Alaska’s Glaciers and Whales
DATES (2018): May 06 (L), 20 (L), 27 (E) | Jun 03 (L), 10 (E), 17 (L), 24 (E) | Jul 01 (L), 08 (E), 17 (L), 22 (E) | Aug 05 (E), 19 (E)
DURATION: 8 Days/ 7 Nights
EMBARK: Juneau, Alaska
DISEMBARK: Sitka, Alaska
SHIPS: LEGACY (L) ; SAFARI ENDEAVOUR (E)
LIKE A BOILING GEYSER, THE WATER ROILS AT THE SURFACE JUST BEYOND OUR SKIFF… The water erupts with a massive burst. Bubble-net feeding humpbacks! My skin prickles with goosebumps—and I catch my breath. Compared to the size of these whales, we are tiny. You can see their pink tongues and feathery baleen. A dark eye of one looks right at me.
• The glacier adventure: LeConte, Baird, and Sawyer and South Sawyer
• Tlingit native culture on a private village tour of Kake
• Whale watching in Frederick Sound
• Look for wildlife—eagles, arctic terns, black and brown bears, sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions
• Skiff through iceberg waters of Tracy Arm
• Boardwalk, bushwhack, and trail hikes in Tongass National Forest
• Kayak, paddle board and skiff in hidden coves and narrow fjords
• Hike on the terminal moraine of Baird Glacier
- All onboard meals;
- premium spirits, wine, microbrews;
- non-alcoholic beverages;
- exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days;
- entry fees to national parks/preserves;
- all from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment;
- wellness program: hot tub, fitness equipment, yoga mats.
- Port charges of $250 per person;
- Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
- Luggage, trip cancellation and Emergency Evacuation Insurance;
- Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges;
- Staff gratuities;
- fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings;
- Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses.
Welcome to Alaska’s capital, where your home on the water awaits. Come aboard, meet your crew, and unpack your adventurous spirit. Your course is set for glaciers, and the Tongass—the largest national forest in the U.S.
Tracy Arm / Stephens Passage
Wake in a fjord flanked by sheer granite walls. Grab a hot cup of joe and take it all in from the bow. Cascading waterfalls. Drifting icebergs. A lazy harbor seal or two. Layer up with gloves and a warm hat, and hop in a skiff for a better look at the glacier—the temps drop the closer you get. Your expedition guide clues you in to signs of the ice ages that carved this landscape. The geology is fascinating and so is the wildlife. Keep an eye out for mountain goats, bears, and eagles. Make waves for Stephens Passage. It’s all hands on deck watching for signs of humpbacks. It’s a big first day!
Thomas Bay / Baird Glacier
Have your rubber boots handy. You’re in for muskeg and mud in Alaska’s backcountry. Hiking along Baird’s moraine, look for shimmers of gold and quartz—this area is known for it. The glacial outwash plains look almost lunar, but you’re not alone in this moonscape. The glacial valley is a nesting hot-spot for arctic terns. Splash away the
mud before a paddle along the bay’s mossy cliff walls. Back on board, it’s time for a cocktail and a soak in the hot tub.
LeConte Glacier / Ideal Cove
LeConte is the southernmost tidewater glacier in North America. If tides are low, take a boot-sucking walk to check out icebergs resting on the mudflats. If it’s high tide, a skiff ride brings you up-close to its iceberg gardens. Surrounded by national forest, Ideal Cove’s boardwalk trails wind through meadows of ferns and grasses. Or test your balance paddle boarding in this quiet cove. It’s just you and the vast wilderness.
Kake / Frederick Sound
“Kake” comes from a Tlingit word meaning “opening of daylight.” Apropos, start your day in this native village with traditional storytelling and dancing. Count the many totems on their 132-foot pole. Drop the kayaks in Saginaw Bay or some other hidden cove along the Keku Islands. Black bears are common sights along shore. But so are eagles in the treetops and orange-billed surf scoters paddling nearby. For hikers, your guides have a route in mind. Make for the forest, far off the map. Cruising Frederick Sound, chances are high you’ll see humpbacks. The up-welling of nutrients in the water make it an irresistible feeding ground.
Baranof Island / Peril Strait
Leave it to the captain to steer you through Chatham and Peril Straits. At Baranof Island, your top-notch expedition team has the game plan dialed. Tap some of the most untouched wilderness in the Tongass. Head to the woods for an ad
venturesome bushwhack. Or slide into a kayak for an easygoing shoreline paddle. Find a perch on deck in Peril Strait—it’s a twisting drama of currents and history.
Sergius Narrows / Neva Strait
There aren’t many straight lines along Baranof Island. Its western side is dotted with hundreds of coves and uninhabited islands. This is a prime area for spotting sea otters. It’s no surprise to round a corner in your kayak and find one looking at you and you looking at him. The protected beaches are made for exploring the intertidal zones, and spotting bears. So, boot up for a guided hike. End your day with celebration and a toast at a heartfelt Farewell Dinner. Your expedition team treats you to a photo recap of the week’s adventures.
Sitka – Disembarkation
A last breakfast with new friends, then disembark in Sitka for your transfer to the airport or to your hotel stay or land tour.
Aboard the Safari Endeavour, elegant ambience is combined with a full menu of comfortable amenities. This 84-guest expedition vessel is equipped for exploration with three decks for viewing and onboard, at-the-ready adventure equipment.
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.
Always reliable, the captain and crew take great pride in their ship and the teamwork that keeps her running smoothly. And it shows. You can be sure if there is a score to be settled, the captain will argue she’s the “greatest” ship in the fleet. Her roomy lounge, dining room, and sun deck are undisputed, but the Safari Endeavour claims to have the biggest heart, too.
Ready for adventure at a moment’s notice, the Safari Endeavour is fully loaded with adventure equipment: kayaks; paddle boards; inflatable skiffs; hiking poles; and snorkel gear and wetsuits; plus, a hydrophone for listening to below-surface sounds and a bow-mounted underwater camera. For those moments when attention turns to relaxation, the vessel comes equipped with two hot tubs, fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a massage suite.
Depending on the category, singles, doubles or triples can be accommodated. Common to all cabins are: Flat-screen TV/DVD; iPod docking station; air conditioning; desk and chair; private bath with shower; generous storage and closet space.
- Launched: 1983/2012 (renovated)
- Length: 232 ft
- Width: 37 ft
- Cruise Speed: 10 knots
- Total Staff: 35
- Total Passengers:84
- Cabins: 42
Your expedition vessel carries 12- or 20-passenger inflatable skiffs used for transfers to/from shore. Tandem sea kayaks and paddle boards are available with instruction provided by the crew. An exercise bike, stair stepper or elliptical machine is also available.
The Safari Endeavour has two on-deck hot tubs, main salon/lounge, dining room, wine bar, library, sun deck with covered patio, and an open bow for up-close viewing. An assortment of DVDs, magazines, books, and games are available for your use. The bridge is open to guests most of the time.
Throughout your voyage, activities such as guided hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, and small skiff excursions are available. You should be able to comfortably walk distances of at least 1/2-mile at a time. A certain amount of agility is necessary when boarding your expedition vessel and kayaks, motorized skiffs, or hiking over exposed vegetation and rocks on trails. All activity equipment is provided.
While on board, meals and all premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are included at no additional charge. Charges apply only for super premium wines and spirits. Specific meal times and daily entrée choices will be announced on board.
All cabins are well-appointed, comfortable, and keyless. The small size and intimate nature of our vessels make it possible to avoid the inconvenience of keys. You can always lock your cabin from within. Cabins offer full bathroom facilities featuring either a Jacuzzi tub/shower or shower configuration. A collection of bath toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body wash), two terry robes, towels, hair dryer, alarm clock/IPod docking station, and TV/DVD player are provided. The tap water is potable.
Standard 110v electrical outlets can accommodate electric shavers, travel irons, laptops, cell phones, and camera battery chargers. Check all of your equipment to ensure that you have the required chargers, adapters and converters for safe operation at 110v. Please note that at this time internet access is not available on board.
Cabins 103-104, 212, 301-302
Fixed queen, or fixed twin beds; desk and chair; view window or portholes; private bath and shower
Cabins 303-308, 311-322
Fixed twin beds; desk and chair; view windows; private bath with shower
Cabins 105-112, 203-204, 209-210
King or twin beds; desk and chair; view window; private bath and shower
Cabins 201-202, 309
King or twin beds; refrigerator; desk and chair; view window; private bath with shower
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