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Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise

Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise

7 nights from
AU$4,819
 
  • Package Type
    Cruise
  • Travel From
    13 Apr 2019
  • Travel Until
    28 Sep 2019
7 nights from
AU$4,819
 
  • Package Type
    Cruise
  • Travel From
    13 Apr 2019
  • Travel Until
    28 Sep 2019
Description 
  • Package Highlights
    CruiseCruise 7-night cruise in AlaskaCruiseCruise Cruise along the Glacier Bay National ParkInclusionInclusion Use of kayaksMealsMeals All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and snacksTourTour Visit of Haines, the adventure capital of AlaskaTransportationTransportation Transportation to/from the airport or lodging

Summary

Meet up close the untamed wilderness of Southeast Alaska through this 7-night adventure cruise to Glacier Bay National Park. Hop on board a lovely vessel and start the journey from Juneau through Icy Strait/Cross Sound, where seals and sea lions live. Mount Fairweather’s majestic, snow-capped peaks will welcome you as you enter Glacier Bay National Park. Watch out for humpback whales leaping over the surface and for bears and wolves finding food in their natural habitats. An expedition team is ready to guide you if you ever want to go kayaking or trekking. Reach South Marble Island, a paradise offering great photo opportunities, home to rare sea birds, orange-beaked puffins, sea lions, mountain goats and other exotic species.

Continue your adventure afloat and ashore, skiffing the bay and then hiking in boot-sucking mud across a glacial moraine. You will also have the chance to explore some parts of America’s largest national forest, Tongass National Forest. Finally, arrive at Haines, the adventure capital of Alaska, a city whose history is as captivating as its famous trails. Go hiking, biking, rafting, and take in nature’s beauty one step at a time whilst fulfilling your own curiosities. Before the trip ends, enjoy a delicious breakfast and a morning cruise back to Juneau.

2019 Cruise dates:
Roundtrip Juneau

  • Wilderness Explorer: April 13 & 30
  • Wilderness Adventurer:  April 27; May 4, 11, 18 & 25; June 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29; July 6; August 17, 24 & 31; September 7, 14, 21 & 28

Highlights

  • 7-night small ship cruising (max. of 74 guests) in your preferred cabin
  • 3 full days in Glacier National Park
  • Maximum adventure ashore and afloat
  • Sightings of Margerie & Grand Pacific tidewater glaciers
  • Abundant marine and land wildlife viewing
  • A birder's paradise at South Marble Island
  • Hot tubs on board the vessel

Inclusions

  • All meals on board & alcoholic beverages during meals
  • Bushwhack and hike in old-growth forest and glacial outwash fields
  • Guided hikes & excursions by inflatable skiffs
  • Use of kayaks & paddleboards
  • Transportation to/from the airport or your lodging 

Itinerary

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. (D)

Day 2, Icy Strait / Cross Sound
Before you do anything, look out the window. From kelp-lined channels to hemlock and spruce forests, every inch of this far northwest corner is worth exploring. And if the tides are right, head out in the skiff with one of the guides for a closer exploration of the rugged shore. Seals and sea lions haul out on rocky outcroppings, resting before they disappear in the water to search for food. Whatever you do—wilderness trekking, skiffing, or paddling—your expedition team guides the way. (B, L, D)

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 ice fields 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. (B, L, D)

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. (B, L, D)

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. (B, L, D)

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. (B, L, D)

Day 7, Haines, Alaska
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. (B, L, D)

Day 8, Juneau – Disembarkation
Linger over breakfast this morning cruising into Juneau. Wish your crew and new friends goodbye. Then, it’s off to the airport or begin your UnCruise hotel stay or land tour. (B)

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