Bushwhacking in Alaskan backcountry, a glacier trek and extended kayaking in ice-filled fjords and wilderness bays are on the menu for outdoor enthusiasts eager to discover Southeast Alaska’s remote beauty on an adventure cruise with InnerSea Discoveries. On three Alaska Unleashed departures in summer 2013, the Wilderness Adventurer guest capacity is slashed from 60 to 36 guests for an amped up week of high adventure. Guests booked by January 11, 2013 receive a $100 shipboard credit per person.
Meant for active travelers who are happiest spending all day outside on full-day adventures, the line recommends that guests choosing an Unleashed departure engage in regular weekly physical activities equal to 25 mile bike rides or 5 mile runs/hikes.
Sailing between Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska and reverse, weeklong Alaska Unleashed Adventures depart on June 8, July 13 and August 10, 2013. Each departure features a regional expert on board for special presentations.
- June 8: Amy Gulick is an award-winning nature photographer and writer, a founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, author of Salmon in the Trees: Life in Alaska’s Tongass Rain Forest
- July 13: John and Jan Straley, Alaska residents; John is an author and Jan is a marine biologist
- August 10: Joe Upton spent 20 years exploring Alaska and the Northwest coast, catching fish, making maps, taking photos, and collecting his award-winning stories; author of Bering Sea Blues a memoir of winter crab fishing in the Bering Sea
“We are heeding the call to offer exclusive departures for those adventure seekers who want to go farther, longer and explore deeper into Alaska’s wilderness on multi-sport adventures,” said Tim Jacox, executive vice president of sales and marketing. “This is our boldest adventure yet.”
Areas explored include Endicott Arm within Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness Area, Stephen’s Passage, Frederick Sound, Thomas Bay, Baird Glacier, Behm Canal, Revillagigedo Island and miles of remote shoreline. Expedition guides lead all explorations off the boat and provide interpretation along the way.
Each day offers multi-sport adventures via foot or by kayak. Snorkeling excursions will also be offered and included in the cruise fare. Other outdoor activities include stand up paddle boarding, skiff excursions and polar bear plunges. A flexible itinerary allows time for seeking out whales, bears and other wildlife.
On each departure, guests enjoy an included excursion to a bear observatory. Guests hike in approximately a mile to the observatory and stand within yards of bears feeding in their natural habitat. Another highlight of the trip is a half-day or full-day trek on Baird Glacier. Guests opting for the extended day-long trek should bring their own crampons. In Thomas Bay, two hikes venture deep into the backcountry. The steep and rugged Cascade Creek hike ends at Swan Lake with a 1,200 elevation gain in five miles. The gentler but longer Patterson Lake trail is a 10 mile roundtrip hike to Patterson River where guests find kayaks waiting to paddle into the lake to the foot of Patterson Glacier.
After a full day of adventure, guests may enjoy a soak in the hot tub and a complimentary massage. Yoga classes take place on deck each morning. The boat also has fitness equipment and a large resource/DVD library. An underwater camera mounted on the ship’s bow streams video from the underwater world to flatscreen televisions in all guest rooms and the lounge. Healthy and hearty meals feature fresh ingredients including locally caught Alaskan seafood. A 2:1 guest to crew ratio for these three departures ensures attentive service and extra guide staff.
Cruise fares start at US$5,595 per person based on double occupancy. Cruise rates include transfers and all activities except optional excursions. Port fees of US$175 per person per week, spirits and gratuities are extra. To book an Un-Cruise or to request additional information, contact your travel agent or InnerSea Discoveries at 888-862-8881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.