1Hotel Stay in Anchorage, AK
Arrive in Anchorage, where you'll be transferred to the Lakefront Anchorage Hotel. The remainder of the day is open for you to explore Anchorage.
2Embark in Whittier, AK
Enjoy your complimentary plated Alaskan breakfast before we board the private shuttle to Whittier - the small port town where the Pacific Provider awaits! The crew will put your luggage in your stateroom while you tour the boat. We'll all gather with the full crew for a safety briefing before we embark this afternoon. First we'll head to a hidden cove for a private afternoon of adventuring. Explore the shore or try one of the kayaks. You'll get to know your fellow passengers this evening over cocktails and dinner.
After a hot breakfast, it's time to see your adventure yacht in action! We'll board skiffs to get a closer look at the tidewater glaciers found in Blackstone Bay - Tebenkof, Lawrence, Blackstone, Marquette and Ripon, to name a few. There are also hanging glaciers mountainside. From the skiffs, you'll get front row seats to the glaciers calving, hopefully with a cup of hot cocoa in your hands to keep you warm. We'll head back to the Pacific Provider for lunch and sail north. This afternoon's adventure is up to you: walk the shoreline into the woods, take a skiff out for some salmon fishing, or try dropping shrimp pots. After dinner, we'll enjoy a nightcap served over real glacial ice we hauled onboard.
4Esther Island & Naked Island
If you dropped shrimp pots the night before, make sure to get up early and gather your catch! After breakfast, we're heading ashore to Esther Island. We'll tour their salmon hatchery. Keep your eyes on the shore, though - bears enjoy the fish here, too! During lunch back onboard, the boat will head through the sound and the Captain will let you know if any whales or orcas are passing. In the middle of the sound is Naked Island, home to sea otters. Make sure you've got your camera ready! Wander the uninhabited island to your heart's content, with the only signs of humanity being you and your friends. After dinner, we'll enjoy a beach bonfire!
Get a cup of coffee or tea, and head on deck to look for humpback whales or orca pods as we cruise toward Valdez Arm. After breakfast, we'll anchor in Shoup Bay. Everybody will take out a kayak to paddle deep into the bay, leaving the kayaks on shore to see an active, stable glacier and its ice caves. Then we'll get back in the kayaks and paddle back, where lunch awaits. As the boat heads south, you could head out on one of the skiffs for some salmon fishing. The chef would love to use your fresh fish to make a sashimi appetizer for the cocktail hour!
After breakfast, you can choose your adventure: kayaking in Two Moon Bay with sea otters; fishing for salmon along the shoreline; hiking beside the river and learning about the salmon run - thousands of fish sighting to make their way upstream! No matter your method of adventure, watch the skies for bald eagles and the shore for bears (and keep a safe distance). The best time for bear watching is the Spring, after the bears have woken up from their hibernation and are ready to eat all those salmon jumping in the river!
7Hawkins and Hichinbrook Islands
We'll anchor off Hawkins Island and Hichinbrook Islands this morning. We'll ride the skiffs to shore and head to Boswell Bay Beach on the Gulf of Alaska. Watch for local deer and lost fishing buoys (some have drifted from as far away as Japan). The Gulf of Alaska is a much more volatile body of water, known as the 'Cradle of Storms' - a sharp contrast from the calm Prince William Sound where we've spent the week. The beach itself shows a shoreline a mile from where the former shoreline was before the 1964 earthquake that pushed back the waterline. Back aboard the Pacific Provider, we'll enjoy our final dinner, followed by a relaxing evening of remember the week's adventures with the crew.
8Disembark in Cordova/Anchorage
We'll dock this morning in the remote port town of Cordova, where you'll have a little while to explore before heading to the local airport where you bags await you for your flight to Anchorage and then home.