Alaska Small ship the Sea Wolf floats in Glacier Bay in front of a mountain range, kayakers paddle around the boat.
Tandem kayakers paddling on a Southeast Alaska small ship cruise, with green mountains and rocky shoreline in the background.
Whale fluke in silty blue water viewed from the deck of the Sea Wolf Alaska small ship.
Brown bear laying along a rocky shoreline in the Inside Passage on an Alaska small ship cruise.
Verdant green rainforest discovered on a hike during the Sea Wolf Southeast Alaska Adventure cruise.
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Sea Wolf Southeast Alaska Adventure

Explore, discover and learn about the magical rainforest and ocean ecosystems of Southeast Alaska on this 11-day expedition. Choose from the main fall departure or the reverse itinerary that sails in the spring. This glacial wilderness supports a diversity of wildlife as varied as the landscape. September is a terrific time to watch bears fishing in salmon streams, humpback whales feeding in preparation for migration to warmer waters and birds migrating from arctic to southern climes. In April the annual early spring herring migration makes for optimal wildlife viewing opportunities, hungry bears awake from hibernation and go looking for food. Snowcapped peaks drive mountain goats and other creatures to the shoreline to forage.

Humpback whales, orcas, harbor porpoise and Dall’s porpoise, white sided dolphins, Stellar sea lion and numerous sea birds are just some of the species sighted frequently on this cruise. In the rainforest, also hope to see black bear, brown bear and mountain goats. Enjoy an average of three to four hours of cruising each day.  The rest of each day is spent exploring the glacial fjords and bays by kayak or hiking on shore. On this flexible Alaska small ship cruise, routes and anchorages are chosen to optimize opportunities to experience the rich and diverse environment of this temperate rainforest. Prepare to learn the full story of this place–the spiritual, cultural and natural history as well as the current threats and their possible solutions.

Passage on this exploration is aboard the historic 12-passenger small ship M/V Sea Wolf, a historic wooden World War II minesweeper featuring beautiful lines, stability, maneuverability and special accessibility equipment; all qualities that make her an AdventureSmith favorite for private Alaska yacht charters. On a charter or a set departure with soon-to-be friends, venture to unique sites that big ships can’t reach and enjoy the knowledge of your local captain–a naturalist who owns and operates the vessel. The captain hosts local school children on a private departure annually and can help your own children see Alaska in a special way, making this trip a prime selection for our Alaska family cruises. Sea Wolf may set sail for the Tongass to capitalize on active fish populations, or Chichagof Island to view active bears.

In addition to cruising between Juneau and Ketchikan, the Sea Wolf also operates an alternative itinerary that spends 11 days exploring from Juneau up around Chichagof and Admiralty Islands, then inside both arms and the outer coast of Glacier Bay National Park, finally ending in Gustavus, or reverse.

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

Juneau to Ketchikan Itinerary

The Exploring Alaska’s Inside Passage cruise begins in Juneau, Alaska, and travels south to end in Ketchikan. On this 11-day flexible small ship cruise, the itinerary is open to changes based on weather, wildlife and the interests of the group.

Route map of 10-day Sea Wolf Southeast Alaska Adventure small ship cruise, operating between Juneau and Ketchikan.
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Day 1
Embark Auke Bay, Juneau, Alaska

The Sea Wolf is docked in Auke Bay or Downtown. Board the ship at 9:00am. Once on board, take in an orientation and safety meeting before getting underway for the first kayaking adventure. The ship’s course will head south down Gastineau Channel and out into Stephens Passage on the way to an anchorage at Wood Spit. After lunch, attend a kayaking orientation and then launch the kayaks for an introductory paddle and beach exploration of this glacial fjord.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier

The ship will be underway in the very early morning into Endicott Arm. Breakfast will be on the move and soon after, join shipmates on the bow as the Sea Wolf navigates through icebergs and winds her way into the fjord. It is 27 miles up the arm to the face of Dawes Glacier where the ship will pause to observe the monumental calving of the glacier. Seals and their pups abound in these waters. After lunch, launch the kayaks to paddle across the face of Dawes Glacier and down the fjord to the Sea Wolf. This is a lovely paddle with a break on a beach by the face of Dawes.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Ford's Terror

Today the ship makes her way to Ford’s Terror, an incredibly beautiful area with an invitation to kayak through a narrow race into an amazing wilderness to explore. Come out on the last of the ebb and have lunch on the beach with a hike to the top of the mountain for an incredible view of the standing waves of the race on the flood. Then cruise back to Wood Spit for tonight’s anchorage.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Stephens Passage & Frederick Sound

Sea Wolf now heads back to Stephens Passage and into Frederick Sound. Continue down the coast of Admiralty Island, keeping a constant lookout for whales along the route to the Brothers Islands. This group of islands is one of the prime summer feeding grounds for the migratory humpback and where whales bubblenet feeding is frequently observed. Anchor up where the sounds of whale blows, the bellowing of Stellar sea lions hauled out close by and the chortling of the eagles will be a feast for the senses while dining on lunch. After lunch, kayak around the islands and explore the mature coastal rainforest by foot.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 5 - 6
Admiralty Island

Enjoy breakfast while underway as M/V Sea Wolf cruises toward Admiralty Island, home of the largest concentration of brown bears in Southeast Alaska. Be on the lookout for humpback whales, orcas, sea lions and migrating birds during this morning-long cruise. Once the ship is anchored up, spend the afternoon exploring the bays and estuaries by kayak and foot looking for fishing bears, spawning salmon and migrating waterfowl.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Thomas Bay & Baird Glacier

The morning after breakfast, head to Thomas Bay and Baird Glacier. Hope to see humpback whales and other marine mammals on the ship’s course to Thomas Bay. The afternoon activity and evening anchorage are near Scenery Cove. Skiff across to Baird Glacier, hiking across the massive moraine till that lies at the foot of Baird Glacier, with the goal of standing on the glacier itself.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Wrangell Narrows

M/V Sea Wolf will be underway early in the morning, headed to the famous Wrangell Narrows, a 22-mile-long channel offering safe inside waters for smaller vessels. Pass by Petersburg, Alaska and then navigate through 60 navigation markers that guide the ship through a winding route with navigation hazards. This is a beautiful passage to explore by cruising. Anchor up at the end of the passage for the evening, dinner underway.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Eastern Passage

In the morning after breakfast, Sea Wolf will make her way to Eastern Passage that passes by Annan Creek. This is a less-traveled, narrower and more serpentine passage that features ancient forests. Transiting these iconic Alaskan channels is a rite of passage for all Northwestern navigators. Look for an intriguing place to kayak along these waters. Black bears, eagles and whales all abound in these waters and islands. Brown and black bears fish along Annan Creek. Hope to hike the Anan Creek boardwalk up to the observation falls area.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Etolin Island

Enjoy a morning kayak and hike by Etolin Island and then the ship gets underway to the evening anchorage.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Disembark Ketchikan, Alaska

Enjoy a morning kayak and hike, then get underway to Ketchikan for disembarkation at 3:00pm.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast, lunch

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations aboard ship, excursions, entrance fees, leadership, crew, all meals and beer and wine with dinner, local guides and permits unless otherwise indicated in the itinerary. We reserve the right to make any changes in the itinerary or to substitute modes of transport or guides.

Exclusions

Flights; airport taxes; passports; visas; immunizations; insurance of any kind; laundry; excess baggage; items of a personal nature; medical costs; costs of hospitalization; additional expense 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 $1,000 per person is due when booking prior to 180 days before departure date. Second payment of 50% of balance is due 180 days before departure.  The remaining 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 fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 180 days – 50% of deposit
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
120 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

With 120 days advance notice, there is no charge for transferring from one departure of Sea Wolf Southeast Alaska Adventure to another, subject to availability.

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 Sea Wolf Southeast Alaska Adventure cruise begins in Juneau, Alaska (JNU), 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 Juneau in time for the 9:00am embarkation on day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Ketchikan no earlier than 5:00pm on day 11.

Activities

Hiking and kayaking are available aboard Sea Wolf itineraries. Expect uneven terrain on hikes and on glacial till beaches. Hikes are up to two miles and kayaking is usually three to seven miles per day, depending on the desired level of activity.

Room Configuration

Cabin 1 can be triple occupancy. Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 2x the per-person listed rate in select cabins based upon availability.

Families & Children

These trips are adult-oriented but may be suitable for children, depending on the child’s age and experience. The M/V Sea Wolf is available for private family charters. Contact AdventureSmith Explorations for more information.

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.

This itinerary is subject to change based on weather, travel conditions and wildlife movements. Many times, the ship is following the wildlife as they move with their food source; this flexibility enables the greatest viewing possibilities.

Accessible Travel

The Sea Wolf offers wider decks, access to all public areas and three accessible staterooms. A McKinnon Hugger is available to lift persons with disabilities into kayaks for wilderness paddles. For those who require a wheelchair or have any other special needs, contact AdventureSmith to see if this cruise is a good fit.

Ketchikan to Juneau Reverse Itinerary

The Reverse Exploring Alaska’s Inside Passage cruise begins in Ketchikan, Alaska, and travels north to end in Juneau. On this 11-day flexible small ship cruise, the itinerary is open to changes based on weather, wildlife and the interests of the group.

Route map of 10-day Sea Wolf Southeast Alaska Adventure small ship cruise, operating between Juneau and Ketchikan.
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Day 1
Embark Ketchikan, Alaska

Board the Sea Wolf at 9:00am. Once on board, take in an orientation and safety meeting before getting underway for the journey north. Navigate through the Clarence Strait that separates Prince of Wales Island on the west, from Revillagigedo Island and Annette Island on the east.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
Eastern Passage & Ernest Sound

Underway early and heading toward the Eastern Passage. Between Cleveland Peninsula and Etolin Island sits Ernest Sound. Explore some of Ernest Sound’s least-explored reaches, take a skiff into the serene pockets carved into the rugged coastline and tiny islets that dot the edges of Deer Island. Take the morning to attend a kayaking orientation and then launch the kayaks for the first introductory paddle in the Southeast Alaska wilderness. Along the way scanning for bears, migrating marine mammals and birds who all call this area home. This ancient forest is the oldest and most diverse forest in Southeast.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Etolin Island Wilderness

Explore the Etolin Island Wilderness by foot and kayak. If it is snow free, take advantage of a beautiful hike up to Kunk Lake. Paddle the shorelines looking for the Roosevelt Elk who were transplanted here in the 40’s and of course Black and Brown bears and marine mammals. Our anchorage will be near the entrance to Wrangell Narrows.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Wrangell Narrows

Straight into the famous Wrangell Narrows this morning, a 22- mile long channel offering safe inside waters for smaller vessels like the Sea Wolf. Pass by Wrangell, Alaska and then navigate through 60 navigation markers that guide us through its winding nature and navigation hazards. This is a beautiful passage to explore by small ship. Off-boat activities will depend on tides today. Anchor at the end of the passage for the evening in Scenery Cove.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Thomas Bay & Baird Glacier

From our anchor point in Scenery Cove enjoy breakfast then a morning paddle. After lunch, choose from a hike onto Baird Glacier Plain or a skiff tour of the Artic Tern colonies looking for bears and moose in Thomas Bay. By late afternoon head to the evening anchor point at The Brothers, eyes peeled for the Orca and Humpback whales that frequent these waters.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Frederick Sound to Admiralty Island

Wake up at the Brothers Islands, where Frederick Sound and Stephens Passage come together in Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage. After breakfast, take a paddle around the Brothers Islands, a beautiful place to see stellar sea lions and lots of bird life. With some luck see whales and brown bears along this passage on the way to Gambier Bay, an eastern bay of Admiralty Island.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Stephens Passage & Fords Terror

Breakfast underway as the Sea Wolf crosses Stephen’s Passage on the way to Fords Terror in Endicott Arm. She will anchor just outside the entrance to Fords Terror ready for an epic day of adventure activities. Paddle a kayak, take a skiff ride, or choose a combination of both into the terror. This full day excursion will include a picnic lunch off the vessel, maximizing our time in this incredibly beautiful area.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier

After breakfast, stretch your legs with a short hike to the cliffs above the terror to say goodbye. After, get underway for Dawes Glacier at the end of the ebb and catch the flood tide up to the Glacier. Lunch will be adrift amongst massive icebergs and the sound of thundering from Dawes Glacier. The Sea Wolf will get as close as she can to launch kayaks and skiff for an epic paddle/skiff in front of Dawes Glacier. End the day anchored off of Wood spit with a sweet view of the Sumdum Glacier.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Tracy Arm

Enjoy a morning paddle around Wood Spit being careful not to disturb the migrating and nesting birds that flock to this area. Lunch will be underway to Tracy Arm where the beautiful Sawyer Glacier waits at the end. Watch this glacier from the Sea Wolf and photograph the amazing ice sculptures.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Fords Terror Wilderness Area to Auke Bay

A day full of cruising and whale watching are is in store today as these waters can be the most prolific for marine mammals. End the day navigating north to Auke Bay, Juneau, with a sunset dinner.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Disembark Juneau, Alaska

After an early breakfast say your goodbyes before disembarking at 8:00am and transferring to the Juneau airport or am extend hotel stay or land tour.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations aboard ship, excursions, entrance fees, leadership, crew, all meals and beer and wine with dinner, local guides and permits unless otherwise indicated in the itinerary. We reserve the right to make any changes in the itinerary or to substitute modes of transport or guides.

Exclusions

Flights; airport taxes; passports; visas; immunizations; insurance of any kind; laundry; excess baggage; items of a personal nature; medical costs; costs of hospitalization; additional expense 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 $1,000 per person is due when booking prior to 180 days before departure date. Second payment of 50% of balance is due 180 days before departure.  The remaining 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 fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 180 days – 50% of deposit
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
120 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

With 120 days advance notice, there is no charge for transferring from one departure of Sea Wolf Southeast Alaska Adventure to another, subject to availability.

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 Sea Wolf Southeast Alaska Adventure cruise begins in Ketchikan, Alaska (KTN) 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 Ketchikan in time for the 9:00am embarkation on day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Juneau no earlier than 10:30am on day 11.

Activities

Hiking and kayaking are available aboard Sea Wolf itineraries. Expect uneven terrain on hikes and on glacial till beaches. Hikes are up to two miles and kayaking is usually three to seven miles per day, depending on the desired level of activity.

Room Configuration

Cabin 1 can be triple occupancy. Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 2x the per-person listed rate in select cabins based upon availability.

Families & Children

These trips are adult-oriented but may be suitable for children, depending on the child’s age and experience. The M/V Sea Wolf is available for private family charters. Contact AdventureSmith Explorations for more information.

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.

This itinerary is subject to change based on weather, travel conditions and wildlife movements. Many times, the ship is following the wildlife as they move with their food source; this flexibility enables the greatest viewing possibilities.

Accessible Travel

The Sea Wolf offers wider decks, access to all public areas and three accessible staterooms. A McKinnon Hugger is available to lift persons with disabilities into kayaks for wilderness paddles. For those who require a wheelchair or have any other special needs, contact AdventureSmith to see if this cruise is a good fit.

Juneau to Glacier Bay Itinerary

This alternative itinerary spends 11 days exploring from Juneau up around Chichagof and Admiralty Islands, then inside both arms and the outer coast of Glacier Bay National Park, finally ending in Gustavus.

Route map of 11-day Sea Wolf Juneau to Glacier Bay or reverse small ship cruise, with stops along Alaska's Inside Passage.
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Day 1
Embark Juneau, Alaska

The Sea Wolf is docked near downtown Juneau at Berth 4. Board the ship at 9:00am. Once on board, take in an orientation and safety meeting before getting underway for the first kayaking adventure. The ship’s course will head south down Gastineau Channel and out into Stephens Passage on the way to an anchorage at Wood Spit. After lunch, attend a kayaking orientation and then launch the kayaks for an introductory paddle and beach exploration of this glacial fjord.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier

The ship will be underway in the very early morning into Endicott Arm. Breakfast will be on the move and soon after, join shipmates on the bow as the Sea Wolf navigates through icebergs and winds her way into the fjord. It is 27 miles up the Arm to the face of Dawes Glacier where the ship will pause to observe the monumental calving of the glacier. Seals and their pups abound in these waters. After lunch, launch the kayaks to paddle across the face of Dawes Glacier and down the fjord to the Sea Wolf. This is a lovely paddle with a break on a beach by the face of Dawes.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Stephens Passage & Frederick Sound

Sea Wolf now heads back to Stephens Passage and into Frederick Sound. Continue down the coast of Admiralty Island, keeping a constant lookout for whales along the route to the Brothers Islands. This group of islands is one of the prime summer feeding grounds for the migratory humpback and where whales bubblenet feeding is frequently observed. Anchor up where the sounds of whale blows, the bellowing of Stellar sea lions hauled out close by and the chortling of the eagles will be a feast for the senses while dining on lunch. After lunch, kayak around the islands and explore the mature coastal rainforest by foot.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Admiralty Island

Enjoy breakfast while underway as M/V Sea Wolf cruises toward Admiralty Island, home of the largest concentration of brown bears in Southeast Alaska. Be on the lookout for humpback whales, orcas, sea lions and migrating birds during this morning-long cruise. Once the ship is anchored up, spend the afternoon exploring the bays and estuaries by kayak and foot looking for fishing bears, spawning salmon and migrating waterfowl.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Geike Inlet

Spend the morning cruising to Geike Inlet. After lunch, paddle in Geike Inlet, a beautiful fjord that may offer a glimpse of black bears, wolverines, mountain goats, and a large variety of seabirds and ducks. While cruising to the evening anchorage, take in the incredible vistas, wildlife on the beaches and possibly acrobatic whales in the waters. Along the way, learn about the natural history of Glacier Bay, some of the research projects that the park is conducting and about the plentiful marine life and wildlife. Enjoy dinner aboard while watching the sunset over Glacier Bay.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Reid Glacier & Marjorie Glacier

Breakfast is at 8:00am and then hike to Reid Glacier. An easy hike up the mountain, down the beach and fording a few glacial streams brings you to the face of Reid Glacier for an up-close view of this glacially carved landscape. Learn about glaciers geology, plant and animal succession and explore among the grounded icebergs. Hunt for ice worms and for those so inclined can scoop up glacial silt for wonderful glacial facials. On the intertidal walk back, look under rocks to discover what the bears feast on during low tide. Brown bears, wolverine, small mammals and harbor seals and other creatures all live in this area.

During lunch, cruise to Tarr Inlet, where the Grand Pacific and Marjorie Glaciers cascade into the water. Enjoy a wonderful paddle along a sheer cliff, which is a kittiwake and puffin rookery and then out in front of Marjorie Glacier and Johns Hopkins for a breathtaking experience watching an active calving glacier from a safe distance. Back on board, cruise through Russell Cut looking for wildlife.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Gloomy Knob

After breakfast, explore Gloomy Knob looking for mountain goats and other wildlife. If conditions permit, have a morning botany hike up Gloomy Knob for incredible views of the bay. Then off to an afternoon paddle at an anchorage that bring us close to the East Arm entrance.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Muir Inlet, Glacier Bay

Cruise up Muir Inlet, the East Arm of Glacier Bay. Activities today depend on wilderness water opening and closing dates. Go on an amazing hike by McBride Glacier with a paddle either up to Riggs Glacier or from Muir Glacier to Riggs. The shorelines have a great variety of shorebirds, vistas and the possibilities of seeing bears, wolves and moose. Then once back to the boat set off to the evening anchorage and dinner.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
North Sandy Cove & South Marble Island

If the tides are right, take a morning paddle at North Sandy, or head down bay to another pristine paddle area. North Sandy Cove is a very rich ecosystem that supports black bears, moose coyotes and a plentiful marine environment. Kayak around the shores scanning for black bears and moose then paddle to Puffin Island for a truly wondrous look at a low tide vertical intertidal zone. This zone is home to hundreds of sponges, periwinkles, whelks, sea stars, sea cucumbers and urchins, who literally hang around awaiting the return of high tide. Next head to South Marble Island to view a large Stellar sea lion haul out and a seabird nesting rookery before heading onward to Fingers Bay.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Fingers Bay

Awaken in magical Fingers Bay for a full day of kayaking and hiking adventure. Enjoy an 8:00am breakfast then head off to explore this diverse and rich habitat. In the late afternoon the Sea Wolf We may move over to Bartlett Cove for a walk about of the National Park front country. A sunset over the tribal house is beautiful and there is a great possibility of seeing wildlife around the forest ponds.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Disembark Gustavus, Alaska

After an early breakfast disembark well before 8:00am to catch an early flight back to Juneau and beyond.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations aboard ship, 1% Gustavus tax, excursions, entrance fees, leadership, crew, all meals and beer and wine with dinner, local guides and permits unless otherwise indicated in the itinerary. We reserve the right to make any changes in the itinerary or to substitute modes of transport or guides.

Exclusions

Flights; airport taxes; passports; visas; immunizations; insurance of any kind; laundry; excess baggage; items of a personal nature; medical costs; costs of hospitalization; additional expense 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 $1,000 per person is due when booking prior to 180 days before departure date. Second payment of 50% of balance is due 180 days before departure.  The remaining 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 fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 180 days – 50% of deposit
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
120 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

With 120 days advance notice, there is no charge for transferring from one departure of Sea Wolf Southeast Alaska Adventure to another, subject to availability.

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 Sea Wolf’s Juneau to Glacier Bay cruise begins in Juneau, Alaska (JNU) and ends in Gustavus, Alaska (GST). 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 Juneau in time for the 9:00am embarkation on day 1 of the itinerary. Plan to take the first flight leaving Gustavus on day 11 in order to make a second flight departing Juneau no earlier than 10:25am on the same day.

Activities

Hiking and kayaking are available aboard Sea Wolf itineraries. Expect uneven terrain on hikes and on glacial till beaches. Hikes are up to two miles and kayaking is usually three to seven miles per day, depending on the desired level of activity.

Room Configuration

Cabin 1 can be triple occupancy. Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 2x the per-person listed rate in select cabins based upon availability.

Families & Children

These trips are adult-oriented but may be suitable for children, depending on the child’s age and experience. The M/V Sea Wolf is available for private family charters. Contact AdventureSmith Explorations for more information.

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.

This itinerary is subject to change based on weather, travel conditions and wildlife movements. Many times, the ship is following the wildlife as they move with their food source; this flexibility enables the greatest viewing possibilities.

Accessible Travel

The Sea Wolf offers wider decks, access to all public areas and three accessible staterooms. A McKinnon Hugger is available to lift persons with disabilities into kayaks for wilderness paddles. For those who require a wheelchair or have any other special needs, contact AdventureSmith to see if this cruise is a good fit.

Glacier Bay to Juneau Itinerary

This alternative itinerary spends 11 days exploring from Gustavus to both inside arms and the outer coast of Glacier Bay National Park, plus Admiralty and Chichagof Islands, finally ending in Juneau.

Route map of 11-day Sea Wolf Juneau to Glacier Bay or reverse small ship cruise, with stops along Alaska's Inside Passage.
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Day 1
Embark Gustavus, Alaska

Meet the group at 8:30am at Bartlett Cove and board the Sea Wolf. Assemble in the main salon for introductions, an orientation discussing safety, boat layout, amenities and this Alaskan adventure. Cruise up bay to Geike Inlet for the first paddle. Along the way participate in a kayaking introduction and lunch. After lunch, paddle Geike Inlet, a beautiful fjord that may offer a glimpse of black bears, wolverines, mountain goats and a large variety of seabirds and ducks. Once back aboard, the ship cruises to the evening anchorage a few hours up the baya cruise filled with incredible vistas, wildlife on the beaches and possibly acrobatic whales in the waters. Along the way, learn about the natural history of Glacier Bay, some of the research projects that the park is conducting and of course about the plentiful sea and wildlife. Enjoy dinner aboard the Sea Wolf alongside the first evening anchorage of watching the sunset over Glacier Bay.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
Reid Glacier & John Hopkins Glacier

Breakfast is at 8:00am and then hike to Reid Glacier. An easy hike up the mountain, down the beach and fording a few glacial streams brings you to the face of Reid Glacier for an up-close view of this glacially carved landscape. Learn about glaciers geology, plant and animal succession and explore among the grounded icebergs. Hunt for ice worms and for those so inclined can scoop up glacial silt for wonderful glacial facials. On the intertidal walk back, look under rocks to discover what the bears feast on during low tide. Brown bears, wolverine, small mammals and harbor seals and other creatures all live in this area. During lunch, cruise to Johns Hopkins Glacier for an epic paddle. Back on board, cruise through Russell Cut looking for wildlife en route to the evening anchorage.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Gloomy Knob

After breakfast, explore Gloomy Knob looking for mountain goats and other wildlife. If conditions permit, have a morning botany hike up Gloomy Knob for incredible views of the bay. Then off to an afternoon paddle at an anchorage that bring us close to the East Arm entrance.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Muir Inlet, Glacier Bay

Enjoy breakfast at 8:00am as the engines are started and the ship makes her way up Muir Inlet, the East Arm of Glacier Bay. Activities today depend on wilderness water opening and closing dates. Go on an amazing hike by McBride Glacier with a paddle either up to Riggs Glacier or from Muir Glacier to Riggs. The shorelines have a great variety of shorebirds, vistas and the possibilities of seeing bears, wolves and moose. Then once back to the boat set off to the evening anchorage and dinner.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
North Sandy Cove & South Marble Island

If the tides are right, take a morning paddle at North Sandy, or head down bay to another pristine paddle area. North Sandy Cove is a very rich ecosystem that supports black bears, moose coyotes and a plentiful marine environment. Kayak around the shores scanning for black bears and moose then paddle to Puffin Island for a truly wondrous look at a low tide vertical intertidal zone. This zone is home to hundreds of sponges, periwinkles, whelks, sea stars, sea cucumbers and urchins, who literally hang around awaiting the return of high tide. Next head to South Marble Island to view a large Stellar sea lion haul out and a seabird nesting rookery before heading onward to Fingers Bay.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Admiralty Island

Enjoy breakfast while underway as M/V Sea Wolf cruises toward Admiralty Island, home of the largest concentration of brown bears in Southeast Alaska. Be on the lookout for humpback whales, orcas, sea lions and migrating birds during this morning-long cruise. Once the ship is anchored up, spend the afternoon exploring the bays and estuaries by kayak and foot looking for fishing bears, spawning salmon and migrating waterfowl.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Stephens Passage & Frederick Sound

Continue down the coast of Admiralty Island, keeping a constant lookout for whales along the route to the Brothers Islands. This group of islands is one of the prime summer feeding grounds for the migratory humpback and where whales bubblenet feeding is frequently observed. Anchor up where the sounds of whale blows, the bellowing of Stellar sea lions hauled out close by and the chortling of the eagles will be a feast for the senses while dining on lunch. After lunch, kayak around the islands. This is the ship’s evening anchorage.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Ford's Terror

Today, the ship makers her way to Ford’s Terror in Endicott Arm, an incredibly beautiful area in which to kayak through a narrow race and explore an amazing wilderness. Come out on the last of the ebb and have lunch on the beach with a hike to the top of the Mountain for an incredible view of the standing waves of the race on the flood. This is the ship’s evening anchorage.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier

The ship will be underway in the very early morning into Endicott Arm. Breakfast will be on the move and soon after, join shipmates on the bow as the Sea Wolf navigates through icebergs and winds her way into the fjord. It is 27 miles up the Arm to the face of Dawes Glacier where the ship will pause to observe the monumental calving of the glacier. Seals and their pups abound in these waters. After lunch, launch the kayaks to paddle across the face of Dawes Glacier and down the fjord to the Sea Wolf. This is a lovely paddle with a break on a beach by the face of Dawes. The evening anchorage will be at Wood Spit.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Wood Spit & Stephens Passage

After breakfast, enjoy a paddle around Wood Spit and after lunch go explore the ancient rainforest by foot. Once back on board, travel up Stephens Passage while keeping an eagle eye out for humpback whales, orcas and migrating birds. Tonight’s anchorage to be decided.

Accommodations

Sea Wolf

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Disembark Juneau, Alaska

As breakfast is served, the ship gets underway to Juneau where she will be docked by 10:00am for a 10:30am disembarkation.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations aboard ship, 1% Gustavus tax, excursions, entrance fees, leadership, crew, all meals and beer and wine with dinner, local guides and permits unless otherwise indicated in the itinerary. We reserve the right to make any changes in the itinerary or to substitute modes of transport or guides.

Exclusions

Flights; airport taxes; passports; visas; immunizations; insurance of any kind; laundry; excess baggage; items of a personal nature; medical costs; costs of hospitalization; additional expense 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 $1,000 per person is due when booking prior to 180 days before departure date. Second payment of 50% of balance is due 180 days before departure.  The remaining 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 fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 180 days – 50% of deposit
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
120 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

With 120 days advance notice, there is no charge for transferring from one departure of Sea Wolf Southeast Alaska Adventure to another, subject to availability.

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 Sea Wolf’s Glacier Bay to Juneau cruise begins in Gustavus, Alaska (GST) 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 Gustavus in time for the 8:30am embarkation on day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Juneau no earlier than 12:30pm on day 11.

Activities

Hiking and kayaking are available aboard Sea Wolf itineraries. Expect uneven terrain on hikes and on glacial till beaches. Hikes are up to two miles and kayaking is usually three to seven miles per day, depending on the desired level of activity.

Room Configuration

Cabin 1 can be triple occupancy. Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 2x the per-person listed rate in select cabins based upon availability.

Families & Children

These trips are adult-oriented but may be suitable for children, depending on the child’s age and experience. The M/V Sea Wolf is available for private family charters. Contact AdventureSmith Explorations for more information.

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.

This itinerary is subject to change based on weather, travel conditions and wildlife movements. Many times, the ship is following the wildlife as they move with their food source; this flexibility enables the greatest viewing possibilities.

Accessible Travel

The Sea Wolf offers wider decks, access to all public areas and three accessible staterooms. A McKinnon Hugger is available to lift persons with disabilities into kayaks for wilderness paddles. For those who require a wheelchair or have any other special needs, contact AdventureSmith to see if this cruise is a good fit.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

This ship is an AdventureSmith favorite for private charter. Contact us for charter pricing and details.

2023 departures available. Contact us for rates and to book your space.

Aug 28 - Sep 07, 2022
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The M/V Sea Wolf is an 97-foot ocean-going ship that carries 12 passengers plus 5-6 crew in comfort. Based in Glacier Bay National Park, Sea Wolf offers the ultimate Glacier Bay adventure cruise.

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Todd Smith • July 31st, 2017
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A review of the 12-guest Motor Vessel Sea Wolf written by AdventureSmith Founder and President Todd Smith, who recently sailed aboard the ship with his son.

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