1: Board at Petersburg, cruising, introduction to Alaskan life, introduction to coastal ecosystems on walk at Cascade Creek. Wilderness anchorage.
2: Cruising Frederick Sound watching for whales. Visit sea lion haul out; small island anchorage beach walk. Visit Five Fingers Lighthouse and whale researchers there. Anchor at entrance to fjord, summer wildflower meadow walk.
3: 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. Evening humpback whales of Stephens Passage. Optional evening shore trip to look for brown bears at Windfall Harbour, Admiralty Island.
4: Brown bear viewing at Pack Creek on Admiralty Island, with special access for Swell guests. Estuary flats and via rainforest trail to viewing stands further upstream. Evening cruising of Frederick Sound.
5: Scenic Wrangell Narrows, a winding, narrow, 20 mile long passage between Mitkof and Kupreanof Islands. It has 65 lighted navigational markers and accommodates only smaller ships and boats (the Alaska State Ferry being one of the largest). This challenging navigation, the scenic fun of a narrow passageway, and the slices of Alaskan life visible along this waterway makes it an enjoyable passage. Lecture on tides and currents and the challenging underwater bathymetry in the Pacific Northwest, that also produces its rich food chain. Evening beach exploration and optional kayaking.
6: South Etolin wilderness exploration – intertidal life, protected islets, black bears. Visit remote, off-the-grid community of Meyer’s Chuck with walk ashore.
7: Visit to historic town of Ketchikan, cruising south through Tongass Narrows to island anchorage. Zodiac tour and wildlife viewing.
8: Crossing Dixon entrance watching for group bubblenet feeding whales, orcas, porpoises and seabirds. Island anchorage and exploring chain of islands with shell midden beaches – archaeological sites from the First Nations who have lived on the coast for millenia. Last night celebration dinner.
9: Cruise to Prince Rupert, BC, watching for wildlife.
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 and Cascadia 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.
This is our classic 8-night voyage, between Petersburg and Prince Rupert: Frederick Sound (marine mammals inc whales, researchers), Admiralty Is. (brown bears), Endicott or Tracy Arm (calving glaciers), plus Wrangell Narrows, South Etolin Wilderness and Ketchikan.
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
F. ShirleyOntario, CanFrom our first inquiries to the final docking, our trip has been first class all the way.
Chuck ColeWashington, USAAn unbelievable experience with the most dedicated and involved crew I’ve ever experienced. Every day was ‘magical’. The bar for my next adventure
Jane RobinsonVancouver, BCWhat a magical and awe-inspiring adventure!
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