Giant blue glacier calving with a big splash on an Alaska Islands, Whales and Glacier cruise.
A whales tail coming out of green water with water droplets dripping off on the Alaska Islands, whales and glaciers cruise.
A small black bear looking at the camera on the Alaska Islands, Whales and Glacier cruise.
A white mountian goat standing on a snow patch looking at the camera on a Alaska, Islands, Whales and Glaciers cruise.
A child kayaking along the tree-lined shore on an Alaska cruise
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North America Alaska Cruise

Alaska’s Islands, Whales & Glaciers

Explore wild Alaska, Glacier Bay National Park and rarely visited places along the Inside Passage on this 6-day or 8-day Alaska’s Islands, Whales & Glaciers small ship cruise. The small 10-guest Misty Fjord or 12-guest Kruzof Explorer are home base, cruising between Sitka and Juneau. Many nights are spent at anchor or on a mooring, enabling even more activity. Travelers experience complete immersion in the wild lands and waterways of Southeast Alaska on an exciting itinerary that can be customized to specific interests. 

Enjoy a morning taking in Sitka’s fascinating cultural and historic sites, or visiting highlights of Juneau including the newly renovated Alaska State Museum. Seek out opportunities to experience a beautiful rainforest path, intimate coves and inlets or natural hot springs around the eastern coast of Baranof Island. Scour the Icy Strait for humpback whales before an extended exploration of Glacier Bay National Park. View John Muir’s wild, unfinished Yosemite with time in Tracy or Endicott Arm and relax beside a beach fire with king crab for dinner beside the world-renowned whale waters of Frederick Sound. Ply the waters of Chatham Strait watching abundant marine wildlife and stunning mountain scenery. Inside the Lynn Canal accept an invitation to an exclusive William Henry Bay beachfront property.

The Kruzof Explorer and Misty Fjord expedition vessels enable a flexible itinerary, with the captain welcoming opportunities to delve deep into the heart of the Alaskan wilderness. Kayaking, hiking and expedition watercraft adventures provide numerous opportunities for travelers to get off the ship and explore Southeast Alaska as much as possible. Due to their small size, both ships offer an ideal vessel to turn this trip into one of our private Alaska yacht charters.

In 2020, join the Kruzof Explorer for 8-days, venturing through Frederick Sound and Stephens Passage to Glacier Bay. In 2021 cruise aboard the Misty Fjord for 6-days and explore the Chatham Strait on the way to Glacier Bay. The main itinerary begins in Sitka and end in Juneau with options to also cruise the itinerary in reverse.

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



Itinerary

2021 Alaska's Islands, Whales & Glaciers Itinerary

2021 departures spend 6 days exploring the Chatham Strait, Glacier Bay National Park and rarely visited places along the Inside Passage from Sitka to Juneau aboard the 10-guest Misty Fjord.

Route map of Alaska small ship cruise between Sitka & Juneau.
Read More
Day 1
Embark Sitka, Alaska

Explore beautiful Sitka, the only community in Southeast Alaska that faces the open ocean waters of the Gulf of Alaska. Visit fascinating sites that highlight the community’s rich Alaska Native and Russian history. Then embark the ship for the winding narrows north of town while searching for sea otters, bears, whales, and other wildlife. Anchor for the evening in a protected body of water in Peril Strait or eastern Baranof Island.

Accommodations

Misty Fjord

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Eastern Baranof Island & Hidden Falls

Navigate the remote eastern coast of Baranof Island. This region includes many intimate coves and inlets, making it ideal for exploration by kayak and skiff. As you ply the waters of Chatham Strait, enjoy its abundant marine wildlife and stunning mountain scenery. Venture into Kasnyku Bay on Baranof Island en route to Hidden Falls—the beautiful outlet of Hidden Falls Lake. While there, you may have an opportunity to see coastal brown bears in this remote wilderness.

Accommodations

Misty Fjord

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
Icy Strait & Glacier Bay National Park

Explore the wildlife-rich waters of Icy Strait, renowned for phenomenal humpback whale viewing. In the afternoon, we’ll sail into beautiful Glacier Bay National Park to begin our first day of extended park exploration. Unique opportunities during our voyage through Glacier Bay include a beach trek near the Reid Glacier (or other remote location), a visit to the new Huna Tribal House and rainforest trails surrounding Glacier Bay Lodge.

Accommodations

Misty Fjord

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
Glacier Bay National Park

This remarkable national park fjord extends 65 miles, contains eight tidewater glaciers and provides pristine habitat for a wide-array of wildlife, including both brown and black bears, wolves, mountain goats, Steller sea lions and humpback whales. The highlight for many is the Margerie Glacier, known for its dramatic calving displays. The ship provides an opportunity for unsurpassed, in-depth exploration of this UNESCO world heritage site.

Accommodations

Misty Fjord

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
Lynn Canal & William Henry Bay

Enjoy kayak and skiff adventures in beautiful Lynn Canal then enjoy an exclusive property at William Henry Bay. Nestled against the dramatic Chilkat mountain range, the exclusive area features an expansive beachfront, towering old growth forest, low lying muskeg, and beautiful creek.

Accommodations

Misty Fjord

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Disembark Juneau, Alaska

Disembark in Alaska’s capital city of Juneau and be transferred to the airport or your hotel.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Selected guest cabin facilities; all meals aboard the vessel or where otherwise indicated; complimentary glass of beer or wine with dinner; alcoholic beverages included for Deluxe & Suite categories; selected shore excursions as indicated in itinerary; ground transportation to and from the vessel and airport or select Sitka and Juneau hotels; use of recreational equipment as indicated in itinerary; all standard onboard services.

Exclusions

Airfare to and from your home city; non-complimentary beer, wine or alcohol selections or where otherwise indicated; discretionary gratuities to crew; travel insurance and insurance of any kind; all taxes and port fees.

Payment & Cancellation

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 fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 120 days – 50% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 45 days – 50% of total trip cost
44 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

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 2021 6-day Alaska’s Islands, Whales & Glaciers cruise begins in Sitka, Alaska (SIT), and ends in Juneau, Alaska (JNU). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Sitka on day 1 in time for a 10:00am meeting with expedition leaders at the hospitality room for a city tour ahead of the 4:00pm embarkation time. Disembarkation is at 8:00am on day 6; plan flights to depart Juneau no earlier than 10:00am.

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, shallow-water expedition craft excursions, land treks, glacier viewing and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

Single supplement rates are 150% of the double occupancy rate. Single supplement rates are capacity controlled and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Third and fourth guests booking into a stateroom will receive a 15% discount after 2 full-price guests or after 1 full-price adult and 1 discounted child are booked.

Families & Children

Children (15 and under) receive 15% off double occupancy rate when sharing a cabin with 1 or 2 full fare adults. Programming is tailored for children ages 7 and up.

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.

2021 Reverse Alaska's Islands, Whales & Glaciers Itinerary

2021 reverse departures begin in Juneau and end in Sitka spending 6 days exploring the Chatham Strait, Glacier Bay National Park and rarely visited places along the Inside Passage aboard the 10-guest Misty Fjord.

Route map of Alaska small ship cruise between Sitka & Juneau.
Read More
Day 1
Embark Juneau, Alaska

Spend the morning visiting highlights of the scenic capital of Alaska, including the world–famous Mendenhall Glacier. In downtown Juneau visit the newly renovated Alaska State Museum and more.

Accommodations

Misty Fjord

Meals

dinner

Read More
Day 2
Lynn Canal & William Henry Bay

Enjoy kayak and skiff adventures in beautiful Lynn Canal then enjoy an exclusive property at William Henry Bay. Nestled against the dramatic Chilkat mountain range, the exclusive area features an expansive beachfront, towering old growth forest, low lying muskeg, and beautiful creek.

Accommodations

Misty Fjord

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
Glacier Bay National Park

This remarkable national park fjord extends 65 miles, contains eight tidewater glaciers and provides pristine habitat for a wide-array of wildlife, including both brown and black bears, wolves, mountain goats, Steller sea lions and humpback whales. The highlight for many is the Margerie Glacier, known for its dramatic calving displays. The ship provides an opportunity for unsurpassed, in-depth exploration of this UNESCO world heritage site.

Accommodations

Misty Fjord

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
Icy Strait & Glacier Bay National Park

Explore the wildlife-rich waters of Icy Strait, renowned for phenomenal humpback whale viewing. In the afternoon, we’ll sail into beautiful Glacier Bay National Park to begin our first day of extended park exploration. Unique opportunities during our voyage through Glacier Bay include a beach trek near the Reid Glacier (or other remote location), a visit to the new Huna Tribal House and rainforest trails surrounding Glacier Bay Lodge.

Accommodations

Misty Fjord

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
Eastern Baranof Island & Hidden Falls

Navigate the remote eastern coast of Baranof Island. This region includes
many intimate coves and inlets, making it ideal for exploration by kayak and skiff. As you ply the waters of Chatham Strait, you will enjoy its abundant marine wildlife and stunning mountain scenery. Venture into Kasnyku Bay on Baranof Island en route to Hidden Falls—the beautiful outlet of Hidden Falls Lake. While there, you may have an opportunity to see coastal brown bears in this remote wilderness

Accommodations

Misty Fjord

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 6
Disembark Sitka, Alaska

Disembark in beautiful Sitka, the only community in Southeast Alaska that faces the open ocean waters of the Gulf of Alaska, and be transferred to the airport or your hotel.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Selected guest cabin facilities; all meals aboard the vessel or where otherwise indicated; complimentary glass of beer or wine with dinner; alcoholic beverages included for Deluxe & Suite categories; selected shore excursions as indicated in itinerary; ground transportation to and from the vessel and airport or select Sitka and Juneau hotels; use of recreational equipment as indicated in itinerary; all standard onboard services.

Exclusions

Airfare to and from your home city; non-complimentary beer, wine or alcohol selections or where otherwise indicated; discretionary gratuities to crew; travel insurance and insurance of any kind; all taxes and port fees.

Payment & Cancellation

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 fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 120 days – 50% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 45 days – 50% of total trip cost
44 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

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 2021 6-day Reverse Alaska’s Islands, Whales & Glaciers cruise begins in Juneau, Alaska (JNU), and ends in Sitka, Alaska (SIT). Plan flights to arrive to Juneau on day 1 in time for a post-lunch meeting with expedition leaders at the hospitality room for a visit to the Alaska State museum and Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ahead of the 4:00pm embarkation time. Disembarkation is at 8:00am on day 6 of the reverse itinerary; plan flights to depart Sitka no earlier than 10:00am.

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, shallow-water expedition craft excursions, land treks, glacier viewing and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

Single supplement rates are 150% of the double occupancy rate. Single supplement rates are capacity controlled and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Third and fourth guests booking into a stateroom will receive a 15% discount after 2 full-price guests or after 1 full-price adult and 1 discounted child are booked.

Families & Children

Children (15 and under) receive 15% off double occupancy rate when sharing a cabin with 1 or 2 full fare adults. Programming is tailored for children ages 7 and up.

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.

2020 Alaska's Islands, Whales & Glaciers Itinerary

2020 departures spend 8 days exploring Stephens Passage, Glacier Bay National Park and rarely visited places along the Inside Passage from Sitka to Juneau aboard the 12-guest Kruzof Explorer.

Map of Alaska's Islands, Whales & Glaciers main and reverse routes, operating between Sitka and Juneau
Read More
Day 1
Embark Sitka, Alaska

Explore beautiful Sitka, the only community in Southeast Alaska that faces the open ocean waters of the Gulf of Alaska. Visit fascinating sites that highlight the community’s rich Alaska Native and Russian history. Then embark the ship for the winding narrows north of town while searching for sea otters, bears, whales, and other wildlife. Anchor for the evening in a protected body of water in Peril Strait or eastern Baranof Island.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

dinner

Read More
Day 2
Eastern Baranof Island & Baranof Warm Springs

Navigate the remote northeastern coast of Baranof Island. This region includes many intimate coves and inlets, making it ideal for exploration. Walk a beautiful rainforest path to the natural hot spring pools of Baranof Warm Springs; relax in a steaming pool while enjoying your favorite beverage and savoring the stunning wilderness.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
Frederick Sound

View entertaining Steller sea lions on their Brothers Island haul-out while scouting for humpback whales in Frederick Sound. Experience the thrill of viewing wildlife from the skiff. End the day in a remote wilderness bay. Options include Windham bay, Hobart bay, or Port Houghton.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness

Journey through Tracy or Endicott Arm in the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness, a place the famous naturalist, John Muir, referred to as, a wild, unfinished Yosemite. Renowned for its pristine waterfalls, towering icebergs, abundant harbor seals and granite cliffs that rise from sea level to 4,000 feet, this wilderness is often referred to by locals as one of the most scenic areas in the state. Both of these dramatic glacial fjords offer stunning views of tidewater glaciers. Enjoy the unique opportunity to kayak in this beautiful Alaska wilderness area.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
True Alaska Exploration

Savor the serenity of raw wilderness on an unscripted day of Southeast Alaska discovery. The options are countless, dictated by the day’s unique circumstances. Opportunities may include a coastline kayak paddle, up-close whale encounters or a hike through an alluring old-growth forest. Perhaps enjoy a beach landing on an unspoiled shoreline to explore a tidal flat or track along with a foraging bear from the safety of a DIB (shallow water expedition craft). Regardless of the activity, experience the magic of the archipelago’s many remote coves, bays and inlets.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 6
Icy Strait & Glacier Bay National Park

Explore the wildlife-rich waters of Icy Strait, renowned for phenomenal humpback whale viewing. In the afternoon, we’ll sail into beautiful Glacier Bay National Park to begin our first day of extended park exploration. Unique opportunities during our voyage through Glacier Bay include a beach trek near the Reid Glacier (or other remote location), a visit to the new Huna Tribal House and rainforest trails surrounding Glacier Bay Lodge.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 7
Glacier Bay National Park

This remarkable national park fjord extends 65 miles, contains eight tidewater glaciers and provides pristine habitat for a wide-array of wildlife, including both brown and black bears, wolves, mountain goats, Steller sea lions and humpback whales. The highlight for many is the Margerie Glacier, known for its dramatic calving displays. The ship provides an opportunity for unsurpassed, in-depth exploration of this UNESCO world heritage site.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 8
Disembark Juneau, Alaska

Disembark in Alaska’s capital city of Juneau and be transferred to the airport or your hotel.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Selected guest cabin facilities; all meals aboard the vessel or where otherwise indicated; complimentary glass of beer or wine with dinner; alcoholic beverages included for Deluxe & Suite categories; selected shore excursions as indicated in itinerary; ground transportation to and from the vessel and airport or select Sitka and Juneau hotels; use of recreational equipment as indicated in itinerary; all standard onboard services.

Exclusions

Airfare to and from your home city; non-complimentary beer, wine or alcohol selections or where otherwise indicated; discretionary gratuities to crew; travel insurance and insurance of any kind; all taxes and port fees.

Payment & Cancellation

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 fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 120 days – 50% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 45 days – 50% of total trip cost
44 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

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 2020 8-day Alaska’s Islands, Whales & Glaciers cruise begins in Sitka, Alaska (SIT), and ends in Juneau, Alaska (JNU). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Sitka on day 1 in time for a 10:00am meeting with expedition leaders at the hospitality room for a city tour ahead of the 4:00pm embarkation time. Disembarkation is at 8:00am on day 8; plan flights to depart Juneau no earlier than 10:00am.

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, shallow-water expedition craft excursions, land treks, glacier viewing and wildlife observation. On cruises aboard the Kruzof Explorer, a Bering Sea crab fishing boat turned premier expedition vessel, enjoy a Sport Fishing activity.

Room Configuration

Single supplement rates are 150% of the double occupancy rate. Single supplement rates are capacity controlled and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Third and fourth guests booking into a stateroom will receive a 15% discount after 2 full-price guests or after 1 full-price adult and 1 discounted child are booked.

Families & Children

Children (15 and under) receive 15% off double occupancy rate when sharing a cabin with 1 or 2 full fare adults. Programming is tailored for children ages 7 and up.

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.

2020 Reverse Alaska’s Islands, Whales & Glaciers Itinerary

2020 reverse departures begin in Juneau and end in Sitka spending 8 days exploring Stephens Passage, Glacier Bay National Park and rarely visited places along the Inside Passage aboard the 12-guest Kruzof Explorer.

Map of Alaska's Islands, Whales & Glaciers main and reverse routes, operating between Sitka and Juneau
Read More
Day 1
Embark Juneau, Alaska

Spend the morning visiting highlights of the scenic capital of Alaska, including the worldfamous Mendenhall Glacier. In downtown Juneau visit the newly renovated Alaska State Museum and more.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

dinner

Read More
Day 2
Glacier Bay National Park

This remarkable national park fjord extends 65 miles, contains eight tidewater glaciers and provides pristine habitat for a wide array of wildlife, including both brown and black bears, wolves, mountain goats, Steller sea lions and humpback whales. The highlight for many is the Margerie Glacier, known for its dramatic calving displays. The ship provides an opportunity for unsurpassed, in-depth exploration of this UNESCO world heritage site.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
Glacier Bay National Park & Icy Strait

Sail into beautiful Glacier Bay National Park to begin the second day of extended park exploration. Unique opportunities during the voyage through Glacier Bay include a beach trek near the Reid Glacier (or other remote location), a visit to the new Huna Tribal House and rainforest trails surrounding Glacier Bay Lodge. Then explore the wildlife-rich waters of Icy Strait, renowned for phenomenal humpback whale viewing.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
True Alaska Exploration

Savor the serenity of raw wilderness on an unscripted day of Southeast Alaska discovery. The options are countless, dictated by the day’s unique circumstances. Opportunities may include a coastline kayak paddle, up-close whale encounters or a hike through an alluring old-growth forest. Perhaps enjoy a beach landing on an unspoiled shoreline to explore a tidal flat or track along with a foraging bear from the safety of a DIB (shallow water expedition craft). Regardless of the activity, experience the magic of the archipelago’s many remote coves, bays and inlets.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness

Journey through Tracy or Endicott Arm in the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness, a place the famous naturalist, John Muir, referred to as, a wild, unfinished Yosemite. Renowned for its pristine waterfalls, towering icebergs, abundant harbor seals and granite cliffs that rise from sea level to 4,000 feet, this wilderness is often referred to by locals as one of the most scenic areas in the state. Both of these dramatic glacial fjords offer stunning views of tidewater glaciers. Enjoy the unique opportunity to kayak in this beautiful Alaska wilderness area.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 6
Frederick Sound

View entertaining Steller sea lions on their Brothers Island haul-out while scouting for humpback whales in Frederick Sound. Experience the thrill of viewing wildlife from the skiff. End the day in a remote wilderness bay. Options include Windham bay, Hobart bay, or Port Houghton.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 7
Eastern Baranof Island & Baranof Warm Springs

Navigate the remote northeastern coast of Baranof Island. This region includes many intimate coves and inlets, making it ideal for exploration. Walk a beautiful rainforest path to the natural hot spring pools of Baranof Warm Springs; relax in a steaming pool while enjoying your favorite beverage and savoring the stunning wilderness.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 8
Disembark Sitka, Alaska

Disembark in beautiful Sitka, the only community in Southeast Alaska that faces the open ocean waters of the Gulf of Alaska, and be transferred to the airport or your hotel.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Selected guest cabin facilities; all meals aboard the vessel or where otherwise indicated; complimentary glass of beer or wine with dinner; alcoholic beverages included for Deluxe & Suite categories; selected shore excursions as indicated in itinerary; ground transportation to and from the vessel and airport or select Sitka and Juneau hotels; use of recreational equipment as indicated in itinerary; all standard onboard services.

Exclusions

Airfare to and from your home city; non-complimentary beer, wine or alcohol selections or where otherwise indicated; discretionary gratuities to crew; travel insurance and insurance of any kind; all taxes and port fees.

Payment & Cancellation

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 fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 120 days – 50% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 45 days – 50% of total trip cost
44 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

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 2020 8-day Reverse Alaska’s Islands, Whales & Glaciers cruise begins in Juneau, Alaska (JNU), and ends in Sitka, Alaska (SIT). Plan flights to arrive to Juneau on day 1 in time for a post-lunch meeting with expedition leaders at the hospitality room for a visit to the Alaska State museum and Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ahead of the 4:00pm embarkation time. Disembarkation is at 8:00am on day 8 of the reverse itinerary; plan flights to depart Sitka no earlier than 10:00am.

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, shallow-water expedition craft excursions, land treks, glacier viewing and wildlife observation. On cruises aboard the Kruzof Explorer, a Bering Sea crab fishing boat turned premier expedition vessel, enjoy a Sport Fishing activity.

Room Configuration

Single supplement rates are 150% of the double occupancy rate. Single supplement rates are capacity controlled and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Third and fourth guests booking into a stateroom will receive a 15% discount after 2 full-price guests or after 1 full-price adult and 1 discounted child are booked.

Families & Children

Children (15 and under) receive 15% off double occupancy rate when sharing a cabin with 1 or 2 full fare adults. Programming is tailored for children ages 7 and up.

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

These ships are AdventureSmith favorites for private charter. Contact us for charter pricing and details.

Jun 06 - Jun 11, 2021
Misty Fjord • 6 days
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Jun 13 - Jun 18, 2021
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Jun 20 - Jun 25, 2021
Misty Fjord • 6 days
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Jun 27 - Jul 02, 2021
Misty Fjord • 6 days
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Jul 04 - Jul 09, 2021
Misty Fjord • 6 days
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Jul 11 - Jul 16, 2021
Misty Fjord • 6 days
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Kruzof Explorer

The 12-guest Kruzof Explorer, a former Bering Sea crab fishing boat, has been refurbished into a premier small ship Alaska cruiser, ready for charter to bring groups into the remote Alaska wilderness.

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Misty Fjord

The 10-guest motor vessel Misty Fjord is well-appointed, comfortable and sustainably-designed for navigating shallow waters with a hull designed for stability and comfort. View wildlife and glacier up close from the ship or via kayak, stand-up paddleboard and skiff.

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Jennifer Morse • March 5th, 2020
Expert Review: Alaska’s Islands, Whales & Glaciers Cruise

This Alaska’s Islands, Whales & Glaciers cruise review details an AdventureSmith expert’s time sailing between Juneau and Sitka. Learn the benefits of traveling aboard a small ship in Alaska.

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"Had Everything I Needed"

Trip was great. The crew was amazing, and the food was a very nice surprise. I wanted to hike as much as I could, and this ship seemed to meet that.

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"Amazing Time"

Had an absolutely amazing time! Staff were fabulous, energetic, passionate and kept us busy and safe at all times. We chose a small boat trip as we wanted to get as close as possible to Alaska...

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"Well Prepared"

This was the most organized, well-planned trip ever!! Every single detail, right down to clothes to bring, was superb. This trip fit our wishes of wilderness, wildlife, and adventure to a T!!

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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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8 Day Cruise
Glacier Bay & Island Adventure

Two small ships operate the 8-day Glacier Bay & Island Adventure, combining Glacier Bay National Park with visits to lesser-known gems, with wildlife viewing and cultural insights.

From $5195USD
May 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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8 Day Cruise
Glacier Bay & Island Adventure

Two small ships operate the 8-day Glacier Bay & Island Adventure, combining Glacier Bay National Park with visits to lesser-known gems, with wildlife viewing and cultural insights.

From $5195USD
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- 9 Day Cruise
Inside Passage Sojourn

The 9-day Inside Passage Sojourn aboard the 49-guest Baranof Dream combines easy wilderness cruising with visits to Alaska's unique towns and Native villages.

From $5195USD
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6 Day Cruise
North to True Alaska Expedition Cruise

The North to True Alaska Expedition Cruise explores the Inside Passage aboard one of three small ships, including a unique day in gold-rush-era Skagway and a day tour by train that crosses the Canadian border.

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