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Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise on Wilderness Explorer

8 Days & 7 Nights
  • Sail on 76-guest expedition ship through Southeast Alaska
  • Unique itinerary with two full days at Glacier Bay National Park
  • Whale and wildlife viewing during this Alaska small-ship cruise
  • Daily guided shore excursions with hiking options along coast and bushwhacking
  • Sea kayaks and paddleboards for both beginners and experts
This Alaska cruise is unique by offering two full days in Glacier Bay National park to explore and experience the glaciers, old-growth forests, and sea life. Kayak and paddleboard among the glacial ice while scanning the calm waters for signs of whales, sea lions, otters, and porpoises. Activity options ranging from easy walks to challenging hikes are offered, such as bushwhacking in the Tongass National Forest with your naturalist guide. Return to the ship after each excursion to relax in the comfort of your private cabin, enjoying a drink on the deck, and sampling the cuisine prepared each meal.
This small-ship cruise has a focus on wildlife viewing and exploring the Alaskan scenery. The trip is listed as "Easy", but there is a range of activity options for hiking, kayaking, and paddleboarding for more active travelers. Good option for groups, families, couples, and solo travelers interested in exploring the fjords and waterways of Southeast Alaska by small ship with daily excursions, returning to the ship to gourmet meals and relaxing accommodations.

Tour Style:

Small Group Guided | Benefit from an expert leader and join a group of like-minded adventurers.


Walking, Wildlife Watching, Sea Kayaking | Walking as part of a multi activity trip., Trip includes wildlife watching as part of the itinerary, Sea Kayaking as part of a multi-activity trip

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers, Families, Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities, Groups > 10, First Timers, Avid Adventurers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 8 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Wildlife
  • Coastal & Island
  • National Parks & Trails
  • Mountains

Activity Level & Terrain

The trip is graded easy with the option to participate in a range of hikes and paddling excursions of varying activity levels.  Great for travelers wanting a slower-paced stroll or travelers wanting to stretch legs and bushwhack through Tongass National Forest.


You are in the hands of an experienced captain, crew, and expedition staff that will adjust the route based on sea conditions and wildlife locations.

Experience & Fitness

In Southeast Alaska, the wilderness areas explored on foot can get pretty muddy, plus most skiff landings are wet landings where there’s no dock at all. So having proper footwear and ankle support is absolutely essential. Both hiking and rubber boots are good, but many guests add insoles for support and hike all week in their rubber “mud” boots (Wellingtons, gum boots, Xtratufs).

For the best fit and availability, bring your own rubber boots, although there may be a limited supply for shared use on board (but there’s no guarantee).

Youth-size boots are not available aboard any of the vessels, so bring your own children's boots.


Wilderness Explorer

The  76-guest Wilderness Explorer is equipped for action, adventure, and exploration. As with her sister “Wilderness” ships, its interior complements the outside and public and private spaces are loaded with amenities. The ship offers a main lounge that evokes the feel of a National Park Lodge or neighborhood pub, 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 two hot tubs; on-deck sauna and fitness equipment; and the EZ Dock launch platform makes getting in the water a synch, even for a novice. Onboard are kayaks; stand-up paddle boards; inflatable skiffs; hiking poles; yoga mats; hydrophone for listening below-surface; and a bow-mounted underwater camera pipes the action to the lounge and to your cabin TV.

Onboard Features: EZ Dock kayak launch platform; bow-mounted underwater camera; kayaks, paddle boards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles, snorkel gear/wetsuits; two on-deck hot tubs; fitness equipment and yoga mats; DVD and book library

Cabin Features: TV/DVD player; hair dryer, conditioning shampoo, body wash; binoculars; reusable water bottles

37 outside cabins with private bath with shower:

Navigator cabin - Lounge and Sun Decks with option for one queen or two twin beds
Trailblazer cabin - Main, Lounge, and Sun Decks with option for one queen or two twin beds
Pathfinder cabin - Main and Lounge Decks with option for one queen or two twin beds
Explorer cabin - Sun Deck with option for one fold-down queen bed and sitting area

Single Travelers

Solo travelers can book Navigator Cabins at a single-occupancy rate.


All onboard meals are included in your fare:

  • Early-riser breakfasts of fresh fruit and baked-on-board pastries
  • Full breakfasts with hot and cold options
  • Lunches featuring salads, sandwiches, homemade soups, and regionally influenced dishes
  • Varied hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour
  • Dinners with a choice of entrées including fresh, local seafood, meats, and vegetarian dishes
  • Made-from-scratch desserts

Attention is always paid to your personal preferences. The atmosphere and dress code in each ship's dining room is casual. And seating is open so you can join new friends and choose a different table at every meal. 

Your galley crew pays close attention to how food options meld with the activities and conditions of the day. Belly-warming soups are perfect after a chilly glacier adventure.  At mealtimes, there are vegetarian, meat, and fish options to choose from. And if you can’t decide, try a sampling—just ask for half-and-half!

  • Onboard guides and guest experts
  • Exclusive activities and shore visits
  • From-the-vessel adventure activities and equipment
  • Port taxes/fees
  • Entry fees to national parks/preserves
  • Group transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day
  • All meals aboard the vessel
  • Premium wine, beer and liquor (excludes super-premium wines)
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Wellness amenities
  • Information Pack via your "My Account"
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our UK & US office
  • Airfare to and from your home city
  • Discretionary gratuities to vessel’s crew
  • Optional excursions and land tours
  • Pre or post accommodations
  • Travel insurance
  • Pre or post accommodations in Juneau

When To Go

This cruise has select start dates between April and September.  Prices vary depending on the ship, cabin, and season.  Please note that this itinerary operates in reverse from Sitka to Juneau on alternating weeks. 

Travel early in April or late in September to experience the northern lights (Aurora Borealis).  Crew is on duty 24 hours a day, and will awaken any guests if they spot the northern lights.

Whales are in this area from May through September.  Humpbacks are more common June-July, and orcas are hunting these waters throughout the season.

Getting to the Start

This roundtrip route starts and ends in Juneau.  Specific instructions for joining your ship will be provided.

By Air:  Travelers are advised to spend one pre-cruise night in the port city in case of delays.  Juneau International Airport is serviced by major commercial airlines with direct flights from Anchorage and Ketchikan as well as other US cities (notably Seattle) and then serviced by bush planes and floatplanes from other Alaskan cities/towns.  Many hotels offer shuttle service (complimentary or fee), and there are taxi and ride-hailing services as well as car rentals available.

By Ferry:  Juneau is disconnected from other Alaskan cities by road, but there is ferry access with the Alaska Marine Highway System that link communities in Southeast Alaska and connecting to Bellingham, Washington, and carry passengers with and without vehicles.

Getting from the End

By Transfer:  The cruise operator will transfer you to the airport at the end of the cruise.  Your flight should leave no earlier than 11:30 am on the disembarkation day.
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Day 1 Juneau, Alaska - Embarkation Day 2 Tracy Arm Day 3 Frederick Sound Day 4 Icy Strait Day 5 Glacier Bay National Park Day 6 Glacier Bay National Park Day 7 Chatham Strait Day 8 Juneau - Disembarkation

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