Alaska

Alaska’s Inside Passage

Our new voyage threads a spectacular route through the narrow straits, remote islands and glacier-carved fjords of the Inside Passage. Summer brings long days, breaching humpback whales and concentrations of bald eagles. Calm waters are alive with salmon, Stellar sea lions, harbor seals, orcas and porpoise. Black and brown bear, wolves, moose and deer roam temperate rainforest. Explore on foot, by Zodiac, kayak or paddle board. Our on-board hydrophone and bow-mounted underwater camera offer a special perspective as does polar snorkelling.

 

Day 1 – 3 – Seattle
Day 4-5 – Tracy Arm Wilderness / Sawyer Glaciers
Day 6-7 – Port Houghton
Day 8-9 – Thomas Bay
Day 10-12 – Tongass National Forest / Sergius Narrows / Sitka
Day 13-14 – Chichagof Island
Day 15-16 – Glacier Bay National Park
Day 17 – Seattle

Refurbished in early 2011, the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer is the ultimate platform to deliver an Un-Cruise Adventure—aboard the ship and in the water. The interior complements the outside and both public and private spaces are loaded with amenities. Enjoy socializing in the main lounge, which evokes the style of a National Park Lodge or neighborhood pub and relaxing on deck or keeping watch for wildlife.

Days 1 – 3 – Explore vibrant Seattle for a day and night, meet our fellow expeditioners and fly to Juneau, Alaska’s capital. Spend a day whale watching, visiting local art galleries, shopping or enjoying one of many performing arts. Early afternoon on day three, we are warmly welcomed on board Wilderness Adventurer.

Days 4 – 5 – A winding fjord, waterfalls and glimpses of Rocky Mountain goats, lead us through Tracy Arm Wilderness to Sawyer Glaciers, where huge icebergs calve. We watch for bears, wolves, deer, Arctic terns and red breasted merlangers. We move to Frederick Sound, alive with humpbacks, orca and Steller sea lions. In Endicott Arm, ice-laden granite peaks, calving ice from the Dawes Glacier and seals on bergy bits feature, and if tides allow, we explore narrow Ford’s Terror.

Days 6 – 7 – Paddle into Port Houghton’s back bays, where low tide reveals a smorgasbord of shellfish for local bears, mink and oystercatchers, or take a backcountry walk along a wild river. Enjoy a free morning in fishing town Petersburg, nicknamed “Little Norway”, before whale watching in Frederick Sound and passing by the rocky islets of Chatham Strait alive with Stellar sea lions.

Days 8 – 9 – At Thomas Bay, trek through scenic rainforest or paddle the surreal blue meltwaters of Patterson Glacier, and learn of the area’s mythical, shape-shifting creatures called Kushtaka.

Days 10 – 12 -In pristine Tongass National Forest, we explore Chatham Strait’s Kuiu and Barnof Islands, perhaps snorkelling for underwater life. We navigate the Sergius Narrows to Sitka, Southeast Alaska’s oldest non-Native settlement where Russian American and Tlingit history comes to life.

Days 13 – 14 -Enjoy orcas, seals, otters and sea lions; mink and marten on the shore and eagles overhead. We enter Icy Strait and cruise the shores of Chichagof Island renowned for its bear population.

Days 15 – 16 – We trek and paddle to the hidden corners of spectacular Glacier Bay National Park, where tidewater glaciers sweep down and mountain goats, bears and moose roam. Near South Marble Island, we see puffins and black oystercatchers.

Day 17 – After breakfast, transfer to Juneau airport for our flight to Seattle.

Seattle / Juneau
Tongass National Forest
Sea otters and orcas
El Capitan Cave
Humpback whale watching
Brown and black bears
Calving glaciers
Bald eagles
Wolves and deer
Sitka
Tlingit and Haida Culture
Stellar sea lion colonies
Puffin and Guillemot cliffs
Glacier Bay National Park

Seattle – is a coastal seaport city and the seat of King County, in the U.S. state of Washington.

Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness consists of two deep and narrow fjords: Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm. Both fjords are over 48 km long and one-fifth of their area is covered in ice. During the summer, the fjords have considerable floating ice ranging from hand-sized to pieces as large as a three-story building. During the most recent glaciated period, both fjords were filled with active glaciers.

Thomas Bay – is located in southeast Alaska. It lies northeast of Petersburg, Alaska and the Baird Glacier drains into the bay. Thomas Bay is also known as “The Bay of Death” due to a massive landslide in 1750. It also has gained the name of “Devil’s Country” when in 1900 several people claimed to have seen devil creatures in the area.

Chichagof Island – or Shee Kaax, is an island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Alaska Panhandle. It is one of the ABC islands of Alaska. Chichagof Island has the highest population of bears per square mile of any place on Earth.

Glacier Bay National Park – is a United States national park and preserve in the Alaska panhandle west of Juneau. President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the area around Glacier Bay a national monument under the Antiquities Act on February 25, 1925.

2015

21 May to 6 June