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Northern Passages & Glacier Bay

The 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer and 74-guest Wilderness Explorer sail 20 departures on a weeklong cruise from Juneau to Sitka (or reverse). Areas explored include Chatham Strait, Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait, Chichagof Island, Peril Strait, Sergius Narrows.

Highlights

  • Two exclusive days in Glacier Bay—UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve
  • View stunning glaciers throughout Glacier Bay National Park
  • Enjoy Park Ranger interpretation and discover the Bartlett Cove Visitor Center
  • South Marble Island sea lion haulout and spectacular birding
  • Icy Strait whale watching and wildlife viewing in Peril Strait
  • Hikes ashore in Glacier Bay National Park and along Chichagof Island’s waterfall coast
  • Explore via custom-built human-powered watercraft, kayak, paddle board, and skiff

About Northern Passages & Glacier Bay

8 day / 7 night —
Juneau to Sitka, AK
From: $3,595

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Itinerary


Itinerary

Day 1 – Juneau, Alaska — Embarkation
Welcome aboard! Meet the crew, settle in, and relax with your shipmates. Within minutes you’ll be cruising the scenic channels of the Inside Passage.

Day 2 – Glacier Bay National Park
One of America’s crown jewel national parks is yours to explore and marvel at for the next three days—Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. A National Park Ranger joins you to explore coves and corners of the bay that most visitors miss. Tidewater glaciers sweep like rivers of ice down massive mountain valleys, terminating before you in the waters of Glacier Bay.

Linger near South Marble Island to spot the many species of rare sea birds that call this area home. Keep your eyes on the water and the island for brightly-colored puffins and Black Oystercatchers. Stop in Bartlett Cove for a visit to the Park Service’s Headquarters.

Day 3 – Glacier Bay National Park
Make the best of this day in this majestic national park. Paddle a kayak and be awed at the face of a massive glacier. Go on a boot-sucking trek through sandbars and rainforest. And ride a skiff along shore for an up-close exploration of Glacier Bay. You’ll find sea lions, mountain goats, sea otters, bears, moose, eagles, and spectacular scenic backdrops.

Day 4 – Icy Strait
Set your course for arguably the richest whale waters in Southeast Alaska. Join the Captain on the bridge or the Expedition Leader out on deck in search of marine mammals. Camera in hand, begin your land and sea exploration of these remote reaches. Ride the skiffs for a closer inspection of the rugged and wild coastline with eyes set on the shore for possible bear sightings.

Day 5 – Chichagof Island / Baranof Island
Meander along the spectacular waterfall coast of Chichagof Island. In the Un-Cruise expedition spirit, marvel at the grand scenery as our crew expertly guides you through unsung, glacier-carved fjords. Anchor in remote waters for an opportunity to lower the kayaks and skiffs. Explore the shoreline on an intertidal walk or forest exploration with your guides.

Day 6 – Captain’s Choice
Today’s agenda is flexible. Perhaps you’ll explore a tidal inlet by kayak; feel the burn of a rain forest hike; or maybe you’ll have the opportunity to smell the breath of a humpback while skiffing in a secluded cove. The possibilities are endless—your Captain knows best.

Day 7 – Peril Strait / Sergius Narrows
Peril Strait runs 50 miles from Chatham Strait to Salisbury Sound. This haven for small boats is scenically highlighted by a very narrow connecting passageway called Sergius Narrows and an opening at Hoonah Sound. This historic and wildlife-rich waterway is a great place to watch the shoreline for bears, the waters for otters and whales, and to look skyward for eagles. The passage narrows to only 300 feet in one spot (24 feet deep). After an adventurous, but “un-perilous” day, toast your voyage with a festive Farewell Dinner and a “photo journal” of your trip presented by your Expedition Leaders.

Day 8 – Sitka — Disembark
Gather for breakfast this morning as you cruise into Russian-influenced Sitka for disembarkation. Transfer to the airport or begin your Un-Cruise hotel stay or land tour.

Northern Passages & Glacier Bay 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

DateShipNavigatorTrailblazerPathfinderExplorerSingleShip Charter
Apr 21, 2018Wilderness Explorer$3,545$4,345$4,745$5,995$5,845$340,395
Apr 28, 2018Wilderness Explorer$3,545$4,345$4,745$5,995$5,845$340,395
May 19, 2018Wilderness Explorer$3,545$4,345$4,745$5,995$5,845$340,395
May 26, 2018Wilderness Explorer$3,545$4,345$4,745$5,995$5,845$340,395
Jun 9, 2018Wilderness Discoverer$4,145$4,945$5,395$7,245$6,220$390,495
Jun 16, 2018Wilderness Explorer$4,145$4,945$5,395$6,595$6,845$386,095
Jun 16, 2018Wilderness Discoverer$4,145$4,945$5,395$7,245$6,220$390,495
Jun 23, 2018Wilderness Explorer$4,145$4,945$5,395$6,595$6,845$386,095
Jul 7, 2018Wilderness Discoverer$4,145$4,945$5,395$7,245$6,220$390,495
Jul 14, 2018Wilderness Explorer$4,145$4,945$5,395$6,595$6,845$386,095
Jul 14, 2018Wilderness Discoverer$4,145$4,945$5,395$7,245$6,220$390,495
Jul 21, 2018Wilderness Explorer$4,145$4,945$5,395$6,595$6,845$386,095
Aug 4, 2018Wilderness Discoverer$4,145$4,945$5,395$7,245$6,220$390,495
Aug 11, 2018Wilderness Discoverer$4,145$4,945$5,395$7,245$6,220$390,495
Aug 11, 2018Wilderness Explorer$4,145$4,945$5,395$6,595$6,845$386,095
Aug 18, 2018Wilderness Explorer$4,145$4,945$5,395$6,595$6,845$386,095
Sep 8, 2018Wilderness Explorer$3,545$4,345$4,745$5,995$5,845$340,395
Sep 15, 2018Wilderness Explorer$3,545$4,345$4,745$5,995$5,845$340,395
Sep 22, 2018Wilderness Explorer$2,945$3,745$4,145$5,395$4,895$295,995
Sep 29, 2018Wilderness Explorer$2,945$3,745$4,145$5,395$4,895$295,995

Fares are per person double occupancy, in USD. Port taxes/fees are in addition to your cruise fare. Select cabins are available for single occupancy at a 150% supplement; all other staterooms (except Single) are available at 175% of double occupancy rate (refer to deckplan). Triple rates are available in designated cabins (refer to deck plan); inquire for pricing details. Charter up to 60-76 guests (varies by vessel).

FARES INCLUDE: Onboard meals; 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.
Westmark Sitka Hotel
Defined to reflect local culture, this hotel has a large welcoming fireplace, fine restaurant and lounge, and comfortable accommodations. Near the heart of town, many of Sitka’s top attractions are a short walk away.
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
Our 6-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

Wilderness Discoverer (Active)

Wilderness Discoverer

The 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer underwent extensive refurbishment in early 2011 and guest raves are still flowing. Expedition is top-of-mind with this vessel; and adventure and discovery lay at its heart.

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Wilderness Explorer (Active)

Wilderness Explorer

Renovated in 2012, the 76-guest Wilderness Explorer is equipped for action, adventure, and exploration. As with our other expedition vessels, she delivers plenty of comfort too.

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Videos


Videos

Cruise Reviews


Average rating:  
 3 reviews
by Sophia and Murray on Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
Wilderness Explorer Cruise Review

So sorry for the delay in responding. Jumping back into life is not easy.

The cruise exceeded all of our expectations. It was one of the most exciting and enjoyable experiences we've had in all our travels. The crew was exceptional--smart, enthusiastic, gregarious and a delight to be around. Our fellow passengers were also a remarkable group--well-traveled, friendly, and great conversationalists. Good food, well prepared and a good selection. Ship was immaculate, in very pristine shape. We enjoyed our cabinm one of the largest on the ship but still rather small.

We started in Sitka. You arranged some fishing for us and a hotel for two nights. Westmark Sitka. Ended in Juneau where we extended for a night at the Westmark Baranoff.

Animals and sea life is "seeing is believing". The list is to long to print.

We liked the informality and close up of the experience. The whole trip was so unlike the descriptions of cruises by others--too crowded, too formal, landing at ports with hundreds of others simultaneously. We have so many of our friends who have done a big ship. They need to go back and see the "real Alaska".

Should we cruise again, rest assured that Un-Cruise will be our first consideration. Thank you for everything Linda. The photos the crew took are wonderful to have in our memory book.

Wilderness Explorer Cruise Review

Our week on the Explorer was fabulous!! Cabin 302 on the Lounge Deck with queen bed. Ship was full.

The Captain, 2nd Mate and all the crew made it incredibly fun, informative and a true adventure. It was a great mix of people from all over and we hope to stay in touch. We felt like we were at summer camp for adults where the counselors were younger than the campers. Our days were filled with adventure; sometimes exploring new bays and islands that the crew and Captain had never been to.

Since our cabin was right next to the Bridge we took them up on their offer to join them and we spent many evenings with the wonderful 2nd Mate. One night he said he had some extra time. "You all like whales so let's go chase whales" and he turned the ship and off we went chasing whales. The spontaneity and no rigid schedule was a good deal of the fun. The crew was flexible and very helpful.

Linda, You mentioned in your message that you got a report there were heating and a few other problems with our cabin. The response and help was immediate and nothing really took away from our enjoyment. I would highly recommend Sunstone Tours and Un-Cruise!

by Gale & Tom Whitworth on Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
Wilderness Explorer Cruise Review

We had Cabin 303, Trailblazer with twin beds.

Cruise - I can't say enough about this week! It was the best adventure we have had in years. Luckily, there were only 33 passengers so our group was small enough to get to know everyone. We kayaked, hiked, and explored on the skiff 2-3 times a day, even snorkeled. We saw SO MANY whales that even the crew was mesmerized. The very first night we saw a pod of orca. Another evening, it was as if the humpbacks put on a 2 hour show for us - cooperative feeding (eschelon and bubble net) and broaching 4-5 times in a row. All passengers and crew were on the deck watching and applauding! the sea otters were there too, taking advantage of the fish left over from the humpbacks and laying on their backs eating with their front paws. At the same time there was a group of 10-12 puffins feeding.

In addition to the wildlife, (we saw mamma grizz and cubs, sea lions by the hundreds and an octopus while snorkeling), the crew of the Wilderness Explorer was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Our hikes were very educational due to the expertise of our naturalist group leaders. We explored marshes and tidal basins and bush-wacked our way through alder forests, while shouting "Hey, Bear" to ward off any predators. The glaciers were gorgeous and we rode a skiff over to walk up and touch one (another group hiked up the mt to walk on it). We kayaked through glacier waters where we pushed mini icebergs out of the way. The weather was rainy and misty most days, sunshine maybe twice during the cruise, but it didn't matter to us. The animals were still amazing to watch and photograph. We just wore our boots and rain gear and kept on going.

Recommendations we would make for future Wilderness Explorers: take warm clothing that you can layer (if needed) as well as extra socks and waterproof hats and jackets. It's NOT necessary to take your own water/gum boots. They were supplied at Kantishna as well as on the ship, but do take a pair of inserts that make the boots more comfortable. Storage on the ship is limited so try to take only what you need - no dress clothes are needed on the ship. The passengers ranged in age from 14 to 86. Knowing that it is an adventure cruise - not a luxury cruise, any age is welcome and would be catered to. An extra day on either end of the trip is nice.

Hope I didn't bore you with these details, got carried away with my description. You are welcome to use any portion of my letter in your promotions. Wish we were able to take this kind of trip more often. We'll have to see what happens in the future.

Denali Land Tour - We were awed by the cruise, but a little disappointed by the land portion. Fairbanks was nice - great accommodations, glad we stayed an extra day - interesting museum, rented a car to drive around, saw some of the area - not much else there. Dome train nice, but only for a 3-4 hour ride. The bus ride to Kantishna through the wild animal preserve was interesting - driver very good at spotting wildlife despite the fact that it was pouring the entire trip and next day. -- No controlling the weather but it was disappointing and I understand, not unusual. Clouded in most of the time.

We liked Kantishna Lodge, cabin and people very much, wonder if it is ever nice weather there. At the suggestion of another guest, we took Kantishna Air out of Kantishna to Denali train in order to see the mountains. It was well worth the cost. We had an awesome view up over the clouds of Mt McK. and Alaskan Range. Tell your customers about this option - the Kantishna Air guy comes around every evening to offer air trips. The 7&1/2 hour train ride from Denali to Anchorage was terribly boring and we were seated with a tour whose guide talked the entire time. (I guess that some people like that.) It would have nice to take Kantishna Air direct to Anchorage (the pilot recommended that). We spent about 12 hrs in the hotel overnight in Anchorage before leaving for Juneau.

I understand why you recommend Goldbelt Hotel for the guests because they have good accommodations for the cruise line passengers. However, we were glad that we stayed at the Best Western Grandma's Feather Bed. They offer free transportation to town and to/from airport. Nice people and interesting rooms. The restaurant was just OK, and they were very short staffed. Again we rented a car for the 24+ hours we were there, so we could go up to the glacier and travel around the area. We liked Juneau a lot despite the pouring rain again (but on the return trip the sun was shining).

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