Cruise Alaska with a small exclusive group

Fancy cruising Alaska but don’t want to go on a big ship? Like the idea of exploring the wilderness – and jumping into a kayak to check out the wildlife?
You might like to cruise Alaska onboard the 32 guest Island Spirit with Captain Jeff Behrens owner and skipper. Cruise into bays and inlets only known by the local experts. Use available Kayaks including a specially designed loading dock, cruise through pristine wilderness viewing wildlife upclose in a small group.

Here’s one of their programs….
Pre-cruise program: Whitehorse to Petersburg
Whitehorse
Arrive Whitehorse with transfers on arrival
Overnight Westmark Whitehorse.

Day 2
Whitehorse to Skagway

this morning board the White Pass & Yukon Route scenic journey following the Klondike Goldrush route to Skagway via Coach & Train
Overnight Skagway

Day 3
Skagway to Petersburg

Today join the Alaska Marine Highway for the ferry cruise down the Lynn Canal to Petersburg.
Overnight Scandia House Petersburg.

Day 4
Petersburg – join your Cruise.

Island Spirit – Northbound Inside Passage Cruise Petersburg to Sitka 9 days/8 nights
August, 2012
Wed 29
Petersburg Alaska

Arrive Petersburg, Alaska. A Fantasy Cruises escort meets your group at the airport and transfers you to town for shopping and lunch on your own. (Your baggage will be transferred to the ship and stowed in guest rooms.) Afternoon activities to include tours of Petersburg Cannery and interpretive Muskeg walk. Later today we enjoy an early dinner at the Sons of Norway hall with entertainment. Board vessel, meet crew, cocktail reception/dinner, and short evening cruise.
Meals and Refreshments: Cocktails, Dinner

Thu 30
Whales & Glaciers
Whale search and cruise northbound toward our glacier area. Search for humpback whales enroute. Tides permitting, we may visit Five Finger Lighthouse, one of the oldest in Southeast Alaska. Anchor tonight in a quiet wilderness anchorage. Watch for brown bears in this area.
Meals and Refreshments: Breakfast, Lunch, Cocktails, Dinner

Fri 31
Dawes Glacier & Endicott Arm
This morning, we cruise up to view Dawes Glacier, an active Tidewater glacier in Endicott Arm and Holkam Bay. Enjoy time by the glacier with a great opportunity to see calving and harbor seals with their young pups. Afterwards, we anchor at a local inlet for exploring and kayaking. You might even kayak by an iceberg? The chef’s cooking some fresh crab!
Meals and Refreshments: Breakfast, Lunch, Cocktails, Dinner

September, 2012
Sat 1
Ford’s Terror, Tongrass National Park
Today we enter one of Southeast Alaska’s most pristine and scenic canyons, Ford’s Terror. Known for swirling rapids and sheer cliff faces, this wonderful wilderness area is protected under the Tongass National Forest. We’ll invite a U.S. forest service ranger to join us and discuss the spectacular fjord around us. Today we enjoy a majestic place to kayak and explore that very few people even know exist.
Meals and Refreshments: Breakfast, Lunch, Cocktails, Dinner

Sun 2
Juneau, Alaska
We depart early this morning, cruising north for a port call in Juneau, Alaska. There’s free time here for shopping and time to tour town. Perhaps you’ll decide to ride the tram or visit the famous Red Dog Saloon. A map is provided for your use after a brief tour. The crew will walk any interested clients up to the Governor’s mansion for a peek. Evening cruise to Barlow Cove. (Sometimes humpback whales swim in this cove.)
Meals and Refreshments: Breakfast, Lunch, Cocktails, Dinner

Mon 3
Chatham Straits & Tenakee Springs
Cruise this morning in Chatham Strait. We search for Dalls porpoise and Orca whales. Today we enjoy a truly unique Alaskan community, Tenakee Springs. Population 97! There’s time to stroll among the waterfront homes, visit the merchantile (founded in 1899) and enjoy a little shopping at the friendly bakery. Chat with some local folks that live in the Alaska few ever see or get a chance to visit!
Meals and Refreshments: Breakfast, Lunch, Cocktails, Dinner

Tue 4
Alaska’s Inside Passage
A day of cruising today will take you through many narrow and winding passages. Keep a sharp eye on the shoreline for bear, deer and river otter as we ply these serene and peaceful waterways. Watch the local fishermen troll by or see them hauling in their catch. Our anchorage tonight will be “Captain’s Choice.”
Meals and Refreshments: Breakfast, Lunch, Cocktails, Dinner

Wed 5
Sitka
Morning cruise into Sitka, Alaska, a unique community where you can still feel the Russian history and visit the paths of the founders. Afternoon tours to include Raptor Rehabilitation Center and lecture, Totem Park and Sheldon Jackson Museum. Afterwards, shopping time, then back to the ship for Captain’s dinner. Slide presentation after dinner for guests. Enjoy your week of memories and take home a gift!
Meals and Refreshments: Breakfast, Lunch, Cocktails, Dinner

Thu 6
Sitka

Breakfast is served and baggage is transferred to the airport for flights home. Depart from Sitka.
Meals and Refreshments: Breakfast

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