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Alaska's Glacier Country

Categories:

  • Cruises
  • USA and Canada
  • Alaska

Price:

From $6,015

Stay:

7 nights

Travel Dates:

Friday 26th of April 2019 until Friday 13th of September 2019

Description:

Alaska's Glacier Country - 8 Days / 7 Nights - from $6105* per person (with World Journeys).

The highlights of this small ship cruise with UnCruise Adventures include: • One day in Glacier Bay National Park, joined by park ranger • Wilderness exploration in the Tongass National Forest, Ford's Terror Wilderness Area, and Glacier Bay National Park • Get close up to Alaska's most impressive glaciers • Fords Terror Wilderness Area by skiff • Humpback whales in Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait • Wildlife searches: black and brown bears, eagles, sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, sea birds • Kayak, paddle board and skiff remote inlets • Beachcombing, tide pool, and forest ecology discoveries

Enjoy a seven night small ship cruise with UnCruise Adventures, discovering Alaska's spectacular glaciers and wildlife.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Juneau, Alaska - Embarkation Hello, Juneau! First settled in the gold rush days, Juneau welcomes with both small town charm and towering glaciers. Toast to the riches of Alaska as you sail west toward Icy Strait.

Day 2: Icy Strait - Kick start the morning with on-deck yoga stretches and a strong cup of coffee. Energized and snug in your kayak, glide around in remote bays off of Icy Strait through giant bullwhip kelp that can grow to over 100 feet long. Join the gang in a skiff to a rocky outcropping to watch sea lions play. Or, step into mud boots for a forest hike with your top-notch, naturalist guides who have plenty to share about everything Alaska"”marine biology, plants, and even geology. On board, soak it all in as you soak in the hot tub.

Day 3: Glacier Bay National Park - You're in for a real treat. A National Park ranger comes aboard to share expert insight. Have your binoculars handy - South Marble Island is a birder's slice of heaven. Puffins scoot through the water. Guillemots and gulls chatter up the airwaves. The snoozing sea lions don't seem to mind. More thrills and chills await as you cruise to the far end of John Hopkins Inlet or Tarr Inlet where glaciers calve into the water. Backed by knife-edged peaks, bears forage along the shoreline of Tidal Inlet. Mountain goats too. Back at Bartlett Cove, if time and daylight allow, take a forest hike around the park's HQ, and say farewell to your ranger.

Day 4: Chatham Strait - Stretching 150 miles into the Tongass National Forest, Chatham Strait offers adventure aplenty. Rest assured your captain navigates to the best. Anchor in a remote Chichagof Island inlet. Backpacks loaded and adventure toys lowered (skiffs, paddle boards, kayaks), it's time to go play. Energy flows as you hike up through moss-covered trees and rain-fed waterfalls. Stick to the water in a kayak excursion, and don't forget to look above and below the surface. A nosy seal could be watching your every stroke. Beach comb rocky shores. Tiny creatures cling to rocks. Tonight, take a nightcap to the sun deck and watch the sky.

Day 5: Kuiu Island - The jagged arms and fingers of Kuiu Island stretch from 25 to just six miles wide. Salmon streams dot the coastline"”and where there's salmon, there are bears. Despite its slim size, Kuiu Island is home to many black bears, who, like you, love the solitude and open skies in the heart of the Tongass National Forest. From kayak or skiff, scope the inter tidal zones of Saginaw Bay for these guys. Eagles fish here too, their white noggins give away their perches. Kayak along the Keku Islands or take the pace down a notch with an easy stroll amidst the tide pools. It's remote, and remarkable.

Day 6: 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. Based on wind and weather, your expedition team has the lineup of adventures all mapped out. Cruise past Five Fingers Lighthouse, Alaska's oldest light station and The Brothers Islands, where sea lions nap on rocky nobs. Paddle into the deeps of Port Houghton or Windham Bay or head ashore for a hike. Somewhere nearby, carrot-billed black oyster catchers are saying hello. Tonight, toast another big day in Alaska.

Day 7: Endicott Arm > Dawes Glacier -Skiffing up Endicott Arm, harbor seals laze around on icebergs. If the tides are right, slip into Fords Terror, the steep walls of this narrow opening streaked with waterfalls. Back in the Arm, gasp at the deep glacier-carved valleys. It's at the end where you meet the piece de resistance: Dawes Glacier. Blue ice marches down from the Coast Mountains. With a sharp crack, the white thunder of a calving slice makes a mega-splash. Tonight, celebrate with a festive Farewell Dinner and "photo journal" from your expedition team.

Day 8: Juneau - Disembarkation Mmmm, fresh baked pastries over one last breakfast. Your crew and new friends wish heartfelt goodbyes. This morning, transfer to the Juneau airport.

Your Ships

S.S. Legacy - A perfect mash-up of old and new - replica 1898 coastal gold rush steamer, Victorian-style décor, and modern machinery. The elegant and one-of-a-kind S.S. Legacy is a classic and the fastest in the fleet. The elegant and one-of-a-kind S.S. Legacy is a classic and the fastest in the fleet. Capable of 15 knots, she can sail to the farthest reaches gathering more stories of adventure along the way. And wherever she sails, she announces her arrival with an antique whistle. Like the crew and guests having the time of their lives, she hums with each new opportunity. It's no wonder that for many of the crew (and office folk), she's a first love that never fades.

Safari Endeavour - Polished, unwavering, and upscale, the Safari Endeavour may be the workhorse of the fleet but it's her zest-for-life persona that's remembered most. She looks sharp"”a nod to the crew who work hard to keep her that way. Wood fixtures and accents shine and artwork highlights the warm and cool waters where she sails. No other UnCruise ship covers more territory, and like her namesake, Captain Cook's Endeavour, both the ship and crew are true explorers. Her roomy lounge, dining room, and sun deck are undisputed, but the Safari Endeavour claims to have the biggest heart, too.

Safari Explorer - This high-end SUV of a ship is nimble, strong, and loving. The Safari Explorer has what mariners call "feet" that take her into wild areas most other ships aren't certified to visit. But it's what's on the inside that makes this yacht the prize of the fleet. And with only 36 guests on board, the feel is decidedly exclusive. Lovingly called "the Bulldog", she's poised, her interior is a pearl, and the general mood is down-to-earth.

Includes: • Exclusive activities, shore excursions, presentation • Entry fees to national parks, preserves, and monuments • Narration and expertise from expedition guides • Meet & greet services, transfers, and baggage handling between airport & vessel on embark and disembark days • Onboard meals • Spirits, wine, and microbrews • Non-alcoholic beverages • Wellness amenities: hot tub, fitness equipment, yoga mats

Departs:

Apr 26 
May 10, 17, 24, 31 
Jun 7, 14, 21, 24 
Jul 5, 12, 19, 26 
Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 
Sep 6, 8, 13

Conditions: * It is our policy to present the cost of our flights & holidays inclusive of all airport and government charges. Please accept however that these charges are not within our control, therefore we reserve the right to pass on any increase. Travel agent professional service fees where charged, will be additional to the advertised prices. Prices subject to currency fluctuations.

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