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Parker Guide Services has been Providing Luxurious Alaskan Cruises Along Alaska's Inside Passage Since 1990!
ALASKA INSIDE PASSAGE
A cruise on the world renown Inside Passage in Alaska is a must-do if you enjoy traveling by boat through some of the most scenic landscapes in America. Stretching between coastal British Columbia to the south and the Alaska Panhandle to the north, the Inside Passage boasts over 1,000 islands tucked within and bordered by the Alexander Archipelago and over 15,000 miles of seacoast.
Shaped by the staggering force of ancient glaciers formed thousands of years ago, Alaska’s Inside Passage boasts majestic fjords which are habitat for abundant wildlife including bald eagles, sea lions, bear, deer, wolves, migrating seabirds, porpoises and whales. The shores of the Inside Passage are lush with temperate rainforests eco-systems which host a variety of unusual flora and plant life. The Inside Passage area in Alaska is home to Tlingit, Haida Indians whose history is carved in towering totem poles. Russian settlers of these Alaskan communities left a legacy of onion-domed churches.
The Inside Passage is also sometimes referred to as the Inland Passage which is in turn a reference to early explorers’ quest to locate the Northwest Passage between the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. Long known as a destination for kayakers and canoeists from all over the world as well as cruise enthusiasts, the Inside Passage is also known for its many National Parks including the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, home to Admiralty Island National Monument (Kootznoowoo Wilderness), South Baranof Wilderness and Fords Terror Wilderness (with Tracy Arm, Endicott Arm and Dawes and Sawyer Glaciers).
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ISLANDS OF THE ALASKA INSIDE PASSAGE
Baranof Island, also sometimes called Baranov Island or Sitka Island, is part of the northern Alexander Archipelago of islands lying west of the Alaska Panhandle Alaska. Baranof is one of the three “ABC” (Admiralty, Baranof, Chichagof) islands of Alaska renown for their protected wilderness and wildlife including a type of brown bear which is closely related to polar bears and Sitka deer. Baranof Island is one of the largest islands in the United States at over 1600 square miles (100 miles long and 30 miles wide). With a population of approximately 8,500 residents, there is minimal industry on the island with the City and Borough of Sitka being the center of Baranof Island’s commerce consisting of fishing, seafood processing, and tourism. The towns of Baranof Warm Springs, Port Armstrong, and Port Walter are located on the eastern side of the island. Baranof hosts three year-round salmon hatcheries, one located just north of Port Alexander at Port Armstrong, another located just north of Baranof Warm Springs at Hidden Falls, the other just south of Sitka near Medvejie Lake. are important industries on the island, which is also famous for brown bears and Sitka deer. Baranof Island’s first settlers arrived in 1799 and included Alexandr Baranov, Chief Manager and first Governor of the Russian-American Company, for whom the Island and Archipelago are named. The Island became the headquarters for Russian fur-trading during the nineteenth century, later expanding into mining, whaling, canneries and fox farming in the twentieth century.
Admiralty Island at 90 miles long and 35 miles wide is the seventh largest island in the United States. Known to the Alaskan Native Indian tribe of the Tlingit as “Xootsnoowú” (also referred to as the Kootznoowoo Wilderness) or "Fortress of the Bears", Admiralty Island is home to the highest density of brown bears (approximately 1,600) in North America – outnumbering Admiralty's human residents nearly three to one. Angoon, a traditional Tlingit community is the only community located on the island which contains just over 600 year round residents. The majority of the land mass of Admiralty Island is part of Admiralty Island National Monument – a federally protected Wilderness Area which also includes the Greens Creek Mine (gold, silver, zinc and lead). This area is unique in Southeast Alaska because of it’s large stands of old growth temperate rainforest which provide a haven and excellent habitat for its populations of brown bears, bald eagles, and Sitka black-tailed deer.
Named after Admiral Vasili Chichagov, a Russian Arctic explorer, Chichagof Island is 75 miles long and 50 miles at over 2,000 square miles is the fifth largest island in the United States and the 109th largest island in the world. Lying to the north of Baranof Island, the Chicagof Island is surrounded by Chatham Strait to the east, Icy Strait to the northeast, Cross Sound to the northwest, the Gulf of Alaska to the west and Peril Strait to the south. With a population of over 1,300, Chicagof Island hosts the Alaskan communities of Hoonah, Pelican, Tenakee Springs, and Elfin Cove, all lying in the northern reaches of the island. The main commerce on Chicagof is centered around a water-based local economy consisting of guided hunting trips, fishing, and logging.
TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST & ADMIRALTY ISLAND
The Tongass National Forest is named for the Tongass group of the Tlingit people, who inhabited the southernmost areas of the Alaska panhandle near what is now Ketchikan. At 17mm acres, the Tongass National Forest in southeastern Alaska is the largest national forest in the United States and the Earth’s largest remaining temperate rainforest. The Forest supports the habitat of many species of endangered and rare flora and fauna. Five species of salmon, brown and black bear, and Bald eagles abound throughout the Tongass.
Tongass National Forest encompasses the Inside Passage’s islands of the Alexander Archipelago and includes fjords, glaciers, and the Coastal Range mountains. A number of Alaska Native tribes live throughout Southeast Alaska including the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian. Thirty-one different communities are located within the Forest; the largest is Juneau, the state capital, with a population of 31,000. About forty percent of Tongass National Forest is composed of wetlands, snow, ice, rock, and non-forest vegetation, while the remaining ten million are forested. 4.5 million acres of the Tongass are preserved as wilderness areas including Misty Fjords and Admiralty Island which are national monuments.
Declared a national monument in 1978, Admiralty Island National Monument covers 955,747 acres of the Tongass National Forest with all but 18,351 acres of the monument part of the protected areas comprising the Kootznoowoo Wilderness. Western Hemlock, Sitka Spruce and Western Redcedar are the core of the monument’s rainforest vegetation with abundant wildlife including Grizzly and Black Bears, varieties of salmon, whales, mountain goats, and deer. The Tongass also has several designated wilderness areas within it including Fords Terror Wilderness (with Tracy Arm, Endicott Arm and Dawes and Sawyer Glaciers) and the South Baranof Wilderness.
Fords Terror Wilderness
Fords Terror Wilderness was designated by the United States Congress in 1980 and is located 45 miles south of Juneau and extending over 653,179 acres and consists of two deep and narrow fjords: Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm. Both fjords are over 30 miles long and one-fifth of their area is covered in ice. Sawyer Glacier lies at the end of Tracy Arm and Dawes Glacier lies in Endicott Arm. The wilderness is named for a U.S. Navy crewman named Ford who in 1899 paddled into a narrow waterway connected to Endicott Arm. For six hours he was caught in surging tidal currents, surrounded by massive, crashing icebergs. He survived the ordeal and ever since then, this finger-shaped waterway has been known as Ford's Terror. Wildlife in the area includes black and brown bears, deer, wolves, harbor seals, and a variety of birds, such as arctic terns and pigeon guillemots with the occasional lucky sighting of mountain goats.
South Baranof Wilderness
Designated as a protected area in 1980 and bordered to the west by the Gulf of Alaska and to the east by Chatham Strait, the South Baranof (Island) Wilderness hosts stunning scenery with granite glacier-scored mountains and beautiful saltwater fjords and valleys stretching over an expanse of 319,568 acres. Named for Alexander Baranof, the first governor of Russian America, the wilderness includes Mount Ada (4,528 feet high) and active glaciers blanket the hills above 2,000 feet, with lower elevations containing a coastal forest of spruce and hemlock. The wildlife living in South Baranof includes brown bears, Sitka black-tail deer, mink, marten and river otters, trout and salmon (seasonally), as wells as eagles and shorebirds. Seals, sea lions, whales, and a large population of sea otters are often seen offshore, and crab, shrimp, herring, salmon and halibut support a diverse array of marine life.
COMMUNITIES IN SOUTHEAST ALASKA
Communities in Southeast Alaska – While enjoying your Inside Passage luxury cruise with Alaska Boat Cruises, you’ll probably want to spend a day before or after your cruise exploring Sitka, Juneau and/or Petersburg in SE Alaska. These charming Alaskan communities will impress you with their native arts, friendly locals and picturesque architecture as you shop for mementos and gifts to take home to family and friends after your cruise.
SITKA – Communities in Southeast Alaska
Communities in Southeast Alaska - SitkaLocated on the west side of Baranof Island in Alaska’s Alexander Archipelago, Sitka is Alaska’s fourth-largest city (by its population count of over 8,800 in 2000) in Alaska and is the largest city in the United States in terms of square footage. The name “Sitka” is derived from “Sheet’ká” (a contraction of the Tlingit name Shee At'iká) and means "People on the Outside of Shee". Sitka is also often referred to as "Sitka-by-the-Sea."
Sitka encompasses portions of Baranof Island and the smaller Japonski Island which is connected to Baranof Island by the O'Connell Bridge. O'Connell Bridge, constructed in 1972, was the first cable stayed bridge built in the Western Hemisphere. Sitka is the only town in Southeast Alaska that directly faces the Gulf of Alaska. Mount Edgecumbe, a 3,200-foot-tall dormant stratovolcano, is located on southern Kruzof Island. It can be seen on a clear day from Sitka. The Sitka region includes the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, Sitka National Historical Park and part of the Tongass National Forest.
Sitka, Alaska was originally settled by the native Tlingit (Kolosh) Indians but was discovered in 1799 by Alexandr Baranov, the governor of Russian America and a representative of the Russian-American Company, a "semi-official" colonial trading company chartered by Tsar Paul I. In 1802, the Tlingit destroyed the original “Old Sitka” establishment known as Redoubt Saint Michael and massacred most of the Russian inhabitants. Governor Baranov was forced to levy 10,000 rubles in ransom for the safe return of the surviving settlers. In 1804, Baranov returned to Sitka with a large contingent of Russians and Aleuts aboard the Russian warship Neva and successfully fought the Tlingits in the Battle of Sitka and forcing them to retreat into the surrounding forest. The Russians then established a permanent settlement (Fort "Novoarkhangelsk" or "New Archangel") in a reference to Arkhangelsk, the largest city in the region where Baranov was born. In 1808, Sitka was designated the capital of Russian America.
There are twenty two buildings and sites in Sitka that appear in the National Register of Historic Places including many historic churches and cathedrals. Sitka was also the city which hosted the ceremony in which the Russian flag was lowered and the United States flag raised after Alaska was purchased by the United States in 1867. Sitka continued as the capital of the Alaska Territory until 1906, when the seat of government was relocated north to Juneau. While gold mining and fish canning paved the way for the town's initial growth, it wasn't until World War II, when the Navy constructed an air base on Japonski Island, (with its 30,000 service personnel) that Sitka finally came into its own.
JUNEAU – Communities in Southeast Alaska
Located on the mainland of Southeast Alaska, opposite Douglas Island, Juneau lies at the heart of the Inside Passage along the Gastineau Channel. Founded during the gold rush in the late 1800s and named after prospector Joe Juneau, Juneau is one of the more scenic state capitals in the U.S. and is sometimes referred to as 'little San Francisco.' Lying under the protective gaze of Mount Juneau and Mount Roberts, Juneau’s charming streets wind their way between a network of staircases.
Juneau provides a wealth of sightseeing opportunities for visitors including its waterfront Marine Park and the historic district of Franklin Street. Many of Juneau’s buildings date to the early twentieth century. The State Capitol, built in 1929, houses the legislative chamber and the governor's office and hosts free tours for visitors. St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, built in 1894, is also a popular local attraction in Juneau and is the oldest church in the Inside Passage. Other local sites include the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, the waterfront view from the Alaska State Library’s balcony, the Governor’s Mansion with its renown totem pole (a gift to the Governor from the Tlingit Indians in 1940) and the Alaska State Museum with its collection of artifacts from Athabascan, Aleut, Inuit and north-west coast people including the Inside Passage Tlingit. You also might enjoy a Sealaska Cultural Park’s Naa Kahidi Theater production, tram ride up Mount Robers or a visit to one of the 32 local gold mines near Juneau. Or take in the impressive collection of railroad lines, ore cars and more at the The Last Chance Mining Museum built in the former compressor house of the Alaska-Juneau Mine.
With a population of just over 31,000, Juneau is optimally located for trips to nearby Admiralty Island National Monument and hiking trips into Tongass National Forest. Juneau, sometimes referred to as the “Gateway to the Glaciers” hosts 42 glaciers within a 1,500-square-mile radius of the city. Mendenhall Glacier lies 13 miles from Juneau’s center. While you can drive to Mendenhall, flightseeing over Juneau’s glacier landscapes is an even more spectacular way to see these local icefields as well as Juneau Icefield, Lynn Canal and Stephens Passage. Juneau’s waters are also popular with many kayaking enthusiasts including Auke Bay, Taku Inlet, Berners Bay and Oliver Inlet.
PETERSBURG – Communities in Southeast Alaska
Petersburg, Alaska lies at the north end of Mitkof Island, where the Wrangell Narrows meets Frederick Sound in Southeast Alaska. Located halfway between Juneau to the north, and Ketchikan to the south. Petersburg is charming and authentically Alaskan with just over 3000 year round residents and home to the 12th most lucrative fishery in the U.S. Named after Peter Buschmann, a Norwegian immigrant who arrived in the area in the late nineteenth century, Petersburg was incorporated in 1910 and became the home of many people of Scandinavian origin thus giving Petersburg the nickname "Little Norway".
Mitkof Island is covered by low mountains bordered by lowlands comprised of “muskeg”, a type of soil made up of plants in various states of decomposition. Le Conte Glacier is a popular side trip from Petersburg and is known for its "shooter" icebergs which calve off underneath the water and then shoot upwards into the waters of Le Conte Bay.
Alaska Inside Passage Cruises: Sample Itineraries:- We offer a seven day/six night cruise on the Inside Passage with weekly departures from the communities of Sitka, Juneau or Petersburg, Alaska. Our sample itineraries below are flexible and we are also available to help you design a custom itinerary which incorporates your own desired route by water through this wilderness paradise in Alaska.
SAMPLE ITINERARY: EXAMPLE ONE
Juneau to Sitka (or) Sitka to Juneau – 7 Days/6 nights
Day 1: Depart from either Juneau or Sitka
Transfer from the Juneau or Sitka airport (or your local hotel) to our luxury yacht, the M/V Alaskan Harvest for a welcome evening cruise anchoring overnight in a remote and quiet inlet.
For departures from Juneau, you will transfer from the Juneau airport to our luxury yacht via our pre-arranged float plane flight service and enjoy a scenic flight. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing dinner aboard the M/V Alaskan Harvest which will be anchored in beautiful, remote bay.
During our next five full days of cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage we will be mesmerized by the outstanding wildlife, majestic landscapes, geology, ecology, culture and history of this part of Southeast Alaska. We visit world renown wildernesses including glacier-carved Tracy Arm Fjords, Endicott Arms Wilderness and Admiralty Island National Monument while also getting to experience the historic Alaskan communities of Sitka on Baranof Island and the state capital of Alaska, Juneau.
Our route (direction to Sitka) will travel south of Juneau to the southern end of Admiralty Island and Baranof Island, then on to Frederick Sound, Stevens Passage, and Chatham Straits.
South Baranof Island Wilderness
The Alaskan wilderness on the south of Baranof Island hosts cascading hot springs juxtaposed against caving blue-cast glaciers which cascade down the park’s mountain slopes to reach the island’s surrounding waters. We might kayak among nearby icebergs, take some time to fish or venture out to photograph the abundant wildlife in this area including puffins, mountain goats, Steller’s sea lions, orcas and porpoises, brown coastal bears and grizzlies, eagles, and more. Don’t forget to bring your camera battery charger!
Tongass National Forest and Hot Springs
We continue our cruise into the wilderness areas of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the United States and the home of many species of endangered and rare flora and fauna. As we cruise, we spot marine and seacoast wildlife as we explore different bays and inlets of the Tongass. Along the way, we can decide what we want to spend our time doing – from taking in scenic waterfalls, soaking in local hot springs, jumping off the M/V Alaskan Harvest for a nature walk, fishing in either fresh or salt water or wildlife viewing.
Our evening and daily anchorages will vary from remote inlets, to stunning wilderness fjords surrounded by cascading waterfalls and glacier rimmed mountainsides.
Day 7: Depart Sitka/Juneau
After breakfast we'll arrive in Sitka/Juneau where we’ll say goodbye to new friends and where you will transfer to the airport for your air flight home or to your next destination or for your stay in a local hotel.
SAMPLE ITINERARY: EXAMPLE TWO
Juneau/Sitka to Petersburg (or) Petersburg to Sitka/Juneau – 7 days/6 nights
In addition to visiting Juneau and Sitka, Alaska Boat Cruises can vary our Juneau/Sitka itinerary to take you to visit Petersburg, Alaska.
SitkaDay 1: Depart from Sitka or Juneau
Transfer to your yacht after a possible city and glacier tour. Your crew greets you with welcomes and smiles, and we’ll cruise to a secluded wilderness anchorage this evening.
After enjoying prime wildlife viewing as we cruise southwards, for the next five days, we’ll continue by water into the heart of Alaska’s Inside Passage where we will learn about the rainforests, flora and fauna and history and geology of this wilderness paradise. Drifting into misty coves where colorful marine life lives in the tidepools of the seacost, we’ll take side hikes into the temperate rainforest listening to the calls of migrating seabirds. We’ll photograph local humpback whales, Steller’s sea lions, orcas and porpoises and cruise through majestic fjords, enjoy guided nature hikes and soak in natural hot springs. Along the way, we will also visit active glaciers and learn about the formation of the many photogenic fiords of Alaska.
Alaska Cruises Sample Itineraries - whale breachingLocated on Frederick Sound at the tip of Mitkof Island, Petersburg, Alaska still makes its living from the sea and not being a port of call for large cruise ships, hosts a charming and thriving seacoast culture with a strong Norwegian heritage. Petersburg lies near the summer feeding grounds of hundreds of humpback whales and contains the Stikine-LeConte Wilderness Area, with beautiful LeConte Glacier calving off tons of bright blue icebergs.
Day 7: Departure
After breakfast we’ll arrive in Sitka/Juneau (or) Petersburg and say goodbye to new friends before transferring you to the airport for connections home.
ALASKA INSIDE PASSAGE CRUISES
Your luxury cruise on Alaska’s Inside Passage on the M/V Alaskan Harvest begins in either Juneau or Sitka in Southeast Alaska’s Panhandle. After you embark from your short flight by commercial airline from Seattle, Fairbanks or Anchorage, Alaska, you will transfer to our 80’ luxury yacht charter, the M/V Alaskan Harvest directly or via float plane service by pre-arranged transport.
Our intimate but luxurious Alaska cruise yacht offers 8-12 travelers a more personalized and comfortable tour of the dozens of islands comprising Alaska’s Inside Passage. Your luxury cruise is simply outstanding, a “must-do” if you like to cruise with stunning views of this area’s rugged Alaskan terrain and plenty of opportunities to spot wild animals such as bald eagles, bears, otters, seals, dolphins, humpback and killer whales, sitka deer and wolves.
The Tongass National Forest’s wilderness includes majestic glaciers, rain forests and Alaskan Native villages surrounded by towering mountains with snowcapped peaks. As experiencedAlaska Luxury Cruise - Beautiful Scenery Alaskan guides, we know all the secret spots among the bays and inlets of the Tongass where we will point out wildlife and marine life as we float past scenic waterfalls and caving glaciers. During your cruise, you can visit Admiralty Island National Monument (Kootznoowoo Wilderness) and Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm off of Holkman Bay and flowing into Stephen’s Passage.
You will enjoy a variety of on-board cruise activities on your Alaska charter as well as a diverse array of off-boat excursions. Cruise-based activities included in your luxury cruise on the M/V Alaskan Harvest vary from kayaking, crabbing, glacier viewing, beachcombing, whale watching, bear and wildlife viewing to sightseeing by water. Go fishing for halibut, sea bass or salmon, sauna in a natural hot springs, take a nature walk on shore, learn to paddle a kayak or just grab your camera, scan the seacoast and practice your photography. You’ll enjoy all of this while savoring the fine cuisine on board prepared by our chef. Relax after dinner with a good book or take in one of our popular movie selections.
ALASKA FAMILY CRUISE VACATIONS
Plan your next family reunion or family vacation with a luxury cruise in Southeast Alaska on the M/V Alaskan Harvest! A family cruise on a small ship brings your family together for quality time well spent in the outdoors and your kids will be talking to their friends about their luxury cruise in Alaska– for months! Alaska family cruise vacation discounts are available for groups of eight or more. And we limit our family cruise vacation groups to 12 to ensure you and your family receives the utmost personalized attention from our guides.
Our experienced professional outdoor guides will host you and your brood on the M/V Alaskan Harvest with the best in interpretive guides and personalized attention – from teaching you and your family how to fish to learning the ins and outs of local wildlife and eco-systems. Our guides specialize in identifying activities to please everyone in the family – from kids to grandparents – and we have the staff and equipment to ensure that everyone will be able to do something they enjoy while you cruise Alaska’s Inside Passage in style.
Your kids will enjoy heading to the beach and discovering the variety of marine life that inhabits the intertidal zone of southeast while they explore tidal pools and beachcomb. We can teach your kids how to kayak, all about glaciers, why whales breach and how to behave if you ever encounter a bear. With almost 20 years guiding on Alaska’s Inside Passage, we know all the secrets of her flora and fauna. Whether you and your family likes participating in every activity we offer or just like to kick back with a good book while we float past the incomparable scenery of Alaska’s Inside Passage, we are here to make your family’s cruise in Southeast Alaska the experience of a lifetime. For more information regarding our family cruise vacations contact us, and we will be happy to answer any questions you have.
LUXURY YACHT CHARTERS FOR GROUPS
Luxury Yacht Charters For Groups
With almost 30 years guiding guests on cruises through the bays and straits of Alaska’s Inside Passage, we will treat your group to a private luxury yacht charter which will be the Alaska cruise experience of a lifetime. We have taken groups on our cruises from corporate teams and incentive trips to community, civic, religious groups to boy scouts and girl scout troops on our popular cruises through the unparalleled scenery of Alaska’s Inside Passage. Corporate cruise discounts are available for groups of eight or more.
Luxury Yacht Charters – Personalized Service
We are able to offer highly personalized service on our Alaska cruises due to our limitations on total group size (12) and we are flexible to pattern daily cruise activities, shore excursions and even your Inside Passage cruise route to your group’s specific interests. This truly sets us apart from other Alaskan private charter operators.
Our floating lodge, the M/V Alaskan Harvest is your group’s luxurious and comfortable “home away from home” during your Inside Passage cruise. The spacious main cabin of the M/V Alaskan Harvest has a large table and lounge area, ideal places to hold a company meeting. When your work is complete, we’re ready to help your team relax providing all the necessary gear to help them take advantage of everything that Southeast Alaska has to offer. Whether it’s fishing with our premium gear, hiking, kayaking, beachcombing, viewing marine and other wildlife, or glaciers from one of our two skiffs it’s our goal to make sure you and your group gets the most out of your Alaska cruise experience. When the day is over and we are anchored in a quiet protected cove, you and your colleagues can retire to your private staterooms and enjoy a peaceful nights rest in preparation for the next day’s activities.
Bring your group to Alaska’s Inside Passage and enjoy a 7 day luxury cruise or a 4-5 day fishing charter trip. For more information please contact us, and we will be happy to answer any questions you have and help you plan an unforgettable Alaskan cruise experience.
ALASKA GLACIER CRUISE
A small group Alaska Glacier Cruise with Parker Guide Services is a awe-inspiring experience!
Alaska can easily be called the “Land of 1000 Glaciers!” Glaciers flow from ice packs high in the mountains and are responsible for creating and feeding most of Alaska’s rivers. Tidewater glaciers flow directly into nearby waterways at the head of fjords or inlets which they carved while retreating. These glaciers can move ahead at speeds of several feet a day or suddenly surge as much as 300 feet.
Alaska Glacier Cruises – Experience the Majesty
Alaska’s glaciers are a must see on any Alaska cruise tour. Experiencing a “calving” glacier is awe inspiring as you listen to the creaking and crashing as pieces of tidewater glaciers fall away. The noticeable blue cast of Alaska’s glaciers create a beautiful visual panorama which is created as the dense ice absorbs all colors in the spectrum except blue, which is then reflected.
Our luxury Alaska Glacier cruises allow you to visit many of Alaska’s Inside Passage glaciers including Mendenhall Glacier, North and South Sawyer Glaciers and Dawes Glacier among others.
Mendenhall Glacier, located in Alaska’s state capital of Juneau, is the most accessible of Alaska’s glaciers (via the Glacier Highway) and lies within the 1,500-square-mile Juneau Icefield. Mendenhall extends 12 miles from its source, the Juneau Icefield, to Mendenhall Lake and feeds the Mendenhall River.
Sawyer Glacier lies at the end of Tracy Arm, a 26-mile-long fjord surrounded by lush rainforested valleys with cascading waterfalls, rock canyons and 7,000 foot mountain peaks. Icebergs dot the waters of Holkman Bay, the entrance to the fjord at the end of which we reach North Sawyer and South Sawyer Glaciers. The face of South Sawyer Glacier stretches one-third of a mile and actively calves icebergs with surrounding harbor seals lounging on these icey floats. Kittiwakes and mountain goats and sometimes whales and bears inhabit the area surrounding the two Sawyer Glaciers.
Dawes Glacier lies 30 miles at the end of Endicott Arm nestled within the Coast Mountain Range. With numerous icebergs formed as the glacier calves pieces into Endicott’s waters, we see black and brown bears, mountain goats, sitka deer, eagles, wolves, sea lions and harbor seas.
ALASKA FISHING VACATIONS & CHARTERS
Alaska’s Inside Passage is an angler’s delight with protected waterways minimizing ocean swells and maximizing catches of halibut and salmon. As professional outdoor guides experienced in our deep knowledge of the waterways of Alaska’s Inside Passage, Alaska Boat Cruises offers our summer guests the option of fishing for halibut, salmon, rock fish and more as part of their luxury cruise experience in Alaska. In addition, we also offer 4 to 5 day private fishing charters on the Inside Passage available from June to August on a first-come, first-serve basis.
We host our anglers, from beginners to experts, on the M/V Alaskan Harvest floating lodge – by night – and use hi tech day boats (approximately 30 and 33 feet) for our fishing by day. This arrangement allows our guest fisherman to fish in the more remote bays, sounds and straights of the Inside Passage near Sitka, Juneau and Petersburg and find the top fishing spots while still being in close proximity to our luxury yacht, the M/V Alaskan Harvest.
With more time for fishing, quiet anchorages in remote settings each evening, and world class lodging and dining, you’ll enjoy an unparalleled Alaska fishing experience. Whether you enjoy fishing in Alaska for big halibut, trolling for King Salmon or tackle fishing or fly fishing for silvers, we’ve got you covered at Alaska Boat Cruises!
ECO TOURS IN ALASKA
Eco Tours Alaska & Environmental Protection
Until fairly recently, Alaska’s economy has depended on harnessing its vast natural resources including oil, fish and game, and precious minerals. With fishing and tourism now being the largest private employers in the state and tourism growing substantially with the advent of the cruise industry, eco-tourism and environmental protections are becoming a stronger priority of all businesses bringing tourists into the state.
The timber industry within Alaska has been in decline for many reasons. Poor planning and management, the high cost of timber extraction, fewer new jobs coming on line and the high per unit cost of producing lumber. But a key reason is related to the growth in tourism in Alaska. Clear cutting – which decimates landscapes and hillsides, blocks nearby streams with erosion runoff and inhibits salmon spawning – also creates undesirable visual panoramas from a tourism perspective. Large brown clear cuts in the sides of green hillsides, are not what guests like to see while touring S.E. Alaska.
Alaska Boat Cruises and Parker Guide Service want to promote a healthy lifestyle for local Alaskans and strong industries for all in S.E. Alaska. We believe there are resources enough for everyone, including naturalists, photographers, fishermen as well as hunters, as long as Alaska’s natural resources are managed carefully. Wildlife need to be able to thrive in their natural habitat and logging managed properly (such as through selective helicopter logging leaving no big bare clear cuts) and environmental decisions made carefully, based on long term goals.
Since we at Alaska Boat Cruises plan to be in business a long time, we hope that the majority of resources we enjoy today will, and can be, conserved, enjoyed, and utilized properly for today and for future generations. We are committed to working with others here in S.E. Alaska to make achieve that goal.
Eco Tour Alaska – The Alaskan Harvest
The M/V Alaskan Harvest was built with conservation in mind and we are always very conscious of our use of oil and gas. Our 80’ vessel, the M/V Alaskan Harvest, only uses an average of 2 gallons/guest/hour of cruise time, based on 6 guests. Other larger cruise ships (120’ to 200’), use 12 gallons or more per guest/cruise hour. So while these larger vessels’ usage of fuel is upwards of 100 gallons or more per hour, our usage is 10-12 gallons per hour.