UnCruise Adventures – Safari Endeavour
Enjoy whale-watching in the Frederick Sound and look out for eagles, arctic terns, sea otters, harbour seals and sea lions. This cruise is THE glacier adventure with LeConte, Baird, Sawyer and South Sawyer all visited.
Polished, unwavering, and upscale, the Safari Endeavour looks sharp – a nod to the crew who work hard to keep her that way. Wood fixtures and accents shine and artwork highlights the warm and cool waters where she sails. No other UnCruise ship covers more territory, and like her namesake, Captain Cook’s Endeavour, both the ship and crew are true explorers.
Always reliable, the captain and crew take great pride in their ship and the teamwork that keeps her running smoothly. And it shows. Her roomy lounge, dining room, and sun deck are undisputed, but the Safari Endeavour claims to have the biggest heart, too.
Ready for adventure at a moment’s notice, the Safari Endeavour is fully loaded with adventure equipment: kayaks; paddle boards; inflatable skiffs; hiking poles; snorkel gear and wetsuits; plus a hydrophone for listening to below-surface sounds and a bow-mounted underwater camera. For those moments when attention turns to relaxation, the vessel comes equipped with two hot tubs, fitness equipment, yoga mats and a massage suite.
Depending on the category, singles, doubles or triples can be accommodated. Common to all cabins are: flat-screen TV/DVD; iPod docking station; air-conditioning; desk and chair; private bath with shower; generous storage and closet space.
Juneau – Embarkation
Welcome to Alaska’s capital, where your home on the water awaits. Come aboard, meet your crew and unpack your adventurous spirit. Your course is set for glaciers, and the Tongass – the largest national forest in the USA.
Tracy Arm / Stephens Passage
Wake in a fjord flanked by sheer granite walls. Grab a hot drink and take it all in from the bow: cascading waterfalls; drifting icebergs; a lazy harbour seal or two. Layer up with gloves and a warm hat, and hop in a skiff for a better look at the glacier – the temperature drops the closer you get. Your expedition guide will point out signs of the ice ages that carved this landscape. The geology is fascinating and so is the wildlife. Keep an eye out for mountain goats, bears, and eagles. Make waves for Stephens Passage. It’s all hands on deck watching for signs of humpbacks. It’s a big first day!
Thomas Bay / Baird Glacier
Have your Wellington boots handy. You’re in for muskeg and mud in Alaska’s backcountry. Hiking along Baird’s moraine, look for shimmers of gold and quartz – this area is known for it. The glacial outwash plains look almost lunar, but you’re not alone in this moonscape. The glacial valley is a nesting hot-spot for arctic terns. Splash away the mud before a paddle along the bay’s mossy cliff walls. Back onboard, it’s time for a cocktail and a soak in the hot tub.
LeConte Glacier / Ideal Cove
LeConte is the southernmost tidewater glacier in North America. If tides are low, take a boot-sucking walk to check out icebergs resting on the mud flats. If it’s high tide, a skiff ride brings you up-close to its iceberg gardens. Surrounded by national forest, Ideal Cove’s boardwalk trails wind through meadows of ferns and grasses. Or test your balance paddle-boarding in this quiet cove. It’s just you and the vast wilderness.
Kake / Frederick Sound
‘Kake’ comes from a Tlingit word meaning ‘opening of daylight’. Apropos, start your day in this native village with traditional storytelling and dancing. Count the many totems on their 132-foot pole. Drop the kayaks in Saginaw Bay or some other hidden cove along the Keku Islands. Black bears are common sights along the shore. But so are eagles in the treetops and orange-billed surf scoters paddling nearby. For hikers, your guides have a route in mind. Make for the forest, far off the map. Cruising Frederick Sound, chances are high that you’ll see humpbacks. The up-welling of nutrients in the water make it an irresistible feeding ground.
Baranof Island / Peril Strait
Leave it to the captain to steer you through Chatham and Peril Straits. At Baranof Island, your top-notch expedition team will help you to explore some of the most untouched wilderness in the Tongass. Head to the woods for an adventuresome bushwhack. Or slide into a kayak for an easygoing shoreline paddle. Find a perch on deck in Peril Strait – it’s a twisting drama of currents and history.
Sergius Narrows / Neva Strait
There aren’t many straight lines along Baranof Island. Its western side is dotted with hundreds of coves and uninhabited islands. This is a prime area for spotting sea otters. It’s no surprise to round a corner in your kayak and find one looking at you and you looking at him. The protected beaches are made for exploring the intertidal zones, and spotting bears. So, boot up for a guided hike. End your day with celebration and a toast at a heartfelt Farewell Dinner. Your expedition team treats you to a photo recap of the week’s adventures.
Sitka - Disembark
Enjoy a last breakfast with new friends, then disembark in Sitka for your transfer to the airport or to your Prestige Holidays hotel stay or land tour.