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Inner Reaches Western Coves

Inner Reaches Western Coves

Cruise Highlights:

  • Take a “wild” Alaska hike through high forest on an old logging trail.
  • Explore Frederick Sound, keeping watch along the coastline for birds, wolves, and black bears.
  • Explore the narrow passage of Ford’s Terror and admire the magnificent domes, hanging valleys, and pristine wilderness that surround it.

At a glance

Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights

Coverage: Ketchikan to Juneau

From: $1,895

Season: May - September

Activities: Kayaking, Hiking, Wildlife viewing, Glacier Exploration, Photography

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Un-Cruise Adventures - formerly InnerSea Discoveries + American Safari Cruises
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Wild and woolly wilderness, mind-blowing natural wonder, humpback whales, and untamed wildlife explode your senses. Discover dramatic waterfall coasts and explore a cave. Kayak along shore looking for sea otters and bears and glide by 10,000-yearold glaciers. Learn the stories of the totem on this Un-Cruise Adventure.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

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 / El Capitan Passage

Wake in El Capitan Passage 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. Trek up to El Capitan Cave, the largest known cave in Alaska and one of the largest mapped caves in the Americas. And if the stars are right (okay maybe it's the tides), you just may get lucky today and snag some organic oysters from a local grower.

Day 3 — Klawock Native Village

Discover living history in Klawock—one of the most authentic Tlingit villages in Alaska. Learn the importance of carving, gaze up at totem poles coloring the town, and hear their stories. Visit the carvers' shed where the art of carving and restoring totems is passed on. Along with its small fishing fleet, this quaint community continues to thrive on the farthest reaches of the wild Alaska coastline. Explore the area on foot keeping an eye out for eagles and sea birds.

Day 4 — Chatham Strait Exploration

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 with a snorkel swim. Take a deep breath and go for it! Today's discoveries will be within some of the most un-touched 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 hikes. This evening, toast another day of amazing adventure with a cold microbrew or cocktail.

Day 6 — The Brothers Islands / Stephen's Passage

There’ll be plenty of wildlife viewing today. The Brothers, a pair of tiny, rocky islands at the confluence of Stephen’s Passage and Frederick Sound, are home to some of Alaska’s most abundant wildlife. The area is the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the northern hemisphere. Keep watch for frolicking orca, humpbacks, and sea lions. Tonight, anchor in quiet bay and listen for the call of the wild.

Day 7 — Endicott Arm / Ford’s Terror Wilderness

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 Ford’s Terror and admire the magnificent domes, hanging valleys, and pristine wilderness that surround it. Join the Captain for a farewell toast during dinner.

Day 8 — Juneau — Disembark

Bid adieu to new found friends over breakfast before disembarking the ship. 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.

Dates & Rates

Dates Ship Navigator Trailblazer Pathfinder Explorer Single Ship Charter
May 13, 2017 Wilderness Explorer $3,995 $4,395 $5,595 $5,995 $318,795
Jun 10, 2017 Wilderness Explorer $4,395 $4,795 $5,995 $6,595 $348,395
Jun 17, 2017 Wilderness Discoverer $3,595 $4,395 $4,795 $6,595 $5,395 $346,795
Jul 8, 2017 Wilderness Explorer $4,395 $4,795 $5,995 $6,595 $348,395
Jul 15, 2017 Wilderness Discoverer $3,595 $4,395 $4,795 $6,595 $5,395 $346,795
Aug 5, 2017 Wilderness Explorer $4,395 $4,795 $5,995 $6,595 $348,395
Aug 12, 2017 Wilderness Discoverer $3,595 $4,395 $4,795 $6,595 $5,395 $346,795
Sep 2, 2017 Wilderness Explorer $3,995 $4,395 $5,595 $5,995 $318,795

All rates are in US$, per person, double occupancy, not including port taxes and fees. Please add port taxes and fees are additional: $175 per person. 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

Inner Reaches Western 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) was recently purchased by American Safari Cruises. All staterooms feature a mix of twin (some convertible) and king beds. Five stateroom categories include three Master, 21 Commander, 12 Captain, three Admiral and four Commodore Suites. The suites will be created by merging two former staterooms and adding new step-out balconies. All staterooms have one or two outside view windows. Other amenities being added to the ship include two massage rooms, two hot tubs, sauna, exercise equipment, wine bar and a library. An all-American crew of 34 will ensure attentive service with a guest-crew ratio of 2.5 to 1.

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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
This 6-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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