Alaska Expedition Cruise

Starting at $3,495 Per Person

Like the intrepid explorers before you, cruise Canada’s and Alaska’s Inside Passages for twelve nights. Glacial fjords, winding passages, rainforest, totems, wildlife, adventure—it’s all there.

Featured Life Time Wellness Experts

Trip Highlights

  • Exploration in Misty Fjords National Monument—only accessible to small vessels like ours

  • Dawes Glacier and the ice-rich waters of Endicott Arm

  • Adventure activity in Thomas Bay and Tongass National Forest

  • Discover Tlingit culture in Ketchikan and at Wrangell’s Chief Shakes Tribal House

  • Watch for whales in Stephens Passage

 

Itinerary

DAY 1: Seattle, Washington

Welcome to Seattle! Depending on your vessel, you’ll sail north from downtown Seattle admiring the waterfront skyline view, or depart from Fishermen’s Terminal transiting the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks where you're lowered twenty feet into the Salish Sea.

DAY 2: Friday Harbor, Washington

In quaint Friday Harbor, discover its maritime history, art galleries, and a fascinating Whale Museum. Gunkhole close to shore by skiff or kayak as you explore the serene San Juan Islands—an archipelago of islands first charted by the Spanish in 1791.

DAY 3: Salish Sea / Canada's Inside Passage

Mountains rise higher and fjords become more dramatic. Intricate waterways and fjords alongside temperate rainforests are ideal for sighting orca, seals, sea lions, sea otters, dolphins, porpoise, sea birds, and spotting bald eagles from on deck. Unlock the natural history of the area and discover how Native influences and the fishing and forest industries have shaped these sparsely-populated islands and communities.

DAY 4: Canada's Inside Passage

Take in the pure, wilderness air and fill your days through the passage with splendid scenery, relaxation, and plenty of onboard activities. Your expedition team aims to entertain and keep you busy with engaging presentations, games, and enlightening narration.

DAY 5: Canada's Inside Passage

Pass the ghost town of Butedale, on British Columbia’s Princess Royal Island, before passing through Prince Rupert, BC and crossing the US/Canadian border into Alaska.

DAY 6: Ketchikan, Alaska

Alaska’s southernmost city and “salmon capital of the world” also claims fame to having the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles. Explore Tlingit culture, and the notorious Creek Street, once a red-light district in downtown Ketchikan.

DAY 7: Misty Fjords National Monument

Home to nearly every ecosystem in Southeast Alaska—stunning glacial valleys filled with seawater, untouched wetlands and estuaries, and 3,000-foot vertical cliffs that are a haven for wildlife. Soak in the splendor of this largely unknown corner of the world with an up-close look at this majestic, 2.3 million-acre wilderness.

DAY 8: Behm Canal

Wildlife abounds in Behm Canal and the surrounding Tongass National Forest—orca, porpoise, seals, black bears, mink, eagles, and otters. Paddle along pristine waterways or venture out on an intertidal shore walk.

DAY 9: Wrangell

Home to native culture, wildlife, and wonder—Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska. Brush up on your Tlingit culture and view recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park. Wander past the fishing marina to the famed and historically significant Chief Shakes Tribal House. Touch Wrangell's storied past at the artifact-filled museum.

DAY 10: Wrangell Narrows / Thomas Bay

Bright red and green navigation lights guide you along “Christmas Tree Lane” as you cruise the winding Wrangell Narrows. 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.

DAY 11: Stephens Passage

Keep watch for colossal marine life—humpback and orca are frequent residents of these waters—as your captain navigates through Southeast’s remote fjords. Hike through an other-worldly landscape of hanging waterfalls and emerald greens. Or investigate the wild inner reaches of a salt chuck—a tidal salt-water lake—by kayak and paddle board, keeping a lookout for bears, heron, moose, mink, and harbor seals.

DAY 12: Wrangell Narrows / Thomas Bay

Snow covered mountains, glowing blues, and the white thunder of calving ice at Dawes Glacier complete your last day. Gliding through Endicott Arm, you’ll likely spy harbor seals and their pups lounging on “bergy bits” in the water. And if the tides allow, explore Fords Terror—a narrow passageway with towering walls and cascading waterfalls. At the end of the day, join the Captain for a sumptuous Farewell Dinner and reminisce with a slideshow of your journey from the crew.

Day 13: Juneau, Alaska

Disembark after breakfast and transfer directly to the Juneau airport or begin your add-on Un-Cruise overnight stay or extended land tour.

 

Price

Pricing starts at $3,495 per person for double occupancy (cost will vary based on room category selected)

Ship capacity: 60 passengers

Includes

  • Stateroom accommodations

  • Onboard meals

  • Premium spirits, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages

  • Transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day

  • Entry fees to national parks/preserves

  • All from-the-vessel activities and equpiment

  • Onboard expedition team and Life Time Fitness wellness experts

Lindsay Ogden, Personal Trainer

Alex Schimmel, Yoga Instructor

Famed Passages of Discovery

April 17 -29, 2017 

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