Sail Alaska's spellbinding wilderness aboard an unforgettable cruise - in one of the world's few marine national parks flanked by towering glaciers and mountain peaks! Paddle through the cool waters of Glacier Bay National Park and watch magnificent humpback whales play at Icy Strait. Hike along calving glaciers, flower-strewn meadows and 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.
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
Welcome to Gustavus, Alaska! Head 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn in-depth natural history of America's premier marine wilderness from a captain and naturalist with 20+ years' experience on these waters.
Explore secluded coves, calving glaciers and immense wildlife of Glacier Bay National Park for a week, while large cruise ships only visit for one day.
On this trip aboard M/V Sea Wolf, passengers wake up to new surroundings every day without having to pack their bags.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Cruising in Glacier Bay's calm waters, sea kayaking, easy hikes, and up-close encounters with wildlife, all paired with dazzling vistas.
The refurbished, historic M/V Sea Wolf ship offers a perfect platform for wildlife expeditions while providing comfort, intimacy, and breathtaking anchorage settings.
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
You will meet the boat captain, crew and guides at Barlett Cove Dock at Glacier Bay National Park on Day 1 of the trip.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Make any of our trips a custom adventure or start from scratch. Take two itineraries and match them up to create a unique third. Add extras and extensions and more...if you can imagine it, we can make it happen!
"We have traveled throughout the world, but never experienced a level of service and attention to detail as we did with MT Sobek. "
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."
MT Sobek Guest, Alaska Glacier Bay Historic Ship Adventure Cruising
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