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Guests on Alaska's Ultimate Adventure Cruise stand on bow of small ship watching forested shoreline with binoculars & cameras.
Young brown bear in Alaska holds a live salmon in its mouth while fishing, seen on the Alaska's Ultimate Adventure Cruise.
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Alaska's Ultimate Adventure Cruise travelers walk a wooden boardwalk among deciduous trees & large Alaskan ferns.
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Alaska’s Ultimate Adventure Cruise

The Alaska’s Ultimate Adventure Cruise is ideal for active travelers. Enjoy longer kayak excursions, more demanding hikes, and extended time in remote areas for beach treks and adventures in durable, open-air inflatable boats. Travelers will also appreciate exclusive time in William Henry Bay, a 160-acre wilderness haven in Lynn Canal that’s privately owned by the cruise operator.

Main departures operate northbound from Sitka to Juneau and feature a bonfire and feast at Fin Island Lodge. Reverse departures sail southbound from Juneau to Sitka and offer a campfire and special meal at Orca Point Lodge. Embrace the spirit of adventure in the Inside Passage coastline, with opportunities to witness the untamed beauty of Alaska and its iconic wildlife around every bend.

On board the authentically Alaskan ship 49-guest Admiralty Dream, enjoy a casual atmosphere that brings travelers together. Operated by an Alaskan family-owned company, this ship puts a focus on Alaska’s nature, wildlife and First Nations culture. Guests also can easily enter & exit the water for kayaking via a custom launch platform, or enjoy Zodiac cruising via sturdy rigid-bottom inflatable boats. An onboard hydrophone rounds out the exploration tools.

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



Itinerary

Main Alaska's Ultimate Adventure Itinerary

The main Alaska’s Ultimate Adventure Cruise operates northbound from Sitka to Juneau, with a special meal at Fin Island Lodge, plus active days featuring long paddles, hikes and excursions in inflatable boats.

Route map of main Alaska's Ultimate Adventure Cruise, from Sitka to Juneau with visits to Fin Island Lodge, Auke Bay, Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness & Wrangell.
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Day 1
Embark Sitka, Alaska & Fin Island Lodge

Welcome to beautiful Sitka—the only community in Southeast Alaska that faces the open ocean waters of the Gulf of Alaska. You’re encouraged to arrive early and explore the community’s rich culture, history and biodiversity. Shortly after embarking, enjoy a feast of Alaska crab (subject to availability), wild salmon cooked over an alder wood-fired grill and prime rib, at the company’s privately-owned Fin Island Lodge.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Remote Baranof Island & Chatham Strait

Spend the day exploring remote Inside Passage wilderness. Hike a rainforest trail featuring towering spruce and hemlock trees and lush undergrowth. Your knowledgeable guide will provide commentary on the indigenous plants and wildlife of the area. Explore Chatham Strait alongside Baranof Island’s charming shoreline, dubbed The Waterfall Coast, and savor an opportunity to kayak a protected bay in the area.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Frederick Sound

Scout for humpback whales and other marine mammals in Frederick Sound. Humpbacks are famous for behavior that lends itself to incredible viewing and photography, such as tail lobbing, lunge feeding, pectoral slapping, breaching and picturesque dives that showcase their massive flukes. Other opportunities for in-depth exploration include the protected waters or shores of Security Bay, Skanax Bay, Pybus Bay, The Brothers islands, or another beautiful wilderness location.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Wrangell

Enjoy several options to explore the colorful history of Wrangell, including a trip to the town’s impressive museum. Visit the intriguing state historic park, Petroglyph Beach, which contains the highest concentration of petroglyphs in Southeast Alaska. Choose from a guided hike on the Rainbow Falls Trail or an exciting optional opportunity aboard a high-speed jet boat.

Jetboat excursions from Wrangell are available at an additional cost and are dependent on space/permits. Options either include navigating the winding Stikine River through stunning Alaska scenery, or a traveling through a maze of glistening icebergs in LeConte Bay en route to the LeConte Glacier.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Wilderness Adventure

Your captain and expert expedition team will select the day’s remote wilderness adventure based on factors like weather and wildlife sightings in the area. Whether you’re lacing up your boots for a wilderness hike or beach trek, or grabbing a paddle to navigate remote shorelines, one thing’s for sure: you’re in for an unforgettable Alaska adventure that is tailor-made for your group.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Tracy or Endicott Arm

Journey through Tracy or Endicott Arm in the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness, a place the famous naturalist John Muir referred to as “A wild, unfinished Yosemite.” Renowned for its glaciers, pristine waterfalls, towering icebergs, abundant harbor seals, and granite cliffs that rise from sea level to 4,000 feet, this wilderness is often referred to by locals as one of the most scenic areas in the state.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
William Henry Bay

This exclusive property is nestled up against the dramatic Chilkat mountain range, and features an expansive beachfront, towering old growth forest, low-lying muskeg and beautiful William Henry Creek. The geography provides prime habitat for an array of wildlife. 160 exclusive acres of pristine wilderness will be yours to explore alongside a knowledgeable guide. You’ll savor the peace of a wilderness oasis that is far from the nearest town as you learn its unique history of hardy Alaskan homesteaders and mining.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Juneau, Alaska

Disembark in Alaska’s capital city of Juneau and be transferred to your hotel or the airport.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Selected guest cabin facilities; all meals aboard the vessel or where otherwise indicated; selected shore excursions as indicated in itinerary; ground transportation to and from the vessel and airport or select Sitka and Juneau hotels; use of recreational equipment as indicated in itinerary; all standard onboard services; complimentary glass of wine or beer with dinner; all alcoholic beverages for Deluxe and Suite categories.

Exclusions

Airfare to and from Alaska; pre- and post-cruise hotel accommodations; non-complimentary beer, wine or alcohol selections; discretionary gratuities to crew; travel insurance (recommended); all taxes and port fees (calculated upon booking).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost 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:
Up to 120 days – 50% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 45 days – 50% of total trip cost
44 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.

Arrival & Departure

The main Alaska’s Ultimate Adventure Cruise begins in Sitka, Alaska (SIT), and ends in Juneau, Alaska (JNU). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Sitka on Day 1 ahead of the 4:00pm embarkation time. Disembarkation is at 8:00am on Day 8; plan flights to depart Juneau no earlier than 10:00am.

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, shallow-water expedition craft excursions, land treks, glacier viewing, wildlife observation and a remote beach campfire experience. The Alaska’s Ultimate Adventure itinerary also offers an added-cost high-speed jet boat ride to LeConte Bay and the spectacular LeConte Glacier.

Room Configuration

Single supplement rates are 150% of the double occupancy rate. Single supplement rates are capacity controlled and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Third and fourth guests booking into a stateroom will receive a 15% discount after 2 full-price guests or after 1 full-price adult and 1 discounted child are booked.

Families & Children

Children (15 and under) receive 15% off double occupancy rate when sharing a cabin with 1 or 2 full-fare adults. Programming is tailored for children ages 7 and up.

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.

Reverse Alaska's Ultimate Adventure Itinerary

The reverse Alaska’s Ultimate Adventure Cruise operates southbound from Juneau to Sitka with a special meal at Orca Point Lodge, plus active days featuring long paddles, hikes and excursions in inflatable boats.

Route map of reverse Alaska's Ultimate Adventure Cruise, from Juneau to Sitka with visits to Orca Point Lodge, Auke Bay, Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness & Wrangell.
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Day 1
Embark Juneau, Alaska

Arrive in Alaska’s capital city of Juneau and have a chance to enjoy the city before embarking.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
William Henry Bay

This exclusive property is nestled up against the dramatic Chilkat mountain range, and features an expansive beachfront, towering old growth forest, low-lying muskeg and beautiful William Henry Creek. The geography provides prime habitat for an array of wildlife. 160 exclusive acres of pristine wilderness will be yours to explore alongside a knowledgeable guide. You’ll savor the peace of a wilderness oasis that is far from the nearest town as you learn its unique history of hardy Alaskan homesteaders and mining.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
Tracy or Endicott Arm & Orca Point Lodge

Journey through Tracy or Endicott Arm in the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness, a place the famous naturalist John Muir referred to as “A wild, unfinished Yosemite.” Renowned for its glaciers, pristine waterfalls, towering icebergs, abundant harbor seals, and granite cliffs that rise from sea level to 4,000 feet, this wilderness is often referred to by locals as one of the most scenic areas in the state.

End the day’s adventure with a relaxing evening at Orca Point Lodge, an exclusive day-lodge on Colt Island. Enjoy a Tlingit cultural presentation, as well as the beautiful grounds, beach and marine life touch-tank. Dine on Alaska salmon, Alaska crab (subject to availability) or prime rib from the warmth of the lodge, or nestled next to a beachside bonfire.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
Wilderness Adventure

Your captain and expert expedition team will select the day’s remote wilderness adventure based on factors like weather and wildlife sightings in the area. Whether you’re lacing up your boots for a wilderness hike or beach trek, or grabbing a paddle to navigate remote shorelines, one thing’s for sure: you’re in for an unforgettable Alaska adventure that is tailor-made for your group.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
Wrangell

Enjoy several options to explore the colorful history of Wrangell, including a trip to the town’s impressive museum. Visit the intriguing state historic park, Petroglyph Beach, which contains the highest concentration of petroglyphs in Southeast Alaska. Choose from a guided hike on the Rainbow Falls Trail or an exciting optional opportunity aboard a high-speed jet boat.

Jetboat excursions from Wrangell are available at an additional cost and are dependent on space/permits. Options either include navigating the winding Stikine River through stunning Alaska scenery, or a traveling through a maze of glistening icebergs in LeConte Bay en route to the LeConte Glacier.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 6
Frederick Sound

Scout for humpback whales and other marine mammals in Frederick Sound. Humpbacks are famous for behavior that lends itself to incredible viewing and photography, such as tail lobbing, lunge feeding, pectoral slapping, breaching and picturesque dives that showcase their massive flukes. Other opportunities for in-depth exploration include the protected waters or shores of Security Bay, Skanax Bay, Pybus Bay, The Brothers islands, or another beautiful wilderness location.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 7
Remote Baranof Island, Chatham Strait

Spend the day exploring remote Inside Passage wilderness. Hike a rainforest trail featuring towering spruce and hemlock trees and lush undergrowth. Your knowledgeable guide will provide commentary on the indigenous plants and wildlife of the area. Explore Chatham Strait alongside Baranof Island’s charming shoreline, dubbed The Waterfall Coast, and savor an opportunity to kayak a protected bay in the area.

Accommodations

Admiralty Dream

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 8
Disembark Sitka, Alaska

Disembark in Sitka, Alaska and be transferred to the airport or your hotel and stay to explore beautiful Sitka, the only community in Southeast Alaska that faces the open ocean waters of the Gulf of Alaska.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Selected guest cabin facilities; all meals aboard the vessel or where otherwise indicated; selected shore excursions as indicated in itinerary; ground transportation to and from the vessel and airport or select Sitka and Juneau hotels; use of recreational equipment as indicated in itinerary; all standard onboard services; complimentary glass of wine or beer with dinner; all alcoholic beverages for Deluxe and Suite categories.

Exclusions

Airfare to and from Alaska; pre- and post-cruise hotel accommodations; non-complimentary beer, wine or alcohol selections; discretionary gratuities to crew; travel insurance (recommended); all taxes and port fees (calculated upon booking).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost 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:
Up to 120 days – 50% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 45 days – 50% of total trip cost
44 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.

Arrival & Departure

The reverse Alaska’s Ultimate Adventure Cruise begins in Juneau, Alaska (JNU), and ends in Sitka, Alaska (SIT). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Juneau on Day 1 ahead of the 4:00pm embarkation time. Disembarkation is at 8:00am on Day 8; plan flights to depart Sitka no earlier than 10:00am.

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, shallow-water expedition craft excursions, land treks, glacier viewing, wildlife observation and a remote beach campfire experience. The Alaska’s Ultimate Adventure itinerary also offers an added-cost high-speed jet boat ride to LeConte Bay and the spectacular LeConte Glacier.

Room Configuration

Single supplement rates are 150% of the double occupancy rate. Single supplement rates are capacity controlled and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Third and fourth guests booking into a stateroom will receive a 15% discount after 2 full-price guests or after 1 full-price adult and 1 discounted child are booked.

Families & Children

Children (15 and under) receive 15% off double occupancy rate when sharing a cabin with 1 or 2 full-fare adults. Programming is tailored for children ages 7 and up.

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

May 17 - May 25, 2025
Admiralty Dream • 9 days
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Aug 02 - Aug 09, 2025
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