Board at Petersburg, cruising Frederick Sound, introduction to Alaskan life, introduction to coastal rainforest on walk. Wilderness anchorage at entrance to fjord.
Cruising spectacular fjord to tidewater glacier, ice bergs, wildlife viewing. Option to zodiac, kayak and/or walk, exploring glacier, ice bergs in this awesome ice world.
Humpback whales of Frederick Sound, Five Fingers Lighthouse, Windfall Harbour. Explore estuary and look for brown bears.
Guided brown bear viewing and rainforest walk up salmon creek at Pack Creek on Admiralty Island, with special access for Swell guests.
Frederick Sound marine mammals and islands. Spectacular Baranof inlet and meadow favoured by brown bears.
Cruising to Warm Springs Bay. Rainforest / bog walk and natural hot springs. Cruising the waterfall coast of Baranof Island. Peril Strait to Kruzof Island.
Hike on Kruzof Island through many ecotypes to spectacular west coast beach. Cruising the west coast, sea otters, seabirds.
Weather permitting, exploring by zodiac at St. Lazaria, a spectacular island with thousands of nesting seabirds and rich intertidal life. Vistas of volcanic Mt. Edgecumbe as it sweeps down toward the sea. Hot springs.
Prices are all-inclusive, and subject to a $100 sustainability fee per person. The trips in Canada are subject to 5% federal tax. See "Included in Our Price" for the exceptional value included. Fares are per person, based on double occupancy, and in Canadian dollars. For solo travellers, there is no single supplement on the SV Maple Leaf trips (shared accommodation), and there is a 50% single supplement on the MV Swell trips. For full-ship private charters, please contact us. Payment and cancellation policy is available online, in the brochures and by speaking with us. We welcome your contact.
This small ship cruise, by classic, converted tug, explores the best of Alaska’s inside passage. Get close and personal with ice bergs, glaciers, humpback whales, marine mammals, sea birds, sea otters. Walk the rainforests, view brown bears, soak in natural hot springs. Visit the historic towns, anchor in remote coves. The real Alaska, an alternative to the big ship cruise.
Our classic 8-night voyage between Petersburg and Sitka: Frederick Sound (marine mammals incl whales, whale researchers), Admiralty Is. (brown bears), Endicott or Tracy Arm (calving glaciers), plus Baranof and Kruzof Islands and historic Sitka.
View a guest’s video from one of our Alaska trips aboard the SV Maple Leaf. The places and wildlife and camaraderie on the MV Swell trip are the same, but the ship is different.
What People Say
Anne LinnEscondido, CAI’ve been anticipating this trip for many years after reading about Maple Leaf in the LA Times. You have met and exceeded my expectations!
Betsy JewettNine Mile Falls, WAMy gratitude to all of Maple Leaf's wonderful crew! I will treasure the memories from the dramatic power of the seas, to foot thick moss under ancient
Amy Loewen, age 13Manitoba, CanadaThank you so much. This has been an amazing trip and it will stay with me forever.
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