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Alaska Adventure Cruise

Glacier Bay Adventure

Highlights

Only 76 Passengers

Two days in Glacier Bay Nat Park

Glaciers, Whales, Eagles

Hiking, Kayaking, SUP

Comforts & Culinary delights

Summary

What is small ship adventure cruising?

  • Only 76 guests;
  • 4 – 8 hours each day off vessel, exploring forests, islands, and glaciers;
  • Up close views of Alaska’s wildlife and marine life: whales, eagles, bears, sea lions, seabirds;
  • Go where large ships simply can not go;
  • Hiking, kayaking, SUP, skiff activities; Morning yoga, evening hot tub.
  • Early Booking Savings and Kids Savings;
  • Attentive staff; Mouth-watering meals; Crafted cocktails and more!

This UnCruise features two days in Glacier Bay National Park, glaciers galore, old-growth forests, watch-watching in Frederick Sound, kayak and SUP remote bays and outstanding birdwatching.

 

Map of Alaska Inside Passage

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        At-a-Glance

Cruise: Glacier Bay Adventure

Vessel: Wilderness Discoverer
and Wilderness Explorer

Days: 8

Date: May to Sept 2021

Cruise Cost: from $3,795 (airfare extra)

Ship Size: only 76 passengers

Minimum Age: 8 (Kids save $500)

Level: (Easy-Moderate) Hiking, kayaking, SUP, skiff rides. As active or inactive as you wish.

Overview

Day 1: Juneau, embark

Day 2: Tracy Arm

Day 3: Frederick Sound

Day 4: Icy Strait

Day 5: Glacier Bay National Park

Day 6: Glacier Bay National Park

Day 7: Chatham Strait

Day 8: Juneau, disembark

Day 1 - Juneau, Alaska, Embarkation

Hello, Juneau! First settled in the gold rush days, Juneau welcomes with both small town charm and towering glaciers. Toast to the riches of Alaska as you set sail for a week of scenic channels and secluded wilderness.


Day 2 - Tracy Arm

Rise early, grab a coffee, step outside, and grab your chin? (recommended to prevent your jaw from dropping)! Overnight, your vessel has positioned itself at the mouth of Tracy Arm Fjord. This is one of Alaska's greatest combinations of mountains, waterfalls, wildlife, glaciers and icebergs. The narrow fjord cuts 30 miles in, 7,000' sheer granite walls tower to your right and left, dozens of waterfalls cascade down into the jade colored water, eagles soar above, harbor seals float on ice bits, goats scramble on the rocks, and pigeon guillemots, arctic turns and kittiwakes delight the birdwatchers.  At the end of Tracy Arm is are the twin Sawyer Glaciers. The face of this active tidewater glacier is a half mile wide.  Our engines are off.. its quiet.. still.. all you hear is the crackle and pop of ice. Then, it happens!  the glacier calves!  Huge slabs of ice, the size of buildings, cleave off the glacier and crash into the water!  Please tell us you were still holding your chin!


Day 3 - Frederick Sound

Humpbacks beeline it here each season to feed on krill, zooplankton, and herring. Watch for whales feasting in these abundant glacial waters. Hang out and enjoy the show. Cruise past Five Fingers Lighthouse, Alaska’s oldest light station, and The Brothers Islands, where sea lions nap on rocky nobs. Paddle into the deeps of Port Houghton or Windham Bay or head ashore for a hike. Somewhere nearby, carrot-billed black oystercatchers are saying hello. Tonight, toast another big day in Alaska.


Day 4 - Icy Strait

Before you do anything, look out the window. From kelp-lined channels to hemlock and spruce forests, every inch of this far northwest corner is worth exploring. And today’s adventures promise to be as big as the water is deep! Seals and sea lions haul out on rocky outcroppings. Be as active or inactive as you desire. Head out in the skiff for a closer exploration of the rugged shore, or perhaps,go on a wilderness hike, or a kayak paddle. Whatever you choose, your awesome expedition team guides the way.


Day 5 - Glacier Bay National Park

Glacier Bay National Park is a crown jewel in America’s national park system. It covers a staggering 3.3 million acres. Most visitors only ever see a tiny sliver of the park. Not you. You'll spend two glorious days exploring parts of Glacier Bay that 99% of visitors never go to. Taylor Bay sea stacks and rocky shores make for good adventure. Or hike the outwash field of glaciers winding down the Fairweather Mountain Range. The cool breeze off the nearby snow and icefields is energizing. If you motor over to Dundas Bay, keep your eye out for bears, humpbacks, and if you’re lucky, a wolf sighting. Kayak the bay. Bushwhack into the forest. Discover Glacier Bay outback.


Day 6 - Glacier Bay

Hope you packed an extra camera memory card. South Marble Island is abuzz with activity. Black oystercatchers and tufted puffins call out. A colony of raucous sea lions chimes in. Tucking into silent and spectacular Tidal Inlet, keep an eye out for bears, wolves, mountain goats, and eagles. At the end of the western-most arm of the bay sits Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers. Head up to the deck and watch the show!


Day 7 - Chatham Strait

Chatham Strait stretches 150 miles into the Tongass National Forest. We anchor in a remote Chichagof Island inlet. Adventure opportunities abound, which will you choose?  A hike up through moss-covered trees to rain-fed waterfalls?  Play peek-a-boo with seals while on a kayak excursion?  Give SUP standup paddle boarding a try? Or ride in the skiff to explore rocky shores?  Tonight, after a sumptuous dinner, take a nightcap to the sun deck and watch the sky, or perhaps a soak in the outdoor hot tub?


Day 8 - Juneau, Disembarkation

Mmmm, fresh baked pastries over one last breakfast. Your UnCruise crew and new friends wish heartfelt goodbyes. Transfer back to the Juneau airport, or continue your stay in Alaska.

Note on Itinerary:

Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.

Additional Information: 

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Early Booking Savings Save $800
Book between Sept and Dec 15, 2020 and save $800 per couple
(not valid on Navigator cabins)

Kids Save $500
The ultimate in family travel, kids age 8 – 13 save $500 each.

Payment Schedule and Cancellation Policy:

Payment
Deposit of $750 due at time of reservation.
Final balance due 120 days prior to trip departure.

Cancellation
Any deposits made in 2020 for tours in 2021 can be cancelled for any reason and receive a full refund. As of Jan 01, 2021, if you cancel prior to departure (we need written notice), cancellation fees are:

120 days or more… 50% of Deposit
119 – 91 days…..…. Forfeiture of full deposit
90 – 46 days………… 50% of gross fare
45 to 0 days………… 100% of Trip Cost

 

ADVENTURE CRUISE
Alaska’s Glacier Bay Adventure
Juneau to Juneau
Aboard: Wilderness Discoverer (WND)
or Wilderness Explorer (WEX)

 

ALASKA’s GLACIER BAY ADVENTURE, 2021

Juneau to Juneau,  Aboard Wilderness Discoverer (WND) or Wilderness Explorer (WEX)

8-Days2021Cabin Categories.  Price Per Person.  *Port Taxes/Fees
2021VesselNavigatorTrailblazerPathfinderExplorerSingle*Tax
Apr 25
WND$3,895$4,595$4,995$6,595$5,845$375
May 02
WND$3,895$4,595$4,995$6,595$5,845$375
May 09
WND$4,495$5,195$5,695$7,295$6,745$375
May 16
WND$4,495$5,195$5,695$7,295$6,745$375
May 23
WND$4,495$5,195$5,695$7,295$6,745$375
May 30
WND$4,495$5,195$5,695$7,295$6,745$375
May 30
WEX$5,195$5,995$6,495$6,695$7,445$375
Jun 06WND$5,195$5,895$6,395$7,995$7,795$375
Jun 13WND$5,195$5,895$6,395$7,995$7,795$375
Jun 20
WND$5,195$5,895$6,395$7,995$7,795$375
Jun 20
WEX$5,195$5,995$6,495$7,595$8,595$375
Jun 27
WND$5,195$5,895$6,395$7,995$7,795$375
Jul 04
WND$5,195$5,895$6,395$7,995$7,795$375
Jul 11
WND$5,195$5,895$6,395$7,995$7,795$375
Jul 11
WEX$5,195$5,995$6,495$7,595$8,595$375
Jul 18
WND$5,195$5,895$6,395$7,995$7,795$375
Ju 25
WND$5,195$5,895$6,395$7,995$7,795$375
Aug 01WEX$5,195$5,895$6,395$7,595$8,595$375
Aug 01WND$5,195$5,895$6,395$7,995$7,795$375
Aug 08WND$5,195$5,895$6,395$7,995$7,795$375
Aug 15
WND$5,195$5,895$6,395$7,995$7,795$375
Aug 22
WND$4,495$5,195$5,695$7,295$6,745$375
Aug 22
WEX$5,195$5,895$6,395$7,595$8,595$375
Aug 29
WEX$5,195$5,895$6,395$7,595$8,595$375
Sep 05
WEX$4,495$5,195$5,695$6,695$7,445$375
Sep 12
WEX$4,495$5,195$5,695$6,695$7,445$375

Included:

  • 8 day cruise
  • Expedition Leaders
  • Glacier Bay National Park
  • Spirits/wine/beer
  • Kayak, SUP, hiking
  • All meals
  • $500 ‘Kids Savings’

NOT included:

  • Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Guide and staff gratuity

*Our Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise operates on two vessels: Wilderness Discoverer and Wilderness Explorer

Wilderness Discoverer

UnCruise boat Wilderness Discoverer

  • 76 guests
  • 38 cabins
  • 27 crew members
  • 176 feet in length
  • 39 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 10 knots
  • Registered in United States
  • 3:1 Guest-to-crew ratio

Style: Casual and Active Adventure.

Onboard Features: EZ Dock kayak launch platform; bow-mounted underwater camera; kayaks, paddleboards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles; snorkel gear, wet-suits, two on-deck hot tubs; fitness equipment and yoga mats; DVD and book library

Cabin Features: TV/DVD player; hairdryer, conditioning shampoo, body wash; binoculars; reusable water bottles

Wilderness Discoverer Deckplan & Cabins (click to enlarge)

Wilderness Discoverer – Navigator

2 beds on small UnCruise boat on Wilderness Discoverer

Wilderness Discoverer – Trailblazer

2 beds in UnCruise ship on Wilderness Discoverer

Wilderness Discoverer – Pathfinder

Uncruise ship Pathfinder cabin on Wilderness Discoverer

Wilderness Discoverer – Explorer

Large bed, explorer cabin on UnCruise Wilderness Discoverer

Wilderness Discoverer – Dining & Bar

bar of UnCruise Wilderness Discoverer

 

Wilderness Explorer

Alaska small UnCruise ship Wilderness Explorer

  • 74 guests
  • 37 cabins
  • 28 crew members
  • 186 feet in length
  • 38 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 11 knots
  • Registered in United States
  • 3:1 Guest-to-crew ratio

Style: Casual and Active Adventure.

Onboard Features: EZ Dock kayak launch platform; bow-mounted underwater camera; kayaks, paddleboards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles; snorkel gear, wet-suits, on-deck hot tub; fitness equipment and yoga mats; DVD and book library

Cabin Features: TV/DVD player; hairdryer, conditioning shampoo, body wash; binoculars; reusable water bottles

Wilderness Explorer Deckplan & Cabins (click to enlarge)

UnCruise Wilderness Explorer

Wilderness Explorer – Navigator

UnCruise Navigator cabin on Wilderness Explorer

Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath/shower.

Wilderness Explorer – Trailblazer 105-106

Trailblazer sofabed on UnCruise Wilderness Explorer

Fixed double bed, view window, private bath/shower.

Wilderness Explorer – Trailblazer Queen/Twin

Bed in Trailblazer cabin on UnCruise Wilderness Explorer

Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath/shower.

Wilderness Explorer – Pathfinder

beds in large Pathfinder cabin on UnCruise Wilderness Explorer

Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath/shower.

Wilderness Explorer – Dining

Dining room on UnCruise Wilderness Explorer

Wilderness Explorer – Bar

Bar on UnCruise Wilderness Explorer

The places you visit play a starring role throughout every journey. While this list isn’t exhaustive of every nook-and-cranny you’ll explore along the way, we’ve included descriptions of key ports and places to help you get to know the wilderness areas, landmark locations, notable regions, and coastal towns relevant to this itinerary.        

 

Tracy Arm

seals on ice flow

Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm are two narrow fjords that make up the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness area.  Tracy Arm is a narrow 23-mile long fjord with towering sheer rock faces on both sides, peppered with cascading waterfalls.  Tracy Arm leads to the twin Sawyer Glaciers. Be mesmorized by the icy blue of the glaciers. Be awestruck when the calm waters and the quietness of Alaska’s Inside Passage is broken with the thunderous calving of the glaciers.

 

Frederick Sound

whales bubble feeding


Whales in Frederick Sound (c) UnCruise

Frederick Sound is a body of water approximately 45 miles wide in the central part of Southeast Alaska, at the confluence of Portage Bay (West), lower Stephens Passage (North), and Chatham Strait between the communities of Juneau (North) and Petersburg (South). Frederick Sound is only accessible by boat or air.

Abundant krill (small, shrimp-like crustaceans), zooplankton and herring thrive in the glacially fed waters of Frederick Sound. These super nutrient-rich waters are a magnet for migrating humpback whales, making it one of the premier places in Alaska to observe feeding humpbacks.

Marine mammals in the sound also include orcas (killer whales), Steller sea lions, Dall’s porpoise, and harbor seals. A variety of seabirds thrive in this region as well and can be observed flying overhead or flocking after the whale’s watery leftovers, creating a great clue to where the humpbacks might be. Surrounding the sound are the majestic craggy snow-covered mountains of the Coast Range rising from the sea to grand heights of 10,000 feet.

 

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

group in Alaska with arms spread

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve-UnCruise

Glacier Bay Park and Preserve is reportedly the most sought after park to visit in the United States and it is no wonder. Where else will you find a 25 mile-long river of ice still carving the land just as it has for the past several thousand years? When Captain Cook and George Vancouver sailed by in 1879, they saw a 20-mile wide glacier where today the entrance of the park lies, as well the wilderness lodge and park headquarters.

Over the past 200 years, this wall of ice has retreated an astonishing 65 miles north, splintering into a vast number of tributaries spaced throughout the entire park. Each glacier has its own name and character; our captain will decide which to visit for the day depending on ice conditions and wildlife sightings.

Visiting Glacier Bay Park is also like visiting a wildlife park. Here bears, goats, moose, whales, sea otters, and all the creatures of the water and forest flourish, completely protected from man. A National Park Ranger joins us for our entire journey to explain the park’s geology, glaciology, wildlife, and its deep roots in Tlingit culture.

 

Icy Strait

Sea lions

Sea Lions in Icy Straight (c) UnCruise

Icy Strait is a body of water in Southeast Alaska that is located between Chichagof Island and the mainland, and extends 40 miles northwest from Chatham Strait to Glacier Bay and Cross Sound. Icy Strait’s nutrient-rich waters are abundant with marine mammals, sea birds and the scenery is spectacular.

 

Juneau, Alaska

Juneau harbor from a distance

Juneau

Surrounded by the rich, green Tongass National Forest, and located on beautiful Gastineau Channel, Juneau is an important port and a popular tourist destination. Unique because it is the only state capital in the United States that is inaccessible by road, Juneau sits at sea level below the steep mountains that are home to the Juneau Icefield and the Mendenhall Glacier. Its temperate climate produces remarkable scenery with miles of hiking trails through woods and alpine meadows providing a glimpse of just how rugged the rainforest of Southeast Alaska is. The Auke tribe of Tlingit Indians were the first settlers in the Juneau area. They lived there peacefully enjoying the abundance of food and natural resources until the gold rush began.

In 1959 Juneau became the official state capital when Alaska was admitted to the United States.  Along with its delightful small town ambiance, Juneau has a number of art galleries, boutiques, historical sites, and museums. One of the most popular attractions in the area is Mendenhall Glacier, located only 13 miles outside the city. Although it’s receding, it is an amazing work of nature. Another attraction is the Mt. Roberts Tram which rises 1,800 feet and presents sweeping views of downtown Juneau and Gastineau Channel.

Trip Insurance

Meaningful Trips highly recommends the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance that covers trip cancellation, delays, medical matters, and emergency evacuation. See our Link for Travel Insurance

Safety

Travel within the United States, with an American company, on an American-flagged vessel, with American crew.  Your health and safety are our number one priority.  (see FAQ’s)

 

Visa and passport

By 2021, US TSA may be requiring either Passport or ‘Enhanced ID’ for domestic travel. Your US Passport must still be valid for 6 months from the tour end date.

 

Air Information

Starting and ending airport is Juneau, Alaska.  Transfers are arranged on embarkation day.

 

Weather

The ideal time for summer exploration in Alaska Inside Passage is May to September. May temps reach 55 degrees.  Bears awaken, baby animals, migrating grey whales and birds, budding forests, snow-covered peaks, gushing waterfalls, and no crowds.

Long days of Alaska June, July, August summers mean extra playtime. June offers over 18 hours of daylight. Temps are warmer, 60-65 degrees. There’s better access to higher elevation hikes. Humpback whales are back en masse. September leads into fall with temps around 55 degrees. Wildlife are mating, migrating, and feeding up for winter.

Small Ship Lodging

This trip includes 7 nights in comfortable cabins with amenities. (refer to chart).

Activity Level:  Easy to Moderate

On this unforgettable journey, you choose how active or inactive you wish to be. For the adventurous, there will be an activity each day of kayaking, or forest hiking, or exploring by small motorized skiff.  Adventurous folks can also try Standup Paddleboarding or SUP.  Activities last from 3 – 4 hours. Kayaking and SUP are suitable for active novices. Participants share stable double kayaks.

 

Additional Trip Information

Prior to reserving your tour, please carefully review our ‘Pricing’, ‘How to Reserve’ and ‘FAQ’ sections for helpful information on topics such as cancellation penalties, inclusions, food, water, and more.

 

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the Meaningful Trips Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully. Additional pre-departure information including a Packing List, Medical Form and Liability Release Form is emailed upon sign-up.

Your Meaningful Trip awaits. Space is limited.  Click to reserve today.

Some answers to common questions. Upon Sign-up, travelers receive a Packing List, Pre-Departure Info and Important Forms

Do I Need a Passport for Alaska?

Beginning 2021, a passport or enhanced  drivers license is needed to fly within the US.

 

Are any vaccinations required for Alaska?

No.

We highly recommend that all persons who travel regularly should be current on these three routine immunizations: Annual Influenza (flu) shot; Tetanus Booster (Tdap) (good for 10 years); and Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR). Additionally, Hepatitis A is highly recommended for all international travelers. Meaningful Trips are not medical experts. Always consult your own doctor and always refer to the CDC website for updated vaccination and country-specific information.

What is a small ship adventure cruise?

Our vessels hold only 60 – 85 guests with a crew of 25. The atmosphere is casual, with an emphasis on nature, activity, and relaxation.

Are children allowed?

Yes! Minimum age is 8. Children between 8 – 13 get special ‘Kids Rate’ and save $500.

 

How active is my adventure cruise?

Typically there are active adventure options most mornings and afternoons. On kayaking excursions, open paddles are at your own pace and guided paddles can last one to four hours. Hikes range from ambling shore walks to rigorous treks over rugged terrain. Among the activities available, you can also paddle board, explore the shore by inflatable skiff, and still find time for morning yoga stretches and relaxing in the lounge or hot tub.

 

Do I need Travel Insurance?

Meaningful Trips always highly recommends the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance that covers trip cancellation, delays, medical matters, and emergency evacuation.

When is the best time to go to Alaska?

Alaska is great anytime of the season. April temps are 48 degrees and good time for Aurora Borealis, gray whales and birds. May temps are 53 and good time for sunny, dry days, gray and humpback whales, bears, birds. June/July/Aug temps are 64 degrees, long days, humpback whales, gray whales, bears, birds, spawning salmon.  September temps are 57, shorter days, Northern Lights, gray whales, birds, salmon.  Some rain should be expected in the Inside Passage from May to September.

Will the seas be rough?

One of the nice things about our Alaska adventures is that we operate primarily within the relatively calm waters of the Inside Passage and the boats are rarely exposed to the wild open ocean.

 

Will there be many mosquitos?

Good news! There aren’t mosquitoes in most of the areas we cruise in Southeast Alaska. Mosquitoes are present in the Interior of Alaska.

What is the food like?

Pretty incredible! Expect handcrafted meals made from fresh ingredients showcasing the flavors of the region. And we’re able to accommodate most dietary needs.

 

What else is there to do on the boat?

Whatever suits your fancy. Relax, rejuvenate, and visit with your fellow adventurers. Each day offers a cocktail hour followed by a tasty handcrafted meal, plus an entertaining or educational presentation from your expedition team or other special host. And if you’re feeling like some quiet time, find a comfy spot to read a book or choose a DVD from our library to watch in your cabin.

 

Is there Email or Wifi, or cell coverage?

No. The ship has full communications to be used only in cases of emergency.

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Reservation is guaranteed upon receipt of a $750 deposit per person. Deposits are held in Trust Account. Deposits are fully refundable for any reason if you cancel before Dec 15, 2020.  After Dec 15, 2020, regular cancellation policy applies.  Final Payment is due 90-days prior to departure and payable by Check, Zelle, Stripe, ApplePay, Visa, Mastercard.

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Upon reserving a trip and submitting a deposit, each traveler will receive:

  • A Confirmation email
  • Invoice
  • Pre-departure Information
  • Trip Application with Liability Release and Assumption of Risk
  • Travel Insurance Information
  • Packing List
  • Medical Form

Terms & Conditions and Liability Release
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