Kayakers in bright lime green and orange kayaks paddlein front of Wilderness Legacy expedition ship with snow-covered mountains in background
Travelers wearing red life jackets aboard a black inflatable skiff boat, watch and photograph a whale fluke.
Alaska traveler in bright red jacket looks at seals swimming beside a large blue glacier during the Wild & Wooly Alaska Cruise.
Group of kids & 2 adults hike through a shallow, muddy tidal outwash surrounded by forest on a sunny day during an Alaska family cruise.
Tandem kayakers in a red boat paddle calm water between large dark boulders on a misty day during the Wild & Wooly Alaska Cruise.
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North America Alaska Cruise

Wild & Woolly Alaska Cruise

On this 8-day Alaska small ship cruise, join fellow adventurers on a very active backcountry itinerary. Cruise round-trip from Juneau to experience the best of Glacier Bay cruises and tours, see areas that no other boats visit, and stretch those legs and imagination in all new areas.

Highlights include exploring the “Outback” of Glacier Bay National Park, rarely seen by visitors; hiking and biking through Chichagof Island under exclusive permits to the area; and learning what it’s like to live and work in the wild country of Alaska. Enjoy all-day kayak and bushwhack opportunities, or days packed with other activities such as biking, birding, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling, skiff tours or a shoreline campfire. Search for humpback, orca, seals, bears, moose, puffins, porpoise and more. And take in the mighty magic of the LeConte and Baird Glaciers.

The 86-guest Wilderness Legacy shepherds the full complement of adventurers from activity to activity. Her dance floor, saloon, yoga mats and two hot tubs engage travelers between each off-ship activity. And comfortable cabins opening onto the great outdoors offer charming views while cruising.

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

Wild, Woolly & Wow: Best of Glacier Bay Tours & Cruises Itinerary

This Wild & Woolly Alaska cruise operates round-trip from Juneau, Alaska, highlighting some of the best visitor sites and activities from Glacier Bay tours and cruises, with a focus on active off-ship adventure.

Route map of Wild & Wooly Alaska Cruise, operating round-trip from Juneau with visits along the Inside Passage.
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Day 1
Embark Juneau, Alaska

Board the ship just in time for a welcome cocktail or glass of champagne before dinner. The captain and crew introduce themselves and provide an overview of the adventure that awaits this week.

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Wilderness Legacy

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Day 2
Glacier Bay National Park Outback

Wake up this morning in the Glacier Bay National Park “Outback.” Today, anchor in one of three outback areas of this epic national park. This will include one of the rarely visited areas of either Fern Harbor, Dundas Bay, or No Name Cove near Excursion Inlet. The entire day is set aside for activity, starting with early morning kayak and birding departures into the park. Full activities may include kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, skiff excursions, hiking, snorkeling, beach strolls and more. The likelihood of seeing any vessels or other people is very low. Meals may be aboard the ship or packed as a picnic.

Accommodations

Wilderness Legacy

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Day 3
Corner Bay & Chichagof Island: Multi-Sport & Local Color

Corner Bay is today’s playground. Chichagof Island is known for its high population of Brown Bears with multiple trails and abandoned Forest Service roads that make for ease of hiking to lakes and rivers. A full range of activities are available with a lean towards hiking and for some, biking. This is the best opportunity for long hikes on trails and old Forest Service roads. This is also home to the Chew family. Learn what it is like to live and work in the wilds of Alaska. Enjoy being guided by the only company permitted to bring guests to this area.

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Wilderness Legacy

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breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
South Baranof Island's Primitive & National Wilderness Area

Join an early riser breakfast as the ship enters Patterson Bay. One of the most scenic areas in southeast Alaska, Patterson is a deep narrow bay hemmed in by mountains. All-day kayakers get dropped off and early morning skiff tours also begin the day. Soon after, the ship slowly meanders along the South Baranof Wilderness Area including Deep Cove, Port Walter and Mist Cove, eventually reaching the southern extent of this primitive area. Activities are mostly water-based today, with some hikes and whale watching.

No other small ships visit this area. Weather permitting, this is an ideal area for snorkeling. There’s a good chance to see humpback or orca whales. Alaska fishermen troll this area for prized king salmon. At day’s end, cruise to Gut Bay at the north end of the wilderness area. This is a very dramatic location, so keep cameras at the ready today!

Accommodations

Wilderness Legacy

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Thomas Bay & Baird Glacier

Wake near Cascade Creek in Thomas Bay. This bay is the quintessential playground for guests and crew alike. Options today may include long flat hikes, steep elevation climbs, calm kayaking and hikes to a glacial lake with the mighty Baird Glacier still calving ice into the lake. Depending on tides, start the day near Cascade Creek or at Scenery Cove near Baird Glacier. Regardless, after lunch the boat moves to the opposite end of Thomas Bay for more adventures. Evening skiff tours and kayaks take in the pre-dark hours when the sounds of the wilds beckon.

Accommodations

Wilderness Legacy

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
LeConte Glacier National Wilderness Area & Ideal Cove

Today’s activities are timed entirely by the rise and fall of the tide. Visit the LeConte Glacier—the southernmost tidewater glacier in the northern hemisphere— possibly early or possibly late. The shallow current-filled entrance requires an entry near slack water. If the tide is early, possibly hear ice against the hull of the ship while waking up. Today, also visit Ideal Cove and take advantage of trails and, if the timing is right, an evening campfire ashore.

Accommodations

Wilderness Legacy

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Frederick Sound & Stephens Passage: Whales, Sea Lions & Sea Life

Today it’s all about finding humpbacks, orca, Steller sea lions, porpoise, dolphins, pelagic birds, seals and other marine life. Slowly cruise the whale-rich waters of Frederick Sound and Stephens Passage. This area has the highest seasonal concentration of humpback whales in Alaska and perhaps the entire Northern Hemisphere. This evening enjoy the captain’s dinner and a slideshow of the week’s adventures put together by the crew.

Accommodations

Wilderness Legacy

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Juneau, Alaska

Welcome back to Juneau. Enjoy one last breakfast aboard. Check every nook and cranny of your cabin for all of your things and say farewell to the crew during disembarkation.

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breakfast

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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 per person (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 Wild, Woolly & Wow: Best of Glacier Bay Tours & Cruises itinerary 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 the final day.

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, snorkeling, 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

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

Apr 29 - May 06, 2023
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May 06 - May 13, 2023
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May 13 - May 20, 2023
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May 20 - May 27, 2023
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May 27 - Jun 03, 2023
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Jun 03 - Jun 10, 2023
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Jun 10 - Jun 17, 2023
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Jun 17 - Jun 24, 2023
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Jun 24 - Jul 01, 2023
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Jul 01 - Jul 08, 2023
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Jul 08 - Jul 15, 2023
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Jul 15 - Jul 22, 2023
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Jul 22 - Jul 29, 2023
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Jul 29 - Aug 05, 2023
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Aug 05 - Aug 12, 2023
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Aug 12 - Aug 19, 2023
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Learn About the Small Ship on Your Itinerary

Expedition Ship
Wilderness Legacy

A replica turn-of-the-century coastal steamer, the 86-guest Wilderness Legacy features a dance floor, full bar and old-world charm, with modern adventure gear including kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. 

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"This Trip is Beyond Words!"

This trip is beyond words!...My 21 year old and my 18 year old had the time of their lives and didn't even care that they didn't have phone or wifi access the whole week...We have all thought about a large cruise ship - but no longer!

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Great company. Food exceeded expectations. Only would recommend to active travelers looking for lots of off-boat activities. Excellent crew, great attitudes and always accommodating. Everyone was friendly.

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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, so all Wild & Woolly Alaska Cruises require additional hotel night(s).

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This action-packed 8-day land trip pairs helicopter rides with dogsledding, glacier hiking, kayaking, rafting and more. Four lodges on the Kenai Peninsula are your base to relax and refuel for the next day's journey.

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The Great Alaskan Grizzly Encounter

The most intimate and up-close Alaska bear viewing available is aboard the 8-guest Ursus cruising to remote reaches of Katmai National Park. View the largest coastal grizzlies in the world, Alaskan brown bears, as they feed on summer's bounty of spawning salmon!

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6 Day Land Tour
Denali Backcountry Explorer

Spend 3 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.

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