Glacier Bay Small Ship Cruise—Fitness & Yoga

7-night small ship cruise with two days in Glacier Bay National Park

From $3,995

Rates & Dates
  • Itinerary
  • Rates and Dates
  • Ports and Places
  • Land Packages
  • Vessels
800x428-alaska-wellness.jpg

AK-glacier-bay-small-ship-cruise-map-400x428.jpg

Itinerary

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Special wellness, mindfulness, and fitness presentations
  • Small group nutrition workshops
  • Beach and on-deck yoga; walking meditation
  • Guided strength training and fitness sessions
  • TWO days in Glacier Bay National Park
  • Wilderness exploration in the Tongass National Forest and Glacier Bay outback
  • Margerie and Grand Pacific Glacier visits with a park ranger aboard
  • Dawes Glacier and Fords Terror by skiff
  • Orca and humpback whales in Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait
  • Wildlife searches: black and brown bears, eagles, sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, sea birds
  • Kayak, paddle board and skiff remote inlets
  • Beachcombing and tide pool discoveries

Departure Dates & Rates

Select year and month

2018
Apr
2018
Sep
2018

Your day-by-day details

Roundtrip Juneau

400x300-Juneau-port-image.jpg

DAY 1

Juneau, Alaska – Embarkation
Hello, Juneau! It’s off to the hospitality area you go. Up the gangplank, your crew and wellness hosts meet you with a hearty welcome. The adventure begins, sailing west toward Icy Strait.
400x300-alaska-yoga.jpg

DAY 2

Glacier Bay National Park
Glacier Bay has a wow-worthy list of titles—National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Biosphere Reserve. At 3.3 million acres, add Endless Adventure Playground to the list. Head for the Glacier Bay outback. These are places most visitors never see. Dundas and Taylor Bays are in the southernmost reaches of the park. It’s less windswept tucked into a bay, but no less wild. Core strength and kayaking go hand-in-hand. Your guides lead the charge on an energizing core-power kayak excursion. Feel the burn and get your heart pumping on a cardio-intensive bushwhack into the forest. Prefer a mellower pace? Comb for critters if the tide is right. In far reaches, share the beach with sharp-eyed eagles and bears. Show local ravens how to do a crow pose with a yoga practice on the shore. Skiff deep into remote coves and make for the hills. Paddle through kelp in Taylor Bay. Backstroking sea otters hardly bat an eye at your boat. Your bartender has an Old Fashioned ready. Perfect timing too. It’s happy hour, and time to swap stories of this big day with your shipmates.
400x300-glacier-bay-national-park-margarie-glacier.jpg

DAY 3

Glacier Bay National Park
There’s nowhere more soul-stirring to find mind, body, spirit balance—set your intention and honor the light within during morning or evening yoga sessions. An early morning pick-up brings a National Park ranger aboard to share expert insight. Plus, off-the-map places in the bay that most visitors pass by. After one last flow sequence, go meet the ranger! Have your binoculars handy—South Marble Island is a birder’s slice of heaven. Puffins scoot through the water. Guillemots and gulls chatter up the airwaves. The snoozing sea lions don’t seem to mind. Cruise to the far end of Tarr Inlet where Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers calve into the water. Backed by knife-edged peaks, pull into narrow Tidal Inlet. Bears like to forage along this shoreline. Mountain goats too. Back at Bartlett Cove, if time and daylight allow, take a forest hike around the park’s HQ, and say farewell to your ranger.
400x300-paddling-alaska-waters.jpg

DAY 4

Chatham Strait
Chatham Strait stretches for 150 miles in the Tongass National Forest. Options aplenty, your captain navigates to the best. Anchor in a remote Chichagof Island inlet. Backpacks loaded and adventure toys lowered (skiffs, paddle boards, kayaks), it’s time to go play. Get energy pumping on a high-stepping hike with your wellness hosts through moss-covered trees. Stick to the water and don’t forget to look above and below the surface. A nosy seal could be watching your every stroke. Find the rhythm of walking meditation and beachcomb rocky shores. Tiny creatures cling to rocks. Go deep on training, diet, and mindfulness—your wellness hosts provide presentations and lead discussions on stepping up the healthfulness of your routine. Tonight, take a nightcap to the sun deck and watch the sky.
400x300_AK_Port-Houghton-Eagle.png

DAY 5

Kuiu Island
Salmon streams dot the coastline—where there’s salmon, there are bears. Kuiu Island is home to one of the world’s densest populations of black bears. Scope the intertidal zones of Saginaw Bay for them from a kayak or skiff. Eagles fish here too, their white noggins give away their perches. Core strength, plyometrics, and agility will be the focus as you explore the Keku Islands. Kayak or paddle board and find your flow-state. Take the pace down a notch checking out tide pools and abundant life in the intertidal zones. Or, find a serene spot to sit for peaceful self-reflection and guided meditation. Out here, it’s remote and remarkable.
400x300-humback-whales-bubblenet-feeding-in-alaska.jpg

DAY 6

Frederick Sound
Early bird or night owl, make a plan and rise early for sun salutations or wind your day down with starlit chaturanga. Humpbacks beeline it here each season to feast in the krill-rich waters. After your breakfast, look for whales eating theirs. Chances are high they will be—time to hang and enjoy the show. Based on wind and weather, your expedition team has the lineup of adventures all mapped out. Cruise past Five Fingers Lighthouse, Alaska’s oldest light station and The Brothers Islands, where sea lions nap on rocky nobs. Paddle into the deeps of Port Houghton or Windham Bay or head ashore for a hike. When a bear takes notice, they generally scram. But carrot-billed black oystercatchers give you a talking-to. Tonight, toast another big day in Alaska.
400x300-skiff-to-face-of-dawes-glacier.jpg

DAY 7

Endicott Arm / Dawes Glacier
Snow covered mountains. Glacier-carved valleys. White thunder of calving ice. It’s an impressive Wilderness Area. And the perfect setting for a power yoga and deep core session on the bow. Give your body a well-deserved rest on a skiff ride up Endicott Arm, harbor seals pups laze around on icebergs. If the tides are right, slip into Fords Terror. The fjord’s steep walls are streaked with waterfalls. Choked with ice, at the end of the arm, meet Dawes Glacier. Blue ice marches down from the Coast Mountains. With a sharp crack, a calving slice makes a mega-splash. Your hosts lead one last discussion with tips and training to utilize back home. Tonight, celebrate with a festive Farewell Dinner and “photo journal” from you expedition team.
400x300_AK_Day-8-DisembarkationJuneau.png

DAY 8

Juneau - Disembarkation
Mmmm, fresh baked pastries over one last breakfast. After this big week of whole body wellness, you’ve earned it. Wish heartfelt goodbyes this morning, then transfer to the Juneau airport or begin your UnCruise hotel stay or land tour.

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

Guest Hosts for this Itinerary

400x300-alex-schimmel.png

Alex Schimmel—April 29, 2018

The son of a yoga instructor, Alex was familiar with downward dog and happy baby from an early age, though in his youth, baseball was his big interest. He realized the mental and physical benefits of yoga...

Read full bio
400x300-anna-winton_copy.png

Anna Winton—September 2, 2018

Anna hails from Minneapolis where she grew up as a competitive gymnast. After college, her interests turned toward triathlons, and technique and strength-driven sports. A National Academy of Sports Medicine certified...

Read full bio
400x300-tessa-foss.jpg

Tessa Foss—April 29, 2018

Tessa found her way to a career in wellness after being her own first whole-health success story. After losing 80lbs, this mother of three was asked for help by friends and family. She is a NASM certified personal trainer...

Read full bio
400x300-tracy-jennings-hill.jpg

Tracy Jennings-Hill—September 2, 2018

Tracy discovered yoga after sustaining an injury on active duty with the US Air Force. She discovered the balance of a healthy lifestyle in vinyasa style yoga. Retiring from the military after serving 20 years...

Read full bio

Find your next adventure.

Or, search by ship or theme.

Rates and Dates

Fares are per person double occupancy, in USD. Single fares are "from prices" reflecting the lowest fare available in select cabins. Triple accommodations are available in the Admiral cabins and Owner's Suite aboard S.S. Legacy, Commodore Suites aboard Safari Endeavour, and the Commodore Suites and Admiral cabin aboard Safari Explorer. Inquire for pricing details. Charter up to 40-86 guests (varies by vessel).

View fare details

Departure Dates

Select year and month to view rates

2018
Apr
2018
Sep
2018

Download ALL 2018 Alaska Rates & Dates (.pdf)
Download ALL 2019 Alaska Rates & Dates (.pdf)

Apr 29

2018

Juneau to Juneau
240x180_legacy.png
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
Wellness-reverse_17x16.pngWellness
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Master
$3,995
Commander
$4,545
Captain
$5,095
Admiral
$5,745
Jr Commodore Suite
$6,395
Owner's Suite
$8,995
Single
$5,195
Charter
$430,695
Port taxes/fees
$250

Sep 02

2018

Juneau to Juneau
240x180-safari_endeavour-vessel.jpg
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
Wellness-reverse_17x16.pngWellness
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Master
$4,695
Commander
$5,145
Captain
$5,695
Admiral
$6,445
Commodore Suite
$9,145
Single
$6,095
Charter
$480,695
Port taxes/fees
$250

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.

Departure Dates

Select Year and Month to View Rates

2018
Apr
2018
Sep
2018
400x300_embarkation-Juneau.png

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.

ak-port-400x300-glacierbay4.JPG

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.

400x300_AK_Chatham-Strait-GuyWithStarfish.png

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.

ak-port-400x300-Kuiu2.JPG

Kuiu Island

Stretching 65 miles long, the width of Kuiu Island ranges from 25 miles to just 6 miles wide. At Affleck Canal, discovered and named by Joseph Whidbey and George Vancouver in the 1790s, the island is nearly split in two. Part of the Tongass National Forest, jagged arms and fingers of land jut out into the waters of Chatham Strait and other narrower passages, creating many coves and inlets. Over 60,000 acres of land on Kuiu Island is a designated wilderness area including old growth temperate forest.

In the early 2000s, the census reported 10 residents living on the island. More abundant residents include black bears, deer, wolves, sea lions, salmon, seabirds, and birds of prey.

ak-port-400x300-FrederickSound.JPG

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.

400x300_AK_Endicott-Arm-SeaLion-Iceberg.png

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.

Extend Your Experience

400x300_AK_LandPackages_Hotels_goldbelt-hotel.png

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.

400x300_AKLand_Denali-Kni-hero.png

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
400x300_AKLand_Denali-Kni-hero.png

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

Vessels for this Itinerary

270_180_legacy.jpg
270_180_safari_endeavour.jpg

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

SLY-deck-low-res.jpg
  • 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
170x128-SS-Legacy-Master.jpg

103-104, 319-320
Fixed double bed; view window; private bath with shower

170x128-SS-Legacy-Commander.jpg

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

170x128-SS-Legacy-Captain.jpg

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

170x128-SS-Legacy-Admiral.jpg

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

170x128-SS-Legacy-Jr-Commodore-Suite.jpg

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

170x128-SS-Legacy-Owners-Suite.jpg

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

SEN-deck-low-res-1.jpg
  • 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
170x128-Safari-Endeavour-Master.jpg

103-104, 212, 301-302
Fixed queen, or fixed twin beds; desk and chair; view window or portholes; private bath and shower

170x128-Safari-Endeavour-Commander.jpg

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

170x128-Safari-Endeavour-Captain.jpg

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

170x128-Safari-Endeavour-Admiral.jpg

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

170x128-Safari-Endeavour-Commodore-Suite.jpg

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