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Discoverers' Glacier Country

Discoverers’ Glacier Country

Just the ticket—for your mind, body, and soul. Rivers of ice, beachcombing and wilderness hikes, Glacier Bay, kayaking, and skiff exploration all share the stage. Uncover Alaska’s special tonic.

Highlights

  • Two exclusive days in Glacier Bay National Park accompanied by a Park Ranger
  • Discover scenic coves and fjords by kayak, paddle board, and skiff
  • Beachcombing and wilderness hikes in the Tongass National Forest
  • View stunning glaciers and listen for the “white” thunder
  • Watch for whales and wildlife in Frederick Sound and Stephen’s Passage
  • Captain’s Choice exploration of remote “not in the guidebook” places

About Discoverers’ Glacier Country

8 day / 7 night —
Roundtrip Juneau, Alaska
From: $2,995

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Itinerary


Itinerary

Day 1 – Juneau, Alaska – Embarkation
Arriving in Juneau, you will be transferred from the airport to our hospitality area. Upon boarding, your crew greets you with champagne and smiles. Set sail for a week of scenic channels and secluded wilderness.

Day 2 – Glacier Bay National Park
Accompanied by a National Park Ranger, over the two days in the park you’ll travel nearly 60 miles cruising up-bay to the tidewater glaciers of Grand Pacific and Margerie, which frequently calve huge icebergs into the bay. If conditions permit, we’ll lower the skiffs and weave among the icebergs that have fallen from the face of the glaciers. Enjoy an evening at anchor, and mornings paddling your kayak in the quiet of this majestic wilderness. Here in the bay are puffins and sea lions, mountain goats and bears, moose, eagles, and scenery more spectacular than any place on earth. Glacier Bay is at its best when explored by small groups with unfettered time for treks and kayaking inside the bay and wilderness areas.

Day 3 – Glacier Bay National Park
Enjoy another exclusive day exploring the glaciers and wildlife of Glacier Bay National Park.

Day 4 – Icy Strait
Today’s the ultimate day of exploration. Set your course for arguably the richest whale waters in Southeast Alaska. Keep watch for the telltale blow of the humpbacks as you scour the nutrient-rich waters in search of whales, porpoise, sea lions, and other wildlife. Join the Captain on the bridge or go on deck with your Expedition Leader. Late afternoon, we’ll drop the skiffs and kayaks for closer inspection of the remote coastline with eyes set on shore for possible bear sightings. This evening, take in the solitude while relaxing in the upper deck hot tub or enjoy a nightcap with your fellow yachtmates in the salon.

Day 5 – Chichagof Island / Baranof Island
With no binding agenda, today you’ll cruise the waterfall coast of Chichagof Island. Marvel at the grand scenery of Alaska’s wilderness as the crew expertly guides you through those “not in the guidebook” places known only to the locals. This evening, perhaps tucking away in a waterfall-laced fjord, there’ll be time for skiffing, beachcombing or treks ashore, and kayaking to look for sea otters and bears before calling it a day near Baranof Island.

Frederick Sound / Stephen’s Passage
Spend the day exploring in Frederick Sound and Stephen’s Passage—another excellent chance to view humpback whales and other marine wildlife. Pass by Five Fingers Lighthouse and watch for playful antics at a large sea lion haulout made from dozens of rocky islets. Later, cruise picturesque bays, where evergreen forests crowd the shores.

Day 7 – Ford’s Terror / Endicott Arm
Cliff-walled fjords sliced into the mountainous mainland are on tap today as you slowly slip into an area widely acclaimed as the most beautiful in Alaska. With more designated Wilderness Areas than any state in the nation, the finest include Endicott Arm and Ford’s Terror—a pristine tidal inlet and fjord. Explore this majestic fjord by kayak or skiff, a unique opportunity indeed. View rugged ice-covered mountains gleaming high overhead and a glacier that actively calves into the ice-filled fjord of Endicott Arm. Toast your voyage with a festive Farewell Dinner, and before turning in, your Expedition Leaders will share a “photo journal” of your trip together.

Day 8 – Juneau – Disembark
Gather for breakfast before returning to historic Juneau. Transfer to the Juneau airport or begin your Un-Cruise hotel stay or land tour. Safe travels to all!

Discoverers' Glacier Country Itinerary Map

Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

Dates & Rates


Dates & Rates

DateShipNavigatorTrailblazerPathfinderSingleShip Charter
Apr 29, 2017Wilderness Adventurer$3,395$4,195$4,595$5,095$238,895
May 6, 2017Wilderness Adventurer$3,395$4,195$4,595$5,095$238,895
May 13, 2017Wilderness Adventurer$3,395$4,195$4,595$5,095$238,895
May 20, 2017Wilderness Adventurer$3,795$4,595$4,995$5,695$262,895
May 27, 2017Wilderness Adventurer$3,795$4,595$4,995$5,695$262,895
Jun 3, 2017Wilderness Adventurer$4,395$5,195$5,595$6,595$298,895
Jun 10, 2017Wilderness Adventurer$4,395$5,195$5,595$6,595$298,895
Jun 17, 2017Wilderness Adventurer$4,395$5,195$5,595$6,595$298,895
Jun 24, 2017Wilderness Adventurer$4,395$5,195$5,595$6,595$298,895
Jul 1, 2017Wilderness Adventurer$4,395$5,195$5,595$6,595$298,895
Jul 8, 2017Wilderness Adventurer$4,395$5,195$5,595$6,595$298,895
Jul 15, 2017Wilderness Adventurer$4,395$5,195$5,595$6,595$298,895
Jul 22, 2017Wilderness Adventurer$4,395$5,195$5,595$6,595$298,895
Jul 29, 2017Wilderness Adventurer$4,395$5,195$5,595$6,595$298,895
Aug 5, 2017Wilderness Adventurer$4,395$5,195$5,595$6,595$298,895
Aug 12, 2017Wilderness Adventurer$4,395$5,195$5,595$6,595$298,895
Aug 19, 2017Wilderness Adventurer$4,395$5,195$5,595$6,595$298,895
Aug 26, 2017Wilderness Adventurer$3,795$4,595$4,995$5,695$262,895
Sep 2, 2017Wilderness Adventurer$3,395$4,195$4,595$5,095$238,895
Sep 9, 2017Wilderness Adventurer$3,395$4,195$4,595$5,095$238,895
Sep 16, 2017Wilderness Adventurer$2,995$3,795$4,195$4,495$214,895
Sep 23, 2017Wilderness Adventurer$2,995$3,795$4,195$4,495$214,895

Fares are per person double occupancy, in USD. Port taxes/fees are in addition to your cruise fare. Any cabin (except Single) may be sold as a single for 175% of double occupancy rate. Triple accommodations are available in the Commodore Suites & Admiral cabin aboard the Safari Explorer. Inquire for pricing details. Charter up to 40-60 guests (varies by vessel).

2016 FARES INCLUDE: Onboard meals; non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day; entry fees to national parks/preserves; most from-the-vessel activities and equipment. Fares aboard the Safari Endeavour, Safari Explorer, and Safari Quest also include: Premium spirits, wine, beer; port taxes/fees; all from-the-boat adventure activities; a complimentary massage*; and an introductory annual membership to Alaska Geographic+ *excludes Safari Quest +requires registration.

2017 FARES INCLUDE: Onboard meals; premium spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-vessel activities and equipment.

Extensions


Cruise/Land Extensions

Pre-/Post-Cruise Hotel Stays

Juneau – Goldbelt Hotel
Centrally located and overlooking the waterfront, this newly renovated and upgraded hotel features spacious water view rooms and is within walking distance to Juneau’s shop, restaurants, and the Mt. Robert’s tram.
Winterlake Lodge
North of Anchorage and nestled along mile 198 of the historic Iditarod Trail, experience Alaska’s interior on a 4-night land extension that features the remote, fly-in wilderness Winterlake Lodge.

Pre-/Post-Cruise Land Tours

Denali National Park & Knik River Adventure
These 6 & 8-night, pre-cruise ESCORTED land tour features wilderness lodge stays in Denali National Park and Knik River Valley, and hotel overnights in Fairbanks and Anchorage.
Alaska Railroad & Denali National Park Adventure
Enhance your cruise with a 5-night pre- or post-cruise land package featuring Denali National Park and Preserve and hotel overnights in Anchorage.

The Ships


The Ships

Safari Endeavour (Luxury)

Safari Endeavour

The ambience aboard the newly refurbished 86-guest Safari Endeavour is casual elegance with a full menu of upscale amenities. Its three decks provide ample outdoor viewing opportunities.

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Safari Explorer (Luxury)

Safari Explorer

Our flagship, the Safari Explorer, is a 36-guest luxury yacht perfectly designed for “luxury in the pursuit of adventure.” Aboard the yacht, three public decks provide plenty of room for mingling, relaxing, and enjoying the fresh air.

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Safari Quest (Luxury)

American Safari Cruises

Aboard the 22-guest Safari Quest guests unwind with upscale amenities, attentive service, comfortable staterooms, and warm public spaces for a welcome experience. Its four decks provide ample room to get away from it all.

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Videos


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Cruise Reviews


Average rating:  
 12 reviews
by George Maden on Discoverers' Glacier Country
Safari Endeavour Cruise Review

Linda, thank you for all your help in arranging a "not to be described" vacation! Kathy has never gone on a vacation lasting over 10 days without expressing a readiness (desire) on or about the 10th day to head for home - until Un Cruise! !st time in 45 years she was not ready to come home from a vacation or trip, and she would go again. Your recommendations about cabin, ship, timing, etc., were all perfect.

Since returning, I have had many occasions to recommend Un Cruise and Sunstone to many of my friends and colleagues. Some have asked for more details and you may be hearing from them about cruises for next year. I have been sharing the Wall Street Journal with them. It is a great endorsement for the Sarari Endeavor and the crew. And we cannot say enough good things about the Un Cruise crew. They work so hard, are so knowledgeable, and are so unfailingly upbeat that it is a pleasure being in their company. If you had told us beforehand that we would miss the crew after leaving the ship, we would have been more than a bit skeptical, but we do miss them.

The land tour was also more than we expected. Who would have thought that a 5+ hour bus ride, on a school bus no less, would be an incredible 5+ hours? Kirsti was our driver and she was, as described by everyone on the bus, "amazing." She was so knowledgeable and she spotted and stopped to show us and explain so much along the way, including grizzlies, caribou, moose, etc., etc. I don't know how she maintained her enthusiasm, but she had something interesting to offer for virtually the entire bus ride!

About the high points, too many to list. The low points, we booked too short of a cruise!! The only thing that went bump (and it was only a bump) was that the All Alaska vouchers were not included in the trip documents. Having them in advance would have provided more clarity about what we could expect in terms some of the travel arrangements. When I called the Un Cruise after hours number from the Captain Cook, however, they were right on it and we soon heard from Ula at All Alaska and she sent us everything we needed.

We would book an Alaska trip again and will look seriously at the Galapagos cruise. We will also think of you if any time we consider a cruise anywhere in the world. Thank you so much for all of your thoughtful advice which helped to make the cruise such a memorable experience for us.

by M.J. and T.J. on Discoverers' Glacier Country

We had a wonderful time and wonderful weather on our Alaska cruise.

We found you on Tripadvisor way back in July 2013. We had downloaded all information from small boats in Alaska. We were overwhelmed by the choices as they all looked wonderful. How fortunate to come across you and your company Sunstone Tours and Cruises to help us narrow down the excess of information. You and your staff helped us choose a company, ship, itinerary and specific cabin. You were dot on.

Juneau - Two nights at the Westmark Baranoff Hotel in Juneau, booked by your agency in the better rooms. We did the helicopter and dog sled on the Glacier. We visited Glacier Gardens. We rode the tram to Mt. Roberts. We did the zipline. We had breakfast at Silverbow Bakery lunch and dinners, Red Dog Salon, Twisted Fish, Gold Room in the Westmark Baranoff. Mostly all your suggestions.

On Ship - The crew picked us up from the hotel and took us to the ship. Very friendly and welcoming staff. They took us to our cabin, an Admiral Stateroom. Cabin was nice enough, we were on a waitlist for the top Commodore Suite which were booked when we made our reservation. (11 months in advance). The cabin was mostly quiet with a touch of vibration when we were moving. No complaints on this front.

Food - Was exceptional. More on the gourmet side than we had expected. Personally I would have preferred more salads, fruit and a little more on the plain side. We don't usually eat fancy stuff at home, so my stomach had issues at times. This was just me, others raved bout the food and it was good. Unfortunately we didn't get to see the galley as there was always something else I wanted to do when the tour was offered. I heard it was amazingly tiny.

Alaska - You could be on a rubber raft and still be overwhelmed by the vastness and beauty of Alaska. The rugged unexplored glaciers, fjords, mountains and valleys. They call it the last frontier. I agree at least in the US. Our ship was pure luxury after coming back from a morning of kayaking or hiking. Our home away from home. Want to mention, we had never kayaked before and were very hesitant. The crew had patience and helped us on every front. A member when out with us the first day to show us the way. After that we were on our own. Being water level was a different perspective. We did not jump into the water as many did. Our days were filled with activities off the boat. Or times on the boat following the whales sailing right up to the front of glaciers. If there is an exact moment in time why you take a small boat of 36 passengers versa one of 3,000, it is this moment being close to a glacier that has been there for thousands of years. Up close and personal as they said.

Staff & Ship - It doesn't get any better. From the welcome to the ship to the last goodbyes, these staff members pamper and catered to our every wish. Not like a Four Seasons..these are kids passionate about the area they are working in. Knowledgeable, experienced, ready to dive right into what ever is around the corner. Flexible to changes of meal times for instance, whales show up, dinner waits. Many of these issues that can only be done on a small ship. Crew members got along well. Their excitement was contagious. They were just as excited when the whales would show up.

Summary - Pay attention to the packing list, we used everything we brought. I wished we had continued and done the Denali portion, as this way with the cruise we only experienced half of what Alaska had to offer. Linda thank you for the information of suggestions on Juneau, it was a good pre experience in Alaska on land. Book early for the cabin you want. You can be safe having high expectation for they will be met.

by Two Happy Past Passengers on Discoverers' Glacier Country
Wilderness Discoverer Cruise Review

Linda thank you for everything. We planned with you for so long and in a blink of an eye one week goes by way to quickly.

We were glad we took your advice and came into Juneau two days early. We toured and dinned in many different venues. Loving salmon we ate as much as we could. Weather was glorious and we were able to take advantage of the late days by taking a short hike after dinner each evening.Food was good , but I can't say we had any fabulous meals that I would suggest to your future clients.

Wilderness Discoverer - overall exceeded our expectations. start with a welcome from smiling happy crew members who took us to the ship.

Cabin - our cabin was well appointed, but small, but it is small ship so expected. Looked like new bedding and the cabin was fresh and spotless. We LOVED the door going outside, we did spend much time right outside our cabin door. happened to have great neighbors on either side of us and made new good friends. We were in a Pathfinder.

Food - almost to busy, and to much going on to sit down and enjoy breakfast or lunch, always looking towards the next activity. Dinner we could relax and be waited on by the wonderful crew, who as the week went by you got to know really well.

Activities - ok this is what we came to Alaska for and it did not disappoint. The glorious wether allowed us to do everything. Bring your bathing suit, we really did jump into that freezing water for a nano second. Here is where the young, energetic staff shine. Their enthusiasm to get off the ships and show us Alaska in an active way was contagious. I am high adventure my husband less so. We both were taken care of. Hikes were rated for different levels of length and difficulty. Being one of the first sailings I believe our long hikes may have been adventure for the leaders as well. None of us seemed to know what was around the next bend which was a thrill. Un chartered territory so to speak. Probably not but the leader made us feel we were the first to walk the path. Kayaking was done so easily with the launch ramp. Great fun activity that we did at every chance. We were off the ship for long periods of time and back for lunch and to move the ship to other locations. We always had full days and really slept well. No late night anything on this ship, everyone was tired at night.

Pro - Linda's personal attention and Alaska information getting us ready for our adventure. Staff staff staff on the ship....can't say enough. weather of course, organization of all activities, everyone seemed to be on the same page which made everything flow well. We felt pampered and taken care of. We enjoyed the bar and the conversations during our happy hour. An overall wonderful experience that I wish had been longer. Going back I would like to have done two itineraries back to back since there was so much more to see and one week was just not enough. Un-Cruise spoiled me.

Con - I just don't have any ... except probably should have spent time in Sitka after.

by Mary and Ernest on Discoverers' Glacier Country
Safari Endeavour Cruise Review

We want you to know that everything went exactly as planned. Every little detail including limos showing up on time was perfect. On your suggestion we came into Juneau early and explored. Thank you for making the reservation, our room was fab, not all the rooms in the hotel are as nice as you explained.

We thought doing the cruise first and Denali after was perfect. We had the time of our lives. The flight over Mt. McKinley is something we will never forget.

We looooved Denali and Kantishna Roadhouse (the food could be better but not important in the scheme of things).

We saw lots of wildlife on both the cruise and in Denali. It was awesome, awesome, awesome. I told Ernest many times that I needed to let you know how fabulous the entire trip was.

We loved the cabin you recommended on the boat. Commander Stateroom # 304. You were so right about being outside and close to the bow so that when there were sightings, we could experience it almost immediately. We loved our Captain Kendra - an amazing woman. We loved the photography experts on board. And the icing on the cake was that on the final night of the cruise, she woke us at 12:30am to see the northern lights. Not only did we see northern lights, but also shooting stars. Who could ask for more?

Linda, thanks, we give you credit for all of it but the northern lights and the shooting stars. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Safari Endeavour Cruise Review

I have finally settled down and unpacked and the grandkids have gone home to Virginia. House is returning to normal, I wanted to give you feedback on our cruise.

  • The arrangements were flawless. Everything worked perfectly and we were extremely well prepared and properly packed.. Six people, three Commander Staterooms.
  • The experience was everything we were looking for. It was a perfect answer to our request.
  • The accommodations were "luxury" as advertised. We were extremely comfortable. While the rooms are small, and the showers even smaller, that is exactly what you expect on a boat. Everything was clean, there was no musty smell, there were plenty of drawers, closets, hooks etc to unpack, hang towels, etc. Quite comfortable. The kids enjoyed the DVD players in each room. Our 3 rooms were right next to each other so quite convenient. The boat had plenty of boots, rain gear, lifejackets etc and the kayaks, rubber boats etc were in great condition. The launching pad on the back of the boat (fantail or some name like that) was excellent. So easy to get in and out. The bar was stocked with premium liquors and plenty of it - including my husband's beloved single malt scotches, which surprised him. The wines at dinner were great as were the wine lectures and tastings from the experts on board. The food was fine - plated meals, plenty of choices, plenty of ability to ask for seconds, or to ask for something not on menu. They had a wonderful and plentiful kids menu (chicken tenders, PB and Jelly, mac n cheese, burgers, all beef hot dogs, grilled cheese and tomato soup (which lots of adults ordered). Very accommodating.
  • The excursions were well designed, well guided, extremely well organized and communicated and there was something for every level of ability and clearly communicated so we never ended up on something too hard for the kids. And they let the kids try everything, including letting the 6 year old try paddle boarding which she loved and was very successful at (and they sent a guy out there with a boat in case she needed help so I never felt worried. The kids loved hiking the glaciers, kayaking and paddle boarding.
  • We saw lots of wildlife, including an unprecedented number of frolicking and lunging humpback whales.
  • Everyone had fun and we had good family time. The "everything included" feature definitely delivered and we all felt it was well worth the money.

On the other side, if I were to pass on a suggestion (and this is my own fault due to last minute booking). It would have been even better if we had been able to get on the cruises focused on kids. There were no other kids on this sailing. The people on the boat were warm and friendly to the kids and no-one complained about their noisy play (at times) or the occasional sibling poking at each other or fighting over who had the bigger binoculars 🙂 But I would have been a little less worried about bothering the others if it was a kids cruise (this was a wine cruise, so they really didn't expect to run into kids - although everyone was wonderful to us. I think on the kids cruises they have activities for kids during the "happy hour" or while we are underway sailing - to keep the kids busy or there would have been playmates. As it was, we (parent, grandparent) were constantly playing board games, or hide and seek and we had a little less rest than we would have had we found a kids cruise. Again, this is not a complaint, and this was my fault but just a lesson I learned for myself and a comment you may want to pass on to other clients. Also, I think on kids cruises the excursions and outings might have been a little shorter (for example, the guided kayak trips were 2 hours and many hikes were 2-1/2 to 3 hours and some days were drizzly and cold). Our kids did just fine and they were troopers, and the expedition manager guided us to the best options, but I worried a little about whether it would be too much for them. I think the kids cruise might have had more options.

All in all an wonderful time was had by all, I would definitely recommend UnCruise - they were very impressive and I thank you for all your help and good organization. If you would like me to write a review for you or for UnCruise on Yelp, I would be happy to do it when I return.

Safari Endeavour Cruise Review

The cruise was fantastic!

We were so happy to have picked a small cruise where everything seemed to be more intimate. We'd never been to Alaska or on a cruise and this one was just great! I believe there were about 75 passengers on board and within a day or two, it felt like one big family.

The crew was so attentive and nice. We were particularly impressed with how they all, including the captain, pitched in to do a little bit of everything. Kendra, the captain, was even there to help haul in kayakers! So glad we chose a boat that didn't go into any of the ports. What was offered instead was hiking, kayaking and small boat tours on 10 person zodiacs.

These activities were every day, and always greeted with a hot buttered rum or some other warm drink when we returned to the boat. The food was amazing! Every meal was a culinary delight.

We were in a Captain Category cabin. We wanted a king bed which worked well for us.

The other reason we loved the small cruise was because Kendra, the Captain could get into such beautiful smaller inlets that I know the big cruise lines never see. The scenery was incredible and the crew was very knowledgeable about everything we were seeing. The whole thing was simply wonderful! Absolutely no low points.

We were glad we came in a day prior into Juneau, made travel less stressful. It is the capital of Alaska with lots to see. We also booked the helicopter over the glacier which was quite an experience.

Safari Endeavour Cruise Review

Family of 9 Adults and children youngest age 6. Master / Commander / Commadore staterooms, all over the ship.

Our week on the Safari Endeavour was fabulous. We took our family to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary year and to give our children and grandchildren, who are spread across the country, time and an environment to become more important in each other¹s lives. The ship and the activities were perfect for us. We were in various combinations of people hiking, kayaking, small boating, dining and just hanging out. We will look back on this un-cruise as a major event in all of our lives. There was a natural selection of people who choose this type of experience, and we were a very friendly, interesting group of passengers. The crew was fantastic.

We were surprised and very pleased to have Erin Kirkland on board. Our grandchildren had a great time with her. When we signed up last September, it was not a "Kids in Nature" cruise.

All the parents of young children received the 25% discount for kids 12 years and under as stated on page 15 of your brochure.

Cynthia and I look forward to another Un-Cruise, perhaps Costa Rica.

Safari Endeavour Cruise Review

We continue to rave about this trip. It was really wonderful. The Safari Endeavor was great from the food to the staff. The cabins were comfortable, but I doubt anyone spent much time there. Commander stateroom with twin beds.

High points: the staff, the magnificent scenery, the incredible meals, being able to hang out with Captain Kendra Nelson on the bridge, kayaking, and hiking. The massage and open bar were pretty cool, too.

Low points: hmm ... I need to think about this one. Well, one thing, maybe – but it wasn't about the cruise. We came in two days early and stayed at the Westmark Baranoff. We did the helicopter with Coastal helicopter to the dog sled area on the glacicer. It was raining pretty hard and as it turned out we were the last group they took up there due to the poor weather. We didn't get to see much on the flight the way over. The dogs and sledding were great, even in the rain, but I wish we’d been able to see the scenery on the way over.

On the other hand, there was plenty to see on the cruise.

In a word: spectacular. Can't wait until Un-cruise opens up the Costa Rica route. We'll go!

Safari Endeavour Cruise Review

This was a trip for my sister and I, my sister is very well traveled, I am not. This trip was over my budget from the day we booked it and I was concerned all along if it would be a value for my dollar. I had a few second thoughts since we booked it nine months prior.

If words can paint a picture, you would see me with a smile from ear to ear and jumping up and down. The company should put in on their poster. How can I convey strongly enough how this trip set the bar for any other trip in my life. My well traveled sister would agree.

From the first minute of meeting our group in the Westmark Baranoff, to the sad moment when the staff (who were now your friends) line up to say goodbye as you walk off the boat for the last time, it was pure perfection in every way.

Cabin: We had the second least expensive cabin, need to book early to get these, Commander 304. This was Linda's suggestion as she has sailed on this ship many times. She was correct it was quiet and very well placed with a door to go outside. Comfortable twin beds. Do not expect luxury but very very comfortable.

Food: Excellent, I gained 5 pounds. Always varied choices, healthy and well presented, just to much of it. Chris the bartender was a gem, always remembering what I liked to drink. All drinks are included in the price. Always a special drink of the day offered with or without alcohol.

Fellow Passengers: We had the most wonderful group, everyone got along beautifully. Everyone was interested in meeting everyone so meals were always musical chairs with new seat mates. We had four teens on the ship who were best friends after the second day. They had some fun wild games with the crew at night in the lounge.

Crew: Here is the secret to this cruise line. I wish I knew who interviews and hires the crew, excellent interview process. They are the most happy, friendly, well trained and positive group of staff I have every come across. With this they bridge the fence of becoming your friend but still keeping the respect of us being the paying passengers. They were excited as we were at every turn of wildlife and sea life. "No" was not in their vocabulary, they made things happen.

See and Do: From the early morning yoga class with Nancy to the Humpback and Orcas breaching, blowing, bubble net feeding, slapping, we saw it all. We saw bears, and an amazing thing according to the crew a grisly bear on the shore being friends with a wolf, smelling each other and enjoying the sun. One of my favorite activities was a tide pool walk with Matt one of the Naturalists. Others went hiking I decided to take it easy and tide pool. Oh my goodness, what a treat, besides Matt being the absolute best in personality and giving us education it was one of many highlights of the trip. We saw sea life in such an abundance; Sea Stars as big as dinner plates in a rainbow of colors. We kayaked, we explored, many did paddle boards and jumped off the ship. We went out in zodiacs/skiffs every day. We hiked, set up for all levels of fitness. We were always busy, so much to see and do, if you are looking for relaxing, sure you can do that, but oh what you will miss.

We had 2 days of sun 1/2 day of rain, the rest being overcast. We felt lucky.

So that is it — a review of the best trip of my life, I could write a novel on this, maybe I will someday — Linda — our bucket list just added so many new destinations that American Safari visits. Could we be so lucky to get another group of passengers who were so compatible. At the end of the trip, the crew stands in line outside so you can personally say goodbye to each one. We had tears, we hung around so long we got in the way of delivery of supplies for the next week. We and a few other passengers stayed in Juneau another night, we hung together like we were still on the ship. We made some very good friends who we will remain in touch with.

by Clients from Massachusetts on Discoverers' Glacier Country
Safari Explorer Cruise Review

We started our experience in Anchorage using your example in doing the land tour first. We do think it was the best way. The land is vast, roughed, untamed, almost un hospitable. That said we had the best weather, no rain, zero, zip rain on any day. Once at night and that is all. We saw Mt. McKinley in her glory, and magnificent it was. It was a wonderful trip. I tried to break it down for you.

Pre-Cruise

  • Anchorage - night at the Captain Cook Hotel, big and busy, best Anchorage has to offer, view from our room of the Cook Inlet was magnificent.
  • Alaska Railroad - Goldstar seating, early morning to Denali Station. Transferred down to the train station, it was like being in Europe, old station, backpackers, suitcases, excitement. The trip was narrated by high school students and some elderly folks. very well done. food on the train in the dinning car was first class.
  • To Kantishna - train pulls in to Denali Station, Kantishna small bus picks you up, very long day of sitting, don't think you can avoid it. Would not miss the train or ride out to Kantishna for anything but it is long. Alaska is HUGE. Animals and "the mountain" during the trip, magnificent experience
  • Kantishna - in the middle of nowhere, way out there, thought about medical care, good thing it was not an issue. Casual, remote, healthy air, healthy activities and good food. Quite the experience, not for everyone. We loved it.
  • Charter flight from Denali back to Anchorage - Linda THANK YOU, we did not know how special this plan would be for us. When mentioned in our planning we rolled our eyes and decided to take your advice, spend the money and wish for the best. Brilliant on your part. The bus and train back out would have been a low point to a magnificent Kantishna expereince. The weather being clear made it all that more beautiful. Fellow people at Kantishna heard about the possible flights and some of them booked a flight back to Denali Station, but were not able to book the flight you put us on. Thank you.
  • Anchorage to Juneau flight - normal Alaska Airlines jet service
  • Juneau Baranoff - the hospitality room. We left our luggage and walked around Juneau. Very interesting busy town with way to many Princess ships at the docks pouring people into the streets and into the stores. Hard to imagine the real Juneau. We wanted to have lunch at the Red Dog Salon as your suggested, way long line, we had to pass. People shopping in jewelry stores, almost carnival like on the streets. The city must enjoy the revenue that they allow their town to be overrun every day all summer. We could not wait to sail out. Spending the morning at Kantishna and the afternoon in Juneau was such culture shock, hard to believe they are both in the state of Alaska. You get my point ... no big ships in our future.

Cruise

We were on the Safari Explorer 32, passengers, a lovely yacht experience. I would not say luxurious, but considering where we were I would say the must luxurious possible. We were in the "B" category and enjoyed our cabin. Alaska is so vast and truly the last frontier as you said. We loved it all. First class treatment from a lovely friendly, knowledgeable crew. Never a "no" or "I don't know", they were upbeat, positive and seemed to really love what they were doing. We had no rain on the cruise, none, zero, zip, the crew would rub our heads as their good luck charm. Fellow passengers were a good group. Amazingly we seemed to be the least well traveled. We have decided we need to catch up on that issue and will be calling you for Galapagos. Just a great great trip all around. You took care of us in our months of preparation, and American Safari took good care of us on the trip, and we have already passed your name around to neighbors.

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