Escorted Alaska Adventure | May 12, 2023 | UnCruise Adventures®
Let’s Experience Alaska!
On this cruise we will get up close and personal with Alaska – the glaciers, the wilderness, and the wildlife! We’ll be doing this by kayak, and by foot, as well as observing from our ship. Be prepared to be awed by some amazing scenes and sounds – whales sounding, seals basking on the rocks, eagles soaring above. This itinerary is a nature lover’s dream.
And it’s escorted.
Alaska’s Glacier Country
May 12, 2023 | 7 Nights | Roundtrip Juneau, Alaska
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* Based on double occupancy (except where single noted) and availability. Port fees and taxes are an additional $375 per person. See also terms and conditions.
First settled in the gold rush days, Juneau welcomes with both small town charm and towering glaciers. Toast to the riches of Alaska as you sail west toward Icy Strait. (D)
Kick start the morning with on-deck yoga stretches and a strong cup of coffee. Energized and snug in your kayak, glide around in remote bays off of Icy Strait through giant bullwhip kelp that can grow to over 100 feet long. Join the gang in a skiff to a rocky outcropping to watch sea lions play. Or, step into mud boots for a forest hike with your top- notch, naturalist guides who have plenty to share about everything Alaska—marine biology, plants, and even geology. On board, soak it all in as you soak in the hot tub. (BLD)
You’re in for a real treat. Have your binoculars handy—South Marble Island is a birder’s slice of heaven. Puffins scoot through the water. Guillemots and gulls chatter up the airwaves. The snoozing sea lions don’t seem to mind. More thrills and chills await as you cruise to the far end of John Hopkins Inlet or Tarr Inlet where glaciers calve into the water. Backed by knife-edged peaks, bears forage along the shoreline of Tidal Inlet. Mountain goats too. Back at Bartlett Cove, if time and daylight allow, take a forest hike around the park’s HQ. (BLD)
Stretching 150 miles into the Tongass National Forest, Chatham Strait offers adventure aplenty. Anchor in a remote Chichagof Island inlet. Backpacks loaded and adventure toys lowered (skiffs, paddle boards, kayaks), it’s time to go play. Energy flows as you hike up through moss-covered trees and rain-fed waterfalls. Stick to the water in a kayak excursion, and don’t forget to look above and below the surface. Beachcomb rocky shores. Tiny creatures cling to rocks. Tonight, take a nightcap to the sun deck and watch the sky. (BLD)
The jagged arms and fingers of Kuiu Island stretch from 25 to just six miles wide. Salmon streams dot the coastline—and where there’s salmon, there are bears. From kayak or skiff, scope the inter-tidal zones of Saginaw Bay for these guys. Kayak along the Keku Islands or take the pace down a notch with an easy stroll amidst the tide pools. It’s remote, and remarkable. (BLD)
Humpbacks beeline it here each season to feed on krill, zooplankton, and herring. Watch for whales feasting in these abundant glacial waters. Based on windand weather, your expedition team has the lineup of adventures all mapped out. Cruise past Five Fingers Lighthouse, Alaska’s oldest light station and The Brothers Islands, where sea lions nap on rocky nobs. Paddle into the deeps of Windham Bay or head ashore for a hike. Somewhere nearby, carrot-billed black oystercatchers are saying hello. Tonight, toast another big day in Alaska. (BLD)
Skiffing up Endicott Arm, harbor seals laze around on icebergs. If the tides are right, slip into Fords Terror, the steep walls of this narrow opening streaked with waterfalls. Back in the Arm, gasp at the deep glacier-carved valleys. It’s at the end where you meet the piece de resistance: Dawes Glacier. Blue ice marches down from the Coast Mountains. With a sharp crack, the white thunder of a calving slice makes a mega-splash. Tonight, celebrate with a festive Farewell Dinner and “photo journal” from your expedition team. (BLD
Mmmm, fresh baked pastries over one last breakfast. Your crew and new friends wish heartfelt goodbyes. This morning, transfer to the Juneau airport or begin your UnCruise hotel stay or land tour. (B)
Note: Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur to maximize your experience.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner.
- One day in Glacier Bay National Park.
- Get close up to glaciers: Dawes, Margerie, and Grand Pacific.
- Explore Chichagof and Kuiu Islands in Tongass National Forest.
- Fords Terror Wilderness Area by skiff.
- Humpback whale watching in Icy Strait, Frederick Sound, and Chatham Strait.
- Wildlife searches: black and brown bears, eagles, sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, sea birds.
- Kayak, paddle board and skiff remote inlets.
- Beachcomb, tide pool, and forest ecology discoveries.
Terms & Conditions: All fares shown are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy (unless noted otherwise) and subject to availability at time of booking. Port fees and taxes of $375 per person are not included in the fare; neither are flights, travel insurance or items of a personal nature. Air and travel insurance may be arranged. Pricing may change without notice, inquire about current rates and availabilities. Vaccinations, including boosters, are required. Non-US citizens will require passports. Other restrictions may apply.
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