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Exploring Muir's Wilderness

Exploring Muir's Wilderness

Cruise Highlights:

  • View glaciers—Dawes and, Grand Pacific, Margerie, or Johns Hopkins
  • Park Ranger joins you for your day in Glacier Bay
  • Whale watching in Icy Strait
  • Kayak, paddle board, and skiff exploration in Port Houghton and Chatham Strait

At a glance

Duration: 8 days/7 nights

Coverage: Roundtrip Juneau

From: $3,595

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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Discover the Alaska that inspired John Muir

“Hopelessly beyond description,” said John Muir of his beloved Alaska. Behold—inspiration on a grand scale, the crack of white thunder, whales and wildlife, and Glacier Bay National Park.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 — Juneau, Alaska – Embarkation

Accompanied by your new travel companions, the captain and crew welcome you aboard then set sail bound for Icy Strait!

Day 2 — Icy Strait

It’ll be an action-packed first day! In some of the richest whale waters of Southeast Alaska, join the captain on the bridge or go on deck with your expedition team watching for the telltale blow of humpbacks. These nutrient-rich waters are also home to porpoise, sea lions, and other wildlife. Later today, set your eyes on shore for possible bear sightings—lumbering about for an afternoon nosh—as you explore the remote coastline by skiff and kayak. Take in the evening solitude with a relaxing soak in the upper deck hot tub or a tranquil view from the bow.

Day 3 — Glacier Bay National Park

It’s a day John Muir would’ve delighted in, but the majesty of Glacier Bay National Park is all yours to relish in today. Covered entirely by ice 200 years ago, discover the glaciological history of the park on a guided hike at Bartlett Cove. A National Park Ranger steps on board helping to spot colonies of guillemots, puffins, and cormorants on South Marble Island and sharing Glacier Bay’s history and greatness as you cruise deeper into the park. Explore Muir’s legacy of glaciology in the perfect “classroom”—at the tidal edges of the Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers. Dress warmly, and ward off the chill as you enjoy an up-close view of their towering blue ice faces.

Day 4 — Chatham Strait / Kuiu Island

The options are aplenty—it's Captain's Choice today. Stretching for 150 miles within the Tongass National Forest and chockfull of mysterious hidden coves, the narrow and deep passageway of Chatham Strait separates the Baranof Islands on the west with Kuiu to the east. Life teems below the surface and above—as you set out uncovering the gems of this untouched wilderness, take a tally of all that you spy by kayak, paddle board, or skiff. Enjoy a nightcap in the lounge with your fellow shipmates and trade stories of the many discoveries you made.

Day 5 — Thomas Bay

The Coast Mountain Range rises above Thomas Bay, sheltering the glacial landscapes of this remote wilderness. It’s a magical place, and led by your expedition team you can test your paddling skills, or opt for some R & R and hot cocoa on a skiff tour of the fjord. Uncover myriad sea life on an intertidal shore walk, or hike inland learning about the rainforest that blankets Southeast Alaska.

Day 6 — Port Houghton

Port Houghton is synonymous with the wildest Alaskan wilderness. As Muir did on his explorations in the late 1800s, feel the immensity of this cove’s remoteness. Calm as glass water. Misty mountains. And while you won’t likely come across other humans, you’re sure to cross paths with blue heron, bald eagles, harbor seals, oystercatchers, or black bear. Hike along a lushly vegetated river, or if it’s low-tide investigate tide pools. Navigating by your internal compass or with a guide, kayak and paddle board along the towering fjord or explore the wilds of a salt chuck. It doesn’t get more remote than this!

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. Navigate ice bergs by skiff for a once-in-a-lifetime glacier view. 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, and afterwards, your expedition team provides an entertaining recap of your week’s adventure.

Day 8 — Juneau – Disembarkation

After a delicious breakfast, wish your travel companions fair winds. You’ll be transferred to the Juneau airport, your Un-Cruise hotel stay or land tour.

Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order days may occur to maximize your experience.

Dates & Rates

Dates Ship Master Commander Captain Admiral Commodore Suite Single Ship Charter
May 14, 2017 Safari Endeavour $4,695 $4,995 $5,495 $6,195 $8,795 $6,195 $466,195
May 21, 2017 Safari Endeavour $4,695 $4,995 $5,495 $6,195 $8,795 $6,195 $466,195
May 26, 2017 Safari Explorer $6,895 $7,495 $7,995 $8,995 $10,495 $7,995 $273,995
May 28, 2017 Safari Endeavour $5,295 $5,595 $6,095 $6,895 $9,495 $6,895 $517,995
Jun 2, 2017 Safari Explorer $7,795 $8,395 $8,995 $9,995 $11,495 $8,995 $306,795
Jun 4, 2017 Safari Endeavour $5,995 $6,295 $6,795 $7,595 $10,395 $7,795 $578,395
Jun 9, 2017 Safari Explorer $7,795 $8,395 $8,995 $9,995 $11,495 $8,995 $306,795
Jun 11, 2017 Safari Endeavour $5,995 $6,295 $6,795 $7,595 $10,395 $7,795 $578,395
Jun 16, 2017 Safari Explorer $7,795 $8,395 $8,995 $9,995 $11,495 $8,995 $306,795
Jun 18, 2017 Safari Endeavour $5,995 $6,295 $6,795 $7,595 $10,395 $7,795 $578,395
Jun 23, 2017 Safari Explorer $7,795 $8,395 $8,995 $9,995 $11,495 $8,995 $306,795
Jun 25, 2017 Safari Endeavour $5,995 $6,295 $6,795 $7,595 $10,395 $7,795 $578,395
Jun 30, 2017 Safari Explorer $7,795 $8,395 $8,995 $9,995 $11,495 $8,995 $306,795
Jul 2, 2017 Safari Endeavour $5,995 $6,295 $6,795 $7,595 $10,395 $7,795 $578,395
Jul 7, 2017 Safari Explorer $7,795 $8,395 $8,995 $9,995 $11,495 $8,995 $306,795
Jul 9, 2017 Safari Endeavour $5,995 $6,295 $6,795 $7,595 $10,395 $7,795 $578,395
Jul 14, 2017 Safari Explorer $7,795 $8,395 $8,995 $9,995 $11,495 $8,995 $306,795
Jul 16, 2017 Safari Endeavour $5,995 $6,295 $6,795 $7,595 $10,395 $7,795 $578,395
Jul 21, 2017 Safari Explorer $7,795 $8,395 $8,995 $9,995 $11,495 $8,995 $306,795
Jul 23, 2017 Safari Endeavour $5,995 $6,295 $6,795 $7,595 $10,395 $7,795 $578,395
Jul 28, 2017 Safari Explorer $7,795 $8,395 $8,995 $9,995 $11,495 $8,995 $306,795
Jul 30, 2017 Safari Endeavour $5,995 $6,295 $6,795 $7,595 $10,395 $7,795 $578,395
Aug 4, 2017 Safari Explorer $7,795 $8,395 $8,995 $9,995 $11,495 $8,995 $306,795
Aug 6, 2017 Safari Endeavour $5,995 $6,295 $6,795 $7,595 $10,395 $7,795 $578,395
Aug 11, 2017 Safari Explorer $7,795 $8,395 $8,995 $9,995 $11,495 $8,995 $306,795
Aug 13, 2017 Safari Endeavour $5,995 $6,295 $6,795 $7,595 $10,395 $7,795 $578,395
Aug 18, 2017 Safari Explorer $7,795 $8,395 $8,995 $9,995 $11,495 $8,995 $306,795
Aug 20, 2017 Safari Endeavour $5,295 $5,595 $6,095 $6,895 $9,495 $6,895 $517,995
Aug 25, 2017 Safari Explorer $6,895 $7,495 $7,995 $8,995 $10,495 $7,995 $273,995
Aug 27, 2017 Safari Endeavour $4,695 $4,995 $5,495 $6,195 $8,795 $6,195 $466,195
Sep 1, 2017 Safari Explorer $6,895 $7,495 $7,995 $8,995 $10,495 $7,995 $273,995
Sep 3, 2017 Safari Endeavour $4,695 $4,995 $5,495 $6,195 $8,795 $6,195 $466,195

All rates are in US$, per person, double occupancy, not including port taxes and fees.

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

Exploring Muir's Wilderness Itinerary Map

Ships

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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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.
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 7-night, pre-cruise ESCORTED land tour features wilderness lodge stays in Denali National Park and Knik River Valley, and hotel overnights in Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Juneau.
Calgary, Alberta – Rocky Mountaineer
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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