Glacier Bay Historic Ship Adventure

Gustavus, Alaska

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Sail Alaska's spellbinding wilderness aboard an unforgettable cruise — in one of the world's few marine national parks flanked by towering glaciers and mountain peaks! Paddle through the cool waters of Glacier Bay National Park and watch magnificent humpback whales play at Icy Strait. Hike along calving glaciers, flower-strewn meadows and rocky beaches for a chance to see sea lions, bears, and moose. At Puffin Island, marvel at hundreds of colorful sponges, periwinkles, and sea urchins anticipating the high tide. Explore icebergs or rub on a glacial mud mask. Come nightfall, dine on deck, then doze off while anchored at a pristine cove.


Duration: 6 Days
Starts in: Gustavus, Alaska
Ends in: Gustavus, Alaska
Group Size: 1-12

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MT Sobek

MT Sobek, the originators, innovators and leaders in adventure travel for more than five decades, crafts journeys to the world's most memorable places.


Embark and Enter Glacier Bay National Park

This morning, meet at Bartlett Cove Dock in Glacier Bay National Park and board the M/V Sea Wolf. En route to Geike Inlet, assemble in the main salon for introductions and a briefing on safety, amenities and itinerary. After a kayaking introduction and lunch, paddle the beautiful Geike fjord while looking out for black bears, wolverines, mountain goats, and seabirds. Board again for a few hours' cruise to the anchorage while marveling at acrobatic whales and wildlife on the shores. End the day with dinner as the sun sets over Glacier Bay.

Discover Upper Glacier Bay

After breakfast, head off for an easy hike to Reid Glacier; learn about its geology, flora and fauna and get up-close views of this glacially carved landscape. Hunt for ice worms, seek out brown bears, wolverine, and harbor seals, and explore grounded icebergs. Scoop up glacial silt and apply for a facial! Enjoy lunch en route to Tarr Inlet, cascading point of the Grand Pacific and Marjorie Glaciers. Paddle along a sheer cliff - a Kittiwake and Puffin Rookery, then cruise through Russell Cut on the way to this evening's anchorage.

Explore Central Glacier Bay to the East Arm Entrance

After an 8am breakfast, set off to Gloomy Knob to seek out mountain goats and other wildlife. Weather conditions permitting, take a morning botany hike up Gloomy Knob for striking bay views. In the afternoon, head off for a paddle at one of the anchorages, drawing closer to the East Arm entrance.

Head to Muir Inlet, the East Arm of Glacier Bay

Enjoy breakfast as engines start and the voyage begins, to the East Arm of Glacier Bay. Activities depend on wilderness water opening/closing dates. Go on an amazing hike by McBride Glacier, with a paddle either up to Riggs Glacier, or from Muir Glacier to Riggs. Spot a variety of birds and, with luck, bears, wolves, or moose. Back on the boat, head out to this evening's anchorage and dinner. Options for this day include Dundas Bay, George Island and Idaho Inlet, based on weather, park closures and wildlife.

Admire Abundant Wildlife at Lower Glacier Bay

After breakfast, have a morning paddle at North Sandy Cove (tides permitting), a rich ecosystem home to black bears, moose, coyotes, and abundant marine species. Kayak around the shores scanning for wildlife, then paddle to Puffin Island for a wondrous low-tide vertical zone, home to hundreds of sponges, periwinkles, whelks, sea stars, sea cucumbers, and urchins. Back on board, head to S. Marble Island to watch a stellar sea lion haul-out and a seabird nesting rookery from the vessel. Cruise onward to Fingers Bay, tonight's anchorage.

Watch the Humpback Whales of Icy Strait

Savor the last breakfast aboard the Sea Wolf before heading to Point Adolphus, a world-famous area for watching magnificent humpback whales. Around 12.30pm, journey back to Barlett Cove Dock in Glacier Bay National Park for a 2pm docking where we've arranged for transport to your lodging or to the airport for your flight to Juneau.


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