Two travelers paddle a double kayak between icebergs and in front of a waterfall on an Alaska small ship cruise.
Wooden Tlingit Native Alaska Haida house with Alaskan cultural artwork in red & black on the exterior.
Sea lions haul out in a large group, sitting on top of rocks in calm blue water with snowcapped mountains in the background during an Alaska small ship cruise.
Group of Alaska travelers sits around a large campfire at sunset during a feast at Fin Island Lodge, during the Alaska Coastal Discoveries & Culture Cruise.
View from sitting inside a red kayak on glassy water with reflections of green & snowy hillsides during an Alaska small ship cruise.
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Alaska Coastal Discoveries & Culture Cruise

The 8-day Alaska Coastal Discoveries & Culture cruise explores Alaska’s Inside Passage between Sitka and Ketchikan, with an uncommon route that aims to include the open-ocean west coast of Baranof Island. A Zodiac, aluminum sportfishing boat, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards enable off-ship immersion into the wonderful wilds of southeastern Alaska. The experienced captain guides the 12-guest Kruzof Explorer, an Alaskan-owned-and-operated small ship, to optimize wilderness and wildlife opportunities.

Highlights include unique possible visits to Keku Strait, Red Bay, Totem Bay and the small community of Port Protection. A possible circumnavigation of St. Lazaria National Wildlife Refuge reveals a breeding ground for thousands of seabirds. A visit to the exclusive Fin Island Lodge features a feast of king crab, prime rib and wild Alaska salmon. Fishing opportunities abound. A high-speed jet boat tours you through Dry Strait to LeConte Bay and the LeConte Glacier—an exciting option that’s uncommon among our Alaska family cruises. An uncommon visit to Kasaan offers Alaska Native heritage. And a day in Misty Fjords National Monument features 3,000-foot glacier-sculpted cliffs.

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. 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 and Alaska small ship cruises.



Itinerary

Alaska Coastal Discoveries & Culture Itinerary

The main 8-day Alaska Coastal Discoveries & Culture cruise travels southbound from Sitka to Ketchikan, making unique stops within Alaska’s Inside Passage.

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

Embark in beautiful Sitka, the only community in Southeast Alaska that faces the open ocean waters of the Gulf of Alaska.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Sitka Sound & Fin Island Lodge

Enjoy a full day of adventure in island-studded Sitka Sound. Wildlife is plentiful here, and the captain and crew have knowledge of the preferred habitats and movement of whales, sea otters, sea lions, porpoises, seals, brown bears and bald eagles. Options include circumnavigation of St. Lazaria National Wildlife Refuge—a breeding ground for thousands of seabirds, including puffins, auklets and murres, or a journey ashore remote islands to beachcomb and explore tidepools. Volcanic formations adorn many shorelines in this area, and the gorgeous Mt. Edgecumbe volcano is an icon of the region. End the day with a feast of Alaska king crab, wild salmon cooked over an alder wood-fired grill and prime rib at the exclusive Fin Island Lodge.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
West Baranof Island

Journey up the west coast of Baranof Island while taking in the sights of jagged mountain peaks, a stunning rocky coastline and the pristine Gulf of Alaska. This stretch of ocean offers unparalleled fishing and often the only other vessels in sight are part of Alaska’s commercial fishing fleet. Zodiac excursions enable exploration into narrow passages and channels inside the coast’s barrier islands. Depending on weather conditions, the captain may choose to navigate east Baranof Island. This charming shoreline is dubbed “The Waterfall Coast” and offers a beautiful alternative, Inside Passage connection to Sitka via Peril Strait.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Sumner Strait

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. Sail between the Spanish Islands and the beautiful Cape Decision lighthouse, perched atop wave-beaten rocks on southern Kuiu Island.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Wrangell

Home to a little over 2,000 permanent residents, Wrangell is the only town in Alaska to have been under the jurisdiction of three flags and ruled by four nationsthe Tlingit, Russia, England and the United States. Enjoy several options to explore this colorful history, including a guided tour and a trip to the Wrangell Museum. Visit the intriguing state historic park, Petroglyph Beach, which contains the highest concentration of petroglyphs in Southeast Alaska. Or choose one of the town’s beautiful hikes. The Rainbow Falls Trail takes hikers through a lush hemlock forest and offers views of a beautiful creek and waterfall, while the Mt. Dewey Trail boasts aerial ocean and town views. Board a comfortable, high-speed jet boat and venture north through Dry Strait to LeConte Bay. En route to the spectacular LeConte Glacier—North America’s southernmost tidewater glacier—you’ll navigate through a maze of glistening icebergs in the shadows of towering snow-capped mountains.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Kasaan & Thorne Bay

Enjoy the inspiring Alaska Native heritage of Kasaan—a beautiful Haida village on Prince of Wales Island. Walk an enchanted forest path laden with intricately carved totem poles to the Chief Son-i-Hat Whale House, the only remaining traditional Haida longhouse in the United States. Experience the frontier spirit of Alaska’s timber years on a tour of Thorne Bay, which was once the largest logging camp in the world.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Misty Fjords National Monument

Glide beneath the 3,000-foot glacier-sculpted cliffs of Misty Fjords National Monument. Discover the fjord’s natural history, listen to the calls of a myriad of seabirds, feel the mist from glistening waterfalls and see famous New Eddystone Rock—a stunning volcanic core.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Ketchikan, Alaska

Disembark in Ketchikan, otherwise known as Alaska’s First City and Salmon Capital of the World. 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 Ketchikan 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 $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 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.

Arrival & Departure

The main Alaska Coastal Discoveries & Culture cruise begins in Sitka, Alaska (SIT), and ends in Ketchikan, Alaska (KTN). 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 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 Ketchikan 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 Coastal Discoveries & Culture Itinerary

The reverse 8-day Alaska Coastal Discoveries & Culture cruise travels northbound from Ketchikan to Sitka, making unique stops within Alaska’s Inside Passage.

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 Ketchikan, Alaska

Embark in Ketchikan, otherwise known as Alaska’s First City and Salmon Capital of the World.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Misty Fjords National Monument

Glide beneath the 3,000-foot glacier-sculpted cliffs of Misty Fjords National Monument. Discover the fjord’s natural history, listen to the calls of a myriad of seabirds, feel the mist from glistening waterfalls and see famous New Eddystone Rock—a stunning volcanic core.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
Thorne Bay & Kasaan

Experience the frontier spirit of Alaska’s timber years on a tour of Thorne Bay, which was once the largest logging camp in the world. Enjoy the inspiring Alaska Native heritage of Kasaan—a beautiful Haida village on Prince of Wales Island. Walk an enchanted forest path laden with intricately carved totem poles to the Chief Son-i-Hat Whale House, the only remaining traditional Haida longhouse in the United States.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
Wrangell

Home to a little over 2,000 permanent residents, Wrangell is the only town in Alaska to have been under the jurisdiction of three flags and ruled by four nationsthe Tlingit, Russia, England and the United States. Enjoy several options to explore this colorful history, including a guided tour and a trip to the Wrangell Museum. Visit the intriguing state historic park, Petroglyph Beach, which contains the highest concentration of petroglyphs in Southeast Alaska. Or choose one of the town’s beautiful hikes. The Rainbow Falls Trail takes hikers through a lush hemlock forest and offers views of a beautiful creek and waterfall, while the Mt. Dewey Trail boasts aerial ocean and town views. Board a comfortable, high-speed jet boat and venture north through Dry Strait to LeConte Bay. En route to the spectacular LeConte Glacier—North America’s southernmost tidewater glacier—you’ll navigate through a maze of glistening icebergs in the shadows of towering snow-capped mountains.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
Sumner Strait

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. Sail between the Spanish Islands and the beautiful Cape Decision lighthouse, perched atop wave-beaten rocks on southern Kuiu Island.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 6
West Baranof Island

Journey up the west coast of Baranof Island while taking in the sights of jagged mountain peaks, a stunning rocky coastline and the pristine Gulf of Alaska. This stretch of ocean offers unparalleled fishing and often the only other vessels in sight are part of Alaska’s commercial fishing fleet. Zodiac excursions enable exploration into narrow passages and channels inside the coast’s barrier islands. Depending on weather conditions, the captain may choose to navigate east Baranof Island. This charming shoreline is dubbed “The Waterfall Coast” and offers a beautiful alternative, Inside Passage connection to Sitka via Peril Strait.

Accommodations

Kruzof Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 7
Sitka Sound & Fin Island Lodge

Enjoy a full day of adventure in island-studded Sitka Sound. Wildlife is plentiful here, and the captain and crew have knowledge of the preferred habitats and movement of whales, sea otters, sea lions, porpoises, seals, brown bears and bald eagles. Options include circumnavigation of St. Lazaria National Wildlife Refuge—a breeding ground for thousands of seabirds, including puffins, auklets and murres, or a journey ashore remote islands to beachcomb and explore tidepools. Volcanic formations adorn many shorelines in this area, and the gorgeous Mt. Edgecumbe volcano is an icon of the region. End the day with a feast of Alaska king crab, wild salmon cooked over an alder wood-fired grill and prime rib at the exclusive Fin Island Lodge.

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. Take the complimentary transfer 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; selected shore excursions as indicated in itinerary; ground transportation to and from the vessel and airport or select Sitka and Ketchikan 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 $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 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.

Arrival & Departure

The reverse Alaska Coastal Discoveries & Culture cruise begins in Ketchikan, Alaska (KTN), 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 Ketchikan 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.

Departures available regularly in June and July. Contact us for current rates and availability.

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