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Inner Reaches Western Cove

8 Days / 7 Nights
Ketchikan to Juneau
From USD$3,595 per person
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Highlights: Ketchikan | Tongass National Forrest | Kasaan Native Village | Prince of Wales Island | Chatham Strait | Federick Sound | Endicott Arm | Juneau | Kayak, hike, and discover the Tongass National Forest on this Alaska wilderness cruise

  • Explore “wild and woolly” wilderness (“skookum” to the locals)
  • Wildlife and whale watching in Frederick Sound and Stephens Passage
  • Glacier calving at the face of Dawes Glacier in Endicott Arm
  • El Capitan Cave trek and exploration
  • Observe a Steller sea lion haulout at The Brothers Islands
  • Kayaking, paddle boarding, and skiffing in remote scenic bays
  • Visit Kasaan Native Village on Prince of Wales Island

Adventure Cruises Focused on experiencing life on the outside—rain or shine—we offer different destinations, a mix of price points (some generously inclusive), and an exciting range of multi-sport activities aboard our adventure cruises. Kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), hiking, snorkeling, inflatable skiff excursions, and cultural encounters top the agenda. Our experiential cruise vacations are delivered from a variety of platforms, and depending on your choices, will accommodate from 22 to 84 like-minded guests. We provide the adventure, equipment, opportunities, fun, expert crew, expedition guides, and the vessel. The rest... is up to you.

Day 1 Ketchikan, Alaska Embarkation Welcome aboard! Meet your crew, get settled in, and keep watch for eagles as we cruise through the Tongass Narrows out of Ketchikan.

Day 2 Tongass National Forest / Kasaan Native Village Discover living history in Kasaan—one of the most authentic Haida villages in Alaska. Learn the importance of carving, gaze up at totem poles coloring the town, and hear their stories. Visit the longhouse and carvers’ shed where the art of storytelling, carving and restoring totems is passed on. Along with its small fishing fleet, this rustic community continues to thrive on the outer reaches of the wild Alaska coastline. Explore the area on foot keeping an eye for eagles and sea birds.

Day 3 El Capitan Caves / Prince of Wales Island Wake in a remote cove surrounded by breathtaking Tongass National Forest—the largest national forest in the US. Take a “wild” Alaska hike winding through high forest on an old logging trail, and find your way to El Capitan Cave, the largest known cave in Alaska and one of the largest mapped caves in the Americas. Locals—bears, harbor seals, humpback and orca whales, deer, eagles, humans too—enjoy the calm and serenity of the island. And chances are, you will too. Take time to take it in from a kayak and learn from locals about making a life in the Alaskan outback.

Day 4 Chatham Strait It’s Captain’s Choice today as you explore the intricate passages and shores along Chatham Strait’s Kuiu or Baranof Islands. Join your expedition team on (or in!) the water. Conditions permitting, take to the water by kayak, skiff, or snorkel. Snorkeling is optional, but hidden beneath the surface lies a magical array of sea life only seen from below. Take a deep breath and go for it! Today’s discoveries will be within some of the most untouched wilderness of the Tongass National Forest.

Day 5 Frederick Sound Lush forest, spectacular views, play time, and wildlife—they are all in abundance in Frederick Sound. Keep watch along the coastline for birds, wolves, and black bears. With many secluded coves to choose from, you may slip into the waters of Deep Cove, Patterson or Saginaw Bay, or perhaps another hidden gem to explore by skiff or paddle a kayak. Gear up for snorkeling or guided treks. This evening, toast another day of amazing adventure with a cold microbrew or cocktail.

Day 6 The Brothers Islands / Stephens Passage There’ll be plenty of wildlife viewing today. The Brothers, a pair of tiny, rocky islands at the confluence of Stephens Passage and Frederick Sound, are home to some of Alaska’s most abundant wildlife, including a haulout for Steller sea lions. The area is also the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the northern hemisphere. Keep watch for orca, humpbacks, and porpoise.

Day 7 Endicott Arm / Fords Terror Snow covered mountains, glowing blues, and the white thunder of calving ice take your breath away at the face of Dawes Glacier. As you glide through Endicott Arm you’ll likely find a few seals taking respite on the glaciers smaller “bergy bits.” Tides permitting, explore the narrow passage of Fords Terror. Join the Captain for a farewell toast during dinner.

Day 8 Juneau — Disembark Bid adieu to new-found friends over breakfast before disembarking. Transfer directly to the Juneau airport or begin your add-on overnight stay or extended land tour.

Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

Onboard Inclusions:

  • All onboard meals
  • Non alcoholic beverages
  • Exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days
  • Entry fees to national parks/preserves
  • From the vessel adventure activities and equipment
  • Wellness program
  • Hot tub, sauna
  • Fitness equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Port fees and taxes

Departure dates

2017 Departures Wilderness Discoverer Jun 17 Jul 15 Aug 12

Wilderness Explorer May 13 Jun 10 Jul 08 Aug 05 Sep 02

Day 1 Ketchikan, Alaska Embarkation Welcome aboard! Meet your crew, get settled in, and keep watch for eagles as we cruise through the Tongass Narrows out of Ketchikan.

Day 2 Tongass National Forest / Kasaan Native Village Discover living history in Kasaan—one of the most authentic Haida villages in Alaska. Learn the importance of carving, gaze up at totem poles coloring the town, and hear their stories. Visit the longhouse and carvers’ shed where the art of storytelling, carving and restoring totems is passed on. Along with its small fishing fleet, this rustic community continues to thrive on the outer reaches of the wild Alaska coastline. Explore the area on foot keeping an eye for eagles and sea birds.

Day 3 El Capitan Caves / Prince of Wales Island Wake in a remote cove surrounded by breathtaking Tongass National Forest—the largest national forest in the US. Take a “wild” Alaska hike winding through high forest on an old logging trail, and find your way to El Capitan Cave, the largest known cave in Alaska and one of the largest mapped caves in the Americas. Locals—bears, harbor seals, humpback and orca whales, deer, eagles, humans too—enjoy the calm and serenity of the island. And chances are, you will too. Take time to take it in from a kayak and learn from locals about making a life in the Alaskan outback.

Day 4 Chatham Strait It’s Captain’s Choice today as you explore the intricate passages and shores along Chatham Strait’s Kuiu or Baranof Islands. Join your expedition team on (or in!) the water. Conditions permitting, take to the water by kayak, skiff, or snorkel. Snorkeling is optional, but hidden beneath the surface lies a magical array of sea life only seen from below. Take a deep breath and go for it! Today’s discoveries will be within some of the most untouched wilderness of the Tongass National Forest.

Day 5 Frederick Sound Lush forest, spectacular views, play time, and wildlife—they are all in abundance in Frederick Sound. Keep watch along the coastline for birds, wolves, and black bears. With many secluded coves to choose from, you may slip into the waters of Deep Cove, Patterson or Saginaw Bay, or perhaps another hidden gem to explore by skiff or paddle a kayak. Gear up for snorkeling or guided treks. This evening, toast another day of amazing adventure with a cold microbrew or cocktail.

Day 6 The Brothers Islands / Stephens Passage There’ll be plenty of wildlife viewing today. The Brothers, a pair of tiny, rocky islands at the confluence of Stephens Passage and Frederick Sound, are home to some of Alaska’s most abundant wildlife, including a haulout for Steller sea lions. The area is also the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the northern hemisphere. Keep watch for orca, humpbacks, and porpoise.

Day 7 Endicott Arm / Fords Terror Snow covered mountains, glowing blues, and the white thunder of calving ice take your breath away at the face of Dawes Glacier. As you glide through Endicott Arm you’ll likely find a few seals taking respite on the glaciers smaller “bergy bits.” Tides permitting, explore the narrow passage of Fords Terror. Join the Captain for a farewell toast during dinner.

Day 8 Juneau — Disembark Bid adieu to new-found friends over breakfast before disembarking. Transfer directly to the Juneau airport or begin your add-on overnight stay or extended land tour.

Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

Onboard Inclusions:

  • All onboard meals
  • Non alcoholic beverages
  • Exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days
  • Entry fees to national parks/preserves
  • From the vessel adventure activities and equipment
  • Wellness program
  • Hot tub, sauna
  • Fitness equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Port fees and taxes

Departure dates

2017 Departures Wilderness Discoverer Jun 17 Jul 15 Aug 12

Wilderness Explorer May 13 Jun 10 Jul 08 Aug 05 Sep 02

Wilderness Discovery

The 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer underwent extensive refurbishment in early 2011 and guest raves are still flowing. Expedition is top-of-mind with this vessel; and adventure and discovery lay at its heart. The interior complements the outside and public and private spaces are loaded with amenities. Enjoy a main lounge that evokes the feel of a National Park Lodge or neighborhood pub and relax on deck or keep watch for wildlife.

Three accessible decks are fully equipped for comfort and action. The sun deck has a sauna and fitness equipment; viewing is over-the-top from the bow and under-the-stars from two hot tubs on the observation deck; and the EZ Dock launch platform on the main deck makes getting in the water a cinch. Onboard are kayaks; stand-up paddle boards; inflatable skiffs; hiking poles; yoga mats; hydrophone for listening below-surface; and a bow-mounted underwater camera pipes the action to the lounge and to your cabin TV.

Specifications:

  • 76 guests
  • 38 cabins
  • 27 crew members
  • 176 feet in length
  • 39 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 10 knots
  • Built in 1992 by Blount Boats, renovated in 2011
  • Registered in United States
  • 3:1 Guest-to-crew ratio

Explorer

Staterooms: 400-403 Inside entry Sitting area Queen or twin beds Flat-screen TV/DVD iPod docking station View window Private bath with shower

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Pathfinder

Staterooms: 300-309 Outside entry Queen, double bed or double bed with bench seat Flat-screen TV/DVD iPod docking station View window Private bath with shower

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Trailblazer

Staterooms: 310-325 Inside entry Queen or twin beds Flat-screen TV/DVD iPod docking station View window Private bath with shower

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Navigator

Staterooms: 201, 203-208, 210 Inside entry Queen or twin beds Flat-screen TV/DVD iPod docking station View window Private bath with shower

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Wilderness Explorer

The 74-guest Wilderness Explorer is equipped for action, adventure, and exploration. As with our other expedition vessels, its interior complements the outside and public and private spaces are loaded with amenities. The vessel offers a main lounge featuring a Douglas fir bar top, dining room, and ample space on deck for taking in the great outdoors.

Three accessible decks are fully equipped for comfort and action. Guests enjoy over-the-top views from the bow or from under-the-stars in the hot tub; on-deck sauna and fitness equipment; and the EZ Dock launch platform makes getting in the water a cinch, even for a novice. Onboard are kayaks; stand-up paddle boards; inflatable skiffs; hiking poles; yoga mats; hydrophone for listening to below-surface sounds; and a bow-mounted underwater camera pipes the action to the lounge and to your cabin TV.

Specifications:

  • 74 guests
  • 37 staterooms
  • 27 crew members
  • 186 feet in length
  • 38 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 11 knots
  • Built in 1976 by Blount Boats, renovated in 2012
  • Registered in United States
  • 3:1 Guest-to-crew ratio

Explorer

Staterooms: 301, 304, 313-314 Sitting area Refrigerator Queen bed Flat-screen TV/DVD iPod docking station View window Private bath with shower

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Pathfinder

Staterooms: 107-114, 202-206 Queen or twin beds Flat-screen TV/DVD iPod docking station View window Private bath with shower

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Trailblazer

Staterooms: 104, 105, 106, 207-215, 302, 303, 305, 306, 309-312 Queen or twin beds Flat-screen TV/DVD iPod docking station View window Private bath with shower

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Wilderness Discovery

The 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer underwent extensive refurbishment in early 2011 and guest raves are still flowing. Expedition is top-of-mind with this vessel; and adventure and discovery lay at its heart. The interior complements the outside and public and private spaces are loaded with amenities. Enjoy a main lounge that evokes the feel of a National Park Lodge or neighborhood pub and relax on deck or keep watch for wildlife.

Three accessible decks are fully equipped for comfort and action. The sun deck has a sauna and fitness equipment; viewing is over-the-top from the bow and under-the-stars from two hot tubs on the observation deck; and the EZ Dock launch platform on the main deck makes getting in the water a cinch. Onboard are kayaks; stand-up paddle boards; inflatable skiffs; hiking poles; yoga mats; hydrophone for listening below-surface; and a bow-mounted underwater camera pipes the action to the lounge and to your cabin TV.

Specifications:

  • 76 guests
  • 38 cabins
  • 27 crew members
  • 176 feet in length
  • 39 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 10 knots
  • Built in 1992 by Blount Boats, renovated in 2011
  • Registered in United States
  • 3:1 Guest-to-crew ratio

Wilderness Explorer

The 74-guest Wilderness Explorer is equipped for action, adventure, and exploration. As with our other expedition vessels, its interior complements the outside and public and private spaces are loaded with amenities. The vessel offers a main lounge featuring a Douglas fir bar top, dining room, and ample space on deck for taking in the great outdoors.

Three accessible decks are fully equipped for comfort and action. Guests enjoy over-the-top views from the bow or from under-the-stars in the hot tub; on-deck sauna and fitness equipment; and the EZ Dock launch platform makes getting in the water a cinch, even for a novice. Onboard are kayaks; stand-up paddle boards; inflatable skiffs; hiking poles; yoga mats; hydrophone for listening to below-surface sounds; and a bow-mounted underwater camera pipes the action to the lounge and to your cabin TV.

Specifications:

  • 74 guests
  • 37 staterooms
  • 27 crew members
  • 186 feet in length
  • 38 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 11 knots
  • Built in 1976 by Blount Boats, renovated in 2012
  • Registered in United States
  • 3:1 Guest-to-crew ratio

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