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11 days Alaska's Southeast Explorer
The 11-day Alaska's Southeast Explorer cruise is the most complete small ship cruise available in Alaska. The 40-guest Alaskan Dream cruises faster than any other small cruise ship in Alaska — so you experience more wildlife, more glaciers and more Alaskan communities than any other cruise.

The Alaska's Southeast Explorer cruise visits Sitka, Skagway, Glacier Bay National Pa
rk, Juneau, Hobart Bay, Tracy Arm, Petersburg, Wrangell, Thorne Bay, Misty Fjords National Monument and Ketchikan. No other Alaskan cruise offers so many ports and wilderness cruising at such an exceptional value. read more The 11-day Alaska's Southeast Explorer cruise is the most complete small ship cruise available in Alaska. The 40-guest Alaskan Dream cruises faster than any other small cruise ship in Alaska — so you experience more wildlife, more glaciers and more Alaskan communities than any other cruise.

The Alaska's Southeast Explorer cruise visits Sitka, Skagway, Glacier Bay National Park, Juneau, Hobart Bay, Tracy Arm, Petersburg, Wrangell, Thorne Bay, Misty Fjords National Monument and Ketchikan. No other Alaskan cruise offers so many ports and wilderness cruising at such an exceptional value.
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Day 1 - Embark Sitka, Alaska

Day 2 - Glacier Bay National Park

Day 3 - Skagway & Haines

Day 4 - Juneau & Orca Point Lodge

Day 5 - Tracy Arm Fjord

Day 6 - Windham Bay or Hobart Bay

Day 7 - Petersburg

Day 8 - Wrangell

Day 9 - Thorne Bay & Kasaan

Day 10 - Misty Fjord & Metlakatla

Day 11 - Disembark Ketchikan, Alaska


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Day 1 - Embark Sitka, Alaska

Take a Sitka walking tour to Sheldon Jackson Museum, Russian Bishop’s House and St. Michael’s Cathedral, then view Sitka Sound marine life on a deluxe tour boat before boarding your Alaskan Dream Cruises ship. Home to many marine mammals, Sitka Sound counts gray, humpback, and orca (killer) whales, sea otters, and Steller sea lions amongst the abundant wildlife. You’ll rendezvous with your ship near Peril Straits approximately 30 miles from Sitka, in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Alaskan Dream
MEALS:
dinner

Day 2 - Glacier Bay National Park

Explore magnificent Glacier Bay National Park, which features some of the wildest, most scenic country on earth. It is home to nearly half the tidewater glaciers in North America, over 200 species of birds, a resident pod of humpback whales and abundant black bears, grizzlies and mountain goats. A National Park Service Ranger leads the programming for the day, and a Native Huna Tlingit interpretive naturalist joins to reveal traditional ties to this ancient treasure.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Alaskan Dream
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - Skagway & Haines

Today visit the historic city and popular destination of Skagway, which hosts about 100 buildings from the gold rush era. Stroll the boardwalks of this rollicking Klondike gold rush city, then board the White Pass and Yukon Route railroad (passport required) for a journey retracing the steps of the gold-seekers into Canada. A guided walking tour through scenic Haines features a visit to pre-WWI Fort Seward National Historic Site, with parade grounds overlooking Lynn Canal, and a performance of the Chilkat Dancers.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Alaskan Dream
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Juneau & Orca Point Lodge

Juneau may be the most scenic setting of any state capitol in America, only accessible by boat or plane. First visit the famous Mendenhall Glacier, an ice field the size of the state of Connecticut. Next ride the Mount Roberts Tram, which soars above Juneau’s downtown area to hiking trails and views of the harbor and surrounding mountains. Lunch on local specialties and find treasures in the many shops and galleries. Then at the exclusive, remote Orca Point Lodge, enjoy the beautiful grounds, beach, marine life touch-tank and other activities. Dine on Alaskan king crab, scallops or salmon, then relax before a blazing bonfire.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Alaskan Dream
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - Tracy Arm Fjord

Explore this glacier-carved fjord with sheer 4,000-foot granite walls punctuated by waterfalls, a major highlight of Alaskan Dream Cruises. View the icy glacier face and seals up close from a Zodiac.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Alaskan Dream
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - Windham Bay or Hobart Bay

Enjoy exclusive access to Hobart Bay, an adventure base camp built especially for guests of Alaskan Dream Cruises. The camp is outfitted with sea kayaks, small outboard driven Zego runabouts, and ATVs to ride the old logging roads through the lush coastal rainforest providing vistas of the surrounding areas. Experience aspects of each of these Alaskan lifestyle activities accompanied by your Expedition Leader and crew. Wildlife may include black bears on the shore.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Alaskan Dream
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - Petersburg

Petersburg is a fishing town established by Norwegian fishermen in the late 1800s. At the Sons of Norway Hall, enjoy a Norwegian Folk Dance show performed by Petersburg’s children. Spend time on your own to take a short walk to Eagle Roost Park, explore Sing Lee Alley or shop downtown.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Alaskan Dream
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - Wrangell

Explore Wrangell’s rich colorful history on a guided walking tour and a visit to the Wrangell Museum.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Alaskan Dream
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9 - Thorne Bay & Kasaan

A guided walking tour will explore Thorne Bay, once the largest logging camp in the world, to see local attractions and meet resident artisans. In Kasaan, walk through a magical forest to visit The Chief Son-I-Hat Whale House, the only remaining Haida clan house in North America. Inside the clan house stand three original totem poles from 1880.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Alaskan Dream
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10 - Misty Fjord & Metlakatla

As the Alaskan Dream glides beneath Misty Fjords’ 3,000-foot glacier-sculpted cliffs, discover the fjords’ natural history, listen to the calls of a myriad seabirds and feel the mist from glistening waterfalls. Then enjoy a guided walking tour to explore Tsimshian Indian culture in Metlakatla and the legacy of founder Father Duncan. Visit a traditional longhouse, watch local dancers perform and meet Native artists.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Alaskan Dream
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11 - Disembark Ketchikan, Alaska

The Ketchikan community is comprised of three islands (Revillagigedo, Gravina and Pennock) and transportation between them requires a boat or ferry ride across the Tongass Narrows. One of “America’s Top 100 small arts communities,” Ketchikan has an impressive variety of shops and galleries that feature work by many of the island’s resident artists. After breakfast and disembarkation, a transfer to the airport or your hotel is included.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Alternative Itinerary

Alaska's Southeast Explorer Cruise also sails northbound, from Ketchikan to Sitka, with slight variations in the route. Day 1 - Embark Ketchikan Day 2 - Misty Fjord & Metlakatla Day 3 - Thorne Bay & Kasaan Day 4 - Wrangell Day 5 - Petersburg Day 6 - Windham Bay or Hobart Bay Day 7 - Tracy Arm Fjord Day 8 - Juneau & Orca Point Lodge Day 9 - Skagway & Haines Day 8 - Glacier Bay National Park Day 9 - Disembark Ketchikan

Itinerary Notes

We may occasionally alter itineraries slightly for safety, or to take advantage of weather, wildlife, and unplanned discoveries. Our ability to be spontaneous makes our style of cruising unique. The White Pass and Yukon Route railroad journey crosses the Canadian boarder and requires an international passport. If you do not have a passport you will take a bus tour and turn around at the border.

Arrival & Departure

Alaska's Southeast Explorer begins in either Sitka or Ketchikan, Alaska (depending on itinerary: southbound or northbound). We recommend arriving one day prior to embarkation in case of flight delays, cancellations, or luggage issues. If arriving on the day of embarkation, it is advisable to schedule flights to arrive no later than 11:30 a.m. in Sitka or 10:30 a.m. in Ketchikan. Prior to embarking the day of your cruise, a walking tour is offered (may be guided or self-guided), which typically begins at 9:00 a.m. On the day of your disembarkation, plan flights to depart at 9:00 a.m. or later.
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Start/End DateShipPrice per Person
1       May 18 - May 28, 2015Alaskan Dream$4799 - $6899View Details
Category A

Category A - $4799

One queen bed or two twin beds, picture window, wardrobe, private bathroom with shower. Approximately 104 square feet.
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Category AA

Category AA - $4999

One queen bed or two twin beds, large picture window, wardrobe, private bathroom with shower. Approximately 120 square feet.
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Vista View Suite - $6499

One queen bed convertible to two twin beds, large forward-facing picture window, wardrobe, private bathroom with shower. Approximately 147 square feet.
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Owner's Suite - $6899

Located on the Upper Deck, the Owners Suite has a large picture window, a queen-size bed convertible to two single beds, wardrobe, private bathroom with shower. Approximately 416 square feet.
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2       Jun 28 - Jul 08, 2015Alaskan Dream$4899 - $6999View Details
Category A

Category A - $4899

One queen bed or two twin beds, picture window, wardrobe, private bathroom with shower. Approximately 104 square feet.
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Category AA

Category AA - $5099

One queen bed or two twin beds, large picture window, wardrobe, private bathroom with shower. Approximately 120 square feet.
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Vista View Suite - $6599

One queen bed convertible to two twin beds, large forward-facing picture window, wardrobe, private bathroom with shower. Approximately 147 square feet.
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Owner's Suite - $6999

Located on the Upper Deck, the Owners Suite has a large picture window, a queen-size bed convertible to two single beds, wardrobe, private bathroom with shower. Approximately 416 square feet.
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3       Aug 01 - Aug 11, 2015Alaskan Dream$4899 - $6999View Details
Category A

Category A - $4899

One queen bed or two twin beds, picture window, wardrobe, private bathroom with shower. Approximately 104 square feet.
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Category AA

Category AA - $5099

One queen bed or two twin beds, large picture window, wardrobe, private bathroom with shower. Approximately 120 square feet.
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Vista View Suite - $6599

One queen bed convertible to two twin beds, large forward-facing picture window, wardrobe, private bathroom with shower. Approximately 147 square feet.
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Owner's Suite - $6999

Located on the Upper Deck, the Owners Suite has a large picture window, a queen-size bed convertible to two single beds, wardrobe, private bathroom with shower. Approximately 416 square feet.
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4       Aug 19 - Aug 29, 2015Alaskan Dream$4899 - $6999View Details
Category A

Category A - $4899

One queen bed or two twin beds, picture window, wardrobe, private bathroom with shower. Approximately 104 square feet.
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Category AA

Category AA - $5099

One queen bed or two twin beds, large picture window, wardrobe, private bathroom with shower. Approximately 120 square feet.
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Vista View Suite - $6599

One queen bed convertible to two twin beds, large forward-facing picture window, wardrobe, private bathroom with shower. Approximately 147 square feet.
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Owner's Suite - $6999

Located on the Upper Deck, the Owners Suite has a large picture window, a queen-size bed convertible to two single beds, wardrobe, private bathroom with shower. Approximately 416 square feet.
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5  Alternate Itinerary Available  Aug 29 - Sep 08, 2015Alaskan Dream$4899 - $6999View Details
  Alternative Itinerary

Reverse

  This itinerary also operates in reverse and runs northbound from Ketchikan to Sitka.
Category A

Category A - $4899

One queen bed or two twin beds, picture window, wardrobe, private bathroom with shower. Approximately 104 square feet.
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Category AA

Category AA - $5099

One queen bed or two twin beds, large picture window, wardrobe, private bathroom with shower. Approximately 120 square feet.
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Vista View Suite - $6599

One queen bed convertible to two twin beds, large forward-facing picture window, wardrobe, private bathroom with shower. Approximately 147 square feet.
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Owner's Suite - $6999

Located on the Upper Deck, the Owners Suite has a large picture window, a queen-size bed convertible to two single beds, wardrobe, private bathroom with shower. Approximately 416 square feet.
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Included

Selected guest cabin facilities; all meals aboard the vessel or where otherwise indicated; selected shore excursions as indicated in itinerary; ground transportation to and from the vessel and airport or select Sitka and Ketchikan hotels; use of recreational equipment at Hobart Bay; all standard on-board services.

Exclusions

Airfare to and from Alaska; pre- and post-cruise hotel accommodations; non-complimentary beer, wine or alcohol selections; discretionary gratuities to crew; travel insurance; all taxes and port fees ($30-$150 per person depending on cabin category).

Room Configuration

Single supplement rates are 150% of the double occupancy rate. Single supplement rates are capacity controlled and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Third and fourth persons receive 30% off double occupancy rate.

Families & Children

Children (15 years and younger) receive 30% off double occupancy rate. Children under 2 are free.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $500 is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
90 days or more - $250 per person
89 - 61 days - $500 per person
60 - 31 days - 50% of full fare
30 - 0 days - 100% of full fare

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

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Denali Backcountry Explorer

Denali Backcountry Explorer

Experience Denali National Park in style from a remote wilderness lodge located 90 miles inside the park. Your up-close exploration is enhanced by a trip aboard the historic Alaska railroad, two nights in Anchorage and an optional scenic flight over Mt McKinley. Our Denali Backcountry Explorer can be customized to begin on any day to complement any Alaska small ship cruise.
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Within the Wild

Within the Wild

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Alaskan Dream

Alaskan Dream

A streamlined catamaran design, accommodating 40 guests in 18 cabins, has made the Alaskan Dream a delight in small ship cruising. Cruising at 13 knots, she is the fastest small ship in Alaska.
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Trip Reviews

OVERALL: 5 stars ACCOMMODATIONS: 5 stars MEALS: 5 stars

Overall Trip Review

I especially enjoyed Kasaan.  The scenery was really nice and the walk through the forest to get to the Whale House was breath-taking.  Fred was a very knowledgable guide.  I am especially interested in totems and Kasaan had a great collection. Overall it was a wonderful experience!

Meals Review

The variety and portions were great.  I took advantage of the seafood when I could.  I have no complaints.

Crew & Guides Review

Emily and Larisa were both outstanding.  If I had questions about anything, they were very knowledgable and helpful.

AdventureSmith Explorations Review

My Adventure Coordinator, Andrew Browning, was absolutely great.  Any questions or concerns I had he handled very efficiently.

Traveler Advice

Be sure to follow the advice given in the pretravel information sent before the trip.  It was extremely helpful.

J. Patton - Goodlettsville, TN
OVERALL: 5 stars ACCOMMODATIONS: 4 stars MEALS: 5 stars

Overall Trip Review

This was the cruise of a lifetime for us. What fantastic scenery, culture, wildlife, and a total learning experience. We loved every minute, even those times when we were soaked from the rain! Sitka had many historical and cultural offerings and was a lovely little city. We enjoyed the Russian Bishop House, the Sheldon Jackson Museum, the Raptor Recovery Center, and the Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi community center with native dancers and storytellers. The harbor is breathtaking. Haines was a wonderful city tour with a local gentleman, and we especially enjoyed visiting the local carving shed where totems were in process. The Orca Point Lodge evening was a treat: king crab caught that day, seafood kabobs, a marine petting zoo, brown bears across the way and a campfire with S'mores. Hobart Bay was fun-filled with kayaking, Zegoing, RTV'ing and a nature walk with Captain Eric. We saw a mother black bear with three cubs on our Zego trip. There was a hilarious melodrama performed in Petersburg by locals that we had the opportunity to attend. What a laugh! The city of Juneau was exceptionally crowded with all the large cruise ships in port, and all the businesses aimed at those passengers overwhelmed the businesses which were already there. The Mount Roberts Tram gave a lovely view of the harbor and city and was fun. Mendenhall glacier was scenic and we actually saw a mother brown bear and two cubs on the hike there.

Accommodations Review

The accommodations were lovely. Clean small cabins with pillow top mattresses, down comforters, two pillows, adequate storage and excellent steward service daily. The only drawback was that our particular cabin was cold all the time. This was not the experience of others on the cruise. This is an older ship and we believe the problem is something that cannot be fixed. We had additional blankets so were fine, but a bit chilly in the shower.

Meals Review

First class chef who presented mouth-watering dishes with lovely presentations, plus we also had a baker, so all freshly baked bread, cookies, and desserts which were fabulous!

Crew & Guides Review

Captain Eric was the best. He had so much knowledge and was always willing to stop for viewing of wildlife, which he often spotted. He always made guest comfort and interactions a top priority, as did all the crew. Excellent service from the top on down. Larissa, our naturalist was well educated and informative, keeping us all on the same page and Leonty, our Tlingit cultural crew was enthusiastic and creative. We learned a great deal and enjoyed his wonderful native dances and stories. We also had a Parks Service gentleman and another elder Tlingit on board for the portion of the trip in Glacier Bay, and both were a font of information, helping us spot and identify many species of birds and marine mammals.

AdventureSmith Explorations Review

AdventureSmith Explorations did a great job. Any additional questions were answered in a timely fashion, and we felt well prepared. Transfers and transportation was great and no hitches. Everything was flawless. The Allen Marine Company who owns the Alaskan Dream and several other day boats and ships has the best customer service oriented operation I've run across. They pay strict attention to detail and instill the idea of customer service into all their staff. When one member of our tour became ill the chief executive took he and his wife to the hospital, stayed with them the entire time and made sure they got the medications and back to the ship. One of their executives sailed with us the first three days of the cruise, which is their norm. They want to make sure everyone in their employ knows what the cruises are about and keep everything to the highest standard.

Traveler Advice

Be prepared to enjoy a spectacular cruise. Pack many layers of warm clothes and don't forget your rain clothes. (This was not a problem on our cruise as those rain clothes were all provided, including boots.)

D, Hurst - Olympia, WA
OVERALL: 5 stars ACCOMMODATIONS: 4 stars MEALS: 3 stars

Overall Trip Review

We were able to visit many small communities and scenic areas quickly and comfortably.  It is a 'personal' service and experience. The experiences I enjoyed the most were Tracey Arm - the wilderness experience, Haines and Skagway. Hobart Bay was the least interesting.  It was fine, just a less interesting day than others.  May have had a better day if the Zego 'sports boat' had a bigger motor so we could keep the others in sight.

Accommodations Review

The cabin was good except for temperature control - went from hot & stuffy to very cold all too often.  A fresh air vent may have solved the problem.

Meals Review

Meals were excellent but I did suffer from a gluten cross-contamination - shouldn't happen.  The 2 meals off the ship - day-boat and hotel in Juneau - didn't have any gluten free options at all so with no prior notice I missed those meals completely.  It's a pity that an otherwise excellent meal service failed in an area easily managed.

Crew & Guides Review

On just a couple of occasions there was only one local guide.  With a large group many (most?) were unable to hear the commentary.

A. & K. Grant - Bracken Ridge, QLD Australia