An active journey from Ketchikan to Juneau. This cruise was about getting close to wildlife.
Our agent Sheri, in July, boarded the Wilderness Explorer for an active journey exploring Alaska. Starting in Ketchikan she visited lesser known bays such as Yes Bay, Thomas Bay and visited the Misty Fjords National Park, and Dawes Glacier. These are locations that larger ships can't visit.
With a maximum capacity onboard the Wilderness Explorer of just 72 people, it is much smaller and more intimate that the large cruise lines. Onboard there was a mixture of nationalities. There were families (children over 12) with active grandparents as well as couples or friends travelling together. All wanted a more active experience in Alaska.
Activities to fill your day!
Each day started with a morning stretch for 30 mins on the deck. It was the perfect start to the day and very popular. Every evening you were told about the next days activities and needed to sign up for what you wanted to do the following day. A range of activities was available, kayaking, paddleboarding, bush walking on shore, cruising around in zodiacs or for the brave (or crazy) the Polar Plunge. And this is all included! It was all accessible from the EZ Launch Platform at the rear of the ship, making getting in an out of the kayaks and other equipment easy.
On our journey we saw countless eagles, whales and a number of bears. The staff onboard who presented lectures in the evening and guided our tours were very knowledgeable and easy going.
Staying the 'Pathfinder' accommodation, we had a private bathroom, under bed storage, hooks everywhere (super handy when you have experienced some rain) and plenty of room for 2 people. The ship is a true all-inclusive experience with all food, drinks and activities included in the price. The food was excellent, with variations everyday made with local and fresh ingredients. Accommodating me as a vegetarian and other gluten free passengers was easy. Snacks at happy hour and a continental breakfast were provided.
This opportunity to see Alaska is for those who want to see it from a unique perspective, away from the big ships. The experience can be enjoyed by both active and less active travelers.
This cruise will be operating on July 4th, and August 1st, 2020 especially for families! Bring the Grandparents, bring the kids and explore Alaska up-close and personal.
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