two travelers kayaking inside Glacier Bay National park, the SS Legacy small ship folats behind them and in the background a snowy mountain range
Brown bear on shoreline in Glacier Bay, Alaska
giant alaskan glacier on a sunny day
adventure travelers in kayaks looking at an iceberg on the alaska's glacier country small ship cruise
small ship cruise guests on a land excursion in the forest in Alaska's Glacier bay national forest
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North America Alaska Cruise

Alaska’s Glacier Country

Spend 8 days circumnavigating Admiralty Island in Alaska’s Inside Passage. Cruise through the largest national forest in the United States (Tongass) where black and brown bears, mountain goats and bald eagles make their home. View Alaska’s massive glaciers and glide around in the remote bays of Glacier Bay National Park, with a full day dedicated to exploring this famed national park. In the still of the Southeast Alaska evening, watch bears ambling along wild shorelines. And in the swirling currents below, humpback whales forage in the bountiful waters along the sheltered shoreline. Meet Alaska and its wildlife at eye level, by boat and foot. 

Kayak, stand-up paddleboard, skiff, hike and beachcombing excursions offer opportunities to explore the wilderness up close while an unhurried schedule means more time for wildlife viewing. Onboard naturalists and expedition leaders offer daily insights and guided nature walks. Book this Alaska glacier cruise for superior service, fine cuisine and intimate experiences that only an Alaska small ship cruise can offer.

The 8-day Alaska’s Glacier Country cruise begins and ends in Juneau. Choose between the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer and the 22-guest Safari Quest. These vessels feature first-class accommodations and an itinerary filled with authentic exploration and the glaciers travelers come to Alaska to see. The Safari Quest is the perfect basecamp for Alaska luxury cruises due to her private balconies and included fine spirits, wines and microbrews. The Safari Quest is also a favorite among AdventureSmith’s many Alaska yacht charters for private cruising due to her small size.

Read on for details about this trip, or view all of AdventureSmith’s Alaska cruises and Glacier Bay National Park cruises.



Itinerary

Alaska's Glacier Country

Spend 8 days circumnavigating Admiralty Island, cruising roundtrip from Juneau, Alaska. Explore while sailing on first-class accommodations an itinerary filled with incredible scenery and glaciers.

Alaska's Glacier Country route map from Juneau around Admiralty Island.
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Day 1
Embark Juneau, Alaska

Hello, Juneau! First settled in the gold rush days, Juneau welcomes with both small town charm and towering glaciers. Toast to the riches of Alaska while sailing west toward Icy Strait.

Accommodations

Wilderness Adventurer, Safari Quest

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Day 2
Icy Strait

Kick start the morning with on-deck yoga stretches and a strong cup of coffee. Now energized, kayak the remote bays off of Icy Strait through giant bullwhip kelp that can grow to over 100 feet long. Join the gang in a skiff to a rocky outcropping to watch sea lions play, or step into mud boots for a forest hike with top-notch naturalist guides who have plenty to share about everything Alaska—marine biology, plants and even geology. On board, soak it all in while soaking in the hot tub.

Accommodations

Wilderness Adventurer, Safari Quest

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Glacier Bay National Park

Today brings a real treat when a national park ranger comes aboard to share expert insight. Have binoculars handy—South Marble Island is a birder’s slice of heaven. Puffins scoot through the water while guillemots and gulls chatter up the airwaves, but the snoozing sea lions don’t seem to mind. More thrills and chills await while cruising to the far end of John Hopkins Inlet or Tarr Inlet where glaciers calve into the water. Backed by knife-edged peaks, bears and mountain goats forage along the shoreline of Tidal Inlet. Back at Bartlett Cove, if time and daylight allow, take a forest hike around the park’s HQ, and say farewell to the ranger.

Accommodations

Wilderness Adventurer, Safari Quest

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Chatham Strait

Stretching 150 miles into the Tongass National Forest, Chatham Strait offers adventure aplenty. Rest assured the captain navigates to the best adventure options. Anchor in a remote Chichagof Island inlet. Backpacks loaded and adventure toys lowered (skiffs, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks), it’s time to go play. Energy flows while hiking up through moss-covered trees and rain-fed waterfalls. Stick to the water in a kayak excursion and don’t forget to look above and below the surface. A nosy seal could be watching every paddle stroke. Beachcomb rocky shores where tiny creatures cling to rocks. Tonight, take a nightcap to the sun deck and watch the sky.

Accommodations

Wilderness Adventurer, Safari Quest

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Kuiu Island

The jagged arms and fingers of Kuiu Island stretch from 25 to just six miles wide. Salmon streams dot the coastline—and where there’s salmon, there are bears. Despite its slim size, Kuiu Island is home to many black bears who love the solitude and open skies in the heart of the Tongass National Forest. From kayak or skiff, scope the intertidal zones of Saginaw Bay for these guys. Eagles fish here too, their white noggins give away their perches. Kayak along the Keku Islands or take the pace down a notch with an easy stroll amidst the tide pools. It’s remote and remarkable.

Accommodations

Wilderness Adventurer, Safari Quest

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Frederick Sound

Humpbacks beeline it here each season to feed on krill, zooplankton and herring. Watch for whales feasting in these abundant glacial waters. Hang out and enjoy the show. Based on wind and weather, the expedition team has the lineup of adventures all mapped out. Cruise past Five Fingers Lighthouse, Alaska’s oldest light station, and The Brothers Islands, where sea lions nap on rocky nobs. Paddle into the deeps of Port Houghton or Windham Bay or head ashore for a hike. Somewhere nearby, carrot-billed black oystercatchers are saying hello. Tonight, toast another big day in Alaska.

Accommodations

Wilderness Adventurer, Safari Quest

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier

Skiffing up Endicott Arm, harbor seals laze around on icebergs. If the tides are right, slip into Ford’s Terror, the steep walls of this narrow opening streaked with waterfalls. Back in the Arm, gasp at the deep glacier-carved valleys. At the end meet the piece de resistance: Dawes Glacier. Blue ice marches down from the Coast Mountains. With a sharp crack, the white thunder of a calving slice makes a mega-splash. Tonight, celebrate with a festive farewell dinner and photo journal from the expedition team.

Accommodations

Wilderness Adventurer, Safari Quest

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Juneau, Alaska

Enjoy fresh baked pastries over one last breakfast. Both crew and new friends wish heartfelt goodbyes. This morning, transfer to the Juneau airport or begin your hotel stay or land tour.

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations aboard vessel; onboard meals; premium wine, beer and liquor (excludes super-premium wines); non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embarkation/disembarkation day; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-vessel activities and equipment; exclusive activities and shore visits; wellness amenities; presentations by onboard expedition/heritage guides and guest experts.

Exclusions

Airfare to and from your home city; discretionary gratuities to vessel’s crew; travel insurance and insurance of any kind; optional excursions and land tours; excess baggage charges; items of a personal nature; taxes and port fees of $375 (2021).

Payment & Cancellation

Reservations Made Prior to 7/29/20:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $750 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
91 days or more – 50% of deposit
90 to 61 days – 100% of deposit
60 to 46 days – 50% of total trip cost
45 to 31 days – 75% of total trip cost
30 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Reservations Made 7/29/20, On:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $750 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 days or more – 50% of deposit
119 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 46 days – 50% of total trip cost
45 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

A booking or future travel certificate re-accommodated to a new sailing date is a one-time only move and remains non-refundable. Cancellation of your re-booked cruise will result in the loss of any reservation payments on file at time of re-accommodation.

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 Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Alaska’s Glacier Country cruise begins  and ends in Juneau, Alaska (JNU). Plan flights to arrive to Juneau by 2:30pm on day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Juneau no earlier than 11:30am on day 8.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most any expedition to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include whale watching, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, morning yoga and stretching, land treks, glacier viewing, wildlife observation and polar bear plunges. 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.

Room Configuration

In addition to any listed Single cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy at 150-175% of the per-person listed rate; special triple-occupancy rates may also be available in select cabins. Call AdventureSmith for more details, as availability and rates vary by ship and cabin category.

Families & Children

Kids 8 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 7 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval. Save $500 per child, ages 8 to 13, with the exception of holiday departures.

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 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

The Safari Quest is an AdventureSmith favorite for private charter. Contact us for charter pricing and details.

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

May 14 - May 21, 2021
Wilderness Adventurer • 8 days
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May 21 - May 29, 2021
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May 28 - Jun 04, 2021
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May 28 - Jun 04, 2021
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Jun 04 - Jun 11, 2021
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Jun 04 - Jun 11, 2021
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Jun 11 - Jun 18, 2021
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Jun 11 - Jun 18, 2021
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Jun 18 - Jun 25, 2021
Wilderness Adventurer • 8 days
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Jun 18 - Jun 25, 2021
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Jun 25 - Jul 02, 2021
Wilderness Adventurer • 8 days
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Jun 25 - Jul 02, 2021
Safari Quest • 8 days
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Jul 02 - Jul 09, 2021
Wilderness Adventurer • 8 days
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Jul 02 - Jul 09, 2021
Safari Quest • 8 days
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Jul 09 - Jul 16, 2021
Wilderness Adventurer • 8 days
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Jul 09 - Jul 16, 2021
Safari Quest • 8 days
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Jul 16 - Jul 23, 2021
Wilderness Adventurer • 8 days
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Jul 16 - Jul 23, 2021
Safari Quest • 8 days
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Jul 23 - Jul 30, 2021
Wilderness Adventurer • 8 days
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Jul 23 - Jul 30, 2021
Safari Quest • 8 days
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Jul 30 - Aug 06, 2021
Wilderness Adventurer • 8 days
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Jul 30 - Aug 06, 2021
Safari Quest • 8 days
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Aug 06 - Aug 13, 2021
Wilderness Adventurer • 8 days
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Aug 06 - Aug 13, 2021
Safari Quest • 8 days
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Aug 13 - Aug 20, 2021
Wilderness Adventurer • 8 days
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Aug 13 - Aug 20, 2021
Safari Quest • 8 days
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Aug 20 - Aug 27, 2021
Wilderness Adventurer • 8 days
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Aug 20 - Aug 27, 2021
Safari Quest • 8 days
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Aug 27 - Sep 03, 2021
Wilderness Adventurer • 8 days
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Aug 27 - Sep 03, 2021
Safari Quest • 8 days
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Sep 03 - Sep 10, 2021
Wilderness Adventurer • 8 days
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Sep 03 - Sep 10, 2021
Safari Quest • 8 days
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Sep 10 - Sep 17, 2021
Wilderness Adventurer • 8 days
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Sep 10 - Sep 17, 2021
Safari Quest • 8 days
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Sep 17 - Sep 24, 2021
Wilderness Adventurer • 8 days
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Sep 24 - Oct 01, 2021
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Accommodations

Choose the Small Ship that Fits Your Travel Style

Yacht
Safari Quest

The 22-guest exclusive Motor Yacht Safari Quest cruises Alaska's Inside Passage, Prince William Sound and British Columbia and offers stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking. Unique among yachts, the Safari Quest’s size enables her to cruise areas restricted to traditional small ships.

Expedition Ship
Wilderness Adventurer

Sailing with a maximum of 60 guests, the Wilderness Adventurer's small size and shallow draft allow her to explore regions of Alaska's Inside Passage unreachable by most other vessels. A full wrap-around viewing deck and EZ Dock launching platform provide immediate and intimate access to nature.

Deals

Current Deals on This Trip

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Save $400 On 2021 Alaska's Glacier Country Cruises

Book your 2021 cruise and save up to $400 per person in this special early-booking deal.

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Deposit for Only $100 per Cabin on Select 2021 Alaska Cruises

Book now to secure your 2021 Alaska cruise with only $100 deposit per cabin.

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A very charming vessel and we very much enjoyed being among her passengers. The meals were excellent and the dining room staff was most accommodating. Arielle did a wonderful job helping us to find our 'perfect trip', answered all of our questions promptly and corresponded with us in a friendly yet professional manner. From the moment we arrived at the Anchorage airport it was apparent we were in competent hands.

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Extend Your Trip

Additional Travel Options Before or After Your Cruise

Choose from a variety of other AdventureSmith Alaska trips to extend your journey, or opt for a pre-cruise extension with your fellow passengers on this cruise.

The Denali & Talkeetna Wilderness Rail Adventure is a pre-cruise escorted land tour featuring wilderness lodge stays in Denali National Park and Talkeetna Mountains, and hotel overnights in Anchorage. This tour takes you through the Talkeetna Mountain and Denali National park by rail, visits the Alaska Native Heritage Center, and provides opportunities for wildlife viewing, hiking, kayaking, and river rafting or flightseeing (added cost). This land package aligns with Friday cruise departures. Alaska’s Glacier Country cruises departing on other days require additional hotel night(s).

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6 Day Land Tour
Denali Backcountry Explorer

Spend 3 nights at a remote backcountry lodge situated 90 miles inside Denali National Park. Unbeatable wildlife viewing, landscape photography, guided hikes, fishing, dog sleds and an Alaska railroad ride can be customized to complement any Alaska small ship cruise.

From $2365USD
Jun Jul Aug Sep
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6 - 10 Day Land Tour
Camp Denali Adventure

This premier Denali National Park base camp, in view of Denali, is located near Wonder Lake at the end of the 92-mile Denali Park Road and offers expert guided explorations and unique hikes.

From $2825USD
Jun Jul Aug Sep
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7 Day Land Tour
Within the Wild

The Within the Wild luxury Alaska adventure brings travelers into the Alaskan backcountry without sacrificing comfort. Enjoy remarkable helicopter- and floatplane-assisted adventures, hiking, sportfishing and a wellness program with massage and yoga.

From $14180USD
Jun Jul Aug Sep
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