Alaska’s Grand Coastal Discovery
The 13-day Alaska’s Grand Coastal Discovery cruise is one of the most complete and far-reaching small ship cruises available in Alaska, combining sea and land adventures. Explore the often unseen exterior of Alaska’s famed Inside Passage in this unique outer-shore route. Offshore exploration is facilitated by kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and shallow water expedition craft. These onboard adventure craft are a great way to spot sea otters and whales and they accommodate a variety of activity levels. Exploration by foot includes hikes through enchanted forest, guided walks through fascinating small towns, a visit to a boardwalk “road” and more.
Highlights include an overnight visit to Glacier Bay National Park, providing extra time to seek out bears, mountain goats and bald eagles. A visit to the exclusive Fin Island Lodge features a feast of king crab, prime rib and wild Alaska salmon. And glacier viewing from the ship as it cruises southeast Alaska is a constant delight, including the Malaspina Glacier, a river of ice roughly the size of the state of Rhode Island.
Alaska’s rich culture and history are also highlighted along the way. Walks among totem poles and a visit to the only remaining traditional Haidi longhouse are on the agenda in Kasaan. Enjoy a ceremonial dance performance and meet Native Metlakatla artists on Annette Island. And Sitka offers Native and Russian history.
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. No other Alaskan cruise offers so many ports along with wilderness cruising at such an exceptional value.
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