Alaska's Inside Passage: Ultimate Multisport Cruise
Alaska's Inside Passage: Ultimate Multisport Cruise predominately follows the Inside Passage Eastern Coves' route, but is geared toward the more active and adventurous traveler. With extended time in the field accompanied by multi-sport activities this promises to be an amazing Alaska experience.
Here is what sets this unique sailing apart:
- Passengers are limited to 36 in order to allow for small groups of 12 to be out exploring longer.
- A land-based bear viewing excursion is included (sites will vary according to timing of where the bears are fishing).
- Half to full-day kayaking will be offered up to five days during the voyage, with one to two days in glacial ice (weather permitting).
- Hikes will be offered up to four days during the trip (hikes are not on designated trails and include bushwhacking, rock scrambling, and mud).
- Glacier hike will be offered on one day of the cruise. Extended hike will require crampons or Microspikes.
- Special guest speaker on each voyage.
- Snorkeling (wetsuits provided) and one massage (per person per week) are included.
Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance. Please note: June 8th sailing is in reverse (Juneau to Ketchikan).
Alaska's Inside Passage: Ulitmate Multisport Cruise Itinerary:
Day 1 Before embarking on your SE Alaska adventure in Ketchikan, discover why this is the "Salmon Capital of the World".
Day 2 We start out with a bang with bear viewing, hiking and kayaking.
Day 3 Today we'll explore the backcountry wilderness of Revillagigedo Island with a chance to do some real Alaska bushwhacking.
Day 4 Get up close and personal with a glacier! Hike on Baird glacier for an experience like no other.
Day 5 Today is a great chance to really stretch your legs with a rugged hike to Swan Lake or a hike/kayak option to Paterson Glacier.
Day 6 Frederick Sound – the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the Northern Hemisphere.
Day 7 Kayak next to sheer granite walls and cascading waterfalls in Endicott Arm.
Day 8 Disembark in Juneau, located on beautiful Gastineau Channel and surrounded by the rich, green Tongass National Forest.
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.
Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.
All single travelers pay the single fare.
Trip price includes accommodations on board, airport transfers for embarkation day and disembarkation day, all onboard meals, entry fees to national parks/preserves, kayaks and kayaking gear, paddle boards, guided hiking, snorkeling gear, small boat exploration, hot tub, sauna and yoga.
Airfare to/from Alaska, lodging and meals not onboard, port fees and taxes, insurance, gratuities, alcoholic beverages, items of a personal nature.
REI Adventures standard payment and cancellation policies do not apply. At the time of reservation, a $1200 deposit is due. Full payment for this cruise is due at 90 days before departure. Cancellations received at any time after making your trip reservation are subject to a non-refundable $600 per person service charge. When a trip cancellation is received 120-91 days from departure, your deposit is 100% non-refundable. When a trip cancellation is received inside of 90 days from departure, all trip costs are 100% non-refundable.
This trip is rated Moderate . It is not necessary to be an expert hiker or kayaker to participate in this trip, but you should enjoy hiking and/or kayaking and feel comfortable spending 6-8 hours doing these activities during most days. To maximize your enjoyment of the trip and to avoid sore muscles, we suggest beginning a regular exercise regimen at least 2 - 3 months prior to departure. Recommended exercises include hiking, jogging, cycling and/or swimming. The better shape you are in, the more fun you will have. Minimum age is 15 years.
Activities include kayaking among icebergs, hiking far-off trails, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling, "polar bear club swims", whale-watching and glacier walks.
Long periods of rainy, cool and overcast weather are common in Southeast Alaska. Summer daytime temperatures range from 45° to 65°F. When the boat is underway there is a cool breeze if you are on deck. During the summer, days are long: May has an average of 16:47 hours of daylight, June has 18:15, July has 17:36, August has 15:25 and September has 12:51 daylight hours. June is the driest month, but the Inside Passage has a marine climate which means you should always be prepared for rain.
This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).
We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.
Alaska's Inside Passage: Ultimate Multisport Cruise
The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.
- Kayaks and paddling gear
- Paddle boards
- Valid ID-passport if not a US citizen
- Airline tickets
- Duffel bag or soft-sided suitcase (see Things to Consider)
- Small daypack for carrying water bottle(s), rain gear, camera, snacks, etc.
- Luggage tags and luggage locks
- A few lightweight, easily washable items for travel and on board
- Rain jacket, waterproof and breathable, or a waterproof poncho
- Rain or wind pants, waterproof and breathable
- Sun hat
- Rain hat
- Wool or fleece hat
- Wool or fleece gloves
- Paddling gloves
- Trail gaiters (for muddy trails)
- Mid-weight fleece or synthetic tops
- Mid-weight wool or fleece pants
- Hiking pants (synthetic, quick-drying)
- Thermal underwear
- Long-sleeve shirts
- Hiking socks and liner socks
- Casual socks
- Xtra Tuff® rubber boots or similar. Over the calf boots are necessary. (Please note that the boat will have a very limited supply of rubber boots on board)
- Hiking boots
- Comfortable walking shoes for aboard ship, traveling and city excursions
- Ear plugs
- Sunglasses and retainer strap
- Sun block and lip balm
- Toiletry kit
- Personal first-aid kit, small
- Insect repellent
- Several Ziploc plastic bags for wet clothes
- Camera, memory cards, spare batteries & charger
- Personal medication
- Watch with alarm clock or travel clock
- Spare contact lenses or glasses
- Playing cards, travel games, etc.
- Reading and writing materials
- Hiking staff or trekking poles
- Motion sickness remedies
- Small dry bag for camera while kayaking
- Microspikes for glacier walk
Things to Consider
- Due to storage restrictions in your cabin, luggage should not be more than 21" deep when lying flat. Soft sided luggage with wheels is OK.
- Please remember to pack essential items such as appropriate identification, money, eyewear and medications in your carry-on baggage in case your luggage is delayed.
- If you wear prescription glasses, use a safety cord and bring an extra pair if possible. Contact lens users should also bring an extra set, or bring eyeglasses for a backup.
- Good raingear is essential. Your raingear should be able to repel a full day of rain without leaking. It should have taped seams and preferably an attached hood. We recommend bringing two jackets: A waterproof, non-breathable jacket with attached hood for use aboard the ship or on the zodiak, and a waterproof, breathable jacket with attached hood for use while kayaking or other physical activities.
- Rain protection for your camera will be a must while in the temperate rain forest. There are many affordable options, all of varying degrees of effectiveness, depending on the amount of exposure to rain. If you are bringing a point and shoot camera, there are water proof cameras on the market that are small and a great optical quality. Bring a cloth to wipe rain and spray from the lens. Also, be sure to have a lanyard attached to your camera, you'll be thankful for it the first time it saves your camera from falling from your kayak or onto the steel deck of the boat.
- A dry bag is highly recommended to keep your gear dry while kayaking (or hiking in the rain). Dry bags can be affixed to the top of your kayak.
Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.
Refurbished in early 2011, the Wilderness Adventurer is the ultimate platform to deliver this unique 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 neighborhood pub, relaxing on deck or keeping watch for wildlife.
Three accessible decks are fully equipped for comfort and action. The sun deck has an on-deck hot tub, sauna and fitness equipment; the observation deck allows for over-the-top viewing from the bow; 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; and yoga mats.
The three cabin categories aboard the Wilderness Adventurer: Navigator; Trailblazer; and Pathfinder accommodate singles and doubles. Common to all Wilderness Adventurer cabins are: Memory foam mattresses; Flat-screen TV/DVD; and iPod docking station. All staterooms come with a view window (no portholes).
Please note that half of the number of cabins will be in use for these sailings.
2013 Dates & Prices:
|Wilderness Adventurer ---|
|Jun 8, 2013* Closed||$5,595||$7,195||$7,695|
|Jul 13, 2013 Closed||$5,595||$7,195||$7,695|
|Aug 10, 2013||$5,595||$7,195||$7,695|
*Reverse sailing (Juneau to Ketchikan).
All rates are in US$, per person, double occupancy, not including port taxes and fees of $175 per person (subject to change).
SINGLE Rates - available in designated cabins at 150% of the per person double rate.