Explore parts of Glacier Bay National Park that 99% of visitors never visit. On this eight-day small-ship cruise, you will get an up-close look at glaciers, old-growth forests, and sea life. Hike remote coastlines and take in diverse birding at South Marble Island. Here, you can search for wildlife like bears, sea lions, seals, porpoises and eagles. With a guest to crew ratio of 3:1, you will enjoy the comfort of having a robust onboard team, each with a fierce love of travel and appreciation for the wilderness, to make your journey unforgettable.
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Book by January 31, 2021 and receive $800 off per cabin.
September 12–19, 2021
8 days/7 nights
NPCA Host Participation Minimum: 14 NPCA guests
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- Bushwhack and hike in old-growth forests and glacial outwash fields
- Explore Tidewater glaciers: Margerie, Grand Pacific, and the twin Sawyers
- Search for wildlife—bears, sea lions, seals, porpoises, eagles
- Whale watch in Frederick Sound
DAY 1: Juneau, Alaska – Embarkation
Arriving in Juneau, you will be greeted at the airport and transferred to our check-in area. Later in the afternoon, your crew greets you on board with champagne and smiles. Set sail for a week of scenic channels and secluded wilderness.
DAY 2: Tracy Arm:
Take an early peek outside. Fjord cliffs reach skyward. Floating ice. And deep u-shaped valleys. Cruise past harbor seals and their pups lounging on chunks of ice. Tracy Arm delivers with the cotton-candy blue twin Sawyer Glaciers of its furthest reaches. Tides permitting, your skiff driver knows the ropes and guides you along. It’s a mashup of towering walls, temperamental currents, and the Coastal Mountains. Amongst the waterfalls, mountain goats show off fancy footwork on the cliffs.
(B, L, D)
DAY 3: Frederick Sound:
Humpbacks beeline it here each season to feed on krill, zooplankton, and herring. Watch for whales feasting in these abundant glacial waters. Hang out and enjoy the show. Cruise past Five Finger Lighthouse, Alaska’s oldest light station and The Brothers Islands, where sea lions nap on rocky nobs. Tonight, toast to a whale of a day in Alaska.
(B, L, D)
DAY 4: Icy Strait: From kelp-lined channels to hemlock and spruce forests, every inch of this far northwest corner is worth exploring. Seals and sea lions haul out on rocky outcroppings, resting before they disappear in the water to search for food. If the tides are right, head out in the skiff with one of your guides for a closer peek along the rugged shore, or perhaps, make it all the way to George Island. Whatever you do—wilderness trekking, skiffing, or paddling—your expedition team guides the way. (B, L, D)
DAY 5: Glacier Bay National Park: This crown jewel of America’s national parks covers 3.3 million acres (slightly smaller than the state of Connecticut). You’ll have two days to explore. Taylor Bay sea stacks and rocky shores make for good adventure. Or hike the outwash field of glaciers winding down the Fairweather Mountain Range. If you motor over to Dundas Bay, keep your eye out for bears, humpbacks, and if you’re lucky, a wolf sighting. Kayak the bay. Bushwhack into the forest. (B, L, D)
DAY 6: Glacier Bay National Park: Today, a National Park ranger comes aboard joining your adventures in Glacier Bay. South Marble Island is abuzz with activity. Rare sea birds, black oystercatchers, and orange-beaked tufted puffins can’t be missed. Tucking into silent Tidal Inlet—the stomping grounds for bears, wolves, mountain goats, and eagles—the backdrop is spectacular. At the end of the western-most arm of the bay sits Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers with possible views of glacial calving. (B, L, D)
DAY 7: Chatham Strait: On board, watch for whales and other creatures before tucking into Port Frederick or another inlet in the Tongass National Forest. Hike, paddle, or skiff your way through this remote corner with bears on the shoreline, seals bobbing on the surface, and welcoming boughs of moss in the trees. Back on the boat, we’ll have the Farewell Dinner and some special memories from your crew. (B, L, D)
DAY 8: Juneau – Disembarkation: Linger over breakfast this morning cruising into Juneau. Wish your crew and new friends goodbye. Then it’s off to the airport or begin your UnCruise hotel stay or land tour. (B)
*Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur to maximize your experience. *
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