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Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise

Onboard the Wilderness Adventurer

from $2,995
8 days

Ship Name

Wilderness Adventurer

Trip Type

Sea

When To Go

April - September

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Trip Summary

Spend three exclusive days in Glacier Bay National Park accompanied by a Park Ranger. Discover scenic coves and fjords by kayak, paddle board, and skiff. Relish time in nature while beachcombing and during wilderness hikes. View stunning tidewater glaciers Margerie and Grand Pacific. Watch for whales and wildlife and enjoy the added perks of our Captain’s Choice exploration of remote “not in the guidebook” places. Discover quirky Haines with your choice of hiking, biking or rafting.

Activities
Whale Watching
Paddle Boarding
Zodiac Tours
Photography
Kayaking
Child Friendly
Hiking

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

Juneau, Alaska – Embarkation

Arriving in Juneau, you will be transferred from the airport to our hospitality area. Upon boarding, your crew greets you with champagne and smiles. Set sail for a week of scenic channels and secluded wilderness.

Day 2

Icy Strait

Today’s the ultimate day of exploration. Set your course for arguably the richest whale waters in Southeast Alaska. Keep watch for the telltale blow of the humpbacks as you scour the nutrient-rich waters in search of whales, porpoise, sea lions, and other wildlife. Join the Captain on the bridge or go on deck with your Expedition Leader. Late afternoon, we’ll drop the skiffs and kayaks for closer inspection of the remote coastline with eyes set on shore for possible bear sightings. This evening, take in the solitude while relaxing in the upper deck hot tub or enjoy a nightcap with your fellow yachtmates in the salon.

Day 3

Glacier Bay National Park

This crown jewel of America’s national parks covers 3.3 million acres (that’s a tad smaller than the state of Connecticut). Let that sink in. Most visitors see the same sliver of the park as everyone else. Not you. You’re going the furthest and exploring parts that 99% of visitors never go to. And you have three days to do it. Get started! Taylor Bay sea stacks and rocky shores make for good adventure. Or hike the outwash field of glaciers winding down the Fairweather Mountain Range. The cool breeze off the nearby snow and icefields is energizing. If you motor over to Dundas Bay, keep your eye out for bears, humpbacks, and if you’re lucky, a wolf sighting. Kayak the bay. Bushwhack into the forest. Discover Glacier Bay outback

Day 4

Glacier Bay National Park

Your camera’s memory card needs plenty of room. A National Park ranger comes aboard joining your 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. They add a distinct aroma to the air, too. Tucking into silent Tidal Inlet—the stomping grounds for bears, wolves, mountain goats, eagles—the backdrop is spectacular. At the end of the western-most arm of the bay sits Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers. And possible views of glacial calving. Step on deck with the ranger and take it all in.

Day 5

Glacier Bay National Park

There’s adventure afloat and ashore. Find a perch on the bridge with your captain, or with your guides on the bow. Follow the seal barks and chatter of birds by kayak and skiff. Pull on your gummies for a hike in boot-sucking mud across a glacial moraine. Then head up. The view is powerful. Back on the boat, don’t pass on your chance for a polar plunge, and then beeline straight for the hot tub. Bid adieu to your ranger this evening and take a forest walk at Bartlett Cove, if there’s daylight left.

Day 6

Captain's Choice

Just what you need, morning stretches on deck with your guide. Warm those hard-at-play muscles. You know firsthand—conditions in Southeast change one inlet to the next. Your captain is at the helm and picks just the right spot. Lynn Canal or Chatham Strait? Whichever, the adventures are as big as the water is deep! So many hidden pockets in the Tongass National Forest. Give your paddle board skills a glide. Watch for big-eyed harbor seals from a kayak. Bushwhack into the forest of giants. Your guides know the area’s history and keep it lively.

Day 7

Haines

The center of adventure. Tucked beneath snowcapped peaks, Haines has it all. Hiking, biking, rafting, and history. One thing’s for sure—the trails are irresistible. Go easy, or feel the burn—whatever your speed, the views reward in spades. Your expedition team shares the city’s captivating history. A trading outlet for Chilkat Tlingit, they called it “Dtehshuh”—the end of the trail. European explorers, the Klondike gold rush, a U.S. Army outpost—influences still apparent today. What holds your interest? Follow your curiosity on a self-led tour. Tonight, it’s a festive Farewell Dinner. A “photo journal” of your trip by your expedition team is the cherry on top.

Day 8

Juneau - Disembark

Gather for breakfast before disembarkingthe ship and returning to historic Juneau. 

Dates & Rates

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Departure DateNavigatorTrailblazerPathfinder
 Apr 14 - Apr 21299537954195
 Apr 21 - Apr 28299537954195
 Apr 28 - May 5349543454745
 May 5 - May 12349543454745
 May 12 - May 19349543454745
 May 19 - May 26394547455145
 May 26 - Jun 2394547455145
 Jun 2 - Jun 9394547455145
 Jun 9 - Jun 16454553955795
 Jun 16 - Jun 23454553955795
 Jun 23 - Jun 30454553955795
 Jun 30 - Jul 7454553955795
 Aug 18 - Aug 25454553955795
 Sep 1 - Sep 8394547455145
 Sep 8 - Sep 15349543454745
 Sep 15 - Sep 22349543454745
 Sep 22 - Sep 29299537954195

View Rate Notes

The above rates are in U.S. dollars and per person, double occupancy, unless indicated otherwise. Rates displayed do not reflect special offers or discounts, inquire for final pricing.

Deposit: $750 per person deposit (refundable up to 72 hours after payment is received).

Final Payment: Due 60 days prior to departure. Payment is due by check, credit card, wire transfer or money order.

Additional Costs, Discounts & Departure Notes:

  • Single: Limited single cabins at a special rate are available in all categories, please inquire. Once sold out, any cabin (except Single) may be sold as a single for 175% of double occupancy rate
  • Child: $500 rate reduction for kids 8-13 years old
  • Port Fees and Taxes: $250 per person

Included: All onboard meals, non-alcoholic beverages, exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day, entry fees to national parks/preserves, most from-the-vessel adventure activities and equipment, wellness program: hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, and yoga mats.

Not Included: Airfare to and from your home city, discretionary gratuities to vessel’s crew, travel insurance, optional excursions and land tours, wine, beer and liquor, port fees and taxes of $250pp.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be received in writing. Penalties are based on the number of days prior to departure and are subject to change without notice. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa or air arrangements does not waive this cancellation policy.

  • 91 days or more: 50% of initial deposit
  • 90-61 days: forfeiture of full deposit
  • 60-46 days: 50% of gross fare
  • 45-31 days: 75% of gross fare
  • 30-0 days: 100% of gross fare

 Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

Ship Information

M/V Wilderness Adventurer - 60 Passengers

The Wilderness Adventurer’s interior complements the wild places it sails through. The main lounge evokes the feel of a wilderness lodge or neighborhood pub, with a long bar made from reclaimed Alaskan yellow cedar. The sun deck features roomy space for lounging and the observation deck offers for over-the-top viewing from the bow.  The vessel is outfitted with adventure gear including kayaks, paddle boards, skiffs, hiking poles, wet suits and snorkel equipment, and yoga mats. The EZ Dock launch platform on the main deck makes getting into the water a cinch. A hydrophone and a bow-mounted underwater camera share the sounds and sights below the surface. The onboard wellness program includes a hot tub, sauna, and fitness equipment.

Trip Policy

Included: All onboard meals, non-alcoholic beverages, exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day, entry fees to national parks/preserves, most from-the-vessel adventure activities and equipment, wellness program: hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, and yoga mats.

Not Included: Airfare to and from your home city, discretionary gratuities to vessel’s crew, travel insurance, optional excursions and land tours, wine, beer and liquor, port fees and taxes of $250pp

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be received in writing. Penalties are based on the number of days prior to departure and are subject to change without notice. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa or air arrangements does not waive this cancellation policy.

  • 91 days or more: 50% of initial deposit
  • 90-61 days: forfeiture of full deposit
  • 60-46 days: 50% of gross fare
  • 45-31 days: 75% of gross fare
  • 30-0 days: 100% of gross fare

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

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