Alaska's Inside Passage & San Juans Cruise

14-night inside passage adventure cruise from Seattle to Alaska (or reverse)

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Itinerary

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Cruise Alaska’s and Canada’s Inside Passages
  • Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites—Glacier Bay National Park and Olympic National Park
  • Adventure activity Tongass National Forest and Misty Fjords National Monument
  • Native culture and Gold Rush history
  • Tlingit culture in Ketchikan and Haines
  • Watch for whales and wildlife in Frederick Sound
  • Wilderness kayaking, paddle boarding, skiffing, and hiking
  • Hiking, biking, and rafting in Haines, Alaska
  • Educational presentations by onboard expedition team

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Seattle to Juneau

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Juneau to Seattle

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DAY 1

Seattle, Washington – Embarkation
Ah, the Emerald City! Check-in at the hospitality center and later, board your ship and settle in. Depending on your vessel, depart from downtown Seattle, cruising along the along the city’s picturesque waterfront. Or from Fisherman’s Terminal and transit historic Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, where it’s a 20 foot drop into the Salish Sea. Adieu, Seattle.
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DAY 2

Olympic National Park
Wake up in Hood Canal, one of the quietest reaches of Puget Sound. About 65 miles long, this fjord separates the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas. Your expedition team has big plans for the day. Daypacks packed, boots on your feet. Hit the trail for a hike into the Olympic Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Giant old-growth trees, ferns, wild rhododendron—the flora is dense and diverse. Tonight holds a special treat. It’s a tasting of local oysters and clams. Paired with a locally-brewed beer—delicious!
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DAY 3

San Juan Islands, Washington
Each island in the San Juan archipelago has unique character. Orcas and harbor seals haven’t picked favorites. You could spot them in any passage. Give your arms a stretch. Kayak or paddle board along a tucked away cove. Sea stars dot rocky outcroppings orange and purple. Curious harbor seals watch your moves. Get in more mileage on a skiff ride to further inlets. There will be time to hike too. A high point gives views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. Look low and nose around pools for creatures left behind by the outgoing tide.
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DAY 4

Salish Sea / Canada's Inside Passage
Mountains rise higher. Fjords get deeper. It’s a day of intricate waterways and cruising for critters. The Strait of Georgia narrows into Seymour Narrows. Civilization slips away as you enter Johnstone Strait, where you may spot a pod of orcas. Surf-happy dolphins and porpoise like to catch a ride on the bow wave. Your captain and crew are on the lookout and give the call of a sighting. Islands of green. The Coast Range. Small communities dotting the beaches and fjords. Aiming to entertain and educate over the next days, your expedition team is at the ready. Natural history, Native influences, and their favorite trivia games, too.
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DAY 5

Canada's Inside Passage
Take your cup of joe to the bow. The world wakes up with you. Bald eagles watch the ship along its course from tree tops. Islands to the west, inlet-etched mainland etched to the east. Fitz Hugh Sound was first explored by Europeans in the 1720s. Today, it’s favored by sail boats. Your captain and mates navigate the twisting passage. Harbor seals spend their days on rocky islets. Breathe in the fresh air and take in the views. In the lounge, your bartender mixes up the daily special. Take the challenge and play a few friendly hands of cards with your shipmates.
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DAY 6

Canada's Inside Passage
Start the morning with guided stretches on the sun deck. Red roofs of Boat Bluff Lighthouse greet you as you pass into Tolmie Channel. The Great Bear Rainforest, known for the white “spirit” bear, stretches all around you. Princess Royal Island marks the southern border of the bear's territory. Spunky sea otters off the starboard. And a waterfall and old abandoned cannery come into view. That’s Butedale. Once a fishing hub, now a ghost town. Pass Dixon Entrance and postcard-perfect Dundas Island Lighthouse. Leave behind British Columbia waters and continue on—to Alaska.
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DAY 7

Ketchikan, Alaska
Take a town day in Alaska’s southernmost city, the “salmon capital of the world.” Ketchikan's claim-to-fame--the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles. Connect with the Tlingit Culture. Tribal leader and local legend Joe Williams, known as Ka Xesh X’e in his native language, guides you on a walking tour. With a rich oral tradition, the Tlingit passed stories from generation to generation—and Joe’s storytelling is captivating!
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DAY 8

Misty Fjords National Monument / Behm Canal
It does get misty here. In fact, down right mystical. Calm settles over these parts and all you can hear is nature. Deep glacial fjords filled with seawater. Wetlands, estuaries, dense forests, and sweeping granite cliffs. Misty Fjords is the largest Wilderness Area in the Tongass National Forest. Behm Canal separates the western edge of the monument from the mainland. It’s a haven for wildlife—grizzly and black bears, salmon, whales, mountain goats, and deer. Paddle through a bay, silty from the outwash of a mountain river. On shore, your guide points out intertidal curios along the beach. The gaze of watchful eagles keeps you on point.
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DAY 9

Ernest Sound
Between Cleveland Peninsula and Etolin Island sits Ernest Sound—first charted in 1793. In some of its least-explored reaches, drop anchor. Your expedition team has a full list of activities in queue. Boots, paddles, skiff? Pull on your rubber boots. They were made for the deep forest you’re hiking into. Paddle around tiny islets that dot the edges of Deer Island. Or scoot further away with the speed of a skiff to serene pockets carved into the rugged coastline. This evening, relax on deck to the call of the wild.
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DAY 10

Petersburg / Frederick Sound
Sailing into Petersburg, the views of Devil’s Thumb and snow-topped peaks are motivation enough to put one foot in front of the other. Hard-charge up Petersburg Mountain or choose a mellower hike along Petersburg Creek. Take time to stroll through town. Or visit the museum for a dose of Tlingit and Norwegian history before lunch back on board. Go slow in Frederick Sound. It’s a favored summer home for humpback whales. Let the search begin. Take a jaunt by kayak or paddleboard before calling it a day for happy hour.
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DAY 11

Chatham Strait / Chichagof Island
North into glacially-carved Chatham Strait. Captain picks the anchorage. Your top-notch expedition team plans the fun. And rain or shine, anything is possible. Paddling. Skiffing. Beachcombing. Bears like it too—Chichagof Island has one of the highest brown bear populations in the world.
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DAY 12

Glacier Bay National Park
There’s a cool factor, and it’s not just coming off the face of the glaciers! This 3.3 million-acre park was covered by ice as recently as 1795. Since then, the park’s receding glacier activity has made it a lot easier to access those inner reaches. Pick up a park ranger at Bartlett Cove in the early hours. Glacial history, retreats, advances, moraines. They come with expert insight, so bring on the questions. Pigeon guillemots, puffins, and cormorants colonize and nest at South Marble Island. One good whiff and a few loud barks give away one of its mammalian residents. It’s a full day in the bay exploring Muir’s legacy—all the way to Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers. Celebrate with a toast to Ma’ Nature’s handiwork.
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DAY 13

Icy Strait
Bull whip kelp threads through nearby channels like a jungle mangrove. And you know better, but orange and purple starfish and jellyfish make it hard to believe you’re not in the tropics. Follow the currents out to where the sea lions flock to remote rock formations. Your captain is on the bridge, the expedition team on deck, and all eyes are on the water and the shore. Everyone is on-watch for the telltale blow of humpbacks. Dall’s porpoise feast in the nutrient-rich water too. And bears lumber about for an afternoon nosh. Try getting a little closer to the shoreline by skiff, kayak, or on foot. Sometimes the smallest things are the biggest wonders. Take in the evening solitude from the bow, or the hot tub. Or both—why choose just one?
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DAY 14

Haines, Alaska
Haines is adventure-central—hiking, biking, and rafting. The trails are the cream of the crop, but all options lead to views of rivers, inlets, and snowcapped mountains. Haines has been occupied for thousands of years. The Chilkat Tlingit lived and traded here. European explorers arrived in the late 1880s. Of course, there’s the Gold Rush. Turn the pages of history with a presentation on the past. And there’s free time to explore on your own. Tonight, join your captain for the Farewell Dinner. As a special treat, your expedition team shares a slideshow of your journey.
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DAY 15

Juneau, Alaska – Disembarkation
Disembark after breakfast. Transfer to the Juneau airport or begin your UnCruise overnight stay or extended land tour.

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

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DAY 1

Juneau, Alaska – Embarkation
Welcome to Alaska’s capital city. Check-in at the hospitality center and later, board your ship. Your captain and crew greet you warmly and help you settle in. Set sail from the harbor toward Lynn Canal—adieu, Juneau!
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DAY 2

Haines, Alaska
Haines is adventure-central—hiking, biking, and rafting. The trails are the cream of the crop, but all options lead to views of rivers, inlets, and snowcapped mountains. Haines has been occupied for thousands of years. The Chilkat Tlingit lived and traded here. European explorers arrived in the late 1880s. Of course, there’s the Gold Rush. Turn the pages of history with a presentation on the past. And there’s free time to explore on your own.
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DAY 3

Icy Strait
Bull whip kelp threads through nearby channels like a jungle mangrove. And you know better, but orange and purple starfish and jellyfish make it hard to believe you’re not in the tropics. Follow the currents out to where the sea lions flock to remote rock formations. Your captain is on the bridge, the expedition team on deck, and all eyes are on the water and the shore. Everyone is on-watch for the telltale blow of humpbacks. Dall’s porpoise feast in the nutrient-rich water too. And bears lumber about for an afternoon nosh. Try getting a little closer to the shoreline by skiff, kayak, or on foot. Sometimes the smallest things are the biggest wonders. Take in the evening solitude from the bow, or the hot tub. Or both—why choose just one?
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DAY 4

Glacier Bay National Park
There’s a cool factor, and it’s not just coming off the face of the glaciers! This 3.3 million-acre park was covered by ice as recently as 1795. Since then, the park’s receding glacier activity has made it a lot easier to access those inner reaches. Pick up a park ranger at Bartlett Cove in the early hours. Glacial history, retreats, advances, moraines. They come with expert insight, so bring on the questions. Pigeon guillemots, puffins, and cormorants colonize and nest at South Marble Island. One good whiff and a few loud barks give away one of its mammalian residents. It’s a full day in the bay exploring Muir’s legacy—all the way to Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers. Celebrate with a toast to Ma’ Nature’s handiwork.
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DAY 5

Chatham Strait / Chichagof Island
South into glacially-carved Chatham Strait. Captain picks the anchorage. Your top-notch expedition team plans the fun. And rain or shine, anything is possible. Paddling. Skiffing. Beachcombing. Bears like it too—Chichagof Island has one of the highest brown bear populations in the world.
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DAY 6

Petersburg / Frederick Sound
Sailing into Petersburg, the views of Devil’s Thumb and snow-topped peaks are motivation enough to put one foot in front of the other. Hard-charge up Petersburg Mountain or choose a mellower hike along Petersburg Creek. Take time to stroll through town. Or visit the museum for a dose of Tlingit and Norwegian history before lunch back on board. Go slow in Frederick Sound. It’s a favored summer home for humpback whales. Let the search begin. Take a jaunt by kayak or paddleboard before calling it a day for happy hour.
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DAY 7

Ernest Sound
Between Cleveland Peninsula and Etolin Island sits Ernest Sound—first charted in 1793. In some of its least-explored reaches, drop anchor. Your expedition team has a full list of activities in queue. Boots, paddles, skiff? Pull on your rubber boots. They were made for the deep forest you’re hiking into. Paddle around tiny islets that dot the edges of Deer Island. Or scoot further away with the speed of a skiff to serene pockets carved into the rugged coastline. This evening, relax on deck to the call of the wild.
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DAY 8

Misty Fjords National Monument / Behm Canal
It does get misty here. In fact, down right mystical. Calm settles over these parts and all you can hear is nature. Deep glacial fjords filled with seawater. Wetlands, estuaries, dense forests, and sweeping granite cliffs. Misty Fjords is the largest Wilderness Area in the Tongass National Forest. Behm Canal separates the western edge of the monument from the mainland. It’s a haven for wildlife—grizzly and black bears, salmon, whales, mountain goats, and deer. Paddle through a bay, silty from the outwash of a mountain river. On shore, your guide points out intertidal curios along the beach. The gaze of watchful eagles keeps you on point.
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DAY 9

Ketchikan
Take a town day in Alaska’s southernmost city, the “salmon capital of the world.” Ketchikan's claim-to-fame—the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles. Connect with the Tlingit Culture. Tribal leader and local legend Joe Williams, known as Ka Xesh X’e in his native language, guides you on a walking tour. With a rich oral tradition, the Tlingit passed stories from generation to generation—and Joe’s storytelling is captivating!
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DAY 10

Canada's Inside Passage
Leave behind Alaskan waters and continue on—to British Columbia. Start the morning with guided stretches on the sun deck. Pass Dixon Entrance and postcard-perfect Dundas Island Lighthouse. A waterfall and old abandoned cannery come into view. That’s Butedale. Once a fishing hub, now a ghost town. The Great Bear Rainforest, known for the white “spirit” bear, stretches all around you. Princess Royal Island marks the southern border of the bear's territory. Spunky sea otters off the starboard. Red roofs of Boat Bluff Lighthouse greet you as you pass out of Tolmie Channel. Aiming to entertain and educate over the next days, your expedition team is at the ready. Natural history, Native influences, and their favorite trivia games, too.
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DAY 11

Canada's Inside Package
Take your cup of joe to the bow. The world wakes up with you. Bald eagles watch the ship along its course from tree tops. Islands to the west, inlet-etched mainland etched to the east. Fitz Hugh Sound was first explored by Europeans in the 1720s. Today, it’s favored by sail boats. Your captain and mates navigate the twisting passage. Harbor seals spend their days on rocky islets. Breathe in the fresh air and take in the views. In the lounge, your bartender mixes up the daily special. Take the challenge and play a few friendly hands of cards with your shipmates.
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DAY 12

Canada's Inside Passage / Salish Sea
High-rising mountains. Deep fjords. It’s a day of intricate waterways and cruising for critters. In Johnstone Strait, you may spot a pod of orcas. Surf-happy dolphins and porpoise like to catch a ride on the bow wave. Your captain and crew are on the lookout and give the call of a sighting. Seymour Narrows opens to the Strait of Georgia. Islands of green. The Coast Range. Small communities dotting the beaches and fjords.
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DAY 13

San Juan Islands, Washington
Each island in the San Juan archipelago has unique character. Orcas and harbor seals haven’t picked favorites. You could spot them in any passage. Give your arms a stretch. Kayak or paddle board along a tucked away cove. Sea stars dot rocky outcroppings orange and purple. Curious harbor seals watch your moves. Get in more mileage on a skiff ride to further inlets. There will be time to hike too. A high point gives views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. Look low and nose around pools for creatures left behind by the outgoing tide.
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DAY 14

Olympic National Park
Wake up in Hood Canal, one of the quietest reaches of Puget Sound. About 65 miles long, this fjord separates the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas. Your expedition team has big plans for the day. Daypacks packed, boots on your feet. Hit the trail for a hike into the Olympic Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Giant old-growth trees, ferns, wild rhododendron—the flora is dense and diverse. A tasting of local oysters and clams, paired with a locally-brewed beer—delicious! Tonight, join your captain for the Farewell Dinner. As a special treat, your expedition team shares a slideshow of your journey.
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DAY 15

Seattle, Washington – Disembarkation
Ah, the Emerald City! After breakfast, transfer to the Seattle-Tacoma airport or begin your UnCruise overnight stay or extended land tour.

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

Theme Departures Available for this Itinerary

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Alaska Insider

Spend quality time with people who have lived and breathed Alaska. Experts with firsthand, boots-on-the-ground experience—glaciologists, seasoned bear and salmon experts, memoirists, authors—share their connections to The Great Land.

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April 7, 2018—Will Atlas

Will Atlas is a conservation and population ecologist specializing in salmon. He manages a sockeye salmon monitoring program for Heiltsuk First Nation, supporting the tribe’s subsistence fisheries and serves as the science director for the Heiltsuk non-profit, Qqs (“Eyes”) Project Society...

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May 13, 2018—Daniel Francis

Historian and writer Daniel Francis has over 40 years’ experience telling tales of Canada. Along his journey, Daniel has gone on several sailing cruises along the British Columbia coast...

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May 18, 2018—Caroline Fox

Conservation scientist and marine ecologist, Caroline Fox is as well-known for her talented storytelling, as she is for her meticulous research. Caroline has a bachelor’s in biology and environmental studies from the University of Victoria (UV) and her masters...

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May 12, 2018—Fiona Hamersley Chambers

Fiona is an ethnobotanist, instructor of environmental studies and ethnobotany at the University of Victoria, and seed farmer on Vancouver Island, British Columbia...

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Fares are per person double occupancy, in USD. Single fares are "from prices" reflecting the lowest fare available in select cabins. Triple rates are available in designated cabins (refer to deck plan); inquire for pricing details. Charter up to 40-86 guests (varies by vessel).

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Apr 07

2018

Seattle to Juneau
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Wilderness Explorer

To complement the wild, natural surroundings, the interior of the 74-guest Wilderness Explorer has intentionally been designed with a Pacific Northwest feel including the nautical-themed main lounge. The open-seating format of the dining room and ample space on deck encourage guest-to-guest interaction on this small ship. This expedition vessel has three accessible decks; enjoy over-the-top views from the bow, watch sparkling stars from the upper deck hot tub, and relax in the sun lounge.

Specs:

  • 74 guests
  • 37 cabins
  • 26 crew members
  • 186 feet in length
  • 38 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 11 knots
  • Built in 1976; renovated in 2012
  • Registered in United States
  • 3:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Navigator
$3,995
Trailblazer
$5,595
Explorer
$8,195
Pathfinder
$6,295
Single
$6,595
Charter
$443,495
Port taxes/fees
$500

Apr 15

2018

Seattle to Juneau
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S.S. Legacy

Come aboard the 86-guest S.S. Legacy and take a step back in time. Our replica coastal steamer exudes old-world charm, with the benefits of modern comforts. Simultaneously elegant and casual, the vessel boasts carved wooden cabinetry and turn-of-the-century décor. Four decks provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces for taking a stroll at sunset and gathering with new friends. The lounge offers a full bar, the open-seating dining room includes a wine bar, and, for a step back in time, sidle up to table in the Pesky Barnacle Saloon.

Specs:

  • 86 guests
  • 43 cabins
  • 34-35 crew members
  • 192 feet in length
  • 40 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 11 knots
  • Built in 1983 by Bender Shipbuilding
  • Renovated in 2013
  • Registered in United States
  • 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Master
$6,695
Commander
$7,045
Captain
$7,745
Admiral
$8,695
Jr Commodore Suite
$9,595
Owner's Suite
$13,095
Single
$8,705
Charter
$664,895
Port taxes/fees
$500

May 12

2018

Seattle to Juneau
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Wilderness Discoverer

Active adventure is top-of-mind aboard the Wilderness Discoverer. Complementing the wilderness outside, the décor of the main lounge including reclaimed Alaskan yellow cedar on the bar top evokes the feel of a National Park. The casual, welcoming ambiance of the lounge and dining room with an open floor plan between them creates easy camaraderie among guests. Three public decks are easily accessible—the sun deck features both covered and open spaces for viewing no matter the weather, and the bow and observation deck offer unencumbered views.

Specs:

  • 76 guests
  • 38 cabins
  • 26 crew members
  • 176 feet in length
  • 39 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 10 knots
  • Built in 1992 by Blount Boats; renovated in 2011
  • Registered in United States
  • 3:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Navigator
$4,695
Trailblazer
$6,295
Explorer
$9,945
Pathfinder
$6,995
Single
$7,045
Charter
$496,095
Port taxes/fees
$500

May 13

2018

Seattle to Juneau
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Safari Endeavour

Aboard this spacious expedition vessel, three decks offer ample outside vantage points for taking in daytime sights and the sparkling night sky with new friends. Interior spaces including the intimate lounge, cask wine bar, and cozy library provide comfortable and relaxing spaces to sit back with a book and glass of wine, gather for presentations, or to share experiences from the day. The fully-stocked, marble-topped bar in the lounge is a magnet for activity and mingling.

Specs:

  • 84 guests
  • 42 cabins
  • 34-35 crew members
  • 232 feet in length
  • 37 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 10 knots
  • Built in 1983 by "Jeff Boat" Shipyard
  • Renovated in 2012
  • Registered in United States
  • 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Master
$6,995
Commander
$7,345
Captain
$8,045
Admiral
$8,995
Commodore Suite
$12,245
Single
$9,095
Charter
$679,395
Port taxes/fees
$500

May 18

2018

Seattle to Juneau
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Safari Explorer

Designed for comfort, with an elegant atmosphere, and in the spirit of adventure, the Safari Explorer is a perfect platform of discovery. Three public decks make it easy to see action in the water and provide plenty of room for relaxing and breathing fresh air. An intimate Wine Library, salon, and inviting dining room encourage mingling and camaraderie among guests.

Specs:

  • 36 guests (up to 40 w/ triples)
  • 18 cabins
  • 14-15 crew members
  • 145 feet in length
  • 36 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 10 knots
  • Built in 1998 by Freeport Shipbuilding; renovated in 2008
  • Registered in United States
  • 2:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Master
$10,295
Commander
$10,995
Captain
$11,795
Admiral
$13,195
Commodore Suite
$15,295
Single
$11,795
Charter
$405,095
Port taxes/fees
$500

Aug 05

2018

Juneau to Seattle
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S.S. Legacy

Come aboard the 86-guest S.S. Legacy and take a step back in time. Our replica coastal steamer exudes old-world charm, with the benefits of modern comforts. Simultaneously elegant and casual, the vessel boasts carved wooden cabinetry and turn-of-the-century décor. Four decks provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces for taking a stroll at sunset and gathering with new friends. The lounge offers a full bar, the open-seating dining room includes a wine bar, and, for a step back in time, sidle up to table in the Pesky Barnacle Saloon.

Specs:

  • 86 guests
  • 43 cabins
  • 34-35 crew members
  • 192 feet in length
  • 40 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 11 knots
  • Built in 1983 by Bender Shipbuilding
  • Renovated in 2013
  • Registered in United States
  • 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Master
$7,295
Commander
$7,645
Captain
$8,345
Admiral
$9,295
Jr Commodore Suite
$10,195
Owner's Suite
$13,695
Single
$9,485
Charter
$717,695
Port taxes/fees
$500

Sep 01

2018

Juneau to Seattle
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Wilderness Discoverer

Active adventure is top-of-mind aboard the Wilderness Discoverer. Complementing the wilderness outside, the décor of the main lounge including reclaimed Alaskan yellow cedar on the bar top evokes the feel of a National Park. The casual, welcoming ambiance of the lounge and dining room with an open floor plan between them creates easy camaraderie among guests. Three public decks are easily accessible—the sun deck features both covered and open spaces for viewing no matter the weather, and the bow and observation deck offer unencumbered views.

Specs:

  • 76 guests
  • 38 cabins
  • 26 crew members
  • 176 feet in length
  • 39 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 10 knots
  • Built in 1992 by Blount Boats; renovated in 2011
  • Registered in United States
  • 3:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Navigator
$4,695
Trailblazer
$6,295
Explorer
$9,945
Pathfinder
$6,995
Single
$7,045
Charter
$496,095
Port taxes/fees
$500

Sep 07

2018

Juneau to Seattle
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Safari Explorer

Designed for comfort, with an elegant atmosphere, and in the spirit of adventure, the Safari Explorer is a perfect platform of discovery. Three public decks make it easy to see action in the water and provide plenty of room for relaxing and breathing fresh air. An intimate Wine Library, salon, and inviting dining room encourage mingling and camaraderie among guests.

Specs:

  • 36 guests (up to 40 w/ triples)
  • 18 cabins
  • 14-15 crew members
  • 145 feet in length
  • 36 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 10 knots
  • Built in 1998 by Freeport Shipbuilding; renovated in 2008
  • Registered in United States
  • 2:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Master
$10,295
Commander
$10,995
Captain
$11,795
Admiral
$13,195
Commodore Suite
$15,295
Single
$11,795
Charter
$405,095
Port taxes/fees
$500

Sep 16

2018

Juneau to Seattle
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Safari Endeavour

Aboard this spacious expedition vessel, three decks offer ample outside vantage points for taking in daytime sights and the sparkling night sky with new friends. Interior spaces including the intimate lounge, cask wine bar, and cozy library provide comfortable and relaxing spaces to sit back with a book and glass of wine, gather for presentations, or to share experiences from the day. The fully-stocked, marble-topped bar in the lounge is a magnet for activity and mingling.

Specs:

  • 84 guests
  • 42 cabins
  • 34-35 crew members
  • 232 feet in length
  • 37 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 10 knots
  • Built in 1983 by "Jeff Boat" Shipyard
  • Renovated in 2012
  • Registered in United States
  • 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Master
$6,995
Commander
$7,345
Captain
$8,045
Admiral
$8,995
Commodore Suite
$12,245
Single
$9,095
Charter
$679,395
Port taxes/fees
$500

Apr 14

2019

Seattle to Juneau
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S.S. Legacy

Come aboard the 86-guest S.S. Legacy and take a step back in time. Our replica coastal steamer exudes old-world charm, with the benefits of modern comforts. Simultaneously elegant and casual, the vessel boasts carved wooden cabinetry and turn-of-the-century décor. Four decks provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces for taking a stroll at sunset and gathering with new friends. The lounge offers a full bar, the open-seating dining room includes a wine bar, and, for a step back in time, sidle up to table in the Pesky Barnacle Saloon.

Specs:

  • 86 guests
  • 43 cabins
  • 34-35 crew members
  • 192 feet in length
  • 40 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 11 knots
  • Built in 1983 by Bender Shipbuilding
  • Renovated in 2013
  • Registered in United States
  • 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Master
$6,845
Commander
$7,245
Captain
$7,995
Admiral
$8,945
Jr Commodore Suite
$9,895
Owner's Suite
$13,495
Single
$8,900
Charter
$683,895
Port taxes/fees
$600

Apr 20

2019

Seattle to Juneau
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Wilderness Discoverer

Active adventure is top-of-mind aboard the Wilderness Discoverer. Complementing the wilderness outside, the décor of the main lounge including reclaimed Alaskan yellow cedar on the bar top evokes the feel of a National Park. The casual, welcoming ambiance of the lounge and dining room with an open floor plan between them creates easy camaraderie among guests. Three public decks are easily accessible—the sun deck features both covered and open spaces for viewing no matter the weather, and the bow and observation deck offer unencumbered views.

Specs:

  • 76 guests
  • 38 cabins
  • 26 crew members
  • 176 feet in length
  • 39 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 10 knots
  • Built in 1992 by Blount Boats; renovated in 2011
  • Registered in United States
  • 3:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Navigator
$4,695
Trailblazer
$6,295
Explorer
$9,995
Pathfinder
$6,995
Single
$7,045
Charter
$496,495
Port taxes/fees
$600

Aug 18

2019

Juneau to Seattle
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S.S. Legacy

Come aboard the 86-guest S.S. Legacy and take a step back in time. Our replica coastal steamer exudes old-world charm, with the benefits of modern comforts. Simultaneously elegant and casual, the vessel boasts carved wooden cabinetry and turn-of-the-century décor. Four decks provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces for taking a stroll at sunset and gathering with new friends. The lounge offers a full bar, the open-seating dining room includes a wine bar, and, for a step back in time, sidle up to table in the Pesky Barnacle Saloon.

Specs:

  • 86 guests
  • 43 cabins
  • 34-35 crew members
  • 192 feet in length
  • 40 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 11 knots
  • Built in 1983 by Bender Shipbuilding
  • Renovated in 2013
  • Registered in United States
  • 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Master
$7,445
Commander
$7,845
Captain
$8,595
Admiral
$9,545
Jr Commodore Suite
$10,495
Owner's Suite
$14,095
Single
$9,680
Charter
$736,695
Port taxes/fees
$600

Sep 07

2019

Juneau to Seattle
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Wilderness Discoverer

Active adventure is top-of-mind aboard the Wilderness Discoverer. Complementing the wilderness outside, the décor of the main lounge including reclaimed Alaskan yellow cedar on the bar top evokes the feel of a National Park. The casual, welcoming ambiance of the lounge and dining room with an open floor plan between them creates easy camaraderie among guests. Three public decks are easily accessible—the sun deck features both covered and open spaces for viewing no matter the weather, and the bow and observation deck offer unencumbered views.

Specs:

  • 76 guests
  • 38 cabins
  • 26 crew members
  • 176 feet in length
  • 39 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 10 knots
  • Built in 1992 by Blount Boats; renovated in 2011
  • Registered in United States
  • 3:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Navigator
$4,695
Trailblazer
$6,295
Explorer
$9,995
Pathfinder
$6,995
Single
$7,045
Charter
$496,495
Port taxes/fees
$600

Ports & Places

The places you visit play a starring role throughout every journey. While this list isn’t exhaustive of every nook-and-cranny you’ll explore along the way, we’ve included descriptions of key ports and places to help you get to know the wilderness areas, landmark locations, notable regions, and coastal towns relevant to this itinerary.

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Seattle, Washington

For thousands of years, the coastal First Peoples lived in abundance along the shorelines that now surround Elliott Bay and the city of Seattle. The city is named for Chief Sealth. A respected local elder, Chief Sealth befriended the first non-native settlers, including the Denny party who arrived in 1851.

Logging of the great forests surrounding Elliott Bay commenced almost immediately upon arrival of the first white pioneers, who began to supply the building demands of the city of San Francisco and other developments along the west coast. This was Seattle’s first link to becoming a key import and export arena along the Pacific Rim. By the time gold was discovered in Alaska in the late 1800s, Seattle became the foremost launching pad and supply center for gold and adventure seekers bound for the “Last Frontier” of the Alaskan wilderness.

Today, Seattle’s multi-cultural population is approximately 652,000. Lumber and other exports are still important to the regional economy, as is the pioneering spirit that fostered the development and success of high-tech companies such as Microsoft and Boeing. Take a stroll along the Emerald City’s bustling waterfront and see a grand mixture of old wooden piers now housing restaurants, the Seattle Aquarium and the like with a view of the modern shipping docks in the background. Soak in the surrounding natural beauty of Mt. Rainier, rising to a height of 14,411 feet, and the Olympic Mountains to the west across Elliott Bay. Green and white Washington State Ferries constantly ply the southern Salish Sea (aka Puget Sound) to and from outlying water-bound areas.

The 1962 World’s Fair icon, the Space Needle, touches the skies at 600 feet. Have a meal in the Needle’s revolving restaurant and gain a spectacular 360-degree view in an hour. In its early days, the restaurant revolved faster—but that didn’t work so well for the diner’s digestion! Sip a latte in the heart of coffee culture at Pike Place Market and watch the "flying fish" while inhaling the colorful array of fresh-cut flowers, fruits, and vegetables and browsing local artisan stalls. Visit Seattle’s first neighborhood, Pioneer Square, with historical brick buildings brimming with art galleries, boutiques, and diverse restaurants.

Seattleites are distinguished as the number one readers in the U.S. Although some may attribute that statistic to Seattle’s rainy reputation, this city actually receives only about 35 inches of rain annually—less than all the major cities on the Eastern seaboard! That is because the Olympic Mountains on the Olympic Peninsula absorb much of the moisture from the Pacific before it reaches Seattle. The marine air does moderate the temperature in Seattle and is cause for days of overcast skies—thus its reputation for rain. Seattle enjoys about 16 hours of daylight in the summer and 16 hours of darkness in the winter.

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Olympic National Park

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, Olympic National Park on the Olympic Peninsula is a kaleidoscope of greens, blues, and browns in every hue that stretch from the pounding Pacific Ocean across dramatic, rugged mountains to the Strait of Juan de Fuca in the north and Hood Canal to the east. Formed by subduction of the Juan de Fuca plate, the Olympic Mountains are the rugged centerpiece of this remote area that encompasses over 366,000 acres of majestic old-growth forest. First designated a national monument in 1909 by Theodore Roosevelt, it became a national park in 1938 by Franklin Roosevelt.

At just under 8,000 feet, Mount Olympus is the highest point in the mountain range, the second largest range in Washington State. Including ancient glaciers, Mount Olympus has some of the greatest glaciation of any non-volcanic peak in the lower 48 due to the amount of precipitation it receives.

One of the wettest places in the USA, the western temperate rain forest receives 150” of rain on average annually, a big reason for the many shades of green. Including the temperate rain forest, the Olympic Mountains have created their own climate, including a rain shadow provided by the western mountains for the much drier eastern mountains.

Due to its isolated location, there are many endemic plant and animal species from the wet western slopes to the arid eastern ridges. Home to major salmon bearing rivers, natural lakes, wet and dry lands, the Olympic Peninsula is a stunningly magnificent place to seek out wildlife in the sky and land.

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San Juan Islands, Washington

Formed by tectonic activity, glacial sculpting, and the forces of erosion, approximately 450 islands (over 700 during low tide and just 172 named) dot the Salish Sea between southeastern Vancouver Island and northern Washington. Accessible only by air and sea, the views are astounding—on a clear day, you can turn in a circle and see the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges, Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, and Vancouver Island. The archipelago’s southern border is the Strait of Juan de Fuca, to its northern edge lies the Straits of Georgia, and to the east is Bellingham Bay and Rosario Straits. The San Juans and Vancouver Island are separated by Haro Strait. In the protective rain shadow of Vancouver Island and the Olympic Mountains, the islands receive half the rain as Seattle, about 15 to 20 inches per year.

The waters are cold, deep, and prolific with life both above and below. Massive schools of salmon travel from the open waters of the Pacific with the flushing tides through Haro and Rosario Straits, making this a favorite hunting ground for resident, salmon-eating orcas (known locally as the J, K, and L Pods.) Transient orcas also travel through this area periodically to prey on marine mammals. The waters are home to minke whales, Dall’s porpoise, harbor porpoise, harbor seals, and sea lions. California gray whales pass by in fall on their way to calve in Hawaiian and Mexican lagoons. In the spring, they will pass by again, heading north to the nutrient-rich waters of Alaska.

Keep an eye out overhead or on the shorelines and rocky outcroppings for cormorants, oystercatchers, tufted puffins, terns, gulls, scoters, bald and golden eagles, turkey vultures, and more! Over 290 different species of birds have been identified in this birdwatcher’s paradise. Eighty-three islands have been designated as National Wildlife Refuges, divided into the four habitats of reefs, rocks, grassy, and forested islands. Each island is unique and has its own stories of natural and human heritage.

The islands are full of rich and colorful history. One particularly unusual chain of events that had a lasting impact on the islands began on San Juan Island. The event began with one small act in 1859 that nearly resulted in a war between Britain and the United States and was called the “Pig War”. It all started when a pig owned by Englishman Charles Griffin of the Hudson’s Bay Company broke into the tasty potato garden of American Lyman Cutlar one too many times. Cutlar shot the pig, admitted to shooting the pig, refused a trial by the British, and sought the United States’ protection. Since it was unclear at that time exactly where the U.S./Canadian border really was, a 12-year standoff ensued. The English garrison was established on the northwestern side of the island; an American garrison was set up on the southern tip. In 1872, a German arbitrator, Kaiser Wilhelm, settled the debate by establishing the U.S./Canadian boundary and “gave” the San Juan Islands to the United States.

This would not be the final colorful story to be told. The islands were settled in an initial bawdy “wild west” fashion. Even into the 1930s, as some communities claimed to be "civilized," the islands had plenty of bootleggers who were utilizing the intricate waterways around the islands to trade their goods during Prohibition.

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Salish Sea

Located between the south-western tip of British Columbia, and the north-western tip of Washington State, the Salish Sea is made up of the Strait of Georgia, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Puget Sound. This intricate network of waterways is protected from Pacific Ocean storms by Vancouver Island and the Olympic Peninsula.

The title Salish Sea, named for the Coast Salish people who first inhabited this region, was first used in 1988 by Dr. Bert Webber, a marine biologist from Bellingham, Washington who determined that a single name for the entire international ecosystem was needed. Rather than replacing any of the existing names, the title Salish Sea was given to identify the commonality of water, air wildlife and history that spans from Canada to Washington. In 2009, the governments of both Washington and British Columbia adopted the name.

The Salish Sea is home to over 200 different species of fish, 100 different species of birds, 20 different species of marine mammals, over 3,000 different species of invertebrates and 7 million people.

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Ketchikan, Alaska

Known as the “Salmon Capital of the World”, Ketchikan has a rich and diverse history—all of which you can see elements of today. In the late 1800s it built a fish saltery, which was soon followed by a salmon cannery and general store—salmon still spawn in the Ketchikan Creek that runs through the middle of town.

In the surrounding hills, gold, copper, and molybdenum were mined. As an important trading community with miners and fishermen frequenting the town, Creek Street became the red-light district of Ketchikan. Over 30 bordellos lined the street at one point. Mining never really took off, but the fishing industry and new timber operations began to grow with the establishment of the Ketchikan Spruce Mills early in the century. Ketchikan was crucial for supplying lightweight cedar for the construction of airplanes during WW II, and for the next half century, it was synonymous with the timber industry. In 1954, Ketchikan Pulp Mill was completed but today, the logging industry has nearly disappeared, replaced by tourism.

Wildlife sightings are also an every day encounter in this fascinating port. Over 100 species of migrating birds including bald eagles, black bears, Sitka black-tailed deer, mountain goats, marten, mink, sea otters, seals, orca, humpback whales, and an abundance of salmon can be found in the Ketchikan area.

Hanging above the salmon stream are the pilings supporting the historic structures that once housed the red light district and helped bootleggers move their whisky unseen at high tide. Today, the historic district along Ketchikan’s famed Creek Street hold souvenir shops, bookstores, and restaurants. There are a number of museums in town that tell its history from a pioneer, native, and modern perspective and the Tlingit village of Saxman, a historical town site, displays totem poles and a proud sense of its cultural past. Another unique point of interest is the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, a first-class education center with true-to-life displays of temperate rainforest, salmon streams, and native structures.

Learn about Ketchikan’s local Native cultures, and the history and importance of fishing and the arts through the Ketchikan Story project. www.ketchikanstories.com

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Misty Fjords National Monument

Misty Fjords is south of Ketchikan on the border with Canada. As you journey into Behm Canal, the seemingly quiet entrance becomes more and more narrow as you pass New Eddie Stone Rock. This geologic oddity is the remnant of a “volcanic plug” rising out of the middle of this passage, and named for resembling a lighthouse back in England by Captain George Vancouver. It is just the first glimpse at many of the geological features seen while in the Misty Fjords National Monument.

This national monument was created in 1980 and consists of over two million acres. Misty Fiords was carved out by the last great North American glaciation, leaving narrow winding granite walls to guide our ship deep into the wilderness. Many of these winding passageways open to large granite amphitheaters of rock rising some 3,000 feet out of the water. This protected wilderness area is a place where we may spot brown bear and mountain goats.

As if by magic, the forest holds onto these steep walls and flourishes on incredibly abrupt slopes coming down to the waters edge. It is common to see bald eagles here swooping down from these trees to take salmon out of the water. Often the mist and clouds will hover throughout the fiord, shrouding your whole experience in what seems like a dream. Cruising through Misty Fiords is like traveling through a mystical storybook, with epic walls of rock and deep, dark forests winding through small canyons and passages. You will never know or guess what lies around the next corner.

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Behm Canal

Behm Canal is located in the Alexander Archipelago. Separating Revillagigedo Island from mainland Alaska, this 108 mile long natural channel is actively used as a United States Navy Submarine sound testing range and home to New Eddystone Rock. It is also home to New Eddystone Rock, a pillar of basalt jetting from the sea.

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Petersburg

At the north end of Mitkof Island, where Wrangell Narrows meets Frederick Sound, sits picturesque Petersburg. The area has a long fishing history beginning with the Tlingit who used it as a summer fishing camp for thousands of years. Then, in the 1800s, Norwegian immigrants settled here. Named after prominent settler, Peter Buschmann, the fledgling town quickly bustled with a growing industry including a cannery and fish port. Known as “Little Norway”, the town’s Scandinavian history can be seen in architecture of buildings and celebrated festivals and events. Fishing is still Petersburg’s biggest industry—easily seen at its lively docks.

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Chatham Strait

Located in the Alexander Archipelago, Chatham Strait is a narrow passage that sits between Chichagof Island and Baranof Island to the west and Admiralty Island and Kuiu Island to the east. This 150-mile long strait connects the open sea with the Lynn Canal and the Icy Strait.

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Chichagof Island

Chichagof Island is the 5th largest island in the United States and one of the ABC islands of Alaska. It sits at the northern end of the Alexander Archipelago.

Separated from Baranof Island by the Peril Strait to the north, Chichagof Island has the largest population of bears per square mile of any place on earth and is protected by the West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness area.

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Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

Glacier Bay Park and Preserve is reportedly the most sought after park to visit in the United States and it is no wonder. Where else will you find a 25 mile-long river of ice still carving the land just as it has for the past several thousand years? When Captain Cook and George Vancouver sailed by in 1879, they saw a 20-mile wide glacier where today the entrance of the park lies, as well the wilderness lodge and park headquarters.

Over the past 200 years, this wall of ice has retreated an astonishing 65 miles north, splintering into a vast number of tributaries spaced throughout the entire park. Each glacier has its own name and character; our captain will decide which to visit for the day depending on ice conditions and wildlife sightings.

Visiting Glacier Bay Park is also like visiting a wildlife park. Here bears, goats, moose, whales, sea otters, and all the creatures of the water and forest flourish, completely protected from man. A National Park Ranger joins us for our entire journey to explain the park's geology, glaciology, wildlife, and its deep roots in Tlingit culture.

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Icy Strait

Icy Strait is a body of water in Southeast Alaska that is located between Chichagof Island and the mainland, and extends 40 miles northwest from Chatham Strait to Glacier Bay and Cross Sound. Icy Strait’s nutrient-rich waters are abundant with marine mammals, sea birds and the scenery is spectacular.

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Haines

Called “Dtehshuh,” meaning end of the trail, by Chilkat Tlingit, the Haines area was an important center of trade between coastal and inland tribes. The first European settled in Haines in the 1880s and not long after, the Klondike Gold Rush brought a hotbed of activity to the area. In the early 1900s, the U.S. Army built Fort William H. Seward in Haines and was used as an active fort through World War II.

Today, the town has a permanent population of about 2,500 residents. Known as the “Adventure Capital of Alaska,” Haines boasts incredible trails, river rafting, fishing, kayaking, heli-skiing, and more.

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Juneau, Alaska

Surrounded by the rich, green Tongass National Forest, and located on beautiful Gastineau Channel, Juneau is an important port and a popular tourist destination. Unique because it is the only state capital in the United States that is inaccessible by road, Juneau sits at sea level below the steep mountains that are home to the Juneau Icefield and the Mendenhall Glacier. Its temperate climate produces remarkable scenery with miles of hiking trails through woods and alpine meadows providing a glimpse of just how rugged the rainforest of Southeast Alaska is.

The Auke tribe of Tlingit Indians were the first settlers in the Juneau area. They lived there peacefully enjoying the abundance of food and natural resources until the gold rush began. First named Rockwell and then Harrisburg, Juneau was finally named after gold prospector Joseph Juneau. In 1880, he and his partner, Richard Harris, discovered gold nearby, and the city quickly developed into a gold rush town.

During the lucrative 60 years of gold mining in the area Juneau was home to three of the world's largest gold mines: The Alaska Juneau mine, the Alaska Gastineau mine, and the Treadwell mine. These three mines produced $158 million worth of gold making Juneau one of the world's major gold mining areas until the 1940s when costs outstripped the value of the gold. However, since 2005 the gold mining industry has been experiencing a resurgence.

Officially designated the capital of the Territory of Alaska in 1900, it did not function as the capital until the government offices were moved there from Sitka in 1906. In 1959 Juneau became the official state capital when Alaska was admitted to the United States. Today, its approximately 31,000 citizens live within a 3,255 square mile boundary, an amount of land that makes Juneau's city limits the largest state capital in the United States (and the only state capital that borders a foreign city.)

Along with its delightful small town ambiance, Juneau has a number of art galleries, boutiques, historical sites, and museums. In town you can visit the Alaska State Museum, the House of Wickersham, the Patsy Ann Statue, the 5-stories-tall totem pole outside the Capital Building, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, the Alaska-Juneau gold mine or the salmon hatchery.

One of the most popular attractions in the area is Mendenhall Glacier, located only 13 miles outside the city. Although it’s receding, it is an amazing work of nature. Other attractions include the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge (providing a look at Alaska’s salt marshes and the migratory waterfowl protected there); the Juneau Icefield; the Mt. Roberts Tram (rises 1,800 feet and presents sweeping views of downtown Juneau and Gastineau Channel.) There are more than 205 trails within and surrounding Juneau. They range from fairly flat hikes accessible to wheelchairs and stroller to medium hikes up and down forest trails to strenuous uphill paths for serious hikers.

Extend Your Experience

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Hotel Stay

JUNEAU – FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON
2018 RATES: From $160

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.

Summary

Stopover Package at the Four Points by Sheraton Juneau (formerly the Goldbelt Hotel) includes meet and greet service at the airport, transfer from the airport to hotel, water or mountain-view room, tax, and baggage handling.

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LAND PACKAGE

Alaska Rail, Denali & Knik River Wilderness
2018 RATES: From $3,995

Wilderness Adventurer, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

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.

6 Nights

Summary

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • UnCruise Adventures escorted land tour
  • Overnights in Denali National Park, Knik River Valley, Anchorage, and Fairbanks
  • Full-day luxury dome train ride with guided narration
  • Interpretive tour and transfer into Denali National Park
  • Flightseeing transfer from Kantishna Roadhouse to Denali park entrance
  • Wildlife viewing, wilderness hikes, fly fishing, and other outdoor activities
  • Historic Independence Mine visit
  • Hike Hatcher Pass trails
  • Native culture and dog musher presentations
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center
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LAND PACKAGE

Rail, Denali & Knik River Endeavour
2018 RATES: From $4,295

S.S. Legacy, Safari Endeavour

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 or Sitka.

7 Nights

Summary

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • UnCruise Adventures escorted land tour
  • Overnights in Denali National Park, Knik River Valley, Anchorage, and Fairbanks
  • Full-day luxury dome train ride with guided narration
  • Interpretive tour and transfer into Denali National Park
  • Flightseeing transfer from Kantishna Roadhouse to Denali park entrance
  • Wildlife viewing, wilderness hikes, fly fishing, and other outdoor activities
  • Historic Independence Mine visit
  • Hike Hatcher Pass trails
  • Native culture and dog musher presentations
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center
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LAND PACKAGE

Rail, Denali & Knik River Explorer
2018 RATES: From $3,945

Safari Explorer

This 5-night, pre-cruise escorted land tour features wilderness lodge stays in Denali National Park and Knik River Valley and hotel overnight in Fairbanks.

5 Nights

Summary

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • UnCruise Adventures escorted land tour
  • Overnights in Denali National Park, Knik River Valley, and Fairbanks
  • Full-day luxury dome train ride with guided narration
  • Interpretive tour and transfer into Denali National Park
  • Flightseeing transfer from Kantishna Roadhouse to Denali park entrance
  • Wildlife viewing, wilderness hikes, fly fishing, and other outdoor activities
  • Historic Independence Mine visit
  • Hike Hatcher Pass trails
  • Native culture and dog musher presentations
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LAND PACKAGE

Kenai Alpine Explorer
2018 RATES: From $2,895

Safari Explorer

Complete your Alaska adventure cruise with our 5-night pre-cruise land tour. Charming seaside and mountain villages, towering mountains, rugged terrain carved by glacial creeks, and Alaska’s state sport—dog sledding.

5 Nights

Summary

Itinerary Highlights:

  • UnCruise Adventures escorted land tour
  • Overnights in Girdwood, Seward, and Anchorage
  • Dogsled adventure and sled ride with Iditarod mushers and dogs
  • Interpretive hike across ice fields in Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Scenic Chugach Mountains train ride and river float
  • Wildlife viewing, wilderness hikes, mountain biking, and other activities
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LAND PACKAGE

Kenai Alpine Endeavour
2018 RATES: From $2,645

Safari Endeavour, S.S. Legacy

This 4-night post-cruise icefield and mountain ESCORTED adventure acquaints you with a different side of Alaska and includes all modes of activity—hiking, river rafts, mountain bikes, trains, and dog sleds.

4 Nights

Summary

Itinerary Highlights:

  • UnCruise Adventures escorted land tour
  • Overnights in Girdwood, Seward, and Anchorage
  • Dogsled adventure and sled ride with Iditarod mushers and dogs
  • Interpretive hike across ice fields in Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Scenic Chugach Mountains train ride and river float
  • Wildlife viewing, wilderness hikes, mountain biking, and other activities
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LAND PACKAGE

Kenai Alpine Wilderness
2018 RATES: From $2,895

Wilderness Adventurer, Wilderness Explorer

This 5-night post-cruise escorted icefield and mountain adventure acquaints you with charming seaside and mountain villages, towering mountains, rugged terrain carved by glacial creeks, and Alaska’s state sport—dog sledding.

5 Nights

Summary

Itinerary Highlights:

  • UnCruise Adventures escorted land tour
  • Overnights in Girdwood, Seward, and Anchorage
  • Dogsled adventure and sled ride with Iditarod mushers and dogs
  • Interpretive hike across ice fields in Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Scenic Chugach Mountains train ride and river float
  • Wildlife viewing, wilderness hikes, mountain biking, and other activities
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LAND PACKAGE

Chugach Mountains & Rivers Adventure
2018 RATES: From $2,345

S.S. Legacy

This 4-night mountain and coastal wilderness ESCORTED adventure acquaints you with a different side of Alaska. Hike from shoreline to alpine valley and watch for moose, caribou, and other wildlife.

4 Nights

Summary

Itinerary Highlights:

  • UnCruise Adventures escorted land tour
  • Overnights in Girdwood, Seward, and Anchorage
  • Hikes in Chugach National Forest and Caines Head State Recreation Area
  • Visit Alaska SeaLife Center
  • Scenic Portage River float
  • Wildlife viewing and wilderness hikes
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LAND PACKAGE

Chugach Mountains & Rivers Wilderness
2018 RATES: From $2,645

Wilderness Adventurer, Wilderness Explorer

This 5-night mountain and coastal wilderness ESCORTED adventure acquaints you with a different side of Alaska. Hike from shoreline to alpine valley and watch for moose, caribou, and other wildlife.

5 Nights

Summary

Itinerary Highlights:

  • UnCruise Adventures escorted land tour
  • Overnights in Girdwood, Seward, and Anchorage
  • Hikes in Chugach National Forest and Caines Head State Recreation Area
  • Visit Alaska SeaLife Center
  • Scenic Portage River float
  • Wildlife viewing and wilderness hikes
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Hotel Stay

SEATTLE – CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL
2018 RATES: From $170

Sleek and modern, and with proximity to the city’s attractions that can’t be beat—the Crowne Plaza is an amenity-rich home base for getting to know the Emerald City. Take in stunning views of Seattle from your spacious room, or step outside and explore it by foot.

Summary

Sleek and modern, and with proximity to the city’s attractions that can’t be beat—the Crowne Plaza is an amenity-rich home base for getting to know the Emerald City. Take in stunning views of Seattle from your spacious room, or step outside and explore it by foot.

Vessels for this Itinerary

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S.S. Legacy

A perfect mash-up of old and new—replica 1898 coastal gold rush steamer, Victorian-style décor, and modern machinery. The elegant and one-of-a-kind S.S. Legacy is a classic and the fastest in the fleet. Capable of 15 knots, she can sail to the farthest reaches gathering more stories of adventure along the way. And wherever she sails, she announces her arrival with an antique whistle. Like the crew and guests having the time of their lives, she hums with each new opportunity. It’s no wonder that for many of the crew (and office folk), she’s a first love that never fades.

Onboard Features: Elevator (access to three public decks); portable activity launch platform; kayaks, paddle boards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles; two on-deck hot tubs; fitness equipment and yoga mats; piano; DVD and book library; whisky parlor and wine bar

Cabin Features: TV/DVD player; hair dryer, bathrobes, conditioning shampoo, body wash; binoculars; reusable water bottles; in-room safe deposit box

Destination: Alaska, Columbia & Snake Rivers

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  • 86 guests
  • 43 cabins
  • 34-35 crew members
  • 192 feet in length
  • 40 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 11 knots
  • Built in 1983 by Bender Shipbuilding
  • Renovated in 2013
  • Registered in United States
  • 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
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103-104, 319-320
Fixed double bed; view window; private bath with shower

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105-111, 206-210, 303-308, 311-318
Fixed queen, double, or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower

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211-214
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower

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101-102, 201-202, 309-310
Queen, fixed queen, or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower (trundle available for triple)

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301-302
Fixed queen bed; refrigerator; wrap-around view windows; private bath with shower

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300 sq. foot entertainment and sitting area with wet bar, refrigerator, media center; 300 sq. foot master bedroom with king bed; view windows; private bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower (sofa bed for triple/quad)

Safari Endeavour

Polished, unwavering, and upscale, the Safari Endeavour may be the workhorse of the fleet but it’s her zest-for-life persona that’s remembered most. She looks sharp—a nod to the crew who work hard to keep her that way. Wood fixtures and accents shine and artwork highlights the warm and cool waters where she sails. No other UnCruise ship covers more territory, and like her namesake, Captain Cook’s Endeavour, both the ship and crew are true explorers. Her roomy lounge, dining room, and sun deck are undisputed, but the Safari Endeavour claims to have the biggest heart, too.

Onboard Features: EZ Dock launch platform; kayaks, paddle boards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles, snorkel gear/wetsuits (Mexico only); underwater bow-mounted camera; two on-deck hot tubs; fitness equipment and yoga mats; DVD and book library; wine bar

Cabin Features: TV/DVD player; hair dryer, bathrobes, conditioning shampoo, body wash; binoculars; reusable water bottles/p>

Destinations: Alaska; Mexico's Sea of Cortés

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  • 84 guests
  • 42 cabins
  • 34-35 crew members
  • 232 feet in length
  • 37 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 10 knots
  • Built in 1983 by "Jeff Boat" Shipyard
  • Renovated in 2012
  • Registered in United States
  • 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
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103-104, 212, 301-302
Fixed queen, or fixed twin beds; desk and chair; view window or portholes; private bath and shower

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303-308, 311-322
Fixed twin beds; desk and chair; view windows; private bath with shower

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105-112, 203-204, 209-210
King or twin beds; desk and chair; view window; private bath and shower

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201-202, 309
King or twin beds; refrigerator; desk and chair; view window; private bath with shower

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205-208
Sitting area; king or twin beds; Tempur-pedic® products; refrigerator; view windows; French doors and step out balcony; private bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower

Safari Explorer

This high-end SUV of a ship is nimble, strong, and loving. The Safari Explorer has what mariners call “feet” that take her into wild areas most other ships aren’t certified to visit. But it’s what’s on the inside that makes this yacht the prize of the fleet. And with only 36 guests on board, the feel is decidedly exclusive Lovingly called “the Bulldog,” she’s poised, her interior is a pearl, and the general mood is down-to-earth. For about half the year, she
bops around the islands of Hawaii soaking up the laid-back aloha spirit. The other half she spends in Alaska sowing her wild oats with inevitable fun and folly.

Onboard Features: Full-beam swim step; kayaks, paddle boards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles, snorkel gear/wetsuits (Hawaii only); on-deck hot tub (Alaska only); fitness equipment and yoga mats; DVD and book library; wine library

Cabin Features: TV/DVD player; Tempur-Pedic mattresses; heated tile floor in all bathrooms; hair dryer, bathrobes, conditioning shampoo, body wash; binoculars; reusable water bottles /p>

Destinations: Alaska; Hawaiian Islands

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  • 36 guests (up to 40 w/ triples)
  • 18 cabins
  • 14-15 crew members
  • 145 feet in length
  • 36 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 10 knots
  • Built in 1998 by Freeport Shipbuilding; renovated in 2008
  • Registered in United States
  • 2:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
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B3, B7-B14
Queen or twin beds; view window and windowed door; private bath with shower

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B15-B16
King or twin beds; view window and windowed door; private bath with shower

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B2
King or twin beds; view window and windowed door; private bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower

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B1, C1-C2
King or twin beds; windowed door or view windows; private bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower

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A1-A2
Separate sitting area; king or twin beds; view window and a sliding glass door opening to a small balcony; private bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower

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B6
Queen bed; view window; windowed door; private bath with shower

Wilderness Discoverer

Warm and inviting, efficient, and oh so cared for by her crew. The Wilderness Discoverer’s agenda is to deliver big adventure. And she does it in top-of-the-class style. Sleek with a northwest feel, the ship was retrofitted specifically for wilderness exploration. Wild, remote, and at the edges of the map, she carries a bit of Alaska wherever she sails—the beautiful bar top and tap tower are made from a yellow cedar log found in Peril Strait.

Her crew takes a lot of pride in spiffing her up and many say she’s the best-looking vessel in the fleet. But looks aside, she doesn’t hold back when it comes to exploration. Her shoal draft allows access to waters that are off-limits to bigger boats, where she can slip right in. An instigator of action, she was the first “Wilderness” boat in the family and set us on a path toward greater adventures—you will be too.

The Wilderness Discoverer comes equipped for adventure with kayaks, paddle boards, skiffs, hiking poles, and wet suits and snorkel equipment. The EZ Dock launch platform makes getting into the water a cinch. A hydrophone transmits below-surface sounds and a bow-mounted underwater camera shows the action. Wellness amenities include two hot tubs, yoga mats, and fitness equipment.

Depending on the cabin, singles, doubles or triples can be accommodated. Common to all cabins are: Air conditioning; flat-screen TV/DVD; iPod docking station, private bath with shower; a view window (no portholes).

Destinations: Alaska; Pacific Northwest

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  • 76 guests
  • 38 cabins
  • 26 crew members
  • 176 feet in length
  • 39 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 10 knots
  • Built in 1992 by Blount Boats; renovated in 2011
  • Registered in United States
  • 3:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
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201, 203-208, 210
Queen or twin beds; view window, private bath with shower

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310-325
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath and shower

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400-403
Sitting area; queen or twin beds; large picture window; private bath with shower

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300-309
Outside entry; fixed queen, fixed double bed, or fixed double bed with twin bed (307, 309); view window; private bath with shower

Wilderness Explorer

Daring and ambitious, and a wee bit salty. The Wilderness Explorer was destined for Alaska’s deep waters from the first moment her boat builders in Boothbay Harbor, Maine slid her into the drink. A strong “sea boat” with feet, she is not bashful or apologetic in her, or her crew’s, unflinching drive to seek out secret niches—with attitude. You know the kind, that “we are better than the rest” attitude. She’s special like that.

Fully embracing change and keeping it fresh, the crew is known to be creative and willing to try the untried, whether it’s a new anchorage with access to an unexplored trail or a new recipe with locally-foraged ingredients. Bold with a capital Brrr, she is also the only ship in the fleet to have over-wintered in Southeast Alaska, for not one, but two wicked cold seasons. Get to know her, and she’ll warm your heart.

The Wilderness Explorer is equipped for active adventure and is outfitted with kayaks, paddle boards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles, a hydrophone for listening below the water, and a bow-mounted underwater camera for viewing in-water action. An EZ Dock launch platform allows for easy access into the water. Onboard wellness amenities include fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a hot tub.

Common to all cabins are: Flat-screen TV/DVD; iPod docking station; air conditioning; private bath with shower; view windows.

Destination: Alaska

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  • 74 guests
  • 37 cabins
  • 26 crew members
  • 186 feet in length
  • 38 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 11 knots
  • Built in 1976; renovated in 2012
  • Registered in United States
  • 3:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
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215; 302
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower

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105-106; 207-214; 303; 305-306; 309-312
Queen, twins, or fixed double bed (105-106); view window; private bath with shower

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301, 304, 313-314
Sitting area; fixed queen bed; large picture window; private bath with shower

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107-114; 202-206
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower

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Navigator - 104
L-shaped twin beds; view window; private bath with a shower