Ketchikan, Alaska, US
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Explore Misty Fjords National Monument, one of nature's most spectacular creations, while cruising in luxury aboard one of the fastest sightseeing vessels in Alaska. The adventure begins as soon as you leave Ketchikan's picturesque harbor, passing colorful floatplanes and fishing boats. Enjoy the service and narrative provided by your crew, and watch for marine and coastal wildlife as you cruise at sea level past the rugged coastlines bordering Revillagigedo Channel.
Voyage into Behm Canal, surrounded by the pristine beauty of Misty Fjords National Monument, described by John Muir as the Yosemite of the North. Along the way, you'll stop to view an active bald eagle nest, a Tlingit pictograph, and New Eddystone Rock -- an immense volcanic spire rising from the emerald sea. Delight in an unhurried exploration of Rudyerd Bay -- an ice-carved masterpiece deep within the Monument. Here, you'll learn the natural history of the fjords, listen to the call of nesting seabirds, and feel the mist of glistening waterfalls while gliding quietly beneath 3,000-foot glacier-sculpted cliffs.
On the cruise back to Ketchikan, enjoy a selection of snacks and beverages while watching for whales, seals, eagles and other wildlife.
You'll also have the opportunity to experience local culture and history presented by a Native storyteller and artist or enjoy a tour-related video presentation.
The content of this tour is identical to Misty Fjords & Wilderness Explorer. Only guests using a wheelchair can book this tour, as it ensures accessible transportation. Due to the specialized nature of some lift-equipped vehicles, priority is given to guests using a wheelchair and one companion only; additional companions may be required to travel on the transportation provided for Misty Fjords & Wilderness Explorer. Bookings not marked with an accessibility requirement will be removed from the tour's inventory. Depending on the cruise ship's location, participants may be required to walk up to 300 yards and negotiate a ramp (which can be quite steep at low tide) to embark the tour vessel. Cruise time to reach Misty Fjords National Monument is approximately 90 minutes; time spent cruising within Misty Fjords National Monument is approximately 120 minutes. Tour operates in all weather conditions. Dress warmly in layers with a wind- and waterproof outer layer; bring gloves, a scarf and a warm hat. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. This tour is accessible by standard-width manual wheelchair, but not low-clearance electric scooters. If wildlife is spotted and extra viewing time is needed, the Tlingit pictograph may be omitted.