Inner Reaches Western Coves

Wildlife and wilderness highlight this 7-night Inside Passage adventure cruise

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Neither cloud failure, nor liquid sunshine gets in the way on this journey. In Alaska’s western-most reaches, make your own discoveries on our wild and woolliest adventure—cave hike, kayak, wildlife, and snorkel.


  • Twin Sawyers Glaciers in Tracy Arm
  • Wildlife viewing in Tracy Arm Wilderness and Frederick Sound
  • Captain’s Choice exploration at Kuiu Island
  • Forest Ranger hike and explore inside El Capitan Cave on Prince of Wales Island
  • Observe a Steller sea lion haulout at The Brothers Islands
  • Kayak, paddle board, skiff, and hike in Chatham Strait and Tongass National Forest

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Ketchikan to Juneau



Ketchikan, Alaska – Embarkation
Welcome aboard! Meet your crew, get settled in, and keep watch for eagles as we cruise through the Tongass Narrows out of Ketchikan.


Tongass National Forest
Aha! The wilderness of Southeast Alaska. Wake in a remote cove surrounded by breathtaking Tongass National Forest—the largest national forest in the US. Joined by your expedition team, it’s a water ops morning. Spend it paddling a kayak, paddle boarding, or exploring by skiff. Then settle in as you cruise the northern tip of Prince of Wales Island, nestled right in the heart of the Tongass. It’s a grand first day of exploration!


El Capitan Cave / Prince of Wales Island
Take a walk on the wild side winding through high forest on an old logging trail, and find your way to El Capitan Cave, the largest known cave in Alaska and one of the largest mapped caves in the Americas. Learn from Forest Service Rangers about karst and the geologic forces that created this intricate cave system. Locals—bears, harbor seals and humpbacks, deer, eagles, humans too—enjoy the calm and serenity of the island. Take it all in, and chances are, you will too.


Chatham Strait
It's Captain's Choice today as you explore the intricate passages and shores along Chatham Strait's Kuiu Island. Join your expedition team on (or in!) the water. Conditions permitting, take to the water by kayak, skiff, or snorkel. Snorkeling is optional, but hidden beneath the surface lies a magical array of sea life only seen from below. Take a deep breath and go for it! Today's discoveries will be within some of the most untouched wilderness of the Tongass National Forest.


Frederick Sound
Lush forest, spectacular views, play time, and wildlife—they are all in abundance in Frederick Sound. Keep watch along the coastline for birds, wolves, and black bears. With many secluded coves to choose from, you may discover the intertidal zones of Security or Saginaw Bays, or perhaps another hidden gem to explore by skiff or paddle a kayak. Gear up for snorkeling or guided hikes. This evening, toast another day of amazing adventure with a cold microbrew or cocktail.


The Brothers Islands / Stephens Passage
There’ll be plenty of wildlife viewing today. The Brothers, a pair of tiny, rocky islands at the confluence of Stephens Passage and Frederick Sound, are home to some of Alaska’s most abundant wildlife, including a haulout for Steller sea lions. The area is also the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the northern hemisphere. Keep watch for orca, humpbacks, and porpoise.


Tracy Arm Wilderness
At the end of Tracy Arm, a winding fjord with sheer granite walls, hundreds of cascading waterfalls, and some of the largest icebergs in all of Alaska, sits the twin Sawyer Glaciers—Sawyer and South Sawyer. The fjord is home to brown and black bears, deer, mountain goats, harbor seals, and birds such as arctic terns and pigeon guillemots.


Juneau, Alaska – Disembarkation
Bid adieu to new-found friends over breakfast before disembarking. Transfer directly to the Juneau airport or begin your add-on overnight stay or extended 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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Fares are per person double occupancy, in USD. Any cabin (except Single) may be sold as a single at 175% of double occupancy rate. Triple rates are available in designated cabins (refer to deck plan); inquire for pricing details. Charter up to 74-76 guests (varies by vessel).

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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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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.


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.


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.


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.


Prince of Wales Island

The fourth largest island in the United States, Prince of Wales Island is 135 miles long and boasts 990 miles of coastline. There are several designated wilderness areas on the island and nearly all of it is part of the Tongass National Forest. Steep mountains, tall peaks that reach beyond 3,000 feet high, fjords, dense forest, and striking limestone including the El Captain Cave are the features of the island.

Historically inhabited by the Tlingit, Haida people moved to the island in the 1700s and Europeans first set foot on the island around 1740. A number of small communities are found the island today, though all are quite small—the largest, Craig, has just over 1,000 residents.


Stephens Passage

Running between Admiralty Island to the West and Douglas Island to the east, Stevens Passage is a 170km long 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.


The Brothers Islands

The Brothers, a pair of tiny, rocky islands at the confluence of Stephen’s Passage and Frederick Sound, are home to some of Alaska’s most abundant wildlife, including a haulout for Stellar sea lions. The area is also the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the northern hemisphere.


Tongass National Forest

The Tongass National Forest is located in southeast Alaska and at 17 million acres and encompassing 19 different designated wilderness area, it is the largest national forest in the United States.

With its temperate climate and remote location, the Tongass National Forest is home to a large variety of endangered species and rare flora and fauna.


Tracy Arm

Tracy Arm quickly becomes a favorite place for those who visit. It is perhaps one of the most dramatic locations in all of North America. This fantastic fjord rivals if not surpasses the fjords of Norway and New Zealand. Completely protected within the Tongass National Forest, this fjord stretches some 25 miles up into the Coastal Range Mountains. These snow- and glacier-filled mountains over 7,000 feet tall drop immediately to sea level. We will be surrounded by sheer 1,500-to 2,000-foot walls of granite falling into the extremely narrow passage, creating countless waterfalls and strange rock formations covered in forest, and trees hanging onto precipices at impossible angles. Bears, mountain goats, and other fur-bearing animals live here, on a terrain you would think has to be devoid of such large animals. You might spot a bear in a spot that does not look possible.

Twisting and turning, not being able to see what is around the next corner, you will be presented with a continual flow of scenery that could only be compared to Yosemite National Park but filled with over 1,000 feet of water! Here killer whales come to prey upon harbor seals who think they have safely hauled out on the ice to give birth or molt their fur. Each turn will present a new view of waterfalls and “u”-shaped valleys, carved out by ice in the not-so-distant past.

At the head of the arm is our true destination, the two Sawyer glaciers that carved out the fjord. As we make our way to the head of the fjord, we will pass through a field of icebergs that will bump into the ship as we push them out of the way. We will be entering a surreal world you could not imagine, with ice more blue than the sky itself. When we arrive at the face of the glaciers, we will no doubt see hundreds of harbor seals laying on the ice. If we are fortunate, a building-size piece of ice will break off the glacier's face only to crash and thunder into the water below, creating massive waves that will rock our ship as our guests cheer.

Extend Your Experience



2016 RATES: From $190

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.


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.



2016 RATES: From $175

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.


Stopover Package at 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.

2016 RATES:
Single $275
Double $175



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

Wilderness Adventurer, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Our 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



  • 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


Winterlake Lodge
2016 RATES: From $4,945

North of Anchorage and nestled along mile 198 of the historic Iditarod Trail, experience Alaska’s interior on a 4-night land extension that features the remote, fly-in wilderness Winterlake Lodge.

4 Nights



  • Private transfer from the Anchorage Airport to hotel
  • 2 nights deluxe accommodations at the Hotel Captain Cook (or similar)
  • Round trip floatplane passage from Anchorage to Winterlake Lodge
  • 2 day / 2 night inclusive package at Winterlake Lodge
  • All activities at the lodge as outlined in itinerary
  • All gourmet meals, and wine service at Winterlake Lodge as outlined in itinerary
  • All private and shared ground transportation
  • All applicable taxes
  • Customer service support and/or Emergency Contact Information while traveling



Alaska Railroad & Denali National Park Adventure
2016 RATES: From $3,795

Enhance your cruise with a 5-night pre- or post-cruise land package featuring Denali National Park and Preserve and hotel overnights in Anchorage.

5 Nights



  • Private transfer from the Anchorage Airport to hotel
  • 2 nights deluxe accommodations at the Hotel Captain Cook (or similar)
  • Alaska Railroad GoldStar dome train from Anchorage to Denali National Park
  • Overnight accommodations at the Grand Denali Lodge
  • 90 mile wildlife bus through Denali National Park
  • 2 nights accommodations at Kantishna Roadhouse
  • Activities at Kantishna Roadhouse as outlined in itinerary
  • Charter flight from Kantishna to Anchorage
  • All meals as outlined in itinerary
  • All applicable taxes.
  • Customer service support and/or Emergency Contact Information while guests are traveling.

Vessels for this Itinerary

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