Alaska Inside Passage: Western Coves

This Ketchikan to Juneau itinerary is focused on taking you into the Alaska Inside Passage isolated waterways and secret passages where bigger cruise ships canÂ’t travel. YouÂ’ll have the opportunity to see wildlife and wilderness up close as you are surrounded by the majestic beauty of the remote Tongass National Forest. Every day you can choose your activity level and enjoy options like kayaking, caving, fishing, hiking or paddle boarding.


Day 1: Embark on your adventure in Ketchikan

Welcome aboard! After meeting your crew and getting acquainted with your shipÂ’s features, enjoy a delicious meal as you cruise through Clarence Strait.

Day 2: El Capitan Passage and Devilfish Bay

Wake to breathtaking views of the expansive Tongass Forest, the nationÂ’s largest national forest, rising on either side of Devilfish Bay. The El Capitan Passage, a 27-mile long waterway dividing Prince of Wales and Kosciusko Islands, offers many ways to get closer to nature. Drop crab pots en route to prime fishing waters. Wind through the high forests on an old logging trail. Paddle the scenic, 4-mile roundtrip around Devilfish Cove. And donÂ’t miss El Capitan Cave, the largest known cave in North America. This afternoon, visit Marble Island, named for the famous Tokeen Marble Quarry, to pick up freshly harvested oysters and fish from a local family. During cocktail hour, family members come aboard to share their unique perspective of life in the Alaskan outback. Tonight some may choose to kayak and then camp ashore.

Day 3: Klawock

As the sun rises over the Tlingit village of Klawock, the living history of native Alaska lies in wait. Spend the morning gaining a better understanding about the importance of carving in Alaskan culture, mixing with the locals and gazing up at the twenty-one restored totem poles that color the town. Hear the stories of the totems at the park and at the carvers' shed where the art of carving and restoring totems is passed on to the local youth. In the afternoon, you may choose to kayak close-in or for distance. Explore the Klawock area on foot or by kayak, keeping an eye out for bears, eagles, sea birds and whales.

Day 4: Little Port Walter and Mist Cove

Anchored in Little Port Walter, the day offers many options. This morning, choose between a half-day fishing excursion, fly fishing, a hike on Sashin Lake Trail, or take it easy with a shorter hike to the site of an ancient native fish weir to explore an abandoned cannery. Later, visit a NOAA field fisheries site and hike in Mist Cove for seemingly never-ending views, until you come face-to-face with an enormous waterfall. Back onboard, meet a fisheries expert from Deer Lake aquaculture who joins us for dinner and a presentation.

Day 5: Patterson Bay & Deep Cove

While you sleep soundly, the ship will slip through the waters between Little Port Walter for Patterson Bay. Leisurely explore the bay by skiff, kayak (long or short trips), guided hikes and even gear up for snorkeling. Share your video footage on the lounge's flat screen TV's throughout the evening. Toast another day's amazing adventures with a cold microbrew or cocktail. Be sure to watch the sun slowly disappear over the horizon. Kayaks are available all day for unguided touring at your leisure.

Day 6: The Brothers, Frederick Sound and Whale Watching

The Brothers, a pair of islands in Frederick Sound, are home to some of Alaska’s most abundant wildlife. And no one will be immune to the wonderful pomp and pageantry of the Stellar sea lions that rest here. Choose between a 5-10 mile guided kayak trip or skiff tour to the southern end of The Brothers where the sea lions bark commands and pal around. After lunch, move into the waters of Frederick Sound – the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the Northern Hemisphere. Scan the water for movement and thrill as humpbacks, orca and Stellar sea lions feed, swirl, jump and crash back down to the surface. Learn fascinating facts and behavioral theories about the whales from onboard naturalists as you watch the action. Later tonight, you will be anchored inside the glacial Endicott Arm, listening to whales and dreaming of more to come tomorrow.

Day 7: Endicott Arm and FordÂ’s Terror Wilderness

On the last full day of your journey, prepare to have your breath taken away by sculptural glacial views and snow-covered mountains. Endicott Arm frequently offers respite to seals on the smaller "bergy bits" and sometimes, it gets a little crowded. Kayak toward the glowing blue of Dawes Glacier's face or see it all from the ease of a skiff. Tides permitting, the ship will move up to FordÂ’s Terror, a narrow passage named after a naval crewmember who was stranded in the turbulent tidal water for six hours. Armed with tide tables, you can safely skiff through FordÂ’s Terror and admire the magnificent domes, hanging valleys and pristine wilderness that surround it. Back aboard, you will be greeted with cocktails and a cheery camaraderie as you join the Captain in a farewell toast. Anchored at Woods Spit, enjoy a wonderful dinner and even better conversations with all the new friends youÂ’ve made on your journey.

Day 8: Arrive in Juneau / Disembark

A Bon Voyage breakfast ends the ship journey; however, there are many enticing ways to extend your journey. Transfer directly to the Juneau airport or arrange for an add-on overnight stay or an extended land tour.

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