Alaska Glacier Bay Historic Ship Adventure Cruising Tour

Snowy Peaks, Icebergs & Abundant Wildlife


Sail Alaska's spellbinding wilderness aboard the M/V Sea Wolf and enjoy an unforgettable cruise in one of the world's few marine national parks. Paddle through the cool waters of Glacier Bay National Park, flanked by towering glaciers and mountain peaks, and watch magnificent humpback whales play at Icy Strait. Hike through flower-strewn meadows and along 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.

Note: This cruise is not privately chartered for MT Sobek travelers. In order to offer the widest selection of travel dates and flexibility for our guests, MT Sobek works directly with the ship owner to book MT Sobek travelers on scheduled departures throughout the year, and we are pleased to offer our in-house expertise and services to assist you every step of the way.

7 Days

From: $5,850

Sail Alaska's spellbinding wilderness aboard the M/V Sea Wolf and enjoy an unforgettable cruise in one of the world's few marine national parks. Paddle through the cool waters of Glacier Bay National Park, flanked by towering glaciers and mountain peaks, and watch magnificent humpback whales play at Icy Strait. Hike through flower-strewn meadows and along 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.

Note: This cruise is not privately chartered for MT Sobek travelers. In order to offer the widest selection of travel dates and flexibility for our guests, MT Sobek works directly with the ship owner to book MT Sobek travelers on scheduled departures throughout the year, and we are pleased to offer our in-house expertise and services to assist you every step of the way.

Highlights


  • Take a hike up Reid Glacier for up-close views of its glacially carved terrain

  • Kayak to Sandy Cove and look out for black bears, moose, puffins and mountain goats.

  • Spend hours watching humpback whales springing out from the water at Point Adolphus

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Alaska Glacier Bay Historic Ship Adventure Cruising

Start: Gustavus, Alaska  End: Gustavus, Alaska

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Arrive in Gustavus, Alaska

    Day 1

    Welcome to Gustavus, Alaska! An MT Sobek representative will take you over to the Annie Mae Lodge at the edge of Glacier Bay National Park. Explore the nearby sandy beach and beach-fringed meadows by foot or hop onto one of the bikes to cycle the town. This evening, enjoy a hearty welcome dinner at the lodge.

    Accommodation: Annie Mae Lodge

    Meals: Dinner

  • Embark and Enter Glacier Bay National Park

    Day 2

    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.

    Accommodation: M/V Sea Wolf-Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

    Activity: 4 hours cruising & wildlife watching

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover Upper Glacier Bay

    Day 3

    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.

    Accommodation: M/V Sea Wolf-Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

    Activity: 4 hours cruising & wildlife watching; 1 hour/1 mile glacier hike

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Central Glacier Bay to the East Arm Entrance

    Day 4

    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.

    Accommodation: M/V Sea Wolf-Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

    Activity: 4 hours cruising & wildlife watching; 1 hour/1 mile hike

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Head to Muir Inlet, the East Arm of Glacier Bay

    Day 5

    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.

    Accommodation: M/V Sea Wolf-Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

    Activity: 4 hours cruising & wildlife watching; 1 hour/1 mile glacier hike

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Admire Abundant Wildlife at Lower Glacier Bay

    Day 6

    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.

    Accommodation: M/V Sea Wolf-Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

    Activity: 4 hours cruising, 2 hours optional kayaking & wildlife watching

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Watch the Humpback Whales of Icy Strait

    Day 7

    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 Bartlett 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 home.

    Activity: 4 hours cruising & whale watching

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Dates & Prices


  • 2023
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2023

Scheduled Dates


The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

  • May 06 - 12, 2023
    $5,850 price per person dbl occ
    +$2,925 single supplement
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  • May 13 - 19, 2023
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  • May 20 - 26, 2023
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  • Jun 03 - 09, 2023
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  • Jun 24 - 30, 2023
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  • Jul 01 - 07, 2023
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  • Jul 08 - 14, 2023
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  • Jul 15 - 21, 2023
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  • Jul 22 - 28, 2023
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  • Aug 05 - 11, 2023
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  • Aug 12 - 18, 2023
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Create Your Very Own Adventure


Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.

When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

*Custom trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit once an itinerary is agreed upon.

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Inclusions

Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include


  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Kimberly Owen

Kimberly Owen

Kimber has a variety of life experiences with people, horses, and wildlife. She grew up in a hotel restaurant family, learning lifelong hospitality skills, and operated a therapeutic equine riding facility, where she worked with individuals with disabilities. Kimber has participated in many equine and wildlife studies nurturing her love for nature and the conservation of wildlife habitat. Alaska has always been in her heart and MT Sobek guests are sure to love the romantic historical ship plying the coasts of Alaska and British Columbia. What better life could there be!

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Activity Level


This trip is rated activity level 2. 1 hour guided walks will average 1 mile on shoreline beaches or forested trails with little to no elevation gain. Sea kayaking excursions (1-1.5 hours) are optional. Steep ladders on the ship for getting between decks. You should be comfortable doing wet landings from the inflatable tender with help from the crew.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 2

4 hours cruising & wildlife watching

Day 3

4 hours cruising & wildlife watching; 1 hour/1 mile glacier hike

Day 4

4 hours cruising & wildlife watching; 1 hour/1 mile hike

Day 5

4 hours cruising & wildlife watching; 1 hour/1 mile glacier hike

Day 6

4 hours cruising, 2 hours optional kayaking & wildlife watching

Day 7

4 hours cruising & whale watching

Accommodations


The refurbished, historic M/V Sea Wolf ship offers a perfect platform for wildlife expeditions while providing comfort, intimacy, and breathtaking anchorage settings.

Annie Mae Lodge
Annie Mae Lodge

The Annie Mae Lodge rests on the banks of the Good River, surrounded by lush rain forest and overlooking the Icy Straits of Alaska's Inside Passage. Started by Annie Mae's three granddaughters and now run by her great-granddaughter, the aim of this family lodge has always been to provide traditional country hospitality in a place of exceptional beauty. Its guest rooms offer a cozy, cottage atmosphere and are well-appointed with modern amenities. Overall, a perfect stop on your Glacier Bay adventure.

M/V Sea Wolf-Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska
M/V Sea Wolf-Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Perfect for intimate group trips carrying up to 12 passengers, the beautiful 75-year-old M/V Sea Wolf expedition vessel features Douglas Fir deck planks and varnished woodwork. Passengers enjoy spectacular vistas from the ship's covered aft viewing/dining deck, heated and enclosed in glass, the large outdoor viewing deck, or the wonderful wide bow, and books from the boat's extensive naturalist library.

Weather


Enjoy mild summers, with almost daily light rain, chilly winds near glaciers, and breezy ocean sides. Daytime 55°F - 70°F. Evenings 40°F - 50°F

 
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FAQs


Who will meet me on arrival?

You will meet the boat captain, crew and guides at Barlett Cove Dock at Glacier Bay National Park on Day 1 of the trip.

Are we required to participate in all of the activities?

The daily hiking and sea kayaking activities are optional, and you may stay on board and enjoy the sights from the boat instead. Activities may vary in length and location based on the daily weather conditions.

What are the ship's cabins like?

The cabins on board are space-efficient. They are all equipped with comfortable bunk beds, nightstands, closet, cupboards, window, and their own bathroom with shower, sink and head.

What are the meals like?

The delectable gourmet dining will surely surprise you. Salmon, halibut, spot prawns, scallops and Dungeness crab harvested in SE Alaska by local fisherman will be served with fresh and organic produce. The boat\'s chef can work with most any special diets.

Will there be beverages served onboard?

There will be a variety of non-alcoholic beverages on board, however, no commercial sodas or mixers are stocked. These must be requested at least 3 weeks ahead of your departure. We do serve light complimentary beer and wine at happy hour and dinner.

Are there many communal areas on board?

The Sea Wolf is a 97\' ocean-going ship that carries 12 passengers plus 5-6 crew in great comfort. There are many guest areas including a main viewing salon, covered aft viewing/dining deck and a wonderful wide bow.

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Guest Reviews


"We have traveled throughout the world, but never experienced a level of service and attention to detail as we did with MT Sobek. "

Dennis G.
MT Sobek Guest

"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 this trip for those who are active."

Martha K.
MT Sobek Guest, Alaska Glacier Bay Historic Ship Adventure Cruising