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Alaska Fjords & Glaciers (Wilderness Explorer)

Cloud failure or liquid sunshine, our Alaska small ship adventure cruises are perfect for exploration—paddling, hiking, hot tub under the stars, “polar bear plunges,” even playing in the mud with your expert expedition team. Glacier Bay National Park; Native totems; breaching whales; soaring eagles; rainforests; northern lights. Do as much or as little as you like on an unforgettable journey.

Themed Departures Available for this Itinerary

Photography
A professional photographer guest host guides you on capturing the perfect shots—onboard, in-the-field, and one-on-one.
2018: May 5
06 April, 2019 to 13 April, 2019 (reverse) Make a booking request for Alaska Fjords & Glaciers (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 06 April, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Navigator Cabin £ 2309 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 2925 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 3235 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 3809 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Explorer Cabin £ 4079 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
11 May, 2019 to 18 May, 2019 Make a booking request for Alaska Fjords & Glaciers (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 11 May, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Navigator Cabin £ 2925 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 3539 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 3849 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Explorer Cabin £ 4619 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 4849 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
18 May, 2019 to 25 May, 2019 (reverse) Make a booking request for Alaska Fjords & Glaciers (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 18 May, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Navigator Cabin £ 2925 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 3539 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 3849 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Explorer Cabin £ 4619 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 4849 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
08 June, 2019 to 15 June, 2019 Make a booking request for Alaska Fjords & Glaciers (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 08 June, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Navigator Cabin £ 2925 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 3539 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 3849 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Explorer Cabin £ 4619 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 4849 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
15 June, 2019 to 22 June, 2019 (reverse) Make a booking request for Alaska Fjords & Glaciers (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 15 June, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Navigator Cabin £ 2925 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 3539 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 3849 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Explorer Cabin £ 4619 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 4849 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
06 July, 2019 to 13 July, 2019 Make a booking request for Alaska Fjords & Glaciers (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 06 July, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Navigator Cabin £ 3465 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 4079 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 4465 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Explorer Cabin £ 5389 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 5735 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
13 July, 2019 to 20 July, 2019 (reverse) Make a booking request for Alaska Fjords & Glaciers (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 13 July, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Navigator Cabin £ 3465 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 4079 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 4465 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Explorer Cabin £ 5389 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 5735 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
03 August, 2019 to 10 August, 2019 Make a booking request for Alaska Fjords & Glaciers (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 03 August, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Navigator Cabin £ 3465 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 4079 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 4465 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Explorer Cabin £ 5389 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 5735 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
10 August, 2019 to 17 August, 2019 (reverse) Make a booking request for Alaska Fjords & Glaciers (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 10 August, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Navigator Cabin £ 3465 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 4079 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 4465 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Explorer Cabin £ 5389 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 5735 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
31 August, 2019 to 07 September, 2019 Make a booking request for Alaska Fjords & Glaciers (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 31 August, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Navigator Cabin £ 2925 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 3539 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 3849 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Explorer Cabin £ 4619 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 4849 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
07 September, 2019 to 14 September, 2019 (reverse) Make a booking request for Alaska Fjords & Glaciers (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 07 September, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Navigator Cabin £ 2925 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 3539 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 3849 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Explorer Cabin £ 4619 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 4849 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
28 September, 2019 to 05 October, 2019 Make a booking request for Alaska Fjords & Glaciers (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 28 September, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Navigator Cabin £ 2309 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 2925 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 3235 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 3809 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Explorer Cabin £ 4079 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 375 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo

Alaska Fjords & Glaciers (Wilderness Explorer) itinerary:

show reverse itinerary
DAY 1 Juneau, Alaska – Embarkation
Arriving in Juneau and met with a warm welcome, that’s a good start. You have time to take in a bit of the city once you check in at the hospitality area. But after boarding, grab a glass of bubbly as you push off the dock. Set sail for the Endicott Arm wilderness.
DAY 2 Endicott Arm / Fords Terror
Take an early peek out your window. Fjord cliffs reach skyward. Floating ice. And deep u-shaped valleys. There’s no abracadabra here. Mother Nature’s magic is real. Cruise past harbor seals and their pups lounging on chunks of ice. At the end of Endicott, the blue face of Dawes Glacier is stories high. Will it calve? Listen for a crack and unmistakable white thunder. The name Fords Terror originated from a trick of the tides on an early mariner. And tides permitting, your skiff driver knows its character and guides you along. It’s a mashup of towering walls, temperamental currents, and the Coastal Mountains. So many waterfalls. Mountain goats show off fancy foot work on the cliffs. Look for them.
DAY 3 Stephens Passage
Yoga stretches on-deck jump start the day. Humpback and orca are frequent visitors of this Southeast passage. A misty spout is a sure sign they’re in the neighborhood. Your captain navigates Stephens Passage to Port Houghton. And you’re in for a boot-sucking, paddle-smacking day of adventure with your guide team. The routes are all picked out. Make your choice and make your move. Slip off the kayak launch and take it slow spotting sea stars and shore birds. Hard chargers take a long wild paddle to the salt chuck at the back of the inlet. Or, hike into the Tongass. It’s a landscape of hanging waterfalls and shades green.
DAY 4 Thomas Bay / Wrangell Narrows
When you come this far, you might as well go all in. This is way back backcountry of Alaska's wilderness. Glacial landscapes marked by moraines, muskegs, and mud. In this playground, it’s all an option today. Kayak and skiff in water almost clear as glass. The mirror image of fjord walls plays on the surface. Hike through the outwash of Baird Glacier. Or keep it green tromping through a grassy meadow into the forest. Later, pass by the fishing town of Petersburg and wind into the Wrangell Narrows. Abundant bright red and green navigation lights guide the way. It’s “Christmas Tree Lane”, of course.
DAY 5 Wrangell
Native culture and wildlife have gotten along just fine for centuries. Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska. It’s also the only one ever governed by four nations. The Tlingit cultures have deep roots here. And local islanders come aboard this morning with a presentation that brings their stories and legends to life. Venture into town for a view of recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park. See how many totems you can pick out on each pole. Step inside famed Chief Shakes Tribal House. Can you feel the history in this historic community house?
DAY 6 Behm Canal
Wildlife abounds. Black bears, mink, eagles. In Behm Canal, it’s all remote waterways and the isolated Tongass National Forest. On Cleveland Peninsula, your expedition team leads a low-elevation hike with wide-stretching views. Good opportunities for panoramic shots of Southeast. In the water orca, porpoises, seals, and otters go about their business. Go about yours on a guided paddle along the canal. An intertidal shore walk circles a tall sea stack covered in green.
DAY 7 Misty Fjords National Monument
Its affectionate nickname, “The Yosemite of the North,” is deserved. There are places on the planet that completely overcome you. This is one of them. The beauty. The peace. The sense of place you feel. Misty Fjords National Monument represents nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska. And that alone is a lot to consider. Glacial valleys filled with sea water. Sheer 3,000 foot cliffs. Sea birds, brown and black bears, mountain goats, Sitka black-tailed deer, all find safe haven here. Kayak in Walker Cove or Rudyerd Bay and you find it’s just as easy to paddle and go, as it is to sit and float and take it all in. Or skiff to the base of a waterfall for fjord-released shower. It’s an amazing wrap to your week. Your captain joins you tonight for a Farewell Dinner. Celebrate and reminisce about your Alaskan journey with a “photo journal” by your crew.
DAY 8 Ketchikan, Alaska – Disembarkation
After breakfast this morning, bid adieu to your new pals before you disembark and transfer to the Ketchikan airport.
Please Note:
Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur to maximize your experience.

Alaska Fjords & Glaciers (Wilderness Explorer) reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
Please Note: *
Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur to maximize your experience.
DAY 8 Ketchikan, Alaska – Disembarkation *
After breakfast this morning, bid adieu to your new pals before you disembark and transfer to the Ketchikan airport.
DAY 7 Misty Fjords National Monument *
Its affectionate nickname, “The Yosemite of the North,” is deserved. There are places on the planet that completely overcome you. This is one of them. The beauty. The peace. The sense of place you feel. Misty Fjords National Monument represents nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska. And that alone is a lot to consider. Glacial valleys filled with sea water. Sheer 3,000 foot cliffs. Sea birds, brown and black bears, mountain goats, Sitka black-tailed deer, all find safe haven here. Kayak in Walker Cove or Rudyerd Bay and you find it’s just as easy to paddle and go, as it is to sit and float and take it all in. Or skiff to the base of a waterfall for fjord-released shower. It’s an amazing wrap to your week. Your captain joins you tonight for a Farewell Dinner. Celebrate and reminisce about your Alaskan journey with a “photo journal” by your crew.
DAY 6 Behm Canal *
Wildlife abounds. Black bears, mink, eagles. In Behm Canal, it’s all remote waterways and the isolated Tongass National Forest. On Cleveland Peninsula, your expedition team leads a low-elevation hike with wide-stretching views. Good opportunities for panoramic shots of Southeast. In the water orca, porpoises, seals, and otters go about their business. Go about yours on a guided paddle along the canal. An intertidal shore walk circles a tall sea stack covered in green.
DAY 5 Wrangell *
Native culture and wildlife have gotten along just fine for centuries. Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska. It’s also the only one ever governed by four nations. The Tlingit cultures have deep roots here. And local islanders come aboard this morning with a presentation that brings their stories and legends to life. Venture into town for a view of recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park. See how many totems you can pick out on each pole. Step inside famed Chief Shakes Tribal House. Can you feel the history in this historic community house?
DAY 4 Thomas Bay / Wrangell Narrows *
When you come this far, you might as well go all in. This is way back backcountry of Alaska's wilderness. Glacial landscapes marked by moraines, muskegs, and mud. In this playground, it’s all an option today. Kayak and skiff in water almost clear as glass. The mirror image of fjord walls plays on the surface. Hike through the outwash of Baird Glacier. Or keep it green tromping through a grassy meadow into the forest. Later, pass by the fishing town of Petersburg and wind into the Wrangell Narrows. Abundant bright red and green navigation lights guide the way. It’s “Christmas Tree Lane”, of course.
DAY 3 Stephens Passage *
Yoga stretches on-deck jump start the day. Humpback and orca are frequent visitors of this Southeast passage. A misty spout is a sure sign they’re in the neighborhood. Your captain navigates Stephens Passage to Port Houghton. And you’re in for a boot-sucking, paddle-smacking day of adventure with your guide team. The routes are all picked out. Make your choice and make your move. Slip off the kayak launch and take it slow spotting sea stars and shore birds. Hard chargers take a long wild paddle to the salt chuck at the back of the inlet. Or, hike into the Tongass. It’s a landscape of hanging waterfalls and shades green.
DAY 2 Endicott Arm / Fords Terror *
Take an early peek out your window. Fjord cliffs reach skyward. Floating ice. And deep u-shaped valleys. There’s no abracadabra here. Mother Nature’s magic is real. Cruise past harbor seals and their pups lounging on chunks of ice. At the end of Endicott, the blue face of Dawes Glacier is stories high. Will it calve? Listen for a crack and unmistakable white thunder. The name Fords Terror originated from a trick of the tides on an early mariner. And tides permitting, your skiff driver knows its character and guides you along. It’s a mashup of towering walls, temperamental currents, and the Coastal Mountains. So many waterfalls. Mountain goats show off fancy foot work on the cliffs. Look for them.
DAY 1 Juneau, Alaska – Embarkation *
Arriving in Juneau and met with a warm welcome, that’s a good start. You have time to take in a bit of the city once you check in at the hospitality area. But after boarding, grab a glass of bubbly as you push off the dock. Set sail for the Endicott Arm wilderness.
* = Indicative
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Wilderness Explorer, the ship servicing Alaska Fjords & Glaciers (Wilderness Explorer)

Wilderness Explorer

Vessel Type: Expedition

Length: 186 feet

Passenger Capacity: 76 guests

Built: 1976, renovated in 2012

The newly renovated 76-guest Wilderness Explorer is equipped for action, adventure, and exploration. As with our other expedition vessels, its interior complements the outside and public and private spaces are loaded with amenities. The vessel offers a main lounge featuring a Douglas fir bar top, dining room, and ample space on deck for taking in the great outdoors.

Three accessible decks are fully equipped for comfort and action. Guests enjoy over-the-top views from the bow or from under-the-stars in the hot tub; on-deck sauna and fitness equipment; and the EZ Dock launch platform makes getting in the water a cinch, even for a novice. Onboard are kayaks; stand-up paddle boards; inflatable skiffs; hiking poles; yoga mats; and a hydrophone for listening below-surface.

The three cabin categories aboard the Wilderness Explorer:  Trailblazer; Pathfinder; and Explorer provide single and double accommodation. Common to all Wilderness Explorer cabins are:  Flat-screen TV/DVD; and iPod docking station.

 

Cabin layout for Wilderness Explorer
• Dawes Glacier and ice-rich Endicott Arm

• Whale watching in Stephens Passage

• Adventure exploration in Misty Fjords National Monument

• Tlingit cultural presentation

• Kiksetti Totem Park and Chief Shakes Tribal House visit

• Tongass backcountry by kayak, paddle board, skiff, and hike

• Search for wildlife—bears, Sitka deer, sea lions, eagles, mink, porpoises, mountain goats

• Navigate winding Wrangell Narrows and Behm Canal
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