Six boutique yachts and small ships—Safari Quest, Safari Explorer, Safari Endeavour, Wilderness Adventurer, Wilderness Discoverer and Wilderness Explorer—carry 22 to 84 passengers on adventure cruises of one week to 12 days from Seattle, Ketchikan, Juneau and Sitka. Itineraries can be combined to create voyages of 14 to 22 days.
Every Alaska cruise includes remote adventure activities like hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff excursions and whale watching in remote wilderness. With few or no port calls and flexible itineraries, the programs focus on exploration and wildlife.
'These are wilderness explorations, and each trip is different,' said Capt. Dan Blanchard, ceo. 'That’s the benefit of expedition cruising. Flexibility is freedom to explore.'
The new 'Exploring Muir’s Wilderness' program operates on board 84-passenger Safari Endeavour. Eighteen departures round-trip Juneau sail from May through September. Areas visited on the week-long cruise include Icy Strait, Glacier Bay National Park, Chatham Strait, Kuiu Island, Thomas Bay, Port Houghton, Endicott Arm, Fords Terror and Dawes Glacier.
The new 'Yachters’ Alaskan Frontier' aboard 22-passenger Safari Quest, also round-trip Juneau, has 11 departures from June through August. A flexible week-long itinerary explores Dawes Glacier, Fords Terror, Endicott Arm, Port Houghton, Frederick Sound, Baranof Island, Chichagof Island and Icy Strait.