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Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise

The 8-day Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise includes a comprehensive two days within Glacier Bay National Park for maximum adventure ashore and afloat plus diverse birding on South Marble Island.

The incomparable Glacier Bay National Park covers over three million acres with open ocean and fjord coastlines spanning most of its perimeter. Within the park, view two impressive tidewater glaciers, Margerie and Grand Pacific, and bushwhack and hike in old-growth forest and glacial outwash fields. Birding at South Marble Island will mean no rest for the binoculars while watching for puffins, oystercatchers, cormorants and kittiwakes.

Outside the bay, seek out seals and mountain goats in Tracy Arm, humpbacks in the whale-rich Frederick Sound, sea lions in Icy Strait and bears along the shoreline of Chatham Strait. A stellar expedition team guides the entire journey, with plenty of active daily options, including skiff rides, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding right from the small ship home base. This recipe for active adventure makes this itinerary a prime selection for our Alaska family cruises.

Cruise round-trip from Juneau aboard the 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer or the 74-guest Wilderness Explorer, venturing farther than 99 percent of visitors, having the time and flexibility that a small ship provides to sail into small coves and seek out wildlife viewing opportunities.

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



Itinerary

Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise Itinerary

Spend two days in Glacier Bay National Park and visit the amazing tidewater glaciers of Margerie and Grand Pacific. Whale watching, birding and Chatham Strait are particular highlights of this itinerary. 

Route map of Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise in Alaska showing red line of stops round-trip from Juneau
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Day 1
Embark Juneau, Alaska

Arrive in Juneau and be transferred from the airport to the hospitality area. Upon boarding, be greeted by crew with champagne and smiles. Set sail for a week of scenic channels and secluded wilderness.

Accommodations

Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Tracy Arm

Take an early peek outside: fjord cliffs reach skyward, floating ice and deep u-shaped valleys. There’s no abracadabra here. Mother Nature’s magic is real. Cruise past harbor seals and their pups lounging on chunks of ice. Tracy Arm delivers with the cotton-candy blue twin Sawyer Glaciers of its furthest reaches. Tides permitting, the skiff driver knows the ropes and guides the skiff along. It’s a mash-up of towering walls, temperamental currents and the Coastal Mountains. So many waterfalls. Mountain goats show off fancy footwork on the cliffs—look for them.

Accommodations

Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Frederick Sound

Humpbacks beeline it here each season to feed on krill, zooplankton and herring. Watch for whales feasting in these abundant glacial waters. Hang out and enjoy the show. Cruise past Five Fingers LighthouseAlaska’s oldest light station—and The Brothers Islands, where sea lions nap on rocky nobs. Tonight, toast to a whale of a day in Alaska.

Accommodations

Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Icy Strait

Before doing anything, look out the window. From kelp-lined channels to hemlock and spruce forests, every inch of this far northwest corner is worth exploring. And today’s adventures promise to be as big as the water is deep. Seals and sea lions haul out on rocky outcroppings, resting before they disappear in the water to search for food. If the tides are right, head out in the skiff with one of the guides for a closer exploration of the rugged shore, or perhaps, make it all the way to George Island. Whether wilderness trekking, skiffing or paddling, the expedition team guides the way.

Accommodations

Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Glacier Bay National Park

This crown jewel of America’s national parks covers 3.3 million acres (that’s a tad smaller than the state of Connecticut). Let that sink in. Most visitors see the same sliver of the park as everyone else. Instead, go the furthest and explore parts that 99% of visitors never go to and take two days to do it. Get started! Taylor Bay sea stacks and rocky shores make for good adventure. Or hike the outwash field of glaciers winding down the Fairweather Mountain Range. The cool breeze off the nearby snow and icefields is energizing. If motoring over to Dundas Bay, keep an eye out for bears, humpbacks, and with luck, a wolf sighting. Kayak the bay. Bushwhack into the forest. Discover Glacier Bay outback.

Accommodations

Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Glacier Bay National Park

The camera’s memory card needs plenty of room. South Marble Island is abuzz with activity. Rare sea birds, black oystercatchers and orange-beaked tufted puffins can’t be missed. A colony of raucous sea lions adds to the hubbub. They add a distinct aroma to the air, too. Tucking into silent Tidal Inlet—the stomping grounds for bears, wolves, mountain goats, eagles—the backdrop is spectacular. At the end of the western-most arm of the bay sits Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers. And possible views of glacial calving. Take it all in on deck.

Accommodations

Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Chatham Strait

Find a perch on the bridge with the captain or with the guides on the bow, and watch for whales and other creatures before tucking into Port Frederick or another inlet in the Tongass National Forest. Any spot is a good one to pull over and stretch the legs. Hike, paddle, or skiff through this remote corner with bears on the shoreline, seals bobbing on the surface and welcoming boughs of moss in the trees. Back on the boat, there’s a treat in store—the farewell dinner and some special mentions from the crew.

Accommodations

Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Juneau, Alaska

Linger over breakfast this morning while cruising into Juneau. Wish the crew and new friends goodbye. Then it’s off to the airport or extend your hotel stay or land tour.

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Meals

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included 

Accommodations aboard vessel; onboard meals; premium wine, beer and liquor (excludes super-premium wines); non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embarkation/disembarkation day; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-vessel activities and equipment; exclusive activities and shore visits; wellness amenities; presentations by onboard expedition/heritage guides and guest experts. 

Exclusions 

Airfare to and from your home city; discretionary gratuities to vessel’s crew; travel insurance and insurance of any kind; optional excursions and land tours; excess baggage charges; items of a personal nature; taxes and port fees of $375 per person. 

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:
120 days or more – 50% of deposit
119 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 46 days – 50% of total trip cost
45 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

A booking or future travel certificate re-accommodated to a new sailing date is a one-time only move and remains non-refundable. Cancellation of your re-booked cruise will result in the loss of any reservation payments on file at time of re-accommodation.

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 Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise begins and ends in Juneau, Alaska (JNU). Plan flights to arrive to Juneau by 2:30pm on day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Juneau no earlier than 11:30am on day 8. 

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: whale watching, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, morning yoga and stretching, land treks, glacier viewing, wildlife observation and polar bear plunges. Limited quantities of hiking poles, binoculars, mud boots and rain gear are available on board. To ensure availability and fit, we encourage you to bring your own gear. 

Room Configuration 

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy at 150-175% of the per-person listed rate; special triple-occupancy rates may also be available in select cabins. Call AdventureSmith for more details, as availability and rates vary by ship and cabin category.  

Families & Children 

Kids 8 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 7 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval. Save $500 per child, ages 8 to 17, with the exception of holiday departures. 

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

Apr 24 - May 01, 2022
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May 01 - May 08, 2022
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May 08 - May 15, 2022
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May 15 - May 22, 2022
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May 15 - May 22, 2022
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May 22 - May 29, 2022
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May 29 - Jun 05, 2022
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Jun 05 - Jun 12, 2022
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Jun 12 - Jun 19, 2022
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Jun 19 - Jun 26, 2022
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Jun 19 - Jun 26, 2022
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Jun 26 - Jul 03, 2022
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Jul 03 - Jul 10, 2022
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Jul 10 - Jul 17, 2022
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Jul 10 - Jul 17, 2022
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Jul 17 - Jul 24, 2022
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Jul 24 - Jul 31, 2022
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Jul 31 - Aug 07, 2022
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Jul 31 - Aug 07, 2022
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Aug 07 - Aug 14, 2022
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Aug 14 - Aug 21, 2022
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Aug 21 - Aug 28, 2022
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Aug 21 - Aug 28, 2022
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Aug 28 - Sep 04, 2022
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Aug 28 - Sep 04, 2022
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Sep 04 - Sep 11, 2022
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Sep 04 - Sep 11, 2022
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Sep 11 - Sep 18, 2022
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Accommodations

Learn About the Small Ships on Your Itinerary

Expedition Ship
Wilderness Discoverer

The 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer is capable of nimble exploration through nature’s most dramatic hideaways. The revolutionary EZ Dock launching platform makes it easy to get in and out of her 25 two-person kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.

Expedition Ship
Wilderness Explorer

The original M/V Wilderness Explorer, under the direction of AdventureSmith founder Todd Smith, pioneered adventure cruising in Southeast Alaska in the 1990s. Relaunched and renovated in 2012, this new-generation 74-guest base camp explores remote Alaska.

Expert Review

Reviews from Our Experts So You Know What to Expect

Jenna Granger • August 30th, 2019
Expert Review: Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise

What are the benefits of cruising expedition style through Alaska? Travel through Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska aboard the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer.

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"Had Everything I Needed"

Trip was great. The crew was amazing, and the food was a very nice surprise. I wanted to hike as much as I could, and this ship seemed to meet that.

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"Well Prepared"

This was the most organized, well-planned trip ever!! Every single detail, right down to clothes to bring, was superb. This trip fit our wishes of wilderness, wildlife, and adventure to a T!!

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"Amazing Time"

Had an absolutely amazing time! Staff were fabulous, energetic, passionate and kept us busy and safe at all times. We chose a small boat trip as we wanted to get as close as possible to Alaska...

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Extend Your Trip

Additional Travel Options Before or After Your Cruise

Choose from a variety of other AdventureSmith Alaska trips to extend your journey, or opt for a pre-cruise extension with your fellow passengers on this cruise.

The Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise can be combined with the Alaska Fjords & Glaciers itinerary for the 15-day Eastern Fjords & Glacier Bay—Ultimate Cruise cruising between Sitka and Ketchikan with no repeated landing sites. Please inquire with an Adventure Specialist for further details.

The Denali & Talkeetna Wilderness Rail Adventure is a pre-cruise escorted land tour featuring wilderness lodge stays in Denali National Park and Talkeetna Mountains, and hotel overnights in Anchorage. This tour takes you through the Talkeetna Mountain and Denali National park by rail, visits the Alaska Native Heritage Center, and provides opportunities for wildlife viewing, hiking, kayaking, and river rafting or flightseeing (added cost). This land package aligns with Friday cruise departures. Glacier Bay National Park Adventure cruises departing on other days require additional hotel night(s).

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