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Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

By Luxury Private Yacht

When Captain George Vancouver sailed through the ice-choked waters of Alaska’s Icy Strait in 1794, Glacier Bay was little more than a dent in the shoreline. By the time John Muir, the noted naturalist and explorer, made his canoe trek into the Bay in 1879 the ice front had receded 48 miles. Here the gradual transformation of barren rock into rich coastal rainforest was in full swing.

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The 3.3 million acres of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve enclose 11 active tidewater glaciers. Four of these glaciers only reach the sea at high tide. For context, that is five fewer than when we first offered this trip in 1985. For its size, Glacier Bay is the most active tidewater glacial area in the world. Graphic icebergs calved from near-vertical ice cliffs dot the waters of the bay. Several of the park’s glaciers offer a spectacular show of geologic forces in action at their interface with the salty bay. Great blocks of ice up to 200 feet high crash into the sea with a colossal splash, creating enormous waves.

The deep ice-jammed waters are home to a variety of photogenic wildlife, both in these frigid waters and onshore. More than 200 species of birds have been recorded within the park and they include such regular notables as horned and tufted puffins, Kittlitz’s and marbled murrelets, pigeon guillemots and black oystercatchers. Bald eagles are common here.

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An assortment of marine mammals dwell in the park with harbor seals the most abundant. In adjacent Icy Strait—a large passage that links the northern waters of the Alexander Archipelago to the open sea—an impressive concentration of humpback whales is found bubble-net feeding in these waters. Breaching is common. Orcas, Dall’s, and harbor porpoises regularly crisscross Icy Strait. Recently reintroduced sea otters are thriving. Brown bears and black bears patrol the shore. We should have good opportunities to photograph them.

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Join us for another world-class photography experience as we cruise Glacier Bay—the icy gem of the national park system—and its impressive environs by private yacht. Our yacht is one of only a few with the permits required to cruise within Glacier Bay National Park, and we have scheduled three days of photography entirely in this breathtaking park. You will be one of 7 participants to create spectacular landscape images of glaciers and icebergs, jagged coastal mountains, verdant evergreen rainforests, and photograph the wildlife richness of this dramatic Alaskan wilderness.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 (Jul 25, 2024)
Participants should arrange to fly to Juneau, the state capital of Alaska. Our hotel offers an airport shuttle. We meet in the lobby of our hotel for a short orientation followed by dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

Day 2
After lunch we begin cruising the scenic Alaskan waterways. Departing Juneau we travel through North Pass, a hot spot for humpback whales. We continue on and round the north tip of Admiralty Island and Point Retreat with its historic lighthouse. That night we anchor near Point Adolphus at an inlet just shy of Glacier Bay National Park. (BLD)

Days 37
We make our way into Glacier Bay stopping at Bartlett Cove for our obligatory check-in at the park headquarters. There will be the opportunity to visit the visitor center, go for a short hike, and see a whale skeleton assembled by the local school. Heading up the bay we stop at Marble Island and see a Steller’s sea lion rookery and a tufted puffin colony. The first night in the park we anchor at the head of Reid Inlet in front of the stunning Reid Glacier.

We spend the day exploring the inlets and glaciers that make Glacier Bay the incredible place this is. We venture into Tarr Inlet and see the spectacular Margerie Glacier. The face of this glacier is quite active and there is often calving. Then onto John Hopkins glacier and Lamplugh Glacier. At Lamplugh if the tide is right, we photograph a field of beached icebergs. That night we anchor in Blue Mouse Cove.

Exiting the park, we cruise the shoreline looking for wildlife and stopping at picturesque waterfalls. We cruise through Icy Strait looking for whales and down Chatham Strait to Chichagof Island on Pavlof Harbor. In the evening, we anchor in front of a waterfall where we watch as bears become active in the evening.

Staying in Pavlof Harbor we watch and photograph bears for the day. In the afternoon we head into Tenakee Inlet for more bear viewing and some crabbing for the night's dinner. Leaving Tenakee Inlet on our last full day aboard Alaskan Story we cross Chatham Strait to Admiralty Island and head north along its west coast looking for whales, bears and other wildlife. For our final night we stay in the protected anchorage of Funter Bay on the northern tip of Admiralty Island. (BLD)

Day 8
We return to Juneau in the afternoon and transfer to our hotel. We may have time to explore the area prior to our last group dinner. (BLD)

Day 9 (Aug 2)
The hotel shuttle transfers you to the airport for your departing flights. (B)

About Our Vessel
Our luxurious chartered yacht, the 90-foot Alaskan Story, has all the safety equipment required by the United States Coast Guard and has receive a “five stars” rating in a voluntary inspection by the Coast Guard Auxiliary. This safety rating is the highest granted, and only to those vessels that go well beyond the requirements.

The galley, saloon, dining area and day head are all on the main level. The two aft staterooms have walk-around queen beds and the two forward staterooms have two lower berth twin beds each. Of course, all the staterooms have bathrooms including showers ensuite. Each stateroom provides luxurious feather beds, down comforters and pillows, and its own thermostat to control heat. There is a spacious TV/Reading room forward and additional cabins and bathrooms for crew.

Covered decks and large inside spaces provide excellent visibility during inclement weather. Beautifully decorated, Alaskan Story is maintained to the highest standards. The dining area, serving three hearty gourmet meals each day including select wines with dinner, commands a 270-degree view and in the enclosed the top deck pilothouse the guests can sit comfortably with the captain and view the natural beauty and wildlife of Southeast Alaska.

About the Alaskan Story

Alaskan Story has a 17-foot Boston Whaler with 90 horsepower four stroke Honda outboard. As a backup we have a 12-foot inflatable with 18 hp four stroke outboard. The yacht can provide all salt-water fishing gear for both salmon and halibut and have crab and shrimp pots (Alaska fishing license required) which the crew assist our guests in tending.

Alaskan Story is powered by twin 570 horsepower turbocharged Caterpillar engines. She has two AC generators of 27.5 and 20 kilowatts. She has large inverters and battery banks which allow the generators to be turned off at night for the quiet enjoyment of the anchorage and wildlife. She has a water-maker capable of making up to 1200 gallons of water a day. These amenities assure you of having a true small ship Alaska cruise experience.

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Tour Details

Jul 25 2024 – Aug 02 2024
Join Waitlist
Fee: $14,395 from Juneau, Alaska
Deposit: 25% of cabin fee
Limit: 7 participants
Activity Level: Easy
» Terms and Conditions

Special Terms and Conditions Apply

Tour Highlights

  • Seven days on board a luxurious private yacht with the rare Glacier Bay National Park permits for a yacht of this size
  • Cruise Alaska’s legendary Glacier Bay, Icy Strait and the Inside Passage
  • Towering snowcapped mountains and glaciers of Glacier Bay National Park and Tongass National Forest provide dramatic landscape photography opportunities
  • Tour group size limited to only 7 participants
  • A trip a non-photographing spouse will thoroughly enjoy
  • Includes all meals, two nights hotel lodging, boat and ground transportation, national park entrance fees, photo guide and instruction

Tour Details

Jul 25 2024 – Aug 02 2024
Join Waitlist
Fee: $14,395 from Juneau, Alaska
Deposit: 25% of cabin fee
Limit: 7 participants
Activity Level: Easy
» Terms and Conditions

Special Terms and Conditions Apply

When Captain George Vancouver sailed through the ice-choked waters of Alaska’s Icy Strait in 1794, Glacier Bay was little more than a dent in the shoreline. By the time John Muir, the noted naturalist and explorer, made his canoe trek into the Bay in 1879 the ice front had receded 48 miles. Here the gradual transformation of barren rock into rich coastal rainforest was in full swing.

Glacierb15

The 3.3 million acres of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve enclose 11 active tidewater glaciers. Four of these glaciers only reach the sea at high tide. For context, that is five fewer than when we first offered this trip in 1985. For its size, Glacier Bay is the most active tidewater glacial area in the world. Graphic icebergs calved from near-vertical ice cliffs dot the waters of the bay. Several of the park’s glaciers offer a spectacular show of geologic forces in action at their interface with the salty bay. Great blocks of ice up to 200 feet high crash into the sea with a colossal splash, creating enormous waves.

The deep ice-jammed waters are home to a variety of photogenic wildlife, both in these frigid waters and onshore. More than 200 species of birds have been recorded within the park and they include such regular notables as horned and tufted puffins, Kittlitz’s and marbled murrelets, pigeon guillemots and black oystercatchers. Bald eagles are common here.

220328 220328 X1013109 Edit

An assortment of marine mammals dwell in the park with harbor seals the most abundant. In adjacent Icy Strait—a large passage that links the northern waters of the Alexander Archipelago to the open sea—an impressive concentration of humpback whales is found bubble-net feeding in these waters. Breaching is common. Orcas, Dall’s, and harbor porpoises regularly crisscross Icy Strait. Recently reintroduced sea otters are thriving. Brown bears and black bears patrol the shore. We should have good opportunities to photograph them.

Glacierb23

Join us for another world-class photography experience as we cruise Glacier Bay—the icy gem of the national park system—and its impressive environs by private yacht. Our yacht is one of only a few with the permits required to cruise within Glacier Bay National Park, and we have scheduled three days of photography entirely in this breathtaking park. You will be one of 7 participants to create spectacular landscape images of glaciers and icebergs, jagged coastal mountains, verdant evergreen rainforests, and photograph the wildlife richness of this dramatic Alaskan wilderness.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 (Jul 25, 2024)
Participants should arrange to fly to Juneau, the state capital of Alaska. Our hotel offers an airport shuttle. We meet in the lobby of our hotel for a short orientation followed by dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

Day 2
After lunch we begin cruising the scenic Alaskan waterways. Departing Juneau we travel through North Pass, a hot spot for humpback whales. We continue on and round the north tip of Admiralty Island and Point Retreat with its historic lighthouse. That night we anchor near Point Adolphus at an inlet just shy of Glacier Bay National Park. (BLD)

Days 37
We make our way into Glacier Bay stopping at Bartlett Cove for our obligatory check-in at the park headquarters. There will be the opportunity to visit the visitor center, go for a short hike, and see a whale skeleton assembled by the local school. Heading up the bay we stop at Marble Island and see a Steller’s sea lion rookery and a tufted puffin colony. The first night in the park we anchor at the head of Reid Inlet in front of the stunning Reid Glacier.

We spend the day exploring the inlets and glaciers that make Glacier Bay the incredible place this is. We venture into Tarr Inlet and see the spectacular Margerie Glacier. The face of this glacier is quite active and there is often calving. Then onto John Hopkins glacier and Lamplugh Glacier. At Lamplugh if the tide is right, we photograph a field of beached icebergs. That night we anchor in Blue Mouse Cove.

Exiting the park, we cruise the shoreline looking for wildlife and stopping at picturesque waterfalls. We cruise through Icy Strait looking for whales and down Chatham Strait to Chichagof Island on Pavlof Harbor. In the evening, we anchor in front of a waterfall where we watch as bears become active in the evening.

Staying in Pavlof Harbor we watch and photograph bears for the day. In the afternoon we head into Tenakee Inlet for more bear viewing and some crabbing for the night’s dinner. Leaving Tenakee Inlet on our last full day aboard Alaskan Story we cross Chatham Strait to Admiralty Island and head north along its west coast looking for whales, bears and other wildlife. For our final night we stay in the protected anchorage of Funter Bay on the northern tip of Admiralty Island. (BLD)

Day 8
We return to Juneau in the afternoon and transfer to our hotel. We may have time to explore the area prior to our last group dinner. (BLD)

Day 9 (Aug 2)
The hotel shuttle transfers you to the airport for your departing flights. (B)

About Our Vessel
Our luxurious chartered yacht, the 90-foot Alaskan Story, has all the safety equipment required by the United States Coast Guard and has receive a “five stars” rating in a voluntary inspection by the Coast Guard Auxiliary. This safety rating is the highest granted, and only to those vessels that go well beyond the requirements.

The galley, saloon, dining area and day head are all on the main level. The two aft staterooms have walk-around queen beds and the two forward staterooms have two lower berth twin beds each. Of course, all the staterooms have bathrooms including showers ensuite. Each stateroom provides luxurious feather beds, down comforters and pillows, and its own thermostat to control heat. There is a spacious TV/Reading room forward and additional cabins and bathrooms for crew.

Covered decks and large inside spaces provide excellent visibility during inclement weather. Beautifully decorated, Alaskan Story is maintained to the highest standards. The dining area, serving three hearty gourmet meals each day including select wines with dinner, commands a 270-degree view and in the enclosed the top deck pilothouse the guests can sit comfortably with the captain and view the natural beauty and wildlife of Southeast Alaska.

Tour Highlights

  • Seven days on board a luxurious private yacht with the rare Glacier Bay National Park permits for a yacht of this size
  • Cruise Alaska’s legendary Glacier Bay, Icy Strait and the Inside Passage
  • Towering snowcapped mountains and glaciers of Glacier Bay National Park and Tongass National Forest provide dramatic landscape photography opportunities
  • Tour group size limited to only 7 participants
  • A trip a non-photographing spouse will thoroughly enjoy
  • Includes all meals, two nights hotel lodging, boat and ground transportation, national park entrance fees, photo guide and instruction

About the Alaskan Story

Alaskan Story has a 17-foot Boston Whaler with 90 horsepower four stroke Honda outboard. As a backup we have a 12-foot inflatable with 18 hp four stroke outboard. The yacht can provide all salt-water fishing gear for both salmon and halibut and have crab and shrimp pots (Alaska fishing license required) which the crew assist our guests in tending.

Alaskan Story is powered by twin 570 horsepower turbocharged Caterpillar engines. She has two AC generators of 27.5 and 20 kilowatts. She has large inverters and battery banks which allow the generators to be turned off at night for the quiet enjoyment of the anchorage and wildlife. She has a water-maker capable of making up to 1200 gallons of water a day. These amenities assure you of having a true small ship Alaska cruise experience.

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