|Duration:||5 hours (approximate)|
|Provided:||Binoculars; snacks; coffee, tea, cocoa|
Exclusive opportunity to see the very best of the Tracy Arm Wilderness Area, including exciting close-up views of the majestic Sawyer Glaciers.
The adventure begins as soon as you board a luxurious, high-speed catamaran. Relax in the warm, spacious cabin, surrounded by large windows as you depart Juneau Harbor, and cruise southward past snow-capped mountains and the rugged coast of Admiralty Island. Enjoy a variety of complimentary snacks and beverages while watching for gleaming, blue icebergs which often mark the shallow-water entrance to Tracy Arm.
Explore the full length of this ice-carved fjord; tracing the face of cliffs that rise 4000-feet above the jade-colored sea, as the onboard naturalist provides a wealth of information about the area. Go on deck to breath in the glacier-fresh mist as the Captain skillfully guides the vessel almost directly under a plunging waterfall. There will be frequent stops to view wildlife, such as bald eagles, harbor seals, mountain goats and bear.
The catamaran’s extraordinary maneuverability will allow you to get close to North Sawyer Glacier, which cannot be approached by larger ships. You’ll then cruise slowly past hundreds of seals resting atop recently-calved icebergs in route to a viewing-stop near the face of spectacular South Sawyer Glacier. From the topside observation decks you will be able to fully experience the “white thunder”, as immense spires of ice break from the glacier and crash into the sea.
Following the extended drift near the glacier’s face, the catamaran will maneuver back into open water to pull alongside your awaiting cruise ship. Only now can you fully appreciate naturalist John Muir’s written observation that this is "one of the most dramatically stunning fjords of Southeast Alaska”. You will soon depart Tracy Arm Fjord, but the experience will stay fresh in your memories forever.
Please Note: In the event unpredictable and ever-changing ice conditions preclude your vessel from entering Tracy Arm, the tour will be modified to explore Endicott Arm, a fjord and tidewater glacier of equal beauty. This tour is also conducted in reverse order; with guests embarking the tour vessel in Tracy Arm and disembarking at a dock next to your ship in downtown Juneau. To fully enjoy the outside observation decks, dress warmly and bring a rainproof jacket, hat & gloves. Vessel is equipped with deluxe seating, a galley and restrooms.