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Glacier Bay Historic Ship Adventure

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  • 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 8 AM at Bartlett Cove and board the ship. We will assemble in the main salon for introductions, an orientation discussing safety, boat layout, amenities and your Alaskan adventure.  We will cruise up bay to Geike Inlet for our first paddle. Along the way we will have a kayaking introduction and lunch. After lunch we are 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 will cruise to our evening anchorage a few hours up the bay-a cruise filled with incredible vistas, wildlife on the beaches and possibly acrobatic whales in the waters. Along the way we will 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.  We will have dinner aboard at our evening anchorage watching the sunset over Glacier Bay. 

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

Day 2: Upper Glacier Bay

Breakfast at 8 AM and we are off for a hike to Reid Glacier for an up close view of this glacially carved landscape. An easy hike up the mountain, down the beach and fording a few glacial streams will bring us to the face of Reid Glacier. Here we will learn about glaciers geology, plant and animal succession and explore among the grounded icebergs.  We hunt for ice worms and for those so inclined we scoop up glacial silt for wonderful glacial facials. On our intertidal walk back, we look under rocks to discover what the bears feast on during low tide, brown bears, wolverine, small mammals and harbor seals and other creatures all live in this area. Lunch underway as we head to Tarr Inlet where the Grand Pacific and Marjorie Glaciers cascade into the water. Once here we will 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
  • Accomodation:M/V Sea Wolf

Day 3: Central Glacier Bay

After an 8 AM breakfast it is off to Gloomy Knob looking for Mountain Goats and other wildlife.  If conditions permit we will have a morning botany hike up Gloomy Knob for incredible views of the bay. Then off to an afternoon paddle at one of our anchorages that bring us close to the East Arm entrance. 
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:M/V Sea Wolf

Day 4: Muir Inlet—the East Arm

Breakfast at 8 AM as the engines are started and we will make our way up Muir Inlet, the East Arm of Glacier Bay. Our activities here depend on wilderness water opening/closing dates. We will 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, vista’s and the possibilities of seeing bears, wolves or moose. Then once back to the boat we are 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
  • Accomodation:M/V Sea Wolf

Day 5: Lower Glacier Bay

Breakfast at 8 AM. We will have a morning paddle at N. Sandy Cove if the tides are right and 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.  We 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
  • Accomodation:M/V Sea Wolf

Day 6: Whales of Icy Strait

Breakfast at 8 AM then we are off to Point Adolphus to look for more spectacular humpback whales. Our day is spent watching whales. Around 12:30 we will head back to Gustavus for a 2 PM 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

Jul 12 - 17, 2015

Jul 19 - 24, 2015

Jul 26 - 31, 2015

Aug 02 - 07, 2015

Aug 09 - 14, 2015 Sold out

Aug 16 - 21, 2015 Sold out

May 08 - 13, 2016 $3,500

May 15 - 20, 2016 $3,500

May 22 - 27, 2016 $3,940

May 29, 2016 - Jun 03, 2016 $4,200

Jun 05 - 10, 2016 $4,200

Jun 12 - 17, 2016 $4,200

Jun 19 - 24, 2016 $4,200

Jun 26, 2016 - Jul 01, 2016 $4,200

Jul 03 - 08, 2016 $4,200

Jul 10 - 15, 2016 $4,200

Jul 17 - 22, 2016 $4,200

Jul 24 - 29, 2016 $4,200

Jul 31, 2016 - Aug 05, 2016 $4,200

Aug 07 - 12, 2016 $4,200

Aug 14 - 19, 2016 $4,200

Aug 21 - 26, 2016 $4,200

pricing

2015 Prices
$3,940  (+3% Local Sales Tax) for May 24 and May 31
$4,200  (+3% Local Sales Tax) for Jun, Jul, and Aug

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 an 97' ocean-going ship that carries 12 passengers plus 5-6 crew in great comfort. She is an amazing expedition platform for cruising, wildlife spotting, whale watching and as a kayaking mothership.

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 Eisenglass. There is a large outdoor viewing deck behind the wheelhouse. The side decks are also covered for sightseeing comfort. We carry an extensive naturalist library for guests to enjoy. The crew are all fun, knowledgeable, and eager to share their naturalist lore and stories.

  • 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!

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Embark and enter Glacier Bay National Park

Meet 8 AM at Bartlett Cove and board the ship. We will assemble in the main salon for introductions, an orientation discussing safety, boat layout, amenities and your Alaskan adventure.  We will cruise up bay to Geike Inlet for our first paddle. Along the way we will have a kayaking introduction and lunch. After lunch we are 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 will cruise to our evening anchorage a few hours up the bay-a cruise filled with incredible vistas, wildlife on the beaches and possibly acrobatic whales in the waters. Along the way we will 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.  We will have dinner aboard at our evening anchorage watching the sunset over Glacier Bay. 

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

Day 2: Upper Glacier Bay

Breakfast at 8 AM and we are off for a hike to Reid Glacier for an up close view of this glacially carved landscape. An easy hike up the mountain, down the beach and fording a few glacial streams will bring us to the face of Reid Glacier. Here we will learn about glaciers geology, plant and animal succession and explore among the grounded icebergs.  We hunt for ice worms and for those so inclined we scoop up glacial silt for wonderful glacial facials. On our intertidal walk back, we look under rocks to discover what the bears feast on during low tide, brown bears, wolverine, small mammals and harbor seals and other creatures all live in this area. Lunch underway as we head to Tarr Inlet where the Grand Pacific and Marjorie Glaciers cascade into the water. Once here we will 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
  • Accomodation:M/V Sea Wolf

Day 3: Central Glacier Bay

After an 8 AM breakfast it is off to Gloomy Knob looking for Mountain Goats and other wildlife.  If conditions permit we will have a morning botany hike up Gloomy Knob for incredible views of the bay. Then off to an afternoon paddle at one of our anchorages that bring us close to the East Arm entrance. 
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:M/V Sea Wolf

Day 4: Muir Inlet—the East Arm

Breakfast at 8 AM as the engines are started and we will make our way up Muir Inlet, the East Arm of Glacier Bay. Our activities here depend on wilderness water opening/closing dates. We will 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, vista’s and the possibilities of seeing bears, wolves or moose. Then once back to the boat we are 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
  • Accomodation:M/V Sea Wolf

Day 5: Lower Glacier Bay

Breakfast at 8 AM. We will have a morning paddle at N. Sandy Cove if the tides are right and 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.  We 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
  • Accomodation:M/V Sea Wolf

Day 6: Whales of Icy Strait

Breakfast at 8 AM then we are off to Point Adolphus to look for more spectacular humpback whales. Our day is spent watching whales. Around 12:30 we will head back to Gustavus for a 2 PM 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

M/V Sea Wolf — Glacier Bay National Park

The M/V Sea Wolf is an 97' ocean-going ship that carries 12 passengers plus 5-6 crew in great comfort. She is an amazing expedition platform for cruising, wildlife spotting, whale watching and as a kayaking mothership.

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 Eisenglass. There is a large outdoor viewing deck behind the wheelhouse. The side decks are also covered for sightseeing comfort. We carry an extensive naturalist library for guests to enjoy. The crew are all fun, knowledgeable, and eager to share their naturalist lore and stories.

Dates and Pricing

Jul 12 - 17, 2015

Jul 19 - 24, 2015

Jul 26 - 31, 2015

Aug 02 - 07, 2015

Aug 09 - 14, 2015 Sold out

Aug 16 - 21, 2015 Sold out

May 08 - 13, 2016 $3,500

May 15 - 20, 2016 $3,500

May 22 - 27, 2016 $3,940

May 29, 2016 - Jun 03, 2016 $4,200

Jun 05 - 10, 2016 $4,200

Jun 12 - 17, 2016 $4,200

Jun 19 - 24, 2016 $4,200

Jun 26, 2016 - Jul 01, 2016 $4,200

Jul 03 - 08, 2016 $4,200

Jul 10 - 15, 2016 $4,200

Jul 17 - 22, 2016 $4,200

Jul 24 - 29, 2016 $4,200

Jul 31, 2016 - Aug 05, 2016 $4,200

Aug 07 - 12, 2016 $4,200

Aug 14 - 19, 2016 $4,200

Aug 21 - 26, 2016 $4,200

pricing

2015 Prices
$3,940  (+3% Local Sales Tax) for May 24 and May 31
$4,200  (+3% Local Sales Tax) for Jun, Jul, and Aug

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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