Exploring Muir’s Alaska
DATES (2018): Apr 29 (L) | Jul 29 (L) | Sep 02 (E) | Sep 09 (E)
DATES (2010): Apr 28 (L) | Aug 11 (L)
DURATION: 8 days/7 nights
SHIPS: M/V Safari Endeavour (E); M/V Legacy (L)
A sharp crack sounded – then, as if Mother Nature had timed it so on purpose, a section of glacier sheared off from its face. Cheers from on board echoed the thunder of ice tumbling into the water. This was the most astounding geology “lesson” anyone in our group had ever experienced — and in the most enthralling classroom we ever set foot in — Glacier Bay.
- Adventure cruise
- Glacier Bay National Park—UNESCO World Heritage Site
- View glaciers—Dawes and GrandPacific, Margerie or Johns Hopkins
- Park ranger joins you on board in Glacier Bay
- Whale watching in Icy Strait
- Forest hike at Glacier Bay National Park headquarters in Bartlett Cove
- Unmatched birding and wildlife viewing
- Kayak, paddle board, and skiff exploration in Port Houghton and Chatham Strait
- Intertidal shore walks and hikes at Port Houghton and Thomas Bay
- 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.
In Juneau, captain and crew welcome you aboard. Set sail, bound for Icy Strait!
Exploring Southeast Alaska
Just as it was for John Muir, there’s no easing into it—Alaska is a jaw-dropper from the get-go. A favorite of humpbacks in the summer, Icy Strait will become a favorite of yours, too. Watch for their telltale blow, as well as for seals and porpoises. Glide along the coastline by skiff or kayak for your first up-close view of the territory. Get the behind-the-scenes scoop on the movement of glaciers and wildlife when a Glacier Bay National Park ranger joins you for the day.
Navigating the waterways of the Tongass National Forest, your captain will find the ideal anchor. Take it easy in a skiff, or grab a paddle to kayak or paddle board in hidden bays and inlets along Chatham Strait. Whichever mode you choose, you’ll be swapping big fish stories over hand-crafted cocktails with your shipmates at the day’s end. It’s all about varied landscapes and wildlife—bear, eagles, blue heron, marine life—in Thomas Bay and Port Houghton.
Join your expedition guides to beachcomb, hike inland, or paddle a tidal lake. As Muir likely did, feel a rush of exhilaration (and a chill) near the face of Dawes Glacier. A skiff ride through iceberg strewn water reveals glacial views along with ooh’s, aah’s, and the clap of white thunder. Celebrate your week in Muir’s beloved Alaska with a toast from your captain and a slideshow by your expedition team.
Enjoy one last breakfast before transferring to the Juneau airport or your extended stay.
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