Inner Reaches: Western Coves
Pristine wilderness, mind-blowing natural wonder, humpback whales, and untamed wildlife explode your senses.
Hike “wild and woolly” places (“skookum” to the locals) and dramatic waterfall coasts. Kayak along shore looking for bears and near 10,000-year-old glaciers areas and learn the stories of the totem.
Day 1 Embark on your adventure in Ketchikan
Welcome aboard! Meet your crew, get settled in, and keep watch for eagles as we cruise through the Tongass Narrows out of Ketchikan.
Day 2 Tongass National Forest
Wake in a remote cove surrounded by breathtaking Tongass National Forest—the largest national forest in the US. Joined by your expedition team, it’s a water ops morning. Spend it paddling a kayak, paddle boarding, or exploring by skiff. Then settle in as you cruise the northern tip of Prince of Wales Island, nestled right in the heart of the Tongass. It’s a grand first day of exploration!
Day 3 El Capitan Cave / Prince of Wales Island
Take a walk on the wild side winding through high forest on an old logging trail, and find your way to El Capitan Cave, the largest known cave in Alaska and one of the largest mapped caves in the Americas. Learn from Forest Service Rangers about karst and the geologic forces that created this intricate cave system. Locals—bears, harbor seals and humpbacks, deer, eagles, humans too—enjoy the calm and serenity of the island. Take it all in, and chances are, you will too.
Day 4 Chatham Strait
It's Captain's Choice today as you explore the intricate passages and shores along Chatham Strait's Kuiu or Baranof Islands. Join your expedition team on (or in!) the water. Conditions permitting, take to the water by kayak, skiff, or snorkel. Snorkeling is optional, but hidden beneath the surface lies a magical array of sea life only seen from below. Take a deep breath and go for it! Today's discoveries will be within some of the most untouched wilderness of the Tongass National Forest.
Day 5 Frederick Sound
Lush forest, spectacular views, play time, and wildlife—they are all in abundance in Frederick Sound. Keep watch along the coastline for birds, wolves, and black bears. With many secluded coves to choose from, you may discover the intertidal zones of Security or Saginaw Bays, or perhaps another hidden gem to explore by skiff or paddle a kayak. Gear up for snorkeling or guided treks. This evening, toast another day of amazing adventure with a cold microbrew or cocktail.
Day 6 The Brothers Islands / Stephen's Passage
There’ll be plenty of wildlife viewing today. The Brothers, a pair of tiny, rocky islands at the confluence of Stephen’s Passage and Frederick Sound, are home to some of Alaska’s most abundant wildlife, including a haulout for Stellar sea lions. The area is also the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the northern hemisphere. Keep watch for orca, humpbacks, and porpoise.
Day 7 Tracy Arm Wilderness
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, mountain goats, harbor seals, and birds such as arctic terns and pigeon guillemots.
Day 8 Juneau - Disembark
Bid adieu to new found friends over breakfast before disembarking the ship. Transfer directly to the Juneau airport or begin your add-on overnight stay or extended land tour.
Please Note: Due to the nature of these unique explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.
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Included in Your Fare: All onboard meals, tastefully prepared with locally sourced ingredients where possible; guiding and equipment use for kayak, paddle board, hiking, and skiff exploration; embarkation transfers and baggage handling between airport/ship; entry fees to national parks/preserves; hot tub, sauna, and yoga classes.
- SINGLE rates: available in designated cabins (refer to deck plan) at 150% of the per person double rate. All other cabins are available at 175% of double rate.
- TRIPLE rates: available in designated cabins (refer to deck plan) with a third person savings of 25% off the double rate.
All rates are in US$, per person, double occupancy, not including port taxes and fees.