Alaska's Inside Passage and Glacier Bay

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Total Days: 8

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Alaska's Inside Passage and Glacier Bay

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Additional Fees

Port fees and taxes: $175

Trip Dates:


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Group Size: up to 76

Activity Level: Varies

Activities:

  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Kayaking

Accommodations:

Cabins with private facilities.

Trip Highlights

  • Go on an unforgettable Alaskan adventure in Glacier Bay National Park
  • Explore the waters and sights by kayak, paddleboard, skiff, and foot
  • See massive icebergs, ever-changing glaciers, dramatic fjords, and more
  • Decide each day's adventure based on ability level and interests
  • Sleep aboard a comfortable small boat with private facilities in each cabin

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is one of the best places to experience the rugged adventure offered by southeast Alaska. Our Glacier Bay cruise explores highlights of the Inside Passage and contains options for all activity levels. REI's partnership with Un-Cruise Adventures brings unmatched, hands-on small boat explorations.

We spend our days cruising among massive icebergs, hiking into wildlife-rich forests, and walking next to a glacier. On the water, we have a variety of craft to choose from: kayak, paddleboard, or skiff take us along dramatic fjords and by stunning glaciers. We also have the opportunity to learn about the Tlingit culture and go on a whale watching expedition in the Icy Strait. Onboard, more choices abound. Relax in the ship's sauna or enjoy an on-deck yoga class. Our experienced masseuses can massage your cares away.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Make time to visit Mendehall Glacier before embarking on our cruise.
  • Day 2 - Glacier Bay National Park is a treasure of natural wonders and wildlife.
  • Day 3 - Discover tidewater glaciers and deep fjords by kayak or skiff.
  • Day 4 - Glacier Bay offers opportunities to study the ebb and flow of glaciers.
  • Day 5 - Look for whales, porpoises, seals, and sea otters on the Icy Strait.
  • Day 6 - Cruise off of Chichagof Island, where bears are abundant.
  • Day 7 - From the bow, watch for eagles perched above the Peril Strait.
  • Day 8 - Disembark in Sitka, "Paris of the Pacific".

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Trip Itinerary and Details

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 and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - Make time to visit Mendehall Glacier before embarking on our cruise.

    Welcome aboard! Meet the crew, settle in, and relax with your shipmates. Within minutes we'll cruise the scenic channels of the Inside Passage.
    All meals included once onboard. Plan to arrive in Juneau, Alaska before 2:00p.m.

  • Day 2 - Glacier Bay National Park is a treasure of natural wonders and wildlife.

    One of America's crown jewel national parks is yours to explore and marvel at for the next three days—Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. A National Park Ranger joins you to explore coves and corners of the bay that most visitors miss. Tidewater glaciers sweep like rivers of ice down massive mountain valleys, terminating before you in the waters of Glacier Bay.

    Paddle a kayak and be awed at the face of a massive glacier. Go on a boot-sucking trek through sandbars and rainforest. And ride a skiff along shore for an up-close exploration of Glacier Bay. You'll find sea lions, mountain goats, sea otters, bears, moose, eagles, and spectacular scenic backdrops. Linger near South Marble Island to spot the many species of rare sea birds that call this area home. Keep your eyes on the water and the island for brightly-colored puffins and Black Oystercatchers. Stop in Bartlett Cove for a visit to the Park Service's Headquarters.

  • Day 3 - Discover tidewater glaciers and deep fjords by kayak or skiff.

    Enjoy another day of guided exploration in the park.

  • Day 4 - Glacier Bay offers opportunities to study the ebb and flow of glaciers.

    Make the best of your third and last day in the park with a hike, paddle, or skiff excursion in this majestic national park.

  • Day 5 - Look for whales, porpoises, seals, and sea otters on the Icy Strait.

    Set your course for arguably the richest whale waters in Southeast Alaska. Join the Captain on the bridge or the Expedition Leaders/Naturalists out on deck in search of marine mammals. Ride the skiffs for a closer inspection of the remote coastline with eyes set on the shoreline for possible bear sightings.

  • Day 6 - Cruise off of Chichagof Island, where bears are abundant.

    Meander along the spectacular waterfall coast of Chichagof Island. In the Un-Cruise expedition spirit, marvel at the grand scenery as our crew expertly guides you through unsung, glacier-carved fjords. Anchor in remote waters for an opportunity to lower the kayaks and skiffs. Explore the shoreline on an intertidal walk or forest exploration with your guides.

  • Day 7 - From the bow, watch for eagles perched above the Peril Strait.

    Peril Strait runs 50 miles from Chatham Strait to Salisbury Sound. This haven for small boats is scenically highlighted by a very narrow connecting passageway called Sergius Narrows and an opening at Hoonah Sound. This historic and wildlife-rich waterway is a great place to watch the shoreline for bears, the waters for otters and whales, and to look skyward for eagles. The passage narrows to only 300 feet in one spot (24 feet deep). After an adventurous, but "un-perilous" day, toast your voyage with a festive Farewell Dinner and a "photo journal" of your trip presented by your Expedition Leaders.

  • Day 8 - Disembark in Sitka, "Paris of the Pacific".

    Gather for breakfast this morning as you cruise into Russian-influenced Sitka for disembarkation. Transfer to the airport or begin your overnight stay or land tour. Flights out of Sitka must be scheduled after 11:30a.m.

Note on Itinerary

On alternate weeks this cruise will be the reverse itinerary starting in Sitka and ending in Juneau. 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.

Air Travel

Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.

Price Includes

Trip price includes accommodations on board, airport transfers for embarkation day and disembarkation day, all meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8, kayaks and kayaking gear, paddle boards, guided hiking, and small boat exploration.

Not Included

Airfare to/from Alaska, lodging and meals on the mainland, port fees and taxes, insurance, gratuities, alcoholic beverages, items of a personal nature.

Accommodations

The "Wilderness" vessels are the expedition ships capable of nimble exploration through nature's most dramatic hideaways. The shallow draft and hull design allow easy access to Southeast Alaska's wildlife-rich shores and glacially-fed inlets and serve as ideal "launching pads" for an exciting array of daily adventure excursions. The interior complements the outside and both public and private spaces are loaded with amenities.

Payment and Cancellation Policy

REI Adventures standard payment and cancellation policies do not apply. At the time of reservation, a $750 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 $375 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.

Qualifications

This trip is rated Easy Active [2]. Active beginners are welcome. However, these expeditions are focused on providing guests with a multitude of meaningful ways to experience Southeast Alaska and its surrounding waterways in many private adventures. Whether you are looking for easy or moderate Alaska adventures, extended and challenging outdoor pursuits like hiking and kayaking, we can tailor most any expedition to suit your skill level. Every Alaska adventure activity is ranked with an Activity Level and Activity Description to ensure that you feel comfortable with your selection.

Among your choices, the adventure list includes kayaking among icebergs, hiking far-off trails, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling, "polar bear club swims", observing whales and other marine wildlife from inflatable boats, bird watching, friendly sporting contests and glacier walks.

Weather

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.

Single Travelers

All single travelers pay the single rate.

General Information

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 and Glacier Bay Gear List

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.

Gear Checklist

Provided Gear
  • Kayaks and paddling gear
  • Paddle boards
Official Papers
  • Valid ID-passport if not a US citizen
  • Airline itinerary and confirmation
Luggage
  • Duffel bag or soft-sided suitcase
  • Small daypack for carrying water bottle(s), rain gear, camera, snacks, etc.
  • Luggage tags and luggage locks
Travel Clothing
  • A few lightweight, easily washable items for travel and on board
Outerwear
  • Rain jacket, waterproof and breathable
  • Rain or wind pants, waterproof and breathable
  • Sun hat
  • Rain hat
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Wool or fleece gloves
Clothing
  • Mid-weight fleece or synthetic tops
  • Mid-weight wool or fleece pants
  • Hiking pants (synthetic, quick-drying)
  • Thermal underwear
  • Long-sleeve shirts
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear
  • Hiking socks and liner socks
  • Casual socks
  • Swimsuit
Footwear
  • Over the calf rubber boots or Wellingtons are necessary. (Please note that the boat will have a very limited supply of rubber boots on board)
  • Comfortable walking shoes for aboard ship, traveling and city excursions
  • Hiking boots if you plan on participating in the moderate hiking excursions
Travel Accessories
  • Binoculars
  • 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
Optional Field Gear
  • Camera, spare batteries
  • Watch with alarm clock or travel clock
  • Playing cards, travel games, etc.
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Hiking staff or trekking poles
  • Small dry bag for camera while kayaking
  • Trail gaiters (for muddy trails)
  • Paddling gloves

Things to Consider

  • 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.
  • If wildlife viewing is one of your main reasons for choosing this cruise, we recommend bringing good binoculars to have handy at all times.

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.

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Exceeded expectations

By Barbra F

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About Me Casual Adventurer

Pros

  • Exceeded Expectations
  • Flexible itinerary
  • Food
  • Group Camaraderie
  • Guides
  • Quality Equipment Provided
  • Saw it all
  • Well Organized Itinerary

Cons

  • Extra fee for snorkling

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    Comments about REI Adventures Alaska's Inside Passage and Glacier Bay:

    Far exceeded expectations. We saw all animals mentioned, plus some. We did lots of activities (kayaking, hiking), plus some (snorkling). People were great as they were also like-minded adventure-seeking folks.

    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
    • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
    • Why did you choose this trip?:
    • Location
    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
    • Snorkling in Alaska and kayaking among the icebergs.
    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
    • Make sure to bring great raingear. Ask for first floor cabin (we got lucky!), as the window opens to the the outside, not the hall (inside hall on this deck), so we left our shade open all the time and could see out to the scenery without people walking by and watching us get dressed, etc.

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    Wilderness Adventurer

    Wilderness Discoverer

    Wilderness Explorer



    Dates & Prices:

     Wilderness Explorer ---

    Double Rates
    DateTrailblazerPathfinderExplorer
    May 17, 2014$2,795$2,995$4,195
    May 24, 2014*$2,795$2,995$4,195
    May 31, 2014$3,195$3,395$4,295
    Jun 7, 2014*$3,695$3,995$4,795
    Jun 14, 2014$4,195$4,495$5,695
    Jun 21, 2014*$4,195$4,495$5,695
    Jun 28, 2014$4,195$4,495$5,695
    Jul 5, 2014*$4,195$4,495$5,695
    Jul 12, 2014$4,195$4,495$5,695
    Jul 19, 2014*$4,195$4,495$5,695
    Aug 2, 2014*$4,195$4,495$5,695
    Aug 9, 2014$4,195$4,495$5,695
    Aug 16, 2014*$3,695$3,995$4,795
    Aug 23, 2014$3,195$3,395$4,295
    Aug 30, 2014*$3,195$3,395$4,295
    May 30, 2015$3,795$4,095$5,295
    Jun 6, 2015*$3,995$4,295$5,495
    Jun 27, 2015$4,395$4,695$5,895
    Jul 4, 2015*$4,395$4,695$5,895
    Jun 25, 2015$4,395$4,695$5,895
    Aug 1, 2015*$4,395$4,695$5,895
    Aug 22, 2015$4,195$4,495$5,695
    Aug 29, 2015*$3,195$3,395$4,595

    * These dates represent a reverse itinerary starting in Sitka on Day 1 and ending in Juneau on Day 8



     Wilderness Adventurer ---

    Double Rates
    DateNavigatorTrailblazerPathfinder
    Jun 21, 2014$3,395$4,195$4,495
    Jun 28, 2014*$3,395$4,195$4,495
    Jul 5, 2014$3,395$4,195$4,495
    Jul 12, 2014*$3,395$4,195$4,495
    May 23, 2015*$2,595$3,195$3,395
    May 30, 2015*$2,995$3,795$4,095
    Jun 6, 2015$3,195$3,995$4,395
    Jun 13, 2015*$3,395$4,195$4,495
    Jun 20, 2015$3,595$4,395$4,695
    Jun 27, 2015*$3,595$4,395$4,695
    Jul 4, 2015$3,595$4,395$4,695
    Jul 11, 2015*$3,595$4,395$4,695
    Jul 18, 2015$3,595$4,395$4,695
    Jul 25, 2015*$3,595$4,395$4,695
    Aug 1, 2015$3,595$4,395$4,695
    Aug 8, 2015$3,595$4,395$4,695
    Aug 15, 2015$3,195$3,995$4,395
    Aug 22, 2015*$2,995$3,795$4,095
    Aug 29, 2015$2,595$3,195$3,395
    Sep 5, 2015$2,595$3,195$3,395

    * These dates represent a reverse itinerary starting in Sitka on Day 1 and ending in Juneau on Day 8



     Wilderness Discoverer ---

    Double Rates
    DateNavigatorTrailblazerPathfinderExplorer
    May 3, 2014$1,895$2,395$2,595$4,495
    May 10, 2014*$2,195$2,795$2,995$4,695
    Sep 6, 2014$2,195$2,795$2,995$4,695
    Sep 13, 2014*$1,895$2,395$2,595$4,495
    May 2, 2015$2,095$2,695$2,895$4,695
    May 9, 2015*$2,395$2,995$3,195$4,995
    May 16, 2015$2,395$2,995$3,195$4,995
    May 23, 2015*$2,595$3,195$3,395$5,295
    Jun 13, 2015$3,395$4,195$4,595$6,295
    Jun 20, 2015*$3,595$4,395$4,795$6,495
    Jul 11, 2015$3,595$4,395$4,795$6,495
    Jul 18, 2015*$3,595$4,395$4,795$6,495
    Aug 8, 2015$3,595$4,395$4,795$6,495
    Aug 15, 2015*$3,395$4,195$4,595$6,295
    Sep 5, 2015$2,595$3,195$3,395$5,295
    Sep 12, 2015*$2,395$2,995$3,195$4,995

    * These dates represent a reverse itinerary starting in Sitka on Day 1 and ending in Juneau on Day 8




    All rates are in US$, per person, double occupancy, not including port taxes and fees. Please add $175 (2014) or $200 (2015) per person to our Eastern, Western Coves, and Glacier Bay itineraries.

    SINGLE Rates - available in designated cabins at 150% of the per person double rate:
    Wilderness Adventurer: Navigator #202; Trailblazer #301; Pathfinder #306.
    Wilderness Discoverer: Navigator #203; Trailblazer #321; Pathfinder #306 .
    Wilderness Explorer: Trailblazer #103; #104; #105; #106.
    All other cabins are available at 175% of double rate.

    TRIPLE Rates - available in designated cabins with a third person savings of 25% off the double rate:
    Wilderness Discoverer: Pathfinder #307, #309; Explorer #400, #401, #403

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