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Wilderness Discoverer

Inner Reaches Eastern Coves from Juneau to Ketchikan - 8 Day Cruise

The Wilderness Discoverer is an expedition ship, navigating the clear waters of Southeast Alaska, exposing some of nature’s most dramatic and unspoilt hideaways. Her shallow draft and hull design allow easy access to the wildlife rich shores and glaciers of Alaska and the kayaks and paddle boards that travel with the vessel will transport you to within close reach of the action! The ship interior is modern, with 26 spacious cabins, contemporary colours throughout and brushed metals creating a cheerful and relaxed ambience.

 

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Embark

Embark the ship in Juneau.

Day 1: Juneau

Arrive in Juneau and board the Wilderness Adventurer. Settle into your cabin at your leisure, explore the on board amenities and meet the crew.

Day 2: Endicott Arm - Fords Terror

Snow covered mountains, glowing blues, and the white thunder of calving ice at Dawes Glacier complete your last day. Gliding through Endicott Arm, you’ll likely spy harbour seals and their pups lounging on “bergy bits” in the water. And if the tides allow, explore Fords Terror—a narrow passageway with towering walls and cascading waterfalls.

Day 3: Stephens Passage

Today the ship navigates the remote fjords along Stephen's Passage - here you may observe the humpback and orca, who are frequent residents of these waters. A range of exhilarating activities are available including hiking through an other-worldly landscape of hanging waterfalls and emerald greens. Or investigate the wild inner reaches of a salt chuck—a tidal salt-water lake—by kayak and paddle board, keeping a lookout for bears, heron, moose, mink, and harbor seals.

Day 4: Thomas Bay - Wrangell Narrows

Bright red and green navigation lights guide you along “Christmas Tree Lane” as you cruise the winding Wrangell Narrows. Today you will step into the back country of Alaska's wilderness, in an area known for glaciers and rich in gold and quartz. Here you may enjoy a range of activities including kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff riding, or hiking.

Day 5: Wrangell

Arrive in Wrangell, one of the oldest towns in Alaska and home to native culture, wildlife, and wonder. Before venturing into town, local islanders join you on board for an in-depth presentation on Tlingit and Haida cultures. View recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park and step inside the famed and historically significant Chief Shakes Tribal House.

Day 6: Behm Canal

Today you can paddle along the canal or venture out on an intertidal shore walk or low-elevation trek on the Cleveland Peninsula where wildlife abounds including orca, porpoise, seals, sea lions, brown and black bears, mink, marten, eagles, and otters.

Day 7: Misty Fjords National Monument

Affectionately called “The Yosemite of the North,” Misty Fjords National Monument represents nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska. Glacial valleys filled with sea water, and sheer 3,000 foot cliffs are a haven for sea birds, brown and black bears, mountain goats, Sitka black-tailed deer, mink, moose, river otters, and other wildlife. Glide through Walker Cove or Rudyerd Bay by kayak or explore by skiff soaking in the splendor of this largely forgotten corner of the world. This evening, join the Captain in a farewell toast and reminisce about your Alaskan journey over a sumptuous dinner.

Day 8: Ketchikan

After a final breakfast on board, the yacht will arrive in Ketchikan where you will disembark.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Ketchikan.

Includes

  • 7 Nights' accommodation on board the Wilderness Discoverer
  • Full Board (from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8)
  • Transfers from the airport or your hotel to the ship and vice versa
  • Sightseeing and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Entry fees to national parks/preserves
  • Most from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment
  • Hot tub, sauna and yoga classes
  • Free boot rental

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities (Recommended USD25-USD35 per person
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Port taxes (shown separately) and park fees
  • Fishing excursions, caving and jet boat trips
  • Optional, guided overnight trips
 

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