Small Alaska Ship
This itinerary is for the Hinterlands Cruise
(Unless listed, each day’s meals include: Breakfast, lunch, cocktails, dinner)
Day 1 - Petersburg, AK
Boarding Ship at 12:00 PM. Enjoy lunch, meet your crew, freshen up. After lunch we depart the vessel for a tour to the Muskeg trail and stop at the local museum. Enjoy the local history and comraderie of this quaint fishing community. We sail later this afternoon at cocktail hour, bound for Thomas Bay, setting our sights on a peaceful night's sleep and preparing for a big day ahead. Watch for Humpback Whales in this area.
Day 2 - Thomas Bay - Baird Glacier
Early morning kayaking in Scenery Cove. Prepare yourself for a Special Glacial experience! We visit Baird Glacier, winding among the ice flows. Bring your camera, this is special! Careful where we walk, this is a Tern Nesting site. This afternoon we watch the antics of hundreds of mamouth Sea Lions! Then we move on to an evening campfire by the native community of Kake, AK. We plan to have a native elder join us for some history and stories of the locals. Anchor tonight in this peaceful bay.
Day 3 - Red Bluff Bay
We’re underway during breakfast. We’re cruising this morning to Red Bluff Bay. View the red hills around us as we enter this beautiful protected bay. Kayaks are in the water, enjoy some touring and keep a sharp eye for Brown Bears. We are surrounded by Baranoff Island-known for large coastal brown bears. Cruise around in one of our small boats with our naturalist and learn about the bay. Later, we cruise north this afternoon in search of waterfalls and tranquility.
Day 4 - Tenekee Springs, AK
This morning we make our way to Tenakee Springs. This wonderful village invites the Island Spirit for a visit. It gives us the opportunity to see how a quaint Alaskan town of a hundred or so lives in the wild. Visit the bakery and local merchantile. Later his afternoon we watch for whales as we cruise north in Chattam Strait. We anchor tonight by Cape Retreat. View the lighthouse and learn about its history as we cruise by.
Day 5 - Juneau, Alaska’s Capitol
We cruise this morning to the state Capitol-Juneau Alaska. You may choose to join our naturalist for an afternoon visit to the local State Museum. You can also visit the shopping area for an Alaskan memento, as it is the only “tourist trap” we visit. We depart at 7pm for some evening cruising to our anchorage - Taku Harbor.
You may wish to add-on one of the many tours in Juneau. Helicopter or Flightseeing or Zipline adventure to name a few. There’s also a nice interpretive center at Mendenhall Glacier.
Day 6 - Taku Harbor - Fords Terror
Kayaking anyone? Or, a walk around the old cannery ruins? Maybe you’ll find a treasure from years past? We enjoy cruising in some of the most scenic areas of the Tongass national forest. Watch the ice flows build around us today as we pass our first hanging Glacier - Sum Dum Glacier. Later this afternoon we enter one of natures most spectacular places - Fords Terror - a glacial carved Fjord. Keep an eye for bears in here. Revel in the beauty of tonights hidden Jewel. No other Small Ship spends a full 24 hours here!
Day 7 - Fords Terror - Dawes Inlet
Brunch is served. We will enjoy a full day in Ford’s Terror, beginning the day with brunch, then taking Skiff rides with our naturalist, or kayaking to watch nature at its best. Be among a handful on the planet to visit this Majestic Fjord, one of the most majestic hidden Fjords. Dinner cruise among the ice to our anchorage. Cruising SE in Endicott arm, watch for seal pups on the ice flows! Anchor tonight - Dawes Inlet
Day 8- Dawes Glacier
Underway early this morning for a great day of sight and Sounds…Listen for the thunder of calving ice. We spend time up close and personal with Dawes Glacier. Close enough for great views…far enough off to stay safe. (chunks of ice hundreds of feet long may break off the face while we visit) After or visit to this Tidewater glacier, we cruise south toward our final port. We enjoy watching for humpback whales one more time as we make our way to Portage Cove. It’s our final quiet anchorage before going back into the world tomorrow!
Day 9- Petersburg, AK
We port this morning in Petersburg around 9 AM. This morning you will enjoy your final breakfast aboard the Island Spirit at 8:30 AM. Followed by transfers to hotels or airport. (Please note, all guests are required to disembark by 12:00 pm. so we may ready the vessel for our next cruise).
Please note, itineraries vary per Captains digression. Per weather and wildlife.
We will always strive to provide the best trip available! Some things may change due to weather, wildlife, tour availability, etc.
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