Join our expedition cruise through Alaska’s Inside Passage and experience the temperate rainforest, wildlife-rich fjords and spectacular scenery of Southeast Alaska.
From our floating basecamp, Wilderness Adventurer, our Alaska cruise explores some of North America’s greatest wilderness areas: Tongass National Forest, home to wolves, bear and deer; Tracy Arm, where the twin Dawes Glaciers calve picturesque icebergs; Stephen’s Passage and Frederick Sound, renowned for Steller’s sea lion colonies and waters patrolled by orcas, otters and porpoise. In Misty Fjord National Monument, ‘the Yosemite of the North’, we see many of the 100 bird species that migrate here each year and nesting bald eagles throughout.
Our Alaska expedition also follows in the wake of Tlingit and Haida people, who’ve relied on the protected Inside Passage for trade and travel over thousands of years. Native islanders share their stories and culture, and showcase their art of carving and restoring totems; an important tradition passed on for centenaries.
Explore vibrant Seattle before meeting fellow expeditioners at Sea-Tac Airport and flying to Juneau, Alaska’s capital. Next morning is at your leisure, but we recommend the Admiralty Island Pack Creek Bear Tour (see below) before boarding Wilderness Explorer in the afternoon for departure.
A winding fjord, waterfalls and glimpses of Rocky Mountain goats lead us through Tracy Arm Wilderness to Sawyer Glaciers, where huge icebergs calve. Watch for bears, wolves, deer, Arctic terns and red-breasted mergansers, then move to Frederick Sound, alive with humpbacks spouting, fluking and breaching, and orcas and Steller’s sea lions. In Endicott Arm, ice-laden granite peaks, calving ice from the Dawes Glacier and seals on bergy bits (great chunks of ice broken from the glacier) feature, and if tides allow, we explore narrow Ford’s Terror.
At Thomas Bay, trek through scenic rain forest or paddle the surreal blue melt water of Patterson Glacier, and learn of the area’s mythical, shape-shifting creatures called Kushtaka.
Enter a wonderland carved by mighty glaciers, ridged by moraines and decorated by muskegs (Arctic bogs rich in Arctic life). We watch for orcas in the Wrangell Narrows and the next day visit Wrangell, home to the Tlingit and Haida people. We enjoy the town’s many totem poles and cultural presentations at historic Chief Shakes Tribal House.
Wake up surrounded by pristine Tongass National Forest and hike to El Capitan Cave, largest in Alaska. On Prince of Wales Island, keep watch for bears, deer and eagles. Offshore we kayak and paddleboard, sharing the sea with harbor seals, humpbacks and orcas. Next day we may visit Kasaan, a traditional Haida village, and enjoy marine life and easy treks in Behm Canal.
Enter Misty Fjords National Monument, searching 3,300 foot granite cliffs for seabirds, eagles and mountain goats. Kayak through Walker Cover or Rudyerd Bay, soaking in the ‘Yosemite of the North’. After breakfast next day, we disembark in Ketchikan for airport transfer, Seattle flight and trip’s end.
Prices quoted are per person, based on double occupancy. Single occupancy is 1.7 times the double share price. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your cabin (double cabins only). Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases.
|Period||Cabin Category||Price per person, double occupancy|
|May 20 - 31, 2016||Navigator||$6,695|
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