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Alaska's Western Coves Adventure Cruise

Alaska, United States, Juneau, Ketchikan, Frederick Sound, Endicott Arm, El Capitan Passage, Devilfish Bay, Klawock, Trocadero Bay, Little Port Walter, Bay Of Pillars, The Brothers, Ford’s Terror Wilderness, North America

from $1,795* per person 8 Days May-September
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 2
Operator: AdventureSmith Explorations 12 people max
  • Ketchikan
  • Boats, Barges & Small Ship Cruises trips
Our routes follow the edges of the Tongass National Forest, the nation’s largest national forest, through pristine and remote Alaskan waters. On land, you are almost certain to find your fair share of brown and black bears, mountain goats, Sitka black-tailed deer, mink, river otters, and maybe even, moose. On the water, humpbacks and Orcas, porpoise, sea lions, and seals entertain around most every turn.

With all the excitement surrounding the ship, you will be pleased to indulge your self with the on board amenities as well. Leave the physical world behind in the sauna or hot tub and soothe the soul with pampering massages from our Wellness Directors/Licensed Masseuses. Complimentary yoga classes on deck provide new and interesting ways to soak in the awe-inspiring nature. While daily outdoor pursuits such as kayaking, hiking, caving, fishing, paddle boarding and invigorating swims engage the body and expand the mind.

The Executive Chefs fuel the fun with fresh, healthy cuisine that can accommodate vegetarian or other dietary requests. Designed as an environment where you can be as active as you wish, these small ships are appointed with the thoughtful touches that invite you to relax, unwind and enjoy the cruise through Alaska's wonderful Southeast.

By the use of an "un-cruise" concept, this trip eliminates the hassles of traditional cruising by substituting them for an amazing up-close and personal water based adventure. This means instead of crowds and long lines, there are just 49 like-minded souls seeking adventure with the chance to participate in any activity of their choosing. Instead of tight schedules and a herd mentality, this is a totally flexible expedition following wildlife where they roam. Instead of tourist-clogged towns, you experience the real Alaskan frontier, wildlife and wilderness!

Locations visited/nearby

Alaska, United States, Juneau, Ketchikan, Frederick Sound, Endicott Arm, El Capitan Passage, Devilfish Bay, Klawock, Trocadero Bay, Little Port Walter, Bay Of Pillars, The Brothers, Ford’s Terror Wilderness, North America

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    Galapagos Motor Yacht Eric/Letty/Flamingo Cruise

    Thank you for the most incredible experience! We just came back from our trip to the Galapagos. We were on the Eric - a terrific yacht and an even greater team. The islands are beyond belief, but I wanted to tell you how perfect the entire trip was.  Everything went incredibly smoothly from our arrival (late) in Quito where our guide was waiting for us despite the late hour, to all transfers, luggage and ticket arrangements - everything. Our guides were fabulous, as was the entire crew, including the Captain.  AdventureSmith Explorations did a terrific job!

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Special information

  • Family oriented trip.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Embark in Ketchikan
Prepare to be whisked into your own private Alaska. Once on board, soak in the sights as we cruise through the Tongass Narrows, which divide Revillagigedo Island (where Ketchikan is located) from Prince of Wales Island, the third largest island in the United States and one of the best-kept tourist secrets in all of Alaska.

Watch for majestic bald eagles and other sea birds perched in shoreline trees, where more than 100 migrating species of birds return every year. After meeting your crew and getting acquainted with your ship’s features, finish the evening with a delicious meal while keeping an eye on lookout for Orca and humpback whales as we cruise through Clarence Strait. Not bad for your first five hours of vacation.

Accommodations: M/V Wilderness Adventurer or M/V Wilderness Discoverer
Included Meals: dinner
Day 2 - El Capitan Passage and Devilfish Bay
Wake to breathtaking views of the expansive Tongass Forest, the nation’s largest national forest, rising on either side of Devilfish Bay. The El Capitan Passage, a 27-mile long waterway dividing Prince of Wales and Kosciusko Islands, offers many ways to get closer to nature. Drop crab pots en route to prime fishing waters. Wind through the high forests of on an old logging road. Paddle the scenic, 4-mile roundtrip around Devilfish Cove. And don’t miss Beaver Falls and El Capitan Cave, the largest known cave in Alaska. Kayaks are available all morning for unguided kayaking at your leisure.

In the afternoon, get a taste of life in the remote wilderness. Stop by Marble Island, named for the famous Tokeen Marble Quarry, to pick up freshly harvested oysters and fish from a local family. During cocktail hour, a family member will come aboard to share their unique perspective of life in the Alaskan outback. As the sunset casts its shadows over the Karheen Passage and Tonowek Narrows, relax over a delicious meal and maybe indulge in a sauna or hot tub soak before bed.

Accommodations: M/V Wilderness Adventurer or M/V Wilderness Discoverer
Included Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3 - Klawock and Trocadero Bay
Spend the morning in the Tlingit village of Klawock gaining a better understanding about the importance of carving in Alaskan culture, mixing with the locals and gazing up at the twenty-one restored totem poles that color the town.

Just before lunch, we will make our way to the beautiful Trocadero Bay. Explore the Trocadero Estuary on foot or the edges of the bay by kayak, keeping an eye out for bears, eagles, sea birds and whales. End the day with a short skiff tour to savor the crisp air and breathtaking scenery. Relax with a high quality draft beer in the lounge or indulge in a luxurious massage. Kayaks available all afternoon for unguided touring at your leisure. Skiff tours available all afternoon for touring at your leisure.

Accommodations: M/V Wilderness Adventurer or M/V Wilderness Discoverer
Included Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 4 - Little Port Walter
Anchored in Little Port Walter, the day offers many options for how to experience the wondrous landscape. In the morning, choose between a half-day fishing excursion, kayaking to Big Port Walter, a glorious hike on Sashin Lake Trail or take it easy with a shorter hike to the site of an ancient native fish weir. Whether you cheer or paddle, save time for the pre-lunch kayak races.

Continue your adventure into the afternoon or take to the water in a new way. Search the depths while snorkeling. Swim through the refreshing port waters. Give your best Tarzan cry on the rope swing or show some style with a platform dive. Optional fun may include rope swing and platform diving contests held after lunch, and make sure to sweet-talk the crew who will judge the contest based on style. Kayaks are available all day for unguided touring at your leisure. Additional afternoon activities include snorkeling, swimming and rope swinging. After lunch, indulge in platform diving contests, judged for style by the crew, and swim races around the ship.

Accommodations: M/V Wilderness Adventurer or M/V Wilderness Discoverer
Included Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 5 - Patterson Bay & Deep Cove
While you sleep soundly, we will slip through the waters between Little Port Walter for Patterson Bay. Leisurely explore the bay by skiff or kayak while watching the coastline for birds, wolves and black bears, all which live in the area (long or short trips), guided hikes and even gear up for snorkeling.

For folks who wish to relax a good book and a cup of steaming hot cocoa might just hit the spot. Share your video footage on the lounge's flat screen TV's throughout the evening. Toast another day's amazing adventures with a cold microbrew or cocktail. Be sure to watch the sun slowly disappear over the horizon. Kayaks are available all day for unguided touring at your leisure.. Kayaks are available all day for unguided touring at your leisure. Additional afternoon activities include snorkeling, swimming and rope swinging.

Accommodations: M/V Wilderness Adventurer or M/V Wilderness Discoverer
Included Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Day 6 - The Brothers, Frederick Sound and Whale Watching
The Brothers, a pair of islands in Frederick Sound, are home to some of Alaska’s most abundant wildlife. Exciting halibut catches are likely here for the fishermen onboard. And no one will be immune to the wonderful pomp and pageantry of the Stellar sea lions that rest here. Choose between a 5-mile guided kayak trip or skiff tour to the southern end of The Brothers where the sea lions bark commands and pal around. Kayaks and skiffs are available all morning for unguided touring at your leisure.

After lunch, we move into the waters of Frederick Sound – the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the Northern Hemisphere. Scan the water for movement and thrill as humpbacks, Orcas and Stellar sea lions feed, swirl, jump and crash back down to the surface. Learn fascinating facts and behavioral theories about the whales from our onboard naturalists as you watch the action. By the time dinner is over, we will be anchored inside the glacial and lush Endicott Arm, listening to whales and dreaming of more to come tomorrow.

Accommodations: M/V Wilderness Adventurer or M/V Wilderness Discoverer
Included Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 7 - Endicott Arm and Ford’s Terror Wilderness Area
On the last full day of your journey, prepare to have your breath taken away by sculptural glacial views and snow-covered mountains. Endicott Arm frequently offers respite to seals on the smaller, ‘bergy bits’ and sometimes, it gets a little crowded. Kayak toward the glowing blue of Dawes Glacier face from 6 hours or 1.5 hours away. Or grab your camera and see it all from the ease of a skiff.

During the lunch hour, tides permitting, the ship will move up to Ford’s Terror, a narrow passage named after a naval crew member who was stranded in the turbulent tidal water for six hours. Armed with tide tables, we can safely skiff through Ford’s Terror and admire the magnificent domes, hanging valleys and pristine wilderness that surround it. Back aboard, you will be greeted with cocktails and a cheery camaraderie as you join the Captain in a farewell toast. Anchored at Woods Spit, enjoy a wonderful dinner and even better conversations with all the new friends you’ve made on your journey.

Accommodations: M/V Wilderness Adventurer or M/V Wilderness Discoverer
Included Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 8 - Juneau - Disembark
When you wake this morning, be sure to look out the window as we voyage into Juneau. A Bon Voyage breakfast ends our ship journey, however there are many enticing ways to extend your journey from here. A flight or helicopter tour over the Juneau Ice Field, trekking over Mendenhall Glacier and exploring the ice caves or dog mushing. Parting can be such sweet sorrow, and if your schedule allows it, please feel free to join us as we cruise an entirely different route on the return trip from Juneau to Ketchikan.

Accommodations: n/a
Included Meals: breakfast

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