Two guests on deck of their small ship cruise in Alaska looking at the glacier they are approaching
Small ship Admiralty Dream cruises Glacier Bay National Park among giant icy blue crystal glaciers in Alaska.
Tandem kayak couple up close to a blue iceberg floating close to rocks on the shore in Alaska.
Passengers on a small ship enjoying the view from a deck above the bow as they are cruising past waterfalls coming down the fjords in Alaska.
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North America Alaska Cruise

Last Frontier Adventure

The Last Frontier Adventure cruise spends 8 days sailing between Sitka and Juneau. Along the way around Alaska’s Admiralty, Chichagof and Baranof Islands, encounter all the highlights of Southeast Alaska, including many lesser-known ports and wilderness areas. Cruise to Sitka, Juneau, Glacier Bay National Park, Endicott Arm and Wrangell. Explore remote gems such as Baranoff Island’s Waterfall Coast, Thomas Bay, Hobart Bay, Wrangell Narrows and Orca Point Lodge.

Enjoy opportunities to explore hidden coves and shoreline by kayak or inflatable watercraft. Scout for humpback whales in the whale-rich waters of Frederick Sound. Paddle the turquoise fjord water amidst icebergs in Endicott Arm. Enjoy a dinner of Alaskan salmon, Alaskan king crab or prime rib at the exclusive Orca Point Lodge. In Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, enjoy additional programming by a Native Huna Tlingit interprative naturalist, alongside the park ranger. An exclusive agreement with a local Alaska Native organization allows for a day of private access to the beautiful wilderness of Hobart Bay.

Travelers enjoy a casual atmosphere aboard authentically Alaskan ships 54-guest Admiralty Dream and 76-guest Chichagof Dream. Both ships offer complimentary jackets, pants and boots to ensure you’re properly outfitted for off-the-ship adventures. This cruise is perfect for travelers seeking an active and affordable Alaskan small ship cruise. Operated by an Alaskan family-owned company, Last Frontier Adventure has a focus on Alaska’s nature, wildlife and First Nations culture and is an ideal option among our Alaska family cruises.

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



Itinerary

Last Frontier Adventure Itinerary

The Last Frontier Adventure Cruise travels northbound, with many exciting detours into key places like Hobart Bay, Endicott Arm and Glacier Bay National Park, before ending in Juneau, Alaska.

Last Frontier Adventure Cruise itinerary through the Inside Passage of Alaska between Sitka and Juneau
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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. Participate in a wilderness hike on one of the many trails in town. Visit sites that highlight the community’s rich Alaska Native and Russian history. Embark for the winding narrows north of town while searching for bald eagles, sea otters, bears, whales and other wildlife.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream, Chichagof Dream

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Rainforest Hike & Baranof Island's Waterfall Coast

Spend the day exploring remote Inside Passage wilderness. Hike a rainforest trail featuring towering spruce, hemlock trees and lush undergrowth. Your knowledgeable guide will provide commentary on the indigenous plants and wildlife of the area. Explore Baranof Island’s charming shoreline dubbed The Waterfall Coast and savor an opportunity to kayak a protected bay in the area.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream, Chichagof Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Frederick Sound

Scout for humpback whales and other marine mammals in Frederick Sound. Humpbacks are famous for behavior that lends itself to incredible viewing and photography, such as tail lobbing, lunge feeding, pectoral slapping, breaching, and picturesque dives that showcase their massive flukes. Other opportunities for in-depth exploration include the protected waters or shores of Security Bay, Skanax Bay, Pybus Bay, and The Brothers islands.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream, Chichagof Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Hobart Bay

Through an exclusive agreement with a local Alaska Native organization, experience private access to the beautiful wilderness of Hobart Bay. Enjoy guided hikes, kayaking, skiff rides, or sipping your 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

Admiralty Dream, Chichagof Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Endicott Arm & Ford's Terror

Enjoy an exciting kayak expedition in Endicott Arm, a glacial fjord in the Tracy Arm Ford’s Terror Wilderness area. Paddle the turquoise fjord water amidst icebergs, guided by a crew member. Board the ship’s expedition skiff for a journey into Ford’s Terror, a narrow fjord that earned its name when a 19th century seafarer discovered the power of its current. View the impressive Dawes Glacier, an active tidewater glacier at the head of Endicott Arm.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream, Chichagof Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Wilderness Exploration & Orca Point Lodge

Begin the day with unscripted exploration of Southeast Alaska. The captain and crew will search for wildlife, including the area’s famous humpback whales. End the day’s adventure with a relaxing evening at Orca Point Lodge, an exclusive day lodge on Colt Island. Enjoy a Tlingit cultural presentation, as well as the beautiful grounds, beach and marine life touch tank. Dine on Alaskan salmon, Alaskan king crab or prime rib, from the warmth of the lodge or nestled next to a beachside bonfire.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream, Chichagof Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Glacier Bay National Park

This remarkable national park fjord extends 65 miles, contains eight tidewater glaciers and provides pristine habitat for a wide array of wildlife, including both brown and black bears, wolves, mountain goats, Steller sea lions and humpback whales. The highlight for many is the Margerie Glacier, known for its dramatic calving displays. A Glacier Bay National Park Service Ranger narrates the day’s program and a Native Huna Tlingit interpretive naturalist joins to reveal traditional cultural ties to this ancient treasure. End the day in Bartlett Cove to enjoy a rainforest path, the inspiring Tlingit tribal house and a fully articulated humpback whale skeleton.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream, Chichagof Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Juneau, Alaska

Disembark in Alaska’s capital city of Juneau and take a complimentary transfer to the airport or your hotel.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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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; complimentary glass of wine or beer with dinner; all alcoholic beverages for Deluxe and Suite categories.

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); 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 Last Frontier Adventure Cruise 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 whale watching, kayaking, shallow-water expedition craft 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 Last Frontier Adventure Itinerary

The Reverse Last Frontier Adventure Cruise spends 8 days cruising southbound from Juneau, stopping in key places like Hobart Bay, Endicott Arm and Glacier Bay National Park, before ending in Sitka, Alaska.

Last Frontier Adventure Cruise itinerary through the Inside Passage of Alaska between Sitka and Juneau
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Day 1
Embark Juneau, Alaska & Dinner at Orca Point Lodge

Arrive in Alaska’s capital city of Juneau and have a chance to enjoy the city before embarking.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream, Chichagof Dream

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Glacier Bay National Park

The remarkable Glacier Bay National Park fjord extends 65 miles, contains eight tidewater glaciers, and provides pristine habitat for a wide-array of wildlife, including both brown and black bears, wolves, mountain goats, Steller sea lions and humpback whales. The highlight for many is the Margerie Glacier, known for its dramatic calving displays. A Glacier Bay National Park Service Ranger narrates the day’s program and a Native Huna Tlingit interpretive naturalist reveals traditional cultural ties to this ancient treasure. End the day in Bartlett Cove to enjoy a rainforest path, the inspiring Tlingit tribal house and a fully articulated humpback whale skeleton.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream, Chichagof Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Wilderness Exploration & Orca Point Lodge

Begin the day with unscripted exploration of Southeast Alaska. The captain and crew will search for wildlife, including the area’s famous humpback whales. End the day’s adventure with a relaxing evening at Orca Point Lodge, an exclusive day lodge on Colt Island. Enjoy a Tlingit cultural presentation, as well as the beautiful grounds, beach and marine life touch tank. Dine on Alaskan salmon, Alaskan king crab or prime rib, from the warmth of the lodge or nestled next to a beachside bonfire.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream, Chichagof Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Endicott Arm & Ford's Terror

Go on an exciting kayak expedition in Endicott Arm, a glacial fjord in the Tracy Arm Fords Terror Wilderness area. Paddle the turquoise fjord water amidst icebergs, guided by a crew member. Board the expedition skiff for a journey into Fords Terror, a narrow fjord that earned its name when a 19th century seafarer discovered the power of its current. View the impressive Dawes Glacier, an active tidewater glacier at the head of Endicott Arm.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream, Chichagof Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Hobart Bay

Through an exclusive agreement with a local Alaska Native organization, experience private access to the beautiful wilderness of Hobart Bay. Enjoy guided hikes, kayaking, skiff rides, or sipping your 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

Admiralty Dream, Chichagof Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Frederick Sound

Scout for humpback whales and other marine mammals in Frederick Sound. Humpbacks are famous for behavior that lends itself to incredible viewing and photography, such as tail lobbing, lunge feeding, pectoral slapping, breaching, and picturesque dives that showcase their massive flukes. Other opportunities for in-depth exploration include the protected waters or shores of Security Bay, Skanax Bay, Pybus Bay, and The Brothers islands.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream, Chichagof Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Baranof Island's Waterfall Coast & Rainforest Hike

Spend the day exploring remote Inside Passage wilderness. Hike a rainforest trail, featuring towering spruce and hemlock trees and lush undergrowth, while a knowledgeable guide provides commentary on the indigenous plants and wildlife of the area. Explore Baranof Island’s charming shoreline dubbed “The Waterfall Coast” and savor an opportunity to kayak a protected bay in the area.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream, Chichagof Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Sitka, Alaska

Disembark in Sitka, Alaska and be transferred to the airport or your hotel and stay to explore beautiful Sitka, the only community in Southeast Alaska that faces the open ocean waters of the Gulf of Alaska.

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; complimentary glass of wine or beer with dinner; all alcoholic beverages for Deluxe and Suite categories.

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); 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 Last Frontier Adventure cruise begins in Juneau, Alaska (JNU), and ends in Sitka, Alaska (SIT). Plan flights to arrive to Juneau on day 1 in time for a post-lunch meeting with expedition leaders at the hospitality room for a visit to the Alaska State museum and Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ahead of the 4:00pm embarkation time. Disembarkation is at 8:00am on day 8 of the reverse itinerary; 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 whale watching, kayaking, shallow-water expedition craft 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

May 06 - May 13, 2022
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May 13 - May 20, 2022
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May 14 - May 21, 2022
Admiralty Dream • 8 days
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May 20 - May 27, 2022
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May 21 - May 28, 2022
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May 27 - Jun 03, 2022
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Jun 03 - Jun 10, 2022
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Jun 10 - Jun 17, 2022
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Jul 02 - Jul 09, 2022
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Jul 09 - Jul 16, 2022
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Aug 06 - Aug 13, 2022
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Aug 19 - Aug 26, 2022
Chichagof Dream • 8 days
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Aug 26 - Sep 02, 2022
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Sep 02 - Sep 09, 2022
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Sep 09 - Sep 16, 2022
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Sep 10 - Sep 17, 2022
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Sep 17 - Sep 24, 2022
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Accommodations

Learn About the Small Ships on Your Itinerary

Mid-Sized Cruiser
Admiralty Dream

The 54-guest, 143-foot Admiralty Dream has a shallow draft and stately pace of cruising. You won't miss a thing as she lingers among the back channels, bays and wilderness islands.

Expedition Ship
Chichagof Dream

This sleek 76-guest vessel features expansive viewing areas on the bow and aft promenade decks, and a commanding hull design, optimized for supreme comfort in Alaskan waters, regardless of weather.

Expert Review

Reviews From Our Experts So You Know What To Expect

Kevin Marshall • November 14th, 2019
Expert Review: Last Frontier Adventure Cruise

Hit all four corners of Southeast Alaska on this dynamic itinerary featuring active excursions and indigenous culture aboard the 58-guest Admiralty Dream.

Testimonials

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"Too Many Amazing Moments"

The amazing night with all whales around the boat that were diving close (showing flukes). Getting up close to the glacier when it calved and sent a big wave over the RIB. The hike up the waterfall in Frederick sound. Following the pod of 6 orcas in Glacier bay. Too many amazing moments to list here.

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"Bring Your Spirit of Adventure"

The trip was well-run. Tracy Arm Fjord was new to us and a new favorite place. The fjord is narrow and beautiful and at South Sawyer Glacier there were many, many harbor seal moms and pups on the ice chunks from the glacier.

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