Thu, June 8: Sitka. Fly from Indianapolis to Sitka. Overnight.
Fri, June 9: Sitka. Explore beautiful Sitka, the only community in Southeast Alaska that faces the open ocean waters of the Gulf of Alaska. Visit fascinating historical sites that highlight the community’s rich Alaska Native and Russian history, including the Sheldon Jackson Museum, Russian Bishop’s House, and St. Michael’s Cathedral. Embark for the Admiralty Dream for the winding narrows north of town while searching for bald eagles, sea otters, bears, whales, and other wildlife.
Sat, June 10: Saginaw Bay & Kake. Enjoy kayak and DIB (shallow water expedition craft) exploration in northern Kuiu Island’s Saginaw Bay. Beachcomb or hike along the beautiful secluded coastline of the area, where marine fossils are sometimes found. View the world’s tallest totem pole, a carving demonstration, and experience the intriguing culture of the Tlingit in the Native village of Kake.
Sun, June 11: Petersburg. Discover the charming Mitkof Island fishing town of Petersburg. Founded by Norwegian fishermen in the late 1800s, Petersburg is nicknamed Alaska’s “Little Norway.” Experience this Scandinavian culture with a folk dance show by local youth at the iconic Sons of Norway Hall. Later, enjoy a narrated tour and take time to explore the vibrant community at your own leisure.
Mon. June 12: Frederick Sound. Scout for humpback whales and other marine mammals in the world-renowned whale waters of Frederick Sound. Humpbacks are famous for behavior that lends itself to incredible viewing and photography, such as tail lobbing, lunge feeding, pectoral slapping, breaching, and picturesque dives that showcase their massive flukes. Enjoy an exciting afternoon of Alaska adventure in a wilderness bay for DIB expedition craft excursions, kayaking, and hiking. Some options include Thomas Bay, Port Houghton, or Hobart Bay.
Tue, June 13: Tracy Arm Fjord. Journey through Tracy Arm Fjord, an area the famous naturalist John Muir referred to as, “A wild, unfinished Yosemite.” This glacial fjord is renowned for its pristine waterfalls, towering icebergs, abundant harbor seals, and granite cliffs that rise from sea level to 4,000 feet. At 32-miles long and averaging just a mile wide, the unique features of Tracy Arm are contained in a relatively small geographical space, adding to the dramatic beauty of the area. As ice conditions permit, navigate the entire length of the fjord, stopping in view of both the Sawyer and South Sawyer Glaciers. Expedition craft excursions provide the opportunity to view the majesty of the area in even greater detail.
Wed, June 14: Alaska Wilderness & Orca Point Lodge. Savor the serenity of raw wilderness on an unscripted morning and afternoon of Southeast Alaska discovery. Dictated by the day’s unique circumstances, opportunities may include a coastline kayak paddle, up-close whale encounters, or a hike through an alluring old-growth forest, exploration of a tidal flat or track along with a foraging bear from the safety of an expedition craft. Regardless of the activity, you’ll experience the magic of the archipelago’s many remote coves, bays, and inlets. End the day’s adventure with a relaxing evening at Orca Point Lodge, an exclusive day-lodge on Colt Island. Enjoy the beautiful grounds, beach, and marine life touch-tank. Dine on Alaskan salmon, Alaskan king crab, or prime rib from the warmth of the lodge, or nestled next to a beachside bonfire.
Thu, June 15: Glacier Bay National Park. This remarkable national park fjord extends 65-miles, contains eight tidewater glaciers, and provides pristine habitat for a wide-array of wildlife, including both brown and black bears, wolves, mountain goats, Steller sea lions, and humpback whales. The highlight for many is the Margerie Glacier, known for its dramatic calving displays. A Glacier Bay National Park Service Ranger narrates the day’s program and a Native Huna Tlingit interpretive naturalist joins us to reveal traditional cultural ties to this ancient treasure.
Fri, June 16: Juneau. Disembark in Alaska’s capital city of Juneau. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy a free day and overnight.
Sat, June 17: Juneau. Fly home.
Casual Alaska cruising on a small ship owned and managed by members of the Tlingit Kaagwaantaan Clan. The shallow-draft vessel easily navigates narrow channels and passages like a yacht. The chef-inspired cuisine features local foods, including freshly caught fish and seafood, and homemade breads and desserts. Highlights: 27 cabins with large viewing windows (select cabins will accommodate a 3rd guest) • Alaska crafted soaps and shampoos • dining room • lounge/bar • complimentary wine and beer included with dinner • social hour with hors d’oeuvres, drinks and daily recap by the Expedition Leader • public lounge • sun deck • complimentary high-powered and lightweight binoculars provided in every stateroom for use during the cruise • educated presentations by Alaskan Dream’s Scientific & Cultural Expedition Leaders • complimentary Alaskan gear, including jackets, rain pants and waterproof boots for use on the cruise • complimentary escorted shore excursions in each port • Note: there is no Wi-Fi or television onboard.