Alaska’s Western Passages
The 8-day Alaska’s Western Passages cruise travels through canyons and fjords, stopping at beautiful anchorages at Admiralty, Baranof, and Kupreanof islands. Cruise between Sitka and Juneau to take in a unique experience of Alaska’s wild coast aboard the historic 8-guest adventure yacht Westward. The Westward, purpose-built as the very first charter vessel, is now registered as a Historic Place by the National Park Service. This intimate small ship cruise is a remarkable way to experience the beauty of Alaska as it explores the most remote wilderness areas for up-close wildlife encounters and enriching cultural experiences.
Alaska’s glacial wilderness supports a diversity of wildlife as varied as the landscape, with a likelihood of sighting humpback whales, orca, porpoise, stellar sea lions, black bears, brown bears and mountain goats. Enjoy a dip in the Baranof Hot Springs, explore an enchanted canyon, paddle through tidal rapids, experience John Muir’s “sea flooded Yosemite Valley,” and learn bear etiquette, tracking and more. All trips will feature several walks and chances to kayak in remote and protected bays along with guided visits to outstanding historical sites in Sitka. These amazing nature and wildlife opportunities qualify this itinerary for our handpicked selection of Alaska family cruises.
The Alaska’s Western Passages itinerary cruises between Sitka and Juneau, Alaska; offering a main eastbound route and a reverse westbound route. The Westward also offers several alternative routes, including an 8-day itinerary between Petersburg and Sitka. The Westward ultimately follows a unique route each trip, allowing the weather and wildlife to dictate her itinerary, which makes her luxury Alaska cruises all the more special. Westward’s flexibility and small size make her an AdventureSmith favorite for private Alaska yacht charters, ideal for those wanting to experience Alaska with their own group.