Travelers practice their Alaska cruise photography with bears roaming on the other side of calm water during the Alaska Bear Country & Wilderness Expedition.
Group of hikers trek through thick forest on an Alaska bear cruise.
Tandem kayakers in a bright green kayak practice their Alaska cruise photography in calm waters with mountains in the background on a partly sunny day.
Traveler dressed in warm clothes with binoculars stands on bow of a small ship during the Alaska Bear Country Wilderness Expedition.
Brown bear & cub stand on the gray shoreline, seen from a small ship cruise.
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Alaska Bear Country & Wilderness Expedition

The 8-day Alaska Bear Country & Wilderness Expedition explores Alaska’s Inside Passage between Sitka and Juneau, with a special focus on bear viewing and photography. Explore the Inside Passage’s brown-bear-rich “ABC” islands (Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof), plus the black bear territory of the Kuiu Islands. On this Alaska bear cruise, an experienced captain watches for wildlife and sets course for select glaciers to view by Zodiac, aluminum sportfishing boat, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.

Highlights include a unique hike to Lake Eva on Baranof Island, plus possible stops at the rarely visited Keku Strait, Red Bay, Totem Bay and the small community of Port Protection. Sport fishing opportunities abound. Also unique, a high-speed jet boat from Wrangell brings you to the trailhead of the Anan Wildlife Observatory, known for some of the best brown and black bear viewing in the world. This jet boat ride is an exciting option that’s uncommon among our Alaska family cruises. Enjoy an exclusive visit to Hobart Bay with room for guided hikes, paddles, skiff rides and a campfire with no other visitors in sight.

Passage is aboard the 12-guest Alaska small ship Kruzof Explorer. This former Bering Sea crab fishing boat, constructed to have one of the toughest hulls on the planet, capably explores Alaska’s remote areas and rugged outer coast, offering constant opportunities for Alaska cruise photography. The Kruzof Explorer offers luxury Alaska cruises and is an ideal ship for private Alaska yacht charters due to her small size.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Alaska trips, small ship Alaska cruise options and Inside Passage cruise itineraries.



Itinerary

Alaska Bear Country & Wilderness Expedition

The main 8-day Alaska Bear Country & Wilderness Expedition travels northbound from Sitka to Juneau, with a focus on bear viewing and photography and a unique stop at the Anan Wildlife Observatory.

Route map of Alaska small ship cruises between Metlakatla and Yakutat, with markers on Pelican, Glacier Bay National Park, Lituya Bay, Disenchantment Bay, Hubbard Glacier, Skagway, Haines, Auke Bay, Juneau, Hoonah, Orca Point Lodge, Angoon, Fin Island Lodge, Sitka, Baranof Warm Springs, Kake, Petersburg, Wrangell, Klawock, Thorne Bay, Kasaan & Ketchikan.
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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 on an exclusive tour guided by the expedition leader. Embark for the winding narrows north of town while searching for bald eagles, sea otters, bears, whales and other wildlife.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Lake Eva & Hidden Falls

Enjoy a morning hike to Lake Eva on northern Baranof Island. This trail features a beautiful rainforest setting of lush undergrowth and towering spruce and hemlock. During late summer and early fall, salmon run in the lake’s outlet stream. After sailing south along eastern Baranof Island—the Waterfall Coast—stop in Kasnyku Bay for a visit to Hidden Falls. This area often provides an excellent opportunity to view Alaska’s coastal brown bears as they pursue salmon. Brown bears exist in various color phases, from dark brown to blonde, and can grow to 1,500 pounds. Alaska has over 98 percent of the United States’ population of brown bears.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Kuiu Islands

Thus far on the itinerary, the vessel will have been among the Inside Passage’s “ABC” islands (Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof). These islands are home to a high density of brown bears. As the journey continues southward, enter into black bear territory, beginning at Kuiu Island. Enjoy kayak and skiff exploration in a western Kuiu Island bay. Beachcomb and/or hike along the beautiful secluded coastline of the area. Options include Rowan Bay, Bay of Pillars or Tebenkof Bay.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Sumner Strait

Sail between the beautiful Cape Decision lighthouse, perched atop wave-beaten rocks on southern Kuiu Island, and the Spanish Islands. Explore Sumner Strait, a body of water nestled between the islands of Kuiu and Kupreanof Island to the north and Zarembo and Prince of Wales to the south. This strait offers countless possibilities for in-depth exploration. The islands of this area play host to black bear, Sitka black-tailed deer, wolves and countless bald eagles. Destination options include Keku Strait, Red Bay, Totem Bay and more. Possibly even call on the small community of Port Protection—a place that gained national notoriety due to a popular television show, which chronicles the challenges and beauties of life in the remote town.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Wrangell & Anan Wildlife Observatory

Today’s excursion heads to the remote Anan Wildlife Observatory, which is renowned for offering some of the best brown and black bear viewing in the world. After the ship docks in the picturesque town of Wrangell, board a high-speed jet boat for transport to the trailhead that leads to the observatory. Once ashore, a U.S. Forest Service representative will provide an introduction and safety orientation, then the group heads off on a 20-minute guided hike (rated moderately difficult) to the observatory. Enjoy several hours at the observatory deck, which overlooks a creek that hosts a large run of pink salmon. Bears and eagles, all in pursuit of the wild salmon, are often viewed and photographed mere meters away. This is an exclusive, small group experience with the necessary permitting handled prior to the voyage.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Hobart Bay

By way of an exclusive agreement with a local Alaska Native organization, enjoy private access to the beautiful wilderness of Hobart Bay. Take part in guided hiking, kayaking, skiff rides, or sipping a favorite beverage and enjoying Alaskan snacks near a campfire. A variety of marine life and birds frequent this area, as well as black bears and other terrestrial animals.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
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 form 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. Appreciate the unique opportunity to kayak in this beautiful Alaska wilderness area.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Juneau, Alaska

Disembark in Alaska’s capital city of Juneau. Take the complimentary transfer 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; 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 Alaska; pre- and post-cruise hotel accommodations; non-complimentary beer, wine or alcohol selections; discretionary gratuities to crew; travel insurance (recommended) or insurance of any kind; all taxes and port fees.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost 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:
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.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The main Alaska Bear Country & Wilderness Expedition 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 fishing, whale watching, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, Zodiac 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. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; 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 Alaska Bear Country & Wilderness Expedition

The reverse 8-day Alaska Bear Country & Wilderness Expedition travels southbound from Juneau to Sitka, with a focus on bear viewing and photography and a unique stop at the Anan Wildlife Observatory.

Route map of Alaska small ship cruises between Metlakatla and Yakutat, with markers on Pelican, Glacier Bay National Park, Lituya Bay, Disenchantment Bay, Hubbard Glacier, Skagway, Haines, Auke Bay, Juneau, Hoonah, Orca Point Lodge, Angoon, Fin Island Lodge, Sitka, Baranof Warm Springs, Kake, Petersburg, Wrangell, Klawock, Thorne Bay, Kasaan & Ketchikan.
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Day 1
Embark Juneau, Alaska

Embark in Alaska’s capital city of Juneau, settle into your cabin and set off on an Alaska adventure of a lifetime.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
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 form 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. Appreciate the unique opportunity to kayak in this beautiful Alaska wilderness area.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
Hobart Bay

By way of an exclusive agreement with a local Alaska Native organization, enjoy private access to the beautiful wilderness of Hobart Bay. Take part in guided hiking, kayaking, skiff rides, or sipping a favorite beverage and enjoying Alaskan snacks near a campfire. A variety of marine life and birds frequent this area, as well as black bears and other terrestrial animals.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
Wrangell & Anan Wildlife Observatory

Today’s excursion heads to the remote Anan Wildlife Observatory, which is renowned for offering some of the best brown and black bear viewing in the world. After the ship docks in the picturesque town of Wrangell, board a high-speed jet boat for transport to the trailhead that leads to the observatory. Once ashore, a U.S. Forest Service representative will provide an introduction and safety orientation, then the group heads off on a 20-minute guided hike (rated moderately difficult) to the observatory. Enjoy several hours at the observatory deck, which overlooks a creek that hosts a large run of pink salmon. Bears and eagles, all in pursuit of the wild salmon, are often viewed and photographed mere meters away. This is an exclusive, small group experience with the necessary permitting handled prior to the voyage.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
Sumner Strait

Sail between the beautiful Cape Decision lighthouse, perched atop wave-beaten rocks on southern Kuiu Island, and the Spanish Islands. Explore Sumner Strait, a body of water nestled between the islands of Kuiu and Kupreanof Island to the north and Zarembo and Prince of Wales to the south. This strait offers countless possibilities for in-depth exploration. The islands of this area play host to black bear, Sitka black-tailed deer, wolves and countless bald eagles. Destination options include Keku Strait, Red Bay, Totem Bay and more. Possibly even call on the small community of Port Protection—a place that gained national notoriety due to a popular television show, which chronicles the challenges and beauties of life in the remote town.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Kuiu Islands

As the journey continues northward, continue exploring black bear territory, including Kuiu Island. Enjoy kayak and skiff exploration in a western Kuiu Island bay. Beachcomb and/or hike along the beautiful secluded coastline of the area. Options include Rowan Bay, Bay of Pillars or Tebenkof Bay.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Hidden Falls & Lake Eva

Thus far on the itinerary, the vessel will have been within black bear territory; now it’s time to enter brown bear territory, with a high density found among the Inside Passage’s “ABC” islands (Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof). After sailing north along eastern Baranof Island—the Waterfall Coast—stop in Kasnyku Bay for a visit to Hidden Falls. This area often provides an excellent opportunity to view Alaska’s coastal brown bears as they pursue salmon. Enjoy an afternoon hike to Lake Eva on northern Baranof Island. This trail features a beautiful rainforest setting of lush undergrowth and towering spruce and hemlock. During late summer and early fall, salmon run in the lake’s outlet stream, attracting the bears. Brown bears exist in various color phases, from dark brown to blonde, and can grow to 1,500 pounds. Alaska has over 98 percent of the United States’ population of brown bears.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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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. Take the complimentary transfer 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; 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 Alaska; pre- and post-cruise hotel accommodations; non-complimentary beer, wine or alcohol selections; discretionary gratuities to crew; travel insurance (recommended) or insurance of any kind; all taxes and port fees.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost 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:
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.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The reverse Alaska Bear Country & Wilderness Expedition begins in Juneau, Alaska (JNU), and ends in Sitka, Alaska (SIT). 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 Juneau on day 1 in time for a 12:00pm meeting with expedition leaders at the hospitality room ahead of the 4:00pm embarkation time. Disembarkation is at 8:00am on day 8; 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 fishing, whale watching, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, Zodiac 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. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; 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.

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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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