Glacier Bay – Haines and Pelican Town
DATES – 2023 – SUNDAYS – Apr 23 | May 14 | Jun 04, 25 | Jul 16 | Aug 06, 27 | Sep 17
2024 – SUNDAYS – Apr 21 | May 12 | Jun 02, 23 | Jul 14 | Aug 04, 25
EMBARK – Juneau, AK
DISEMBARK – Juneau, AK
DURATION – 8 days/7 Nights
SHIP – Wilderness Explorer (WEX)
From – $5,300 (Plus Port Charges $375)
Glacier Bay National Park offers an up close look at glaciers, old-growth forests, and sea life. Take in the beauty of the seabirds of South Marble Island. More adventure abounds with an activity filled week on the water and ashore. We’ve added in hiking and biking in the quaint town of Haines where you can stop at local breweries and distilleries for local flavors.
• Glacier Bay National Park
• Maximum adventure ashore and afloat
• Tidewater glaciers: Margerie and Grand Pacific
• Haines and Pelican villages – hiking, biking, kayaking, local brews/spirits, and history
• Bushwhack and hike in old-growth forest and glacial outwash fields
• Whales and wildlife – bears, sea lions, seals, porpoises, eagles
• Birding at South Marble Island – puffins, oystercatchers, cormorants, and kittiwakes
• Chichagof Island, brown bear country and hikes
Please note: Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions.
- 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 $375 per person
- Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
- Airfare; 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.
Arriving in Juneau, you will be transferred from the airport to our hospitality area. Upon boarding, your crew greets you with champagne and smiles. Set sail for a week of scenic channels and secluded wilderness.
SAINT JAMES BAY PARK
Just what you need, morning stretches on deck with your guide. Warm those hard-at-play muscles. You know firsthand conditions in Southeast change one inlet to the next. Your captain is at the helm and picks just the right spot. So many hidden pockets in the Tongass National Forest. Give your paddle board skills a glide. Watch for big-eyed harbor seals from a kayak. Bushwhack into the forest of giants. Your guides know the area’s history and keep it lively. (BLD)
HAINES – PORT CHILKOOT
The center of adventure. Tucked beneath snowcapped peaks, Haines has it all. Hiking, biking, rafting, and history. One thing’s for sure—the trails are irresistible. Go easy, or feel the burn—whatever your speed, the views reward in spades. Your expedition team shares the city’s captivating history. A trading outlet for Chilkat Tlingit, they called it “Dtehshuh”—the end of the trail. European explorers, the Klondike gold rush, a U.S. Army outpost—influences still apparent today. What holds your interest? Follow your curiosity on a self-led tour. (BLD)
ICY STRAIT & GEORGE ISLAND
Before you do anything, look out the window. From kelp-lined channels to hemlock and spruce forests, every inch of this far northwest corner is worth exploring. And if the tides are right, head out in the skiff with one of the guides for a closer exploration of the rugged shore. Seals and sea lions haul out on rocky outcroppings, resting before they disappear in the water to search for food. On the famed “George Island”, hike with a close-up opportunity for sea otters and a World War II cannon that sits in the wilderness today. Whatever you do—wilderness trekking, skiffing, or paddling—your expedition team guides the way. (BLD)
LISIANSKI RIVER & PELICAN TOWN
The tiny fishing community (75 year round residents) of Pelican plays host to sport fishermen and kayakers in the summer. Join your guide for a 6-mile hike on the Lisianski trail, or a 4-mile trek through old-growth forest and an historic mining area on Bohemia Basin. Take a skiff or kayak along the coast in search of brown bears, Sitka black-tail deer, whales, orca, sea lions, or rafts of sea otters. (BLD)
GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK
Your camera’s memory card needs plenty of room. A National Park ranger comes aboard joining your adventures in Glacier Bay. South Marble Island is abuzz with activity. Rare sea birds, black oystercatchers, and orange-beaked tufted puffins can’t be missed. A colony of raucous sea lions adds to the hubbub. They add a distinct aroma to the air, too. Tucking into silent Tidal Inlet—the stomping grounds for bears, wolves, mountain goats, eagles—the backdrop is spectacular. At the end of the western-most arm of the bay sits Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers. And possible views of glacial calving.
CHICHAGOF ISLAND & NEKA BAY
Remote passages offer more opportunities for you to search for the mighty humpback whale. Keep your binoculars at hand and watch for the misty spout of these gentle giants as they feed in the waters around you. Anchor in a remote Chichagof Island inlet. Backpacks loaded and adventure toys lowered (skiffs, paddle boards, kayaks), it’s time to go play. Stick to the water in a kayak excursion, and don’t forget to look above and below the surface. A nosy seal could be watching your every stroke. Beachcomb rocky shores. Tiny creatures cling to rocks. Tonight, it’s a festive Farewell Dinner. A “photo journal” of your trip by your expedition team is the cherry on top. (BLD)
Linger over breakfast this morning cruising into Juneau. Wish your crew and new friends goodbye. Then it’s off to the airport or begin your UnCruise hotel stay or land tour.
Daring and ambitious, and a wee bit salty. The Wilderness Explorer was destined for Alaska’s deep waters from the first moment she slid into the drink. A strong “sea boat” with feet, she is not bashful or apologetic in her unflinching drive to seek out secret niches. Embracing change, the crew is known to try the untried, whether it’s gaining access to an unexplored trail or a new recipe with locally foraged ingredients. Bold with a capital Brrr, she is also our only boat to have over-wintered in Southeast Alaska, for not one, but two wicked cold seasons. Get to know her, and she’ll warm your heart.
Onboard Features: EZ Dock kayak launch platform; bow-mounted underwater camera; kayaks, paddle boards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles, snorkel gear/wetsuits; on-deck hot tub; fitness equipment and yoga mats; DVD and book library
Cabin Features: TV/DVD player; hair dryer, conditioning shampoo, body wash; binoculars; reusable water bottles.
28 crew members
186 feet in length
38 feet wide
Cruising speed of 11 knots
Registered in United States
3:1 Guest-to-crew ratio