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Science of Glaciers and Whales: Alaska’s Inside Passage expedition cruise

Cruise this historic route, traversing Alaska’s spectacular Inside Passage aboard a small expedition-style ship. Shaped by the incredible force of gigantic glaciers millions of years ago, Alaska’s Inside Passage stretches 800 kilometres along the Pacific Ocean. Experience calving glaciers, wildlife-filled fjords, stunning National Parks and endless tundras. The abundant wildlife in the region includes sea lions, sea otters, porpoises, orcas and humpback whales.

Travel aboard the Safari Quest, accommodating 20 guests in 10 cabins. It is the perfect home from which to explore the dramatic wilderness of the Inside Passage and the famous Glacier Bay. Join guided nature hikes ashore, kayak among icebergs and keep watch for whales and bears from the deck. By cruising on a smaller vessel, you can enjoy a more flexible and intimate experience, travelling with like-minded fellow passengers in search of wildlife and natural wonders. Travelling on a small ship also offers the chance to explore hidden inlets and pristine fjords that larger cruise ships simply can’t reach.

Throughout this cruise you will be joined by award-winning freelance science journalist, Lesley Evans Ogden. Lesley has a a PhD in ecology and will offer a series on talks covering topics relating to the ecology and environment in this region and will combine her depth of knowledge with her passion for compelling storytelling. 

Starting in Glacier Bay National Park, you will be accompanied by a National Park Ranger who will explain the park's geology, glaciology, wildlife, and its deep roots in Tlingit culture. Continue via the Tongass National Forest to Kuiu Island, home to a high population of black bears, before cruising through Frederick Sound for a chance to spot humpback whales. Your journey ends with a scenic highlight as you make your way along Endicott Arm to the breathtaking Fords Terror and Dawes Glacier. The itinerary is built with flexibility in mind, allowing plenty of time to make the most of any wildlife encounters that come your way. 

This cruise to Alaska is suitable for all those with a general interest in glaciology, conservation, nature and marine biology, as well as those wanting to follow in the wake of generations of pioneers, traders, and explorers to explore a stunning wilderness area.

Onboard Expert

Lesley Evans Ogden

Lesley Evans Ogden is an award-winning freelance science journalist based in Vancouver, Canada. She earned a PhD in ecology and worked as a post-doc before she turned to science journalism. As an alumna of the Banff Centre’s science communications programme, she is a regular contributor to Natural History, New Scientist, Nature and BioScience.


  • Seven nights of accomodation aboard the comfortable ship Safari Quest
  • Accompanied by science journalist Lesley Evans Ogden, as well as an onboard team of experts
  • Full day of exploration through Glacier Bay National Park
  • Visit the Admiralty Island National Monument, Windham Bay and Endicott Arm wilderness areas
  • Search for black and brown bears, eagles, sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions and an array of seabirds
  • Humpback whale watching in Icy Strait, Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait
  • Experience the Dawes, Margerie and Grand Pacific glaciers up close
  • Explore the Chichagof and Kuiu islands in Tongass National Forest
  • Kayak, paddle board and skiff remote inlets

Price Includes

  • Seven nights aboard the small expedition cruise ship Safari Quest
  • One night of pre-cruise accomodation in Juneau
  • Welcome dinner in Juneau
  • Full board throughout your cruise, including snacks, tea and coffee. Plus, beer, house wine and soft drinks at dinner
  • Captain's welcome and farewell receptions on board your cruise
  • Private talks and informal seminars from Lesley Evans Ogden
  • Talks on a variety of science topics from the onboard expedition team
  • All skiff (small boat) cruising and landing activities led by the expedition team
  • Kayaking and paddle boarding available throughout the cruise
  • Free wifi on board
  • Daily cabin service
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Embarkation and disembarkation transfers to and from the ship
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees

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Day 1 - Juneau

On arrival into Juneau, you will be met at the airport by a representative from our local partner, who will transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day will be free for you to explore Juneau at your own leisure. 

Located between snow-topped mountains and ice-blue inlets, Juneau offers stunning scenery and great wildlife, including whales, seals, sealions, porpoises, otters, bears and eagles. Lying in the panhandle of south-east Alaska, it became the state's capital city in 1906. First settled at the time of the gold rush, Juneau welcomes with both small-town charm and towering glaciers.

In the evening, meet with Lesley Evans Ogden and the rest of your group for a welcome meeting, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 2 - Juneau And Embarkation
Day 3 - Icy Strait
Day 4 - Glacier Bay National Park
Day 5 - Admiralty Island National Monument
Day 6 - Frederick Sound
Day 7 - Windham Bay And Stephens Passage
Day 8 - Endicott Arm And Dawes Glacier
Day 9 - Disembarkation In Juneau

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  • Our prices are amongst the best you'll find, plus look out for Polar Routes exclusive offers!
  • All our holidays are ATOL protected (11104), for your complete peace of mind.
  • As supporters of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, booking with us helps support the work of the trust within Antarctica.