In the storied wilderness of the Inside Passage, glaciers crackle in deep fjords and the sea is filled with whales, orcas, porpoises, and sea lions. Our discovery of this majestic Alaskan realm is aboard a historic 12-guest wooden vessel that brings us into hidden places big ships can’t even dream of entering. With our on-board naturalists sharing insights into the natural history and native cultures, we navigate to islands, bays, and coves, hike in old-growth forests, kayak in narrow inlets including spectacular Ford’s Terror, and encounter a bounty of Alaskan wildlife, from humpback whales to brown bears and bald eagles. At day’s end, you’ll savor the welcoming comfort of our boat and enjoy a delicious meal in a beautiful anchorage.
The trip was quite incredible. The crew was fantastic, the itinerary extremely well planned, and we ate well, slept well, and had a compatible group of guests. It was only just a taste of Alaska—we are ready to come back!
— Jane T., Unionville, CT
Juneau / Ford’s Terror (Southbound Departures)
From Juneau, we head into Stephens Passage, keeping an eye out for bald eagles and orcas as we cruise to Limestone Inlet. Our skiff ride upriver often reveals bears, jumping salmon, and nesting waterfowl. Navigating around icebergs, we enter Endicott Arm, on the lookout for whales as they dive for krill. At Ford’s Terror, a spectacular natural amphitheater, we paddle beneath sheer 5,000-foot granite walls wreathed in ephemeral mists.
Admiralty Island / The Brothers
After a hike in the highlands above Ford’s Terror, we head for Admiralty Island, with its plentiful brown bears. At The Brothers Islands, we hike and watch for humpbacks and orcas in this prime summer feeding ground. From our idyllic anchorages, the sound of breathing whales or the call of an eagle frequently drifts across the evening calm.
Thomas Bay / Scenery Cove / Petersburg
If the whales are around, we’ll shadow them (and drop our hydrophone to listen to them!), then head to Thomas Bay, watching for black bears on the beaches. Anchoring at Scenery Cove, we ride upriver by skiff for a hike on the ice of the Baird Glacier. Depart on Day 7 from charming Petersburg, with its Norwegian and Tlingit heritage.