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Alaska's Frontier and Wilderness Quest

from $6,190 per person

The new 10-night, 11-day Alaska’s Frontier and Wilderness Quest offers guests two days in Glacier Bay National Park, including a beach trek near the face of a tidewater glacier, exploration of Southeast Alaska's "Waterfall Coast" (Eastern Baranof Island), and a visit to the remote Five Finger Lighthouse in Frederick Sound (weather permitting). In addition, it features a full day in Skagway to learn about its fascinating gold rush history and an excursion aboard the White Pass and Yukon Route railroad. *Children age 15 and under receive 15% off listed cruise fares

10 Nights | 11 Days Cruise Highlights

This dynamic itinerary includes two full days in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, the rollicking gold-rush town of Skagway, charming seaside fishing towns, and the Native village of Kake. The itinerary also includes kayaking, hiking, skiff exploration, and plenty of time to view the region’s spectacular flora and fauna.


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1 Day 1 Sitka

Explore beautiful Sitka, the only community in Southeast Alaska that faces the open ocean waters of the Gulf of Alaska. Visit sites that highlight the community's rich Alaska Native and Russian history. Embark for the winding narrows north of town while searching for bald eagles, sea otters, bears, whales, and other wildlife.

2 Day 2 Eastern Baranof Island & Kake

Venture into one of the many intimate coves or inlets along Southeast Alaska's "Waterfall Coast" (Eastern Baranof Island). Experience traditional dancing, a totem carving display, and the world's tallest totem in the Tlingit Native village of Kake.

3 Day 3 Wrangell

Home to a little over 2,000 permanent residents, Wrangell is the only town in Alaska to have been under the jurisdiction of three flags, and ruled by four nations -- the Tlingit, Russia, England, and the United States. Enjoy several options to explore this colorful history, including a guided walking tour and a trip to the Wrangell Museum. Visit the intriguing State Historic Park, Petroglyph Beach, which contains the highest concentration of petroglyphs in Southeast Alaska.

4 Day 4 Petersburg & Thomas Bay

Discover the charming Mitkof Island fishing town of Petersburg. Founded by Norwegian fishermen in the late 1800s, Petersburg is nicknamed Alaska's "Little Norway." Experience this Scandinavian culture with a folk dance show by local youth at the iconic Sons of Norway Hall. Later, enjoy a narrated bus tour and take time to explore the vibrant community at your own leisure. Learn the unique history and legends of Thomas Bay and participate in kayak, skiff, and hiking excursions.

5 Day 5 Frederick Sound

Scout for humpback whales and other marine mammals in the world-renowned whale waters of Frederick Sound. Humpbacks are famous for behavior that lends itself to incredible viewing and photography, such as tail lobbing, lunge feeding, pectoral slapping, breaching, and picturesque dives that showcase their massive flukes. Experience a shore excursion to the remote Five Finger Lighthouse (weather permitting). 

6 Day 6 Tracy Arm-Ford's Terror Wilderness

Journey through Tracy or Endicott Arm in the Tracy Arm-Ford’s Terror Wilderness, a place the famous naturalist, John Muir, referred to as, "A wild, unfinished Yosemite.” Renowned for its pristine waterfalls, towering icebergs, abundant harbor seals, and granite cliffs that rise from sea level to 4,000 feet, this wilderness is often referred to by locals as one of the most scenic areas in the state. Both of these dramatic glacial fjords offer stunning views of tidewater glaciers. Skiff excursions provide the opportunity to view the majesty of the area in even greater detail.


7 Day 7 Taku Harbor & Orca Point Lodge

Venture into Taku Harbor to explore its beautiful, protected waters and shoreline. End the day's adventure with a relaxing evening at Orca Point Lodge, our exclusive day-lodge on Colt Island. Enjoy the beautiful grounds, beach, and marine life touch-tank. Dine on Alaska salmon, Alaska king crab, or prime rib from the warmth of the lodge, or nestled next to a beachside bonfire.

8 Day 8 Skagway

Stroll the boardwalks of the rollicking Klondike gold rush town of Skagway, then board the White Pass and Yukon Route railroad for a journey retracing the steps of gold-seekers into Canada. Built in 1898, the railroad climbs nearly 3,000 feet in 20 miles and offers stunning wilderness views. This excursion crosses the border into Canada, so passports are required.

9 Day 9 Icy Strait & Glacier Bay National Park

Savor the serenity of raw wilderness on an unscripted morning and afternoon of Southeast Alaska discovery. The options are countless, dictated by the day's unique circumstances. Opportunities may include a coastline kayak paddle, up- close whale encounters, or a hike through an alluring old-growth forest. We may do a beach landing on an unspoiled shoreline to explore a tidal flat or track along with a foraging bear from the safety of our DIB. Regardless of the activity, you'll experience the magic of the archipelago's many remote coves, bays, and inlets. In the afternoon, we’ll sail into the beautiful Glacier Bay National Park to begin our first day of extended park exploration. Unique opportunities during our voyage through Glacier Bay include a beach trek near the Reid Glacier, a visit to the new Huna Tribal House, and rainforest trails surrounding Glacier Bay Lodge.

10 Day 10 Glacier Bay

This remarkable national park fjord extends 65-miles, contains eight tidewater glaciers, and provides pristine habitat for a wide-array of wildlife, including both brown and black bears, wolves, mountain goats, Steller sea lions, and humpback whales. The highlight for many is the Margerie Glacier, known for its dramatic calving displays. A Glacier Bay National Park Service Ranger narrates the day's program and a Native Huna Tlingit interpretive naturalist joins us to reveal traditional cultural ties to this ancient treasure.

11 Day 11 Juneau

Disembark in Alaska's capital city of Juneau. Transfer to the airport or your hotel is complimentary.

Itinerary for Alaska's Frontier and Wilderness Quest

Reverse Juneau to Sitka Itinerary: Day 1: Juneau, Day 2: Glacier Bay National Park, Day 3: Glacier Bay National Park & Icy Strait, Day 4: Skagway, Day 5: Taku Harbor & Orca Point Lodge, Day 6: Tracy Arm-Fords Terror, Day 7: Frederick Sound, Day 8: Petersburg & Thomas Bay, Day 9: Wrangell, Day 10: Eastern Baranof Island & Kake, Day 11: Sitka (transportation to the airport & your lodging is complimentary).

Note: Cruise information is subject to change without notice based on navigating conditions. Itinerary order is also subject to rearrangement based on permit allocations.

Alaskan Dream Cruises is authorized by Special Use Permit to provide guiding & outfitting services in the Tongass National Forest and is an authorized Concessioner of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

Chichagof Dream

This sleek vessel was thoughtfully renovated in our company shipyard. The ship features expansive viewing areas on the bow and aft promenade decks, new carpets and furnishings in public spaces and staterooms, and a hull design optimized for supreme comfort in Alaskan waters, regardless of weather. In the lounge, forward facing windows extend from the deck to the ceiling, offering panoramic views off the bow

  • Passengers: 74*
  • Length: 207 feet
  • Staterooms: 37
  • Cruising Speed: 8 knots
*Select cabins can accommodate a 3rd or 4th guest

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