Antarctica & Arctic
Explore Southeast Alaska and experience some of the finest paddling, hiking and legends of this eastern land.
Destinations > Alaska > Eastern Coves
7 nights' cruising accommodation aboard a small ship, sightseeing as specified, meals as indicated, taxes, port charges and fees.
Selected dates, 06 May - 23 Sep '17
Explore the mainland of Southeast Alaska and discover glacial landscapes, old growth and lush rainforest. Enjoy wildlife and whale watching on a half-day in Frederick Sound, view glaciers and float among the ice-rich waters of Tracy Arm. Experience kayaking, paddle boarding and skiffing in remote scenic bays and enjoy wilderness hikes and intertidal shore walks. Discover isolated coves and dramatic Misty Fjords National Monument.
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Discover isolated coves and dramatic Misty Fjords National Monument.
Visit Wrangell's Kiksetti Totem Park and Chief Shakes Tribal House.
Transit the winding Wrangell Narrows and wildlife-rich Behm Canal.
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Welcome aboard! Meet your crew and get acquainted as we set sail for the Tracy Arm Wilderness. (D)
NOTE: Arrival must be no later than 14:30 on day of cruise.
At the end of Tracy Arm, a winding fjord with sheer granite walls, hundreds of cascading waterfalls, and some of the largest icebergs in all of Alaska, sits the twin Sawyer Glaciers—Sawyer and South Sawyer. The fjord is home to brown and black bears, deer, wolves, harbor seals, and birds such as arctic terns and pigeon guillemots. Later today, move into Frederick Sound—summer feeding ground for the northern hemisphere’s largest concentration of humpback whales. Keep watch for humpbacks, orca, and Steller sea lions. (B)(L)(D)
Choose kayaking and a lush forest hike on a scenic rainforest trail, or go big on a roundtrip 11-mile hike to the glacially-fed and rarely visited Patterson Lake for spectacular kayaking in the meltwaters of Patterson Glacier. Discover the origin of its “Devil’s Country” nickname during a reading from “The Strangest Story Ever Told,” about the area’s mythical, shape-shifting creatures called Kushtaka. (B)(L)(D)
Step into the back country of Alaska's wilderness, in an area known for glaciers and rich in gold and quartz. Explore glacial landscapes marked by moraines, muskegs, and mud. Adventure and natural beauty are sure to please whether you choose kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff riding, or hiking today. An abundance of bright red and green navigation lights guide you along “Christmas Tree Lane” as you cruise the winding Wrangell Narrows this evening. (B)(L)(D)
Home to native culture, wildlife, and wonder—Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska and the only one ever governed by four nations. Before venturing into town, local islanders join you on board for an in-depth presentation on Tlingit and Haida cultures. View recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park and step inside the famed and historically significant Chief Shakes Tribal House. (B)(L)(D)
Wildlife abounds in Behm Canal and the surrounding Tongass National Forest—orca, porpoise, seals, sea lions, brown and black bears, mink, marten, eagles, and otters. Paddle along the canal or venture out on an intertidal shore walk or low-elevation hike on the Cleveland Peninsula. (B)(L)(D)
Affectionately called “The Yosemite of the North,” Misty Fjords National Monument represents nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska. Glacial valleys filled with sea water, and sheer 3,000 foot cliffs are a haven for sea birds, brown and black bears, mountain goats, Sitka black-tailed deer, mink, moose, river otters, and other wildlife. Glide through Walker Cove or Rudyerd Bay by kayak or explore by skiff soaking in the splendor of this largely forgotten corner of the world. This evening, join the Captain in a farewell toast and reminisce about your Alaskan journey over a sumptuous dinner. (B)(L)(D)
Enjoy a farewell breakfast before disembarking the ship this morning. Transfer directly to the Ketchikan airport or begin your extended Un-Cruise hotel stay or land tour. (B)
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