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Wilderness Explorer

Northern Passage and Glacier Bay 8 Day Cruise (departs from Sitka)

The newly renovated Wilderness Explorer is a three deck expedition ship, capable of accessing the wildlife rich shores of Alaska’s southeast coast. The ship's interior is comfortably furnished and loaded with amenities including a spacious lounge and dining area and can accommodate up to 76 guests. Guests can also enjoy the views from the bow or relax in the hot tub and on-deck sauna. Onboard kayaks, stand-up paddle boards,inflatable skiffs, hiking poles and yoga mats are all available to use during your voyage.





Embark the ship in Sitka.

Day 1: Sitka

Arrive in Sitka and board the Wilderness Explorer. Meet your crew and fellow passengers, and settle into your cabin as the ship sets sail along the scenic channels of the Inside Passage.

Day 2: Krestof - Nakwasina Sounds

There aren’t many straight lines along Baranof Island. Its western side is spattered with remote, uninhabited islands. These features mean endless opportunities for adventure. Secluded coves. Tree-covered islets. Here you will find great Kayak, paddle board, or skiff opportunities—you’re on the level with curious sea lions and possibly whales. Rocky intertidal zones make good beach combing. You may also a hike through the rugged countryside.

Day 3: Sergius Narrows - Neva Strait

There’s an eerie, enigmatic feeling in these woods. Morning fog catches like cotton balls on trees. The aptly named narrows squeezes to only 300 feet wide in one spot and a shallow 24 feet deep. Skiff ashore and hike into the backcountry. Wind into Neva Strait. Watch the scenery change in the late fading light—from the hot tub of course.

Day 4: Peril Strait - Chichagof Island

Kick off the morn with on-deck yoga stretches (your guides love it when you join them). Peril Strait runs 50 miles to Salisbury Sound. Meander through glacier-carved fjords along the Chichagof coast. Your expert crew will guide you through the hidden treasures of the region where there will opportunities for kayak and skiff rides. Later, wend along a twisting channel known for dramatic currents.

Day 5: Icy Strait

Spend the day traversing the Icy Strait arguably the richest whale waters in Southeast Alaska. Join the Captain on the bridge or the Naturalists out on the deck in search of marine mammals. You will also be able to ride the skiffs for closer inspection of the remote coastline and possible bear sightings.

Day 6: Glacier Bay National Park

Arrive early morning at the entrance to the Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. Here you will meet your National Park Ranger who will be with you to explore the coves and corners of the bay that most visitors miss. You will have the opportunity to sight bears, mountain goats, moose, sea lions, eagles and spectacular scenic backdrops. Close to South Marble Island you will also be able to spot many bird species including brightly coloured puffins and sea lions. Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers—one holding steady, the other retreating. . End this very full day with your feet up for the sail into Icy Strait.

Day 7: Captains' Choice

Lynn Canal or Chatham Strait, your captain makes the call. Either choice, go with the flow. The water is fine. The guides help you gear up, and lead your adventure along the rocky outcroppings. By kayak or paddle board, take in the size of this wilderness. Bald eagles dot the tree tops. Harbor seals bob up and under. Pods of orcas—the largest in the dolphin family—skim along the water’s surface.

Day 8: Juneau

Arrive in Juneau and disembark after enjoying your final breakfast on board the Wilderness Explorer.


Disembark the ship in Juneau.


  • 7 Nights' accommodation on board the Wilderness Explorer
  • Full Board (from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8)
  • Excursions and sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • Paddle boarding, snorkeling and beachcombing
  • Naturalist led presentations and discussions
  • Wildlife and whale watching
  • 1 day of exploration in the Glacier Bay National Park with a Park Ranger


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  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses

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