Juneau, Alaska, US
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Approximately 7 Hours
Travel by deluxe jetboat to explore the best of the Tracy Arm Wilderness Area, including exciting close-up views of the majestic Sawyer Glaciers.
Relax in the warm, spacious cabin as your experienced captain guides you through scenic passages and into the heart of a wild place that has, until recently, been buried by glacial ice. Here, the extraordinary maneuverability of your vessel will allow you to glide quietly past curious seals and bobbing icebergs to get as close as possible to the ever-changing face of South Sawyer Glacier.
Spend time on the topside observation deck, where you can appreciate this unforgettable experience with all your senses. At times, you can even feel the 'white thunder' as immense spires of ice break from the glacier and crash into the sea.
Before heading away from the ice pack, you will also view beautiful North Sawyer Glacier, which cannot be approached by large cruise ships. While exploring the length of this ice-carved fjord, you will cruise beneath cliffs that rise 4,000 feet above the jade-colored sea and feel the mist on your face as the vessel glides near a plunging waterfall. There will be stops to view and photograph wildlife -- bald eagles, harbor seals and mountain goats. Encounters with bears and whales are not uncommon. The onboard naturalist will provide a wealth of information about the area, which naturalist John Muir called 'one of the most dramatically stunning fjords of Southeast Alaska.'
Enjoy a picnic-style lunch and a variety of snacks and beverages served by your friendly Alaskan crew as you trace the rugged shores of Stephens Passage on the cruise north to Juneau.
The skipper will make many detours and stops, allowing you to view and photograph cobalt-blue icebergs, spectacular cliffs, thousand-foot waterfalls and abundant wildlife.
In the event unpredictable and ever-changing ice conditions preclude the vessel from entering Tracy Arm Fjord, the tour will be modified to explore Endicott Arm, a fjord and tidewater glacier of equal beauty. Ice conditions may preclude the vessel from visiting both glaciers in Tracy Arm; if one glacier is not traversable, extended time will be spent exploring the fjord at the other glacier. Dress warmly in layers with a wind- and waterproof outer layer; bring gloves, a scarf and a warm hat. The vessel is equipped with deluxe seating, a galley and a restroom. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed.