Day-By-Day

Discover incredible wilderness and culture along Alaska’s coasts


Each week aboard our end-to-end exploration of Alaska is crafted to offer you the most in-depth experience possible. Our trademark flexibility means no spontaneous opportunity will be missed: we might change the ship’s course to take advantage of a whale sighting; linger ashore to watch brown bears foraging for clams; or pause in the presence of the region’s fascinating indigenous and cultural history. Extraordinary adventure is guaranteed daily.

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  • DAY 1: Ketchikan, Alaska, U.S./Embark

    Arrive in Ketchikan and view the priceless collection of 19th-century Tlingit totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center. Embark National Geographic Orion. (D)

  • DAY 2: Misty Fjords & Behm Canal

    Wake up this morning to catch the sunrise over the stunning cliffs of Misty Fiords National Monument, rising more than 2,000 feet above the deep blue waters of the fjord. Watch wisps of cloud drift down the winding waterway and drape over green peaks as we cruise through the mists that give this extraordinary landscape its name. Set out by Zodiac and kayak to get close to the forested banks and the many dramatic waterfalls cascading down the cliffs. Continue up the Behm Canal, which separates Revillagegido Island from the Alaskan mainland, and cruise through the Behm Narrows en route to the town of Wrangell. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 3: Wrangell & Kuiu Islands

    Visit the remote town of Wrangell, situated on the northern tip of Wrangell Island. The indigenous Tlingit people have made their home on this island for thousands of years. Spend the morning exploring the town, including a visit to a tribal house and a beach famous for native petroglyphs, or set out on an optional jet boat excursion up the Stikine River.

     

    Set sail on the Sumner Strait, keeping watch for humpback whales and pods of killer whales gliding through the clear water around our ship. Fix your binoculars on the banks of Kuiu Island to spot Sitka black-tailed deer and moose, as well as black bears, wolves, and bald eagles that frequent the shoreline in search of plentiful salmon. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4: Exploring Baranof Island

    Today we will explore the fantastically sculpted, remote outer coast of Baranof Island, the smallest island of Alaska’s ABC Islands (along with Admiralty and Chichagof). It was named in 1805 by a captain of the Imperial Russian Navy to honor Alexander Andreyevich Baranov, senior manager of the Russian-America Company that controlled the region's fur trade. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5: Sitka & St. Lazaria Island

    This morning step ashore in Sitka, Southeast Alaska’s only oceanfront town. Visit the Raptor Rehabilitation Center and stroll the forested trails of the Sitka National Historical Park. The 113-acre park is rich in history and features roughly 20 majestic Haida and Tlingit totems scattered along the scenic coastal trail. This afternoon, we will launch our Zodiacs to tour the shoreline of 65-acre St. Lazaria Island where more than 500,000 seabirds nest. We will be searching for albatross, shearwaters, burrow-nesting storm petrels, rhinoceros auklets and ancient murrelets, pelagic cormorants, and common and thick-billed murres. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 6: At Sea/Hubbard Glacier

    Spend the morning in the Gulf of Alaska, transiting up the coast to Yakutat Bay. The scenery is rugged and beautiful, and we’ll be on the lookout for a glimpse of Mt. Fairweather (over 15,000 ft.). Late this afternoon, we’ll enter the Bay and head toward the face of Hubbard Glacier. This mammoth sheet of ice is more than six miles wide at its face and is contained within the boundaries of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Depending on ice and conditions, we may deploy our Zodiacs to explore. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 7: Kayak Island

    Uninhabited Kayak Island is best known as the location where Bering’s Great Northern Expedition of 1741 set foot in Alaska. Here, naturalist Georg Steller found a jay now named for him and recorded over 150 plants new to science. Conditions permitting, we hope to make a landing to explore this small, jagged island and to cruise by Zodiac near Cape St. Elias and its lighthouse. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 8: Exploring Prince William Sound

    We will spend the next two days exploring majestic Prince William Sound. We’ll arrange our experiences to take advantage of the best conditions and opportunities that arise each day. Perhaps we’ll visit a small community or deploy our kayaks, and we’ll take every opportunity to explore the incredible beauty of the Sound, filled with glaciers and ringed by the Chugach Mountains. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 9: College Fjord

    On our second day in Prince William Sound we wake up in College Fjord, one of the most iconic locations in the region. We’ll drop our Zodiacs and cruise around the ice generated by no less than five tidewater glaciers. The afternoon will be spent exploring by ship and Zodiac. Throughout the day, we’ll be on the lookout for Steller sea lions, harbor seals, and the humpback and killer whales who make their summer home in the Sound. (B,L,D)  

  • DAY 10: Seward

    Enter Resurrection Bay on the southern coast of Kenai Peninsula. At the terminus of the fjord and at the base of Mt. Marathon sits charming Seward. Begun as a fur-trading port, Seward was also strategically important during WWII. Visit the Alaska Sealife Center, an important research and rehabilitation facility for marine mammals and seabirds. Hike to the base of Exit Glacier, an arm of the Harding Ice Field. (B,L,D)

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

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