InnerSea Discoveries’ “Alaska Unleashed” Un-Cruise Adventures Promise High Action, Bold Adventures Via Expedition Boat

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 …

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American Safari Cruises is great for families…Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet can attest to that

One of my favorite small ship cruises lines is American Safari Cruises. These ships are really small, 10-20 passengers, and they offer a wonderful experience. Thirteen years ago my husband Chet and I sailed on the Safari Quest during its first season. The story that I wrote about that trip appeared in newspapers all over America. It was so much fun…tucking into small bays all around Alaska. There were only 16 of us on that trip. Chet’s …

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Jackie’s Wilderness Explorer Alaskan cruise: The Ship

ABOARD THE WILDERNESS EXPLORER — My cabin has a new flat screen TV. The Wilderness Explorer has a big library of DVDs. But I never turned on that TV. No way could it compete with the glorious show that Mother Nature is playing outside the huge windows in my room. Gigantic humpback whales breach not far from my window. Cavorting and cartwheeling, they snort huge sprays of air and seawater as their bodies slap down on the …

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Last day in Alaska brings salmon and great memories

LAST DAY IN ALASKA – I’m worse than a little kid, Chris Conder jokes. He’s talking about patience—the patience needed to catch fish. We’re in Juneau Alaska out on Conder’s fishing boat Rum Runner trying to catch salmon before we head home. This is Conder’s 20th season taking vacationers out on half day or whole day charters. In winter, he teaches school. He’ll also take guests out whale watching or to photograph whales and eagles. He demonstrates …

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An upclose look at Dawes Glacier in southeast Alaska

DAY 6 ABOARD THE WILDERNESS DISCOVERER— BOOM! We’re about a half mile from the Dawes Glacier in what is called Endicott Arm in Southeast Alaska watching the glacier calve from a skiff driven by the InnerSea Discoveries Wilderness Explorer Captain Dano Quinn. I understand why the Native Tlingits called glaciers “white thunder.” We see harbor seals lounging on chunks of blue ice in the water. The glacier looks like blue cotton candy with chocolate sprinkles. In reality, …

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Kayaking excursion in Alaska- enjoying quintessential Alaskan wilderness

DAY 5 ABOARD THE WILDERNESS DISCOVERER— The old couple was sitting on their porch welcoming us into their home. At least I think they were welcoming us because they were two huge Bald Eagles watching us from a tree stump as we kayaked into an area of Port Houghton in Southeast Alaska known as the Salt Chuck. The harbor seals popped up in the water as if on cue, to say come play! Birds flew overhead. The …

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All Inclusive “un-cruise” offers a great opportunity to experience the wilderness of Alaska

DAY 4 ABOARD THE WILDERNESS DISCOVERER — WHALEAFORNIA… We are in Frederick Sound in Southeast Alaska where three water masses converge. We don’t really care about that but the whales do. We’re surrounded by Humpback whales as they dive and spout water, some no more than a few hundred yards from our small ship, the InnerSea Discoveries  Wilderness Discoverer. “We plan the itinerary so that we can stop like this,” says our captain, Dano Quinn, who has …

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From Eagles to Starfish-The wildlife abounds in Alaska

DAY 3 ABOARD THE WILDERNESS DISCOVERER– I can’t help but eavesdrop but I can’t quite make out the gist of the conversation. Is the dad telling his child not to venture too far? Is the child telling his dad to lay off? The young one flies off. Did I mention this father and child are Bald Eagles and we are listening to their conversation from kayaks in spectacular Saginaw Bay on Kuiu Island in Southeast Alaska? We …

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We spot dozens of Humpback Whales during our cruise of southeast Alaska

DAY TWO ABOARD THE WILDERNESS DISCOVERER— There’s a spout! There’s a fin! There are flukes!! We are cruising around Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska aboard the InnerSea Discoveries  Wilderness Discoverer when we spy humpback whales. So cool!  Two are off the bow of the ship! “We are able to be extremely flexible,” says Chelsea Leven, who is in her fifth season and is our expedition leader. “We stop to watch wildlife… we can rearrange the …

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InnerSea Discoveries adds an expedition vessel to Hawaii in 2013

InnerSea Discoveries’76-guest expedition vessel Wilderness Explorer begins active adventure cruising among the Hawaiian Islands in fall 2013. The boat joins the line’s 36-guest upscale yacht Safari Explorer offering island explorations from the sea. From November 2013 through April 2014, the Wilderness Explorer will sail seven-night AdventureBound Hawaii cruises between Oahu and the Big Island and reverse. The itinerary visits Ka’ena Point State Park, Wai’anae Harbor, Maui, Lana’i, Honomalino Bay, Opihihali and Kailua-Kona. Guests will also enjoy scenic …

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