In Alaska a group of kayakers float in green and yellow kayaks next to a white iceberg and in front of an icy teal glacier.
The safari quest Alaska small ship floats as guests return from a kayak activity, the crew on board waiting to help them disembark.
Brown bear on shoreline in Glacier Bay, Alaska
small ship cruise guests on a land excursion in the forest in Alaska's Glacier bay national forest
two travelers kayaking inside Glacier Bay National park, the SS Legacy small ship folats behind them and in the background a snowy mountain range
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North America Alaska Cruise

Alaska’s Glacier Country

Spend 8 days circumnavigating Admiralty Island in Alaska’s Inside Passage. Cruise through the largest national forest in the United States (Tongass) where black and brown bears, mountain goats and bald eagles make their home. View Alaska’s massive glaciers and glide around in the remote bays of Glacier Bay National Park, with a full day dedicated to exploring this famed national park. In the still of the Southeast Alaska evening, watch bears ambling along wild shorelines. And in the swirling currents below, humpback whales forage in the bountiful waters along the sheltered shoreline. Meet Alaska and its wildlife at eye level, by boat and foot. 

Kayak, stand-up paddleboard, skiff, hike and beach excursions offer opportunities to explore the wilderness up close while an unhurried schedule means more time for wildlife viewing. This recipe for adventure makes this itinerary a prime selection for our Alaska family cruises. Onboard naturalists and expedition leaders offer daily insights and guided nature walks. Book this Alaska glacier cruise for superior service, fine cuisine and intimate experiences that only an Alaska small ship cruise can offer.

The 8-day Alaska’s Glacier Country cruise begins and ends in Juneau. Passage is aboard the 22-guest Safari Quest, or 84-guest Safari Endeavour for a single springtime sailing. These vessels feature first-class accommodations and an itinerary filled with authentic exploration and the glaciers travelers come to Alaska to see. The Safari Quest is the perfect basecamp for Alaska luxury cruises due to her private balconies and included fine spirits, wines and microbrews. The Safari Quest is also a favorite among AdventureSmith’s many Alaska yacht charters for private cruising due to her small size.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Alaska trips, small ship Alaska cruise options and Glacier Bay cruise and Inside Passage cruise itineraries.



Itinerary

Alaska's Glacier Country

Spend 8 days circumnavigating Admiralty Island, cruising roundtrip from Juneau, Alaska. Explore while sailing on first-class accommodations an itinerary filled with incredible scenery and glaciers.

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Day 1
Embark Juneau, Alaska

Hello, Juneau! First settled in the gold rush days, Juneau welcomes with both small town charm and towering glaciers. Toast to the riches of Alaska while sailing west toward Icy Strait.

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Safari Quest

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Icy Strait

Kickstart the morning with on-deck yoga stretches and a strong cup of coffee. Energized and snug in your kayak, glide around in remote bays off Icy Strait through giant bullwhip kelp that can grow to over 100 feet long. Join the gang in a skiff to a rocky outcropping to watch sea lions play. Or step into mud boots for a forest hike with your top-notch, naturalist guides who have plenty to share about everything Alaska—marine biology, plants, and even geology. On board, soak it all in with views from the hot tub. Tonight, your ship sails into Glacier Bay National Park with a special early-entry permit only available on this itinerary.

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Safari Quest

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Glacier Bay National Park

You’re in for a real treat. Have your binoculars handy—South Marble Island is a birder’s slice of heaven. Puffins scoot through the water. Guillemots and gulls chatter up the airwaves. The snoozing sea lions don’t seem to mind. More thrills and chills await as you cruise to the far end of Johns Hopkins Inlet or Tarr Inlet where glaciers calve into the water. Backed by knife-edged peaks, bears forage along the shoreline of Tidal Inlet. Mountain goats too. Back at Bartlett Cove, if time and daylight allow, take a forest hike around the park’s HQ.

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Safari Endeavour, Safari Quest

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Admiralty Island National Monument

At Admiralty Island National Monument, kayak, skiff, and weave in and out of the bays and islets keeping your eyes out for Alaska brown bears and nesting bald eagles. Tlingit call the island Kootznoowoo, meaning “Fortress of the Bear”, and Admiralty Island has a higher density of bald eagles than all the other states combined. After another big day, pop up to the bridge to look over charts with your captain and mates.

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Safari Quest

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Day 5
Frederick Sound

Humpbacks beeline it here each season to feed on krill, zooplankton and herring. Watch for whales feasting in these abundant glacial waters. Hang out and enjoy the show. Based on wind and weather, the expedition team has the lineup of adventures all mapped out. Cruise past Five Fingers Lighthouse, Alaska’s oldest light station, and the Brothers Islands, where sea lions nap on rocky nobs. Somewhere nearby, carrot-billed black oystercatchers are saying hello. Tonight, toast another big day in Alaska.

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Safari Quest

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Day 6
Wyndham Bay & Stephens Passage

Humpback and orca are frequent visitors of this Southeast passage. A misty spout is a sure sign they’re in the neighborhood. Your captain navigates Wyndham Bay and Stephens Passage. And you’re in for a boot-sucking, paddle-smacking day of adventure with your guide team. The routes are all picked out. Make your choice and make your move. Slip off the kayak launch and take it slow spotting sea stars and shore birds. Hard chargers take a long wild paddle to the salt chuck at the back of the inlet. Or, hike into the Tongass National Forest. It’s a landscape of hanging waterfalls and shades of green.

Accommodations

Safari Quest

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Day 7
Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier

Skiffing up Endicott Arm, harbor seals laze around on icebergs. If the tides are right, slip into Ford’s Terror, the steep walls of this narrow opening streaked with waterfalls. Back in the Arm, gasp at the deep glacier-carved valleys. At the end meet the piece de resistance: Dawes Glacier. Blue ice marches down from the Coast Mountains. With a sharp crack, the white thunder of a calving slice makes a mega-splash. Tonight, celebrate with a festive farewell dinner and photo journal from the expedition team.

Accommodations

Safari Quest

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Juneau, Alaska

Enjoy fresh baked pastries over one last breakfast. Both crew and new friends wish heartfelt goodbyes. This morning, transfer to the Juneau airport or begin your hotel stay or land tour.

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations aboard vessel; onboard meals; premium wine, beer and liquor (excludes super-premium wines); non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embarkation/disembarkation day; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-vessel activities and equipment; exclusive activities and shore visits; wellness amenities; presentations by onboard expedition/heritage guides and guest experts.

Exclusions

Airfare to and from your home city; discretionary gratuities to vessel’s crew; travel insurance and insurance of any kind; optional excursions and land tours; excess baggage charges; items of a personal nature; taxes and port fees of $375 (2023 & 2024).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $750 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 days or more – 50% of deposit
119 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 46 days – 50% of total trip cost
45 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations’ Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Alaska’s Glacier Country cruise begins  and ends in Juneau, Alaska (JNU). Plan flights to arrive to Juneau by 3:00pm on Day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Juneau no earlier than 11:30am on Day 8.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most any expedition to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include whale watching, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, morning yoga and stretching, land treks, glacier viewing, wildlife observation and polar bear plunges. Limited quantities of hiking poles, binoculars, mud boots and rain gear are available on board. To ensure availability and fit, we encourage you to bring your own gear.

Room Configuration

In addition to any listed Single cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy at 150-175% of the per-person listed rate; special triple-occupancy rates may also be available in select cabins. Call AdventureSmith for more details, as availability and rates vary by ship and cabin category.

Families & Children

Kids 8 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 7 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval. Save $500 per child, ages 8 to 17, with the exception of holiday departures.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

The Safari Quest is an AdventureSmith favorite for private charter. Contact us for charter pricing and details.

May 06 - May 13, 2023
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May 26 - Jun 02, 2023
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Aug 18 - Aug 25, 2023
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May 24 - May 31, 2024
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Jul 19 - Jul 26, 2024
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Accommodations

Choose the Small Ship that Fits Your Travel Style

Yacht
Safari Quest

The 22-guest exclusive Motor Yacht Safari Quest cruises Alaska's Inside Passage, Prince William Sound and British Columbia and offers stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking. Unique among yachts, the Safari Quest’s size enables her to cruise areas restricted to traditional small ships.

Expedition Ship
Safari Endeavour

The 84-guest Safari Endeavour offers the luxury and amenities of a yacht with the price and efficiency of a small ship. Suites on this ship feature balconies, and activity options include stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking.

Deals

Current Deals on This Trip

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Expert Review

Reviews From Our Experts So You Know What To Expect

Justin Massoni • October 9th, 2022
Expert Review: UnCruise Alaska

All you need to know before you take an Alaska UnCruise. Read this review to hear from an expert’s eye what sets this operator's cruises apart from others in Alaska.

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"Perfect Trip"

A very charming vessel and we very much enjoyed being among her passengers. The meals were excellent and the dining room staff was most accommodating. Arielle did a wonderful job helping us to find our 'perfect trip', answered all of our questions promptly and corresponded with us in a friendly yet professional manner. From the moment we arrived at the Anchorage airport it was apparent we were in competent hands.

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Extend Your Trip

Additional Travel Options Before or After Your Cruise

Choose from a variety of other AdventureSmith Alaska trips to extend your journey, or opt for a pre-cruise extension with your fellow passengers on this cruise.

The Denali & Talkeetna Wilderness Rail Adventure is a pre-cruise escorted land tour featuring wilderness lodge stays in Denali National Park and Talkeetna Mountains, and hotel overnights in Anchorage. This tour takes you through the Talkeetna Mountain and Denali National park by rail, visits the Alaska Native Heritage Center, and provides opportunities for wildlife viewing, hiking, kayaking, and river rafting or flightseeing (added cost). This land package aligns with Friday cruise departures. Alaska’s Glacier Country cruises departing on other days require additional hotel night(s).

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8 - 9 Day Land Tour
Denali Backcountry Explorer

Spend 3-4 nights at a remote backcountry lodge situated 90 miles inside Denali National Park. Unbeatable wildlife viewing, landscape photography, guided hikes, fishing, dog sleds and an Alaska railroad ride can be customized to complement any Alaska small ship cruise.

From $6630USD
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8 - 9 Day Land Tour
Camp Denali Adventure

This premier Denali National Park base camp, in view of Denali, is located near Wonder Lake at the end of the 92-mile Denali Park Road and offers expert guided explorations and unique hikes.

From $5950USD
Jun Jul Aug Sep
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7 Day Land Tour
Within the Wild

The Within the Wild luxury Alaska adventure brings travelers into the Alaskan backcountry without sacrificing comfort. Enjoy remarkable helicopter- and floatplane-assisted adventures, hiking, sportfishing and a wellness program with massage and yoga.

From $15400USD
Jun Jul Aug Sep
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