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Wilderness Passages of Discovery - Northbound
Cruising the 900 nautical miles between Seattle and Juneau over 13 days, on the Wilderness Passages of Discovery cruise from Seattle to Juneau you will be exhilarated by snow-capped mountains, wildlife and birds, waterfalls, tree-lined narrow passageways and surprises at every turn. The spring season is an optimal time for cruising with nature awakening for the warm months, fewer boats a nd people, and the arrival of whales.

The Wilderness Passages of Discovery cruise prides itself on the people aboard - the finest chefs, knowledgeable, friendly and personable crew members, experienced expedition leaders and leading naturalists. One of the primary features of this trip is the ability to cater to individual guest needs. Built on a unique reputation for luxury, these Un-Cruise Adventures pamper up to 86 guests with a three-to-one guest/crew ratio, fresh, healthy meals, creature comforts like DVDs and iPod docks, experienced expedition leaders/naturalists who know Alaskan culture and topography, high-end expedition gear plus a wide variety of excursions to suite any activity level.

Six boats make this northbound Alaska Inside Passage journey. Choose from:

M/V Wilderness Adventurer - 60-guest small ship
M/V Wilderness Discoverer - 76-guest small ship
M/V Wilderness Explorer - 76-guest small ship
Safari Endeavour - 86-guest luxury small ship
Safari Explorer - 36-guest luxury yacht
Safari Quest - 22-guest luxury yacht
read more Cruising the 900 nautical miles between Seattle and Juneau over 13 days, on the Wilderness Passages of Discovery cruise from Seattle to Juneau you will be exhilarated by snow-capped mountains, wildlife and birds, waterfalls, tree-lined narrow passageways and surprises at every turn. The spring season is an optimal time for cruising with nature awakening for the warm months, fewer boats and people, and the arrival of whales.

The Wilderness Passages of Discovery cruise prides itself on the people aboard - the finest chefs, knowledgeable, friendly and personable crew members, experienced expedition leaders and leading naturalists. One of the primary features of this trip is the ability to cater to individual guest needs. Built on a unique reputation for luxury, these Un-Cruise Adventures pamper up to 86 guests with a three-to-one guest/crew ratio, fresh, healthy meals, creature comforts like DVDs and iPod docks, experienced expedition leaders/naturalists who know Alaskan culture and topography, high-end expedition gear plus a wide variety of excursions to suite any activity level.

Six boats make this northbound Alaska Inside Passage journey. Choose from:

M/V Wilderness Adventurer - 60-guest small ship
M/V Wilderness Discoverer - 76-guest small ship
M/V Wilderness Explorer - 76-guest small ship
Safari Endeavour - 86-guest luxury small ship
Safari Explorer - 36-guest luxury yacht
Safari Quest - 22-guest luxury yacht
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Day 1 - Embark Seattle, Washington

Day 2 - Salish Sea & Friday Harbor

Day 3 - Canada’s Inside Passage

Day 4 - Canada’s Inside Passage

Day 5 - Misty Fjords National Monument

Day 6 - Ketchikan, Alaska

Day 7 - Tongass Nat'l Forest & El Capitan Passage

Day 8 - Klawock Native Village

Day 9 - Chatham Strait Exploration

Day 10 - Frederick Sound

Day 11 - The Brothers Islands & Stephen’s Passage

Day 12 - Endicott Arm & Ford’s Terror Wilderness

Day 13 - Disembark Juneau, Alaska


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Day 1 - Embark Seattle, Washington

After transferring from the airport, cruise northward from Seattle's historic Fishermen's Terminal passing through the Hiram-Chittenden Locks, where you're lowered 20 feet into the Salish Sea, one of the earth's largest estuaries. This evening, make your way to an anchorage near the Olympic Peninsula.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Wilderness Explorer, Discoverer or Adventurer or Safari Endeavour, Explorer or Quest
MEALS:
dinner

Day 2 - Salish Sea & Friday Harbor

Shaped and molded by the last ice age, misty, deeply forested islands dot the seascape of this yachter’s paradise. Explore Friday Harbor, a quaint sailing town, and its fascinating Whale Museum. Keep watch for the resident orca pods here.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Wilderness Explorer, Discoverer or Adventurer or Safari Endeavour, Explorer or Quest
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - Canada’s Inside Passage

As you enter Canada's Inside Passage, mountains rise higher and fjords become more dramatic. Intricate waterways and fjords alongside temperate rainforests are ideal for sighting orca, seals, sea lions, sea otters, dolphins, porpoise, sea birds and spotting bald eagles from on deck. Unlock the natural history of the area and discover how Native influences and the fishing and forest industries have shaped these sparsely-populated islands and communities.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Wilderness Explorer, Discoverer or Adventurer or Safari Endeavour, Explorer or Quest
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Canada’s Inside Passage

Take in the pure, wilderness air and fill your days through the passage with splendid scenery, relaxation and plenty of onboard activities. Your ship's expedition team aims to entertain and keep you busy with engaging presentations, games and enlightening narration. Pass the ghost town of Butedale, on British Columbia’s Princess Royal Island, before passing through Prince Rupert, British Columbia, and crossing the US/Canadian border into Alaska.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Wilderness Explorer, Discoverer or Adventurer or Safari Endeavour, Explorer or Quest
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - Misty Fjords National Monument

Home to nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska — stunning glacial valleys filled with sea water, untouched wetlands and estuaries, and 3,000-foot vertical cliffs that are a haven for wildlife. Glide through Walker Cove or Rudyerd Bay soaking in the splendor of this largely unknown corner of the world. Get an up-close look at this majestic, 2.3-million-acre wilderness.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Wilderness Explorer, Discoverer or Adventurer or Safari Endeavour, Explorer or Quest
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - Ketchikan, Alaska

Alaska’s southernmost city and “salmon capital of the world” also claims fame to having the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles. Explore the Saxman Totem Village, Tlingit culture, and the notorious Creek Street, once a red-light district in downtown Ketchikan.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Wilderness Explorer, Discoverer or Adventurer or Safari Endeavour, Explorer or Quest
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - Tongass Nat'l Forest & El Capitan Passage

Surrounded by the Tongass National Forest, in El Capitan Passage, high forest and the El Capitan Cave are highlights. If the time is right, stop at Marble Island for freshly harvested oysters and fish from a local family.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Wilderness Explorer, Discoverer or Adventurer or Safari Endeavour, Explorer or Quest
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - Klawock Native Village

Discover living history in Klawock, one of Alaska’s most authentic Tlingit villages. Locals share stories and the importance of carving in Alaskan culture. Visit the carvers' shed where the art of carving and restoring totems is passed on to the local youth.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Wilderness Explorer, Discoverer or Adventurer or Safari Endeavour, Explorer or Quest
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9 - Chatham Strait Exploration

It’s Captain’s Choice today as you explore the intricate passages and shores along Chatham Strait’s Kuiu or Baranof Islands. Join your expedition team on (or in!) the water, conditions permitting.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Wilderness Explorer, Discoverer or Adventurer or Safari Endeavour, Explorer or Quest
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10 - Frederick Sound

Lush forest, spectacular views, play time, and wildlife – they are all in abundance in Frederick Sound. Keep watch along the coastline for birds, wolves, and black bears. With many secluded coves to choose from, you may slip into the waters of Deep Cove, Patterson or Saginaw Bay, or perhaps another hidden gem to explore by skiff or paddle a kayak. This evening, toast another day of amazing adventure with a cold microbrew or cocktail.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Wilderness Explorer, Discoverer or Adventurer or Safari Endeavour, Explorer or Quest
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11 - The Brothers Islands & Stephen’s Passage

There’ll be plenty of wildlife viewing today. The Brothers, a pair of islands at the confluence of Stephen’s Passage and Frederick Sound, are home to some of Alaska’s most abundant wildlife. The area is the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the northern hemisphere. Keep watch for frolicking orca, humpbacks, and sea lions. Tonight, anchor in quiet bay and listen for the call of the wild.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Wilderness Explorer, Discoverer or Adventurer or Safari Endeavour, Explorer or Quest
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 12 - Endicott Arm & Ford’s Terror Wilderness

On the last full day of your journey, prepare to have your breath taken away by sculptural glacial views and snow-covered mountains. Endicott Arm frequently offers respite to seals on the smaller ‘bergy bits’ and sometimes, it gets a little crowded. Conditions permitting, kayak toward the glowing blue of Dawes Glacier's face or see it all from the ease of a skiff. Tides permitting, the ship will move up to Ford’s Terror, a narrow passage named after a naval crew member who was stranded in the turbulent tidal water for six hours.  Back aboard, you will be greeted with drinks and a cheery camaraderie as you join the Captain in a farewell during dinner.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Wilderness Explorer, Discoverer or Adventurer or Safari Endeavour, Explorer or Quest
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 13 - Disembark Juneau, Alaska

Disembark the ship after breakfast. Transfer directly to the Juneau airport or begin your add-on overnight stay or extended land tour arranged by AdventureSmith Explorations.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Itinerary Notes

We may occasionally alter itineraries slightly for safety, or to take advantage of weather, wildlife, and unplanned discoveries. Our ability to be spontaneous makes our style of Alaska cruising unique.

Arrival & Departure

The Wilderness Passages of Discovery cruise begins in Seattle, Washington, and ends in Juneau, Alaska. Please plan Seattle flights to arrive by 1:00pm on day 1 of the cruise. On the final day of the cruise, Juneau departure flights should be planned to depart no earlier than 11:30am.

Activities

Whether you are looking for moderate activity or vigorous, extended and challenging outdoor pursuits, the crew can tailor most any expedition to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include: whale watching, kayaking and standup paddleboarding, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, morning yoga and stretching, land treks, glacier viewing, wildlife observation, and "polar bear plunges." Snorkeling gear and wetsuits are available for rent, and limited quantities of hiking poles, binoculars, mud boots, and rain gear are available on board. To ensure availability and fit, we encourage you to bring your own gear.
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Start/End DateShipPrice 
1       May 05 - May 17, 2014Wilderness Explorer$4895 - $6995View Details
Trailblazer

Trailblazer - $4895

Queen or twin beds; private bath with shower; view window; outside passageway. Lounge Deck and Sun Deck cabins are 92 square feet, and Main Deck cabins are 110 square feet.
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Pathfinder

Pathfinder - $5495

Queen or twin beds, private bath with shower; view window. Cabin 205 is wheelchair accessible. 104 square feet.
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Explorer

Explorer - $6995

Outside entry; queen beds; private bath with shower; view window. 126 square feet.
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2       May 06 - May 18, 2014Safari Endeavour$5695 - $9995View Details
Master

Master - $5695

103, 301-302. Fixed twin beds; desk and chair; view window or porthole; private bath with shower.
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Commander

Commander - $5995

211-213, 303-308, 311-322. Fixed twin beds; desk and chair; view windows; private bath with shower.
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Captain

Captain - $6395

105-112, 203-204, 209-210. King or twin beds; desk and chair; view window; private bath with shower.
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Admiral

Admiral - $7195

201-202, 309. King or twin beds; refrigerator; desk and chair; view window; private bath with shower.
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Single - $7195

Designated single cabins may be available at a special single rate. Any other cabin aboard Safari Endeavour may be booked as a single at 175% of the double occupancy rate.
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Commodore Suite

Commodore Suite - $9995

205-208. Sitting area; king or twin beds; Tempur-pedic memory foam mattresses; refrigerator; view windows; French doors and step-out balcony; private bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower.
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3       May 12 - May 24, 2014Wilderness Adventurer$3495 - $5495View Details
Navigator

Navigator - $3495

200-208, 210. Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower. Main Deck.
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Trailblazer

Trailblazer - $4895

301-302, 307-320. Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower. Observation Deck.
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Pathfinder

Pathfinder - $5495

303-306. Outside entry; double bed; view window; private bath with shower. Observation Deck.
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4       May 18 - May 30, 2014Safari Explorer$8095 - $12095View Details
Master

Master - $8095

B3-B14. Cabin Deck. Queen or twin beds; view window and windowed door; private bath with shower.
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Commander

Commander - $8595

B15-B16. Cabin Deck. King or twin beds; view window and windowed door; private bath with shower.
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Captain

Captain - $9195

B2. Cabin Deck. King or twin beds; view window and windowed door; private bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower.
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Single

Single - $9195

B6. Cabin Deck. Queen bed; view window and windowed door; private bath with shower. Any other cabin aboard Safari Explorer may be booked as a single at 175% of the double occupancy rate.
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Admiral

Admiral - $10395

B1, C1-C2. Cabin and Main Deck. King or twin beds; windowed door or view windows; private bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower. Triple accommodation available in C1 and C2.
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Commodore Suite

Commodore Suite - $12095

A1-A2. Bridge Deck. Separate sitting area; king or twin beds; view window and a sliding glass door opening to a small balcony; private bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower. Triple accommodation available.
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5       May 25 - Jun 06, 2014Safari Quest$8295 - $10195View Details
Mariner

Mariner - $8295

C1-C4, C6. Cabin Deck. King, queen or twin beds (C1, C2 and C6 have fixed queen beds); elevated port lights (not suitable for viewing); private bath with shower.
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Single

Single - $9195

B1. Main Deck. Twin bed; view window, private bath with shower. Pullman berth available. Any other cabin aboard Safari Quest may be booked as a single at 175% of the double occupancy rate.
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Commander

Commander - $9595

B2. Main Deck. Queen bed; view window; private bath with shower.
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Captain

Captain - $10195

A1-A4. Bridge Deck. King, queen or twin beds (A3 has a fixed queen bed); sliding glass door opening to a small balcony; private bath with shower.
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Included

Your accommodations aboard the specific vessel, all meals aboard the ship, round-trip transfers and baggage handling between airport/boat, most from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment, national park/preserve entrance fees and hot tub, sauna and yoga. Additional inclusions aboard Safari Endeavour, Quest & Explorer: Premium spirits, wine and beer; taxes and port fees; and a complimentary massage (except Safari Quest).

Exclusions

Airfare to and from your home city; discretionary gratuities to vessel’s crew, typically 5-10% of fare; travel insurance and insurance of any kind; optional excursions and land tours; wine, beer and liquor; massage; excess baggage charges; items of a personal nature. Additional exclusions on Wilderness boats: Taxes and port fees of $350 per person and alcoholic beverages.

Room Configuration

For Wilderness Explorer and Adventurer, single rates are available in select cabins at 150% supplement (Wilderness Explorer - Trailblazer cabins 103, 104, 105 and 106). All other cabins are available at 175% of the double rate. For Safari Endeavour, Quest and Explorer, see designated Single cabin pricing. All other staterooms may be booked as a single at 175% of the double occupancy rate. Triple rates may be available in select cabin categories, please call for details.

Families & Children

The Safari Quest and Safari Explorer require children passengers to be over 12 years of age, except on “Kids in Nature” departures. Families with children 12 and under should book departures on the Safari Endeavour or should consider the designated Kids in Nature cruises, which are geared toward entertaining and educating kids from various age groups. Kids 12 years and younger receive a 25% savings on these designated Kids in Nature departures. Charters are also available, and perfect for families or small groups. Call for rates and details.

Payment & Cancellation

A deposit of $1750 per person is required to secure a reservation. 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. 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:
91 days or more - 50% of initial deposit
90 to 61 days - Forfeiture of full deposit
60 to 46 days - 50% of gross fare
45 to 31 days - 75% of gross fare
30 to 0 days - 100% of gross fare

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 packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

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. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 21 days of booking your trip for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.
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