Inside Passage, Seattle to Juneau cruise, Alaska
Some departures run in the opposite direction
Description of Inside Passage, Seattle to Juneau cruise, Alaska
How would you like to experience the Inside Passage? You could cruise on a 90,000 tonne behemoth and zip from Seattle to Juneau and back in a week, glimpsing the shore through binoculars as you charge past.
Or you could spend 13 days exploring the inlets, bays and islands of this glorious region, taking time to spot and watch the wildlife, going ashore and exploring on foot, cruising the coast in inflatable zodiacs and being welcomed into small coastal settlements.
Our vessels are around 60 metres long, and carry enough zodiacs to enable all the passengers to disembark simultaneously, whether it is to watch some whales, go ashore or search for seals, bears, eagles or some of the other myriad wildlife that abounds here - If you know where to look and can actually get there.
This cruise will also take you to one of Alaska’s oldest towns, Wrangell, where you’ll be able to see recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park and visit the historic Chief Shakes Tribal House. Local islanders will join you on board before you disembark here to give you an in-depth introduction to local Tlingit and Haida cultures.
1 Reviews of Inside Passage, Seattle to Juneau cruise, Alaska
Reviewed on 29 Sep 2019 by Alison Miller
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
It is very difficult to choose the most memorable/exciting part of the holiday, the whole fortnight was fantastic. The scenery is stunning, the wildlife amazing, all the boat crew were great, the atmosphere on board warm and friendly, the food was fabulous, the activities well organised. If we had to choose, we particularly enjoyed kayaking in Misty Fiord. We were lucky with the weather, the water was like a mirror and the scenery particularly dramatic. The fantail at the back of the Wilderness Discoverer makes it very easy getting in and out of the kayaks.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
GO! There were more passengers on board who had Uncruised before than who hadn't. The packing list on Uncruise's website is comprehensive and helpful. The main query we had was whether we needed wellies (Alaskan Sneakers) or not, as we have never liked walking far in wellies. We didn't use our wellies much - they were useful for bushwhacking, but in our experience were not necessary when wet landing from a skiff to a beach. However, we would advise taking wellies in case the weather isn't great. Alaska has had an unusually warm dry summer so we didn't come across much mud. Our guides seemed to live in their Alaskan sneakers!
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
We were told all the food was sourced locally. We were supplied with marine safe shampoo and body wash. Nothing went overboard. We met local park rangers and the guides gave talks on local flora, fauna, geology and history most evenings. We always kept an appropriate distance from the wildlife, all efforts were made not to disturb their natural behaviour. The engines were cut when watching marine mammals, the wildlife was never hassled or chased.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
We had 2 fantastic weeks on the Wilderness Discoverer, the first week cruising the fiords of Alaska, the second week cruising the Inside Passage to Seattle.
It was everything we hoped for and more.
PlanetTraveling by small vessels enables us to get up close to nature and wildlife in some of the most scenic areas of the world. While delivering exceptional access to these areas, we realize our presence has an impact and foster responsible practices to lessen our environmental footprint—from replacing engines for more efficient models to making arrangements in each port for recycling and proper disposal of waste. Our teams on board and ashore work together to operate responsibly.
Eco-friendly bath amenities on board in refillable containers
Reusable water bottles in each cabin for guest use; no bottled water on board
Serve only sustainable seafood and partner with Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program
The operators of this vessel are members of the 'Passenger Vessel Association Green WATERS Program'
The Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) recognizes the vessels owners as a member of its Green WATERS Program for their dedication and commitment toward a cleaner, greener marine environment. Members of WATERS (We Are Taking Environmental Responsibility/Stewardship) around the U.S. have taken it upon themselves to reduce their environmental impact in a variety of ways, including reducing fuel consumption, conserving potable water, using less harmful chemicals near waterways, conserving energy, and working with their employees to create a greener workplace.
PeopleA key part of operating a responsible business is ensuring we leave a positive impact in the communities we visit. This core value is part of our initial itinerary planning on through to operations management and office practices. Whether it’s a cruise donation to an organization for a fundraising effort or partnering with locals for tours, we look for ways to share the wealth and enrich the lives of those we meet.
Purchase local food and supplies
Partner with local people for cultural tours / presentations
Follow “Leave No Trace” practices
Purchase supplies with less packaging to reduce waste
Recycle wherever facilities exist
Donate to local organizations in areas where we operate
We are stewards of the lands where we travel—our teams on board and ashore work together to operate responsibly.
They are also managers of 'Chefs Collaborative'
Chefs Collaborative works with chefs and the greater food community to celebrate local foods and foster a more sustainable food supply. The Collaborative inspires action by translating information about our food into tools for making knowledgeable purchasing decisions. Through these actions, members embrace seasonality, preserve diversity and traditional practices, and support local economies.