Alaska Cruise: Inside Passage: Juneau Round-Trip (2009)

Explore Alaska's spectacular fjords and glaciers aboard the elegant and intimate Safari Explorer, designed and crafted for the relaxation and enjoyment of 36 discerning guests. Throughout your voyage enjoy quiet nights at anchor in remote coves, unhurried time for whale watching and wildlife viewing, kayaking in secluded bays, guided hikes and a visit to Petersburg. Your ship provides first-class comfort and attention to detail, including a wine library, spa, top-deck hot tub and and superb meals.


Day 1: Arrive in Juneau / Embarkation

Upon arrival you will be transferred from the airport to board the yacht. Your crew greets you with champagne and smiles, and you'll cruise to a secluded wilderness anchorage this evening.

Days 2-3: Glacier Bay National Park

Over the two day in the park youÂíll travel nearly 60 miles cruising up-bay to Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers, which frequently calve huge icebergs into the bay. If conditions permit, your guides will lower the inflatable and weave among the icebergs that have fallen from the face of the glaciers. Enjoy evenings at anchor in hidden coves, and mornings paddling your kayaks in the quiet of this majestic wilderness. Here in the bay there are puffins and sea lions, mountain goats and bears, moose, eagles, and scenery more spectacular than any place on Earth. Glacier Bay is at its best when explored by small groups on a nimble yacht over the course of two days to hike and kayak inside the bay and wilderness areas. See Glacier Bay Map.

Day 4: Icy Strait

During today's ultimate day of exploration, there's no agenda to follow except to experience every moment scouring the nutrient-rich waters in search for humpbacks, porpoise, sea lions and other wildlife. Marvel at the grand scenery of the Alaskan wilderness as your crew expertly guides you through those "not in the guide book" areas that only the locals know. Join the Captain on the bridge or out on deck in search for marine mammals. Late afternoon, you'll have the opportunity to drop the skiffs and kayaks to further explore the shoreline of a remote bay. The afternoon and evening will be spent at Point Adolphus, Alaska's most famous humpback whale feeding area. Be on the watch for the telltale blow of humpback whales as you cruise through Icy Strait. Before retiring for the evening enjoy the wilderness solitude while relaxing in the upper deck hot tub or enjoy a nightcap with your fellow yachtmates in the salon.

Day 5: Pavlof Harbor and the Waterfall Coast

Spend the morning cruising the waters where an array of marine wildlife feed and frolic. Later, hike Lake Pavlof Trail at Pavlof Harbor and drop the kayaks and skiff for a closer inspection of the remote coastline. Throughout the afternoon, youÂíll keep a sharp eye out for humpback whales. Your next destination is Kasnyku Bay on Baranof Island along Chatham Strait. Once anchored, youÂíll explore by kayak and skiff in this majestic, unspoiled corner of Southeast Alaska before setting off for Takatz Bay for your evening anchorage.

Day 6: Frederick Sound and Sea Lions

Today youÂíll cruise around Admiralty Island to more prime humpback-viewing waters in Frederick Sound. Here is an outstanding opportunity to spot the huge brown ÂĖ or grizzly ÂĖ bears for which Admiralty Island is famous. Take time for skiff operations and sea kayaking in Saginaw Bay and cruise up-close to a sea lion colony at the Brothers Islands. Tonight you'll anchor in a remote and picturesque bay.

Day 7: FordÂís Terror and Endicott Arm

Cliff-walled fjords sliced into the mountainous mainland are on tap today as you tuck into an area widely acclaimed as the most beautiful in all of Alaska. Snow gleams on mountaintops high overhead, as bears amble on the shoreline and mountain goats cling to impossibly precarious perches. Seemingly every few hundred yards another sparkling waterfall tumbles down the cliffs. Enjoy a skiff ride at FordÂís Terror, named after an early mariner who was somewhat taken aback when a waterfall appeared at the turn of the tide where none had been visible at high tide. YouÂíll anchor overnight at Taku Harbor to enjoy the CaptainÂís Farewell Dinner in an utterly lovely setting.

Day 8: Disembark in Juneau

Transfer to the airport or hotel.

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