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Glacier Bay Historic Ship Adventure

Trip Length 6 days

From $3,940

  • Explore the expanse of Glacier Bay National Park from the comfort and intimacy of a small ship—a rare experience from the Alaskan adventure travel pioneers
  • Hike and kayak amid calving glaciers, flower-strewn meadows, and rocky beaches to see a superb array of wildlife from its colorful intertidal creatures, sea birds, and marine mammals to bear, moose, and enormous humpback whales
  • Wake up to new surroundings everyday without having to pack your bags!
  • Learn the in-depth natural history of one of America's premier marine wilderness areas from a captain and naturalist with 20+ years of experience on these waters

The more time one spends in Glacier Bay, the more wonderful and mysterious the world seems; exploring it by boat is a wildlife extravaganza unlike any other. These calm waters serve as home to an unbelievable array of wildlife, from the colorful and unusual creatures of its intertidal zones and its diverse sea birds to its mammals, including sea lions, wolves, bears, moose, and gargantuan humpback whales—and that’s just to name a few! Since 1972, we’ve been pioneering adventure travel in these waters, and we’re the only company to offer the whole expanse of the bay by small ship—a historic, refurbished, World War II mine-sweeper that knows a thing or two about finding the hot spots! At night, dine on deck and anchor off of uninhabited coves to experience the quiet of different areas around Glacier Bay and Icy Strait. During the day, venture out to explore by sea kayak or to hike on shore. With plenty of calm waters, impressive landscapes and wildlife to explore, the intimacy and comfort of this ship makes this itinerary the perfect family trip!

Day 1: Embark and enter Glacier Bay National Park

Meet at 8am at Bartlett Cove and board the M/V Sea Wolf. We'll assemble in the main salon for introductions, an orientation discussing safety, boat layout, amenities and your Alaskan adventure. The cruise begins by traveling up bay to Geike Inlet for our first paddle. Along the way, we'll have a kayaking introduction and lunch, after which we are out paddling! Geike is a beautiful fjord that may offer a glimpse of black bears, wolverines, mountain goats and a large variety of seabirds and ducks. Once back aboard we'll enjoy incredible vistas, wildlife on the beaches and possibly acrobatic whales in the waters, as we cruise to our evening anchorage a few hours up the bay. As we cruise, we'll also learn about the natural history of Glacier Bay, some of the research projects that the park is conducting, and of course about the plentiful sea and wildlife. Enjoy evening dinner aboard at our anchorage, and watch the sun set over Glacier Bay. 

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:M/V Sea Wolf

Day 2: Upper Glacier Bay

Dine on breakfast at 8am, before heading off for a hike to Reid Glacier—giving us an up-close view of this glacially carved landscape. It's an easy hike up the mountain and down the beach, fording a few glacial streams, until we reach the face of Reid Glacier. Here we'll learn about glacier's geology, plant and animal succession, and explore among the grounded icebergs. We'll also hunt for ice worms and, for those so inclined, scoop up glacial silt for wonderful glacial facials! On our intertidal walk back, we'll look under rocks to discover what the bears feast on during low tide, and learn about the brown bears, wolverine, small mammals and harbor seals, that inhabit this area. Lunch underway as we head to Tarr Inlet where the Grand Pacific and Marjorie Glaciers cascade into the water. Once here, we'll have a wonderful paddle along a sheer cliff, which is a Kittiwake and Puffin rookery and then out in front of Marjorie Glacier for a breathtaking experience as we watch an active calving glacier from a safe distance. Once we are back onboard we will cruise through Russell Cut looking for wildlife on our way to our evening anchorage.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:M/V Sea Wolf

Day 3: Central Glacier Bay

After an 8am breakfast, we're off to Gloomy Knob looking for mountain goats and other wildlife. If conditions permit, we'll have a morning botany hike up Gloomy Knob for incredible views of the bay. Then it's off for an afternoon paddle at one of our anchorages, bringing us close to the East Arm entrance. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:M/V Sea Wolf

Day 4: Muir Inlet—the East Arm

Enjoy breakfast at 8am as the engines are started and we begin our voyage up Muir Inlet, the East Arm of Glacier Bay. Our activities here depend on wilderness water opening/closing dates. We'll go on an amazing hike by McBride Glacier with a paddle either up to Riggs Glacier or from Muir Glacier to Riggs. The shorelines have a great variety of shore birds, vistas, and the possibilities of seeing bears, wolves or moose. Once back to the boat we're off to our evening anchorage and dinner. Note: Options for this day are Dundas Bay, George Island and Idaho Inlet based on weather, park closures and wildlife.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:M/V Sea Wolf

Day 5: Lower Glacier Bay

After an 8am breakfast, we'll have a morning paddle at N. Sandy Cove if the tides are right (if not we will cruise to another pristine paddle area). N. Sandy Cove is a very rich ecosystem that supports black bears, moose, coyotes, and a plentiful marine environment. Kayak around the shores scanning for black bears and moose, then paddle to Puffin Island for a truly wondrous look at a low-tide vertical intertidal zone. This zone is home to hundreds of sponges, periwinkles, whelks, sea stars, sea cucumbers and urchins—to just name a few species who literally hang here awaiting the return of the high tide. Back on board the Sea Wolf, we will head to S. Marble Island to view a large Stellar sea lion haul-out and a seabird nesting rookery from the Sea Wolf. Then we cruise onward to Fingers Bay, our anchorage for the night. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:M/V Sea Wolf

Day 6: Whales of Icy Strait

Savor the last 8am breakfast aboard the Sea Wolf, before heading to Point Adolphus to look for more spectacular humpback whales. Our day is spent watching whales. Around 12:30pm, we'll head back to Gustavus for a 2pm docking. TLC Taxi will then transport you to the airport for your flight to Juneau. If you are on the jet we can schedule a later taxi pick up and you can visit the lodge museum and bookstore. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch

Aug 07 - 12, 2016 1 cabin left

pricing

2016 Prices
$3,940  (+3% Local Sales Tax) for May 22 and May 29
$4,200  (+3% Local Sales Tax) for Jun, Jul, and Aug

If you prefer a cabin to yourself,
there will be a single supplement of 50% of the fare cost.

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M/V Sea Wolf — Glacier Bay National Park

The M/V Sea Wolf is a beautiful 75-year-old expedition vessel that cruises through the pristine wilderness of Glacier Bay. With Douglas Fir deck planks and brilliantly varnished woodwork, the Sea Wolf is lovingly maintained—and provides comfort within an intimate setting. The ship carries 12 passengers, plus five to six crew, and is the perfect platform for small group expedition cruising, wildlife spotting, and whale watching. It also makes an amazing base ship for kayaking excursions. The Sea Wolf has many guest areas including a main viewing salon, covered aft viewing/dining deck and a wonderful wide bow. The aft deck is heated and enclosed in glass, and there is a large outdoor viewing deck behind the wheelhouse. The side decks are also covered for sightseeing comfort. Guests can enjoy books from the extensive naturalist library, and learn about Alaska from the knowledgeable and fun expert crew—all eager to share their naturalist lore and stories.

"The Sea Wolf trip was THE best. The passengers were delightful and companionable, the crew were fabulous, and the food was superb. We saw many humpbacks, four bears, eagles, otters, sea lions, harbor seals, two wolves, and countless birds. I would HIGHLY recommend the Sea Wolf  for those who are active." Martha Keating

  • Explore the expanse of Glacier Bay National Park from the comfort and intimacy of a small ship—a rare experience from the Alaskan adventure travel pioneers
  • Hike and kayak amid calving glaciers, flower-strewn meadows, and rocky beaches to see a superb array of wildlife from its colorful intertidal creatures, sea birds, and marine mammals to bear, moose, and enormous humpback whales
  • Wake up to new surroundings everyday without having to pack your bags!
  • Learn the in-depth natural history of one of America's premier marine wilderness areas from a captain and naturalist with 20+ years of experience on these waters

The more time one spends in Glacier Bay, the more wonderful and mysterious the world seems; exploring it by boat is a wildlife extravaganza unlike any other. These calm waters serve as home to an unbelievable array of wildlife, from the colorful and unusual creatures of its intertidal zones and its diverse sea birds to its mammals, including sea lions, wolves, bears, moose, and gargantuan humpback whales—and that’s just to name a few! Since 1972, we’ve been pioneering adventure travel in these waters, and we’re the only company to offer the whole expanse of the bay by small ship—a historic, refurbished, World War II mine-sweeper that knows a thing or two about finding the hot spots! At night, dine on deck and anchor off of uninhabited coves to experience the quiet of different areas around Glacier Bay and Icy Strait. During the day, venture out to explore by sea kayak or to hike on shore. With plenty of calm waters, impressive landscapes and wildlife to explore, the intimacy and comfort of this ship makes this itinerary the perfect family trip!

review

"The Sea Wolf trip was THE best. The passengers were delightful and companionable, the crew were fabulous, and the food was superb. We saw many humpbacks, four bears, eagles, otters, sea lions, harbor seals, two wolves, and countless birds. I would HIGHLY recommend the Sea Wolf  for those who are active." Martha Keating

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Embark and enter Glacier Bay National Park

Meet at 8am at Bartlett Cove and board the M/V Sea Wolf. We'll assemble in the main salon for introductions, an orientation discussing safety, boat layout, amenities and your Alaskan adventure. The cruise begins by traveling up bay to Geike Inlet for our first paddle. Along the way, we'll have a kayaking introduction and lunch, after which we are out paddling! Geike is a beautiful fjord that may offer a glimpse of black bears, wolverines, mountain goats and a large variety of seabirds and ducks. Once back aboard we'll enjoy incredible vistas, wildlife on the beaches and possibly acrobatic whales in the waters, as we cruise to our evening anchorage a few hours up the bay. As we cruise, we'll also learn about the natural history of Glacier Bay, some of the research projects that the park is conducting, and of course about the plentiful sea and wildlife. Enjoy evening dinner aboard at our anchorage, and watch the sun set over Glacier Bay. 

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:M/V Sea Wolf

Day 2: Upper Glacier Bay

Dine on breakfast at 8am, before heading off for a hike to Reid Glacier—giving us an up-close view of this glacially carved landscape. It's an easy hike up the mountain and down the beach, fording a few glacial streams, until we reach the face of Reid Glacier. Here we'll learn about glacier's geology, plant and animal succession, and explore among the grounded icebergs. We'll also hunt for ice worms and, for those so inclined, scoop up glacial silt for wonderful glacial facials! On our intertidal walk back, we'll look under rocks to discover what the bears feast on during low tide, and learn about the brown bears, wolverine, small mammals and harbor seals, that inhabit this area. Lunch underway as we head to Tarr Inlet where the Grand Pacific and Marjorie Glaciers cascade into the water. Once here, we'll have a wonderful paddle along a sheer cliff, which is a Kittiwake and Puffin rookery and then out in front of Marjorie Glacier for a breathtaking experience as we watch an active calving glacier from a safe distance. Once we are back onboard we will cruise through Russell Cut looking for wildlife on our way to our evening anchorage.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:M/V Sea Wolf

Day 3: Central Glacier Bay

After an 8am breakfast, we're off to Gloomy Knob looking for mountain goats and other wildlife. If conditions permit, we'll have a morning botany hike up Gloomy Knob for incredible views of the bay. Then it's off for an afternoon paddle at one of our anchorages, bringing us close to the East Arm entrance. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:M/V Sea Wolf

Day 4: Muir Inlet—the East Arm

Enjoy breakfast at 8am as the engines are started and we begin our voyage up Muir Inlet, the East Arm of Glacier Bay. Our activities here depend on wilderness water opening/closing dates. We'll go on an amazing hike by McBride Glacier with a paddle either up to Riggs Glacier or from Muir Glacier to Riggs. The shorelines have a great variety of shore birds, vistas, and the possibilities of seeing bears, wolves or moose. Once back to the boat we're off to our evening anchorage and dinner. Note: Options for this day are Dundas Bay, George Island and Idaho Inlet based on weather, park closures and wildlife.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:M/V Sea Wolf

Day 5: Lower Glacier Bay

After an 8am breakfast, we'll have a morning paddle at N. Sandy Cove if the tides are right (if not we will cruise to another pristine paddle area). N. Sandy Cove is a very rich ecosystem that supports black bears, moose, coyotes, and a plentiful marine environment. Kayak around the shores scanning for black bears and moose, then paddle to Puffin Island for a truly wondrous look at a low-tide vertical intertidal zone. This zone is home to hundreds of sponges, periwinkles, whelks, sea stars, sea cucumbers and urchins—to just name a few species who literally hang here awaiting the return of the high tide. Back on board the Sea Wolf, we will head to S. Marble Island to view a large Stellar sea lion haul-out and a seabird nesting rookery from the Sea Wolf. Then we cruise onward to Fingers Bay, our anchorage for the night. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:M/V Sea Wolf

Day 6: Whales of Icy Strait

Savor the last 8am breakfast aboard the Sea Wolf, before heading to Point Adolphus to look for more spectacular humpback whales. Our day is spent watching whales. Around 12:30pm, we'll head back to Gustavus for a 2pm docking. TLC Taxi will then transport you to the airport for your flight to Juneau. If you are on the jet we can schedule a later taxi pick up and you can visit the lodge museum and bookstore. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch
lodgings

M/V Sea Wolf — Glacier Bay National Park

The M/V Sea Wolf is a beautiful 75-year-old expedition vessel that cruises through the pristine wilderness of Glacier Bay. With Douglas Fir deck planks and brilliantly varnished woodwork, the Sea Wolf is lovingly maintained—and provides comfort within an intimate setting. The ship carries 12 passengers, plus five to six crew, and is the perfect platform for small group expedition cruising, wildlife spotting, and whale watching. It also makes an amazing base ship for kayaking excursions. The Sea Wolf has many guest areas including a main viewing salon, covered aft viewing/dining deck and a wonderful wide bow. The aft deck is heated and enclosed in glass, and there is a large outdoor viewing deck behind the wheelhouse. The side decks are also covered for sightseeing comfort. Guests can enjoy books from the extensive naturalist library, and learn about Alaska from the knowledgeable and fun expert crew—all eager to share their naturalist lore and stories.

Dates and Pricing

Aug 07 - 12, 2016 1 cabin left

pricing

2016 Prices
$3,940  (+3% Local Sales Tax) for May 22 and May 29
$4,200  (+3% Local Sales Tax) for Jun, Jul, and Aug

If you prefer a cabin to yourself,
there will be a single supplement of 50% of the fare cost.

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