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North America Alaska Cruise

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. Cruising between Juneau and Sitka and offering 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.

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 those wanting to experience Alaska with their own group.

Read on for details about this trip, or discover more about AdventureSmith’s Alaska cruises.



Itinerary

Southeast Alaska's Western Passages Itinerary

The 8-day Alaska’s Western Passages Cruise begins in Sitka, Alaska, travels eastbound while exploring the islands and ends in Juneau, Alaska.

Route map of main & reverse Alaska's Western Passages small ship cruise, operating from Sitka to Juneau, with visits to Stephens Passage; Warm Springs Bay; Freshwater Bay; Baird, Le Conte and Dawes Glaciers; Hidden Falls Hatchery and Tenakee Springs.
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Day 1
Sitka Town Tour & Embark to Krestof Sound

Meet Westward in Sitka at 10:00am to drop off luggage and then join the naturalist for a guided walk to some of the towns’ historic sites. Return to the boat and cast off mid-afternoon for Krestof Sound to anchor in time for the first kayak paddle before dinner.

Accommodations

Westward

Meals

dinner

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Days 2 - 7
SE Alaska's Western Passages

Westward will travel through canyons and fjords, stopping at beautiful anchorages at Admiralty, Baranof and Kupreanof islands, observing bears, whales, eagles and more along the way. Enjoy opportunities to hike or kayak, accompanied by the onboard naturalist, and learn about the fauna and flora of the area. Each departure varies depending on the weather; some highlights may include:

Stephens Passage

As Westward sails through waters frequented by humpback whales and orca, be on the lookout for the whales’ tell-tale blows. Tonight’s anchorage is among the small bays and inlets that indent Admiralty Island, where there’s time to launch the kayaks and search for brown bears foraging along the shore.

Warm Springs Bay

While Westward is anchored for a few hours, hike the trail up to the lake that feeds the magnificent waterfall that drops into the head of the bay. On the way back from the lake, stop and soak in the natural hot pools overlooking the head of the falls. After taking your fill of the restorative waters, return to Westward and resume the journey.

Freshwater Bay

Westward will be anchoring in a small cove in front of an estuary system that supports a large population of brown bears. During fish runs, bears congregate near the en-trance of a fish ladder that allows returning salmon access to their spawning streams, bypass-ing the dam built decades ago to support logging operations. We will explore the bay by kayak and then anchor our skiff in the stream at the foot of the falls where we may have an oppor-tunity to watch and photograph brown bears sharing (not something bears often do) the boun-tiful returning salmon. From this stable base we can sit quietly, watch and photograph the gorging bears.

Baird, Le Conte & Dawes Glaciers

Each departure includes a visit to one or two glaciers. Each adventure is different, with possibilities to explore the newly foliated outwash plain exposed by Baird Glacier’s retreating ice, and/or cruise as close as a quarter mile of Le Conte’s or Dawes’ calving glacier face.

Hidden Falls Hatchery

Go ashore and tour the Hidden Falls Hatchery facility. When the salmon begin returning in late July, brown bears also visit the stream near the hatchery to re-stock their fat reserves for the coming winter. Moving on, the ship will reach Baranof Hot Springs before lunch, with plenty of time to hike to Baranof Lake (approximately 1 mile round trip). A post-hike soak in the hot spring pools will help soothe sore feet. By mid-afternoon, Westward will depart Warm Springs Bay to once again cross Chatham Strait, this time rounding Admiralty Island’s southern tip and entering Stephens Passage. Anchorage tonight is in one of several deep bays that serrate Admiralty’s southeast shoreline, with time to launch the kayaks and poke along the edges of the cove.

Tenakee Springs

This is a unique community of homesteaders and vacation home owners drawn to this remote area by its mineral hot springs. Explore this charming village individually or in small groups and then re-gather at the general store or bakery, to return to Westward, hoist anchor and get underway for the evening’s destination; a sheltered bay near the outflow of a mountain lake. Once securely anchored, go ashore and walk the 3-mile round trip trail to the lake.

Accommodations

Westward

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Juneau, Alaska

Sailing in time to reach Juneau 10:00am, complete the voyage along the length of Stephens Passage and enter Gastineau Channel and the final eight miles to Juneau. The Westward arrives in time for her guests to catch the early afternoon southbound flights.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; excursions; entrance fees; leadership; crew; all meals indicated in itinerary; local guides and permits, unless otherwise indicated in the itinerary.

Exclusions

The cost of air flights, unless otherwise indicated in the itinerary; airport transfers; airport taxes; passports; visas; immunizations; insurance of any kind; laundry; excess baggage; items of a personal nature; medical costs; costs of hospitalization; additional expenses arising from the delay or extension of a trip due to weather, political disputes, illness, failure of transportation, or other causes beyond our control.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,000 is required per person at the time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following per per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 150 days – 50% of refund of deposit
150 to 90 days – forfeiture of deposit
90 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 Alaska’s Western Passages Cruise begins in Sitka, Alaska (SIT), and ends in Juneau, Alaska (JNU). Plan flights to arrive to Sitka by 8:30am on day 1 of the itinerary, for the 10:00am boarding and stowing of luggage followed by a Sitka walking tour and mid-afternoon casting off. Plan flights to depart Juneau no earlier than 2:00pm on day 8, to allow for a guided city tour. Guests are welcome to drop off luggage to the ship earlier in the day if needed. It is recommended to arrive at least a day prior to the cruise to allow for any airline delays.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, photography, glacier viewing, whale watching and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

There is a 50% single supplement for single travelers in a double cabin. Triple accommodation may be available, but cabin sizing is ideal for two travelers or the third traveler being a child. Please inquire with an AdventureSmith Specialist for discount pricing for the third person traveling.

Families & Children

Children should be at least 12 years old to enjoy this cruise. Travelers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Whole-boat charters can accommodate younger guests.

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 Southeast Alaska's Western Passages Itinerary

The 8-day Reverse Alaska’s Western Passages Cruise begins in Juneau, Alaska, travels westbound while exploring the islands and ends in Sitka, Alaska.

Route map of main & reverse Alaska's Western Passages small ship cruise, operating from Sitka to Juneau, with visits to Stephens Passage; Warm Springs Bay; Freshwater Bay; Baird, Le Conte and Dawes Glaciers; Hidden Falls Hatchery and Tenakee Springs.
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Day 1
Embark Juneau, Alaska

Meet Westward in Juneau at 12:00pm in time for a 12:30 casting off. Enjoy a first kayak paddle before dinner.

Accommodations

Westward

Meals

dinner

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Days 2 - 7
SE Alaska's Western Passages

Westward will travel through canyons and fjords, stopping at beautiful anchorages at Admiralty, Baranof and Kupreanof islands, observing bears, whales, eagles and more along the way. Enjoy opportunities to hike or kayak, accompanied by the onboard naturalist, and learn about the fauna and flora of the area. Each departure varies depending on the weather; some highlights may include:

Stephens Passage

As Westward sails through waters frequented by humpback whales and orca, be on the lookout for the whales’ tell-tale blows. Tonight’s anchorage is among the small bays and inlets that indent Admiralty Island, where there’s time to launch the kayaks and search for brown bears foraging along the shore.

Warm Springs Bay

While Westward is anchored for a few hours, hike the trail up to the lake that feeds the magnificent waterfall that drops into the head of the bay. On the way back from the lake, stop and soak in the natural hot pools overlooking the head of the falls. After taking your fill of the restorative waters, return to Westward and resume the journey.

Freshwater Bay

Westward will be anchoring in a small cove in front of an estuary system that supports a large population of brown bears. During fish runs, bears congregate near the en-trance of a fish ladder that allows returning salmon access to their spawning streams, bypass-ing the dam built decades ago to support logging operations. We will explore the bay by kayak and then anchor our skiff in the stream at the foot of the falls where we may have an oppor-tunity to watch and photograph brown bears sharing (not something bears often do) the boun-tiful returning salmon. From this stable base we can sit quietly, watch and photograph the gorging bears.

Baird, Le Conte & Dawes Glaciers

Each departure includes a visit to one or two glaciers. Each adventure is different, with possibilities to explore the newly foliated outwash plain exposed by Baird Glacier’s retreating ice, and/or cruise as close as a quarter mile of Le Conte’s or Dawes’ calving glacier face.

Hidden Falls Hatchery

Go ashore and tour the Hidden Falls Hatchery facility. When the salmon begin returning in late July, brown bears also visit the stream near the hatchery to re-stock their fat reserves for the coming winter. Moving on, the ship will reach Baranof Hot Springs before lunch, with plenty of time to hike to Baranof Lake (approximately 1 mile round trip). A post-hike soak in the hot spring pools will help soothe sore feet. By mid-afternoon, Westward will depart Warm Springs Bay to once again cross Chatham Strait, this time rounding Admiralty Island’s southern tip and entering Stephens Passage. Anchorage tonight is in one of several deep bays that serrate Admiralty’s southeast shoreline, with time to launch the kayaks and poke along the edges of the cove.

Tenakee Springs

This is a unique community of homesteaders and vacation home owners drawn to this remote area by its mineral hot springs. Explore this charming village individually or in small groups and then re-gather at the general store or bakery, to return to Westward, hoist anchor and get underway for the evening’s destination; a sheltered bay near the outflow of a mountain lake. Once securely anchored, go ashore and walk the 3-mile round trip trail to the lake.

Accommodations

Westward

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Sitka, Alaska

Disembark in Sitka this morning and transfer to the airport. Those departing later, may enjoy an optional Sitka walking tour.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; excursions; entrance fees; leadership; crew; all meals indicated in itinerary; local guides and permits, unless otherwise indicated in the itinerary.

Exclusions

The cost of air flights, unless otherwise indicated in the itinerary; airport transfers; airport taxes; passports; visas; immunizations; insurance of any kind; laundry; excess baggage; items of a personal nature; medical costs; costs of hospitalization; additional expenses arising from the delay or extension of a trip due to weather, political disputes, illness, failure of transportation, or other causes beyond our control.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,000 is required per person at the time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following per per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 150 days – 50% of refund of deposit
150 to 90 days – forfeiture of deposit
90 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 Reverse Alaska’s Western Passages Cruise itinerary begins in Juneau, Alaska (JNU), and ends in Sitka, Alaska (SIT). Plan flights to arrive to Juneau by 10:30am on day 1 of the itinerary, for the 12:00pm boarding and 12:30pm casting off. Plan flights to depart Sitka no earlier than 11:30am on day 8 (or later for the Sitka walking tour), following the early morning disembarkation. Guests are welcome to drop off luggage to the ship earlier in the day if needed. It is recommended to arrive at least a day prior to the cruise to allow for any airline delays.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, photography, glacier viewing, whale watching and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

There is a 50% single supplement for single travelers in a double cabin. Triple accommodation may be available, but cabin sizing is ideal for two travelers or the third traveler being a child. Please inquire with an AdventureSmith Specialist for discount pricing for the third person traveling.

Families & Children

Children should be at least 12 years old to enjoy this cruise. Travelers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Whole-boat charters can accommodate younger guests.

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.

Alaska's Western Passages: Sitka to Petersburg Itinerary

The 8-day Alaska’s Western Passages: Sitka to Petersburg Cruise begins in Sitka, Alaska, and travels southbound to end in Petersburg, Alaska.

Route map of Alaska's Western Passages small ship cruise, operating between Sitka and Petersburg with visits to Brothers Islands, Wood Spit, Dawes Glacier & Ford's Terror.
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Day 1
Embark Sitka, Alaska

Westward will be moored in Sitka Harbor, where we will meet you at 10:00 am. Sitka was first settled by Tlingit ancestors about 10,000 years ago, and later by Russian fur traders in 1799. There are several historic sites of significance here, and we will take the time to visit a few of them during our walk through the town. Returning to Westward in time for a late lunch, we cast off for the 9-mile run to Krestof Sound, where Westward will anchor in time for our first kayak paddle before dinner.

Accommodations

Westward

Meals

dinner

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Days 2 - 7
SE Alaska's Western Passages

Westward will travel through canyons and fjords, stopping at beautiful anchorages at Admiralty, Baranof and Kupreanof islands, observing bears, whales, eagles and more along the way. Enjoy opportunities to hike or kayak, accompanied by the onboard naturalist, and learn about the fauna and flora of the area. Each departure varies depending on the weather; some highlights may include:

Stephens Passage

As Westward sails through waters frequented by humpback whales and orca, be on the lookout for the whales’ tell-tale blows. Tonight’s anchorage is among the small bays and inlets that indent Admiralty Island, where there’s time to launch the kayaks and search for brown bears foraging along the shore.

Warm Springs Bay

While Westward is anchored for a few hours, hike the trail up to the lake that feeds the magnificent waterfall that drops into the head of the bay. On the way back from the lake, stop and soak in the natural hot pools overlooking the head of the falls. After taking your fill of the restorative waters, return to Westward and resume the journey.

Freshwater Bay

Westward will be anchoring in a small cove in front of an estuary system that supports a large population of brown bears. During fish runs, bears congregate near the en-trance of a fish ladder that allows returning salmon access to their spawning streams, bypass-ing the dam built decades ago to support logging operations. We will explore the bay by kayak and then anchor our skiff in the stream at the foot of the falls where we may have an oppor-tunity to watch and photograph brown bears sharing (not something bears often do) the bountiful returning salmon. From this stable base we can sit quietly, watch and photograph the gorging bears.

Baird, Le Conte & Dawes Glaciers

Each departure includes a visit to one or two glaciers. Each adventure is different, with possibilities to explore the newly foliated outwash plain exposed by Baird Glacier’s retreating ice, and/or cruise as close as a quarter mile of Le Conte’s or Dawes’ calving glacier face.

Hidden Falls Hatchery

Go ashore and tour the Hidden Falls Hatchery facility. When the salmon begin returning in late July, brown bears also visit the stream near the hatchery to re-stock their fat reserves for the coming winter. Moving on, the ship will reach Baranof Hot Springs before lunch, with plenty of time to hike to Baranof Lake (approximately 1 mile round trip). A post-hike soak in the hot spring pools will help soothe sore feet. By mid-afternoon, Westward will depart Warm Springs Bay to once again cross Chatham Strait, this time rounding Admiralty Island’s southern tip and entering Stephens Passage. Anchorage tonight is in one of several deep bays that serrate Admiralty’s southeast shoreline, with time to launch the kayaks and poke along the edges of the cove.

Tenakee Springs

This is a unique community of homesteaders and vacation home owners drawn to this remote area by its mineral hot springs. Explore this charming village individually or in small groups and then re-gather at the general store or bakery, to return to Westward, hoist anchor and get underway for the evening’s destination; a sheltered bay near the outflow of a mountain lake. Once securely anchored, go ashore and walk the 3-mile round trip trail to the lake.

Accommodations

Westward

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Petersburg, Alaska

Leave Ideal Cove in time to reach Petersburg by 9:30 am. This makes it possible to catch the morning flight to Juneau. Or plan on spending a day or two in Petersburg, a working fishing town that has yet to be heavily impacted by industrial tourism.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; excursions; entrance fees; leadership; crew; all meals indicated in itinerary; local guides and permits, unless otherwise indicated in the itinerary.

Exclusions

The cost of air flights, unless otherwise indicated in the itinerary; airport transfers; airport taxes; passports; visas; immunizations; insurance of any kind; laundry; excess baggage; items of a personal nature; medical costs; costs of hospitalization; additional expenses arising from the delay or extension of a trip due to weather, political disputes, illness, failure of transportation, or other causes beyond our control.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,000 is required per person at the time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following per per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 150 days – 50% of refund of deposit
150 to 90 days – forfeiture of deposit
90 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 Alaska’s Western Passages Sitka to Petersburg Cruise begins in Sitka, Alaska (SIT), and ends in Petersburg, Alaska (PSG). Plan flights to arrive to Sitka by 8:30am on day 1 of the itinerary, for the early noon boarding and stowing of luggage followed by a Sitka walking tour and mid-afternoon casting off. Plan flights to depart Petersburg no earlier than early afternoon on day 8. Guests are welcome to drop off luggage to the ship earlier in the day if needed. It is recommended to arrive at least a day prior to the cruise to allow for any airline delays.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, photography, glacier viewing, whale watching and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

There is a 50% single supplement for single travelers in a double cabin. Triple accommodation may be available, but cabin sizing is ideal for two travelers or the third traveler being a child. Please inquire with an AdventureSmith Specialist for discount pricing for the third person traveling.

Families & Children

Children should be at least 12 years old to enjoy this cruise. Travelers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Whole-boat charters can accommodate younger guests.

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.

Alaska's Western Passages: Petersburg to Sitka Itinerary

The 8-day Alaska’s Western Passages: Petersburg to Sitka Cruise begins in Petersburg, Alaska, and travels northbound to end in Sitka, Alaska.

Route map of Alaska's Western Passages small ship cruise, operating between Sitka and Petersburg with visits to Brothers Islands, Wood Spit, Dawes Glacier & Ford's Terror.
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Day 1
Embark Petersburg, Alaska

Westward will be moored in either Petersburg’s North or South Harbor. After coming aboard at noon, drop the lines shortly after and travel south to Le Conte Bay. Le Conte glacier, at the head of the bay, is the southernmost saltwater calving glacier in North America. If ice conditions permit access, cruise all the way to within a quarter mile of the calving glacier face. Working through the ice flows anchor in Ideal Cove at about 5:00 pm, which allows time to walk the boardwalk Ideal Lake trail, a roughly 2-mile round trip.

Accommodations

Westward

Meals

dinner

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Days 2 - 7
SE Alaska's Western Passages

Westward will travel through canyons and fjords, stopping at beautiful anchorages at Admiralty, Baranof and Kupreanof islands, observing bears, whales, eagles and more along the way. Enjoy opportunities to hike or kayak, accompanied by the onboard naturalist, and learn about the fauna and flora of the area. Each departure varies depending on the weather; some highlights may include:

Stephens Passage

As Westward sails through waters frequented by humpback whales and orca, be on the lookout for the whales’ tell-tale blows. Tonight’s anchorage is among the small bays and inlets that indent Admiralty Island, where there’s time to launch the kayaks and search for brown bears foraging along the shore.

Warm Springs Bay

While Westward is anchored for a few hours, hike the trail up to the lake that feeds the magnificent waterfall that drops into the head of the bay. On the way back from the lake, stop and soak in the natural hot pools overlooking the head of the falls. After taking your fill of the restorative waters, return to Westward and resume the journey.

Freshwater Bay

Westward will be anchoring in a small cove in front of an estuary system that supports a large population of brown bears. During fish runs, bears congregate near the en-trance of a fish ladder that allows returning salmon access to their spawning streams, bypass-ing the dam built decades ago to support logging operations. We will explore the bay by kayak and then anchor our skiff in the stream at the foot of the falls where we may have an oppor-tunity to watch and photograph brown bears sharing (not something bears often do) the boun-tiful returning salmon. From this stable base we can sit quietly, watch and photograph the gorging bears.

Baird, Le Conte & Dawes Glaciers

Each departure includes a visit to one or two glaciers. Each adventure is different, with possibilities to explore the newly foliated outwash plain exposed by Baird Glacier’s retreating ice, and/or cruise as close as a quarter mile of Le Conte’s or Dawes’ calving glacier face.

Hidden Falls Hatchery

Go ashore and tour the Hidden Falls Hatchery facility. When the salmon begin returning in late July, brown bears also visit the stream near the hatchery to re-stock their fat reserves for the coming winter. Moving on, the ship will reach Baranof Hot Springs before lunch, with plenty of time to hike to Baranof Lake (approximately 1 mile round trip). A post-hike soak in the hot spring pools will help soothe sore feet. By mid-afternoon, Westward will depart Warm Springs Bay to once again cross Chatham Strait, this time rounding Admiralty Island’s southern tip and entering Stephens Passage. Anchorage tonight is in one of several deep bays that serrate Admiralty’s southeast shoreline, with time to launch the kayaks and poke along the edges of the cove.

Tenakee Springs

This is a unique community of homesteaders and vacation home owners drawn to this remote area by its mineral hot springs. Explore this charming village individually or in small groups and then re-gather at the general store or bakery, to return to Westward, hoist anchor and get underway for the evening’s destination; a sheltered bay near the outflow of a mountain lake. Once securely anchored, go ashore and walk the 3-mile round trip trail to the lake.

Accommodations

Westward

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Sitka, Alaska

From the last anchorage, it is only a couple of hours travel into Sitka, but we will still start right after breakfast so that there is plenty of time for a naturalist-guided sampling of the town’s many historic sites.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; excursions; entrance fees; leadership; crew; all meals indicated in itinerary; local guides and permits, unless otherwise indicated in the itinerary.

Exclusions

The cost of air flights, unless otherwise indicated in the itinerary; airport transfers; airport taxes; passports; visas; immunizations; insurance of any kind; laundry; excess baggage; items of a personal nature; medical costs; costs of hospitalization; additional expenses arising from the delay or extension of a trip due to weather, political disputes, illness, failure of transportation, or other causes beyond our control.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,000 is required per person at the time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following per per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 150 days – 50% of refund of deposit
150 to 90 days – forfeiture of deposit
90 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 Alaska’s Western Passages Petersburg to Sitka Cruise begins in Petersburg, Alaska (PSG) and ends in Sitka, Alaska (SIT). Plan flights to arrive to Peterbsurg by 8:30am on day 1 of the itinerary, for the 10:00am boarding and stowing of luggage followed by a Sitka walking tour and mid-afternoon casting off. Plan flights to depart Sitka no earlier than 2:00pm on day 8, to allow for a guided city tour. Guests are welcome to drop off luggage to the ship earlier in the day if needed. It is recommended to arrive at least a day prior to the cruise to allow for any airline delays.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, photography, glacier viewing, whale watching and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

There is a 50% single supplement for single travelers in a double cabin. Triple accommodation may be available, but cabin sizing is ideal for two travelers or the third traveler being a child. Please inquire with an AdventureSmith Specialist for discount pricing for the third person traveling.

Families & Children

Children should be at least 12 years old to enjoy this cruise. Travelers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Whole-boat charters can accommodate younger guests.

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

This ship is an AdventureSmith favorite for private charter. Contact us for charter pricing and details.

Jun 03 - Jun 10, 2021
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Jun 12 - Jun 19, 2021
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Jun 21 - Jun 28, 2021
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Jun 30 - Jul 07, 2021
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Jul 20 - Jul 27, 2021
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Jul 29 - Aug 05, 2021
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Aug 07 - Aug 14, 2021
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Aug 16 - Aug 23, 2021
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Aug 25 - Sep 01, 2021
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Sep 03 - Sep 10, 2021
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Westward

Westward is a historic 8-guest yacht and remains dependably powered by her original Atlas Imperial Diesel Engine. Westward's adventurous spirit enriches the voyages of those who are lucky enough to cruise the waters with her.

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Alaska has been in our minds for years... My 60th birthday seemed a great reason to make it happen! The friendliness and responsiveness of AdventureSmith staff when I first sent in an inquiry really sealed the deal. I cannot say enough about Tracie's food on the boat. It is truly some of the best food I have eaten anywhere! She also baked me an incredible birthday cake!

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