The highlight is exploring Glacier Bay National Park in the company of expert local guides on exciting small ship explorations with hikes and kayaking excursions right from the boat. Each day offers the possibility of seeing the coastal brown bears, black bears and the rare glacier bear as well as wolves, mountain goats and moose. Glacier Bay National Park is also home to numerous seals, sea lions, sea otters, humpback and orca whales along with hundreds of bird species. Marvel at breathtaking glaciers, towering mountains that shoot up from the sea and the acrobatic humpback whales. All of this and more make up the magic of the Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise aboard the Sea Wolf. read more The 6-day Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise is the only small ship cruise that spends most of its itinerary inside Alaska's famed Glacier Bay National Park. The itinerary travels from waterfall-laden Geike Inlet to the barren mountain faces of the East and West arms of Glacier Bay National Park, then routes outside the park to Point Adolphus for whale watching. Hundreds of miles of glacial fjords are here for you to enjoy by kayak, hike and small ship cruise. Your base of exploration is the historic 12-passenger small ship M/V Sea Wolf. Because this is an Alaska owned and operated adventure, and due to the Sea Wolf's small size, the Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise has the flexibility and local knowledge to venture to unique locales. If the fish are running, Sea Wolf might head to the Tongass; if bears are active on Chichagof Island, you may sail there to view them.
The highlight is exploring Glacier Bay National Park in the company of expert local guides on exciting small ship explorations with hikes and kayaking excursions right from the boat. Each day offers the possibility of seeing the coastal brown bears, black bears and the rare glacier bear as well as wolves, mountain goats and moose. Glacier Bay National Park is also home to numerous seals, sea lions, sea otters, humpback and orca whales along with hundreds of bird species. Marvel at breathtaking glaciers, towering mountains that shoot up from the sea and the acrobatic humpback whales. All of this and more make up the magic of the Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise aboard the Sea Wolf.
Day 1 - Bartlett Cove & Geike Inlet
Day 2 - Reid & Marjorie Glaciers
Day 3 - Gloomy Knob
Day 4 - Muir Inlet, the East Arm of Glacier Bay
Day 5 - North Sandy Cove & South Marble Island
Day 6 - Humpback Whale Watching, Point Adolphus & Disembark Gustavus
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Day 1 - Bartlett Cove & Geike InletBoard the MV Sea Wolf in Bartlett Cove at 8am and embark on your exciting Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise. Meet for a brief orientation/introduction to discuss safety, boat layout and Sea Wolf amenities as your Alaskan adventure cruise begins.
Cruise up Glacier Bay to Geike Inlet while enjoying lunch and the beautiful sights. Once in Geike Inlet - a beautiful waterfall laden fjord, partake in your first kayaking excursion that may offer a glimpse of black bears, wolverines, mountain goats and a large variety of seabirds and ducks. Once back aboard, cruise to your evening anchorage a few hours up the bay - a journey 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, about some of the research projects that the park is conducting and about the plentiful sea and wildlife. Enjoy dinner aboard the Sea Wolf as you watch the sunset over Glacier Bay.
MEALS:lunch and dinner
Day 2 - Reid & Marjorie GlaciersBreakfast at 8:00 am, and then it's off for a hike to Reid Glacier for an up-close view of this glacially carved landscape. An easy hike up the mountain, down the beach and fording a few glacial streams will bring us to the face of Reid Glacier. Here learn about glaciers geology, plant and animal succession and explore among the grounded icebergs. Hunt for ice worms, and for those so inclined 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 all live in this area. Another beach offers bird lovers a binocular paradise, as it is a nesting ground for Arctic terns, Kittlitz's murrelets, ptarmigan, grouse, plovers and a variety of other shore and sea birds.
During lunch head to Tarr Inlet where the Grand Pacific and Marjorie Glaciers cascade into the water. Paddle kayaks along a sheer cliff, which is a Kittiwake and Puffin rookery, and then out in front of Marjorie Glacier for a breathtaking experience of watching an active calving glacier from a safe distance. Once aboard, cruise through Russell Cut looking for wildlife on your way to the evening anchorage at Blue Mouse Cove.
MEALS:breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3 - Gloomy KnobAfter an 8am breakfast it is off to Gloomy Knob looking for mountain goats and other wildlife. If conditions permit take a morning botany hike up Gloomy Knob for incredible views of the bay. Then it's off to an afternoon paddle at one of Sea Wolf's anchorages that brings the ship close to Glacier Bay's East Arm entrance.
MEALS:breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 4 - Muir Inlet, the East Arm of Glacier BayEat breakfast at 8am as the engines start and the Sea Wolf makes its way up Muir Inlet, the East Arm of Glacier Bay. Activities here depend on wilderness water opening/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 shore birds, vistas and the possibilities of seeing bears, wolves or moose. Then once back to the boat head off to your evening anchorage and dinner. Note: Options for this day are Dundas Bay, George Island and Idaho Inlet based on weather, park closures and wildlife.
MEALS:breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 5 - North Sandy Cove & South Marble IslandAfter a hearty breakfast, enjoy a morning paddle at North Sandy if the tides are right; if not, 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 over 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 to just name a few species who literally hang here awaiting the return of the high tide. Back on board the Sea Wolf, head to South Marble Island to view a large Stellar sea lion haul out and a seabird-nesting rookery. Then cruise onward to Fingers Bay.
MEALS:breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 6 - Humpback Whale Watching, Point Adolphus & Disembark GustavusEnjoy breakfast cruising up to Point Adolphus to look for more spectacular humpback whales. Today is spent watching whales. Lunch is served while cruising back to Gustavus for a 2pm docking. A local taxi will transport you to the Gustavus airport for your flight to Juneau.
MEALS:breakfast and lunch
Itinerary NotesThis itinerary is subject to change based on Glacier Bay National Park closures/openings, weather and travel conditions and wildlife movements. Sea Wolf will try to navigate to whales, bears, sea lions, eagles, wild flowers and soaring landscapes but the anchorage may change dependent on the above. Other destinations may include Fingers Bay, Sundew Cove, Sebree Cove, the East Arm and the Islands. Sea Wolf serves Alaskan seafood for most lunches and dinners but can cater to any diet needs with advance notice.
Arrival & DepartureDue to the 8:00am Embarkation in Gustavus on Day 1 we highly recommend travelers arrive in Gustavus one night prior to embarkation (however early-morning flights from Juneau to Gustavus are available). The Alaska ferry comes to Gustavus three times per week. Contact our Alaska experts to arrange pre- or post-cruise overnights in Gustavus or Juneau and flights to/from Juneau. Suggested times for return flights from Gustavus to Juneau at the end of cruise depend on the itinerary and the point of disembarkation. Please contact our Alaska small ship cruise experts for further details.
ActivitiesHiking and kayaking are available aboard Sea Wolf. Expect uneven terrain on hikes and on glacial till beaches. Hikes up to two miles, and kayaking is usually three to seven miles per day, depending on the level of activity you want.
Accessible TravelThe Sea Wolf has been renovated with wider decks, access to all public areas and 3 accessible staterooms. A McKinnon Hugger is available to lift persons with disabilities into kayaks for wilderness paddles. If you require a wheelchair or have any other special needs, contact us to see if this cruise is a good fit for you.
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|3||Jun 08 - Jun 13, 2014||Sea Wolf||$3995||View Details|
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|7||Aug 10 - Aug 15, 2014||Sea Wolf||$3995||View Details|
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IncludedShipboard accommodations, tax, ship excursions, entrance fees and permits, all meals as indicated in itinerary and beer and wine with dinner, local guides, unless otherwise indicated in the itinerary. Also includes the $20 taxi fare to the airport at the end of your trip. We reserve the right to make any changes in the itinerary or crew.
ExclusionsThe cost of air flights, unless otherwise indicated in the itinerary, airport taxes, passports, visas, immunizations, insurance of any kind, laundry, excess baggage, items of a personal nature, 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. Gratuities are not included. A possible fuel surcharge of 5% if prices rise again.
Room ConfigurationVessel accommodations are semiprivate. Choice of cabins is on a first-come, first-served basis. All cabins accommodate couples or two companion travelers. If you prefer a cabin to yourself, there will be a rate supplement of 50% of the single fare cost. There are limited Single cabins on each sailing.
Families & ChildrenThese 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.
Payment & CancellationIn order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1000 is required at the time of booking if prior to January 1, 2014. Bookings after January 1 require a 50% of fare deposit. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. With 120 days advance notice, there is no charge for transferring from one departure of Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise to another, subject to availability. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 151 days - $500 booking fee
150 to 90 days - Forfeiture of total deposit
90 to 0 days - 100% of total trip cost
Terms & ConditionsThis trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.
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