Alaska’s Un-Cruise Adventures
Eastern and Western Coves
Adventure Cruising amid glacial landscapes and old growth rainforests with abundant opportunities to watch whales, birds and other wildlife aboard the 76-passenger yacht ship Wilderness Discoverer.
Dates of Sailing Juneau to Ketchikan
2016 May 21 Jun 11 Jul 9 Aug 6 Sep 3, 17
Day 1 Juneau Remnants of gold mines, Alaska’s state historical museum, Mt Roberts tramway, eagles, glaciers and verdant forest trails await your arrival. Embark amid birds, seals, sea lions, orca and humpback whales roaming the Inside Passage.
Day 2 Tracy Arm Wilderness, Frederick Sound Sheer granite walls and hundreds of cascading waterfalls. Sawyer and South Sawyer twin glaciers. Brown and black bears, deer, wolves, harbor seals, arctic terns, pigeon guillemots and mountain goats. Frederick Sound summer feeding ground of humpback whales.
Day 3 Thomas Bay, Cascade Creek Kayaking. Forest trekking along Cascade Creek trail.
Day 4 Glacial Landscapes, Wrangell Narrows Hike atop Baird Glacier. Choice of kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff riding or trekking.
Day 5 Wrangell The only Alaskan town which has been governed by four nations. Locals present Tlingit and Haida cultures. Kiksetti Totem Pole Park.
Day 6 Yes Bay Wildlife abounds. Humpback whales, orca, porpoise, seals, sea lions, brown and black bears, mink, marten, eagles, and otters. Kayak or hike a scenic trail.
Day 7 Misty Fjords National Monument Yosemite of the North – Glacial valleys filled with sea water. Sheer cliff walls with sea birds, brown and black bears, mountain goats, Sitka black-tailed deer, mink, moose, river otters and other wildlife. Captain’s Farewell Dinner.
Day 8 Ketchikan Disembarkation and ship-to-airport transfer after a full, sit-down breakfast. You may wish to continue cruising back to Juneau in your same cabin following the Western Coves route. Ask about booking back-to-back cruises.
Dates of Sailing Ketchikan to Juneau
2016 Jun 18 Jul 16 Aug 13
Day 1 Ketchikan Embark through Tongass Narrows.
Day 2 Tongass National Forest, El Capitan Passage Tongass National Forest—the largest US national forest. Hike the high forest on an old logging trail. Oysters from local beds available seasonably.
Day 3 Klawock An authentic Tlingit village with carving sheds, totem poles and many stories.
Day 4 Chatham Strait Explore Kuiu or Baranof Island by kayak, skiff or snorkel as conditions permit. Here lies a colorful array of sea life.
Day 5 Frederick Sound Lush forest views and abundant wildlife. Deep Cove, Patterson or Saginaw Bay. Guided hikes or even snorkeling.
Day 6 The Brothers Islands, Stephen’s Passage Summer feeding grounds for humpback whales, orca and sea lions.
Day 7 Endicott Arm, Ford’s Terror Wilderness Snow covered mountains and the thunder of calving, blue ice take your breath away at the face of Dawes Glacier. Endicott Arm amid bergy bits with seals atop. Captain’s Farewell Dinner.
Day 8 Juneau Disembarkation and ship-to-airport transfer after a full, sit-down breakfast. You may wish to continue cruising back to Ketchikan in your same cabin following the Eastern Coves route. Ask about booking back-to-back cruises.
Room Rates from $2,595 per person double occupancy. Room rates include unlimited food and non-alcoholic beverages; airport/ship transfers and baggage handling; most onboard activities and shore tours; entry fees to parks and preserves; wellness program, hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment and yoga. Port fees/taxes of $250 per person and gratuities are extra.