Trip Type : Small Ship Cruise
Alaska Cruise – Inside Passage West tour

Alaska Cruise – Inside Passage West

REI Adventures
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
8 days
From: $ 3,595 $ 449 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Hike and kayak in Alaska's "wild and woolly" places with unforgettable sights
  • Explore Tongass National Forest, El Capitan Passage, and Frederick Sound
  • Sleep aboard a nimble, small expedition ship with cabins and private facilities
  • Visit the carving school and totems at Klawock, a native Tlingit Village

Short Description

Explore the Southeast Alaskan Waterways on this incredible 8-day adventure.

Pristine wilderness, inspiring natural wonder, humpback whales, and untamed wildlife—Alaska’s Inside Passage is a perfect destination for those looking for a balance between adventure and relaxation. This trip is all about getting out and exploring the best of what Alaska has to offer. Enjoy an itinerary free from tight time tables and full of up-close encounters with nature and its creatures. This trip is offered in partnership with UNCruise Adventures, providing an unparalleled, hands-on journey that is truly memorable.

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Alaska
End City Juneau

Trip Includes

  • Trip price includes accommodations on board, airport transfers for embarkation day and disembarkation day, all meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8, full bar, kayaks and kayaking gear, paddle boards, guided hiking, and small boat exploration.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Discover Ketchikan, "Salmon Capital of the World."
Welcome aboard! Meet your crew, get settled in, and keep watch for eagles as we cruise through the Tongass Narrows out of Ketchikan. All meals included once on board. Plan to arrive in Ketchikan, Alaska before 2pm.

Day 2: Visit Tongass National Forest via kayak, stand up paddleboard or skiff.
Wake in a remote cove surrounded by breathtaking Tongass National Forest—the largest national forest in the US. Joined by your expedition team, it’s a water ops morning. Spend it paddling a kayak, paddle boarding, or exploring by skiff. Then settle in as you cruise the northern tip of Prince of Wales Island, nestled right in the heart of the Tongass. It’s a grand first day of exploration!

Day 3: Get a more intimate view of this amazing area by visiting the El Capitan Passage and cave hike.
Take a walk on the wild side winding through high forest on an old logging trail, and find your way to El Capitan Cave, the largest known cave in Alaska and one of the largest mapped caves in the Americas. Learn from Forest Service Rangers about karst and the geologic forces that created this intricate cave system. Locals—bears, harbor seals and humpbacks, deer, eagles, humans too—enjoy the calm and serenity of the island. Take it all in, and chances are, you will too.

Day 4: Scour the shorelines or snorkel in Chatham Strait for wildlife sightings.
It's Captain's Choice today as you explore the intricate passages and shores along Chatham Strait's Kuiu or Baranof Islands. Join your expedition team on (or in!) the water. Conditions permitting, take to the water by kayak, skiff, or snorkel. Snorkeling is optional, but hidden beneath the surface lies a magical array of sea life only seen from below. Take a deep breath and go for it! Today's discoveries will be within some of the most untouched wilderness of the Tongass National Forest.

Day 5: Explore a cover off Frederick Sound by zodiac or kayak.
Lush forest, spectacular views, play time, and wildlife—they are all in abundance in Frederick Sound. Keep watch along the coastline for birds, wolves, and black bears. With many secluded coves to choose from, you may slip into the waters of Deep Cove, Patterson or Saginaw Bay, or perhaps another hidden gem to explore by skiff or paddle a kayak. Gear up for snorkeling or guided treks. This evening, toast another day of amazing adventure with a cold microbrew or cocktail.

Day 6: Discover Frederick Sound, feeding ground of humpback whales.
There'll be plenty of wildlife viewing today. The Brothers, a pair of tiny, rocky islands at the confluence of Stephen's Passage and Frederick Sound, are home to some of Alaska's most abundant wildlife, including a haulout for Stellar sea lions. The area is also the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the Northern Hemisphere. Keep watch for orca, humpback, and porpoise.

Day 7: Cruise the fjord of Endicott Arm and see the massive Dawes Glacier.
Snow covered mountains, glowing blues, and the white thunder of calving ice take your breath away at the face of Dawes Glacier. As you glide through Endicott Arm you’ll likely find a few seals taking respite on the glaciers smaller “Bergy bits.” Tides permitting explore the narrow passage of Ford's Terror and admire the magnificent domes, hanging valleys, and pristine wilderness that surround it. Back on board join the Captain for a farewell toast during dinner.

Day 8: Disembark in Juneau, located on beautiful Gastineau Channel.
Bid adieu to new found friends over breakfast before disembarking the ship. Transfer directly to the Juneau airport or begin your overnight stay or extended land tour. Flights out of Juneau must be scheduled after 11:30-am.

Note on Itinerary

Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

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I loved this trip. The equipment was in very good condition. The fjords are awe strikingly beautiful. The water is clear and the Norwegian people were incredibly nice and hospitable.

Our guides were top notch. They worked very hard to make our trip the best it could be for us. Lots of personal service from REI Adventures. I have to look back at my pictures to make sure I actually took the trip. It was a life altering experience for me.
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REI's tour groups are a blast. You're able to see much more of the country than you would if you were on your own. The trips are very organized and you never feel bored or too rushed. There's a wide variety of tours to pick from based on region and activity.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Maximum Number of People in Group: 76

Trip ID#:

AlaCruReiAdv

Trip Excludes

  • Airfare to/from Alaska, lodging and meals on the mainland, port fees and taxes, insurance, gratuities, items of a personal nature.

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