Sea Lion, Alaskas Coastal Wilderness ex Juneau to Sitka

7 Night Cruise sailing from Juneau to Sitka aboard National Geographic Sea Lion.

Departure date: 1 June 2019
Embark port: Juneau, Alaska
Cruise line: Lindblad Expeditions
Ship: National Geographic Sea Lion

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Itinerary

Cruise Itinerary
Date Activity Arrive Depart
01/06/19 Juneau, Alaska
02/06/19 Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
03/06/19 Petersburg, Alaska
04/06/19 Frederick Sound, Alexander Archipelago, Alaska
05/06/19 Icy Strait Point, Alaska
06/06/19 Glacier Bay, Alaska
07/06/19 At sea - -
08/06/19 Sitka, Alaska
Itinerary may vary by sailing date and itineraries may be changed at the cruise lines discretion. Please check itinerary details at time of booking and before booking other travel services such as airline tickets.

Cruise Description

7 Night Cruise sailing from Juneau to Sitka aboard National Geographic Sea Lion.

Unique, immersive style of travel
Exploring Southeast Alaska on our expeditions is an unrivalled experience, and your guarantee of an in-depth encounter with all its wonders. Our expedition ships are fully equipped with tools for exploration that will enable you to:

Venture into a land of mist shrouded fjords, tidewater glaciers and islands teeming with wildlife
Hike through lush forests to cascading waterfalls, and ride Zodiacs into secluded inlets to look for brown bears
See the Alaska undersea through live video
Benefit from our 30+ years of experience and relationships in Alaska to see all you came for and more

Day by Day Itinerary:

DAY 1: Juneau, Alaska/Embark Ship
Embark the ship and take the time to settle into your cabin before dinner. After dinner onboard, take a few hours to yourself and explore the port of Juneau. (D)

DAY 2: Tracy Arm Fjord—Fords Terror Wilderness
Voyage into Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular glacially carved fjords. We’ll also pass the Sawyer Glacier, which has been described as bluer than any blue on earth, or the towering Dawes Glacier. If conditions permit, we'll use our Zodiacs to provide unparalelled up close views of the glacier. Keep an eye out for harbor seals and porpoises, Arctic terns and Bonaparte gulls.(B,L,D)

DAY 3: Petersburg
Search for humpback whales as we head towards the small, true Alaskan town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. Explore a unique Southeast Alaskan ecosystem, the "muskeg," with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. There is an opportunity for optional flightseeing or bike riding. Enjoy a Dungeness crab feast this evening. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait
These waters are prime areas for both killer whales and humpback whales. It's not uncommon to observe their fascinating behavior — breaching, tail-slapping and variations on feeding — as we fill the deck and listen to the play-by-play from our expert naturalists. We'll explore spectacular bays and inlets, following bear trails and salmon streams. Once ashore, we’ll have the opportunity to walk along a quiet forest trail. The still waters are excellent for kayaking, offering another option for up close exploration. (B,L,D)

DAY 5: Icy Strait and the Inian Islands
Hike and kayak among the Inian Islands, where an abundance of Steller sea lions and sea otters reside. We’ll search for whales in the rich waters of Icy Strait and, conditions permitting, lower the ship’s hydrophone to
listen in on the whales’ communication. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: Glacier Bay National Park
We spend the entire day amidst the coves, fjords, tidewater glaciers and majestic mountains of Glacier Bay National Park. You’ll see glaciers that end abruptly at the water’s edge and observe them “calving” — tons of ice crashing into the sea — accompanied by an exhilaratingly thunderous sound. Mountain goats scaling the peaks as well as harbor seals, Steller sea lions and puffins are some of the creatures we may observe. A visit to Tidal Inlet may bring the sight of brown bears lumbering up the hillside. A native Tlingit interpreter joins us onboard to share the legend of the area. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: Southeast Alaska’s Islands, Bays and Fjords
Today, nature is our guide as we set forth with the flexibility to take advantage of wildlife and weather conditions. We may stop at an isolated beach to take a closer look at tide pools, beachcomb, and hike stunning forest trails. Keep an eye out for old bear tracks worn into the soil as you move from forest to meadow. This area is home to the highest density of nesting bald eagles in the world, so sightings are very common. If conditions permit, we'll do some kayaking, always watching for marine and terrestrial life. (B,L,D)

DAY 8: Sitka/Disembark Ship
After breakfast we disembark in Sitka, southeastern Alaska’s only oceanfront town. Sitka has a strong Russian heritage, which is readily apparent as you visit the onion-domed St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church. Gaze up at the grand totem poles that line the wooded trails through Sitka National Historic Park. At the Raptor Rehabilitation Center, we have close views of species normally seen at a distance in the wild — bald eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. After our visit, our Alaska Cruise ends. (B)

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