UnCruise is a completely different Alaska cruise experience from mainstream cruise lines. Small ships mean you're headed where the big ships can't go. On this seven-night Alaska Glacier & Whale adventure, you'll break away from the masses and get up close to Mother Nature herself.
With only 42 cabins on the Safari Endeavour and a nearly 2.5 to 1 crew to guest ratio, this is an intimate journey where you're encouraged by an expert expedition team to question, explore and try new things.
Cruise price per person includes:
Cruises operates May - September from Juneau to Sitka and reverse.
Save & Sail offers are available, please call Bon Voyage on (0800) 316 3012 for further details.
You'll be collected from Juneau airport and whisked off to board your home on the water for the next seven days - The Safari Endeavour. Known as the workhorse of the Uncruise fleet, she looks sharp and upscale with her wood fixtures and artwork throughout. No other UnCruise ship covers more territory and like her namesake, Captain Cook’s Endeavour, both the ship and crew are true explorers.
Meet the crew informally over a beverage before setting sail for glaciers and the Tongass National Forest - the largest in the U.S.
Your first full day is guaranteed to be a scenery overload. Cascading waterfalls, drifting icebergs and sheer walls of granite will greet you when you awake this morning in Tracy’s Arm. This striking 27-mile Alaskan fjord, set within the Tongass National Forest, extends just off the Stephens Passage waterway. This icy area boasts two spectacular glaciers plus an abundance of wildlife, including the odd black bear. It is also the perfect spot for whale watching.
Hop in a skiff for a better look at the Sawyer Glacier. Temperatures drop the closer you get and the sound of the glacier shedding clear blue chunks of ice can be louder than a cannon shot! Your expedition guides will explain the geology of this landscape as you keep an eye open for bear, eagles and humpbacks.
Wake up in the heart of Alaska’s backcountry and a hike along Baird’s moraine. This area is renowned for gold and quartz, so be on the lookout. The outwash plains in this area are dramatic and look almost lunar-like.
This glacial valley is well-known as hot spot for arctic terns who nest here between May and August. It’s a paddle along the bay’s mossy cliffs walls next before heading back to the Safari Endeavour for a soak in the hot tub and cocktail hour.
Sail past the mouth of the Stikine, with the possibility of basking seals, into the long and narrow Le Conte Bay.
Le Conte glacier is one of the most active glaciers in Southeast Alaska and the southernmost tidewater glacier in North America. As the water in front of the glacier face is so deep, up to 800 feet, there’s nowhere for it to advance. Instead, it breaks into pieces and hopefully today you’ll see huge chunks of ice calving off into the ocean. If tides are low, you’ll have the chance to put on your wellingtons and take a hike to check out the icebergs resting in the mudflats.
Enveloped by national forest, Ideal Cove’s boardwalk trails wind through meadows of ferns and grasses and is the perfect end to the day.
This beautiful beachfront village has been home to the Kake tribe of Tlingit Native Americans for thousands of years and nearly 70% of the current residents are of Tlingit heritage. Learn about their culture and traditions and view the largest totem pole in the world - carved out of a single tree.
Kayaks will be available in Saginaw Bay (or some other hidden cove) along the Keku Islands allowing quality time to delve further into this region. Look out for Black bears, which are common sights along shore, along with eagles nesting in treetops and orange-billed surf scoters paddling nearby. If you want to hike, your guides will take you into the forest and suggest a trail.
Along Frederick Sound, chances are high you’ll see humpbacks. The up-welling of nutrients in the water make it an irresistible feeding ground, so have the camera ready.
Cruise gently through the Chatham and Peril Straits to Baranof Island. Also known as Sitka Island, it lies at the northern Alexander Archipelago in the Alaska Panhandle. Famed for its brown bears and Sitka deer, this relatively small island (100 miles x 30 miles) has an impressive one-thousand miles of shoreline and the highest peak in the Alexander Archipelago lies near its centre.
Your expedition guides have an exciting day planned out for you as you discover some of the most untouched wilderness in the Tongass National Forest and view the islands dramatic shoreline from a kayak.
Grab a coffee and find a perch on deck as you then navigate the 40-mile long Peril Strait.
There aren’t many straight lines along Baranof Island. Its western side is dotted with hundreds of coves and uninhabited islands and is a prime area for spotting sea otters. The protected beaches are made for exploring the intertidal zones and bear spotting. Time to boot up for a guided hike.
End your day with celebration and a toast at a heartfelt Farewell Dinner as your expedition team treat you to a photo recap of the week’s adventures over a cocktail or two.