North America Alaska Cruise

Alaska’s Western Passages

Alaska’s Western Passages cruise offers 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 main 8-day itinerary listed travels from Sitka to Juneau, but several similar alternative routes are sailed depending on the departure date, including 8-day itineraries with Petersburg as an embarkation/disembarkation port. As always on Alaska small ship cruises, the Westward ultimately follows a unique route each trip, allowing the weather and wildlife to dictate her itinerary.