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Two guests from the Golden Eagle yacht paddling in a double kayak in front of their small ship on a sunny day in Alaska.
Group of adventure travelers on the bow of the Golden Eagle yacht with a glacier behind them on a sunny day in alaska.
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North America Alaska Cruise

Golden Eagle Custom Alaska Cruise

The Golden Eagle Custom Alaska Cruise is a luxury charter adventure perfect for families and small groups. Each all-inclusive, 7-day small ship cruise aboard the 8-guest Golden Eagle features a distinct itinerary, with the ship sailing where the wildlife and weather are best. 

Alaska owned and operated, the Golden Eagle has the advantage of knowing the ins and outs of coastal Alaska travel. Golden Eagle’s captain will show you the real Alaska, without the confines of a rigid schedule. If the whales are active in one area, you’ll go there, and hit the next stop as time allows. While there will be time to appreciate each sight, the crew also works to ensure you see as much as possible. 

Daily excursions include kayaking, hiking, fishing from the boat for your dinner, whale viewing, visits to sea lion rookeries, a day at the glaciers and other exciting stops. Common sights are whales, brown and black bears, seals, sea lions, Dall porpoises and bald eagles. In addition, look for many other forms of marine and wildlife along with a host of iconic Alaska vistas and scenery one can only view best by small ship. 

The Golden Eagle is available only as a private charter with accommodation for 8 adults (up to 12 people with 8 adults and 4 children). The Captain and crew will accommodate specific requests by charter to customize a cruise to meet your desires. Use this itinerary as a guide or speak with one of AdventureSmith’s Adventure Specialists to determine custom embarkation and disembarkation ports on your private Alaska cruise. 

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Alaska trips and Alaska small ship cruises.



Itinerary

Golden Eagle Custom Alaska Cruise Itinerary

The Golden Eagle Custom Alaska Cruise is a luxury charter adventure perfect for families and small groups. The Golden Eagle can accommodate 8 adults (up to 12 people with 8 adults and 4 children). Take the prescribed route (shown here), or the Captain and crew will customize a cruise per your request.

Route map of Golden Eagle Alaska inside passage small ship cruise operating round-trip from Petersburg
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Day 1
Embark Petersburg, Alaska

Arrive on the vessel at noon and you’re greeted with a champagne toast and heavy appetizers and treats. The Golden Eagle typically departs by 1pm and transits to Thomas Bay. In the afternoon, set off on skiffs to land, for a hike up Cascade Creek to a waterfall. You’ll transit to pristine Scenery Cove for the evening. The Golden Eagle always aims to have its anchor down and engines off by dinner so you can enjoy solitude and the sounds of nature.

Accommodations

Golden Eagle

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Fredrick Sound & Keku Straits

Transit Fredrick Sound north to Kupreanof and Kuiu Islands, with time for whale viewing en route. Mid-morning, kayak through Keku Straits or a similar route if the wildlife calls, followed by lunch as you transit to a fishing area. Fish in the afternoon for halibut and rock fish, then anchor in Security Bay after viewing petroglyphs.

Accommodations

Golden Eagle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Red Bluff Bay & Baranof Hot Springs

Motor to Red Bluff Bay to kayak among waterfalls and possibly view bears. During lunch, cruise to Baranof Hot Springs for an afternoon hike to a lake and a soak in the tubs. Overnight either in Baranof or nearby. Possible salmon fishing on the agenda today.

Accommodations

Golden Eagle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Admiralty Island, Carol Island & Eliza Harbor

Head to South Admiralty Island, kayak Carol Island, and possibly fish and set crab pots for tonight’s feast. Anchor in Eliza Harbor, where the crew will light up a beach bonfire if weather permits. Bear viewing is common in this area.

Accommodations

Golden Eagle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Brothers Island Sea Lions & the Five Finger Lighthouse

Today’s adventures may include viewing the Brothers Island sea lion rookery, kayaking, whale watching and spotting the Five Finger Lighthouse. Set shrimp pots again and then overnight in Windham Bay.

Accommodations

Golden Eagle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Glacier Viewing in Tracy Arm

Glacier day! Spend the day exploring Tracy Arm. Enjoy a “fire and ice” lunch in front of the glaciers, with eyes and ears peeled for the thunderous ice chunks falling, or “calving.” Kayak in the afternoon around icebergs and waterfalls.

Accommodations

Golden Eagle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Disembark Juneau, Alaska

Enjoy a final glimpse of Alaska by sea as you transit to bustling Juneau for disembarkation at noon.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

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

Exclusions

The cost of air flights; Alaskan State fishing licenses if you choose to fish; hard liquor; fly fishing (independent guide service and gear); gratuities (not expected but usually 10% of trip cost); airport taxes; passports; visas; immunizations; insurance of any kind (strongly recommended); excess baggage; personal items; 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 $5,000 is required at the time of booking. 50% of your total trip cost is due by December 1st the year before your cruise; the remaining balance is due March 15 on the year of travel.  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 November 30th the year before your cruise – 10% of total trip cost
December 1st the year before your cruise – 50% of total trip cost
April 15th through departure date – 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

Arrival and departure will depend on the ports of embarkation and disembarkation. Typically the Golden Eagle embarks at noon on the day of embarkation and disembarks by 10:00am on day 7.

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 guided hiking and beachcombing, sea kayaking, skiff excursions, wildlife viewing, bird watching, glacier viewing, whale watching, hot springs, fishing (Alaska fishing license required), shrimping and crabbing. Activities are designed to take advantage of local weather and wildlife conditions and are based on the interests and ability of the group.

Families & Children

The Golden Eagle is perfect for family charter cruises. Kids 17 years and younger are welcomed aboard all departure dates but must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

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 this itinerary as a guide only. The Golden Eagle is available by charter only. Speak with one of AdventureSmith’s Adventure Specialists to determine the custom itinerary and embarkation/disembarkation ports on your private Alaska cruise.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Details

Charters available weekly late May through early September. Contact us for current rates & availability.

Accommodation

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Golden Eagle

The 100-foot custom Motor Yacht (M/Y) Golden Eagle hosts 8 guests (up to 12 with 8 adults and 4 children) in 4 luxurious cabins, each with private bath. Available for Alaska charter cruises only.

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