Alaska Cruise ? Glacier Bay National Park Adventure

Trip Length 8 Days
Group Size up to 60
Activity level
Starting from $3,195

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Experience eight days on this epic Alaskan cruise, delighting in up-close adventures including beautiful Glacier Bay National Park.

Glacier Bay National Park?known as the crown jewel of America?s national park system?is a stunning location for adventure-lovers and a perfect illustration of the wonders that Southeast Alaska holds. This trip is offered in partnership with UnCruise Adventures, who provide small expedition ships which allow us to travel nimbly and comfortably to these secluded, unconventional areas.

Our two full days in Glacier National Park will take us to parts of the park most visitors never get to see. Paddle board, kayak or bushwhack in faraway, hidden coves. View amazing wildlife like rare sea birds, black oystercatchers, and orange-beaked tufted puffins alongside a national park ranger. Other days are spent in sailing pristine coves and inlets of the Tongass National Forest exploring its huge wild spaces. We top it all off with one full day in Haines touted as the adventure capital of Alaska. Lots to do here. Offering good company and good adventure, this trip is a perfect hands-on exploration of a truly incredible part of the world.

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Trip Highlights

  • Spend time in Glacier Bay National Park
  • Visit the tidewater glaciers of Margerie and Grand Pacific
  • Bushwhack and hike in old-growth forest and kayak in protected coves
  • Encounter wildlife?whales, sea lions, puffins and much more
  • Visit Haines, an adventure town featuring hiking, biking and rafting

Activities

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 guided adventures. Each day?s activities take advantage of the current conditions and opportunities, and are planned to suit a range of skill levels and preferences. Every Alaska adventure activity is ranked with an Activity Level and Activity Description to ensure that you feel comfortable with your selection.

Kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, snorkeling, skiff excursions, wildlife viewing, yoga and cultural encounters top the agenda of possible choices.

  • Cruising
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Kayaking
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Hiking

What's Included

Accommodations onboard; onboard meals; spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days only; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-vessel activities and most equipment.

Accommodations

Cabins with private facilities.

Your Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

Embarkation day in Juneau?Alaska?s state capital.

Check in early at our hospitality location and there will be enough time to explore Juneau on our own. In the afternoon we board the boat with the crew greeting us with champagne and smiles. We sail out of Juneau watching float planes and eagles soaring around us, excited for a week of cruising scenic channels and secluded wilderness. Plan to arrive in Juneau before 2pm. All meals included once onboard.

Day 2

Explore the shores of Icy Strait and Cross Sound.

We awake and look out the cabin window to see views of kelp-lined channels, mist-shrouded forests and jagged shorelines. Every inch of this far northwest corner looks worthy of exploration. If the tides are right, we head out in the skiff with one of our guides for a closer exploration of the rugged shore. We might see seals and sea lions on rocky outcroppings, resting before they disappear in the water to search for food. Whatever we choose to do?wilderness trekking, skiffing or paddling?our expedition team guides the way.

Day 3

Kayak, hike or skiff the outback of Glacier Bay National Park.

Glacier Bay is a crown jewel of America?s national park system. It covers 3.3 million acres; that?s a tad smaller than the state of Connecticut. Most visitors see the same sliver of the park as everyone else?but not us. We?re going further and exploring parts of the park that 99% of visitors never go to, and we have three days to do it. Taylor Bay?s sea stacks and rocky shores make a good starting point for adventure or hike the outwash field of glaciers winding down from the Fairweather Mountain Range. The cool breeze off the nearby snow and icefields is energizing. We motor over to Dundas Bay, keeping eyes out for bears, humpback whales, and, if we?re lucky, a wolf sighting. Hop in a kayak and explore the bay or take a bushwhacking hike into the forest. It?s our choice to make while discovering Glacier Bay National Park?s outback.

Day 4

View wildlife at South Marble Island with a park ranger.

Today our cameras? memory cards need plenty of room. A national park ranger comes aboard, joining us for our adventures in Glacier Bay. South Marble Island is abuzz with activity. Rare sea birds, black oystercatchers, and orange-beaked tufted puffins can?t be missed. A colony of raucous sea lions adds to the hubbub of the scene along with, perhaps, a distinct aroma. Our vessel tucks into silent Tidal Inlet, the stomping grounds for bears, wolves, mountain goats, eagles and a spectacular scenic backdrop. At the end of the westernmost arm of the bay sits Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers where we might view glacial calving. We?re alert on deck with the ranger and crew as we take it all in.

Day 5

Chatham Strait exploration.

Find a perch on the bridge with your captain, or with your guides on the bow, and watch for whales and other creatures before tucking into Port Frederick or another inlet in the Tongass National Forest. Any spot?s a good one to pull over and stretch your legs. Hike, paddle, or skiff your way through this remote corner with bears on the shoreline, seals bobbing on the surface, and welcoming boughs of moss in the trees. It?s all yours to explore. Back on the boat, make a beeline straight for the hot tub.

Day 6

Captain's choice.

We start the day with yoga stretches on deck to warm our muscles before a day of exploration. We know firsthand?conditions in Southeast change one inlet to the next. Our captain is at the helm and picks just the right spot. Wherever we head, the adventures are as big as the water is deep! So many hidden pockets in the Tongass National Forest. Giving our paddle board skills a glide we watch for big-eyed harbor seals from a kayak or bushwhack into the forest of giants. Our guides know the area?s history and keep it lively.

Day 7

Haines, Alaska, surrounded by mountains and sea.

Haines, tucked beneath snowcapped peaks, is the center of adventure. Today's port stop provides us with activity choices including hiking, biking and rafting. The trails are irresistible and we can go easy or feel the burn while enjoying views that reward our efforts. For a change of pace, a bike ride or scenic float trip might be our option. Our expedition team shares the city?s captivating history and varied past, remnants of which can still be seen today. If we have time, we can follow our own path on a self-led tour. Tonight, it?s a festive Farewell Dinner and a ?photo journal? of our trip presented by our expedition team.

Day 8

Disembark in Juneau, located on beautiful Gastineau Channel.

This morning we linger over breakfast while cruising into Juneau. It?s time to bid our crew and new friends goodbye. Then it?s off to the airport or begin an overnight stay or land tour. Flights out of Juneau can be scheduled after 11:30am.

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.

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Travel documents

  • Airline Tickets (Confirmation and Itinerary)
  • Final Bulletin (Emailed Prior to Departure Date)
  • Valid Passport (If not US Citizen)

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