Onboard Inclusions:

  • All onboard meals
  • Non-alcoholic beverages, wine, spirits and beer
  • Exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days
  • Entry fees to national parks/preserves
  • All from the vessel activities and equipment
  • Multi-sport recreation
  • Hot tub
  • Kayaks
  • Yoga mats
  • Paddle boards
  • Port fees and taxes

Departure dates

Seattle to Juneau Wilderness Discoverer: Apr18 Safari Endeavour: May 10

Juneau to Seattle Wilderness Discoverer: Sep 05 Safari Endeavour: Sep 13

Pricing

All pricing is in United States of America USD$

TWIN

Single rates available on request
Safari Endeavour
Master Cabin
10 May, 13 Sep, 2020
Commdander Cabin
10 May, 13 Sep, 2020
Captain Cabin
10 May, 13 Sep, 2020
Admiral Cabin
10 May, 13 Sep, 2020
Commodore Suite
10 May, 13 Sep, 2020
Wilderness Discoverer
Navigation Cabin
18 Apr, 05 Sep, 2020
Trailblazer
18 Apr, 05 Sep, 2020
Pathfinder Cabin
18 Apr, 05 Sep, 2020
Explorer Cabin
18 Apr, 05 Sep, 2020

-
-
-
$7,895
-
$8,295
-
$9,045
-
$9,995
-
$13,345
-
-
$5,645
-
$7,245
-
$7,945
-
$10,945

Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include all taxes and port charges.

Safari Endeavour

The ambience aboard this newly refurbished 84-guest yacht is casual elegance with a full menu of upscale amenities. Its new design is exquisitely appointed with features such as an intimate Wine Bar and spa area including two hot tubs, sauna, fitness equipment, yoga classes, and massage suite (complete with a complimentary massage.) The Safari Endeavour's three decks provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces for gathering with new found friends. The EZ Dock launch platform makes launching a kayak or stand-up paddle board and boarding a skiff easy.

Specifications

  • 84 guests
  • 42 staterooms
  • 34-35 crew members
  • 232 feet in length
  • 37 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 10 knots
  • Built in 1983 by "Jeff Boat" shipyard
  • Renovated in 2012
  • Registered in United States
  • 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio

Onboard adventure equipment includes:

  • Kayaks and stand-up paddle boards
  • Inflatable skiffs
  • Hiking poles
  • Yoga mats
  • Hydrophone for listening to below-surface sounds
  • Bow-mounted underwater camera pipes the action to the lounge and to your cabin TV

Wilderness Discoverer

The 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer underwent extensive refurbishment in early 2011 and guest raves are still flowing. Expedition is top-of-mind with this vessel; and adventure and discovery lay at its heart. The interior complements the outside and public and private spaces are loaded with amenities. Enjoy a main lounge that evokes the feel of a National Park Lodge or neighborhood pub and relax on deck or keep watch for wildlife.

Three accessible decks are fully equipped for comfort and action. The sun deck has a sauna and fitness equipment; viewing is over-the-top from the bow and under-the-stars from two hot tubs on the observation deck; and the EZ Dock launch platform on the main deck makes getting in the water a cinch. Onboard are kayaks; stand-up paddle boards; inflatable skiffs; hiking poles; yoga mats; hydrophone for listening below-surface; and a bow-mounted underwater camera pipes the action to the lounge and to your cabin TV.

Specifications:

  • 76 guests
  • 38 cabins
  • 27 crew members
  • 176 feet in length
  • 39 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 10 knots
  • Built in 1992 by Blount Boats, renovated in 2011
  • Registered in United States
  • 3:1 Guest-to-crew ratio

Select a vessel

Safari Endeavour

The ambience aboard this newly refurbished 84-guest yacht is casual elegance with a full menu of upscale amenities. Its new design is exquisitely appointed with features such as an intimate Wine Bar and spa area including two hot tubs, sauna, fitness equipment, yoga classes, and massage suite (complete with a complimentary massage.) The Safari Endeavour's three decks provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces for gathering with new found friends. The EZ Dock launch platform makes launching a kayak or stand-up paddle board and boarding a skiff easy.

Specifications

  • 84 guests
  • 42 staterooms
  • 34-35 crew members
  • 232 feet in length
  • 37 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 10 knots
  • Built in 1983 by "Jeff Boat" shipyard
  • Renovated in 2012
  • Registered in United States
  • 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio

Onboard adventure equipment includes:

  • Kayaks and stand-up paddle boards
  • Inflatable skiffs
  • Hiking poles
  • Yoga mats
  • Hydrophone for listening to below-surface sounds
  • Bow-mounted underwater camera pipes the action to the lounge and to your cabin TV

Wilderness Discoverer

The 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer underwent extensive refurbishment in early 2011 and guest raves are still flowing. Expedition is top-of-mind with this vessel; and adventure and discovery lay at its heart. The interior complements the outside and public and private spaces are loaded with amenities. Enjoy a main lounge that evokes the feel of a National Park Lodge or neighborhood pub and relax on deck or keep watch for wildlife.

Three accessible decks are fully equipped for comfort and action. The sun deck has a sauna and fitness equipment; viewing is over-the-top from the bow and under-the-stars from two hot tubs on the observation deck; and the EZ Dock launch platform on the main deck makes getting in the water a cinch. Onboard are kayaks; stand-up paddle boards; inflatable skiffs; hiking poles; yoga mats; hydrophone for listening below-surface; and a bow-mounted underwater camera pipes the action to the lounge and to your cabin TV.

Specifications:

  • 76 guests
  • 38 cabins
  • 27 crew members
  • 176 feet in length
  • 39 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 10 knots
  • Built in 1992 by Blount Boats, renovated in 2011
  • Registered in United States
  • 3:1 Guest-to-crew ratio

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