Snowboarder in red jacket with green backpack rides down a groomed slope among snow-covered peaks on a winter sports cruise.
2 winter Alaska cruise guests in yellow and orange jackets Nordic ski in fresh snow beside snow-covered fir trees on a sunny day.
Black Zodiac inflatable boat with travelers in red life jackets sits beside a large, dark-blue iceberg on an Alaska winter cruise.
Winter Alaska cruise travelers stand on bow of ship looking at snowy Margerie glacier in fading afternoon light of Glacier Bay.
Safari Endeavour small ship with dark hull & white upper decks cruising through calm water at dusk on an Alaska winter cruise.
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Alaska’s Winter Sports & Northern Lights

On this 8-day Alaska winter cruise, experience a winter wonderland. Southeast Alaska’s February and March feature 10 hours of daylight and average temperatures in the 30’s F; perfect for days of snow adventure and nights under the stars and, with luck, the Northern Lights.

Highlights of this winter Alaska cruise include options for all levels of downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating, added-cost heli-skiing and more. Spend 2 days exploring Glacier Bay National Park, including time to Nordic ski or snowshoe, at a time when the park is quiet. View the iconic Margerie, Johns Hopkins, Dawes and Sawyer glaciers. Enjoy apres-ski happy hours. Winter evenings provide opportunities for possible Northern Lights. And the landscapes and wildlife on this Alaska winter cruise are ideal for photographers. Activity options suited to varying ages and activity levels make this an ideal option among our Alaska family cruises.

Cruise round-trip from Juneau aboard the 84-guest Safari Endeavour, having the time and flexibility that a small ship provides to sail into small coves and seek out wildlife viewing opportunities. Enjoy nights on deck watching for shooting stars and Northern Lights, and Safari Endeavour’s dual hot tubs for a warm up after exploring out in the snow.

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



Itinerary

Winter Sports & Northern Lights Itinerary

Cruise round-trip from Juneau, Alaska, on this 8-day itinerary that explores Alaska’s winter wonderland. Enjoy days of snow adventure and nights under the stars and, with luck, the Northern Lights.

Route map of Alaska's Winter Sports & Northern Lights small ship cruise, operating round-trip from Juneau with visits to Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait, Lynn Canal, Endicott & Tracy Arm & Eagle Crest Ski Area.
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Day 1
Embark Juneau, Alaska

Enjoy the long, slow Alaskan sunset from the deck of the ship. Meet fellow adventurers and the amazing crew on board. After welcome champagne and and a safety talk, enjoy the first of many gourmet farm-to-table meals in the dining room.

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Icy Strait & Lynn Canal

Take your mug of coffee to the railingtoday the Captain and crew are in search of all variety of whales. Icy Strait features an up-welling of krill and other feed for whales and is a favorite location all year. The ship will sail through Icy Strait and Lynn Canal, her route dependent on the conditions and recent sightings.

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Glacier Bay National Park

Glacier Bay National Park is one of the crown jewels of the National Park system as well as part of a World Heritage Site. Access to the waters inside the park is very limited year round, and in the winter months, it is all yours. Today, explore both arms of the park, seeing famous glaciers such as Margerie and Johns Hopkins.

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Glacier Bay National Park & Bartlett Cove

Weather permitting, today is a day for play in the park. Snowshoe or cross-country ski in areas very few humans have ever set foot. Look closely for the local animal residentsremember they are in their winter whites! Tour Bartlett Cove’s trails. Come home to the warmth of hot tubs, hot toddies and stories with friends over dinner. Afterwards, step outsidethe stars in this isolated region are incredible, and with luck, see the Northern Lights shimmering overhead.

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Eaglecrest Ski Area

Back in Juneau, today is for ski! Eaglecrest Ski Area is 15 minutes from downtown Juneau. With big mountain terrain, a 1620′ vertical drop, 640+ acres, impressive backcountry access, and fresh tracks snow for snowshoe and cross country, it’s a perfect playground. Beginner, intermediate and expert terrain offer opportunities for all skill levels. Come home to hot showers and hot beverages. You will eat well tonight!

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Winter Sports & Tours

But wait, there’s more in Juneau! Today the adventure options may include ice skating, Nordic skiing or snowshoeing on trails surrounding Juneau, local events in town, or optional heli-ski excursions at additional cost, depending on weather conditions.

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Tracy & Endicott Arms

Sail up the narrow Tracy and Endicott Arms to reach the Sawyer and Dawes glaciers. Watch these tidal glaciers calving big chunks into the sea from the closest safe distanceonly small ships can bring you in this far! Hear the crash of those bergs and hold glacial ice in your own hands. Tonight, after the captain’s dinner, enjoy a photo presentation put together by the crew from photos taken of your adventures this week.

Accommodations

Safari Endeavour

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Juneau, Alaska

After one more hearty breakfast (sneak one more of the pastry chef’s breakfast delights in your bag), transfer to the Juneau airport or set out for your land stay.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included 

Nordic and downhill ski and snowboard gear rental (option to bring your own equipment); 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 

Optional heli-ski excursion; 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 (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 Winter Sports & Northern Lights cruise begins and ends in Juneau, Alaska (JNU). Plan flights to arrive to Juneau by 4:00pm 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: skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, (weather-dependent) kayaking, whale watching, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, morning yoga and stretching, land treks, glacier viewing, wildlife observation and (weather-dependent) 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

Feb 03 - Feb 10, 2024
Safari Endeavour • 8 days
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Feb 10 - Feb 17, 2024
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Feb 17 - Feb 24, 2024
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Feb 24 - Mar 02, 2024
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Mar 02 - Mar 09, 2024
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Mar 09 - Mar 16, 2024
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Accommodation

Learn About the Small Ship on Your Itinerary

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.

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