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Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (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.
21 April, 2018 to 28 April, 2018 Make a booking request for Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 21 April, 2018

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.

Trailblazer Cabin £ 3345 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 3653 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 4096 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Explorer Cabin £ 4616 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
28 April, 2018 to 05 May, 2018 (reverse) Make a booking request for Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 28 April, 2018

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.

Trailblazer Cabin £ 3345 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 3653 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 4096 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Explorer Cabin £ 4616 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
19 May, 2018 to 26 May, 2018 Make a booking request for Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 19 May, 2018

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.

Trailblazer Cabin £ 3345 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 3653 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 4096 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Explorer Cabin £ 4616 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
26 May, 2018 to 02 June, 2018 (reverse) Make a booking request for Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 26 May, 2018

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.

Trailblazer Cabin £ 3345 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 3653 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 4096 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Explorer Cabin £ 4616 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
16 June, 2018 to 23 June, 2018 Make a booking request for Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 16 June, 2018

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.

Trailblazer Cabin £ 3807 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 4154 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 4789 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Explorer Cabin £ 5078 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
23 June, 2018 to 30 June, 2018 (reverse) Make a booking request for Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 23 June, 2018

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.

Trailblazer Cabin £ 3807 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 4154 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 4789 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Explorer Cabin £ 5078 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
14 July, 2018 to 21 July, 2018 Make a booking request for Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 14 July, 2018

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.

Trailblazer Cabin £ 3807 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 4154 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 4789 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Explorer Cabin £ 5078 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
21 July, 2018 to 28 July, 2018 (reverse) Make a booking request for Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 21 July, 2018

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.

Trailblazer Cabin £ 3807 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 4154 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 4789 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Explorer Cabin £ 5078 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
11 August, 2018 to 18 August, 2018 Make a booking request for Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 11 August, 2018

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.

Trailblazer Cabin £ 3807 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 4154 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 4789 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Explorer Cabin £ 5078 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
18 August, 2018 to 25 August, 2018 (reverse) Make a booking request for Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 18 August, 2018

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.

Trailblazer Cabin £ 3807 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 4154 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 4789 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Explorer Cabin £ 5078 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
08 September, 2018 to 15 September, 2018 Make a booking request for Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 08 September, 2018

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.

Trailblazer Cabin £ 3345 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 3653 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 4096 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Explorer Cabin £ 4616 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
15 September, 2018 to 22 September, 2018 (reverse) Make a booking request for Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 15 September, 2018

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.

Trailblazer Cabin £ 3345 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 3653 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 4096 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Explorer Cabin £ 4616 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
22 September, 2018 to 29 September, 2018 Make a booking request for Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 22 September, 2018

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.

Trailblazer Cabin £ 2883 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 3191 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 3403 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Explorer Cabin £ 4154 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
29 September, 2018 to 06 October, 2018 (reverse) Make a booking request for Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 29 September, 2018

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.

Trailblazer Cabin £ 2883 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 3191 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 3403 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Explorer Cabin £ 4154 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 250 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo

Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer) itinerary:

show reverse itinerary
Day 1 - Juneau, Alaska – Embarkation
There’s nothing like a hearty greeting from your crew and some bon voyage bubbly. With all souls settled in on board, you’re underway. From the bow, Southeast Alaska welcomes you with Coast Mountain views.
Day 2 - Captain’s Choice
Lynn Canal or Chatham Strait, your captain makes the call. Either choice, go with the flow. The water is fine. The guides help you gear up, and lead your adventure along the rocky outcroppings. By kayak or paddle board, take in the size of this wilderness. Bald eagles dot the tree tops. Harbor seals bob up and under. Pods of orcas—the largest in the dolphin family—skim along the water’s surface.
Day 3 - Glacier Bay National Park
What a privilege. At 3.3 million acres—this UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve is massive. At Bartlett Cove, a park ranger joins in on your day’s exploration and shares the park’s history. Orange-beaked puffins, guillemots, marbled murrelets are just a few possible sightings. Keep a tally—the list will grow. Arriving at South Marble Island, you can hear and smell ‘em before you see ‘em—it’s a haulout for sea lions. Perched above around the bend, watch for mountain goats, and lower along shore, foraging bears. Up bay, glacial silt turns the water a milky white. Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers—one holding steady, the other retreating. Lounging harbor seals laze on bits of bergs. And if time allows, tuck up in Tidal Inlet. End this very full day with your feet up for the sail into Icy Strait.
Day 4 - Icy Strait
Nearly to the Pacific Ocean, Icy Strait is remote and wild. The plan? Whales and marine mammals. Spouts and fin slaps are certain giveaways. More rollicking sea lions and birds. But don’t forget to look straight down. Porpoises and dolphins may hitch a ride on the bow wave. And don’t worry about missing any wildlife; it’s a favorite mission of the crew to point out any creatures they spot. Make a break for it and head for a quiet pocket along the rugged coastline. A different sort of wild than the open strait, muskeg leads to forest bushwhacks. Skiff the shore and down along kelp-threaded channels.
Day 5 - Chichagof Island / Peril Strait
Kick off the morn with on-deck yoga stretches (your guides love it when you join them). Meander through glacier-carved fjords along the Chichagof coast. Then stop. It’s a prime time to lower the kayaks and skiffs. Camera in hand, set off on land and sea explorations. Closer inspection by skiff, moss-dripping trees run right down to the water. Any bears in there? With one of the world’s largest populations of bears, it’s possible. Go searching for giant trees and tidal pools. Hiking in the Tongass, it won’t take long to find them. Your eagle-eyed guides lead the pack—and pull up the rear. Later, wend along a twisting channel known for dramatic currents. Peril Strait runs 50 miles to Salisbury Sound.
Day 6 - Sergius Narrows / Neva Strait
There’s an eerie, enigmatic feeling in these woods. Morning fog catches like cotton balls on trees. The aptly named narrows squeezes to only 300 feet wide in one spot and a shallow 24 feet deep. The shorelines are close and it’s good territory for play. Skiff ashore and hike into the backcountry. Otters back float working to crack snacks resting on their bellies. Opening at Hoonah Sound, the squeeze is back on. Wind into Neva Strait. Watch the scenery change in the late fading light—from the hot tub of course.
Day 7 - Krestof & Nakwasina Sounds
There aren’t many straight lines along Baranof Island. Its western side is spattered with remote, uninhabited islands. These features mean endless opportunities for adventure. Secluded coves. Tree-covered islets. Drop anchor, pick your modus operandi, and get going. Kayak, paddle board, or skiff—you’re on the level with curious sea lions and possibly whales. Rocky intertidal zones make good beach combing. Turn a stone or two to see what’s underneath. There are no groomed trails here—get out on a guided hike John Muir would approve of. Toast your voyage with a festive Farewell Dinner and a “photo journal” of your trip. A gift to you, from your expedition team.
Day 8 - Sitka, Alaska – Disembarkation
Cruise into Sitka this morning over breakfast. Farewell new friends! Disembark and transfer to the airport.
Please Note:
Itineraries are guidelines and variations and the order of days will occur to maximize your experience.

Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer) reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
Please Note: *
Itineraries are guidelines and variations and the order of days will occur to maximize your experience.
Day 8 - Sitka, Alaska – Disembarkation *
Cruise into Sitka this morning over breakfast. Farewell new friends! Disembark and transfer to the airport.
Day 7 - Krestof & Nakwasina Sounds *
There aren’t many straight lines along Baranof Island. Its western side is spattered with remote, uninhabited islands. These features mean endless opportunities for adventure. Secluded coves. Tree-covered islets. Drop anchor, pick your modus operandi, and get going. Kayak, paddle board, or skiff—you’re on the level with curious sea lions and possibly whales. Rocky intertidal zones make good beach combing. Turn a stone or two to see what’s underneath. There are no groomed trails here—get out on a guided hike John Muir would approve of. Toast your voyage with a festive Farewell Dinner and a “photo journal” of your trip. A gift to you, from your expedition team.
Day 6 - Sergius Narrows / Neva Strait *
There’s an eerie, enigmatic feeling in these woods. Morning fog catches like cotton balls on trees. The aptly named narrows squeezes to only 300 feet wide in one spot and a shallow 24 feet deep. The shorelines are close and it’s good territory for play. Skiff ashore and hike into the backcountry. Otters back float working to crack snacks resting on their bellies. Opening at Hoonah Sound, the squeeze is back on. Wind into Neva Strait. Watch the scenery change in the late fading light—from the hot tub of course.
Day 5 - Chichagof Island / Peril Strait *
Kick off the morn with on-deck yoga stretches (your guides love it when you join them). Meander through glacier-carved fjords along the Chichagof coast. Then stop. It’s a prime time to lower the kayaks and skiffs. Camera in hand, set off on land and sea explorations. Closer inspection by skiff, moss-dripping trees run right down to the water. Any bears in there? With one of the world’s largest populations of bears, it’s possible. Go searching for giant trees and tidal pools. Hiking in the Tongass, it won’t take long to find them. Your eagle-eyed guides lead the pack—and pull up the rear. Later, wend along a twisting channel known for dramatic currents. Peril Strait runs 50 miles to Salisbury Sound.
Day 4 - Icy Strait *
Nearly to the Pacific Ocean, Icy Strait is remote and wild. The plan? Whales and marine mammals. Spouts and fin slaps are certain giveaways. More rollicking sea lions and birds. But don’t forget to look straight down. Porpoises and dolphins may hitch a ride on the bow wave. And don’t worry about missing any wildlife; it’s a favorite mission of the crew to point out any creatures they spot. Make a break for it and head for a quiet pocket along the rugged coastline. A different sort of wild than the open strait, muskeg leads to forest bushwhacks. Skiff the shore and down along kelp-threaded channels.
Day 3 - Glacier Bay National Park *
What a privilege. At 3.3 million acres—this UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve is massive. At Bartlett Cove, a park ranger joins in on your day’s exploration and shares the park’s history. Orange-beaked puffins, guillemots, marbled murrelets are just a few possible sightings. Keep a tally—the list will grow. Arriving at South Marble Island, you can hear and smell ‘em before you see ‘em—it’s a haulout for sea lions. Perched above around the bend, watch for mountain goats, and lower along shore, foraging bears. Up bay, glacial silt turns the water a milky white. Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers—one holding steady, the other retreating. Lounging harbor seals laze on bits of bergs. And if time allows, tuck up in Tidal Inlet. End this very full day with your feet up for the sail into Icy Strait.
Day 2 - Captain’s Choice *
Lynn Canal or Chatham Strait, your captain makes the call. Either choice, go with the flow. The water is fine. The guides help you gear up, and lead your adventure along the rocky outcroppings. By kayak or paddle board, take in the size of this wilderness. Bald eagles dot the tree tops. Harbor seals bob up and under. Pods of orcas—the largest in the dolphin family—skim along the water’s surface.
Day 1 - Juneau, Alaska – Embarkation *
There’s nothing like a hearty greeting from your crew and some bon voyage bubbly. With all souls settled in on board, you’re underway. From the bow, Southeast Alaska welcomes you with Coast Mountain views.
* = Indicative
Map for Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer)
Wilderness Explorer, the ship servicing Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (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
• Glacier Bay National Park—UNESCO World Heritage Site

• Whale watching in Icy Strait

• Explorations along Peril Strait and Sergius Narrows

• Park ranger joins you on board in Glacier Bay National Park

• Observe a bird colony and sea lion haulout at South Marble Island

• Hike the forested shores of Chichagof and Baranof Islands

• Discover the intertidal zones of Krestof and Nakwasina Sounds

• Kayak, paddle board, and skiff in glacial fjords

• Captain’s Choice exploration of “not in the guidebook” places
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