Guest Kayak in Glacier Bay
Puffin flying sighted on Inside Passage & Glacier Bay Wilderness Cruise
Brown bear by Lamplugh Glacier on Alaska's Inside Passage
Humpback whale breaching in south east alaska
Hiking above Lamplugh Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park
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North America Alaska Cruise

Inside Passage & Glacier Bay Wilderness Cruise

Four small ships make this iconic passage along Alaska’s Inside Passage & San Juans, hugging the coastline between Seattle, Washington and Juneau, Alaska. Cruise in both Alaska’s and Canada’s Inside Passages, plus visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Glacier Bay National Park and Olympic National Park.

Your transit is comprehensive and diverse: from the quiet reaches of Puget Sound’s Hood Canal and the San Juan Islands of Washington State up through Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest to the sheer rock walls of Misty Fjords National Monument, the deep Tlingit culture in Ketchikan and the rafting and biking in the adventure capital of Haines, Alaska.

Choose from northbound departures in the spring and southbound departures in the fall, both optimal times for cruising. The spring season sees nature awakening for the warm months, fewer boats and people and the arrival of whales. In the fall season, expect vivid foliage, fewer crowds and wildlife foraging along the shoreline. 

Either the 84-guest Safari Endeavour, 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer, 74-guest Wilderness Explorer or the 36-guest Safari Explorer is home base. Built on a unique reputation for adventure, these boats pamper up to 84 guests with a three-to-one guest/crew ratio, fresh, healthy meals, experienced expedition leaders/naturalists who know Alaskan culture and topography, high-end expedition gear, plus a wide variety of excursions to suit any activity level. The Safari Explorer and Safari Endeavour are each a perfect basecamp for luxury Alaska cruises due to their unique amenities (Endeavour) and ideal size (Explorer).

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



Itinerary

Inside Passage & Glacier Bay Wilderness Cruise Itinerary

The Inside Passage & Glacier Bay Wilderness Cruise begins in Seattle, Washington and cruises northbound to Glacier Bay, ending in Juneau, Alaska.

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Day 1
Embark Seattle, Washington

The Emerald City! Check-in at the hospitality center and later, board the ship and settle in. Depending on your vessel, depart from downtown Seattle, cruising along the city’s picturesque waterfront. Or leave from Fisherman’s Terminal and transit the historic Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, where it’s a 20-foot drop into the Salish Sea. Adieu, Seattle.

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
San Juan Islands, Washington & Canada's Inside Passage

Each island in the San Juan archipelago is different. Orcas and harbor seals haven’t picked favorites. You could spot them in any passage. Give your arms a stretch. Kayak or paddle board along a tucked-away cove. Sea stars dot rocky outcroppings orange and purple. Curious harbor seals watch your moves. Get in more mileage on a skiff ride to further inlets. There will be time to hike too. Look low and nose around pools for creatures left behind by the outgoing tide.

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Canada's Inside Passage

Mountains rise higher. Fjords get deeper. It’s a day of intricate waterways and cruising for critters, keeping watch for black bears on shore, including the elusive spirit bear. Civilization slips away as you enter remote waters leading north through British Columbia. Surf-happy dolphins and porpoise like to catch a ride on the bow wave. The captain and crew are on the lookout and give the call of a sighting. A waterfall and old abandoned cannery come into view—that’s Butedale. Slow down and take it all in as forested fjords roll by. Aiming to entertain and educate over the next days, your expedition team is at the ready. Natural history, Native influences, and their favorite trivia games, too.

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Canada's Inside Passage

Take your cup of joe to the bow. The world wakes up with you. Bald eagles watch the ship along its course from tree tops. Islands to the west, inlet-etched mainland to the east. The captain and mates navigate twisting passages. Harbor seals spend their days on rocky islets. Breathe in the fresh air and take in miles of forested wilderness. In the lounge, your bartender mixes up the daily special. Take the challenge and play a few friendly hands of cards with your shipmates.

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Ketchikan, Alaska & Misty Fjords National Monument

In Ketchikan, connect with the Tlingit culture. Tribal leader and local legend Joe Williams, known as Ka Xesh X’e in his native language, guides you on a walking tour. With a rich oral tradition, the Tlingit passed stories from generation to generation—and Joe’s storytelling is captivating! Amble through the surrounding forest on a moderate-to-easy trail or challenge yourself to a hard-charger hike along trails and boardwalks past cedar, spruce, streams, and waterfalls. Next up, Misty Fjords is the largest Wilderness Area in the Tongass National Forest and a haven for wildlife—grizzly and black bears, salmon, and deer. Calm settles over these parts and all you can hear is nature. Deep glacial fjords filled with seawater. Wetlands, estuaries, dense forests, and sweeping granite cliffs. Paddle through a bay, silty from the outwash of a mountain river.

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Captains’ Choice

Just what you need, morning stretches on deck with your guide. Warm those hard-at-play muscles. You know firsthand—conditions in Southeast change one inlet to the next. Your captain is at the helm and your expedition team picks just the right spot. Wherever you head, the adventures are as big as the water is deep! So many hidden pockets in the Tongass National Forest. Give your paddle board skills a glide. Watch for big-eyed harbor seals from a kayak. Bushwhack into the forest of giants. Your guides know the area’s history and keep it lively.

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
LeConte Bay & Ideal Cove

If it’s high tide, a skiff ride brings you up-close to LeConte Glacier’s iceberg gardens. Sculpted by the warm summer air, these glacial works of art are a testament to the mastery of Mother Nature. If tides are low, take a boot-sucking walk to check out icebergs resting on the mudflats. Surrounded by national forest, Ideal Cove’s boardwalk trails wind through habitat known as “muskegs,” boggy meadows of ferns and grasses. Or test your balance paddle boarding in this quiet cove. It’s just you and the vast wilderness.

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Frederick Sound & Chatham Strait

Humpbacks beeline it to this region each season to feed on zooplankton and herring. Watch for whales feasting in these abundant glacial waters. Hang out and enjoy the show. Based on wind and weather, your 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. From kayak or skiff, scope the intertidal zones of un-named bays and coves. Eagles fish here too, their white noggins giving away their perches. Paddle into a seascape of wild, forested islets, or take the pace down a notch with an easy stroll amidst the tidepools. It’s remote and remarkable.

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Sitka, Alaska & Peril Strait

Alaska’s wild natural history surrounds the historic community of Sitka. It’s a quick ride to Fortress of the Bear. Tour this home for orphaned bears and observe their unique personalities. With access to the Tongass National Forest all around you, take the hint and take a hike—your guides know the way into the mountains to a clear lake and along boardwalk trails through a temperate rainforest to a waterfall. Later, set sail into Peril Strait and join your expedition guides who share the tragic tales of how this passage earned its foreboding name.

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Chichagof Island

Remote passages offer more opportunities for you to search for the mighty humpback whale. Keep binoculars at hand and watch for the misty spout of these gentle giants as they feed in the waters around you. Anchor in a remote Chichagof Island inlet. Backpacks loaded and adventure toys lowered (skiffs, paddle boards, kayaks), it’s time to go play. 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 your every stroke. Beachcomb rocky shores. Tiny creatures cling to rocks. Tonight, take a nightcap to the sun deck and watch the sky.

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Glacier Bay National Park

There’s a cool factor, and it’s not just coming off the face of the glaciers! This 3.3 million-acre park was covered by ice as recently as 1795. Since then, the park’s receding glacier activity has made it a lot easier to access those inner reaches. Pick up a park ranger at Bartlett Cove in the early hours. Glacial history, retreats, advances, moraines.They come with expert insight from a park ranger and your onboard naturalists, so bring on the questions. Pigeon guillemots, puffins, and cormorants colonize and nest at South Marble Island. One good whiff and a few loud barks give away one of its mammalian residents—Steller’s sea lions. It’s a full day in the bay exploring John Muir’s legacy, all the way to Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers. Celebrate with a toast to nature’s handiwork.

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Icy Strait

Bull whip kelp threads through nearby channels like deep, twisted mangroves. And you know better, but orange and purple starfish and jellyfish make it hard to believe you’re not in the tropics. Follow the currents out to where the sea lions flock to remote rock formations. Your captain is on the bridge, the expedition team on deck, and all eyes are on the water and the shore. Everyone is on watch for the telltale blow of humpbacks. Come closer to the shoreline by skiff, kayak, or on foot. Sometimes the smallest things are the biggest wonders. Take in the evening solitude from the bow or the hot tub. Or both—why choose just one? Tonight, join your captain for the Farewell Dinner. As a special treat, your expedition team shares a slideshow of your journey.

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Disembark Juneau, Alaska

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

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations aboard vessel; onboard meals; premium spirits, wine, beer, 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 $675 (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 Inside Passage & Glacier Bay Wilderness Cruise begins in Seattle, Washington (SEA), and ends in Juneau, Alaska (JNU). Plan flights to arrive to Seattle by 2:00pm on day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Juneau no earlier than 11:30am on day 13.

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, snorkeling (on Wilderness Discoverer & Wilderness Explorer departures), 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 (on Wilderness Discoverer & Wilderness Explorer departures), 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.

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 and ships. 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.

Reverse Inside Passage & Glacier Bay Wilderness Cruise

The reverse Inside Passage & Glacier Bay Wilderness Cruise begins in Juneau, Alaska, cruises northbound to Glacier Bay, then turns southbound to end in Seattle, Washington.

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Day 1
Embark Juneau, Alaska

Welcome to Alaska’s capital city. Check in at the hospitality center and later, board your ship. Your captain and crew greet you warmly and help you settle in. Set sail from the harbor toward Lynn Canal—adieu, Juneau!

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour, Safari Explorer, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Icy Strait

Bull whip kelp threads through nearby channels like deep, twisted mangroves. And you know better, but orange and purple starfish and jellyfish make it hard to believe you’re not in the tropics. Follow the currents out to where the sea lions flock to remote rock formations. Your captain is on the bridge, the expedition team on deck, and all eyes are on the water and the shore. Everyone is on watch for the telltale blow of humpbacks. Dall’s porpoise feast in the nutrient-rich water too. And bears lumber about for an afternoon nosh. Try getting a little closer to the shoreline by skiff, kayak, or on foot. Sometimes the smallest things are the biggest wonders. Take in the evening solitude from the bow or the hot tub. Or both—why choose just one?

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour, Safari Explorer, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
Glacier Bay National Park

There’s a cool factor, and it’s not just coming off the face of the glaciers! This 3.3 million-acre park was covered by ice as recently as 1795. Since then, the park’s receding glacier activity has made it a lot easier to access those inner reaches. Glacial history, retreats, advances, moraines. They come with expert insight from a park ranger and your onboard naturalists, so bring on the questions. Pigeon guillemots, puffins, and cormorants colonize and nest at South Marble Island. One good whiff and a few loud barks give away one of its mammalian residents: Steller’s sea lions. It’s a full day in the bay exploring John Muir’s legacy—all the way to Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers. Celebrate with a toast to nature’s handiwork.

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour, Safari Explorer, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
Chichagof Island

Remote passages offer more opportunities for you to search for the mighty humpback whale. Keep your binoculars at hand and watch for the misty spout of these gentle giants as they feed in the waters around you. Anchor in a remote Chichagof Island inlet. Backpacks loaded and adventure toys lowered (skiffs, paddle boards, kayaks), it’s time to go play. 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 your every stroke. Beachcomb rocky shores. Tiny creatures cling to rocks. Tonight, take a nightcap to the sun deck and watch the sky

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour, Safari Explorer, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
Sitka, Alaska & Peril Strait

Alaska’s wild natural history surrounds the historic community of Sitka. It’s a quick ride to Fortress of the Bear. Tour this home for orphaned bears and observe their unique personalities. With access to the Tongass National Forest all around you, take the hint and take a hike—your guides know the way into the mountains to a clear lake and along boardwalk trails through a temperate rainforest to a waterfall. Later, set sail into Peril Strait and join your expedition guides who share the tragic tales of how this passage earned its foreboding name.

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour, Safari Explorer, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 6
Frederick Sound & Chatham Strait

Humpbacks beeline it to this region each season to feed on zooplankton and herring. Watch for whales feasting in these abundant glacial waters. Hang out and enjoy the show. Based on wind and weather, your 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. From kayak or skiff, scope the intertidal zones of un-named bays and coves. Eagles fish here too, their white noggins giving away their perches. Paddle into a seascape of wild, forested islets, or take the pace down a notch with an easy stroll amidst the tidepools. It’s remote and remarkable.

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour, Safari Explorer, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 7
LeConte Bay & Ideal Cove

If it’s high tide, a skiff ride brings you up-close to LeConte Glacier’s iceberg gardens. Sculpted by the warm summer air, these glacial works of art are a testament to the mastery of Mother Nature. If tides are low, take a boot-sucking walk to check out icebergs resting on the mudflats. Surrounded by national forest, Ideal Cove’s boardwalk trails wind through habitat known as “muskegs,” boggy meadows of ferns and grasses. Or test your balance paddle boarding in this quiet cove. It’s just you and the vast wilderness.

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour, Safari Explorer, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 8
Captains’ Choice

Just what you need, morning stretches on deck with your guide. Warm those hard-at-play muscles. You know firsthand—conditions in Southeast change one inlet to the next. Your captain is at the helm and your expedition team picks just the right spot. Wherever you head, the adventures are as big as the water is deep! So many hidden pockets in the Tongass National Forest. Give your paddle board skills a glide. Watch for big-eyed harbor seals from a kayak. Bushwhack into the forest of giants. Your guides know the area’s history and keep it lively.

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour, Safari Explorer, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 9
Ketchikan & Misty Fjords National Monument

In Ketchikan, connect with the Tlingit Culture. Tribal leader and local legend Joe Williams, known as Ka Xesh X’e in his native language, guides you on a walking tour. With a rich oral tradition, the Tlingit passed stories from generation to generation—and Joe’s storytelling is captivating! Amble through the surrounding forest on a moderate to easy trail or challenge yourself to a hard-charger hike along trails and boardwalks past, cedar, spruce, streams, and waterfalls. Next up, Misty Fjords is the largest Wilderness Area in the Tongass National Forest and a haven for wildlife—grizzly and black bears, salmon, and deer. Calm settles over these parts and all you can hear is nature. Deep glacial fjords filled with seawater. Wetlands, estuaries, dense forests, and sweeping granite cliffs. Paddle through a bay, silty from the outwash of a mountain river.

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour, Safari Explorer, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 10
Canada's Inside Passage

Leave behind Alaskan waters and continue on—to British Columbia. Take your cup of joe to the bow. The world wakes up with you. Bald eagles watch the ship along its course from tree tops. Islands to the west, inlet-etched mainland to the east. Your captain and mates navigate twisting passages. Harbor seals spend their days on rocky islets. Breathe in the fresh air and take in the miles of forested wilderness. In the lounge, your bartender mixes up the daily special. Take the challenge and play a few friendly hands of cards with your shipmate. Aiming to entertain and educate over the next days, your expedition team is at the ready. Natural history, Native influences, and their favorite trivia games, too.

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour, Safari Explorer, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 11
Canada's Inside Package

It’s a day of intricate waterways and cruising for critters, keeping watch for black bears on shore, including the elusive spirit bear. Surf-happy dolphins and porpoise like to catch a ride on the bow wave. Your captain and crew are on the lookout and give the call of a sighting. Civilization reappears as you sail the remote waters leading south through British Columbia. And a waterfall and old abandoned cannery come into view. That’s Butedale. Slow down and take it all in as forested fjords roll by. It’s a yachter’s paradise.

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour, Safari Explorer, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Canada’s Inside Passage & San Juan Islands, Washington

Each island in the San Juan archipelago is different. Orcas and harbor seals haven’t picked favorites. You could spot them in any passage. Give your arms a stretch. Kayak or paddle board along a tucked-away cove. Sea stars dot rocky outcroppings orange and purple. Curious harbor seals watch your moves. Get in more mileage on a skiff ride to further inlets. There will be time to hike too. A high point gives views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. Look low and nose around pools for creatures left behind by the outgoing tide. Tonight, join your captain for the Farewell Dinner. As a special treat, your expedition team shares a slideshow of your journey.

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour, Safari Explorer, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Disembark Seattle, Washington

The Emerald City! After breakfast, transfer to the Seattle-Tacoma airport or begin your overnight stay or extended land tour.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations aboard vessel; onboard meals; premium spirits, wine, beer, 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 $675 (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 reverse itinerary begins in Juneau, Alaska (JNU) and ends in Seattle, Washington (SEA). Plan flights to arrive to Juneau by 2:30pm on day 1 of the reverse itinerary. Plan flights to depart Seattle no earlier than 12:00pm on day 13 of the reverse itinerary.

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, snorkeling (on Wilderness Discoverer & Wilderness Explorer departures), 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 (on Wilderness Discoverer & Wilderness Explorer departures), 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.

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 and ships. 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

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

Apr 13 - Apr 25, 2021
Wilderness Discoverer • 13 days
From $4495USD
Per Person
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May 10 - May 22, 2021
Safari Endeavour • 13 days
From $4995USD
Per Person
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May 18 - May 30, 2021
Wilderness Explorer • 13 days
From $4895USD
Per Person
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Aug 29 - Sep 10, 2021
Wilderness Discoverer • 13 days
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Sep 04 - Sep 16, 2021
Safari Explorer • 13 days
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From $6695USD
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Sep 11 - Sep 23, 2021
Safari Endeavour • 13 days
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Sep 19 - Oct 01, 2021
Wilderness Explorer • 13 days
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Accommodations

Choose the Small Ship that Fits Your Travel Style

Expedition Ship
Safari Endeavour

The 84-guest Safari Endeavour offers the luxury and amenities of a yacht with the price and efficiency of a small ship. Suites on this ship feature balconies, and activity options include stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking.

Expedition Ship
Wilderness Discoverer

The 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer is capable of nimble exploration through nature’s most dramatic hideaways. The revolutionary EZ Dock launching platform makes it easy to get in and out of her 25 two-person kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.

Expedition Ship
Wilderness Explorer

The original M/V 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 74-guest base camp explores remote Alaska.

Mid-Sized Cruiser
Safari Explorer

This luxury motor yacht embodies an ambiance of refinement and relaxation, with just 36 guests. The Safari Explorer cruises the Hawaiian Islands and Alaska's Inside Passage.

Deals

Current Deals on This Trip

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Save $400 On 2021 Inside Passage & Glacier Bay Wilderness Cruises

Book your select 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

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Testimonials

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"Gorgeous Mountain Views, Lots of Wildlife & Glaciers"

Most enjoyed Glacier Bay National Park with gorgeous mountain views, lots of wildlife, and glaciers. Liked the variety of activities available from strenuous hikes for the super fit to easy ambles for the less ambitious.

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"Enthusiasm & Knowledge of Guides Added Greatly to Trip"

The small ship went into quiet coves, ability to get off to kayak and hike. We most enjoyed kayaking along glaciers and fjords, and beach walks. Great guides.

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Extend Your Trip

Additional Travel Options Before or After Your Cruise

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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
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5 Day Land Tour
Brown Bears of Katmai

Alaska bear viewing in Katmai National Park is one of the state's greatest wildlife spectacles. From your home base at Brooks Lodge, see the brown bears of Brooks River. This independent package includes hotels in downtown Anchorage and a seaplane flight to Katmai.

From $1725USD
Jun Jul Aug Sep
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7 Day Land Tour
Alaska Wildland Collection

The 7-day Alaska Wildland Collection is a seamless Alaska adventure promising remote and in-depth exploration of the Kenai Peninsula. Easy access from Anchorage, short travel times, fun activities and special youth rates make this a great family travel option.

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From $4595USD
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This 8-day cruise between Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska, features a visit to Misty Fjords National Monument and many opportunities to explore the back passages and narrow waterways of the most remote areas of Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage.

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Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise

Enjoy 2 days venturing farther than 99% of visitors into Glacier Bay National Park. Plus, a day of adventure in Haines. Choose from three expedition vessels as your home base.

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