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Exploring Muir's Wilderness (Safari Explorer)

“Hopelessly beyond description,” said John Muir of his beloved Alaska. Behold—inspiration on a grand scale, the crack of white thunder, whales and wildlife, and Glacier Bay National Park.

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Holiday 2017: June 30
25 August, 2017 to 01 September, 2017 Make a booking request for Exploring Muir's Wilderness (Safari Explorer), departing on 25 August, 2017

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.

Master Stateroom £ 5791 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, windowed door and view window, private bath with and shower.
Commander Stateroom £ 6295 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
King or twin beds, windowed door and view window, private bath with and shower.
Single Stateroom £ 6715 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Queen bed, windowed door and view window, private bath with and shower.
Captain Stateroom £ 6715 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
King or twin beds, windowed door and view window, private bath with Jacuzzi hot tub and shower.
Admiral Stateroom £ 7555 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
King or twin beds, windowed door or view windows, private bath with Jacuzzi hot tub and shower.
Commodore Suite £ 8815 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Separate sitting area, king or twin beds. View window and a sliding glass door opening to as small balcony, private bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower.
01 September, 2017 to 08 September, 2017 Make a booking request for Exploring Muir's Wilderness (Safari Explorer), departing on 01 September, 2017

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.

Master Stateroom £ 5791 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, windowed door and view window, private bath with and shower.
Commander Stateroom £ 6295 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
King or twin beds, windowed door and view window, private bath with and shower.
Captain Stateroom £ 6715 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
King or twin beds, windowed door and view window, private bath with Jacuzzi hot tub and shower.
Single Stateroom £ 6715 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Queen bed, windowed door and view window, private bath with and shower.
Admiral Stateroom £ 7555 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
King or twin beds, windowed door or view windows, private bath with Jacuzzi hot tub and shower.
Commodore Suite £ 8815 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Separate sitting area, king or twin beds. View window and a sliding glass door opening to as small balcony, private bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower.

Exploring Muir's Wilderness (Safari Explorer) itinerary:

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DAY 1 Juneau, Alaska – Embarkation
Accompanied by your new travel companions, the captain and crew welcome you aboard then set sail bound for Icy Strait!
DAY 2 Icy Strait
It’ll be an action-packed first day! In some of the richest whale waters of Southeast Alaska, join the captain on the bridge or go on deck with your expedition team watching for the telltale blow of humpbacks. These nutrient-rich waters are also home to porpoise, sea lions, and other wildlife. Later today, set your eyes on shore for possible bear sightings—lumbering about for an afternoon nosh—as you explore the remote coastline by skiff and kayak. Take in the evening solitude with a relaxing soak in the upper deck hot tub or a tranquil view from the bow.
DAY 3 Glacier Bay National Park
It’s a day John Muir would’ve delighted in, but the majesty of Glacier Bay National Park is all yours to relish in today. Covered entirely by ice, as recently as 1795, discover the glaciological history of the park on a guided hike at Bartlett Cove. A National Park Ranger steps on board helping to spot colonies of guillemots, puffins, and cormorants on South Marble Island and sharing Glacier Bay’s history and greatness as you cruise deeper into the park. Explore Muir’s legacy of glaciology in the perfect “classroom”—at the tidal edges of the Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers. Dress warmly, and ward off the chill as you enjoy an up-close view of their towering blue ice faces.
DAY 4 Chatham Strait / Kuiu Island
The options are aplenty—it's Captain's Choice today. Stretching for 150 miles within the Tongass National Forest and chockfull of mysterious hidden coves, the narrow and deep passageway of Chatham Strait separates the Baranof Islands on the west with Kuiu to the east. Life teems below the surface and above—as you set out uncovering the gems of this untouched wilderness, take a tally of all that you spy by kayak, paddle board, or skiff. Enjoy a nightcap in the lounge with your fellow shipmates and trade stories of the many discoveries you made
DAY 5 Thomas Bay
The Coast Mountain Range rises above Thomas Bay, sheltering the glacial landscapes of this remote wilderness. It’s a magical place, and led by your expedition team you can test your paddling skills, or opt for some R & R and hot cocoa on a skiff tour of the fjord. Uncover myriad sea life on an intertidal shore walk, or hike inland learning about the rainforest that blankets Southeast Alaska.
DAY 6 Port Houghton
Port Houghton is synonymous with the wildest Alaskan wilderness. As Muir did on his explorations in the late 1800s, feel the immensity of this cove’s remoteness. Calm as glass water. Misty mountains. And while you won’t likely come across other humans, you’re sure to cross paths with blue heron, bald eagles, harbor seals, oystercatchers, or black bear. Hike along a lushly vegetated river, or if it’s low-tide investigate tide pools. Navigating by your internal compass or with a guide, kayak and paddle board along the towering fjord or explore the wilds of a salt chuck. It doesn’t get more remote than this!
DAY 7 Endicott Arm / Fords Terror
Snow covered mountains, glowing blues, and the white thunder of calving ice take your breath away at the face of Dawes Glacier. Navigate ice bergs by skiff for a once-in-a-lifetime glacier view. As you glide through Endicott Arm you’ll likely find a few seals taking respite on the glaciers smaller “bergy bits.” Tides permitting, explore the narrow passage of Fords Terror. Join the captain for a farewell toast during dinner, and afterwards, your expedition team provides an entertaining recap of your week’s adventure.
DAY 8 Juneau – Disembarkation
After a delicious breakfast, wish your travel companions fair winds. You’ll be transferred to the Juneau airport, your Un-Cruise hotel stay or land tour.
Please Note:
Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order days may occur to maximize your experience.

Exploring Muir's Wilderness (Safari Explorer) reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
Please Note: *
Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order days may occur to maximize your experience.
DAY 8 Juneau – Disembarkation *
After a delicious breakfast, wish your travel companions fair winds. You’ll be transferred to the Juneau airport, your Un-Cruise hotel stay or land tour.
DAY 7 Endicott Arm / Fords Terror *
Snow covered mountains, glowing blues, and the white thunder of calving ice take your breath away at the face of Dawes Glacier. Navigate ice bergs by skiff for a once-in-a-lifetime glacier view. As you glide through Endicott Arm you’ll likely find a few seals taking respite on the glaciers smaller “bergy bits.” Tides permitting, explore the narrow passage of Fords Terror. Join the captain for a farewell toast during dinner, and afterwards, your expedition team provides an entertaining recap of your week’s adventure.
DAY 6 Port Houghton *
Port Houghton is synonymous with the wildest Alaskan wilderness. As Muir did on his explorations in the late 1800s, feel the immensity of this cove’s remoteness. Calm as glass water. Misty mountains. And while you won’t likely come across other humans, you’re sure to cross paths with blue heron, bald eagles, harbor seals, oystercatchers, or black bear. Hike along a lushly vegetated river, or if it’s low-tide investigate tide pools. Navigating by your internal compass or with a guide, kayak and paddle board along the towering fjord or explore the wilds of a salt chuck. It doesn’t get more remote than this!
DAY 5 Thomas Bay *
The Coast Mountain Range rises above Thomas Bay, sheltering the glacial landscapes of this remote wilderness. It’s a magical place, and led by your expedition team you can test your paddling skills, or opt for some R & R and hot cocoa on a skiff tour of the fjord. Uncover myriad sea life on an intertidal shore walk, or hike inland learning about the rainforest that blankets Southeast Alaska.
DAY 4 Chatham Strait / Kuiu Island *
The options are aplenty—it's Captain's Choice today. Stretching for 150 miles within the Tongass National Forest and chockfull of mysterious hidden coves, the narrow and deep passageway of Chatham Strait separates the Baranof Islands on the west with Kuiu to the east. Life teems below the surface and above—as you set out uncovering the gems of this untouched wilderness, take a tally of all that you spy by kayak, paddle board, or skiff. Enjoy a nightcap in the lounge with your fellow shipmates and trade stories of the many discoveries you made
DAY 3 Glacier Bay National Park *
It’s a day John Muir would’ve delighted in, but the majesty of Glacier Bay National Park is all yours to relish in today. Covered entirely by ice, as recently as 1795, discover the glaciological history of the park on a guided hike at Bartlett Cove. A National Park Ranger steps on board helping to spot colonies of guillemots, puffins, and cormorants on South Marble Island and sharing Glacier Bay’s history and greatness as you cruise deeper into the park. Explore Muir’s legacy of glaciology in the perfect “classroom”—at the tidal edges of the Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers. Dress warmly, and ward off the chill as you enjoy an up-close view of their towering blue ice faces.
DAY 2 Icy Strait *
It’ll be an action-packed first day! In some of the richest whale waters of Southeast Alaska, join the captain on the bridge or go on deck with your expedition team watching for the telltale blow of humpbacks. These nutrient-rich waters are also home to porpoise, sea lions, and other wildlife. Later today, set your eyes on shore for possible bear sightings—lumbering about for an afternoon nosh—as you explore the remote coastline by skiff and kayak. Take in the evening solitude with a relaxing soak in the upper deck hot tub or a tranquil view from the bow.
DAY 1 Juneau, Alaska – Embarkation *
Accompanied by your new travel companions, the captain and crew welcome you aboard then set sail bound for Icy Strait!
* = Indicative
Map for Exploring Muir's Wilderness (Safari Explorer)
Safari Explorer, the ship servicing Exploring Muir's Wilderness (Safari Explorer)

Safari Explorer

Vessel Type: Small Ship

Length: 145 ft

Passenger Capacity: 36

Built / refurbished: 1998 / 2008

 

The Safari Explorer, our flagship, is a 36-guest luxury yacht perfectly designed for "luxury in the pursuit of adventure." Features include an intimate Wine Library and spa area including a large on-deck hot tub (Alaska), sauna, fitness equipment, yoga classes, and a complimentary massage.

 

Aboard the yacht, three public decks provide plenty of room for mingling, relaxing, and enjoying the fresh air. And a full-beam swim step makes for easy access in the water. Adventure equipment onboard includes kayaks and stand-up paddle boards; inflatable skiffs; hiking poles; fishing poles and tackle; yoga mats; and hydrophones for listening to below-surface sounds.

 

There are six stateroom categories aboard the Safari Explorer:  Single; Master; Commander; Captain; Admiral; and Commodore Suite. Depending on the stateroom, singles, doubles or triples can be accommodated.

 

Common to all Safari Explorer staterooms are:  Heated tile floors in bathroom; Tempur-Pedic® memory foam mattresses; Flat-screen TV/DVD; iPod docking station; and View windows (no portholes).

 

Cabin layout for Safari Explorer
• Glacier Bay National Park—UNESCO World Heritage Site

• View glaciers—Dawes and, Grand Pacific, Margerie, or Johns Hopkins

• Park ranger joins you on board in Glacier Bay

• Whale watching in Icy Strait

• Forest hike at Glacier Bay National Park headquarters in Bartlett Cove

• Unmatched birding and wildlife viewing

• Kayak, paddle board, and skiff exploration in Port Houghton and Chatham Strait

• Intertidal shore walks and hikes at Port Houghton and Thomas Bay
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