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Alaska's Glacier Country

Alaska's Glacier Country

At a glance

Duration: 8 days/7 nights

Coverage: Roundtrip Juneau

From: $3,195

Season: April to September

Activities: Culture, Glaciers, Hiking, Kayaking, Paddle boarding, Whale watching, Wildlife

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Uncruise Adventures

The loamy trail winds through the trees revealing forest treasures—stringy moss, Bigfoot-shaped shadows, and Alaska’s illustrious banana slug. The path then opens into a wide meadow of wildflowers. John Muir’s words, “the clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness” could have been written about this spot.

Cruise highlights

  • One day in Glacier Bay National Park, joined by park ranger
  • Wilderness exploration in the Tongass National Forest, Ford’s Terror Wilderness Area, and Glacier Bay National Park
  • Get close up to Alaska’s most impressive glaciers
  • Fords Terror Wilderness Area by skiff
  • Humpback whales in 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
  • Beachcombing, tide pool, and forest ecology discoveries

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 — Juneau, Alaska – Embarkation

Hello, Juneau! 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.

Day 2 — Icy Strait

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.

Day 3 — Glacier Bay National Park

You’re in for a real treat. A National Park ranger comes aboard to share expert insight. 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, and say farewell to your ranger.

Day 4 — Chatham Strait

Stretching 150 miles into the Tongass National Forest, Chatham Strait offers adventure aplenty. Rest assured your captain navigates to the best. 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. A nosy seal could be watching your every stroke. Beachcomb rocky shores. Tiny creatures cling to rocks. Tonight, take a nightcap to the sun deck and watch the sky.

Day 5 — Kuiu Island

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. Despite its slim size, Kuiu Island is home to many black bears, who, like you, love the solitude and open skies in the heart of the Tongass National Forest. From kayak or skiff, scope the intertidal zones of Saginaw Bay for these guys. Eagles fish here too, their white noggins give away their perches. 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.

Day 6 — Frederick Sound

Humpbacks beeline it here each season to feed on krill, zooplankton, and herring. Watch for whales feasting in these abundant glacial waters. Hang out and enjoy the show. Based on wind and 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 Port Houghton or Windham Bay or head ashore for a hike. Somewhere nearby, carrot-billed black oystercatchers are saying hello. Tonight, toast another big day in Alaska.

Day 7 — Endicott Arm / Dawes Glacier

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.

Day 8 — Juneau – Disembarkation

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.

Passport required (non USA citizens). Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur to maximize your experience.

Alaska Fjord & Glaciers Itinerary Map

Dates & Rates

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Dates Ship Master Commander Captain Admiral Jr Commodore Suite Commodore Suite Owner's Suite Single Charter
Apr 26, 2019 S.S. Legacy $4,095 $4,695 $5,245 $5,945 $6,595 $9,395 $5,325 $451,795
May 03, 2019 S.S. Legacy $4,095 $4,695 $5,245 $5,945 $6,595 $9,395 $5,325 $451,795
May 10, 2019 S.S. Legacy $4,795 $5,295 $5,845 $6,645 $7,445 $10,495 $6,225 $510,195
May 17, 2019 S.S. Legacy $4,795 $5,295 $5,845 $6,645 $7,445 $10,495 $6,225 $510,195
May 17, 2019 Safari Explorer $7,695 $8,395 $10,145 $11,095 $11,595 $12,345 $313,895
May 24, 2019 S.S. Legacy $5,395 $5,945 $6,495 $7,395 $8,245 $11,545 $6,995 $570,695
May 24, 2019 Safari Explorer $7,695 $8,395 $10,145 $11,095 $11,595 $12,345 $313,895
May 31, 2019 S.S. Legacy $5,395 $5,945 $6,495 $7,395 $8,245 $11,545 $6,995 $570,695
May 31, 2019 Safari Explorer $7,695 $8,395 $10,145 $11,095 $11,595 $12,345 $313,895
Jun 07, 2019 S.S. Legacy $6,145 $6,695 $7,195 $8,195 $9,045 $12,695 $7,990 $639,395
Jun 07, 2019 Safari Explorer $8,095 $8,795 $10,545 $11,495 $11,995 $12,995 $328,195
Jun 14, 2019 S.S. Legacy $6,145 $6,695 $7,195 $8,195 $9,045 $12,695 $7,990 $639,395
Jun 14, 2019 Safari Explorer $8,095 $8,795 $10,545 $11,495 $11,995 $12,995 $328,195
Jun 21, 2019 S.S. Legacy $6,145 $6,695 $7,195 $8,195 $9,045 $12,695 $7,990 $639,395
Jun 21, 2019 Safari Explorer $8,095 $8,795 $10,545 $11,495 $11,995 $12,995 $328,195
Jun 28, 2019 S.S. Legacy $6,145 $6,695 $7,195 $8,195 $9,045 $12,695 $7,990 $639,395
Jun 28, 2019 Safari Explorer $8,095 $8,795 $10,545 $11,495 $11,995 $12,995 $328,195
Jul 05, 2019 S.S. Legacy $6,145 $6,695 $7,195 $8,195 $9,045 $12,695 $7,990 $639,395
Jul 05, 2019 Safari Explorer $8,095 $8,795 $10,545 $11,495 $11,995 $12,995 $328,195
Jul 12, 2019 S.S. Legacy $6,145 $6,695 $7,195 $8,195 $9,045 $12,695 $7,990 $639,395
Jul 12, 2019 Safari Explorer $8,095 $8,795 $10,545 $11,495 $11,995 $12,995 $328,195
Jul 19, 2019 S.S. Legacy $6,145 $6,695 $7,195 $8,195 $9,045 $12,695 $7,990 $639,395
Jul 19, 2019 Safari Explorer $8,095 $8,795 $10,545 $11,495 $11,995 $12,995 $328,195
Jul 26, 2019 S.S. Legacy $6,145 $6,695 $7,195 $8,195 $9,045 $12,695 $7,990 $639,395
Jul 26, 2019 Safari Explorer $8,095 $8,795 $10,545 $11,495 $11,995 $12,995 $328,195
Aug 02, 2019 S.S. Legacy $6,145 $6,695 $7,195 $8,195 $9,045 $12,695 $7,990 $639,395
Aug 02, 2019 Safari Explorer $8,095 $8,795 $10,545 $11,495 $11,995 $12,995 $328,195
Aug 09, 2019 S.S. Legacy $6,145 $6,695 $7,195 $8,195 $9,045 $12,695 $7,990 $639,395
Aug 09, 2019 Safari Explorer $8,095 $8,795 $10,545 $11,495 $11,995 $12,995 $328,195
Aug 16, 2019 Safari Explorer $8,095 $8,795 $10,545 $11,495 $11,995 $12,995 $328,195
Aug 23, 2019 Safari Explorer $8,095 $8,795 $10,545 $11,495 $11,995 $12,995 $328,195
Aug 30, 2019 Safari Explorer $8,095 $8,795 $10,545 $11,495 $11,995 $12,995 $328,195
Sep 01, 2019 Safari Endeavour $4,795 $5,295 $5,845 $6,645 $9,495 $6,225 $513,895
Sep 06, 2019 Safari Explorer $7,695 $8,395 $10,145 $11,095 $11,595 $12,345 $313,895
Sep 08, 2019 Safari Endeavour $4,795 $5,295 $5,845 $6,645 $9,495 $6,225 $513,895
Sep 13, 2019 Safari Explorer $7,695 $8,395 $10,145 $11,095 $11,595 $12,345 $313,895
Apr 24, 2020 S.S. Legacy $4,895 $5,495 $6,195 $6,895 $7,595 $10,395 $6,365 $527,995
May 01, 2020 S.S. Legacy $4,895 $5,495 $6,195 $6,895 $7,595 $10,395 $6,365 $527,995
May 08, 2020 S.S. Legacy $5,495 $5,895 $6,495 $7,395 $8,195 $11,295 $7,135 $568,595
May 15, 2020 S.S. Legacy $5,495 $5,895 $6,495 $7,395 $8,195 $11,295 $7,135 $568,595
May 22, 2020 S.S. Legacy $6,295 $6,895 $7,395 $8,395 $9,295 $12,995 $8,185 $657,195
May 29, 2020 S.S. Legacy $6,295 $6,895 $7,395 $8,395 $9,295 $12,995 $8,185 $657,195
Jun 05, 2020 S.S. Legacy $6,295 $6,895 $7,395 $8,395 $9,295 $12,995 $8,185 $657,195
Jun 12, 2020 S.S. Legacy $6,295 $6,895 $7,395 $8,395 $9,295 $12,995 $8,185 $657,195
Jun 19, 2020 S.S. Legacy $6,295 $6,895 $7,395 $8,395 $9,295 $12,995 $8,185 $657,195
Jun 26, 2020 S.S. Legacy $6,295 $6,895 $7,395 $8,395 $9,295 $12,995 $8,185 $657,195
Jul 03, 2020 S.S. Legacy $6,295 $6,895 $7,395 $8,395 $9,295 $12,995 $8,185 $657,195
Jul 10, 2020 S.S. Legacy $6,295 $6,895 $7,395 $8,395 $9,295 $12,995 $8,185 $657,195
Jul 17, 2020 S.S. Legacy $6,295 $6,895 $7,395 $8,395 $9,295 $12,995 $8,185 $657,195
Jul 24, 2020 S.S. Legacy $6,295 $6,895 $7,395 $8,395 $9,295 $12,995 $8,185 $657,195
Jul 31, 2020 S.S. Legacy $6,295 $6,895 $7,395 $8,395 $9,295 $12,995 $8,185 $657,195
Aug 07, 2020 S.S. Legacy $6,295 $6,895 $7,395 $8,395 $9,295 $12,995 $8,185 $657,195
Aug 30, 2020 Safari Endeavour $6,295 $6,895 $7,395 $8,395 $11,395 $8,175 $655,395
Sep 06, 2020 Safari Endeavour $6,295 $6,895 $7,395 $8,395 $11,395 $8,175 $655,395

All rates are in US$, per person, double occupancy, not including port taxes and fees. Triple accommodations are available in Navigator and Trailblazer categories (Pullman berth) and Explorer cabins on the Wilderness Discoverer (sofa bed.) There is a 25% savings for the one person occupying the Pullman berth or sofa bed when cabins equipped as triples are sold as triples. Children 12 years of age or younger also receive a 25% savings on all departures, all categories. However, on select “Family Discoveries” departure dates, children 12 years or younger travel at a 30% savings. Private charter rates are for up to 49 guests.

FARES INCLUDE: Onboard meals; 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.

Ships

S.S. Legacy

Safari LegacyThe 88-guest S.S. Legacy (formerly Cruise West Spirit of '98) was recently purchased by Un-Cruise Adventures. She emulates an early Victorian steamer with carved wooden cabinetry and a Grand Salon complete with a dance floor, full bar, and old-world charm. Exquisitely appointed with period decor, it features an intimate Wine Bar and library, hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, yoga classes, and massage suite (complete with a complimentary massage.) View ship details...


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 ExplorerThe 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. View ship details...

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