Alaskan Dream - Based in Sitka, Alaska
Cruising as a family provides an opportunity to strengthen bonds through shared discoveries and learning, creating memories that span the generations. These voyages feature an onboard Youth Expedition Leader who leads activities, exploration, and educational programs tailored for children age 7 and older. As you venture off the beaten path you'll disconnect from a fast-paced world and connect with the remarkable wildlife, cultures, and natural wonders of Alaska. *Children age 15 and under receive 30% off listed cruise fares.
Day 1: Sitka
Explore beautiful Sitka, the only community in Southeast Alaska that faces the open ocean waters of the Gulf of Alaska. Highlights of the day:
-Get up close and personal with a giant Pacific octopus and handle starfish, sea cucumber, and more at the Sitka Sound Science Center
-View majestic birds of prey at the Alaska Raptor Center
-Visit the fascinating Sheldon Jackson Museum to learn about the state's rich Alaska Native history
-Experience the Fortress of the Bear rescue center
-Embark for the winding narrows north of town while searching for bald eagles, sea otters, bears, whales, and other wildlife.
Day 2 Saginaw Bay
Enjoy kayak and DIB (shallow water expedition craft) exploration in northern Kuiu Island's Saginaw Bay. Beachcomb or hike along the beautiful secluded coastline of the area, where marine fossils are sometimes found.
Day 3 Petersburg/Frederick Sound
Discover the charming Mitkof Island fishing town of Petersburg. Founded by Norwegian fishermen in the late 1800s, Petersburg is nicknamed Alaska's "Little Norway." Experience this Scandinavian culture with a folk dance show by local youth at the iconic Sons of Norway Hall. Later, enjoy a narrated bus tour and take time to explore the vibrant community at your own leisure. Scout for humpback whales and other marine mammals in the world-renowned whale waters of Frederick Sound. Humpbacks are famous for behavior that lends itself to incredible viewing and photography, such as tail lobbing, lunge feeding, pectoral slapping, breaching, and picturesque dives that showcase their massive flukes.
Day 4 Tracy Arm Fjord
Journey through Tracy Arm Fjord, an area the famous naturalist John Muir referred to as, "A wild, unfinished Yosemite.' This glacial fjord is renowned for its pristine waterfalls, towering icebergs, abundant harbor seals, and granite cliffs that rise from sea level to 4,000 feet. At 32-miles long and averaging just a mile wide, the unique features of Tracy Arm are contained in a relatively small geographical space, adding to the dramatic beauty of the area. As ice conditions permit, we'll navigate the entire length of the fjord, stopping in view of both the Sawyer and South Sawyer Glaciers. DIB excursions provide the opportunity to view the majesty of the area in even greater detail.
Day 5 Juneau & Orca Pt Lodge
Spend the day visiting highlights of the scenic capital city of Juneau, including the world famous Mendenhall Glacier, before enjoying a dog sled demonstration. End the day's adventure with a relaxing evening at Orca Point Lodge, our own exclusive day-lodge on Colt Island. Enjoy the beautiful grounds, beach, and marine life touch-tank. Dine on Alaskan salmon, Alaskan king crab, or prime rib from the warmth of the lodge, or nestled next to a beachside bonfire. Roast s'mores, experimenting with a variety of chocolate bar flavors!
Day 6 True Alaska Exploration/Glacier Bay National Park
Savor the serenity of raw wilderness on an unscripted morning and afternoon of Southeast Alaska discovery. The options are countless, dictated by the day's unique circumstances. Opportunities may include a coastline kayak paddle, up-close whale encounters, or a hike through an alluring old-growth forest. We may do a beach landing on an unspoiled shoreline to explore a tidal flat or track along with a foraging bear from the safety of our DIB. Regardless of the activity, you'll experience the magic of the archipelago's many remote coves, bays, and inlets. In the afternoon, we’ll sail into the beautiful Glacier Bay National Park to begin our first day of extended park exploration. Unique opportunities during our voyage through Glacier Bay include a beach trek near the Reid Glacier, a visit to the new Huna Tribal House, and rainforest trails surrounding Glacier Bay Lodge.
Day 7 Glacier Bay National Park
This remarkable national park fjord extends 65-miles, contains eight tidewater glaciers, and provides pristine habitat for a wide-array of wildlife, including both brown and black bears, wolves, mountain goats, Steller sea lions, and humpback whales. The highlight for many is the Margerie Glacier, known for its dramatic calving displays. A Glacier Bay National Park Service Ranger narrates the day's program and a Native Huna Tlingit interpretive naturalist joins us to reveal traditional cultural ties to this ancient treasure.
Day 8 Juneau
Disembark in Alaska's capital city of Juneau. Transfer to the airport or your hotel is complimentary.