Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness


Kayak along scenic coastlines and observe iconic Alaskan wildlife as you sail amid fjords, glaciers, and islands.

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 A kayaker amid sculpted iceberg in Tracy Arm Fjord, Southeast Alaska. Credit: Ralph Lee Hopkins  Sea Bird, Le Conte Bay, Tongass National Forest, Alaska. Credit: Ralph Lee Hopkins  Sea Bird among icebergs in remote Endicott Arm. Credit: Michael Nolan & CT Ticknor  Guests observing a waterfall by expedition landing craft. Credit: Stewart Cohen  Guests on an expedition landing craft observing diving Humpback Whale in Alaska. Credit: Lindblad Expeditions  Killer whale, Chatham Strait, Southeast Alaska. Credit: Ralph Lee Hopkins  Baranof Island, Tongass National Forest, Southeast Alaska. Credit: Ralph Lee Hopkins  Humback Whale. Credit: John Bodner  Brown Bear sow with coy (cubs-of-year) fishing for pink salmon on Chichagof Island in Southeast Alaska. Credit: Michael S. Nolan  Expedition landing craft cruise among glaciers in Alaska. Credit: Sven-Olof Lindblad  A glacier calving ice. Credit: Sven-Olof Lindblad  Bald eagle
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$500 discount extended to all guests under the age of 18.

For our May 14 - 21, 2016 departure, receive complimentary round-trip airfare between Seattle and Alaska when you book by August 31, 2015.


With 30+ years of exploration in Alaska, we know when and where to go to get you up close to Alaska’s iconic wildlife: whales, bears, eagles, and more. Travel aboard the 62-guest Sea Bird and actively explore a land of mist-shrouded fjords, tidewater glaciers, and islands teeming with wildlife. Kayak amid glacial ice, hike an old growth forest, and learn about Alaska’s rich Tlingit heritage from an on board interpreter. Our six-person expedition team includes expert naturalists, an undersea specialist who reveals the seldom-seen wildlife beneath the water, and a certified photo instructor will help you take your best photos ever!

Our Forest Service Special Use Permit for Tongass National Forest enables you to hike and kayak in wild and remote areas of Southeast Alaska. 

*Please note our Aug. 27—Sept. 3, 2016 departure runs in reverse. Click here to view this itinerary. 

May 14–21, 2016  Itinerary

Day 1 — Sitka, Alaska / Embark Ship

To begin your Alaska cruise, fly from Seattle to Sitka, southeastern Alaska’s only oceanfront town. Sitka has a strong Russian heritage, which is readily apparent as you visit the onion-domed St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church. At the Raptor Rehabilitation Center, we have close views of species usually seen at a distance in the wild—bald eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls. Gather for a welcome dinner this evening. (D)

Day 2 — Southeast Alaska's Island, Bays, and Fjords

Today, nature is our guide as we set forth with the flexibility to take advantage of wildlife and weather conditions. We may stop at an isolated beach to take a closer look at tide pools, beach comb, and hike stunning forest trails. Keep an eye out for old bear tracks worn into the soil as you move from forest to meadow. Sightings of bald eagles are very common. If conditions permit, we'll do some kayaking, always watching for marine and terrestrial life. (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Icy Strait and the Inian Islands

Cruise among the Inian Islands, home to an abundance of Steller sea lions. Hike nearby islands, kayak, and search for whales in the rich waters of Icy StraitConditions permitting, we'll lower the ship's hydrophone to listen in on the whales' communication. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Glacier Bay National Park

We spend the entire day amidst the coves, fjords, tidewater glaciers and majestic mountains of Glacier Bay National Park. You'll see glaciers that end abruptly at the water's edge and observe them "calving" -tons of ice crashing into the sea -accompanied by an exhilaratingly thunderous sound. Mountain goats scaling the peaks as well as harbor seals, Steller sea lions and puffins are some of the creatures we may observe. A visit to Tidal Inlet may bring the sight of brown bears lumbering up the hillside. A native Tlingit interpreter joins us onboard to share the legend of the area. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait

These waters are prime areas for both killer whales and humpback whales. It's not uncommon to observe their fascinating behavior — breaching, tail-slapping and variations on feeding — as we fill the deck and listen to the play-by-play from our expert naturalists. We'll explore spectacular bays and inlets, following bear trails and salmon streams. Once ashore, we’ll have the opportunity to walk along a quiet forest trail. The still waters are excellent for kayaking, offering another option for up close exploration. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Petersburg

Search for humpback whales as we head towards the small, true Alaskan town of Petersburg on Mitkof IslandExplore a unique Southeast Alaskan ecosystem, the "muskeg," with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. There is an opportunity for optional flightseeing or bike riding. Enjoy a Dungeness crab feast this evening.  (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness 

Voyage into Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular glacially carved fjords. We’ll also pass the Sawyer Glacier, which has been described as bluer than any blue on earth, or the towering Dawes Glacier. If conditions permit, we'll use our expedition landing craft to provide unparalleled up close views of the glacier. Keep an eye out for harbor seals, porpoises, and arctic terns. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Juneau, Alaska / Disembark Ship

Visit Mendenhall Glacier, set in the dramatic Mendenhall Valley, located just 12 miles from downtown Juneau. After our visit, our Alaska Cruise ends and we’ll drive to the airport for our afternoon flight to Seattle. (B)

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Aug. 27–Sept. 3, 2016 Itinerary

*Please note that optional Pre- and Post-Voyage Tour Extensions are applicable to our Aug. 27–Sept. 3, 2016 departure only.

Day 1 — Juneau, Alaska / Embark Ship

To begin your Alaska Cruise, we will take an early afternoon flight from Seattle to Juneau. Meet your naturalists and visit Mendenhall Glacier, set in the dramatic Mendenhall Valley, located just 12 miles from downtown Juneau. Embark the ship and take the time to settle into your cabin before dinner. After dinner onboard, take a few hours to yourself and explore the port of Juneau. (D)

Day 2 — Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness

Voyage into Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular glacially carved fjords. We’ll also pass the Sawyer Glacier, which has been described as bluer than any blue on earth, or the towering Dawes Glacier. If conditions permit, we'll use our expedition landing craft to provide unparalleled up close views of the glacier. Keep an eye out for harbor seals, porpoises and arctic terns. (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Petersburg

Search for humpback whales as we head towards the small, true Alaskan town of Petersburg on Mitkof IslandExplore a unique Southeast Alaskan ecosystem, the "muskeg," with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. There is an opportunity for optional flightseeing or bike ridingEnjoy a Dungeness crab feast this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait

These waters are prime areas for both killer whales and humpback whales. It's not uncommon to observe their fascinating behavior — breaching, tail-slapping and variations on feeding — as we fill the deck and listen to the play-by-play from our expert naturalists. We'll explore spectacular bays and inlets, following bear trails and salmon streams. Once ashore, we’ll have the opportunity to walk along a quiet forest trail. The still waters are excellent for kayaking, offering another option for up close exploration. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Icy Strait and the Inian Islands

Cruise among the Inian Islands, where an abundance of Steller sea lions reside. Hike nearby islands, kayak, and search for whales in rich waters of Icy Strait. Conditions permitting, we'll lower the ship's hydrophone to listen in on the whales' communication. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Glacier Bay National Park

We spend the entire day amidst the coves, fjords, tidewater glaciers and majestic mountains of Glacier Bay National Park. You’ll see glaciers that end abruptly at the water’s edge and observe them “calving” — tons of ice crashing into the sea — accompanied by an exhilaratingly thunderous sound. Mountain goats scaling the peaks as well as harbor seals, Steller sea lions and puffins are some of the creatures we may observe. A visit to Tidal Inlet may bring the sight of brown bears lumbering up the hillside. A native Tlingit interpreter joins us onboard to share the legend of the area. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Southeast Alaska’s Islands, Bays and Fjords

Today, nature is our guide as we set forth with the flexibility to take advantage of wildlife and weather conditions. We may stop at an isolated beach to take a closer look at tide pools, beachcomb, and hike stunning forest trails. Keep an eye out for old bear tracks worn into the soil as you move from forest to meadow. Sightings of bald eagles are very common. If conditions permit, we'll do some kayaking, always watching for marine and terrestrial life. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Sitka, Alaska / Disembark Ship / Seattle, Washington

After breakfast we disembark in Sitka, southeastern Alaska’s only oceanfront town. Sitka has a strong Russian heritage, which is readily apparent as youvisit the onion-domed St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church. At the Raptor Rehabilitation Center, we have close views of species usually seen at a distance in the wild — bald eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. After our visit, our Alaska Cruise ends where we’ll drive to the airport for our afternoon flight to Seattle. (B)