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Eastern Fjords & Glacier Bay Cruise—Ultimate Expedition

Experience 14 nights of glaciers, whale watching, Native culture, and Glacier Bay National Park

From $8,545

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Itinerary

The ultimate Alaska. Spend two days in Glacier Bay National Park, skiff to glaciers, hike in the Tongass National Forest, and learn about Native cultures.

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS:

  • TWO full days in Glacier Bay National Park
  • Margerie, Grand Pacific, Dawes, and the twin Sawyer Glaciers
  • Navigate winding Wrangell Narrows, Behm Canal, and Tracy Arm
  • Adventure exploration in old-growth forest and glacial outwash fields
  • Kayak, paddle board, skiff, hike, and bushwhack in Tongass backcountry
  • Kiksetti Totem Park and Chief Shakes Tribal House visits and Tlingit cultural presentation
  • Whale watching in Stephens Passage, Icy Strait, and Frederick Sound
  • Birding at South Marble Island—puffins, oystercatchers, cormorants, and kittiwakes
  • Search for wildlife—bears, sea lions, seals, porpoises, and eagles
  • Natural history narration from expert onboard guides

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Juneau to Ketchikan | 

Ketchikan to Juneau

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DAY 1

Juneau, Alaska – Embarkation
Arriving in Juneau, you will be transferred from the airport to our hospitality area. Upon boarding, your crew greets you with champagne and smiles. Set sail for two weeks of scenic channels and secluded wilderness.
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DAY 2

Tracy Arm
Take an early peek outside. Fjord cliffs reach skyward. Floating ice. And deep u-shaped valleys. There’s no abracadabra here. Mother Nature’s magic is real. Cruise past harbor seals and their pups lounging on chunks of ice. Tracy Arm delivers with the cotton-candy blue twin Sawyer Glaciers of its furthest reaches. Tides permitting, your skiff driver knows the ropes and guides you along. It’s a mashup of towering walls, temperamental currents, and the Coastal Mountains. So many waterfalls. Mountain goats show off fancy footwork on the cliffs. Look for them.
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DAY 3

Frederick Sound
Humpbacks beeline it here each season to feed on krill, zooplankton, and herring. Watch for whales feasting in these abundant glacial waters. Hang out and enjoy the show. Cruise past Five Fingers Lighthouse, Alaska’s oldest light station, and The Brothers Islands, where sea lions nap on rocky nobs. Tonight, toast to a whale of a day in Alaska.
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DAY 4

Icy Strait
Before you do anything, look out the window. From kelp-lined channels to hemlock and spruce forests, every inch of this far northwest corner is worth exploring. And today’s adventures promise to be as big as the water is deep! Seals and sea lions haul out on rocky outcroppings, resting before they disappear in the water to search for food. If the tides are right, head out in the skiff with one of the guides for a closer exploration of the rugged shore, or perhaps, make it all the way to George Island. Whatever you do—wilderness trekking, skiffing, or paddling—your expedition team guides the way.
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DAY 5

Glacier Bay National Park
This crown jewel of America’s national parks covers 3.3 million acres (that’s a tad smaller than the state of Connecticut). Let that sink in. Most visitors see the same sliver of the park as everyone else. Not you. You’re going the furthest and exploring parts that 99% of visitors never go to. And you have two days to do it. Get started! Taylor Bay sea stacks and rocky shores make for good adventure. Or hike the outwash field of glaciers winding down the Fairweather Mountain Range. The cool breeze off the nearby snow and icefields is energizing. If you motor over to Dundas Bay, keep your eye out for bears, humpbacks, and if you’re lucky, a wolf sighting. Kayak the bay. Bushwhack into the forest. Discover Glacier Bay outback.
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DAY 6

Glacier Bay National Park
Your camera’s memory card needs plenty of room. South Marble Island is abuzz with activity. Rare sea birds, black oystercatchers, and orange-beaked tufted puffins can’t be missed. A colony of raucous sea lions adds to the hubbub. They add a distinct aroma to the air, too. Tucking into silent Tidal Inlet—the stomping grounds for bears, wolves, mountain goats, eagles—the backdrop is spectacular. At the end of the western-most arm of the bay sits Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers. And possible views of glacial calving. Take it all in on deck.
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DAY 7

Chatham Strait
Find a perch on the bridge with your captain, or with your guides on the bow, and watch for whales and other creatures before tucking into Port Frederick or another inlet in the Tongass National Forest. Any spot’s a good one to pull over and stretch your legs. Hike, paddle, or skiff your way through this remote corner with bears on the shoreline, seals bobbing on the surface, and welcoming boughs of moss in the trees. It’s all yours to explore. Back on the boat, there's a treat in store—the Farewell Dinner and some special memories from your crew.
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DAY 8

Juneau
You have a choice in how to spend your day off the boat. Accompanied by a local expert (and plenty of snacks), the West Glacier Trail excursion takes you through dense temperate rainforest with massive views overlooking Mendenhall Glacier and the surrounding coastal mountain range. Or, opt for a more relaxed pace visiting Juneau highlights on your own. An included tramway ticket provides a ride up the Mt. Roberts Tram, where views unfold as you ascend 1,800 feet through the forest. At the top, explore the trails and Nature Center; back at the bottom, explore Alaska’s heritage at the Alaska State Museum. Both options also include a lunch voucher for a local restaurant. Complimentary laundry service is provided today.
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DAY 9

Tracy Arm - Fords Terror Wilderness
Jutting off Stephens Passage with two deep, glacially carved fjords, this designated wilderness area contains over 600,000 acres. So your explorations today are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Literally. Cruise past chunks and chunks of floating ice (there’s far more beneath the surface than the eye can see). It’s a harbor seal’s delight lazing away the day atop a floating bergie. In classic fjord form, the end of the arm doesn’t disappoint with the blue face of a stories high glacier. If conditions are right, skiffs are the ticket to getting in close.
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DAY 10

Stephens Passage
Morning stretches on-deck jump start the day. Humpback whales are frequent visitors of this Southeast passage. A misty spout is a sure sign they’re in the neighborhood. Your captain navigates Stephens Passage to Port Houghton. And you’re in for a boot-sucking, paddle-smacking day of adventure with your guide team. The routes are all picked out. Make your choice and make your move. Slip off the kayak launch and take it slow, spotting sea stars and shore birds. Hard chargers take a long wild paddle to the salt chuck at the back of the inlet. Or, hike into the Tongass. It’s a landscape of hanging waterfalls and shades of green.
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DAY 11

Thomas Bay / Wrangell Narrows
When you come this far, you might as well go all in. This is way back backcountry of Alaska's wilderness. Glacial landscapes marked by moraines, muskegs, and mud. In this playground, it’s all an option today. Kayak and skiff in water almost clear as glass. The mirror image of fjord walls plays on the surface. Hike through the outwash of Baird Glacier, or keep it green on an interpretive walk through a grassy meadow into the forest. Later, the ship winds into the Wrangell Narrows. Abundant bright red and green navigation lights guide the way. It’s “Christmas Tree Lane,” of course.
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DAY 12

Wrangell
Native culture and wildlife have gotten along just fine for centuries. Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska. It’s also the only one ever governed by four nations. The Tlingit culture has deep roots here. Local islanders come aboard this morning with a presentation that brings their stories and legends to life. Venture into town for a view of recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park. See how many totems you can pick out on each pole. Step inside famed Chief Shakes Tribal House. Can you feel the history in this historic community house?
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DAY 13

Behm Canal
Wildlife abounds. Black bears, mink, eagles. In Behm Canal, it’s all remote waterways and isolated Tongass National Forest coves, streams, and bays. On Cleveland Peninsula, your expedition team leads a low-elevation hike near clear, rushing streams. Good opportunities for enticing forested shots of Southeast. In the water orca, porpoises, seals, and otters go about their business. Go about yours on a guided paddle in tiny deserted waterways that feed into Behm Canal.
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DAY 14

Misty Fjords National Monument
The beauty. The peace. The sense of place you feel. Misty Fjords National Monument represents nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska, and that alone is a lot to consider. Glacial valleys filled with seawater. Sheer 3,000-foot cliffs. Seabirds, brown and black bears, mountain goats, Sitka black-tailed deer, all find safe haven here. Kayak in Walker Cove or Rudyerd Bay and you find it’s just as easy to paddle and go, as it is to sit and float and take it all in. Or skiff to the base of a waterfall for a fjord-released shower. The affectionate nickname “The Yosemite of the North” is deserved. There are places on the planet that completely overcome you. This is one of them. And it’s an amazing wrap to your week. Your captain joins you tonight for a Farewell Dinner. Celebrate and reminisce about your Alaskan journey with a “photo journal” by your crew.
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DAY 15

Ketchikan, Alaska – Disembarkation
After breakfast this morning, bid adieu to your new pals before you disembark and transfer to the Ketchikan airport or begin your extended 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.

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DAY 1

Ketchikan, Alaska – Embarkation
Arriving in Ketchikan and met with a warm welcome, that’s a good start. You have time to take in a bit of the city once you check in at the hospitality area. But after boarding, grab a glass of bubbly as you push off the dock. Set sail for Misty Fjords National Monument.
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DAY 2

Misty Fjords National Monument
The beauty. The peace. The sense of place you feel. Misty Fjords National Monument represents nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska, and that alone is a lot to consider. Glacial valleys filled with seawater. Sheer 3,000-foot cliffs. Seabirds, brown and black bears, mountain goats, Sitka black-tailed deer, all find safe haven here. Kayak in Walker Cove or Rudyerd Bay and you find it’s just as easy to paddle and go, as it is to sit and float and take it all in. Or skiff to the base of a waterfall for a fjord-released shower. The affectionate nickname “The Yosemite of the North” is deserved. There are places on the planet that completely overcome you. This is one of them. And it’s an amazing kickoff to your week.
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DAY 3

Behm Canal
Wildlife abounds. Black bears, mink, eagles. In Behm Canal, it’s all remote waterways and the isolated Tongass National Forest. On Cleveland Peninsula, your expedition team leads a low-elevation hike with wide-stretching views. Good opportunities for panoramic shots of Southeast. In the water orca, porpoises, seals, and otters go about their business. Go about yours on a guided paddle along the canal. An intertidal shore walk circles a tall sea stack covered in green.
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DAY 4

Wrangell
Native culture and wildlife have gotten along just fine for centuries. Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska. It’s also the only one ever governed by four nations. The Tlingit culture has deep roots here. And local islanders come aboard this morning with a presentation that brings their stories and legends to life. Venture into town for a view of recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park. See how many totems you can pick out on each pole. Step inside famed Chief Shakes Tribal House. Can you feel the history in this historic community house?
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DAY 5

Wrangell Narrows / Thomas Bay
Wind into the Wrangell Narrows heading toward the fishing town of Petersburg and Thomas Bay. Abundant bright red and green navigation lights guide the way. It’s “Christmas Tree Lane,” of course. Thomas Bay is way back backcountry of Alaska's wilderness. When you come this far, you might as well go all in. Glacial landscapes marked by moraines, muskegs, and mud. In this playground, it’s all an option today. Kayak and skiff in water almost clear as glass. The mirror image of fjord walls plays on the surface. Hike through the outwash of Baird Glacier. Or keep it green on an interpretive walk through a grassy meadow into the forest with your expedition guides.
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DAY 6

Stephens Passage
Morning stretches on-deck jump start the day. Humpback whales are frequent visitors of this Southeast passage. A misty spout is a sure sign they’re in the neighborhood. Your captain navigates Stephens Passage to Port Houghton. And you’re in for a boot-sucking, paddle-smacking day of adventure with your guide team. The routes are all picked out. Make your choice and make your move. Slip off the kayak launch and take it slow, spotting sea stars and shore birds. Hard chargers take a long wild paddle to the salt chuck at the back of the inlet. Or, hike into the Tongass. It’s a landscape of hanging waterfalls and shades of green.
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DAY 7

Endicott Arm or Tracy Arm / Fords Terror
Jutting off Stephens Passage with two deep, glacially carved fjords, this designated wilderness area contains over 600,000 acres. So your explorations today are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Literally. Cruise past chunks and chunks of floating ice (there’s far more beneath the surface than the eye can see). It’s a harbor seal’s delight lazing away the day atop a floating bergie. In classic fjord form, the end of the arm doesn’t disappoint with the blue face of a stories high glacier. If conditions are right, skiffs are the ticket to getting in close.
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DAY 8

Juneau
You have a choice in how to spend your day off the boat. Accompanied by a local expert (and plenty of snacks), the West Glacier Trail excursion takes you through dense temperate rainforest with massive views overlooking Mendenhall Glacier and the surrounding coastal mountain range. Or, opt for a more relaxed pace visiting Juneau highlights on your own. An included tramway ticket provides a ride up the Mt. Roberts Tram, where views unfold as you ascend 1,800 feet through the forest. At the top, explore the trails and Nature Center; back at the bottom, explore Alaska’s heritage at the Alaska State Museum. Both options also include a lunch voucher for a local restaurant. Complimentary laundry service is provided today.
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DAY 9

Chatham Strait
Find a perch on the bridge with your captain, or with your guides on the bow, and watch for whales and other creatures before tucking into Port Frederick or another inlet in the Tongass National Forest. Any spot’s a good one to pull over and stretch your legs. Hike, paddle, or skiff your way through this remote corner with bears on the shoreline, seals bobbing on the surface, and welcoming boughs of moss in the trees. It’s all yours to explore. Back on the boat, there's a treat in store—the Farewell Dinner and some special memories from your crew.
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DAY 10

Glacier Bay National Park
This crown jewel of America’s national parks covers 3.3 million acres (that’s a tad smaller than the state of Connecticut). Let that sink in. Most visitors see the same sliver of the park as everyone else. Not you. You’re going the furthest and exploring parts that 99% of visitors never go to. And you have two days to do it. Get started! Taylor Bay sea stacks and rocky shores make for good adventure. Or hike the outwash field of glaciers winding down the Fairweather Mountain Range. The cool breeze off the nearby snow and icefields is energizing. If you motor over to Dundas Bay, keep your eye out for bears, humpbacks, and if you’re lucky, a wolf sighting. Kayak the bay. Bushwhack into the forest. Discover Glacier Bay outback.
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DAY 11

Glacier Bay National Park
Your camera’s memory card needs plenty of room. South Marble Island is abuzz with activity. Rare sea birds, black oystercatchers, and orange-beaked tufted puffins can’t be missed. A colony of raucous sea lions adds to the hubbub. They add a distinct aroma to the air, too. Tucking into silent Tidal Inlet—the stomping grounds for bears, wolves, mountain goats, eagles—the backdrop is spectacular. At the end of the western-most arm of the bay sits Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers. And possible views of glacial calving. Take it all in on deck.
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DAY 12

Icy Strait
Before you do anything, look out the window. From kelp-lined channels to hemlock and spruce forests, every inch of this far northwest corner is worth exploring. And today’s adventures promise to be as big as the water is deep! Seals and sea lions haul out on rocky outcroppings, resting before they disappear in the water to search for food. If the tides are right, head out in the skiff with one of the guides for a closer exploration of the rugged shore, or perhaps, make it all the way to George Island. Whatever you do—wilderness trekking, skiffing, or paddling—your expedition team guides the way.
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DAY 13

Frederick Sound
Humpbacks beeline it here each season to feed on krill, zooplankton, and herring. Watch for whales feasting in these abundant glacial waters. Hang out and enjoy the show. Cruise past Five Fingers Lighthouse, Alaska’s oldest light station, and The Brothers Islands, where sea lions nap on rocky nobs. Tonight, toast to a whale of a day in Alaska.
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DAY 14

Tracy Arm
Take an early peek outside. Fjord cliffs reach skyward. Floating ice. And deep u-shaped valleys. There’s no abracadabra here. Mother Nature’s magic is real. Cruise past harbor seals and their pups lounging on chunks of ice. Tracy Arm delivers with the cotton-candy blue twin Sawyer Glaciers of its furthest reaches. Tides permitting, your skiff driver knows the ropes and guides you along. It’s a mashup of towering walls, temperamental currents, and the Coastal Mountains. So many waterfalls. Mountain goats show off fancy footwork on the cliffs. Look for them.
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DAY 15

Juneau, Alaska – Disembarkation
Linger over breakfast this morning cruising into Juneau. Wish your crew and new friends goodbye. Then it’s off 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.

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May 30

2021

Juneau to Ketchikan
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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
  • Registered in United States
  • 3:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Navigator
$8,545
Trailblazer
$9,895
Pathfinder
$10,845
Explorer
$12,745
Single Navigator
$14,100
Charter
N/A
Port taxes/fees
$750

Jun 20

2021

Juneau to Ketchikan
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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
  • Registered in United States
  • 3:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Navigator
$9,595
Trailblazer
$10,945
Pathfinder
$11,795
Explorer
$14,145
Single Navigator
$15,835
Charter
N/A
Port taxes/fees
$750

Jul 11

2021

Juneau to Ketchikan
240x180_Wilderness-Explorer.png
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
  • Registered in United States
  • 3:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Navigator
$9,595
Trailblazer
$10,945
Pathfinder
$11,795
Explorer
$14,145
Single Navigator
$15,835
Charter
N/A
Port taxes/fees
$750

Aug 01

2021

Juneau to Ketchikan
240x180_Wilderness-Explorer.png
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
  • Registered in United States
  • 3:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Navigator
$9,595
Trailblazer
$10,945
Pathfinder
$11,795
Explorer
$14,145
Single Navigator
$15,835
Charter
N/A
Port taxes/fees
$750

Aug 15

2021

Ketchikan to Juneau
240x180_Wilderness-Explorer.png
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
  • Registered in United States
  • 3:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Navigator
$9,595
Trailblazer
$10,945
Pathfinder
$11,795
Explorer
$14,145
Single Navigator
$15,835
Charter
N/A
Port taxes/fees
$750

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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Photo of orcas in Behm Canal, Alaska

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. It is also home to New Eddystone Rock, a pillar of basalt jetting from the sea.

Photo of a scuba diver displaying a many-armed starfish found in Chatham Strait

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 Icy Strait.

Seals resting on bergy bits in Endicott Arm, Southeast Alaska

Endicott Arm

Endicott Arm is one of two narrow fjords that make up the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness area. Over 30 miles long, it ends at the stunning and breathtaking Dawes Glacier. With calm waters and only the sound of glacial caving, harbor seals, bears, deer, wolves and a wide variety of birds call this area home.

Halfway up Endicott Arm sits Fords Terror, a narrow passage that is accessible by small boat. As the tides change, water is pulled or pushed through this shallow and narrow opening, making it almost impossible for boats to pass through. Time it right and you will be able to see some of the best waterfalls in Southeast Alaska.

Photo of Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness

Fords Terror Wilderness

Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness was designated in 1980 by the United States Congress. Today, it has over 653,000 acres of breathtaking scenery.

Bounded by Canada on the east and bordered by the Chuck River Wilderness to the south, the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness is highlighted by two sheer-walled fjords, Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm, both narrow and deep and over 30 miles long. At the head of both fjords, tidewater glaciers calve regularly into the sea. Permanent ice covers about one-fifth of the Wilderness.

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Frederick Sound

Frederick Sound is a body of water approximately 45 miles wide in the central part of Southeast Alaska, at the confluence of Portage Bay (West), lower Stephens Passage (North), and Chatham Strait between the communities of Juneau (North) and Petersburg (South). Frederick Sound is only accessible by boat or air.

Abundant krill (small, shrimp-like crustaceans), zooplankton and herring thrive in the glacially fed waters of Frederick Sound, making it one of the premier places in Alaska to observe feeding humpback whales. It is estimated that over 500 of the 1,000 humpbacks that migrate annually to Alaska from Hawaiian breeding grounds head particularly to Frederick Sound to feed in its super nutrient-rich waters.

Marine mammals in the sound also include orcas (killer whales), Steller sea lions, Dall’s porpoise, and harbor seals. A variety of seabirds thrive in this region as well and can be observed flying overhead or flocking after the whale’s watery leftovers, creating a great clue to where the humpbacks might be. Surrounding the sound are the majestic craggy snow-covered mountains of the Coast Range rising from the sea to grand heights of 10,000 feet.

Photo of the UnCruise Adventures ship Wilderness Explorer in Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve; photo by Michel Verdure

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.

Photo of sea lions at a haulout in Icy Strait, Alaska

Icy Strait

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

Photo of the Juneau waterfront as seen from a departing UnCruise Adventures ship

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.

Photo of historic Creek Street in Ketchikan, Alaska

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

Photo of an UnCruise Adventures ship in Misty Fjords National Monument

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.

Photo of four orcas swimming in a row in Stephens Passage

Stephens Passage

Running between Admiralty Island to the west and Douglas Island to the east, Stevens Passage is a 170-km channel in the Alexander Archipelago.

Stephens Passage was named in 1794 by George Vancouver, probably for Sir Philip Stephens. It was first charted the same year by Joseph Whidbey, master of the HMS Discovery during Vancouver's 1791–95 expedition.

Photo of UnCruise guests kayaking in Thomas Bay, northeast of Petersburg, Alaska

Thomas Bay

Northeast of Petersburg, Thomas Bay is known for glaciers and its abundance of wildlife. Moose, bears, and wolves are just a few of the animals you may see while traveling through this bay. Rich with gold, quartz, and lore, Baird Glacier drains into the bay.

It is also known as “The Bay of Death,” due to a massive landslide that claimed over 500 lives in 1750. It also has gained the name of "Devil's Country" when in 1900 several people claimed to have seen devil creatures in the area.

Photo of the Chief Shakes Tribal House in Wrangell, Alaska

Wrangell, Alaska

Located on the northern corner of Wrangell Island—part of the Alexander Archipelago—the city of Wrangell is seven miles from the mouth and delta of the Stikine River, a very important freshwater contribution to the Inside Passage. The powerful Stikine Tlingit tribes inhabited the region for thousands of years, developing a very important trade center at the mouth of this river with the interior Athapaskan tribes. Along the beach north of town remains a very extensive collection of petroglyphs. It is thought that these rock carvings may have been primitive boundary markers for the First Peoples that lived in this area, establishing its importance.

Wrangell is one of the oldest non-native settlements in Alaska. The first to document this region were the Russians, who arrived in 1811 and began trading with the native Tlingits for beaver and sea otter furs from the Stikine River. In 1834 the Russians built a stockade, which in 1839 was leased by the British Hudson Bay Trading Company causing controversy over the use of Tlingit trade routes. The fort was abandoned in 1849 after depleting the sea otter and beaver stock in the area, but remained under British rule until Alaska was purchased by the U.S. in 1869.

Its colorful pioneer history grew with gambling, bars and Gold Rushers, and even tout Wyatt Earp in their guest book of famous visitors when he stopped in Wrangell en route to the northern gold fields. John Muir also has his place in the Wrangell history books, staying here in his early days of Alaska exploration. A disastrous fire in the early 1950s destroyed most of the downtown area including the Bear Totem Store, a curio shop built in 1920 which housed a collection of Tlingit arts, crafts, and irreplaceable totem poles. For many years, this rough and rugged Wild West town was supported primarily by the logging and fishing industries.

Today, Wrangell continues to redefine itself. The lumber mills have been upgraded and refashioned into a sustainable forest products industry, and the town has become a unique outpost for tourism. Visit Chief Shakes Island and Tribal House Monument, Totem Park, the Wrangell Museum, or walk among the petroglyphs at Petroglyph Beach State Park for a glimpse into its history.

Photo of Wrangell, Alaska, from the water

Wrangell Narrows

Wrangell Narrows is one of the two narrowest waterways in Southeast Alaska, with Peril Straits near Sitka being the other. It is approximately 21 miles long, and is a very narrow and shallow waterway separating Mitkof Island and Kupreanof Island. Depending on tide activity, Wrangell Narrows is one-half mile to 100 yards wide, with its snake-like path winding around 46 total course changes.

More than 70 navigational aids mark this course, giving Wrangell Narrows its nickname of “Christmas Tree Lane,” reminding folks of the red and green holiday lights when all the buoys are lit at night. This waterway averages just 19 to 22 feet deep, depending on the tide. Large boats require more than two feet of water above average low tide in order to navigate this challenging waterway safely. The southern point of Wrangell Narrows is the confluence of Sumner Strait, and its northern point is the small, quaint fishing village of Petersburg and the confluence of Frederick Sound, with the tides entering and exiting from both ends.

Extend Your Experience

Photo of the exterior of the Four Points by Sheraton hotel in downtown Juneau. UnCruise Adventures offers a stopover package at this hotel for its guests before or after their UnCruise trip.

Hotel Stay

JUNEAU – FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON
2020 RATES: From $195

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.

Photo of the exterior of the Cape Fox Lodge, located in the Tongass National Forest, with views of the Tongass Narrows and downtown Ketchikan. UnCruise Adventures offers a stopover package at this accommodation for its guests before or after their UnCruis

HOTEL STAY

KETCHIKAN – CAPE FOX LODGE
2020 RATES: From $215

Accessed by tram, the hotel offers panoramic views of Tongass Narrows and the city, with Ketchikan’s hot spots within walking distance. Onsite, spacious and bright rooms, restaurant, and lounge offer casual comfort.

Summary

Stopover Package at the Cape Fox Lodge includes meet and greet service at the airport, water-view or mountain-view room, tax, and baggage handling.

Photo of Denali overlooking Denali National Park and Preserve

LAND PACKAGE

Denali & Talkeetna Wilderness Rail Adventure
2020 RATES: From $3,995

This 6-night pre-cruise escorted land tour features wilderness lodge stays in Denali National Park and Talkeetna Mountains, and hotel overnights in Anchorage. Throughout your adventure, each vantage point—whether ascending a mountain, riding the Alaskan Railroad, or in the most remote backcountry location—offers changing sights and things to do.

6 Nights

Summary

Itinerary Highlights:

  • UnCruise Adventures escorted pre-cruise land tour
  • Two nights at Denali National Park, two nights Talkeetna, and two nights Anchorage
  • First-class deluxe dome train ride with guided narration
  • Interpretive tour into Denali National Park
  • Wildlife viewing and wilderness hikes
  • Hike the Talkeetna Mountains
  • Natural History presentations
  • Native culture and dance at Alaska Native Heritage Center

Vessels for this Itinerary

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Wilderness Explorer

Daring and ambitious, and a wee bit salty. The Wilderness Explorer was destined for Alaska’s deep waters from the first moment she slid into the drink. A strong “sea boat” with feet, she is not bashful or apologetic in her unflinching drive to seek out secret niches. Embracing change, the crew is known to try the untried, whether it’s gaining access to an unexplored trail or a new recipe with locally foraged ingredients. Bold with a capital Brrr, she is also our only boat 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.

Onboard Features: EZ Dock kayak launch platform; bow-mounted underwater camera; kayaks, paddle boards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles, snorkel gear/wetsuits; on-deck hot tub; fitness equipment and yoga mats; DVD and book library

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

Destination: Alaska

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  • 74 guests
  • 37 cabins
  • 28 crew members
  • 186 feet in length
  • 38 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 11 knots
  • 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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107-114; 202-206
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower

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301, 304, 313-314
Fold-down queen bed; large picture window; private bath with shower