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Ultimate Expedition: Alaska Glacier Cruise

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Trip Length: 15 Days/ 14 Nights

Prices from: $8,295 pp/do*

Single Price: $10,785 pp

2018 Dates: May 6, 20, 27; June 3, 10, 17, 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22; Aug 5, 19.

Ships: Safari Endeavour
S.S. Legacy

Notes: Fares do not include port charges or gov't fees.
*Per Person/Double Occupancy. Special Single Rates apply where listed.

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New for 2018 are 2 ‘Ultimate Expedition’ Alaskan cruises – each 14 nights. This expedition is roundtrip from Juneau and focuses on the amazing glaciers abundant in the Inside Passage. Un-Cruise has chosen these ultimate glaciers: Margerie, Grand Pacific, LeConte, Baird, Sawyer and South Sawyer, plus you’ll spend an entire day in Glacier Bay National Park with a park ranger! You’ll be able to hike the terminal moraine of Baird Glacier, plus you’ll be getting up-close to the glaciers via skiff or kayak. Always have your ears peeled for those cracks that can be heard before the glaciers calve.

 

For the Ultimate Expedition: Fjords of Alaska Cruise from Sitka to Ketchikan, click here.

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Day 1: Embark in Juneau

Day 2: Tracy Arm/Stephens Passage

Start your morning with yoga on deck as we cruise a region frequented by humpback and orca! Perhaps you’ll spot the misty spout while in warrior pose. We’ll dock in Port Houghton where you can choose your adventure: kayak in search of sea stars and shore birds; paddle board past the port into the salt chuck at the end of the inlet; hike into the Tongass in search of green fields, waterfalls, and beautiful views of evergreen trees.

Day 3: Thomas Bay/Baird Glacier

Heading deeper into Alaska’s backcountry, you’ll find a muddy playground of glacial moraines and muskegs to stomp through. Or head out onto the clear water, mirroring the beautiful fjord walls.

Day 4: LeConte Glacier/Ideal Cove

In the LeConte Wilderness Area, you’ll find the slow moving, ice-filled Stikine River. The ship will drop anchor and we’ll begin our LeConte Bay adventures. The Bay is 6 miles long, 810 ft deep, with a steep-sided fjord. At high tide, watch for seal pups in the ice gardens. At low tide, you can walk among the icebergs that remain in the glacial outwash field.

Day 5: Kake/Frederick Sound

Learn the stories of the Tlingit on Kupreanof Island, thru dance, legends and totems. Tribal members will tell you the history of Kake, which goes back thousands of years. Along the shore, look for black bears and bald eagles. Explore on a hike of the tidal zone, or skiff or kayak along the islets of the Keku Islands.

Day 6: Baranof Island/Peril Strait

Join our guides for on-deck yoga this morning, which will loosen you up before your kayak or skiff ride this morning. Look for giant trees, tidal pools, and bears while hiking in the Tongass.

Day 7: Sergius Narrows/Neva Strait

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Morning fog lies thick in these woods. As we pass through the narrows, you’ll notice the shorelines coming closer… at its narrowest, 300 feet wide and 24 feet deep! Look for otters cracking a snack on their bellies, or go for a hike in the backcountry.

Day 8: Sitka

Sitka has a unique history and developed with heavy Russian influence. Take a shuttle around the town to see the town. If you’ve been to Sitka before, maybe take a quick ride to Fortress of the Bear, a home for orphaned bears. Or find a hiking trail in the Tongass National Forest.

Day 9: Krestof Sound/Nakwasina Sound

Along Baranof Island are remote, uninhabited islands, creating secluded coves and islets all along the island. Pick your adventure and get off the boat: will you explore by kayak, paddleboard, skiff, or beach combing? This evening we’ll close with a Farewell Dinner and your guides will present a look back at your trip via photos.

Day 10: Icy Strait

We’re getting close to the Pacific Ocean in search of whales and other marine mammals. Sea lions, porpoises, and dolphins could all make an appearance today. You can also choose to explore the coastline, either by hiking or on the skiff.

Day 11: Glacier Bay National Park

This UNESCO World Heritage Site & Biosphere Reserve is 3.3 million acres of Alaskan wonders to discover! A park ranger will come onboard at Bartlett Cove to point out amazing sites and teach us about the park’s history. On South Marble Island, we’ll see/hear/smell the sea lions! Watch for foraging bears and mountain goats, as well as orange-beaked puffins, marbled murrelets, guillemots and more. As we head towards Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers, you’ll notice the water turning milky white from glacial silt.

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Day 12: Chichagof Island

Watch for whales and other marine animals from the bridge or bow of the ship today as we tuck into Port Frederick. As you head out for a bushwhacking hike, keep your eyes open for bears.

Day 13: Lynn Canal/Captain’s Choice

The Captain will decide which seems a better option today: Lynn Canal or Chatham Strait. Our onboard guides will help you get the appropriate gear on – you can head out by kayak or paddleboard to take in the wonders of Alaska. Watch for bald eagles in the trees, and harbor seals bobbing up around you.

Day 14: Haines

The trails in Haines are irresistible – choose your speed and intensity level. Haines was once the location of a Tlingit trading outlet. Add in the history of European explorers, the gold rush, and a US Army outpost, and a self-tour of Haines could be fascinating! After our Farewell Dinner, your guides will share their photo journal of the trip to celebrate your amazing week together.

Day 15: Disembark in Juneau

Photo Credit: Un-Cruise Adventures