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Alaska Inside Passage: Eastern Coves

Inner Reaches Eastern Coves

Cruise Highlights:

  • Explore the mainland—glacial landscapes, old growth and rainforest
  • Wildlife and whale watching with a half-day in Frederick Sound
  • Kayaking, paddle boarding and skiffing in remote scenic bays
  • Enjoy wilderness treks, massive icebergs and calving glaciers

At a glance

Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights

Coverage: Juneau to Ketchikan

From: $2,895

Season: May - September

Activities: Kayaking, Hiking, Wildlife, Glaciers, Photography

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Un-Cruise Adventures - formerly InnerSea Discoveries + American Safari Cruises
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Lots of ice, alpine-to-sea creeks, and rainforests highlight this adventure. Stand atop a glacier or kayak through the narrows where the salmon run. Hike trails into wildlife-rich forest and ride a skiff along a dramatic fjord. Spend your days learning Tlingit culture, whale watching, and visit two incredible wilderness areas. With InnerSea Discoveries, your viewpoint of Southeast Alaska will be unmatched by any other.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 — Juneau, Alaska — Embarkation

Welcome aboard! Meet your crew and get acquainted as we set sail for the Tracy Arm Wilderness.

Day 2 - Tracy Arm Wilderness / Frederick Sound

At the end of Tracy Arm, a winding fjord with sheer granite walls, hundreds of cascading waterfalls, and some of the largest icebergs in all of Alaska, sits the twin Sawyer Glaciers—Sawyer and South Sawyer. The fjord is home to brown and black bears, deer, wolves, harbor seals, birds such as arctic terns and pigeon guillemots, and mountain goats, usually spotted high on the cliffs. Later today, move into Frederick Sound—summer feeding ground for the northern hemisphere’s largest concentration of humpback whales. Keep watch for humpbacks, orca, and Steller sea lions.

Day 3 — Thomas Bay / Cascade Creek

Choose kayaking and a lush forest trek on a scenic Cascade Creek trail. Or go big on the 5-mile hike to the glacially-fed and rarely visited Patterson Lake for spectacular kayaking. Discover the origin of its “Devil’s Country” nickname during a reading from “The Strangest Story Ever Told,” about the area’s mythical, shape-shifting creatures called Kushtaka.

Day 4 — Thomas Bay / Baird Glacier / Wrangell Narrows

In an area known for glaciers and rich in gold and quartz, take on the otherworldly Baird Glacier and its boot-sucking mud until you stand atop the mile-wide glacier. Adventure and natural beauty are sure to please whether you choose kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff riding, or trekking today. An abundance of bright red and green navigation lights guide you along “Christmas Tree Lane” as you cruise the winding Wrangell Narrows this evening.

Day 5 — Wrangell

Home to native culture, wildlife, and wonder—Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska and the only one ever governed by four nations. Before venturing into town, local islanders join you on board for an in-depth presentation on Tlingit and Haida cultures. View recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park.

Day 6 — Yes Bay

Wildlife abounds in Yes Bay and the surrounding Tongass National Forest—humpback whales, orca, porpoise, seals, sea lions, brown and black bears, mink, marten, eagles, and otters. Say yes to a kayak paddle up the bay or venture out on a wildlife-seeking hike along one of the area’s scenic trail.

Day 7 — Misty Fjords National Monument

Affectionately called “The Yosemite of the North,” Misty Fjords National Monument represents nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska. Glacial valleys filled with sea water and steep, sometimes sheer, walls are a haven for sea birds, brown and black bears, mountain goats, Sitka black-tailed deer, mink, moose, river otters, and other wildlife. Glide through Walker Cove by kayak or explore by skiff soaking in the splendor of this largely forgotten corner of the world. This evening join the Captain in a farewell toast and reminisce about your Alaskan journey over a sumptuous dinner.

Day 8 — Ketchikan — Disembark

Enjoy a farewell breakfast before disembarking the ship this morning. Transfer directly to the Ketchikan 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.

Dates & Rates

Sailing Dates Ship Navigator Trailblazer Pathfinder Explorer Master Commander Captain Admiral Commodore Suite Single Ship Charter
May 6, 2017 Wilderness Explorer $3,995 $4,395 $5,595 $5,995 $318,795
May 7, 2017 Safari Endeavour $4,295 $4,595 $5,095 $5,795 $8,395 $5,795 $432,595
May 19, 2017 Safari Explorer $5,995 $6,595 $7,195 $8,295 $9,795 $7,195 $244,795
May 20, 2017 Wilderness Discoverer $3,195 $3,995 $4,395 $6,195 $4,795 $316,395
Jun 3, 2017 Wilderness Explorer $4,395 $4,795 $5,995 $6,595 $348,395
Jun 10, 2017 Wilderness Discoverer $3,595 $4,395 $4,795 $6,595 $5,395 $346,795
Jul 1, 2017 Wilderness Explorer $4,395 $4,795 $5,995 $6,595 $348,395
Jul 8, 2017 Wilderness Discoverer $3,595 $4,395 $4,795 $6,595 $5,395 $346,795
Jul 29, 2017 Wilderness Explorer $4,395 $4,795 $5,995 $6,595 $348,395
Aug 5, 2017 Wilderness Discoverer $3,595 $4,395 $4,795 $6,595 $5,395 $346,795
Aug 26, 2017 Wilderness Explorer $3,995 $4,395 $5,595 $5,995 $318,795
Sep 2, 2017 Wilderness Discoverer $3,195 $3,995 $4,395 $6,195 $4,795 $316,395
Sep 8, 2017 Safari Explorer $5,995 $6,595 $7,195 $8,295 $9,795 $7,195 $244,795
Sep 10, 2017 Safari Endeavour $4,295 $4,595 $5,095 $5,795 $8,395 $5,795 $432,595
Sep 23, 2017 Wilderness Explorer $2,895 $3,195 $4,395 $4,345 $263,595

All rates are in US$, per person, double occupancy, not including port taxes and fees. Private charter rates are for up to 49 guests.

2016 FARES INCLUDE: Onboard meals; non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day; entry fees to national parks/preserves; most from-the-vessel activities and equipment. Fares aboard the Safari Endeavour, Safari Explorer, and Safari Quest also include: Premium spirits, wine, beer; port taxes/fees; all from-the-boat adventure activities; a complimentary massage*; and an introductory annual membership to Alaska Geographic+ *excludes Safari Quest +requires registration.

2017 FARES INCLUDE: Onboard meals; premium spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-vessel activities and equipment.

Map

Alaska Inside Passage: Eastern Coves Itinerary Map

Ships

Wilderness Adventurer

Wilderness Adventurer

The Wilderness Adventurer is an expedition ship capable of nimble exploration through nature’s most dramatic hideaways. The shallow draft and hull design allow easy access to Southeast Alaska’s wildlife-rich shores and glacially-fed inlets and serve as ideal "launching pads" for an exciting array of daily adventure excursions. A fully-equipped fishing boat also travels with each small ship. The interior spaces offer contemporary colors and brushed metals that complement the wilderness outside and both the public and private spaces are loaded with special amenities.

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Wilderness Discoverer

Wilderness Discoverer

The Wilderness Discoverer is an expedition ship capable of nimble exploration through nature’s most dramatic hideaways. The shallow draft and hull design allow easy access to Southeast Alaska’s wildlife-rich shores and glacially-fed inlets and serve as ideal "launching pads" for an exciting array of daily adventure excursions. A fully-equipped fishing boat also travels with each small ship. The interior spaces offer contemporary colors and brushed metals that complement the wilderness outside and both the public and private spaces are loaded with special amenities.

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Wilderness Explorer

Wilderness Explorer

Wilderness Explorer is an expedition ship capable of nimble exploration through nature’s most dramatic hideaways. The shallow draft and hull design allow easy access to Southeast Alaska’s wildlife-rich shores and glacially-fed inlets and serve as ideal "launching pads" for an exciting array of daily adventure excursions. A fully-equipped fishing boat also travels with each small ship. The interior spaces offer contemporary colors and brushed metals that complement the wilderness outside and both the public and private spaces are loaded with special amenities.

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Safari Endeavour

Safari Endeavour

The 86-guest Safari Endeavour (formerly Cruise West Spirit of Endeavour) is exquisitely appointed, featuring a Wine Bar, relaxing public spaces, and three decks with ample outside viewing opportunities. The EZ Dock launch platform on the aft deck makes launching a kayak or stand-up paddle board and boarding a skiff easy.

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Safari Explorer

Safari Explorer

The Safari Explorer is exquisitely appointed with new design features such as an intimate Wine Library and spa area including a large hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, yoga classes and complimentary massage. All staterooms feature heated tile floors in the bathroom, Tempur-Pedic® memory foam mattresses, Flat-screen TV/DVD, and an iPod docking station.  All staterooms have view windows (no portholes).

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Cruise/Land Extensions

Pre-/Post-Cruise Hotel Stays

Juneau – Goldbelt Hotel
Centrally located and overlooking the waterfront, this newly renovated and upgraded hotel features spacious water view rooms and is within walking distance to Juneau’s shop, restaurants, and the Mt. Robert’s tram.
Ketchikan – Cape Fox Lodge
Accessed by tram, the hotel offers panoramic views of Tongass Narrows and the city, with Ketchikan’s hot spots within walking distance. Onsite, spacious and bright rooms, restaurant, and lounge offer casual comfort.
Winterlake Lodge
North of Anchorage and nestled along mile 198 of the historic Iditarod Trail, experience Alaska’s interior on a 4-night land extension that features the remote, fly-in wilderness Winterlake Lodge.

Pre-/Post-Cruise Land Tours

Denali National Park & Knik River Adventure
Our 6, 7, or 8-night, pre-cruise ESCORTED land tour features wilderness lodge stays in Denali National Park and Knik River Valley, and hotel overnights in Fairbanks and Anchorage.
Alaska Railroad & Denali National Park Adventure
Enhance your cruise with a 5-night pre- or post-cruise land package featuring Denali National Park and Preserve and hotel overnights in Anchorage.

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