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8 days • Level 1 (Details)Western Coves Adventure Cruise
Pristine wilderness, mind-blowing natural wonder, humpback whales, and untamed wildlife explode your senses on this Western Coves Adventure Cruise from Ketchikan to Juneau, Alaska. 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.

The routes on this small ship cruise follow the edges of the Tongass National Forest, the nation’s largest national forest, through pristine and remote Alaskan waters. On land, you are almost certain to find brown and black bears, mountain goats, Sitka black-tailed deer, mink, river otters, and maybe even moose. On the water, humpbacks and Orcas, porpoise, sea lions, and seals entertain around most every turn.

On-board amenities like the sauna, hot tub, massage services and complimentary yoga classes on deck provide new and interesting ways to soak in the awe-inspiring nature. Kayaking, hiking, caving, paddleboarding and invigorating swims engage the body and expand the mind daily. The executive chefs fuel the fun with fresh, healthy cuisine that can accommodate vegetarian or other dietary requests. Designed as an environment where you can be as active as you wish, these small ships are appointed with the thoughtful touches that invite you to relax, unwind and enjoy the cruise through Alaska's wonderful Southeast.

With the use of an Un-Cruise Adventures concept, the Western Coves Adventure Cruise eliminates the hassles of traditional cruising by substituting them for an amazing up-close and personal water-based adventure. This means instead of crowds and long lines, find a small group of likeminded souls seeking adventure. Instead of tight schedules and a herd mentality, this is a totally flexible expedition following wildlife where they roam. Instead of tourist-clogged towns, you experience the real Alaskan frontier, wildlife and wilderness!

Five boats make this Western Coves journey. Choose from:
M/V Wilderness Adventurer - 60-guest small ship
M/V Wilderness Explorer - 76-guest small ship
M/V Wilderness Discoverer - 76-guest small ship
Safari Endeavour - 84-guest luxury small ship
Safari Explorer - 36-guest luxury yacht
read more Pristine wilderness, mind-blowing natural wonder, humpback whales, and untamed wildlife explode your senses on this Western Coves Adventure Cruise from Ketchikan to Juneau, Alaska. 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.

The routes on this small ship cruise follow the edges of the Tongass National Forest, the nation’s largest national forest, through pristine and remote Alaskan waters. On land, you are almost certain to find brown and black bears, mountain goats, Sitka black-tailed deer, mink, river otters, and maybe even moose. On the water, humpbacks and Orcas, porpoise, sea lions, and seals entertain around most every turn.

On-board amenities like the sauna, hot tub, massage services and complimentary yoga classes on deck provide new and interesting ways to soak in the awe-inspiring nature. Kayaking, hiking, caving, paddleboarding and invigorating swims engage the body and expand the mind daily. The executive chefs fuel the fun with fresh, healthy cuisine that can accommodate vegetarian or other dietary requests. Designed as an environment where you can be as active as you wish, these small ships are appointed with the thoughtful touches that invite you to relax, unwind and enjoy the cruise through Alaska's wonderful Southeast.

With the use of an Un-Cruise Adventures concept, the Western Coves Adventure Cruise eliminates the hassles of traditional cruising by substituting them for an amazing up-close and personal water-based adventure. This means instead of crowds and long lines, find a small group of likeminded souls seeking adventure. Instead of tight schedules and a herd mentality, this is a totally flexible expedition following wildlife where they roam. Instead of tourist-clogged towns, you experience the real Alaskan frontier, wildlife and wilderness!

Five boats make this Western Coves journey. Choose from:
M/V Wilderness Adventurer - 60-guest small ship
M/V Wilderness Explorer - 76-guest small ship
M/V Wilderness Discoverer - 76-guest small ship
Safari Endeavour - 84-guest luxury small ship
Safari Explorer - 36-guest luxury yacht
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From the Blog

Expert Review: Western Coves Adventure Cruise

Expert Review: Western Coves Adventure Cruise

A review of the Western Coves Adventure Cruise written by AdventureSmith's Andrew Browning.
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Expert Review: Alaska's Western Coves Aboard Wilderness Discoverer

Expert Review: Alaska's Western Coves Aboard Wilderness Discoverer

Adventure coordinator Aaron Gaines reviews his Ketchikan to Juneau cruise.
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Day 1 - Embark Ketchikan, Alaska

Day 2 - Tongass National Forest & El Capitan Passage

Day 3 - Klawock Native Village

Day 4 - Chatham Strait

Day 5 - Frederick Sound

Day 6 - The Brothers Islands & Stephen’s Passage

Day 7 - Endicott Arm & Ford’s Terror Wilderness Area

Day 8 - Disembark Juneau, Alaska


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Day 1 - Embark Ketchikan, Alaska

Prepare to be whisked into your own private Alaska. Once on board, soak in the sights as you cruise through the Tongass Narrows, which divide Revillagigedo Island (where Ketchikan is located) from Prince of Wales Island, the third largest island in the United States and one of the best-kept tourist secrets in all of Alaska.

Watch for majestic bald eagles and other sea birds perched in shoreline trees, where more than 100 migrating species of birds return every year. After meeting your crew and getting acquainted with your ship’s features, finish the evening with a delicious meal while keeping an eye on lookout for Orca and humpback whales through Clarence Strait. Not bad for your first five hours of vacation.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
ship of choice
MEALS:
dinner

Day 2 - Tongass National Forest & El Capitan Passage

Wake in El Capitan Passage surrounded by breathtaking Tongass National Forest — the largest national forest in the US. Take a “wild” Alaska hike winding through high forest on an old logging trail. Trek up to El Capitan Cave, the largest known cave in Alaska and one of the largest mapped caves in the Americas. And if the stars are right (okay maybe it's the tides), you just may get lucky and snag some organic oysters from a local grower.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
ship of choice
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - Klawock Native Village

Discover living history in Klawock — one of the most authentic Tlingit villages in Alaska. Learn the importance of carving, gaze up at totem poles coloring the town, and hear their stories. Visit the carvers' shed where the art of carving and restoring totems is passed on. Along with its small fishing fleet, this rustic community continues to thrive on the farthest reaches of the Alaska coastline. Explore the area on foot keeping an eye out for eagles and sea birds.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
ship of choice
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

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 on Wilderness boats only). 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.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
ship of choice
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

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 slip into the waters of Deep Cove, Patterson or Saginaw Bay, or perhaps another hidden gem to explore by skiff or kayak. Gear up for snorkeling (Wilderness boats only) or guided hikes. This evening, toast another day of amazing adventure with a cold microbrew or cocktail.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
ship of choice
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - The Brothers Islands & Stephen’s Passage

There’ll be plenty of wildlife viewing today. The Brothers, a pair of islands at the confluence of Stephen’s Passage and Frederick Sound, are home to some of Alaska’s most abundant wildlife. The area is the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the northern hemisphere. Keep watch for frolicking orca, humpbacks, and porpoise. Tonight, anchor in quiet bay and listen for the call of the wild.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
ship of choice
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - Endicott Arm & Ford’s Terror Wilderness Area

Snow-covered mountains, glowing blues, and the white thunder of calving ice take your breath away at the face of Dawes Glacier. As you glide through Endicott Arm you’ll likely find a few seals taking respite on the glaciers smaller “bergy bits.” Tides permitting, explore the narrow passage of Ford’s Terror and admire the magnificent domes, hanging valleys, and pristine wilderness that surround it. Join the Captain for a farewell toast during dinner.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
ship of choice
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - Disembark Juneau, Alaska

When you wake this morning, be sure to look out the window as we voyage into Juneau. A bon voyage breakfast ends your small ship journey, then transfer directly to the Juneau airport or begin your extended journey.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Alternative Itinerary

The Ketchikan to Juneau route takes 8 days and 7 nights. If eight days is not quite enough, consider joining us for the return trip from Juneau to Ketchikan:
Eastern Coves Adventure Cruise, which offers an entirely separate itinerary.

Day 1 - Juneau
Day 2 - Tracy Arm Wilderness & Frederick Sound
Day 3 - Thomas Bay & Cascade Creek
Day 4 - Thomas Bay, Baird Glacier, Wrangell Narrows
Day 5 - Wrangell, Chief Shakes Tribal House
Day 6 - Yes Bay
Day 7 - Misty Fjords National Monument Wilderness
Day 8 - Ketchikan

Contact AdventureSmith Explorations for pricing on the entire 15-day Southeast Alaska Ultimate Adventure round-trip from Juneau, which is discounted from the price of the two separate itineraries individually.

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 small ship cruising unique.

Arrival & Departure

Your Southeast Alaska Western Coves cruise begins in Ketchikan and ends in Juneau. Please plan flights to arrive by 2:30pm on day 1 of the cruise. On day 8, the final day of the cruise, flights should be planned to depart no earlier than 11:30am.

Activities

Whether you are looking for moderate activity or vigorous, extended and challenging outdoor pursuits, the crew can tailor most any expedition to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include: whale watching, kayaking and standup paddleboarding, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, morning yoga and stretching, land treks, glacier viewing, wildlife observation, and "polar bear plunges." Snorkeling gear and wetsuits are available for rent, and limited quantities of hiking poles, binoculars, mud boots, and rain gear are available on board. To ensure availability and fit, we encourage you to bring your own gear.
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1       Apr 26 - May 03, 2014Wilderness Discoverer$1595 - $3995View Details
Navigator

Navigator - $1595

Located on the Main Deck Navigator cabins are the smallest at 79 square feet and the most affordable. Each Navigator cabin features queen or twin beds, an opening view window, private bath with shower. Cabin 201 can accommodate triples.
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Trailblazer

Trailblazer - $2045

Located on the Sun Deck, Trailblazer cabins are the same size as Pathfinder cabins (87 square feet) but have a door that opens to an interior hallway. Each Trailblazer cabin features queen or twin beds, a private bath with shower and opening view window. Cabin 310 has fixed twin beds.
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Pathfinder

Pathfinder - $2195

Located on the Observation Deck. Each pathfinder cabin is 87 square feet and features doors that open to the outside Observation Deck, a queen bed (Pathfinder #306 has double bed), sitting area, private bath with shower, and opening view window. Cabins 307 and 309 (best for parents in queen, teen/child in single) can accommodate triples.
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Explorer

Explorer - $3995

Located on the Sun Deck Explorer cabins are the largest cabins on board. Each Explorer cabin is 177 square feet and features a separate sitting area, queen or twin beds, private bath with shower, a large opening picture window and sofa bed that can accommodate triple occupancy. Only Cabins 400, 401 and 403 can accommodate triples.
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2       May 10 - May 17, 2014Wilderness Explorer$2395 - $3995View Details
Trailblazer

Trailblazer - $2395

Queen or twin beds; private bath with shower; view window; outside passageway. Lounge Deck and Sun Deck cabins are 92 square feet, and Main Deck cabins are 110 square feet.
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Pathfinder

Pathfinder - $2595

Queen or twin beds, private bath with shower; view window. Cabin 205 is wheelchair accessible. 104 square feet.
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Explorer

Explorer - $3995

Outside entry; queen beds; private bath with shower; view window. 126 square feet.
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3       May 11 - May 18, 2014Safari Endeavour$3895 - $7045View Details
Master

Master - $3895

103, 301-302. Fixed twin beds; desk and chair; view window or porthole; private bath with shower.
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Commander

Commander - $4095

211-213, 303-308, 311-322. Fixed twin beds; desk and chair; view windows; private bath with shower.
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Captain

Captain - $4395

105-112, 203-204, 209-210. King or twin beds; desk and chair; view window; private bath with shower.
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Admiral

Admiral - $4945

201-202, 309. King or twin beds; refrigerator; desk and chair; view window; private bath with shower.
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Single - $4945

Designated single cabins may be available at a special single rate. Any other cabin aboard Safari Endeavour may be booked as a single at 175% of the double occupancy rate.
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Commodore Suite

Commodore Suite - $7045

205-208. Sitting area; king or twin beds; Tempur-pedic memory foam mattresses; refrigerator; view windows; French doors and step-out balcony; private bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower.
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4       May 17 - May 24, 2014Wilderness Adventurer$2195 - $2995View Details
Navigator

Navigator - $2195

200-208, 210. Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower. Main Deck.
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Trailblazer

Trailblazer - $2795

301-302, 307-320. Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower. Observation Deck.
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Pathfinder

Pathfinder - $2995

303-306. Outside entry; double bed; view window; private bath with shower. Observation Deck.
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5       May 23 - May 30, 2014Safari Explorer$5995 - $9195View Details
Master

Master - $5995

B3-B14. Cabin Deck. Queen or twin beds; view window and windowed door; private bath with shower.
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Commander

Commander - $6495

B15-B16. Cabin Deck. King or twin beds; view window and windowed door; private bath with shower.
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Captain

Captain - $6895

B2. Cabin Deck. King or twin beds; view window and windowed door; private bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower.
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Single

Single - $6895

B6. Cabin Deck. Queen bed; view window and windowed door; private bath with shower.
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Admiral

Admiral - $7795

B1, C1-C2. Cabin and Main Deck. King or twin beds; windowed door or view windows; private bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower. Triple accommodation available in C1 and C2.
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Commodore Suite

Commodore Suite - $9195

A1-A2. Bridge Deck. Separate sitting area; king or twin beds; view window and a sliding glass door opening to a small balcony; private bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower. Triple accommodation available.
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6       May 24 - May 31, 2014Wilderness Discoverer$2195 - $4695View Details
Navigator

Navigator - $2195

Located on the Main Deck Navigator cabins are the smallest at 79 square feet and the most affordable. Each Navigator cabin features queen or twin beds, an opening view window, private bath with shower. Cabin 201 can accommodate triples.
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Trailblazer

Trailblazer - $2795

Located on the Sun Deck, Trailblazer cabins are the same size as Pathfinder cabins (87 square feet) but have a door that opens to an interior hallway. Each Trailblazer cabin features queen or twin beds, a private bath with shower and opening view window. Cabin 310 has fixed twin beds.
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Pathfinder

Pathfinder - $2995

Located on the Observation Deck. Each pathfinder cabin is 87 square feet and features doors that open to the outside Observation Deck, a queen bed (Pathfinder #306 has double bed), sitting area, private bath with shower, and opening view window. Cabins 307 and 309 (best for parents in queen, teen/child in single) can accommodate triples.
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Explorer

Explorer - $4695

Located on the Sun Deck Explorer cabins are the largest cabins on board. Each Explorer cabin is 177 square feet and features a separate sitting area, queen or twin beds, private bath with shower, a large opening picture window and sofa bed that can accommodate triple occupancy. Only Cabins 400, 401 and 403 can accommodate triples.
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7       May 31 - Jun 07, 2014Wilderness Adventurer$2595 - $3395View Details
Navigator

Navigator - $2595

200-208, 210. Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower. Main Deck.
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Trailblazer

Trailblazer - $3195

301-302, 307-320. Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower. Observation Deck.
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Pathfinder

Pathfinder - $3395

303-306. Outside entry; double bed; view window; private bath with shower. Observation Deck.
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8       Jun 07 - Jun 14, 2014Wilderness Discoverer$2895 - $5595View Details
Navigator

Navigator - $2895

Located on the Main Deck Navigator cabins are the smallest at 79 square feet and the most affordable. Each Navigator cabin features queen or twin beds, an opening view window, private bath with shower. Cabin 201 can accommodate triples.
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Trailblazer

Trailblazer - $3695

Located on the Sun Deck, Trailblazer cabins are the same size as Pathfinder cabins (87 square feet) but have a door that opens to an interior hallway. Each Trailblazer cabin features queen or twin beds, a private bath with shower and opening view window. Cabin 310 has fixed twin beds.
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Pathfinder

Pathfinder - $3995

Located on the Observation Deck. Each pathfinder cabin is 87 square feet and features doors that open to the outside Observation Deck, a queen bed (Pathfinder #306 has double bed), sitting area, private bath with shower, and opening view window. Cabins 307 and 309 (best for parents in queen, teen/child in single) can accommodate triples.
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Explorer

Explorer - $5595

Located on the Sun Deck Explorer cabins are the largest cabins on board. Each Explorer cabin is 177 square feet and features a separate sitting area, queen or twin beds, private bath with shower, a large opening picture window and sofa bed that can accommodate triple occupancy. Only Cabins 400, 401 and 403 can accommodate triples.
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9       Jun 14 - Jun 21, 2014Wilderness Adventurer$3195 - $4395View Details
Navigator

Navigator - $3195

200-208, 210. Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower. Main Deck.
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Trailblazer

Trailblazer - $3995

301-302, 307-320. Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower. Observation Deck.
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Pathfinder

Pathfinder - $4395

303-306. Outside entry; double bed; view window; private bath with shower. Observation Deck.
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10       Jun 21 - Jun 28, 2014Wilderness Discoverer$3195 - $5995View Details
Navigator

Navigator - $3195

Located on the Main Deck Navigator cabins are the smallest at 79 square feet and the most affordable. Each Navigator cabin features queen or twin beds, an opening view window, private bath with shower. Cabin 201 can accommodate triples.
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Trailblazer

Trailblazer - $3995

Located on the Sun Deck, Trailblazer cabins are the same size as Pathfinder cabins (87 square feet) but have a door that opens to an interior hallway. Each Trailblazer cabin features queen or twin beds, a private bath with shower and opening view window. Cabin 310 has fixed twin beds.
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Pathfinder

Pathfinder - $4395

Located on the Observation Deck. Each pathfinder cabin is 87 square feet and features doors that open to the outside Observation Deck, a queen bed (Pathfinder #306 has double bed), sitting area, private bath with shower, and opening view window. Cabins 307 and 309 (best for parents in queen, teen/child in single) can accommodate triples.
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Explorer

Explorer - $5995

Located on the Sun Deck Explorer cabins are the largest cabins on board. Each Explorer cabin is 177 square feet and features a separate sitting area, queen or twin beds, private bath with shower, a large opening picture window and sofa bed that can accommodate triple occupancy. Only Cabins 400, 401 and 403 can accommodate triples.
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11       Jul 05 - Jul 12, 2014Wilderness Discoverer$3195 - $5995View Details
Navigator

Navigator - $3195

Located on the Main Deck Navigator cabins are the smallest at 79 square feet and the most affordable. Each Navigator cabin features queen or twin beds, an opening view window, private bath with shower. Cabin 201 can accommodate triples.
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Trailblazer

Trailblazer - $3995

Located on the Sun Deck, Trailblazer cabins are the same size as Pathfinder cabins (87 square feet) but have a door that opens to an interior hallway. Each Trailblazer cabin features queen or twin beds, a private bath with shower and opening view window. Cabin 310 has fixed twin beds.
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Pathfinder

Pathfinder - $4395

Located on the Observation Deck. Each pathfinder cabin is 87 square feet and features doors that open to the outside Observation Deck, a queen bed (Pathfinder #306 has double bed), sitting area, private bath with shower, and opening view window. Cabins 307 and 309 (best for parents in queen, teen/child in single) can accommodate triples.
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Explorer

Explorer - $5995

Located on the Sun Deck Explorer cabins are the largest cabins on board. Each Explorer cabin is 177 square feet and features a separate sitting area, queen or twin beds, private bath with shower, a large opening picture window and sofa bed that can accommodate triple occupancy. Only Cabins 400, 401 and 403 can accommodate triples.
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12       Jul 19 - Jul 26, 2014Wilderness Discoverer$3195 - $5995View Details
Navigator

Navigator - $3195

Located on the Main Deck Navigator cabins are the smallest at 79 square feet and the most affordable. Each Navigator cabin features queen or twin beds, an opening view window, private bath with shower. Cabin 201 can accommodate triples.
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Trailblazer

Trailblazer - $3995

Located on the Sun Deck, Trailblazer cabins are the same size as Pathfinder cabins (87 square feet) but have a door that opens to an interior hallway. Each Trailblazer cabin features queen or twin beds, a private bath with shower and opening view window. Cabin 310 has fixed twin beds.
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Pathfinder

Pathfinder - $4395

Located on the Observation Deck. Each pathfinder cabin is 87 square feet and features doors that open to the outside Observation Deck, a queen bed (Pathfinder #306 has double bed), sitting area, private bath with shower, and opening view window. Cabins 307 and 309 (best for parents in queen, teen/child in single) can accommodate triples.
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Explorer

Explorer - $5995

Located on the Sun Deck Explorer cabins are the largest cabins on board. Each Explorer cabin is 177 square feet and features a separate sitting area, queen or twin beds, private bath with shower, a large opening picture window and sofa bed that can accommodate triple occupancy. Only Cabins 400, 401 and 403 can accommodate triples.
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13  Alternate Itinerary Available  Jul 26 - Aug 02, 2014Wilderness Adventurer$3195 - $4395View Details
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Family

  This is a designated Kids in Nature family cruise, geared toward entertaining and educating kids from various age groups. In a rare introduction to wilderness lifestyles, kids and the entire family meet and interact with local families such as oyster farmers or commercial fishermen who live a remote, isolated lifestyle. Kids 12 years and younger receive a 25% savings on these designated Kids in Nature departures.
Navigator

Navigator - $3195

200-208, 210. Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower. Main Deck.
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Trailblazer

Trailblazer - $3995

301-302, 307-320. Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower. Observation Deck.
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Pathfinder

Pathfinder - $4395

303-306. Outside entry; double bed; view window; private bath with shower. Observation Deck.
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14       Aug 02 - Aug 09, 2014Wilderness Discoverer$3195 - $5995View Details
Navigator

Navigator - $3195

Located on the Main Deck Navigator cabins are the smallest at 79 square feet and the most affordable. Each Navigator cabin features queen or twin beds, an opening view window, private bath with shower. Cabin 201 can accommodate triples.
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Trailblazer

Trailblazer - $3995

Located on the Sun Deck, Trailblazer cabins are the same size as Pathfinder cabins (87 square feet) but have a door that opens to an interior hallway. Each Trailblazer cabin features queen or twin beds, a private bath with shower and opening view window. Cabin 310 has fixed twin beds.
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Pathfinder

Pathfinder - $4395

Located on the Observation Deck. Each pathfinder cabin is 87 square feet and features doors that open to the outside Observation Deck, a queen bed (Pathfinder #306 has double bed), sitting area, private bath with shower, and opening view window. Cabins 307 and 309 (best for parents in queen, teen/child in single) can accommodate triples.
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Explorer

Explorer - $5995

Located on the Sun Deck Explorer cabins are the largest cabins on board. Each Explorer cabin is 177 square feet and features a separate sitting area, queen or twin beds, private bath with shower, a large opening picture window and sofa bed that can accommodate triple occupancy. Only Cabins 400, 401 and 403 can accommodate triples.
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15  Alternate Itinerary Available  Aug 09 - Aug 16, 2014Wilderness Adventurer$3195 - $4395View Details
  Alternative Itinerary

Family

  This is a designated Kids in Nature family cruise, geared toward entertaining and educating kids from various age groups. In a rare introduction to wilderness lifestyles, kids and the entire family meet and interact with local families such as oyster farmers or commercial fishermen who live a remote, isolated lifestyle. Kids 12 years and younger receive a 25% savings on these designated Kids in Nature departures.
Navigator

Navigator - $3195

200-208, 210. Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower. Main Deck.
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Trailblazer

Trailblazer - $3995

301-302, 307-320. Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower. Observation Deck.
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Pathfinder

Pathfinder - $4395

303-306. Outside entry; double bed; view window; private bath with shower. Observation Deck.
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16       Aug 16 - Aug 23, 2014Wilderness Discoverer$2895 - $5595View Details
Navigator

Navigator - $2895

Located on the Main Deck Navigator cabins are the smallest at 79 square feet and the most affordable. Each Navigator cabin features queen or twin beds, an opening view window, private bath with shower. Cabin 201 can accommodate triples.
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Trailblazer

Trailblazer - $3695

Located on the Sun Deck, Trailblazer cabins are the same size as Pathfinder cabins (87 square feet) but have a door that opens to an interior hallway. Each Trailblazer cabin features queen or twin beds, a private bath with shower and opening view window. Cabin 310 has fixed twin beds.
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Pathfinder

Pathfinder - $3995

Located on the Observation Deck. Each pathfinder cabin is 87 square feet and features doors that open to the outside Observation Deck, a queen bed (Pathfinder #306 has double bed), sitting area, private bath with shower, and opening view window. Cabins 307 and 309 (best for parents in queen, teen/child in single) can accommodate triples.
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Explorer

Explorer - $5595

Located on the Sun Deck Explorer cabins are the largest cabins on board. Each Explorer cabin is 177 square feet and features a separate sitting area, queen or twin beds, private bath with shower, a large opening picture window and sofa bed that can accommodate triple occupancy. Only Cabins 400, 401 and 403 can accommodate triples.
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17       Aug 23 - Aug 30, 2014Wilderness Adventurer$2595 - $3395View Details
Navigator

Navigator - $2595

200-208, 210. Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower. Main Deck.
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Trailblazer

Trailblazer - $3195

301-302, 307-320. Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower. Observation Deck.
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Pathfinder

Pathfinder - $3395

303-306. Outside entry; double bed; view window; private bath with shower. Observation Deck.
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18       Aug 30 - Sep 06, 2014Wilderness Discoverer$2195 - $4695View Details
Navigator

Navigator - $2195

Located on the Main Deck Navigator cabins are the smallest at 79 square feet and the most affordable. Each Navigator cabin features queen or twin beds, an opening view window, private bath with shower. Cabin 201 can accommodate triples.
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Trailblazer

Trailblazer - $2795

Located on the Sun Deck, Trailblazer cabins are the same size as Pathfinder cabins (87 square feet) but have a door that opens to an interior hallway. Each Trailblazer cabin features queen or twin beds, a private bath with shower and opening view window. Cabin 310 has fixed twin beds.
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Pathfinder

Pathfinder - $2995

Located on the Observation Deck. Each pathfinder cabin is 87 square feet and features doors that open to the outside Observation Deck, a queen bed (Pathfinder #306 has double bed), sitting area, private bath with shower, and opening view window. Cabins 307 and 309 (best for parents in queen, teen/child in single) can accommodate triples.
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Explorer

Explorer - $4695

Located on the Sun Deck Explorer cabins are the largest cabins on board. Each Explorer cabin is 177 square feet and features a separate sitting area, queen or twin beds, private bath with shower, a large opening picture window and sofa bed that can accommodate triple occupancy. Only Cabins 400, 401 and 403 can accommodate triples.
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19       May 23 - May 30, 2015Wilderness Explorer$2995 - $4395View Details
Trailblazer

Trailblazer - $2995

Queen or twin beds; private bath with shower; view window; outside passageway. Lounge Deck and Sun Deck cabins are 92 square feet, and Main Deck cabins are 110 square feet.
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Pathfinder

Pathfinder - $3195

Queen or twin beds, private bath with shower; view window. Cabin 205 is wheelchair accessible. 104 square feet.
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Explorer

Explorer - $4395

Outside entry; queen beds; private bath with shower; view window. 126 square feet.
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20       Jun 06 - Jun 13, 2015Wilderness Discoverer$3095 - $5995View Details
Navigator

Navigator - $3095

Located on the Main Deck Navigator cabins are the smallest at 79 square feet and the most affordable. Each Navigator cabin features queen or twin beds, an opening view window, private bath with shower. Cabin 201 can accommodate triples.
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Trailblazer

Trailblazer - $3895

Located on the Sun Deck, Trailblazer cabins are the same size as Pathfinder cabins (87 square feet) but have a door that opens to an interior hallway. Each Trailblazer cabin features queen or twin beds, a private bath with shower and opening view window. Cabin 310 has fixed twin beds.
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Pathfinder

Pathfinder - $4295

Located on the Observation Deck. Each pathfinder cabin is 87 square feet and features doors that open to the outside Observation Deck, a queen bed (Pathfinder #306 has double bed), sitting area, private bath with shower, and opening view window. Cabins 307 and 309 (best for parents in queen, teen/child in single) can accommodate triples.
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Explorer

Explorer - $5995

Located on the Sun Deck Explorer cabins are the largest cabins on board. Each Explorer cabin is 177 square feet and features a separate sitting area, queen or twin beds, private bath with shower, a large opening picture window and sofa bed that can accommodate triple occupancy. Only Cabins 400, 401 and 403 can accommodate triples.
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21       Jun 20 - Jun 27, 2015Wilderness Explorer$4195 - $5695View Details
Trailblazer

Trailblazer - $4195

Queen or twin beds; private bath with shower; view window; outside passageway. Lounge Deck and Sun Deck cabins are 92 square feet, and Main Deck cabins are 110 square feet.
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Pathfinder

Pathfinder - $4495

Queen or twin beds, private bath with shower; view window. Cabin 205 is wheelchair accessible. 104 square feet.
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Explorer

Explorer - $5695

Outside entry; queen beds; private bath with shower; view window. 126 square feet.
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22  Alternate Itinerary Available  Jul 04 - Jul 11, 2015Wilderness Discoverer$3395 - $6295View Details
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Family

  This is a designated "Kids in Nature" departure, which is geared toward entertaining and educating kids from various age groups. In a rare introduction to wilderness lifestyles, kids and the entire family meet and interact with local families such as oyster farmers or commercial fishermen who live a remote, isolated lifestyle. Kids 12 years and younger receive a 25% savings on these designated Kids in Nature departures.
Navigator

Navigator - $3395

Located on the Main Deck Navigator cabins are the smallest at 79 square feet and the most affordable. Each Navigator cabin features queen or twin beds, an opening view window, private bath with shower. Cabin 201 can accommodate triples.
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Trailblazer

Trailblazer - $4195

Located on the Sun Deck, Trailblazer cabins are the same size as Pathfinder cabins (87 square feet) but have a door that opens to an interior hallway. Each Trailblazer cabin features queen or twin beds, a private bath with shower and opening view window. Cabin 310 has fixed twin beds.
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Pathfinder

Pathfinder - $4595

Located on the Observation Deck. Each pathfinder cabin is 87 square feet and features doors that open to the outside Observation Deck, a queen bed (Pathfinder #306 has double bed), sitting area, private bath with shower, and opening view window. Cabins 307 and 309 (best for parents in queen, teen/child in single) can accommodate triples.
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Explorer

Explorer - $6295

Located on the Sun Deck Explorer cabins are the largest cabins on board. Each Explorer cabin is 177 square feet and features a separate sitting area, queen or twin beds, private bath with shower, a large opening picture window and sofa bed that can accommodate triple occupancy. Only Cabins 400, 401 and 403 can accommodate triples.
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23       Jul 18 - Jul 25, 2015Wilderness Explorer$4195 - $5695View Details
Trailblazer

Trailblazer - $4195

Queen or twin beds; private bath with shower; view window; outside passageway. Lounge Deck and Sun Deck cabins are 92 square feet, and Main Deck cabins are 110 square feet.
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Pathfinder

Pathfinder - $4495

Queen or twin beds, private bath with shower; view window. Cabin 205 is wheelchair accessible. 104 square feet.
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Explorer

Explorer - $5695

Outside entry; queen beds; private bath with shower; view window. 126 square feet.
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24  Alternate Itinerary Available  Aug 01 - Aug 08, 2015Wilderness Discoverer$3395 - $6295View Details
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Family

  This is a designated "Kids in Nature" departure, which is geared toward entertaining and educating kids from various age groups. In a rare introduction to wilderness lifestyles, kids and the entire family meet and interact with local families such as oyster farmers or commercial fishermen who live a remote, isolated lifestyle. Kids 12 years and younger receive a 25% savings on these designated Kids in Nature departures.
Navigator

Navigator - $3395

Located on the Main Deck Navigator cabins are the smallest at 79 square feet and the most affordable. Each Navigator cabin features queen or twin beds, an opening view window, private bath with shower. Cabin 201 can accommodate triples.
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Trailblazer

Trailblazer - $4195

Located on the Sun Deck, Trailblazer cabins are the same size as Pathfinder cabins (87 square feet) but have a door that opens to an interior hallway. Each Trailblazer cabin features queen or twin beds, a private bath with shower and opening view window. Cabin 310 has fixed twin beds.
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Pathfinder

Pathfinder - $4595

Located on the Observation Deck. Each pathfinder cabin is 87 square feet and features doors that open to the outside Observation Deck, a queen bed (Pathfinder #306 has double bed), sitting area, private bath with shower, and opening view window. Cabins 307 and 309 (best for parents in queen, teen/child in single) can accommodate triples.
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Explorer

Explorer - $6295

Located on the Sun Deck Explorer cabins are the largest cabins on board. Each Explorer cabin is 177 square feet and features a separate sitting area, queen or twin beds, private bath with shower, a large opening picture window and sofa bed that can accommodate triple occupancy. Only Cabins 400, 401 and 403 can accommodate triples.
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25       Aug 15 - Aug 22, 2015Wilderness Explorer$3795 - $5295View Details
Trailblazer

Trailblazer - $3795

Queen or twin beds; private bath with shower; view window; outside passageway. Lounge Deck and Sun Deck cabins are 92 square feet, and Main Deck cabins are 110 square feet.
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Pathfinder

Pathfinder - $4095

Queen or twin beds, private bath with shower; view window. Cabin 205 is wheelchair accessible. 104 square feet.
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Explorer

Explorer - $5295

Outside entry; queen beds; private bath with shower; view window. 126 square feet.
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26       Aug 29 - Sep 05, 2015Wilderness Discoverer$2395 - $4995View Details
Navigator

Navigator - $2395

Located on the Main Deck Navigator cabins are the smallest at 79 square feet and the most affordable. Each Navigator cabin features queen or twin beds, an opening view window, private bath with shower. Cabin 201 can accommodate triples.
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Trailblazer

Trailblazer - $2995

Located on the Sun Deck, Trailblazer cabins are the same size as Pathfinder cabins (87 square feet) but have a door that opens to an interior hallway. Each Trailblazer cabin features queen or twin beds, a private bath with shower and opening view window. Cabin 310 has fixed twin beds.
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Pathfinder

Pathfinder - $3195

Located on the Observation Deck. Each pathfinder cabin is 87 square feet and features doors that open to the outside Observation Deck, a queen bed (Pathfinder #306 has double bed), sitting area, private bath with shower, and opening view window. Cabins 307 and 309 (best for parents in queen, teen/child in single) can accommodate triples.
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Explorer

Explorer - $4995

Located on the Sun Deck Explorer cabins are the largest cabins on board. Each Explorer cabin is 177 square feet and features a separate sitting area, queen or twin beds, private bath with shower, a large opening picture window and sofa bed that can accommodate triple occupancy. Only Cabins 400, 401 and 403 can accommodate triples.
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Included

Your accommodations aboard the specific vessel, all meals aboard the ship, round-trip transfers and baggage handling between airport/boat, most from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment, national park/preserve entrance fees and hot tub, sauna and yoga. Additional inclusions aboard Safari Endeavour & Explorer: Premium spirits, wine and beer; taxes and port fees; and a complimentary massage.

Exclusions

Airfare to and from your home city; discretionary gratuities to vessel’s crew, typically 5-10% of fare; travel insurance and insurance of any kind; optional excursions and land tours; wine, beer and liquor; massage; excess baggage charges; items of a personal nature. Also not included on Wilderness boats: Taxes and port fees of $175 per person ($200pp 2015) and alcoholic beverages.

Room Configuration

Select Wilderness cabins are available for single occupancy at a 150% supplement; all other cabins available at 175%. Aboard Safari boats, any stateroom except Singles may be sold as a single for 175% of the double rate. Triple rates may be available in select cabin categories, please call for details.

Families & Children

There is no age restriction aboard the Western Coves Adventure Cruise, though you may want to consider the Eastern Coves Adventure Cruise, which offers "Kids in Nature" family departures that save children 12 and under 25% and offer special kid-friendly programming.

Payment & Cancellation

A deposit of $750 is required to secure a reservation. 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:
91 days or more - 50% of initial deposit
90 to 61 days - Forfeiture of full deposit
60 to 46 days - 50% of gross fare
45 to 31 days - 75% of gross fare
30 to 0 days - 100% of gross 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.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 21 days of booking your trip for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.
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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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Eastern Coves Adventure Cruise

Eastern Coves Adventure Cruise

Explore the back passages and narrow waterways of the most remote areas of Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage. Navigating the waters and wilderness by small ships, you'll reach rarely seen areas on this 8-day cruise from Juneau to Ketchikan by kayak, skiff, foot and small ship or yacht.
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Wilderness Discoverer

Wilderness Discoverer

The 76-guest M/V Wilderness Discoverer small expedition ship is capable of nimble exploration through nature’s most dramatic hideaways, with kayaks and paddleboards on board for up-close exploration.
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Wilderness Adventurer

Wilderness Adventurer

Sailing with a maximum of 60 guests, the Wilderness Adventurer's small size and shallow beam allow it explore regions of Alaska's Inside Passage unreachable by most other vessels.
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Safari Endeavour

Safari Endeavour

The newly refurbished 84-guest Safari Endeavour offers the luxury and amenities of an Alaska yacht cruise with the price and efficiency of a small ship cruise. Suites on this ship feature balconies and Tempur-Pedic® mattresses.
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Safari Explorer

Safari Explorer

This luxury motor yacht embodies an ambiance of refinement and relaxation, with just 36 guests. The Safari Explorer cruises Alaska waters in the summer and the Hawaiian Islands in the winter.
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Wilderness Explorer

Wilderness Explorer

The original Wilderness Explorer, under the direction of AdventureSmith founder Todd Smith, pioneered adventure cruising in Southeast Alaska in the 1990s. Relaunched and renovated in 2012, this new-generation 76-guest base camp explores remote Alaska.
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Trip Reviews

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

Overall Trip Review

One of our best vacations ever. We made many new friends among both the guests and crew. The Alaska experience was incredible. The ship's accommodations/amenities/food were great. The only disappointment was that we didn't get to see any bears. 

Alaska itself was much more beautiful and dramatic than I expected. We got to see innumerable whales, including many breaches and one that swam up right under the bow of the ship as we were drifting (not underway).  We spent about 2 hours in a Zodiac boat about 100 yards from an island covered with sea lions. On our last full day, we got within 1/4 mile from the Dawes Glacier and saw a total of 3 calves that morning.

Food in Ketchikan was expensive and disappointing. We didn't get to see as many land animals as I wanted, no bears, moose or mountain goats. Rather than saying that sightings vary, I'd set expectations that you won't see them and then if guests do, it will be a pleasant surprise rather than disappointment which it was for many.  Also, some other guests took an excursion in Ketichikan and saw lots of bears. Unfortunately we found out after we'd left. I'd make sure your clients are advised of the opportunity.

We were a very active group as a whole (largest yoga group in leader's history, for example), and all got along very well. The crew said we were one of the best they've had!  Even so, they said that the people who self select this cruise line tend to be adventurous and fun people and that they very rarely have problems.

On the first day, I asked other guests why they chose this cruise. Every person said the same thing: didn't want to be on a big ship. 

We wanted to go to coastal Alaska and wanted to see more wildlife than cruisers. It was the perfect trip for us. There are lots of options for activities. My wife injured her knee before the trip and wasn't able to hike. That said, we never missed an activity session, we just did more kayaking and boating than hiking.

Accommodations Review

Wilderness Discoverer is an older boat, but it was clean and well maintained. Again, the crew was always seeking to see what they could do to make our trip more enjoyable (including additional pillows for my wife).  I've never been on a big ship cruise so didn't expect a larger stateroom. It was plenty large enough for our needs. Cabin with door opening on inside passageway was best option for us. I'd definitely recommend twin bed set up. Others who had queen set up struggled with one person having to crawl over other to get out of bed.

Meals Review

Food was very good.  Meat, seafood, and vegan options every meal. Bacon at breakfast was among best I've had (and my state is a major pork producer). Pastry chef was incredible. At one point the staff asked why the guests didn't eat as much as they expected. Partially it was health conciousness of the guests, partially that they were trying to be considerate of the crew who eat after the guests are done. The crew stressed that there was PLENTY!

Again, I wish my employees were as focused on customer satisfaction as the crew of this ship. The culture of this organization is incredible.

Crew & Guides Review

Captain Danny was a great leader and exemplifies a good leader in any industry.  People questioned his young age the first day, but he showed why the organization trusts him. It was obvious in the crew's reaction the respect they have for him.

I can't think of a single crewman, including Robert who was on his first trip, who didn't do an incredible job. So, it's impossible to single out a few. On the last night the captain brought out the crew and introduced them at dinner. The entire complement of guests stood an cheered as each and every member was introduced (many we knew well, others like kitchen staff we were just getting to meet). 

On debarkation, the crew lined the dock and each guest took time to thank and hug each of them. The company owner, Dan, came up from Seattle to meet the ship as well.

AdventureSmith Explorations Review

Andrew did a great job of helping us select the line, cruise, ship and cabin. He gave us lots of additional information about Ketchikan and Juneau and helped select the pre-post hotels. He was very patient with repeated questions and requests for information. 

F. Ford - Concord, NC
OVERALL: 5 stars ACCOMMODATIONS: 4 stars MEALS: 5 stars

Overall Trip Review

This was our first cruise of any kind so we were unsure of what to expect.  We were very impressed with the level of knowledge of the crew across a wide range of topics which value added to our experience enormously.

We loved that the small numbers on board allowed for a family feel and that there was a genuine interest in us as people as well as guests. Our kids loved all the documentaries- as did we except I was too busy to watch them...needed another week on board I think!

We made some lovely new friends.  We were a little surprised that there was only one other family with children as we expected the demographic to be a little younger but there were definitely some energetic older passengers!

Most Enjoyed: Definitely the Polar Bear Challenge on the last day!  We enjoyed every outing and even the ones that I thought maybe less interesting always turned out to have something unexpected to see/ do.

The food was absolutely a highlight- just as well there was plenty of exercise to counter the caloric intake! The visit to Klawock was a little underwhelming but I think it should be continued as it has great potential as it develops.

We love trips to unusual places where nature predominates rather than big cities and we were not at all convinced that a big cruise liner would suit us.  We definitely made the right choice as the activity level was perfect.

Meals Review

Nothing could be improved!  We were very impressed with the quality of the produce on offer especially given that fresh markets were not part of the plan.  The desserts even got my (not sweet- toothed) husband tasting a sample each evening.

Crew & Guides Review

As commented above the professionalism and knowledge of the leaders was impressive and their enthusiasm genuine.

AdventureSmith Explorations Review

Great communications and detailed information was provided in an excellent time frame leading up to the trip.

J. Parker - Washington DC
OVERALL: 5 stars ACCOMMODATIONS: 5 stars MEALS: 5 stars

Overall Trip Review

Best vacation ever! The cruise staff are fun, flexible and eager to please. The dramatic scenery in Alaska is incredible. It was definitely "unrushed, uncrowded, unbelievable" as their logo suggests. The whole week was perfect. Every day was a new adventure. The captain of the ship was quick to change course if an interesting opportunity came up. The rain sometimes found it's way through "waterproof" jackets and rain-skirts on all day kayak trips, etc. - COLD!!!!! I will upgrade my rain-gear for my next trip. I have always wanted to cruise the inside passage of Alaska but did not want to go on a large ship and could not afford the National Geographic cruises. I was also attracted by the ready access to kayaks, paddle boards, etc. on the ship.

Accommodations Review

We loved our cabin on the lower level of the Wilderness Discoverer. We had a window that opened right out to the ocean - incredible views. Toilet paper was a little rough (biodegradable) but everything was clean and the beds were comfortable.

Meals Reiview

Food was too good - ate too much. It was very healthy with lots of fruit and veggies. We had a great chef and pastry chef on board. The bar had good beer, liquor and wine and the bartender was always ready with some kind of treat when we came back from our adventures. Prices were reasonable.

Crew & Guides

Captain Danny was very eager to please and he made sure we had the best experience possible.

AdventureSmith Explorations Review

Good about communicating details, packing list, etc. We had an AdventureSmith Adventure Coordinator - Aaron Gaines - on the trip with us. He was a lot of fun to have along.

M. Kirsh - Crafordville, FL
OVERALL: 5 stars ACCOMMODATIONS: 5 stars MEALS: 5 stars

Overall Trip Review

The entire trip exceeded all my expectations! Everything was planed in detail, the guides were awesome, the crew on board were delightful and the food was fantastic. Would love to do a similar trip again. Just about everything, it was breathtaking. We had passengers from 7 years to 85 years old!!! Would definitely recommend this trip to anyone who loves the outdoors.

Accommodations Review

The cabin was as advertised. Loved having the hooks in the hall for hanging wet gear, boots, etc.

Meals Review

Better than expected.

Crew & Guides Review

Annie was professional, knowledgeable and extremely personable!

AdventureSmith Explorations Review

Andrew was most helpful in passing on knowledge to plan our trip. Have always wanted to see Alaska and your representative, Andrew Browning was the deciding factor.

A. Livingston - Warren, MI
OVERALL: 5 stars ACCOMMODATIONS: 5 stars MEALS: 5 stars

Overall Trip Review

My first small ship cruise, and I loved it. Got to do more kayaking than I expected, and was pleased that even though most kayaks were tandem, I could take them out on my own, and eventually was given a single to use too. The staff was uniformly excellent. The trip included a mix of nature, culture, and physical activity suitable for all levels. The day whale watching was magical! The flexible schedule on our ship allowed us to spend the whole day in an area with lots of humpbacks, and they got closer and closer as the day went on. The perfect weather was a bonus. A "once in a blue moon" evening had us all running down the batteries on our cameras.  Can't really think of a single day I would have wanted to miss. One guest was annoying in trying to outdo everyone and spooking the otters, but there has to be one on every trip, I guess.

Accommodations Review

I paid a single supplement for my cabin, which was small but comfortable and very functional.

Meals Review

Our chef Mark Ferry is a treasure. He never repeated a meal, and all of them were delicious and creative. Great salads and soups. Good options for vegetarians too. The pastry chef Torrey Stout was fabulous. We had a different roll or muffin for the early bird breakfast every day, and the breads were great. Sarah and Gerry of the wait staff made every meal pleasant with their cheerfulness, even coffee at dawn.

Crew & Guides Review

Our young naturalists and trip leaders were super. J.P. Wickham showed the patience of Job in getting us outfitted for snorkeling, a daunting task with the range of bodies he had to work with. The visit to Klowok was very informative and I enjoyed learning about the native culture and visiting the totems there and in Ketchikan.

AdventureSmith Explorations Review

The clothing suggestions were too extensive. Given the casual atmosphere on the ship, I could have packed less clothes. Of course, our luck in having great weather had a lot to do with the fact that we didn't need clothes for very cold or very wet. I realize the suggestions are for all seasons, so it is hard to be specific. No big deal.

Traveler Advice

Make sure to put it on your "bucket list"

K. Lueders - Kensington, MD