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Whales, Wildlife & Glaciers

Whales, Wildlife & Glaciers

At a glance

Duration: 8 days/7 nights

Coverage: Sitka to Juneau

From: $6,295

Season: May to August

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

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Uncruise Adventures

The Safari Endeavour sails on an upper Inside Passage focused itinerary from Sitka to Juneau. This route explores Krestof Sound, Icy Strait, Glacier Bay National Park, Chichagof Island and Lynn Canal. A day in Haines includes a float trip down the Chilkat River, a guided hike, bikes for riding into town and a shipboard presentation by local Chilkat Tlingit members.

Cruise highlights

  • Full day in Glacier Bay National Park, joined by a park ranger
  • Haines history and adventure—hike, bike, or river float trip
  • Learn about Chilkat Tlingit Native culture
  • Wilderness wildlife—whales, Dalls porpoise, sea lions, and black bears
  • Birdwatching—eagles, puffins, black oystercatchers, and other seabirds
  • Kayak, paddle board, and skiff in rugged wildlife-rich coves
  • Hike and beachcomb in Tongass National Forest
  • Captain’s choice wilderness exploration

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 – Sitka, Alaska – Embarkation

Welcome aboard! It’s time to relax and meet your crew. And as you sail away in Sitka Sound, what’s also worthy of your precious time are the unmistakable views of Mt. Edgecumbe—a volcanic wonder in its own right.

Day 2 – Krestof Sound / Nakwasina Sound

Shhh. If you don’t say a word, you can hear the sounds of these Sounds. Dense Baranof Island forest to one side. Small, wild, lesser-known islands on the other. You might even spot black bears loping on shore although they’re likely to catch a whiff of you first. And keep watch for neighboring sea lions and eagles, too. Your first day offers options to drop anchor and find adventure. Slip into a kayak. Nose along shore in a skiff. Or head into the Tongass National Forest on foot with your expedition team. The possibilities, endless. Reward yourself when you get back to the boat, the crew will have a treat waiting.

Day 3 – Icy Strait

Nothing like kick starting the morning with on-deck yoga stretches and a chaser of exploration mode d’jour—motor, paddle, boots. It might be your toughest transition of the day. In and around Icy Strait, glide through giant bullwhip kelp (it can grow to over 100 feet long). Skiff to a rocky outcropping and watch sea lions play. Mud boots serve their purpose on a forest hike with your top-notch guides, who are sharp and have plenty to share about everything Alaska—animals, plants, and even geology. At the end of this unforgettable day, you’ve earned a soak in the hot tub.

Day 4 – Glacier Bay National Park

Enter, the granddaddy of national parks—Glacier Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. Once you round Point Gustavus, a park ranger joins you on board with a font of knowledge. The specialness of this place starts to sink in, as one of its truly privileged visitors. Sea lions jockey for position among puffins, black oystercatchers, and other sea birds at South Marble Island. Mountain goats climb and bears scrounge for food along the park’s inland shores. Motor deeper into the park to Margerie and Grand Pacific, two tidewater glaciers on their downward march into the bay.

Day 5 – Chichagof Island

Your course is set—wildlife-rich Alaskan wilderness. Head to the bridge or bow, and watch for whales and other creatures before tucking into Port Frederick or some other wild inlet. You’re about to get a close up look. Muskeg under foot, head out on a bushwhacking hike in the Tongass National Forest or board a skiff, eyes wide for bears on shore.

Day 6 – Lynn Canal / Captain’s Choice

Not so much a canal, as a fjord—in fact, North America’s deepest at over 2,000 feet. This once major route of Klondike gold rushers is now a busy inlet for humpbacks, orcas, Dall’s porpoise, Steller sea lions, salmon, halibut, and mischievous river otters. And that’s at water level. Look up, and you see bald eagles. Looking like golf balls in the tree tops when they’re not soaring overhead. But it’s not all looking and seeing today, your captain is on task to pick the prime spot for adventure. Feel the burn on a long paddling excursion. Search tide pools for microscopic life. Or, hike a shadow-filled forest.

Day 7 – Haines, Alaska

The unofficial adventure capital of Alaska. Hard-charging or smell the flowers, pick your speed. In this bald eagle hotspot, you have choices to make. Hit the trailhead with your guides to the top of Chilkat Peninsula or the shores of the inlet. Some of the best trails with the best views. The local history—native culture, influence from European explorers, as a US Army outpost, and its gold rush past. Then see the sites on foot or by bike with free time in town. It’s a big day. Tonight, celebrate your voyage with a Farewell Dinner and special photo recap from your expedition team.

Day 8 – Juneau – Disembarkation

It’s your last morn of freshly baked pastries. Eat ’em up and get in your farewells as you cruise into Juneau to transfer to the 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.

Whales, Wildlife & Glaciers Itinerary Map

Dates & Rates

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Dates Master Commander Captain Admiral Commodore Suite Master Single Ship Charter
May 31, 2020 $6,295 $6,895 $7,395 $8,395 $11,395 $8,185 $655,395
Jun 14, 2020 $6,295 $6,895 $7,395 $8,395 $11,395 $8,185 $655,395
Jun 28, 2020 $6,295 $6,895 $7,395 $8,395 $11,395 $8,185 $655,395
Jul 12, 2020 $6,295 $6,895 $7,395 $8,395 $11,395 $8,185 $655,395
Jul 26, 2020 $6,295 $6,895 $7,395 $8,395 $11,395 $8,185 $655,395
Aug 9, 2020 $6,295 $6,895 $7,395 $8,395 $11,395 $8,185 $655,395
Aug 23, 2020 $6,295 $6,895 $7,395 $8,395 $11,395 $8,185 $655,395

Sailings go in both directions, please contact us prior to making further plans.

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

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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