Exploration Cruise - Juneau, AK to Sitka, AK
This itinerary is for the Exploration Cruise
(Unless listed, each day’s meals include: Breakfast, lunch, cocktails, dinner)
Day 1 - Juneau, AK- Boarding Ship at 2:00 PM. (Please note, to ensure our vessel and crew are prepared for your cruise, please note, there is no early boarding) We provide scheduled airport pick-ups. For those coming in a day earlier, we provide luggage pick-up at in-town hotels. Please come aboard at 2:00 PM to the “Island Spirit” Marina Dock for boarding at 2:00 PM. Meet your crew, freshen up. Then join our Naturalist for a local tour of the Alaska State House or a local museum. Come back aboard the Island Spirit as we begin cruising enjoy beautiful scenery along the way to our evening anchorage. (Cocktails, Dinner)
Day 2 - Lynn Canal- Today we cruise north in Alaska’s longest and deepest Fjord - the Lynn Canal. Weather permitting
We will visit a quiet bay and enjoy some kayaking! While cruising, thrill to scenic mountain peaks. Enjoy a presentation by our onboard Naturalist on the marine life of the area and visit a sea lion “haul out” with hundreds of these noisy mammals in the wilderness. We will pass “Eldred Rock” lighthouse, named after Sarah Eldred and have an opportunity to take pictures. Tonight we will port in the village of Haines, AK.
Day 3 - Haines, AK- This morning it’s a leisurely “Brunch”. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy to town of Haines, See the only museum of its kind. 3000 hammers of all sorts and types, and an exhibit from the Smithsonian museum! You’ll also have visit the rehabilitation museum for local birds and animals. Learn about the salmon runs and more. Afterwards, you might enjoy some shopping. The is some excellent native art work as well. Tonight we will cruise during dinner to Skagway, AK. We should be arriving around 8:00 PM, if you choose to take a walk through town. (Brunch, cocktails, Dinner) (Brunch, Cocktails, Dinner)
Day 4 - Skagway, AK- We start our day in Skagway with a local guided tour and some time at the Park Service museum and interpretive center. This afternoon, you are on your own to enjoy the town. You may choose to buy a ride on the historic, White Horse railway, it is one of America’s scenic wonders. You may also enjoy some of Alaska’s best shopping; from furs, jewelry, native carvings, etc... We’ll cruise during dinner then relax at our evening anchorage.
Day 5 - Hoonah, AK- Today we enjoy a Tlingit Tribal Dance. Shop and stroll in the old Icy Strait Point Cannery. We may also visit the local village of Hoohan and enjoy a presentation from the local native carvers. They have been working on some new Totem Poles for “The Famous Glacier Bay” celebrations in the future. Tonight we will enjoy another quiet anchorage.
Day 6 -Glacier Bay, AK- Our day starts early as we transfer to our Exploration vessel in Glacier Bay National Park. We are educated and entertained by a National Park Service Ranger. You will visit the majestic Tidewater Glaciers of this Historic Park. Once the vision of John Muir, now a full day of ice flowing wilderness. You’ll cover over 140 miles of this icy wonderland. Afterwards, return to the Island Spirit for cocktails and cruising with another sumptuous dinner.
Day 7 - Kayaking, Captain’s Dinner- Cruise today in whale rich waters with Sea Otters, Dahl’s porpoise and Humpback whales. Your Captain will take you to a secluded bay for kayaking and exploring by small boat. Afterwards, enjoy a presentation on the heritage of the area and some of the sites you’ve seen over our trip. Our anchorage tonight will allow time for a guided skiff tour with our onboard naturalist. Tonight is Captain’s Dinner, please dress casual.
Day 8 - Sitka, AK- Some morning cruising today while we come to port in Sitka, AK. We’ll enjoy a narrated tour of the community. The tour includes local museums, the Raptor rehabilitation center, Totem Park, the visit the Russian Orthodox Church. Afterwards, there will be some time to shop for you Alaskan trinkets before coming back aboard the Island Spirit for our final evening together.
Day 9 - Sitka, AK- Morning breakfast aboard the Island Spirit, followed by transfers to airport, or hotels. Please note, all guests must disembark by 11:00 AM as the crew must prepare the vessel for the next cruise. We do not provide afternoon transfers to airport. (Breakfast)