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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.
27 April, 2019 to 04 May, 2019 Make a booking request for Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 27 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 £ 2769 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 3309 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 3615 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Explorer Cabin £ 4465 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 4579 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
04 May, 2019 to 11 May, 2019 (reverse) Make a booking request for Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 04 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 £ 2769 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 3309 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 3615 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Explorer Cabin £ 4465 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 4579 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
25 May, 2019 to 01 June, 2019 Make a booking request for Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 25 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 £ 3235 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 3769 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 4155 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Explorer Cabin £ 4925 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 5349 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
01 June, 2019 to 08 June, 2019 (reverse) Make a booking request for Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 01 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 £ 3235 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 3769 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 4155 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Explorer Cabin £ 4925 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 5349 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
22 June, 2019 to 29 June, 2019 Make a booking request for Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 22 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 £ 3849 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 4385 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 4775 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Explorer Cabin £ 5695 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 6349 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
29 June, 2019 to 06 July, 2019 (reverse) Make a booking request for Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 29 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 £ 3849 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 4385 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 4775 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Explorer Cabin £ 5695 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 6349 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
20 July, 2019 to 27 July, 2019 Make a booking request for Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 20 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 £ 3849 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 4385 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 4775 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Explorer Cabin £ 5695 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 6349 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
27 July, 2019 to 03 August, 2019 (reverse) Make a booking request for Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 27 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 £ 3849 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 4385 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 4775 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Explorer Cabin £ 5695 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 6349 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
17 August, 2019 to 24 August, 2019 Make a booking request for Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 17 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 £ 3849 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 4385 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 4775 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Explorer Cabin £ 5695 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 6349 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
24 August, 2019 to 31 August, 2019 (reverse) Make a booking request for Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 24 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 £ 3849 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 4385 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 4775 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Explorer Cabin £ 5695 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 6349 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
14 September, 2019 to 21 September, 2019 Make a booking request for Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 14 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 £ 3235 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 3769 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 4155 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Explorer Cabin £ 4925 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 5349 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
21 September, 2019 to 28 September, 2019 (reverse) Make a booking request for Northern Passages & Glacier Bay (Wilderness Explorer), departing on 21 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 £ 3235 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 3769 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 4155 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Explorer Cabin £ 4925 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 5349 GBP pp (+ Port fees and taxes 375 USD pp)

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
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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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