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07-Day Southeast Alaska Luxury Wilderness Yacht Cruise

Exclusive Alaska Yacht Cruise: Glacier Bay, Admiralty Island, Terror Fjords

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Cruise Alaska's Inside Passage and spend days exploring the area with it's massive tidewater glacier and icebergs, hike on backcountry wilderness trails with a professional guide, search for wildlife, observe whales at Icy Strait and kayak within the magnificent Muir, Tarr or Hopkins Inlets of Glacier Bay National Park.... these are the new redifined "Southeast Alaska Luxury Wilderness Yacht Cruise Tours" This isn’t small ship cruising or big ship cruising. Fully-focused on the Luxury of Experience - quality over quantity, wildlife over nightlife, life changing encounters over momentary entertainment. Discover something special. Your yacht meanders through the largest national forest in the United States - home to grizzly bears, black bears, mountain goats, bald eagles and wolves. On your way to view Alaska's massive glaciers, we enter some of the world's deepest fjords to hike and kayak while other vessels' guests stay only shipside. In the still of the evening, watch bears ambling along wild shorelines. Everywhere in the swirling currents below, the world's largest mammals - the great whales, forage in bountiful waters along the sheltered Alaska coastline. While Safari Quest provides guests with an intimate experience, the comfortable staterooms and public spaces are provide ample room for getting personally away from it all. Aboard the 22-guest Safari Quest, unwind with upscale amenities, attentive service, comfortable staterooms, and warm public spaces for a welcome experience. Guests enjoy the casually elegant salon to recap the day's activities, relax or watch a movie on the wide screen TV, and are always welcome at the yacht's fully stocked bar, or to enjoy quiet moments reading in the library. Its four decks provide ample room to get away from it all. An on-deck hot tub and fitness equipment are available on board, and a full-beam swim step allows for easy access to water activities. Onboard adventure equipment includes kayaks and stand-up paddle boards; inflatable skiffs; hiking poles; fishing poles and tackle; and hydrophones for listening to below-surface sounds. The four stateroom categories aboard the Safari Quest: Commander; Captains are suited for single and double accommodation. Common to all Safari Quest staterooms are: Heated tile floors in bathroom; Private bath with shower; Tempur-Pedic® memory foam mattresses; Flat-screen TV/DVD; and iPod docking station. We meet Super Natural Alaska and its wildlife at eye level for a vacation of a lifetime!

Day 1: Juneau

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. Optional Overnight in Juneau: Alaska's capital city is the third largest city in the state. Like Alaska, Juneau is full of contrasts, a sophisticated cosmopolitan city in the heart of the Tongass National Forest. Nestled at the base of towering mountains overlooking the Gastineau Channel, the community's rich culture and history is displayed throughout the town. Juneau has a vibrant urban feel with great dining, shopping and lodging, while being surrounded by jaw-dropping scenic vistas. Speaking of dining, sampling a city’s local fare is a big part of any vacation and a visit to Juneau delivers tastes that delight the senses. From Alaska salmon, halibut and crab to sourdough bagels, homemade fudge, and award-winning coffee and beer, Juneau can satisfy even the most discriminating palate. Travelers can expect a host of activities from wild to mild. Choose hiking miles of scenic short trails through temperate rainforest, tidal beaches and up mountains capped by alpine meadows, or take to the air for stunning views of the coastal mountains and the Juneau Icefield. Helicopters and floatplanes give visitors an exhilarating view and make it possible get a sense of the vast wilderness surrounding Juneau.

Day 2: Glacier Bay National Park

Covering 3.3 million acres of rugged mountains, dynamic glaciers, temperate rainforest, wild coastlines, and deep sheltered fjords, Glacier Bay National Park is a highlight of Alaska's Inside Passage and part of a 25-million acre World Heritage Site-one of the world’s largest international protected areas. From summit to sea, Glacier Bay offers limitless opportunities for adventure and inspiration. Accompanied by a National Park Ranger, over the two days in the park you’ll cruising up-bay to the tidewater glaciers of Grand Pacific and Margerie, which frequently calve huge icebergs into the bay. Cliff-walled fjords sliced into the mountainous mainland are on tap today as we 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 Ford's 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. We'll anchor overnight at Taku Harbor. 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 3: Glacier Bay National Park

We are exploring a waterway that was under a river of ice only 250 years ago. A National Park Ranger will be onboard to help spot wildlife, provide commentary and programs to help passengers understand and appreciate Glacier Bay National Park. Be sure to have binoculars ready and rain gear handy so you can be outside to greet each new discovery! Sea Lions at South Marble Island. One of the first highlights of the day is a stop at South Marble Island. The vessel cruises very close to the small isolated island to observe seabirds and marine mammals. Be sure you are outside to see, hear and even smell the creatures that live here. Tufted and Horned Puffins and their cousins the Common Murre nest here alongside Pelagic Cormorants and Black-legged Kittiwakes. Steller Sea Lions haul out here between feeding because of the convenient location, flat, smooth rocks, and nearby feeding grounds. There may be over 300 sea lions clustered on the rocks together, growling and roaring as they wrestle for the best resting spot. Mountain Goats are found on steep mountian sides. As you continue toward the glaciers, you can scan the beach for black bear, grizzly bear, moose, and wolves. Watch along any barren mountainsides for the white coats of the mountain goats that scale precarious cliff edges. Most of this terrestrial wildlife returned recently to this landscape, recolonizing after the retreat of the glaciers that began only two-and-a-half centuries before. Mountain goats, however, may have lived on the lonely peaks that jutted above the rivers ice that flowed in Glacier Bay.
 




















Day 4: Icy Strait

Today’s the ultimate day of exploration. Set your course for arguably the richest whale waters in Southeast Alaska.  Humpback whales come to Hoonah to feed on the nutrient rich waters of Glacier Bay and Icy Strait every summer in huge numbers before migrating south again in the winter. The whale population begins to arrive in Hoonah in May and stay through September. Humpback whales are large baleen whales that can reach over 50 feet in length and weigh as much as 30-50 tons. They are perhaps most famous for their whale songs, thought to be used by males as a mating call. You'll be able to observe and listen to these songs using a Hydrophone which is a brand new feature of our whale watching trips this year. Humpbacks are amazingly active and typical whale sightings will include diving, blows, and flukes (tails). Lucky whale-watchers may get to see breaching, bubble-net feeding, a cooperative feeding method where a pod forms a circle and dives under the water. They then blow air to create a wall of bubbles that force krill and plankton to the surface where the whales can eat them. Observing humpbacks practice bubble-net feeding is a real treat and a truly thrilling experience. Join the Captain on the bridge or go on deck with your Expedition Leader. Late afternoon, we’ll drop the skiffs and kayaks for closer inspection of the remote coastline with eyes set on shore for possible bear sightings. Keep watching for porpoise, sea lions, and other wildlife. This evening, take in the wilderness solitude while relaxing in the upper deck hot tub or enjoy a nightcap with your fellow yachtmates in the salon.With no binding agenda, today you’ll cruise along the waterfall coast of Chichagof Island. Marvel at the grand scenery of Alaska’s wilderness as the crew expertly guides you through those “not in the guide book” places known only to the locals. This evening, perhaps tucking away in magical Red Bluff Bay, there’ll be time for skiff operations and sea kayaking to look for sea otters and bears before calling it a day near Baranof Island.

Day 5: Frederick Sound

Today’s the ultimate day of exploration. Set your course for arguably the richest whale waters in Southeast Alaska.  Humpback whales come to Hoonah to feed on the nutrient rich waters of Glacier Bay and Icy Strait every summer in huge numbers before migrating south again in the winter. The whale population begins to arrive in Hoonah in May and stay through September. Humpback whales are large baleen whales that can reach over 50 feet in length and weigh as much as 30-50 tons. They are perhaps most famous for their whale songs, thought to be used by males as a mating call. You'll be able to observe and listen to these songs using a Hydrophone which is a brand new feature of our whale watching trips this year. Humpbacks are amazingly active and typical whale sightings will include diving, blows, and flukes (tails). Lucky whale-watchers may get to see breaching, bubble-net feeding, a cooperative feeding method where a pod forms a circle and dives under the water. They then blow air to create a wall of bubbles that force krill and plankton to the surface where the whales can eat them. Observing humpbacks practice bubble-net feeding is a real treat and a truly thrilling experience. Join the Captain on the bridge or go on deck with your Expedition Leader. Late afternoon, we’ll drop the skiffs and kayaks for closer inspection of the remote coastline with eyes set on shore for possible bear sightings. Keep watching for porpoise, sea lions, and other wildlife. This evening, take in the wilderness solitude while relaxing in the upper deck hot tub or enjoy a nightcap with your fellow yachtmates in the salon.With no binding agenda, today you’ll cruise along the waterfall coast of Chichagof Island. Marvel at the grand scenery of Alaska’s wilderness as the crew expertly guides you through those “not in the guide book” places known only to the locals. This evening, perhaps tucking away in magical Red Bluff Bay, there’ll be time for skiff operations and sea kayaking to look for sea otters and bears before calling it a day near Baranof Island.

Day 6: Admiralty Island

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Day 7: Fjords Terror | Endicott Arm

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Day 8: Juneau

Gather for breakfast this morning as you cruise into Juneau for disembarkation. A transfer will be provided to the airport or your hotel. Optional program extensions are available.

Tour Includes

  • 7 Nights Stateroom Accommodation
  • Port Taxes & Fees (US$175.00)
  • All Meals
  • Use of Kayaks, Paddle Boards, Rain Gear
  • Professional Guide Service
  • Skiff to Shore Explorations
  • Hiking Tour Guide Service
  • Luggage Handling
  • Transfer Airport - Auke Bay - Airport
  • National Park Fees
  • Use of Hot Tub, Sauna & Yoga Classes
  • Tour Documentation

Rates per Person in US $ from Juneau - Juneau

Tour Number | TA-CT03 | Friday Departures from Juneau
Single Double Triple

May | September Departures | Captain Stateroom

May | September Departures | Commander Stateroom

May | September Departures | Mariner Stateroom

$5395.00

$5395.00

$5395.00

$4795.00

$4495.00

$4195.00

N/A

N/A

N/A

June - July - August Departures | Captain Stateroom

June - July - August Departures | Commander Stateroom

June - July - August Departures | Mariner Stateroom

$7795.00

$7795.00

$7795.00

$8595.00

$8095.00

$6795.00

N/A

N/A

N/A


Additional Hotel Reservations | Flights

Rates in US$ | Per Person
Adult

1 Night **** Hotel Accommodation in Juneau | Rates per Room including Tax

1 Night **** Hotel Accommodation in Sitka | Rates per Room including Tax

Flight Sitka - Juneau OR Juneau - Sitka | Rates per Person including Tax

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